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11 transformative days of learning designed to help shape the trajectory of your life.

Atlas India Fellowship

Program in Oxford

Dates

22 October–1 November, 2022

Location

Oxford, United Kingdom.

Cost

To make sure it's accessible to everyone, the 11-day program is completely free (including travel, visas, housing, food, and all other related expenses).

Is it required?

All Fellows will be invited to the 11-day Oxford program, but don’t need to attend. We trust Fellows to make informed choices about how to use their time.

We've thoughtfully developed the content of our program and think it is a great use of time, especially for Class XII passed students before starting 1st year UG. That said, the Oxford program is only a strongly recommended option, not a requirement.

Sample Schedule

We have 4–7 hours of workshops and activities each day. None of the content is mandatory; we trust students to identify whether attending a session will be more useful for them than their counterfactual (what they could’ve been doing otherwise, such as a 1-on-1 chat with a fellow participant).

Full Day Program
9:00-10:00 am
Breakfast / wake up
10:00-10:20 am
Morning regather
10:20-10:30 am
Break
10:30-11:30 am
Fermi estimates and forecasting
11:30-11:50 am
Break
11:50-12:50 pm
Machine learning
12:50 – 2:10 pm
Lunch
2:10 – 3:10 pm
Active activity: Foam swords
3:10 – 5:30 pm
Challenge: Build a working food delivery startup in the next hour
5:30 – 5:50 pm
Break
5:50 – 7:00 pm
Electives:
Interpretability: a mechanistic understanding of a small transformer
Try these 𝑛 weird tricks to fix the climate
Hacker ethics
How to end poverty
Bayes: puzzles, practical, and why the scientific method is incomplete
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Dinner
8:00 – 8:30 pm
Evening regather and feedback
8:30 – 10:00 pm
Evening activities:
Juggling, actually and mathematically
Trading market: chess master vs 2500 chess engine
I’m not a robot: how captchas fail and why it matters
Fun math puzzles
10:00 pm
Sleep
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Previous Instructors

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Eli Tyre

Eli is a former instructor and curriculum developer for the Center For Applied Rationality, a non-profit that develops and teaches epistemic skills for reasoning about the world and improving one’s life.  

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Chana Messinger

Chana Messinger is a longtime teacher, speaker and writer. She taught math for 9 years, and has been giving workshops and coaching for learning how to think better for the last year.

She has blogged about and helped edit a book about rationality.

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Aaron Scher

Aaron is a recent graduate of Pitzer College where he studied psychology and economics. He enjoys playing tennis and chess despite not being very good! He loves talking about big problems, emotions, and hearing about other people’s passions

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Ross Rheingans-Yoo

Ross Rheingans-Yoo works at the FTX Foundation with a focus on ways of preventing catastrophic pandemics. He previously spent 5 years as a trader and educator at Jane Street, and conducts independent economic research on market design, matching, mechanisms, and networks. Ross blogs infrequently about a variety of topics at Icosian Reflections.

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Thomas Kwa

Thomas Kwa is an undergraduate at Caltech studying computer science. He interned at a quant trading firm in 2021, and is spending this summer 2022 studying AI alignment.

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Ricki Heicklen

Ricki Heicklen is a freelance teacher, techie, and data scientist. She previously worked as a quantitative trader at Jane Street Capital, researching US equities markets and auction structures. She enjoys thinking about optimization, ethics, and collaborative board games.

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Damon Sasi

Damon is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author of Pokemon Rational Fiction, and teacher at various camps and workshops. He’s a strong believer in the power of rationality to improve therapeutic practices, as well as stories as a catalyst for growth, and is working to combine all three in as many ways as possible

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Sydney Von Arx

Sydney Von Arx founded a coding bootcamp for kids and set up a summer program that teaches high school students quantitative reasoning.

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John Salvatier

John Salvatier trained as a chemical engineer and worked as a programmer. He built a popular Bayesian stats library, and has written about the surprising detailedness of reality.

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Matthew “Vaniver” Gray

Vaniver is a freelance writer and data scientist, long-term poster on Less Wrong, currently focused on AI alignment. He worked in semiconductor manufacturing, at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and Redwood Research, as well as instructing at CFAR workshops.

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Jonas Vollmer

Jonas Vollmer oversaw over $20 million in grants to high-impact projects. He previously co-founded and led an AI risk research non-profit with 20 full-time staff.

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Ashley Lin

Ashley Lin founded a nonprofit that brought online cultural exchange to >1,000 students in 35+ countries and wrote a book on community building.

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