Forging AGI’s Future: SingularityNET Fellows

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Forging AGI’s Future: SingularityNET Fellows

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$48,500 USD

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Overview

Develop a competitive, high-profile SingularityNET Fellowship Program to draw top students into SN internships & mentorships. We’ll use a scalable, question-based app methodology piloted at USC to create mentor-mentee pairings that lead to deep long-term mentoring relationships, valuable intern contributions, and paths for hiring and ongoing collaboration. We’ll launch in 2024, iterate, refine the UX, and roll out to students globally. This will infuse new talent and energy into SN, attract startups who want to tap into this unique talent pool, and yield publicity to enhance SN’s Beneficial AGI mission, its larger presence, and even the value of AGIX.

Proposal Description

How Our Project Will Contribute To The Growth Of The Decentralized AI Platform

The SingularityNET Fellows Program will bring tremendous talent into SN’s Beneficial AGI network. It could rival Thiel Fellows and make SN the go-to place for top students who see AGI's transformative potential. Internships coupled with mentoring would inspire students, capture their energy and fresh perspectives, boost publicity for SN, and even enhance AGIX value by creating a positive feedback loop that builds SN’s reputation, spreads its vision, and attracts talent to elevate its reputation.

Our Team

The Fathm educational team is ideally suited for this project. As students, we have a unique understanding of Gen Z, including the challenges of hiring from our age group. We ourselves have had to overcome difficulties hiring students: so many interview well, but perform poorly or are unreliable. Our team has learned from this experience and now has an exceptional network of peers and faculty to provide a quality referral-based system of student outreach to help find the best candidates for SN.

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Company Name (if applicable)

Socratic Sciences Inc.

The core problem we are aiming to solve

Beneficial AGI and SingularityNET are dominated by boomers and millennials, and are not harnessing the talent and energy of younger minds. At 20, I was by far the youngest active participant at the Beneficial AGI conference in Panama. The next youngest was 30. The conference inspired me, and would have inspired many of my peers who want to make a difference. Today’s sharpest young minds haven’t thought much about Beneficial AGI, yet AGI will shape their futures, and the human future. SN’s push towards Beneficial AGI and a distributed network architecture would benefit from an infusion of the best and brightest students, who now are often paying more attention to ESG than Beneficial AGI, which is so much more important. We can, and must, correct this! Gen-Z is looking for meaning and purpose, and wants to make a difference. Help us! Singularity Net -- by swelling its ranks with young talent to help create the breakthrough startups it seeks -- could give Beneficial AGI a real shot at success! This proposal lays out a path towards this.

Our specific solution to this problem

We need a scalable process that can introduce top young minds to SingularityNET’s ecosystem and mission. We have a platform we can adapt to build an innovative SNFellows program that places top students from leading universities into SN companies and burnishes SN’s reputation to boot.

Central to our approach is Fathm, a powerful platform developed by Socratic Sciences to foster authentic connections using tailored, open-ended questions. Fathm, in conjunction with the efforts of our diligent USC team to tap into student networks, will recruit outstanding candidates in the fall of 2024 and match them with compelling company internship opportunities at SN.

The program will kick off in June by signing up 5 SN companies and crafting internships that deliver meaningful work and mentoring. We’ll promote these positions aggressively at USC and elsewhere to attract 50 to 100 talented applicants, use the Fathm platform to orchestrate company matches via a novel question-based evaluation that improves upon traditional interviews, and award 20 internships that we monitor for feedback.

Bringing Gen-Z talent into the Beneficial AGI movement and channeling their creative passions towards breakthrough AI technologies aligned with human flourishing will be valuable to SN. And once this year’s initiative is finished, we’ll be positioned to expand the program to bring even more young minds into SN to help propel its Beneficial AGI mission.

Project details

This proposal lays out an initiative for SingularityNET (“SN”) and its AGI-focused companies to tap into a significant talent pool at top universities. The modest budget we propose hinges on 4 key advantages we have:

  1. An existing core team of motivated USC undergraduates to execute this and bring it to fruition at intern wages. Without their understanding of Gen-Z and access to faculty, student consulting groups, clubs, and such, the program wouldn’t be possible.
  2. An existing sophisticated platform of proprietary open-ended questions proven to catalyze engagement, a $750K app suited for this program, and lots of knowhow.
  3. Successful 2023 student/alumni mentoring pilots to tee up the SN Initiative for immediate execution.
  4. Fortuitous Timing that brings these elements together when the project makes sense for everyone. 6 months ago it wouldn’t have been technically feasible; 6 months hence it would be a distraction from other advancing projects.

We’ll discuss the first two as they are critical, lay out the SN methodology, and look at the larger potential embodied by this program.

USC team. These individuals are in the “Team” section, but some points are worth making here. They are top students. They have connections throughout the USC system and are positioned to recruit top talent. They are at a juncture (Juniors) where they have the experience to execute successfully BUT aren’t yet caught up in job hunting that would limit their available time.

The Fathm Platform. This is a versatile app-centered, question-driven platform for catalyzing authentic discourse and interpersonal connection. Fathm has been successfully piloted among students at USC in various contexts, including successful use optimizing mentor-mentee pairings to establish valuable mentorships. There is no doubt that the platform can be adapted to the needs of this Program. Fathm is effective not only because it amplifies connection and bonding between people by eliciting authentic sharing and storytelling, but because the core experience is asynchronous, which eliminates scheduling burdens. Thus, the SNFellow process won’t be constrained by time-zone differences when international promotions begin.

Looking deeper at the Fathm methodology: Each discussion is convened around a daily open-ended question, and occurs between two people (e.g., a mentor and mentee), or among a small private group (e.g., 4 to 8 people getting a sense of each other). Voice and emojis are supported. User data is protected through end-to-end encryption, access controls, and secure API design. IOS and Android phones, tablets, and laptops are supported, and we‘ll soon include real-time translation, and be collaborating with Hanson Robotics to enhance interaction through AI facilitation.

The core methodology is built on the power of questioning. This is discussed at length in Charles Duhigg’s 2024 book, Supercommunicators, which describes multiple studies involving questions written by Dr. Gregory Stock in his  #1 bestseller, The Book of Questions (BOQ), which was translated into 25 languages. Stock founded Socratic Sciences, orchestrated the creation of Fathm, and pioneered the use of open-ended questions through this best-selling series and his work at the Icahn School of Medicine. He'll be active in the current project.

The power of these open-ended questions to create friendship was validated clinically in studies investigating interpersonal closeness through protocols involving conversations between paired strangers (Aron et al, 1997). Measurable relationship deepening reliably occurred, and subjects enjoyed the experience (5.7 average rating on a 7-point scale). Key elements of Aron’s protocol such as using questions with progressively increasing intensity are embedded in Fathm. Other studies using Stock’s questions have shown that although participants anticipate that these deeper questions would be more awkward than superficial ones, in practice they aren’t (Kumar and Epley, 2021). The Fathm methodology sidesteps this hesitance by automatically providing such questions and by requiring active participation to catalyze the sharing that builds trust and connection.

QUESTION EXAMPLES:

  • Epiphany: What experience or insight has shifted your sense of who you are or what you want to do in life?

  • AGI Justice: If you could put in place an AGI-enabled system that automatically identified, apprehended, and punished everyone who committed a crime, would you? What would be best and worst about living in such a world?

In our initiative, the Socratic Sciences Educational Team at USC will adapt the Fathm tool suite – the Fathm app, onboarding processes, survey tools, customized open-ended questions, etc. – to enable SN companies to draw talented, motivated students from highly competitive programs at top Universities into their work within SN’s Beneficial AGI network.

For the SN Fellows Program to succeed, the internships must deliver value both to the companies and students. Socratic Sciences understands the perspectives of both: students typically want learning, mentoring, networking, and employment opportunities. Companies want useful work, fresh ideas, and a way to find and hire strong talent. To deliver these, each internship needs at least one senior-level mentor. This program requirement greatly increases the chance that good interns will not only be useful, but will consider remaining with the company. Fathm will help SN companies craft internships that provide meaningful work, regular feedback, development opportunities, and engagement with company culture. This will help attract talented interns, harness word-of-mouth, and earn the publicity and reputational benefits SN can harvest from this program.

The program has 6 key phases:

1. Detailed Planning: Crafting robust strategic plans for SN Fellowship Program Pilot. We need plans for: 

  • Recruiting and working with participating companies to configure the internships and mentorships they’ll offer
  • Recruiting student intern candidates
  • The logistics of using Fathm to evaluate promising intern/company matches so selections can be made and fellowships awarded
  • Facilitating intern placement and onboarding
  • Collecting useful feedback to iteratively refine the Internship program

2. Signing up 5 participating SN companies and helping them refine their internship programs and prepare an SN Fellowship Program website entry, video, and other outreach materials

3. Screening and Recruiting Students to get 50 to 100 top intern applicants for review by selected companies seeking a total of 20 to 25 interns from the first cohort of SN Fellows

4. Orchestrating Fathm matches between candidates and companies

5. Awarding 20 SN fellowships for 2-month placements at companies ($500/intern/month)

6. Feedback to help assess and improve the process

The planning, company recruitment, intern placement, and Assessment phases (1,2,5,6) are intuitive and don’t warrant further explanation. The screening and matching phases (3,4), though, are novel and so are described below.

Screening: After the full set of internship offerings has been finalized, our USC team will populate a promotional website and reach out to relevant student clusters to find those who are qualified and interested in them. All submissions will be via the website, and will be shepherded by our staff. Our team will screen and sort these applications so that appropriate candidates - together with application letters, resumes, and other materials - can be easily evaluated by host companies. With that done, each company engages with ALL applicants of interest through an efficient, week-long Fathm experience that requires about 30 min/day interacting with small groups of candidates chatting about questions dealing with values, purpose, meaning, AI, and the human future on the app. The Fathm process is hard to game. It reveals much more about the temperament, personality, and mindset of applicants than traditional interviews, and it shows students more about a company and its culture than they’d otherwise see. Personal resonances emerge; applicants and employers notice dynamics and personalities they want to avoid; choices become clearer. After these sessions, applicants and employers indicate who they wish to explore further, and, where mutual interest exists, the USC team contacts the parties to facilitate a direct one-on-one interaction through Fathm or a traditional video interface. 

Once a hire is made, Fathm will provide an asynchronous onboarding and team-building session that is a low-friction way for interns to meet those in the company and begin to integrate into the culture.

Potential: The Fall 2024 SNFellow release will place 20 or more interns into 5 or more SN companies in a creative, novel way. It will be labor intensive the first year, as significant learning and experimentation need to occur. The 2025 iteration of the program, though, will be much easier. Company outreach, student recruitment, signup and matching procedures will exist, and there will be a website, testimonials, awareness, and word-of-mouth. Company opportunities, intern applications, company screenings, and async Fathm matching are all online so the program can scale numerically, expand geographically, and include virtual internships. And once we implement LLM translation, even language differences could be easily transcended.

The proposed Fellows Program will be effective at sourcing talent globally, will garner serious publicity as a model for Gen-Z engagement, and will motivate companies to join SingularityNET.  Plus, the SNFellows Program is structured to scale and can grow as rapidly as SN can. The program’s primary constraint will be how many strong intern opportunities SN companies can craft, not any shortage of talent.

Competition and USPs

The internship market is crowded with platforms like Handshake, Chegg and WayUp. They serve as powerful job boards but ignore a huge problem: top Gen Z students are adept at self-marketing and it’s hard to discern their true potential and engagement qualities.

Fathm screens applicants in conventional ways. It then uses its methodology to expose students who lack commitment and reliability, and to reveal personality qualities critical for success. Fathm also fosters mentorships that create exceptional experiences for employers and students alike.

Fathm delivers not just qualified candidates, but invested and reliable ones matched to company needs and culture. Fathm’s competitors don’t. They’re content aggregators who don’t sift the applicant pool through deeper processes. In a saturated market of listing platforms, Fathm's unique value proposition resonates with companies frustrated by Gen Z candidates who interview well but underdeliver -- a critical pain point.

Existing resources

Three resources position us perfectly to execute this initiative:

  • Fathm, a versatile platform that enables private asynchronous engagement around open-ended questions. The mobile app component, which took 2 years and $500,000 to build, has robust capabilities and a proven UX.
  • 2,000 proprietary open-ended questions created by Dr. Gregory Stock in his best-selling "Book of Questions" series published in 25 languages. It commands brand awareness we can leverage promotionaly. Clinical studies show that these questions reliably spark sharing and deepen feelings of closeness.
  • A team of talented USC undergraduates who understand Gen-Z and have rich connections to key faculty, student organizations, and clubs vital for student outreach.

Combined with seasoned Socratic Sciences staff and advisors, these three set us up to carry this program to fruition, scaling, and prominent exposure.

Open Source Licensing

Custom

Key elements of the internship program cannot be open-sourced in software terms, as various aspects of the process are proprietary: The questions are copyrighted, Fathm design and use patents have been filed. Company projects for interns may be proprietary. But broad aspects of the process will be public, so the methods can and will be applied by other companies (though likely not as effectively as through Socratic Sciences). Moreover, we intend to publish papers about other aspects of the program like how to design impactful internships and create powerful mentoring relationships.

Links and references

www.socraticsciences.com 

Aron, A. et al. The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness. Personality and Social Psych Bull 1997, 23 (4), 363-377

Kumar, A.; Epley, N., It’s surprisingly nice to hear you: Misunderstanding the impact of communication media can lead to suboptimal choices of how to connect with others. Jnl of Exptl Psych 2021, 150 (3), 595-607

Gregory Stock, The Book of Questions, 1987, Workman

Charles Duhigg. Supercommunicators, 2024, Random House

Additional videos

https://youtu.be/iR3glU5Dv0w

Proposal Video

DF Spotlight Day - DFR4 - Sadie Stock and Gregory Stock - Forging AGIs Future SingularityNET Fellows

4 June 2024
  • Total Milestones

    6

  • Total Budget

    $48,500 USD

  • Last Updated

    4 Jun 2024

Milestone 1 - Establishing the Plan and Execution Foundation

Description

In this phase the people on the USC team will shift to the SingularityNET effort and coordinate with the core Socratic Sciences Team. The USC team will shape the Fellowship Program by developing workflow plans and timeline details for the summer & fall activities that bring it into being. This deep dive will produce an overarching SN Fellowship Plan with (1) descriptions of best practice guidelines for Intern/Mentoring programs by participating companies (2) strategic Bus Dev details for reaching out to and signing up the target companies associated with SN (3) the strategy for student outreach and program promotion to draw in quality student applicants including specifications for an SN Fellowship website to accept applications and promote the program (4)The logistics timing and details of intern outreach screening and applicant review by companies and of the Fathm matching process (5) The procedures and timing of the SNFellow awards and the internship placement process (6) The process for gathering useful feedback from companies and interns about their experience their criticisms and their suggestions for adjusting and improving the program in its next iteration. In this planning process some adjustments to details of future milestones and timing may occur.

Deliverables

(1) USC Execution team in place: Sadie Franki Nick Luca Caitlyn (2) SingularityNet Fellows Program Plan completed with: (2a) Best-practice guidelines for mentorship and internships (2b) Target list of SingularityNET companies and contact vectors to reach the appropriate people in each. (We will start working towards Milestone 2 in this phase too reaching out to some of these individuals and getting intros to their connections and referrals.) (2c) Internship and onboarding program requirements for companies (2d) Student outreach and promotional plans including ideation around the best venues for reaching great students the application process the submission materials the design of the SN Fellowship website and the timelines for these activities (2e) The criteria and processes for selecting mentor-mentee matches announcing fellowship winners and starting student internships (2f) The strategy for getting useful feedback from students and employers about what is working and what needs refinement.

Budget

$6,500 USD

Milestone 2 - Signing up SingularityNET Company Internships

Description

In this phase we’ll reach out to SingularityNet companies and individuals identified in Milestone 1 to enroll them in the Fellows Program. This will involve scheduling and conducting meetings with key people at each target company to discuss the program its goals what they’ll need to do and the benefits of participating. We anticipate that the SN fellowship awards will cover the initial month of intern salary (500) and that companies will then pay ongoing internship wages of 500/m (potentially via AGIX). This arrangement will provide low-risk trial for companies an appealing program for quality students a low-cost path forward once companies confirm the value of specific interns and a lower budget for this SN Fellowship Program than if supported interns for longer. A key deliverable is to have commitments from 3 or more companies associated with SingularityNet at this point. After securing commitment the Fathm team will work with the SN ecosystem companies to define and describe internship positions for student fellows. To create internships that are engaging and exciting for students it will be crucial to: 1) ensure roles are challenging and align with both company needs and student interests 2) identify appealing mentors who can provide a compelling and motivating experience for mentee(s) throughout the fellowship and 3) document roles responsibilities and expectations.

Deliverables

(1) SingularityNet Fellows Program Company Outreach Report with the below specifics: (1a) Commitment letters from 3 or more SingularityNET companies; preliminary sketches of 10 or more internship projects at these companies; likely mentors for interns in these companies; and a contact point at each participating company for delivering materials collaborating with our USC Team and orchestrating the company side of the Fathm matching process in the fall of 2024. We expect at this point to have engaged with a number of individuals at these companies and with others at SN to draw on their counsel and connections to reach out more expansively at SN if needed. (1b) Strategy revisions for securing other company participants and developing sufficient internships for a broad outreach campaign to students in the fall of 2024. At this stage we will have demonstrated the appeal of the SN fellowship program within the SN ecosystem and will be well on our way to securing the participation needed to make this Initiative a robust demonstration of this talent sourcing approach.

Budget

$4,500 USD

Milestone 3 - Student Outreach and Enrollment

Description

This phase involves creating the SingularityNET (“SN”) Fellowship website using it to highlight SN internships executing a marketing campaign to attract talented USC students and accepting applications through the website. For marketing outreach we anticipate producing short promotional videos with InVideo AI. One will present SingularityNET and the opportunity represented by the fellowship program. Others will showcase participating companies and their internships. We’ll collaborate with the companies about the video content but will produce them ourselves. Videos will include QR code links to the fellowship website and will be distributed by: (1) enlisting USC student influencers to post them on Instagram LinkedIn and TikTok (2) reaching out to faculty and club presidents to post them on Discord and Slack channels on Blackboard (course announcement) pages and in classes and (3) engaging USC faculty and club presidents in referral-based outreach. This multi-channel approach will maximize reach and impact. We’ll also begin to move applicants into rolling screening by companies. These initial screenings based on applicant submission materials will determine which students are invited into the Fathm matching phase and with which companies.

Deliverables

The key deliverables for this milestone will be student applications and promotional videos. (1) Student Applicants: (1a) Internship descriptions and applicant guidelines (1b)At least 50 to 100 student applications through the website. We are focusing on the USC community in this first outreach but all applicants will be considered and we expect to see many from diverse areas since our publicity materials will push into general social media realms. (2) Promotional Videos: (2a) A promotional video highlighting SingularityNET and this fellowship program (2b) Short videos featuring participating companies and their internships.

Budget

$9,500 USD

Milestone 4 - Fathm-Mediated Intern Placements

Description

During this phase Fathm sessions among small clusters of qualified applicants and mentors from individual SingularityNet companies will create mentor-mentee matches. Students signed up from Milestone 3 who have submitted applications through the website and successfully passed initial company screenings will be “qualified” and placed in a Fathm session with the particular company they applied to. The Fathm pilot phase will include one to two 5-day rounds of mentors and mentees answering a daily question and engaging in discussions. These questions will be tailored to the SN ecosystem and designed to reveal students’ characters personalities interests and internship suitability. But the conversation is two-way so it will also show students a lot about the companies. After this process both interns and company mentors indicate their interest in moving forward and where mutuality exists enter a one-on-one real-time interaction that leads to a final decision. This process makes it likely that students awarded these internships will be talented doers who fit company cultures and sync with SingularityNET’s mission. Drawing engaged students like this into SingularityNet will pave the way for future innovation. There will be substantial technical involvement of the full Socratic Sciences Team in this phase.

Deliverables

(1) Application submissions for company screenings: (1a) Lists of qualified applicants compiled from Milestone 3 sign-ups transmitted to various companies for evaluation and screening and (1b) at least 3 companies have reviewed and returned them. (2) Completion of Fathm Experience by 2 or more companies. Fathm sessions at some companies might be slowed by company responsiveness or other unpredictable factors so the milestone here is not completion of the Fathm matching process but having it running successfully with internship placements underway.

Budget

$9,000 USD

Milestone 5 - Announcing Fellowship Winners

Description

In the awards phase in December of 2024 we’ll announce SingularityNet Fellowship winners and smooth the start of their internships. As Fathm matches are made and internships are offered accepted winners will be announced confirmations posted and welcoming emails sent to winning interns about their start dates. We’ll also distribute onboarding materials to set guidelines and expectations and a best-practices mentoring guide to mentors and mentees. The Fathm team will organize a Zoom session to introduce interns and respective mentors at their companies and answer any questions. In January 2025 students will start working part-time under their respective mentors. Their first month will be supported by the Deep Funding Fellowship awards then if invited by the company they’ll continue their internships under company financing for whatever duration is appropriate. Our Program budget for this period thus includes 10000 to support 20 interns for one month each at 500/m. To help ensure that the internships succeed Fathm’s USC team will structure two check-ins to monitor progress and provide support. We’ll talk to mentors and mentees after 2 weeks and 4 weeks to identify and help with any challenges encountered.

Deliverables

(1) 10 or more fellowship winners and a pipeline of additional student interns. To meet this milestone we will: (1a) compile a list of confirmed fellowship winners along with their assigned mentors companies and the progress status for students and companies who have not yet progressed to completion of the process. We hope to complete the placement of all interns by the start of January but there may be modest delays at some companies that slow this pace so the milestone is to have company placements well underway 10 completed and others progressing. (1b) We’ll also have distributed mentor/mentee guidelines to set internship expectations for both companies and interns and have completed in-person orientation sessions for fellowship winners.

Budget

$16,000 USD

Milestone 6 - SN Fellowship Program Feedback and Evaluation

Description

Once the first cohort of internships is completely finished we’ll compile a comprehensive report detailing what works well in the SingularityNET Fellowship Program process and what most needs to be refined. This report will include comments from participating companies fellowship interns company mentors unsuccessful applicants and the USC team as well as a quantitative analysis of the end-to-end process. The intent of this phase is to gather the data needed to allow SingularityNET companies and those in the Fellowship Program to decide if the program is worth continuing and expanding and if this is the case what improvements would be most worthwhile. The interviews for the report might also suggest how best to fund and promote the program going forward. If the Fellowship Program is a success the 2024 participating companies will no doubt want to continue in 2025 and encourage others in the SingularityNET ecosystem to join as well. Having application submissions through the website and asynchronous interactions through Fathm makes the SN Fellowship Program highly scalable. We expect to be well positioned to roll it out at multiple universities and internationally to funnel top talent from around the world into the SingularityNET ecosystem. This would provide excellent and expansive publicity for SN and might even attract young companies to SN to tap into the top talent they can access this way.

Deliverables

(1) A Final Socratic Sciences SingularityNet Fellowship Program Report that includes: (1a) Quantitative and qualitative assessments of the success of the fellowship program (1b) Detailed feedback from participating companies students and mentors (1c) Recommendations for program refinement based on the feedback and other metrics (1d) Outreach plans for expanding to additional companies in the SingularityNET ecosystem (1e) A strategy for scaling recruitment internationally at top universities and other talent pools and using the Program to promote SingularityNET.

Budget

$3,000 USD

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    Gombilla
    Jun 2, 2024 | 12:34 PM

    Great job by the team. I want to inquire how the proposer plans on ensuring the scalability and effectiveness of the mentorship program ?. Also, how do you plan on addressing potential biases or inequalities in the selection process, and managing expectations for both mentors and mentees ?

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      Sadie Stock
      Jun 8, 2024 | 1:08 AM

      Great questions. Thanks for looking closely at our proposal. The elements that will make this program unique and highly effective is to (1) tie together internships with long-term mentoring relationships, (2) ensure that there is alignment regarding goals and expectations, and (3) be sure that there is good chemistry between the interns and their advisor/ mentors.   As to #1, today, mentoring tends to be highly transactional and short-term, but we have found that both mentors and mentees often want deeper, longer-term relationships and that these are the ones that are truly valuable for both parties. This is particularly important in an area like AGI, where students are very interested and talented but relatively uninformed.  We explicitly make this part of the program and help companies craft internships that really will work. As to #2, our screening process ensures that matches and talents make sense for both parties. … All too often, students focus on the competition and winning the positions, but the way we are promoting this will minimize this. And as to #3 — the use of Fathm questions in this process, which we have successfully piloted at USC, really does lead to the emergence of strong resonances, because our open-ended questions really get people talking about real things and what they really care about. We understand these things because we have been digging into this deeply and we, as students, are living the process. This DOES work … and it will be highly scalable because the process is all online and cuts through so much of the general recruitment issues for these programs. We see this ultimately both being prominent on the SNET website AND a major publicity generator in its own right. Sure, there will be tweaking, but this process is one that is both compelling and engaging … and it is refreshing because it involves authentic interaction rather than build merely around cv’s and interviewing skills.  Finally, as to biases, those are hard to get around, BUT the core of our selection process is to put interns into nurturing situations where they have resonance with a mentor. Where bias exists, it will undercut the establishment of these resonances, and frankly it is better to have that happen upfront so those situations can be avoided, rather than have students get into situations that just don’t work because of those problems.  Hope these answers were helpful. We are well aware that this is an ambitious proposal, but we have a great team, great experience, and great technology already in place, and we know that we can pull this off if we have the chance. And it will almost certainly be highly valuable for SNET. Thanks for your interest.

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Impact of this proposal is inspiring.

To summarise, this proposal aims to bring 20 interns for SingularityNet who have enough ability to contribute to the SingularityNet goals and be able to mentor some young Gen-Z talents to join the SNET Fellows program. At first glance, the team has conducted a comprehensive proposal with sufficient information about the proposal.

The goals and the impact of this proposal are inspiring, and with the resources from the team, we believe that this proposal is completely feasible. Another plus from this proposal is that it could be able to attract more people to join the mission of building and growing the decentralized AI platform, and also, be able to expanding the SingularityNet bigger in the University of Southern California. This proposal also be able to solve the shortage of skilled AI builders by fostering mentorships to empower their experience and skills during the mentorship.

There is one thing that our team worries about this proposal it's budget for the implementation. We believe that with this amount of budget required, they could be able to scale this solution into a bigger range, not only stop by providing internship at a really limited time which is 2 months. Additionally, with only 2 months, we are afraid that this might not be able to generate impactful outcomes as this is a really short period of time for an internship. Although the team members are all talented members coming from the Fathm and USC teams, we could not identify anyone who has expertise in AI and blockchain development training which could facilitate the mentorship so we could say that it might be a bit risky because we could not expect the outcomes from this mentorship.

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    Max1524
    Jun 10, 2024 | 7:59 AM

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    Clarify spending budget

    I see providing 20 interns for SNET as a positive overall contribution to the SNET ecosystem in terms of human resources. But is the requested amount of 48,500 enough to carry out a series of tasks that the team plans to carry out? For that reason, I want the team to be more specific about budget spending. Being able to present the budget in tabular form would be great. Thank you team.

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    inesgav
    Jun 9, 2024 | 11:54 AM

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    developing a key node in Southern California

    I was fascinated by this proposal led by a new generation, a generation that is not usually present in the type of financing rounds such as Deep Funding and perhaps that is why the proposal is so fresh and novel. Additionally, developing a mentorship program at the University of Southern California will be a huge asset for SingularityNET because it will attract top quality talent to the Ecosystem. This proposal will undoubtedly strengthen the decentralization of the Community, developing a key node in Southern California and raising the quality of the content and developments produced by this experienced team. Amazing project!

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    nayfack
    Jun 8, 2024 | 6:00 PM

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    Good potential for impact

    It is good to see interest from GenZ and irrespective of proposal outcome the segment should be included in perspectives for AGI. Here are some brief strengths and areas for consideration. 

    Strengths:

    • Clear proposal with evaluation system.
    • Enthusiasm to self organize in a key segment.
    • Well thought out evaluation approach.

    Areas for Consideration:

    • Is AI/AGI research a priority at USC university? 
    • Is 2 months enough time for Internships? What about beyond this term?
    • How will the budget address scaling the program per time frame and resources?

    Thanks for assembling your proposal!

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    King Eddie
    Jun 8, 2024 | 7:10 AM

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    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 3
    • Desirabilty 3
    • Usefulness 3
    SingularityNET Fellows Program:Forging AGI Future

    The SingularityNET Fellows Program aims to attract top students to SingularityNET (SN) through competitive internships and mentorships, leveraging a scalable, question-based app methodology piloted at USC. This initiative, led by the Fathm educational team, will pair students with SN companies to foster deep, long-term mentoring relationships and valuable intern contributions, enhancing SN's Beneficial AGI mission. Launching in 2024, the program will recruit 50 to 100 talented students and place 20 interns into 5 SN companies using the Fathm platform, which facilitates authentic connections through tailored open-ended questions. This program addresses the generational gap in the AI field, infusing fresh talent and perspectives into SN, attracting startups, and boosting the value of AGIX. The project builds on Fathm's proven engagement methods and the strong connections of USC undergraduates, aiming for a global rollout to recruit top talent. This initiative promises to enhance SN’s reputation, expand its network, and support its mission to develop beneficial AGI.

     

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    Tu Nguyen
    Jun 6, 2024 | 8:00 AM

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    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 4
    Forging AGI’s Future: SingularityNET Fellows

    The core issue this proposal raises is that AGI is beneficial and SingularityNET is dominated by boomers and millennials, and fails to harness the talent and energy of young minds. This proposal will create the Fathm platform, a powerful platform developed by Socrates Sciences that fosters authentic connections using relevant, open-ended questions.
    Personal opinion: They should choose more necessary and concise information to share. It is purely my personal opinion on the presentation and does not influence my rating.

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    JoeyNB_COS
    Jun 2, 2024 | 1:35 PM

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    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 3
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 4
    Creative, clear and worth experimenting.

    I enjoyed reading this proposal, the milestone were clear, the team's background was ideal as they would be the type of people to intern, I liked that this came from a university - I wish I could grade on creativity. I can only imagine the thought process to propose, form a team and go after funding as university student via a DAO - glad to see this proposal.

    I believe formulating a third-party to manage internships novel; reminiscent of a union mixed with a modern incubator.

    I am curious to see how this proposal will be executed, considering the depth provided in the milestones and throughout the proposal. My judgements are reserved for the assumption of capacity, and assumption of interest by the spin-offs, seeing first hand spin-offs biting off more than they can chew (not necessarily negative) with new ideas, projects or in some cases talent. The challenges that face this group will be political, managing the time, expectation and capacities of multiple stakeholders.

    I do like the idea of Fathm Platform, and personally would be curious to try this. It does feel like a bait and switch, providing the resources to prepare the ecosystem with brilliant interns but also feels like a ploy to integrate new technology - the use of open source technology, SingularityNET technology or partner technology will always be preferred.

    Overall, I enjoyed this idea - there are gaps in the planning and many assumptions are made, but nonetheless is well thought out, involves the next generation and puts a group of like minded talent into a great organisation.

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    CLEMENT
    Jun 2, 2024 | 12:31 PM

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    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 3
    • Desirabilty 5
    • Usefulness 5
    This will infuse new talent into SNET community

    This project in its essence, presents an exciting opportunity to attract top students and infuse new talent into the SingularityNET community. The project's approach of implementing a question-based app methodology for mentor-mentee pairings and offering valuable internships and mentorships, will foster deep, long-term relationships that contribute to the development of beneficial AGI.

    I can also speak from a from a general perspective, that this project has the potential to make a significant impact by nurturing the next generation of AI talent and fostering collaboration and innovation within the SingularityNET community.

    Kudos to the team  

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    Donald Nguyen
    May 29, 2024 | 10:32 AM

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    4

    • Feasibility 5
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 5
    • Usefulness 4
    Promising AI training and internship for SNET

    The goals of the team is clear and the concept to attract students and interns for the SingularityNet  project which is a feasible idea as the team will use the resources from Fathm, in order to connect 5 companies which can offer internships for the SingularityNet. The goals to achieve 50-100 applicants is absolutely realistic and by the end, they will award 20 internships. I could see that the project has mentioned about the USC team which I could see that they are talented students which I believe they could completely facilitate the success of the internship with the support from Hanson Robotics. 

     

     In every milestone, I could see that they have provided a thorough description, which include exact number of tasks they planned to take action on as well as a good description on how they planned to deliver the outcomes of each outcomes. Everything seems reasonable with the amount of funds required for each of the milestone mentioned in the proposal. 

     

    With the rise of the AI industry and the blockchain technology, I believe that there will be many people who, especially students who might find it interesting to have an internship in one of the big AI project on the blockchain, the SingularityNet. Therefore, I could say that there will be a big enough number of fellows who might fit the supply of internship and training from this project. Moreover, as they have already aimed at the USC student team, I would say that they have already planned for the implementation of the proposal as well as the number of participants in this proposal.

     

    By awarding the mentorships and internships for the students, who are the young talents within the USC, it is clear that the team is trying to contribute more talents for the SingularityNet team, hence, they can expand the developers community within the SingularityNet ecosystem as well as bring more talented resources to join and build the decentralized AI platform. However, I could say that 2 month is a really short internship, I would expect them to expand the length of the internship in order to bring a more impactful contribution to the network.

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    Joseph Gastoni
    May 22, 2024 | 2:10 PM

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    3

    • Feasibility 3
    • Viability 2
    • Desirabilty 3
    • Usefulness 3
    a fellowship program to connect young talent

    This proposal outlines a fellowship program to connect young talent with SingularityNET (SN) companies through internships and mentoring. Here's a breakdown of its strengths and weaknesses:

    Feasibility:

    • Moderate-High: The core concept is feasible, but the project relies on several factors:
      • Company Participation: Securing 5 SN companies to offer internships with good mentors in a short time frame (6 months).
      • Student Recruitment: Attracting 50-100 top students, especially considering potential competition from other internship programs.
      • Fathm Platform: Adapting the Fathm platform for SN's needs and ensuring a smooth user experience.

    Viability:

    • Moderate: Success depends on the quality of internship placements, effectiveness of the Fathm platform, and the program's ability to attract media attention.
      • Strengths: The proposal offers a unique student selection process and focuses on mentorship.
      • Weaknesses: The proposal lacks details on measuring the program's impact on SN or intern career paths.

    Desirability:

    • Moderate: For Gen-Z students interested in AI and aligning with a positive mission, this could be desirable.
      • Strengths: The proposal offers exposure to cutting-edge AI and the chance to contribute to Beneficial AGI.
      • Weaknesses: The proposal needs to clearly articulate the program's benefits for students beyond just internships.

    Usefulness:

    • Moderate: The project has the potential to connect talented students with SN companies, but its impact depends on the program's execution and long-term vision.
      • Strengths: The proposal focuses on mentorship and fostering long-term connections within the SN ecosystem.
      • Weaknesses: The proposal lacks a clear plan for expanding the program beyond the initial pilot year.

    Overall, the SingularityNET Fellowship Program has an interesting approach, but focus on:

    • Securing Strong Internships: Work closely with SN companies to develop high-quality internship opportunities with engaged mentors.
    • Refine Fathm Platform Integration: Ensure the platform is user-friendly and effectively assesses student-company compatibility.
    • Develop Clear Metrics: Define success metrics beyond just intern placement, such as student career outcomes, company satisfaction, and media coverage.
    • Sustainability Plan: Outline a strategy for securing funding and expanding the program beyond the pilot year.

    Strengths:

    • Unique student selection process using the Fathm platform.
    • Focus on mentorship and building long-term connections within the SN ecosystem.
    • Potential to attract media attention and enhance SN's reputation.

    Weaknesses:

    • Relies on securing company participation and student interest within a short timeframe.
    • Lacks clear metrics to measure the program's long-term impact.
    • Needs a more concrete plan for program sustainability beyond the pilot year.

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