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|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Notes|
|Hi, I’m Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy’s new report on consciousness and moral patienthood||2017-06-28||Luke Muehlhauser||Effective Altruism Forum||Open Philanthropy||Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals||Reasoning supplement||Luke Muehlhauser hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Effective Altruism Forum about his recently published report https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood (2017-06-06). The post gets 61 comments.|
|2017 Report on Consciousness and Moral Patienthood||2017-06-06||Luke Muehlhauser||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals||Reasoning supplement||The writeup announced at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood provides an overview of the findings of Luke Muehlhauser on moral patienthood -- a broad subject covering what creatures are the subject of moral concern. As described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/radical-empathy Open Phil identifies with radical empathy, extending concern to beings considered of moral concern, even if they are not traditionally subjects of empathy and concern. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1426329927423360/ for a discussion of the post on the Effective Altruism Facebook group, and see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/ for a related AMA. The writeup influenced the Open Philanthropy Project Farm Animal Welfare Officer Lewis Bollard to investigate and donate in the domain of fish welfare; see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/b8o for a comment clarifying this effect.|
|A conversation with Lewis Bollard, February 23, 2017||2017-02-23||Lewis Bollard Luke Muehlhauser||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Review of current state of cause area||Farm animal welfare program officer Lewis Bollard speaks with Luke Muehlhauser, investigator into moral patienthood, on the history of the animal rights and welfare movements as well as recent developments.|
|Brian Tomasik, Research Lead, Foundational Research Institute on October 6, 2016||2016-10-06||Brian Tomasik Luke Muehlhauser||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Reasoning supplement||Conversation as part of research by Muehlhauser into moral patienthood, that would culminate in the writeup https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood published in 2017.|
|Donor||Donee||Amount (current USD)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Notes|
|Open Philanthropy||Good Judgment Inc.||40,000.00||Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/COVID-19||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/good-judgment-inc-covid-19-forecasting||Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Grant to expand "efforts to aggregate, publish, and track forecasts about the COVID-19 outbreak with the hope that the forecasts can help improve planning by health security professionals and the broader public, limit the spread of the virus, and save lives. The forecasts are aggregated each day from the most accurate 1-2% of forecasters from a large-scale, government-funded series of forecasting tournaments, plus an annual uptake of a handful of top performers from the nearly 40,000 forecasters on Good Judgement Open." The predictions are at https://goodjudgment.io/covid/dashboard/ and the reasoning is explained more in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/forecasting-covid-19-pandemic
Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is made at around the time the COVID-19 pandemic is being acknowledged worldwide, and just as Open Phil is ramping up grantmaking in the area. The grant investigator, Luke Muehlhauser, has generally been interested in forecasting. Most other COVID-19 grants are investigated by Jacob Trefethen.
Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined by project cost
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determmined by the breaking out of the COVID-19 pandemic
Intended funding timeframe in months: 1
Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/forecasting-covid-19-pandemic says: "We may commission additional forecasts related to COVID-19 in the coming months, and we welcome suggestions of well-formed questions for which regularly updated forecasts would be especially helpful to public health professionals and the broader public." Announced: 2020-03-17.
|Open Philanthropy||WestExec||310,000.00||AI safety||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/westexec-report-on-assurance-in-machine-learning-systems||Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Contractor agreement "to support the production and distribution of a report on advancing policy, process, and funding for the Department of Defense’s work on test, evaluation, verification, and validation for deep learning systems." Announced: 2020-03-20.
|Open Philanthropy||RAND Corporation||30,751.00||AI safety||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/rand-corporation-research-on-the-state-of-ai-assurance-methods||Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Grant "to support exploratory research by Andrew Lohn on the state of AI assurance methods." Announced: 2020-03-19.
|Open Philanthropy||Center for Security and Emerging Technology||55,000,000.00||Security/Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/Global catastrophic risks/AI safety||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/georgetown-university-center-security-and-emerging-technology||Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support
Intended use of funds: Grant via Georgetown University for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a new think tank led by Jason Matheny, formerly of IARPA, dedicated to policy analysis at the intersection of national and international security and emerging technologies. CSET plans to provide nonpartisan technical analysis and advice related to emerging technologies and their security implications to the government, key media outlets, and other stakeholders.
Donor reason for selecting the donee: Open Phil thinks that one of the key factors in whether AI is broadly beneficial for society is whether policymakers are well-informed and well-advised about the nature of AI’s potential benefits, potential risks, and how these relate to potential policy actions. As AI grows more powerful, calls for government to play a more active role are likely to increase, and government funding and regulation could affect the benefits and risks of AI. Thus: "Overall, we feel that ensuring high-quality and well-informed advice to policymakers over the long run is one of the most promising ways to increase the benefits and reduce the risks from advanced AI, and that the team put together by CSET is uniquely well-positioned to provide such advice." Despite risks and uncertainty, the grant is described as worthwhile under Open Phil's hits-based giving framework
Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The large amount over an extended period (5 years) is explained at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/questions-we-ask-ourselves-making-grant "In the case of the new Center for Security and Emerging Technology, we think it will take some time to develop expertise on key questions relevant to policymakers and want to give CSET the commitment necessary to recruit key people, so we provided a five-year grant."
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the timing that the grantee plans to launch. More timing details are not discussed
Intended funding timeframe in months: 60
Other notes: Donee is entered as Center for Security and Emerging Technology rather than as Georgetown University for consistency with future grants directly to the organization once it is set up. Founding members of CSET include Dewey Murdick from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, William Hannas from the CIA, and Helen Toner from the Open Philanthropy Project. The grant is discussed in the broader context of giving by the Open Philanthropy Project into global catastrophic risks and AI safety in the Inside Philanthropy article https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/3/22/why-this-effective-altruist-funder-is-giving-millions-to-ai-security. Announced: 2019-02-28.
|Open Philanthropy||The Wilson Center||400,000.00||AI safety||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series||Grant over two years to support a series of in-depth AI policy seminars. Named for President Woodrow Wilson, the Wilson Center is a non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue. Open Phil believes the seminar series could help raise the salience of AI policy in Washington, D.C. policymaking circles, and could help us identify and empower one or more influential thinkers in those circles, a key component of the Open Phil AI policy strategy. Announced: 2018-08-02.|
|Open Philanthropy||Urban Institute||165,833.00||History of philanthropy||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/history-of-philanthropy/urban-institute-history-of-philanthropy-project||Grant to support a series of literature reviews and case studies on the history of philanthropy. The work will be led primarily by Benjamin Soskis, a research associate at the Urban Institute, who has previously produced case studies for our history of philanthropy project. Announced: 2018-02-22.|
|Open Philanthropy||University of Pennsylvania||1,550,000.00||Forecasting||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/university-pennsylvania-philip-tetlock-making-conversations-smarter-faster||Grant to support development and pre-testing of the “Making Conversations Smarter, Faster” project. The work is led by Professors Philip Tetlock and Barbara Mellers of University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Emeritus Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University. The original grant amount was $1.3 million, and $250,000 was added in February 2019. Announced: 2017-08-25.|
|Brian Tomasik||Machine Intelligence Research Institute||2,000.00||AI safety||--||Thank you for a helpful conversation with outgoing director Luke Muehlhauser; information conveyed via private communication and published with permission.|
|Donee||Donors influenced||Cause area||Metadata||Total||2020||2019||2018||2017||2015|
|Center for Security and Emerging Technology||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||55,000,000.00||0.00||55,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|University of Pennsylvania||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||1,550,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,550,000.00||0.00|
|The Wilson Center||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||400,000.00||0.00||0.00||400,000.00||0.00||0.00|
|WestExec||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||310,000.00||310,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Urban Institute||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||165,833.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||165,833.00||0.00|
|Good Judgment Inc.||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||40,000.00||40,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|RAND Corporation||Open Philanthropy (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||30,751.00||30,751.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||Brian Tomasik (filter this donor)||AI safety||FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW||2,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000.00|
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|Open Philanthropy (filter this donee)||Center for Security and Emerging Technology (filter this donee), Good Judgment Inc. (filter this donee), RAND Corporation (filter this donee), The Wilson Center (filter this donee), University of Pennsylvania (filter this donee), Urban Institute (filter this donee), WestExec (filter this donee)||57,496,584.00||380,751.00||55,000,000.00||400,000.00||1,715,833.00||0.00|
|Brian Tomasik (filter this donee)||Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donee)||2,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000.00|
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