If you work in AI alignment / safety research, please fill out this form on how useful access to extra compute would be for your research. This should take under 10 minutes, and you don't need to read the rest of this post beforehand—in fact it would be great if you could fill out the form right now.
I want to get an idea of how much demand there is for a university-independent organization that manages a compute cluster for academic AI alignment groups and independent researchers. Currently I don’t know anybody who is willing to run such an organization, but if demand is large one could either actively look for people to run such a project or find an existing organization that is willing to take it on.
Non-industry AI safety research organizations have a hard time procuring compute. Groups spend many researcher-hours on managing servers on a relatively small scale. Common obstacles are 1) having to deal with university bureaucracy (e.g. regarding hiring, engineer wages, and procurement) and 2) missing out on economies of scale.
Proposal: A university-independent organization that provides access to compute for academic AI alignment research groups as well as independent researchers. Such an organization could pay high wages for its engineers (compared to academic labs) and benefit from economies of scale.
If you haven't already, please fill out this form about how much extra compute might accelerate your research (<10 mins).
Looking forward to seeing the survey results!
By the way, if you're an alignment researcher and compute is your bottleneck, please send me a DM. EleutherAI already has a lot of compute resources (as well as a great community for discussing alignment and ML!), and we're very interested in providing compute for alignment researchers with minimal bureaucracy required.