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MIRI's 2017 Fundraiser

8 malo 07 December 2017 09:47PM

Update 2017-12-27: We've blown past our 3rd and final target, and reached the matching cap of $300,000 for the $2 million Matching Challenge! Thanks so much to everyone who supported us!

All donations made before 23:59 PST on Dec 31st will continue to be counted towards our fundraiser total. The fundraiser total includes projected matching funds from the Challenge.


 

 

MIRI’s 2017 fundraiser is live through the end of December! Our progress so far (updated live):

 


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MIRI is a research nonprofit based in Berkeley, California with a mission of ensuring that smarter-than-human AI technology has a positive impact on the world. You can learn more about our work at “Why AI Safety?” or via MIRI Executive Director Nate Soares’ Google talk on AI alignment.

In 2015, we discussed our interest in potentially branching out to explore multiple research programs simultaneously once we could support a larger team. Following recent changes to our overall picture of the strategic landscape, we’re now moving ahead on that goal and starting to explore new research directions while also continuing to push on our agent foundations agenda. For more on our new views, see “There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence” and our 2017 strategic update. We plan to expand on our relevant strategic thinking more in the coming weeks.

Our expanded research focus means that our research team can potentially grow big, and grow fast. Our current goal is to hire around ten new research staff over the next two years, mostly software engineers. If we succeed, our point estimate is that our 2018 budget will be $2.8M and our 2019 budget will be $3.5M, up from roughly $1.9M in 2017.1

We’ve set our fundraiser targets by estimating how quickly we could grow while maintaining a 1.5-year runway, on the simplifying assumption that about 1/3 of the donations we receive between now and the beginning of 2019 will come during our current fundraiser.2

Hitting Target 1 ($625k) then lets us act on our growth plans in 2018 (but not in 2019); Target 2 ($850k) lets us act on our full two-year growth plan; and in the case where our hiring goes better than expected, Target 3 ($1.25M) would allow us to add new members to our team about twice as quickly, or pay higher salaries for new research staff as needed.

We discuss more details below, both in terms of our current organizational activities and how we see our work fitting into the larger strategy space.

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Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Stories

0 rocurley 22 February 2018 06:09AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Stories

WHEN: 26 February 2018 06:15:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 855 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

We'll be meeting to tell each other stories! Ideally, come with a story from your life (doesn't have to be about anything in particular) that you want to tell other people. We’ll have a list of prompts to make this easier.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 203-503-7508 (general meetup info at 301-458-0764).

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Stories

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Transportation of Priceless Artifacts

0 RobinZ 21 February 2018 07:32PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Transportation of Priceless Artifacts

WHEN: 25 February 2018 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We will be meeting in the courtyard for a presentation on the transportation of priceless artifacts by a friend of a meetup attendee.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Mar. 4: Visiting Museums
  • Mar. 11: Cryptocurrencies

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Transportation of Priceless Artifacts

Meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

0 Alexander230 21 February 2018 03:46PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

WHEN: 28 February 2018 07:40:00PM (+0300)

WHERE: Moscow, B.Dorogomilovskaya, 5-2

Welcome to Moscow LW community makeshift games! In that games, some rationality skills are involved, so you can practise while you playing!

  • Fallacymania: it is a game where you guess logical fallacies in arguments, or practise using logical fallacies yourself (depending on team in which you will be).
  • Tower of Chaos: funny game with guessing the rules of human placement on a Twister mat.
  • Scientific Discovery: modified version of Zendo with simultaneous turns for all players.

Details about the games: http://goo.gl/Mz2i94

Come to antikafe "Kocherga", ul.B.Dorogomilovskaya, 5-2. The map is here: http://kocherga-club.ru/#contacts

Games begin at 19:40, the length is 3 hours.

Discussion article for the meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

Meetup : Washington Slate Star Codex Discussion

0 robirahman 20 February 2018 01:57AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington Slate Star Codex Discussion

WHEN: 24 February 2018 07:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 616 E St NW, Washington, DC

Monthly SSC discussion meetup for Washington, DC. For more information, see the mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-slatestarcodex

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington Slate Star Codex Discussion

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2018

0 luminosity 19 February 2018 12:30PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2018

WHEN: 04 March 2018 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Come join us for some of our usual planning, motivation, etc related activities, and bring along your own topic to talk about for 5 minutes in a lightning talk session. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2018

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

0 rocurley 15 February 2018 05:37AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

WHEN: 19 February 2018 06:15:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 855 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

We’ll be meeting to work on projects!

Near the beginning, we’ll go around and talk about what we’ll be working on, then do a couple of pomodoros. At some point we’ll break into general conversations and socializing.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 203-503-7508 (general meetup info at 301-458-0764).

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Happiness

0 RobinZ 15 February 2018 12:50AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Happiness

WHEN: 18 February 2018 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We will be meeting in the courtyard to discuss happiness. It's a word that people often mean different things by, so we are considering tabooing the word to start with and seeing where that gets us.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Feb. 25: Transportation of Priceless Artifacts
  • Mar. 4: Visiting Museums

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Happiness

Meetup : Denver Area LW March Meetup

0 PonchoPal 12 February 2018 05:55AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW March Meetup

WHEN: 06 March 2018 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 5151 East Yale Circle, Denver, CO

Join us to socialize and discuss Rationalist topics! We often have semi-separate groups divided by topic. Individuals are encouraged to move between small-group discussions as their interest dictates.

Hot drinks (chai, cider, coffee, tea, hot chocolate) will be on offer, but if you want other food or drink, you'll have to arrange for it yourself. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in this space, due to a Colorado law. There are multiple restaurants nearby if you want to pick up food on your way, or have it delivered. There is a fridge and a bbq grill for you to use if you like.

Parking is on the street, and the Grace United Methodist church parking lot is also free to use.

If you have questions, comment here, or on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/969594296461197/

(Some people usually RSVP on meetup.com and some prefer to RSVP on Facebook. Some people do both. So neither guest list will have everyone on it.

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW March Meetup

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Book Recommendations

0 RobinZ 08 February 2018 02:19AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Book Recommendations

WHEN: 11 February 2018 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We will be meeting in the courtyard to talk about books that people may want to read and why.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Feb. 18: Happiness
  • Feb. 25: Transportation of Priceless Artifacts

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Book Recommendations

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