Jaan Tallinn donations made to Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

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Basic donor information

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/

Full donor page for donor Jaan Tallinn

Basic donee information

Country United States
Donate pagehttp://existence.org/donating/
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Berkeley_Existential_Risk_Initiative
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Berkeley+Existential+Risk+Initiative
Key peopleAndrew Critch|Gina Stuessy|Michael Keenan
Launch date2017-02
NotesLaunched to provide fast-moving support to existing existential risk organizations. Works closely with Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Center for Human-Compatible AI, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and Future of Humanity Institute. People working at it are closely involved with MIRI and the Center for Applied Rationality

This entity is also a donor.

Full donee page for donee Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 2 2,000,000 3,500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
AI safety 2 2,000,000 3,500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000

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 Total 2017
AI safety (filter this donor) 2 7,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Total 2 7,000,000.00 7,000,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

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

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
5,000,000.0012017-12AI safetyhttp://existence.org/2018/01/11/activity-update-december-2017.html-- Donation amount approximate.
2,000,000.0022017AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants--