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

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Basic donor information

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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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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (12 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
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
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
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)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 matters2015-07-24Nate 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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
AI Safety Camp3,793.152018-06-07AI safetyhttps://www.lesswrong.com/posts/KerENNLyiqQ5ew7Kz/the-first-ai-safety-camp-and-onwards-- The actual donation probably happened sometime between February and June 2018.

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