Buck Shlegeris donations made

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Basic donor information

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Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 2 5 36,340 5 5 5 5 5 5 72,674 72,674 72,674 72,674 72,674
AI safety 2 5 36,340 5 5 5 5 5 5 72,674 72,674 72,674 72,674 72,674

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017
AI safety (filter this donor) 2 1 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00
Total 2 1 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017
AI safety 2 1 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00
Classified total 2 1 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 2 1 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00
Total -- -- 72,679.00 5.00 72,674.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Ways I've changed my mind about effective altruism over the past year2017-07-21Buck Shlegeris Miscellaneous commentaryBuck Shlegeris touches on earning to give and pledging in this post: "I’m concerned about having a norm that you should donate. I am somewhat more opposed to attitudes of frugality and self-sacrifice. I wish EA was closer to master morality than slave morality." Further, he writes: "I have a much more negative attitude towards the GWWC pledge than I used to. I think that signing it is a mistake for most young people who signed it. [...] I feel that encouraging the GWWC pledge discourages people from doing direct work or floundering without jobs, both of which are probably more valuable than 10% of a recent grad’s salary. I suspect that more than half of the people I know who signed the GWWC pledge while under 25 now believe that they made that decision badly." Also posted to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bshlgrs/posts/10211394414790814 where it attracts a lot of comments.
Here are the biggest things I got wrong in my attempts at effective altruism over the last ~3 years.2016-05-24Buck Shlegeris Buck Shlegeris Open Philanthropy Vegan Outreach Machine Intelligence Research Institute Broad donor strategyGlobal health|Animal welfare|AI safetyBuck Shlegeris, reflecting on his past three years as an effective altruist, identifies two mistakes he made in his past 3 years as an effective altruist: (1) "I thought leafleting about factory farming was more effective than GiveWell top charities. [...] I probably made this mistake because of emotional bias. I was frustrated by people who advocated for global poverty charities for dumb reasons. [...] I thought that if they really had that belief, they should either save their money just in case we found a great intervention for animals in the future, or donate it to the people who were trying to find effective animal right interventions. I think that this latter argument was correct, but I didn't make it exclusively." (2) "In 2014 and early 2015, I didn't pay as much attention to OpenPhil as I should have. [...] Being wrong about OpenPhil's values is forgivable, but what was really dumb is that I didn't realize how incredibly important it was to my life plan that I understand OpenPhil's values." (3) "I wish I'd thought seriously about donating to MIRI sooner. [...] Like my error #2, this is an example of failing to realize that when there's an unknown which is extremely important to my plans but I'm very unsure about it and haven't really seriously thought about it, I should probably try to learn more about it."

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

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Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Machine Intelligence Research Institute5.0022018AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180407192941/https://intelligence.org/topcontributors/--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute72,674.0012017AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20171223071315/https://intelligence.org/topcontributors/--

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