2020 Updates and Strategy

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MIRI’s 2020 has been a year of experimentation and adjustment. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we largely moved our operations to more rural areas in March, and shifted to a greater emphasis on remote work. We took the opportunity to try new work set-ups and approaches to research, and have been largely happy with… Read more »

MIRI’s 2019 Fundraiser

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MIRI’s 2019 fundraiser is concluded. Over the past two years, huge donor support has helped us double the size of our AI alignment research team. Hitting our $1M fundraising goal this month will put us in a great position to continue our growth in 2020 and beyond, recruiting as many brilliant minds as possible to… Read more »

2018 in review

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Our primary focus at MIRI in 2018 was twofold: research—as always!—and growth. Thanks to the incredible support we received from donors the previous year, in 2018 we were able to aggressively pursue the plans detailed in our 2017 fundraiser post. The most notable goal we set was to “grow big and grow fast,” as our… Read more »

2017 in review

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This post reviews MIRI’s activities in 2017, including research, recruiting, exposition, and fundraising activities. 2017 was a big transitional year for MIRI, as we took on new research projects that have a much greater reliance on hands-on programming work and experimentation. We’ve continued these projects in 2018, and they’re described more in our 2018 update…. Read more »

MIRI’s 2018 Fundraiser

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Update January 2019: MIRI’s 2018 fundraiser is now concluded.   Target 1 $500,000 CompletedTarget 2 $1,200,000In Progress $946,981 | | $0 | $300,000 | $600,000 | $900,000 | $1,200,000 Fundraiser concluded 345 donors contributed × Target Descriptions Target 1 Target 2 $500k: Mainline target This target represents the difference between what we’ve raised so far… Read more »

Summer MIRI Updates

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In our last major updates—our 2017 strategic update and fundraiser posts—we said that our current focus is on technical research and executing our biggest-ever hiring push. Our supporters responded with an incredible show of support at the end of the year, putting us in an excellent position to execute on our most ambitious growth plans…. Read more »

Fundraising success!

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Our 2017 fundraiser is complete! We’ve had an incredible month, with, by far, our largest fundraiser success to date. More than 300 distinct donors gave just over $2.5M, doubling our third fundraising target of $1.25M. Thank you!   Target 1$625,000CompletedTarget 2$850,000CompletedTarget 3$1,250,000Completed $2,504,625 raised in total! 358 donors contributed × Target Descriptions Target 1 Target… Read more »

MIRI’s 2017 Fundraiser

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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… Read more »