Machine Intelligence Research Institute donations made (filtered to cause areas matching AI safety)

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Basic donor information

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This entity is also a donee.

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793
AI safety 1 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793 3,793

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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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 2018
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 1 3,793.15 3,793.15
Total 1 1 3,793.15 3,793.15

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018
AI safety 1 1 3,793.15 3,793.15
Classified total 1 1 3,793.15 3,793.15
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00
Total 1 1 3,793.15 3,793.15

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018
AI Safety Camp (filter this donor) 3,793.15 3,793.15
Total -- -- 3,793.15 3,793.15

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (17 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Our 2019 Fundraiser Review2020-02-13Colm Ó Riain Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI gives an update on its 2019 fundraiser. It goes into several reasons for the total amout of money raised in the fundraiser ($601,120) being less than the amounts raised in 2017 and 2018. Reasons listed include: (1) lower value of cryptocurrency than in 2017, (2) nondisclosed-by-default policy making it harder for potential donors to evaluate research, (3) changes to US tax law in 2018 that may encourage donation bunching, (4) fewer counterfactual matching opportunities for donations, (4) possible donor perception of diminishing returns on marginal donations, (5) variation driven by fluctuation in amounts from larger donors, (6) former earning-to-give donors moving to direct work, (7) urgent needs for funds expressed by MIRI to donors in previous years, causing a front-loading of donations in those years. The post ends by saying that although the fundraiser raised less than expected, MIRI appreciates the donor support and that they will be able to pursue the majority of their growth plans.
MIRI’s 2019 Fundraiser2019-12-02Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI announces its 2019 fundraiser, with a target of $1 million for fundraising. The blog post describes MIRI's projected budget, and provides more details on MIRI's activities in 2019, including (1) workshops and scaling up, and (2) research and write-ups. Regarding research, the blog post reaffirms continuation of the nondisclosure-by-default policy announced in 2018 at https://intelligence.org/2018/11/22/2018-update-our-new-research-directions/ The post is link-posted to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/LCApwxbdX4njYzgdr/miri-s-2019-fundraiser (GW, IR)
New grants from the Open Philanthropy Project and BERI2019-04-01Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research InstituteOpen Philanthropy Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces two grants to it: a two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2019 totaling $2,112,500 from the Open Philanthropy Project, with half of it disbursed in 2019 and the other half disbursed in 2020. The amount disbursed in 2019 (of a little over $1.06 million) is on top of the $1.25 million already committed by the Open Philanthropy Project as part of the 3-year $3.75 million grant https://intelligence.org/2017/11/08/major-grant-open-phil/ The $1.06 million in 2020 may be supplemented by further grants from the Open Philanthropy Project. The grant size from the Open Philanthropy Project was determined by the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The post also notes that the Open Philanthropy Project plans to determine future grant sizes using the Committee. MIRI expects the grant money to play an important role in decision-making as it executes on growing its research team as described in its 2018 strategy update post https://intelligence.org/2018/11/22/2018-update-our-new-research-directions/ and fundraiser post https://intelligence.org/2018/11/26/miris-2018-fundraiser/
Our 2018 Fundraiser Review2019-02-11Colm Ó Riain Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI gives an update on its 2018 fundraiser. Key topics discussed include four types of donation matching programs that MIRI benefited from: (1) WeTrust Spring's ETH-matching event, (2) Facebook's Giving Tuesday event with https://donations.fb.com/giving-tuesday/ linked to, (3) Double Up Drive challenge, (4) Corporate matching.
MIRI’s 2018 Fundraiser2018-11-26Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research InstituteDan Smith Aaron Merchak Matt Ashton Stephen Chidwick Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI announces its 2018 end-of-year fundraising, with Target 1 of $500,000 and Target 2 of $1,200,000. It provides an overview of its 2019 budget and plans to explain the values it has worked out for Target 1 and Target 2. The post also mentions a matching opportunity sponsored by professional poker players Dan Smith, Aaron Merchak, Matt Ashton, and Stephen Chidwick, in partnership with Raising for Effective Giving (REG), which provides matching for donations to MIRI and REG up to $20,000. The post is referenced by Effective Altruism Funds in their grant write-up for a $40,000 grant to MIRI, at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi
2018 Update: Our New Research Directions2018-11-22Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI executive director Nate Soares explains the new research directions being followed by MIRI, and how they differ from the original Agent Foundations agenda. The post also talks about how MIRI is being cautious in terms of sharing technical details of its research, until there is greater internal clarity on what findings need to be developed further, and what findings should be shared with what group. The post ends with guidance for people interested in joining the MIRI team to further the technical agenda. The post is referenced by Effective Altruism Funds in their grant write-up for a $40,000 grant to MIRI, at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi The nondisclosure-by-default section of the post is also referenced by Ben Hoskin in https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BznrRBgiDdcTwWWsB/2018-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison#MIRI__The_Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute (GW, IR) and also cited by him as one of the reasons he is not donating to MIRI this year (general considerations related to this are described at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BznrRBgiDdcTwWWsB/2018-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison#Openness (GW, IR) in the same post). Issa Rice also references these concerns in his donation decision write-up for 2018 at https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 but nonetheless decides to allocate $500 to MIRI.
Fundraising success!2018-01-10Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces the success of its fundraiser, providing information on its top doonors, and thanking everybody who contributed.
MIRI 2017 Fundraiser and Strategy Update2017-12-15Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI provides an update on its fundraiser and its strategy in a general-interest forum for people interested in effective altruism. They say the fundraiser is already going quite well, but believe they can still use marginal funds well to expand more.
End-of-the-year matching challenge!2017-12-14Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research InstituteChristian Calderon Marius van Voorden Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI gives an update on how its fundraising efforts are going, noting that it has met its first fundraising target, listing two major donations (Christian Calderon: $367,574 and Marius van Voorden: $59K), and highlighting the 2017 charity drive where donations up to $1 million to a list of charities including MIRI will be matched.
MIRI’s 2017 Fundraiser2017-12-01Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyDocument provides cumulative target amounts for 2017 fundraiser ($625,000 Target 1, $850,000 Target 2, $1,250,000 Target 3) along with what MIRI expects to accomplish at each target level. Funds raised from the Open Philanthropy Project and an anonymous cryptocurrency donor (see https://intelligence.org/2017/07/04/updates-to-the-research-team-and-a-major-donation/ for more) are identified as reasons for the greater financial security and more long-term and ambitious planning.
A major grant from the Open Philanthropy Project2017-09-08Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research InstituteOpen Philanthropy Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces that it has received a three-year grant at $1.25 million per year from the Open Philanthropy Project, and links to the announcement from Open Phil at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2017 and notes "The Open Philanthropy Project has expressed openness to potentially increasing their support if MIRI is in a position to usefully spend more than our conservative estimate, if they believe that this increase in spending is sufficiently high-value, and if we are able to secure additional outside support to ensure that the Open Philanthropy Project isn’t providing more than half of our total funding."
Updates to the research team, and a major donation2017-07-04Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces a surprise $1.01 million donation from an Ethereum cryptocurrency investor (2017-05-30) as well as updates related to team and fundraising.
2017 Updates and Strategy2017-04-30Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI provides updates on its progress as an organization and outlines its strategy and budget for the coming year. Key update is that recent developments in AI have made them increase the probability of AGI before 2035 by a little bit. MIRI has also been in touch with researchers at FAIR, DeepMind, and OpenAI.
Ask MIRI Anything (AMA) (GW, IR)2016-10-11Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee AMAAI safetyRob Bensinger, the Research Communications Manager at MIRI, hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Effective Altruism Forum during the October 2016 Fundraiser.
MIRI’s 2016 Fundraiser2016-09-16Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI announces its single 2016 fundraiser (as opposed to previous years when it conducted two fundraisers, it is conducting just one this time, in the Fall).
MIRI Fundraiser: Why now matters (GW, IR)2015-07-24Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyCross-posted at LessWrong and on the MIRI blog at https://intelligence.org/2015/07/20/why-now-matters/ -- this post occurs just two months after Soares takes over as MIRI Executive Director. It is a followup to https://intelligence.org/2015/07/17/miris-2015-summer-fundraiser/
MIRI’s 2015 Summer Fundraiser!2015-07-17Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI safetyMIRI announces its summer fundraiser and links to a number of documents to help donors evaluate it. This is the first fundraiser under new Executive Director Nate Soares, just a couple months after he assumed office.

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Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
AI Safety Camp3,793.1512018-06-07AI safetyhttps://www.lesswrong.com/posts/KerENNLyiqQ5ew7Kz/the-first-ai-safety-camp-and-onwards (GW, IR)-- The actual donation probably happened sometime between February and June 2018.

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