Geostrategic Dynamics Researcher - Positive-Sum Mechanisms

Full-Time /
Job Summary
Lead research on finding and illustrating advantageous and globally stabilizing geostrategic dynamics. As the Paretotopian framing elegantly lays out, the high leverage from transformative AI can cause either a massive and shared explosion of abundance and wellbeing, or a massive and existentially risky implosion of aggregate wellbeing, depending on whether cooperation or competition dominate. Extend those concepts to turn its lessons into global practice, by mapping pathways, incentives, mindsets, and dynamics as AI becomes more powerful and transformative, and finding or devising unconventional interventions for global stability and flourishing.

About the Organization
The Center for AI Risk Management & Alignment (CARMA) envisages humanity being able to pull itself together enough to steer the reins of its journey successfully through the patch of unprecedented difficulties almost upon us from transformative AI, to better days: CARMA's mission is to lower the risks to humanity and the biosphere from transformative AI.
Via better grounding AI risk management, via policy research squarely addressing AGI, via showing a path to better tradeoffs in technical safety, and by fostering global perspectives on durable safety, CARMA aims to provide critical support to society for managing the outsized risks from advanced AI.
CARMA is a fiscally-sponsored project of Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, Inc., a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation.

* Research positive-sum or trust-building mechanisms, protocols, institutions, and technologies
* Research the crystallization of multi-stakeholder group interests in a manner conducive to synergy-finding
* Research ways to piecewise-shift the various Overton windows towards paretotopia and global alignment
* Research attributes of ideal state actor strategies as available AI capability increases significantly
* Apply a security mindset to analyzing prospective AI proliferation, usage dynamics, benefit distribution, and power dynamics
* Explore potential interventions to move the globe towards better global security, stability, and wellbeing dynamics
* Write papers on advantageous state strategies, on ways of finding mutually agreeable points among disparate positions, and on positive-sum or trust-building mechanisms, protocols, institutions, and technologies

* A M.Sc. or higher, or a B.Sc. plus 3 years of experience, in a relevant field
* Experience in any two or more of the following: Game theory, Multicriteria decision-making, Mechanism design, Institution design, Creating and refining models, International relations, International law, Major power relations, Conflict theory, Psychological profiling, Complex systems, Behavioral economics, Macroeconomics, Infographic making, Cooperative technologies, Futures studies, or Foresight methods
* Skilled in academic-style writing
* Relevant publications
* Experience working on, tracking, and successfully completing multiple concurrent tasks to meet deadlines with little supervision

* Broad knowledge of the sciences and plausible technologies
* Knowledge of granular preference aggregation
* Knowledge representation experience
* Understanding of zero-knowledge proofs and trustless protocols
* Skilled in developing informal, semi-formal, and/or formal models

CARMA/SEE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, gender reassignment, partnership status, maternity, or sexual orientation. We are, by policy and action, an inclusive organization and actively promote equal opportunities for all humans with the right mix of talent, knowledge, skills, attitude, and potential, so hiring is only based on individual merit for the job. Note that we are unable to sponsor visas at this time, but non-U.S. contractors may also be considered.
$135,000 - $165,000 a year
Salary plus good benefits