AI safety is not a community

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When I am feeling especially cynical and upset, it feels like AI safety is not a community. What do I mean by this? Basically, I think I've been in communities before, and being a part of the AI safety community does not feel like that.

Some aspects of this:

  • AI safety has left the "hobbyist stage". People can actually now get paid to think about this full time, it has a certain amount of prestige, etc., so now it feels like a lot of people are trying to break in. There's a lot of competition for positions, which means suddenly that the people who you thought were supposed to be helping you are actually trying to get ahead of you.
  • There's a lot of private discussion happening among groups of people in a pretty conspicuous way, so it's easy to feel like one is being left out.

TODO: give specific examples of communities.