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[Week 5] ”‘Compute Governance Ideas’ from ‘Some AI Governance Research Ideas’” by Markus Anderljung

AGI Safety Fundamentals: Governance

Readings from the AI Safety Fundamentals: Governance course.



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Written by Markus Anderljung (you might also want to reach out to Miles Brundage, Shahar Avin, or Saif Khan if you’re interested in these topics)

Compute is a very promising node for AI governance. Why? Powerful AI systems in the near term are likely to need massive amounts of compute, especially if the scaling hypothesis proves correct. Furthermore, compute seems more easily governable than other inputs to AI systems (talent, ideas, data), because it is more easily detectable (it requires energy, takes up physical space, etc) and because it’s supply chain is very concentrated (which enables monitoring and governance) (see Khan, Mann, Peterson 2021, Avin unpublished, and Brundage forthcoming).

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Narrated for AGI Safety Fundamentals by Perrin Walker of TYPE III AUDIO.

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