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Tom_Ash comments on My Cause Selection: Michael Dickens - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Tom_Ash  (EA Profile) 18 September 2015 02:29:28PM *  0 points [-]

In a way, it was easier to make a case for MIRI back when they did a lot of advocacy work. Now that they're billing themselves as a research institute, I think they've set a much higher bar for themselves, and when it comes to doing research (as opposed to advocacy) they've got much less of a track record to go on.

What are the best groups that are specifically doing advocacy for (against?) AI risk, or existential risks in general?

Comment author: TopherHallquist 20 September 2015 09:06:05PM 0 points [-]

If I had to guess, I would guess FLI, given their ability to at least theoretically use the money for grant-making. Though after Elon Musk's $10 million, donation this cause area seems to be short on room for more funding.

Comment author: RyanCarey 20 September 2015 09:08:51PM *  3 points [-]

Although FLI were only able to grant a very small fraction of the funds that researchers applied for, and many organisations have scope for expansion beyond the grants they recieved.