Top-rated charity

Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI)

Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI)

CHAI is a research organisation aiming to shift the development of AI away from potentially dangerous systems we could lose control over, and towards provably safe systems that act in accordance with human interests even as they become increasingly powerful.

Fast facts

  • So far, CHAI has produced an extensive amount of published research, developed the field of AI safety by funding and training nearly 30 PhD students, and informed public policy.
  • In The Precipice, Toby Ord — one of the leading experts on the risks facing humanity (and a cofounder of Giving What We Can) — argues that powerful but misaligned AI is the biggest threat to humanity’s survival this century. CHAI proposes a new model of AI which, if successful, would not pose an existential risk.
  • CHAI was founded in 2016 by a group of academics in UC Berkeley, and is led by Stuart Russell.

What does CHAI do?

CHAI’s mission is to “develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.” Their work so far has involved research, field-building, and thought leadership. Read our page on promoting beneficial AI to learn more about why we think this work is important.

Why is CHAI one of our top-rated charities?

CHAI meets our criteria to be top-rated because one of our trusted evaluators, Founders Pledge, recommends them as a high-impact funding opportunity.

Other indicators of its cost-effectiveness are its impressive research output and the fact it has received funding from an expert impact-focused grantmaker, Open Philanthropy.

Where can I learn more about CHAI?

To learn more about CHAI, we recommend reading Founders Pledge’s report. You can also check our page on creating a better future.

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