Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country Canada
Websitehttps://mila.quebec/en/
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/montreal-institute-learning-algorithms-ai-safety-research
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Montreal+Institute+for+Learning+Algorithms
Key peopleYoshua Bengio
Launch date1993
NotesFounded in 1993 by Yoshua Bengio as Laboratoire d’Informatique des Systèmes Adaptatifs (LISA) https://web.archive.org/web/20050203120541/http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~lisa/ https://web.archive.org/web/20140912000123/http://lisa.iro.umontreal.ca/index.html and renamed to MILA around 2015 https://web.archive.org/web/20150323002324/https://sites.google.com/a/lisa.iro.umontreal.ca/mila/

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms

Donor Total 2017
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00
Effective Altruism Grants (filter this donee) 7,650.26 7,650.26
Total 2,407,650.26 2,407,650.26

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Grants7,650.262017-09-29AI safetyhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Initial research in Machine Learning undertaken at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and publication of these results. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program. Earmark: Zac Kenton.
Open Philanthropy Project2,400,000.002017-07AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/montreal-institute-learning-algorithms-ai-safety-research-- Grant to support research to improve the positive long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society. Mainly due to star power of researcher Yoshua Bengio who influences many young ML/AI researchers. Detailed writeup available. See also https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10110258359382500&id=13963931 for a Facebook share by David Krueger, a member of the grantee organization. The comments include some discussion about the grantee. Earmark: Yoshua Bengio; announced: 2017-07-19.