Transparency and Financials

Organizational Goals

The Machine Intelligence Research Institute exists to ensure that smarter-than-human artificially intelligent systems have a positive impact. Because we expect advanced AI systems to be extraordinarily consequential in the long term, we believe it is imperative to work toward a theory of extraordinarily reliable and robust AI agent designs.

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Top Donors

Since its founding in 2000, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute has had 2,504 distinct donors. Our four largest donors, each of whom has given more than $350,000, are:

  • The Thiel Foundation, a private foundation funded by Paypal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
  • Jed McCaleb, developer of the Ripple and Stellar currency exchange systems.
  • Jaan Tallinn, Skype and Kazaa developer and co-founder of the existential risk institutes FLI and CSER.
  • Loren Merritt, x264 video codec library developer.

For a list of donors who have given $5,000 or more, see our Top Donors page.


Our 2014 990 will be published here later this year. Note that until February 2013, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute was known as the Singularity Institute.


Our 2014 report will be published here later this year.