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Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative — Core Support and CHAI Collaboration

Award Date 
Grant Amount 
To support BERI core staff and collaboration between BERI and CHAI.

Published: September 2017
Grant investigator: Daniel Dewey

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. BERI staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $403,890 to the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) to support BERI’s work with the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) at UC Berkeley. This funding is intended to help BERI hire contractors and part-time employees who will assist CHAI in a variety of ways; for example, BERI has previously provided CHAI with web development and event coordination support, and in the future BERI may hire or contract (e.g.) research engineers, software developers, or research illustrators. This funding is also intended to help support BERI’s core staff, who oversee BERI’s efforts at hiring and liaising with CHAI (and possibly with other “clients” in the future).

Our impression is that it is often difficult for academic institutions to flexibly spend funds on technical, administrative, and other support services. We currently see BERI as valuable insofar as it can provide CHAI with these types of services, and think it’s plausible that BERI will be able to provide similar help to other academic institutions in the future.

This grant falls within our focus area of potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.

BERI Grant Proposal, 2017Source
BERI Budget for CHAI Collaboration, 2017Source