Loren Merritt donations made to Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttp://akuvian.org/
LessWrong usernamepengvado
GitHub usernamepengvado
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Miscellaneous notes: Loren Merritt is famous as the creator of x264 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X264 a free software library for encoding video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, which has been the main way he got wealthy (see http://www.x264.nl/developers/Dark_Shikari/loren.html and https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=320102 for some related discussion). See the comment http://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/807l for the link between his LessWrong handle and his real name; also see https://mailman.videolan.org/pipermail/x264-devel/2008-March/004227.html for other evidence of his use of the pengvado handle

Full donor page for donor Loren Merritt

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page MachineIntelligenceResearchInstitute
Websitehttps://intelligence.org
Donate pagehttps://intelligence.org/donate/
Donors list pagehttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/
Transparency and financials pagehttps://intelligence.org/transparency/
Donation case pagehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/12n/miri_update_and_fundraising_case/
Twitter usernameMIRIBerkeley
Effective Altruism Hubmiri
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support
Charity Navigator pagehttps://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=582565917
Guidestar pagehttps://www.guidestar.org/profile/58-2565917
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Machine+Intelligence+Research+Institute
Key peopleEliezer Yudkowsky|Nate Soares|Luke Muehlhauser
Launch date2000

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Full donee page for donee Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Total 2017 2016 2013 2012 2011
AI safety (filter this donor) 6 525,000.00 25,000.00 115,000.00 245,000.00 130,000.00 10,000.00
Total 6 525,000.00 25,000.00 115,000.00 245,000.00 130,000.00 10,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
25,000.002017-10-01AI safetyhttp://web.archive.org/web/20171223071315/https://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Total amount donated by Loren Merritt to MIRI as of 2017-12-23 is $525,000. The amount listed as of October 2017 was http://web.archive.org/web/20171003083300/https://intelligence.org/topcontributors/ so the extra $25,000 was donated between those months.
115,000.002016AI safetyhttp://web.archive.org/web/20170204024838/https://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Total amount donated up to this point is listed as $500,000. The amount listed as of November 2016 at http://web.archive.org/web/20161118163935/https://intelligence.org/topdonors/ is 4385,000. The additional $115,000 was likely raised at the end of 2016.
245,000.002013AI safetyhttp://web.archive.org/web/20140403110808/http://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Total amount donated up to this point is listed as $385,000. Of this, $140,000 is accounted for by explicitly disclosed donations; the remainder is approximately attributed to 2013.
20,000.002012-12-07AI safetyhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/7zt4-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/ for the MIRI 2012 winter fundraiser.
110,000.002012AI safetyhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/7zt4-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/ for the MIRI 2012 winter fundraiser.
10,000.002011-08-25AI safetyhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/78s/help_fund_lukeprog_at_siai/4p1x-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/78s/help_fund_lukeprog_at_siai/ by Eliezer Yudkowsky asking for help to fund Luke Muehlhauser at MIRI (then called SIAI, the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.