I’m not sure exactly the profile of people you want to convince of short timelines, but I’ll assume it’s close to mine: researcher on AI safety with funding/job (the latter being better for launching a sustainable project) that updated on short timelines with some recent developments, but not as much as you apparently did.
Here is how I feel personally about your proposals:
Option 1 seems nice, because I don’t have a platform, so I get free money for basically no cost. But a less selfish action would be to tell you to keep your money.
Option 2 seems nice too, because I would be interested anyway for a timeline discussion, and I get free money. So same caveat of using your money optimally. (I am also under the impression that the people that are not interested/don’t have the time for such discussions would probably ask for a decent amount of money, and I’m not sure it’s worth it from your point of view).
Option 3 is interesting. But I don’t want to work on something that doesn’t seem important and interests me, so I’m slightly afraid of committing myself for 5 years. And also, I’m not sure how interested you would be in the stuff I care about if the timeline is long. So I would be way more excited about this deal if I knew enough about both our research interests to guarantee that I’ll be able to work on interesting things you care about and vice versa.
Your assumptions are mostly correct. Thanks for this feedback, it makes me more encouraged to propose options 1 and 2 to various people. I agree with your criticism of option 3.