Award Date 
1/2019
Grant Amount 
$250,000
Purpose 
To support the hiring of machine learning engineers.

Grant investigator: Daniel Dewey

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $250,000 to the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) to temporarily or permanently hire machine learning research engineers dedicated to BERI’s collaboration with the Center for Human-compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI).

Based on conversations with various professors and students, we believe CHAI could make more progress with more engineering support.

This grant follows previous support to UC Berkeley to launch CHAI and to BERI to collaborate with CHAI, and falls within our focus area of potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.