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.
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.
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.
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.