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Comment author: malo 15 December 2017 08:17:26PM 2 points [-]

Update 2: Professional poker players Martin Crowley, Tom Crowley, and Dan Smith, in partnership with Raising for Effective Giving, have just announced a $1 million Matching Challenge and included MIRI among the 10 organizations they are supporting!

Also, we’ve hit our first fundraising target ($625,000)!

See here for more details.

Comment author: iceman 08 December 2017 06:03:26AM 8 points [-]

I donated about $20,000, most of that in ETH. (Employer matching programs add another $12,000 on top of that.)

Comment author: malo 08 December 2017 06:49:25AM 1 point [-]

Awesome! Thanks so much :)

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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Comment author: malo 07 December 2017 06:35:05PM 3 points [-]

We just passed the 1/4 mark towards our first target! Fun fact, of the ~$200k raised so far in the fundraiser, ~65% of that has come from cryptocurrency dontions.

Comment author: malo 29 August 2015 07:15:01PM 5 points [-]

Another $1,001 donation has come it.

One last $1,001 match remaining.

Comment author: malo 30 August 2015 08:59:23PM *  4 points [-]

Someone just snagged the last $1,001 match. Thanks to all those who donated $1,001 to secure the matching, and DeevGrape for providing it!

Comment author: malo 29 August 2015 02:37:30AM *  5 points [-]

3 of the 5 $1,001 matches have already been claimed. As additional $1,001 donations come in I'll post updates here.

Comment author: malo 29 August 2015 07:15:01PM 5 points [-]

Another $1,001 donation has come it.

One last $1,001 match remaining.

Comment author: DeevGrape 27 August 2015 02:39:41AM 25 points [-]

In addition to the ~$15,000 I've donated so far this drive, I'm matching the next 5 donations of (exactly) $1001 this fundraiser. It's unlikely I'll donate this money anytime soon without the matching, so I'm hoping my decision is counterfactual enough for the donation-matching skeptics out there :)

To the stars!

Comment author: malo 29 August 2015 02:37:30AM *  5 points [-]

3 of the 5 $1,001 matches have already been claimed. As additional $1,001 donations come in I'll post updates here.

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 19 March 2015 02:52:03PM *  2 points [-]

Same for me, and it was working half an hour ago.

Comment author: malo 19 March 2015 04:17:18PM 6 points [-]

The server was down, but it is back up again now.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 19 March 2015 10:58:36AM 4 points [-]

Does it have RSS feeds? I didn't see any.

Comment author: malo 19 March 2015 04:15:57PM 6 points [-]

It does: http://agentfoundations.org/rss

The link to it is the last thing in the right sidebar. It says RSS in green.

Comment author: ilzolende 15 March 2015 10:28:34PM 6 points [-]

I am thinking of recommending this to people, all of whom are unlikely to pay. Is having people acquire this for $0 who would otherwise not have read it beneficial or harmful to MIRI? (If the answer is "harmful because of paying for people to download it", I can email it to my friends with a payment link instead of directing them to your website.)

Comment author: malo 15 March 2015 11:59:36PM *  7 points [-]

Definitely beneficial, there is no cost worth considering when it comes to the next marginal person getting the book through our site, even if their selection is $0. So don't worry about directing them there.

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