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 Nov. 28: We’ve updated this post to announce that Haskell developer Edward Kmett has joined the MIRI team! Additionally, we’ve added links to some of our recent Agent Foundations research. Our donors showed up in a big way for Giving Tuesday! Through Dec. 29, we’re also included in a matching opportunity by professional poker… 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 $2.5M1, 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 »

A major grant from the Open Philanthropy Project

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I’m thrilled to announce that the Open Philanthropy Project has awarded MIRI a three-year $3.75 million general support grant ($1.25 million per year). This grant is, by far, the largest contribution MIRI has received to date, and will have a major effect on our plans going forward. This grant follows a $500,000 grant we received… Read more »

Updates to the research team, and a major donation

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We have several major announcements to make, covering new developments in the two months since our 2017 strategy update: 1. On May 30th, we received a surprise $1.01 million donation from an Ethereum cryptocurrency investor. This is the single largest contribution we have received to date by a large margin, and will have a substantial effect on our plans over… Read more »

2016 in review

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It’s time again for my annual review of MIRI’s activities.1 In this post I’ll provide a summary of what we did in 2016, see how our activities compare to our previously stated goals and predictions, and reflect on how our strategy this past year fits into our mission as an organization. We’ll be following this post… Read more »