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Dec 23, 2017 - Pete Michaud

Fourth Quarter CFAR Newsletter

(Cross posted from our alumni mailing list) Hey everyone! As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share some news about what we’ve done over the last quarter, and about what we plan to do next. Note: our fundraiser is currently live! You can find our 2017 retrospective here, and read more about our plans for 2018 here. What We Did Mainline Workshops - We ran three of our...

Dec 16, 2017 - Pete Michaud

CFAR 2017 Fundraiser

Update 2018-01-10: CFAR's fundraiser is now over! We exceeded our target of $740,000, raising a total of $759,829. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed! Thanks to the 42 donors who supported us during this fundraiser! We raised a total of: $759,829 I’m happy to report that with your help, CFAR can make 2018 by far the highest impact year we’ve ever had. According to our new data, a...

Dec 16, 2017 - Michael "Valentine" Smith

CFAR 2017 Retrospective

As we approach the end of the year, we’d like to offer everyone a summary of what CFAR has been up to in 2017. Sprint & Instructor Training The first half of the year focused on improving and stress testing our main intro workshops. We ran a “sprint” of five workshops from February through May. This had a couple of main aims: We wanted to see if we could do...

Dec 16, 2017 - Dan Keys

CFAR 2017 Impact Report

Intro CFAR was founded with a two-part vision: to develop and train people in the art of rationality, and to have some of those people then be more likely to work effectively on the world’s most important problems. Last year, we decided to focus especially on our alums’ impact on the problem of AI risk. The question of how well CFAR is succeeding at its mission can be broken down...

Jul 18, 2017 - Pete Michaud

Second Quarter CFAR Newsletter

(Cross posted from our alumni mailing list) Hello again! The second quarter of 2017 has come and gone, so it’s time for an update about what CFAR has been up to and what we’re planning.  If you missed our newsletter last quarter, here’s a link to catch up! What We Did Finished Workshop Sprint - We finished the last 2 workshops of our 5 workshop sprint! From February through early May we...

Apr 11, 2017 - Pete Michaud

First Quarter CFAR Newsletter

(Cross posted from our alumni mailing list) Hey everyone! 2017 has been a busy year for CFAR so far, I’d like to tell you some of what we’ve been up to, and some of the plans we have for the rest of the year. Accomplishments Instructor Pipeline - Last year Duncan Sabien took on the substantial project of creating a system to train a growing number of new, fully-qualified CFAR...


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