Now I am become Life, the protector of worlds

After al­most a year of de­vel­op­ment, Ar­bital alpha ver­sion is fi­nally here. While the goal is for Ar­bital to be­come an all-en­com­pass­ing plat­form, like Wikipe­dia, the way to get there is by mak­ing sure we do an amaz­ing job with each area of dis­cus­sion we en­ter. Our first do­main is Value Align­ment The­ory, and our first users are mostly AI safety re­searchers from or­ga­ni­za­tions like Ma­chine In­tel­li­gence Re­search In­sti­tute and FHI.

Ar­bital has big dreams, and fea­ture-wise we are only about 20% there. Even so, we’ve done a pretty good job at tack­ling our first challenge: ex­plain­ing challeng­ing con­cepts. If you look at Ar­bital’s dis­tinct fea­tures, like lenses, req­ui­sites and smart links, they are all in place speci­fi­cally to make ex­pla­na­tion and learn­ing eas­ier. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant be­cause the first prob­lem we are tack­ling is so com­pli­cated. It should act as a good test to see if ev­ery­thing is work­ing as we ex­pected.

AI safety is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly hot topic, and given how im­por­tant it is, our first pri­or­ity is to make sure Ar­bital be­comes the place to dis­cuss AI safety re­search. So, while you are very wel­come to use the plat­form for any­thing else, VAT is the only topic for which Ar­bital team will provide ac­tive sup­port in the near fu­ture. Once we feel like we’ve done a great job within that area, and it’s sus­tain­ably grow­ing, we’ll move to our next area (prob­a­bly effec­tive al­tru­ism).

What you can do to help:

  • Read through the ex­ist­ing con­tent.

  • If you have edit per­mis­sions, please do edit the pages if you spot mis­takes.

  • Have a con­ver­sa­tion: leave com­ments and ask ques­tions.

  • Port ex­ist­ing rele­vant con­tent to Ar­bital.

  • Please re­port any bugs or an­noy­ing things you find. If you have opinions on how to im­prove the product, leave a com­ment on the ap­pro­pri­ate page.

Have a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2016!

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