Of course: FHI, FutureTech, the Singularity Institute, and Leverage Research.
New: the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (Seth Baum & Tony Barrett).
I've also heard that the following people are working to set up x-risk departments/organizations:
Huw Price at Cambridge
Newton Howard at MIT
A couple of points:
Any idea how these groups will coordinate with each other?
Out of the orgs that accept donations, who should I give money to?
I could believe that the answer to the second question is "it doesn't really matter at this point", but I'd like to hear a convincing argument. This SIAI vs. FHI post points very weakly in the direction of FHI.
An interesting twist is that the people best placed to answer "which orgs/interventions give best expected utility per marginal dollar" are probably the very same people that are working in these organizations.
I also still need to fully extinguish the hypothesis "these orgs are crazy and it's the rest of society that's sane (in terms of priorities)", before I give too much of my money away.
My guess is that you can purchase the most x-risk reduction by donating to either SI or FHI; the other orgs either don't exist yet or don't have much of a track record yet.
SI and FHI already coordinate with each other quite a bit. Leverage Research is composed of people who have significant contact with SI or were past visiting fellows/employees of SI.
For now, I won't say more than that.
Thanks - that fits with the general impression I've got.
I somehow missed the post on Leverage Research. I'd heard of them before but was put off by Connection Theory and all those flowcharts.