Open Archive of Rationalist/EA Cash-Prize Essay Contests/Studies
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Total Prize Money
Winner Selection
Contest Duration
Other impact commentsMain essay page number of referring domains**
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Productivity benefits of weightlifting$50Single judgeIndefinite
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Efficient charity$100Single judge1 week10, 5938, 33
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Making the chaff invisible, and getting the wheat200*Single judgeN/A1
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The best introduction to the LessWrong source$250Panel of judges2 weeks
Winning article no longer available - emailing contest runner to find out if winning entry still available
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Cryonics and Effective Altruism
1 Bitcoin (~$350)
Single judge9 days26
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Spaced Repetition literature review prize$385
Meetup group in-person vote
6 weeks2 page 1 hits Googling "Spaced Repetition literature review"15518
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I Will Pay $500 To Anyone Who Can Convince Me To Cancel My Cryonics Subscription
$500*Single judgeN/A2
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What is up with carbon dioxide and cognition?
Primary prize = contest runner discretion, secondary = $500
Single judgeIndefinite
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General considerations for evaluating small-scale giving opportunities$600Panel of judges5 weeks
"We received no serious submissions before the deadline. As such, none of the prize money was given out."
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Understanding information cascades$800Single judge2 monthsContest not yet completeN/A
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Good questions to ask to an Oracle AI$1,000Single judge7 weeks
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Oops$1000*Single judge1 yearN/A
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Quantified Health Prize$7,500
Single judge of finalists selected by reviewers
13.5 months
All articles lost when hosting site (medicineispersonal.com) was deleted - emailing contest runner to find out if winning entry still available
3 and 11 for contest/results announcement pages respectively
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AI alignment prize round 3$10,000Panel of judges7 months6, 6, 3
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Prize for probable problems$10,000Single judge6 weeks6, 4, 4
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AI alignment prize round 1$15,000Panel of judges2 months
The paper "Approval-directed agency and the decision theory of Newcomb-like problems" has 0 citations on Google scholar
14, 6, 5, 6, 4, 3/6
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AI alignment prize round 2$15,000Panel of judges2.5 months
Winning paper "The Alignment Problem for History-Based
Bayesian Reinforcement Learners" has 0 Google Scholar citations
1, 6, 4, 2, 6
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AI alignment prize round 4$20,000Panel of judges5.5 months0, 2
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Good questions to ask to an Oracle AI$1,000Single judge2 months
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* Unable to determine if prize actually awarded
** Determined with https://smallseotools.com/backlink-checker/
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