Since it's so old and practically from a non-existent version of SIAI, I guess there's no harm in sharing it. None of the contents are links, so it's just a very early draft.

Master Document

January 9 2008 | Version 0.1 | Work in progress | Subject to change


1 About
    1.1 Mission
    1.2 Goals
    1.3 Guiding Principles
    1.4 Core Projects
    1.5 Planned Projects
    1.6 Financials
    1.7 Policy Standards
    1.8 Team
    1.9 Directors
    1.10 Advisors
    1.11 Giving Audiences
    1.12 Giving Structure










Guiding Principles




Core Projects


  • OpenCog
  • Research Fellowships


  • [X] Summit
  • [X] Dinner
  • [X] Blog (Community Blog)


  • [X] Challenge

Planned Projects


  • Research Grants


  • [X] Salon
  • [X] Talks


  • [X] Members
  • [X] Fund


Balance: $568,842


  • Research: $188,000
  • Outreach: $75,000
  • Administration: $78,000
  • Operations: $49,800
  • Gross Expense: $391,000

Policy Standards

  • Maintain high standard of fairness, transparency, and honesty.
  • Ensure high ethical standard for theoretical and experimental research.
  • Conduct ourselves with courtesy and professionalism.
  • Truthfully represent our work and corporate structure, privately and publicly.
  • Internal policies, procedures, and governance must reflect our guiding principles.


  • Tyler Emerson, Executive Director
  • Ben Goertzel, Director of Research
  • David Hart, Director of Open Source Projects
  • Susan Fonseca-Klein, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Bruce Klein, Director of Outreach
  • Jonas Lamis, Director of Partnerships
  • Pejman Makhfi, Director of Venture Development
  • Colby Thomson, Director of Strategy
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Research Fellow


  • Brian Atkins
  • Sabine Atkins
  • Tyler Emerson
  • Ray Kurzweil
  • Michael Raimondi


  • Nick Bostrom, Oxford Future of Humanity Institute
  • Peter Cheeseman, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Aubrey de Grey, Methuselah Foundation
  • Neil Jacobstein, Teknowledge Inc.
  • Stephen Omohundro, Self-Aware Systems Inc.
  • Barney Pell, Powerset Inc.
  • Christine Peterson, Foresight Nanotech Institute
  • Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital Management

Giving Audiences

Almost solely supported by individuals. We want to attain large support from:

  • Members: $20 - $1,000
  • Major donors: $5,000 - $1,000,000 or more
  • Foundations, one- or multi-year grant
  • Companies, annual or one-time

Giving Structure

  • Annual matching grant: [X] Challenge
  • Membership giving: [X] Members (refs: EFF, Long Now, TED, CC)
  • Structured, but not limiting, main fund / endowment: [X] Fund

This document is highly out of date and doesn't necessarily reflect current plans. It should actually be removed from the wiki.

For an up-to-date planning document, see the Strategic Plan.

Q&A with new Executive Director of Singularity Institute

by lukeprog 1 min read7th Nov 2011182 comments


Today I was appointed the new Executive Director of Singularity Institute.

Because I care about transparency, one of my first projects as an intern was to begin work on the organization's first Strategic Plan. I researched how to write a strategic plan, tracked down the strategic plans of similar organizations, and met with each staff member, progressively iterating the document until it was something everyone could get behind.

I quickly learned why there isn't more of this kind of thing: transparency is a lot of work! 100+ hours of work later, plus dozens of hours from others, and the strategic plan was finally finished and ratified by the board. It doesn't accomplish much by itself, but it's one important stepping stone in building an organization that is more productive, more trusted, and more likely to help solve the world's biggest problems.

I spent two months as a researcher, and was then appointed Executive Director.

In further pursuit of transparency, I'd like to answer (on video) submitted questions from the Less Wrong community just as Eliezer did two years ago.


The Rules

1) One question per comment (to allow voting to carry more information about people's preferences).

2) Try to be as clear and concise as possible. If your question can't be condensed into one paragraph, you should probably ask in a separate post. Make sure you have an actual question somewhere in there (you can bold it to make it easier to scan).

3) I will generally answer the top-voted questions, but will skip some of them. I will tend to select questions about Singularity Institute as an organization, not about the technical details of some bit of research. You can read some of the details of the Friendly AI research program in my interview with Michael Anissimov.

4) If you reference certain things that are online in your question, provide a link.

5) This thread will be open to questions and votes for 7 days, at which time I will decide which questions to begin recording video responses for.


I might respond to certain questions within the comments thread and not on video; for example, when there is a one-word answer.