Jaan Tallinn donations made

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaan_Tallinn
Facebook username jaan.tallinn
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?person=Jaan+Tallinn

Miscellaneous notes: Tallinn is a co-founder of Skype and Kazaa and one of the earlier wealthy supporters of organizations working in AI risk, along with Peter Thiel. In 2011, he had a conversation with Holden Karnofsky sharing his thoughts on AI risk and in particular the work of the Singularity Institute (SI), the former name of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. See https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/givewell/conversations/topics/287 and http://lesswrong.com/lw/cbs/thoughts_on_the_singularity_institute_si/

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012
AI safety (filter this donor) 8 2 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00
Total 8 2 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012
AI safety 8 2 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00
Classified total 8 2 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 8 2 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donor) AI safety/other global catastrophic risks Site TW 7,000,000.00 7,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 604,500.00 60,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00
Total -- -- 7,604,500.00 7,060,500.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 264,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (8 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative5,000,000.002017-12AI safetyhttp://existence.org/2018/01/11/activity-update-december-2017.html-- Donation amount approximate.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute60,500.002017AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20170204024838/https://intelligence.org/topdonors/--
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative2,000,000.002017AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute80,000.002016AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20160115172820/https://intelligence.org/donortools/topdonors.php--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute100,000.002014AI safetyhttp://archive.today/2014.10.10-021359/http://intelligence.org/topdonors/--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute100,000.002013AI safetyhttp://archive.today/2013.10.21-235551/http://intelligence.org/topdonors/--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute109,000.002012AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20120918094656/http://singularity.org:80/topdonors/--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute155,000.002012AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20120719220051/http://singularity.org:80/topdonors/--

Similarity to other donors

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