66% of Funding to Stop the AI Apocalypse Comes from Crypto Donors

Have you ever suffered from existential dread about what will happen when the smart contracts will be smarter than you? Or that a blockchain can become self aware and force humans to bend to its will? Or maybe that a super AI will simply repurpose all the molecules on earth to produce paper clips? Well, worry no more because the crypto community is on the case.

Machine Intelligence Research Institute

The Machine Intelligence Research Institute, a non-profit organization investigating safety issues related to the development of above-human-level artificial intelligence (Strong AI), has recently released its fundraising statistics showing strong support from the cryptocurrency community.

Their 2017 annual fundraiser raised just over $2.5 millionmore than doubling the target of $1.25 millionAnd 66% the of funds donated during this fundraiser (about $1.66 million) were in the form of cryptocurrency (mainly bitcoin and ethereum), the non-profit revealed.

In fact, the largest donation came toward the very end of the fundraiser in the form of an ethereum donation worth $763,970 from Vitalik Buterin, the inventor and co-founder of the smart contracts cryptocurrency. Vitalik’s donation represents the third-largest single contribution ever the research institute received to date in all its fundraisers…

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