[LINK] John Baez Interview with astrophysicist Gregory Benford

I should also state how I would answer my question. My answer would be No. The SIAI deserves funding but since it currently receives $500,000 per year I would not recommend someone to donate another $100,000 right now. The reason is that I think that there are valid arguments that justify the existence of such an organisation. But there are no reasons to expect that they currently need more money. The SIAI does publish no progress report and does not disclose how it uses the money it gets. There are various other issues to decide that the SIAI does current... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘/CTRL+F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

does not disclose how it uses the money it gets.

Just a minor correction: this cannot be a true statement to make of an American 501(c)3 charity because it would be illegal of them to not disclose what they're spending money on in their Form 990. Hence, it's easy to examine SIAI/MIRI, Girl Scouts, Edge Foundation, Lifeboat Foundation, JSTOR, ALCOR... Really, all the information is there for anyone who wants to know it, you can download for free, one just has to just not be lazy and not assume that it doesn't exist.

0[anonymous]9yThey do do various things like that from time to time - e.g.; http://singinst.org/achievements [http://singinst.org/achievements]
3timtyler9yThey do do various things like that from time to time - e.g.; http://singinst.org/achievements [http://singinst.org/achievements] Up to 2008, almost half of it went into paying their own salaries, IIRC. The SIAI accounts are on Guidestar [http://www2.guidestar.org/organizations/58-2565917/singularity-institute-artificial-intelligence.aspx] . You have to register, though. In 2009, they received 432,139 of "gifts", made 194,686 by putting on a conference - and paid Yudkowsky 95,550 and Vassar 52,083. Yudkowsky probably also got a fair bit of the 83,934 spent on project 4c. 400,000 was also spent on the things described at the end of the document. Figures are all USD.

[LINK] John Baez Interview with astrophysicist Gregory Benford

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The content of John Baez's This Week's Finds: Week 310:

Includes

  • Discussion of global warming and geoengineering.
  • A reference to a paper by David Wolpert and Gregory Benford on Newcomb's paradox

Note: The upcoming This Week's Finds: Week 311 is an interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky by John Baez.