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Announcing BERI Computing Grants

We are happy to announce that BERI is now receiving applications for our experimental Computing Grant program. The program is designed for researchers at the graduate level and above who could use additional computing resources (GPUs) for their relevant projects.

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Activity Update - November 2017

This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Activity Update - October 2017

This post is part of our monthly activity update series. Each activity update briefly describes what we’ve been up to in the last month and, hopefully, helps to shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Forming an engineering team

BERI wants to help CS students and researchers at UC Berkeley who care about existential risk, by hiring a team of engineers to collaborate with them on their work. It might not be obvious why outside help is needed for this, and the purpose of this post is explain why.

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What we’re thinking about as we grow - ethics, oversight, and getting things done

BERI has only been around for nine months, but we’ve already learned about significantly more needs than our current capacity can support. We’ve encountered many ideas that we believe would be great to execute, such as providing additional computational resources to x-risk oriented PhD students, hiring writers and editors for influential publications, investigating grant opportunities for our grants program. We feel almost as if BERI’s existence has “raised an antenna” which receives requests for help on x-risk reduction projects—and those requests are coming in rapidly.

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Activity Update - September 2017

BERI has been shifting gears somewhat, and we thought it would be helpful to our collaborators and supporters to start a monthly blog post series. Each blog post will briefly describe some of what we’ve been up to each month and hopefully shed light on how our priorities shift over time. Note that some of our time each month will be spent investigating future project opportunities that may not be covered in these posts until our plans are more solid.

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Announcing BERI’s first grants program

We are pleased to announce that BERI has received approximately $2 million in donations from entrepreneur and philanthropist Jaan Tallinn to establish a grants program for supporting organizations and individuals doing work that we believe will reduce existential risks for humanity.

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BERI's semi-annual report, August 2017

| Reports

It’s been slightly more than six months since BERI was incorporated. In our first half year, we have:

  • Assisted the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) with several projects, including the coordination of CHAI’s first conference.
  • Hired two employees and eight contractors.
  • Raised over $400,000 for future projects, including activities that support CHAI.

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