The Cooperative AI Foundation (CAIF, pronounced “safe”) is a new charitable entity whose mission is to support research that will improve the cooperative intelligence of advanced AI for the benefit of all. This mission is driven by our belief that many of the most important problems facing humanity – climate change, nuclear war, and pandemic preparedness, to name but a few – are problems of cooperation, and that AI will be increasingly important when it comes to solving (or exacerbating) such problems.
Backed by a large philanthropic commitment, our ambition is to build the nascent field of Cooperative AI, improving the ability of AI systems to engender cooperation between humans, machines, and institutions. A more detailed introduction to this field can be found in our recent Nature piece and paper on open problems in Cooperative AI.
Our values are important to us. The “benefit of all” sits at the heart of everything we do. We are relentless in our ambition to have the greatest possible positive impact, both supporting and trusting our staff to perform at their best. We strive to learn from our failures, through a culture of curiosity, openness, and compassion, alongside evidence-based reasoning and rigorous evaluation. With a diversity of perspectives and values forming the core of any cooperation problem, we must also practise what we preach: maintaining plurality, equity, and inclusiveness in all that we do.
We’re a small, ambitious team looking to maximise our impact by raising awareness of what we do, building our community and developing strategic partnerships. We’re looking for someone who can communicate our mission, get people on board and pave the way for new projects and activities. The responsibilities of the Partnerships & Community Manager will include:
- Creating and owning the partnerships and community strategy, goals, monthly plan and budget for 2024 and beyond
- Strategy and execution of external communications to position CAIF as an inclusive hub for shared expertise, updates and resources on Cooperative AI. For example: a monthly newsletter; the website and YouTube channel; a regular blog
- Planning and hosting CAIF events, for example: a retreat of 25-50 leaders in the field; a summer school for high-potential grad students; online seminar series; online panel discussions on Cooperative AI; competitions & workshops at major conferences
- Delivering programs and events with other organisations in our network (such as the Centre for the Governance of AI, the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, the Collective Intelligence Project, or the Center on Long-Term Risk), and helping to build new connections to other organisations
- Providing non-technical input to support the development of learning resources on Cooperative AI such as an online course, bibliography, and modules for inclusion on other organisations’ curricula. Leading on the promotion of these resources
- Owning our social media policy and managing our mailing lists
- In order to achieve all the above, you may also be responsible for hiring and managing at least one direct report, and managing the work of external contractors
You might also be involved with:
- Facilitating, supporting and connecting working groups of researchers and staff to move the field forwards
- Setting up partnerships for access to resources for CAIF grantees, for example compute credits, large models and machine learning engineers
- Encouraging the creation of cooperative AI courses and study groups at top universities (as are already being introduced at Carnegie Mellon University and Oxford University)
- Broader communications and outreach, e.g. promoting joint publications; matching Cooperative AI experts to external podcast or panel speaking opportunities; development of carefully targeted social media engagement