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Sep 21, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

ACDC Update and Apology

We were horrified to learn of the serious allegations of repeated consent-violation and lasting harm detailed in three Medium posts. [Persephone, T, and Jonathan] Today, we have taken the following actions: Brent is banned from all CFAR activities and spaces until the original ACDC recommendation—which suggested a ban was unnecessary—can be revisited by an improved due process. This is not a statement of judgment—we believe that a provisional ban would...

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...

Dec 16, 2017 - Pete Michaud

CFAR 2017 Venue Update

We’ve been actively working to acquire a venue for over a year, and are now the closest we’ve ever been to actually having it. We have closed the deal on a venue in Bodega Bay, the Bay Hill Mansion: That means we’ve determined the property is suitable—in terms of cost, zoning, permitting, and structure—for us to run essentially all of our programs, and we’ve finished negotiating with the current owners...