In order to give a New Directions in Cooperative AI seminar, we ask potential speakers to submit a written proposal via this form. Proposals should be thorough and considered, reflecting on why the specific proposed research direction would be otherwise neglected, is tractable, and most importantly, will have high expected impact in advancing CAIF's mission. They should be no more than two pages in length and should address the following questions:

  • Summarize your view of what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to know in order to build cooperative AI.

  • Describe your vision for a research agenda that CAIF could support to promote the cooperative intelligence of advanced AI systems for the benefit of all humanity.

  • Why should this proposal be a priority for CAIF?

    • To what extent is it tractable, important, and neglected?

    • Will it produce generalizable insights – in particular, insights that will continue to be relevant as AI systems become increasingly powerful?

    • Why might it not be a priority (and is there any way to find out)?

  • Can you offer practical guidance regarding the specific steps CAIF can take to support this research?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and we will notify you as to whether your application has been accepted within one month. In some cases, we may reject an application but express interest in helping the applicant to submit a revised proposal that is a better fit for the seminar series. In recognition of the additional burden of preparing such a talk, CAIF will grant those selected with a $5000 USD honorarium. For more guidance on structuring a talk, see previous talks and further details on how we think about impact. If you have any questions about the seminar series or the application process please contact Lewis Hammond.