Show me what you've broken
See AI safety mindset. If you want to demonstrate competence at computer security, cryptography, or AI alignment theory, you should first think in terms of exposing technically demonstrable flaws in existing solutions, rather than solving entire problems yourself. Relevant Bruce Schneier quotes: “Good engineering involves thinking about how things can be made to work; the security mindset involves thinking about how things can be made to fail” and “Anyone can invent a security system that he himself cannot break. Show me what you’ve broken to demonstrate that your assertion of the system’s security means something.”
- AI safety mindset
Asking how AI designs could go wrong, instead of imagining them going right.