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| 2011 || || || "Over the years, Yudkowsky found that people struggled to think clearly about A.I. risk and were often dismissive of it. In 2011, Salamon, who had been working at MIRI since 2008, volunteered to figure out how to overcome that problem."<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/magazine/the-happiness-code.html |date=January 14, 2016 |publisher=[[wikipedia:The New York Times|The New York Times]] |title=The Happiness Code: A new approach to self-improvement is taking off in Silicon Valley: cold, hard rationality. |author=Jennifer Kahn |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2011 || || || "Over the years, Yudkowsky found that people struggled to think clearly about A.I. risk and were often dismissive of it. In 2011, Salamon, who had been working at MIRI since 2008, volunteered to figure out how to overcome that problem."<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/magazine/the-happiness-code.html |date=January 14, 2016 |publisher=[[wikipedia:The New York Times|The New York Times]] |title=The Happiness Code: A new approach to self-improvement is taking off in Silicon Valley: cold, hard rationality. |author=Jennifer Kahn |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 (summer) || || || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" />
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| 2011 || {{dts|May 28}}{{snd}}June 4 || Workshop || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" /><ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9vBasHrBtCmC6zAzD/mini-camp-on-rationality-awesomeness-and-existential-risk |title=Mini-camp on Rationality, Awesomeness, and Existential Risk (May 28 through June 4, 2011) |date=April 24, 2011 |first=Anna |last=Salamon |publisher=LessWrong |accessdate=May 27, 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || {{dts|July 18}} || || The Articles of Incorporation for CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, are written. It would be approved on July 26.<ref name="articles-of-incorporation">{{cite web |url=http://www.rationality.org/files/center-for-applied-rationality-articles-of-incorporation.pdf |title=Articles of Incorporation Of Feynman Foundation |accessdate=July 9, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2011 || mid-June{{snd}}August || Workshop || The Rationality Boot Camp takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/Pp3T4KMjqwjQHk8a9/rationality-boot-camp-0 |title=Rationality Boot Camp |publisher=LessWrong |author=bentarm |date=June 14, 2011 |accessdate=May 27, 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationalitybootcamp.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-four-days.html |title=The first four days |publisher=Blogger |author=John Faben |date=June 12, 2011 |accessdate=May 27, 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/s887k4Hcqj28cchYo/rationality-boot-camp |title=Rationality Boot Camp |author=Jasen |publisher=LessWrong |date=March 22, 2011 |accessdate=May 27, 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || {{dts|July 26}} || || CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, is approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.rationality.org/files/center-for-applied-rationality-nonprofit-irs-approval.pdf |title=Center for Applied Rationality Nonprofit IRS Approval |accessdate=July 8, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2011 || {{dts|July 18}} || Legal || The Articles of Incorporation for CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, are written. It would be approved on July 26.<ref name="articles-of-incorporation">{{cite web |url=http://www.rationality.org/files/center-for-applied-rationality-articles-of-incorporation.pdf |title=Articles of Incorporation Of Feynman Foundation |accessdate=July 9, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2011 || {{dts|July 26}} || Legal || CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, is approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.rationality.org/files/center-for-applied-rationality-nonprofit-irs-approval.pdf |title=Center for Applied Rationality Nonprofit IRS Approval |accessdate=July 8, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2012 || {{dts|March 29}} || || The CFAR Exercise Prize, for help coming up with exercises to teach cognitive skills, is announced. Several requests for exercises were posted and several prizes were given out.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://wiki.lesswrong.com/index.php?title=CFAR_Exercise_Prize&action=history |title=Revision history of "CFAR Exercise Prize" - Lesswrongwiki |accessdate=March 1, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/b4f/sotw_check_consequentialism/ |title=SotW: Check Consequentialism |first=Eliezer |last=Yudkowsky |date=March 29, 2012 |accessdate=March 1, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|May 8}} || || MIRI's April 2012 progress report is published, in which CFAR's name is announced. Until this point, CFAR was known as the "Rationality Group" or "Rationality Org".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://intelligence.org/2012/05/08/singularity-institute-progress-report-april-2012/ |title=Machine Intelligence Research Institute Progress Report, April 2012 |publisher=Machine Intelligence Research Institute |date=May 8, 2012 |author=Louie Helm |accessdate=June 30, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || {{dts|May 8}} || || MIRI's April 2012 progress report is published, in which CFAR's name is announced. Until this point, CFAR was known as the "Rationality Group" or "Rationality Org".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://intelligence.org/2012/05/08/singularity-institute-progress-report-april-2012/ |title=Machine Intelligence Research Institute Progress Report, April 2012 |publisher=Machine Intelligence Research Institute |date=May 8, 2012 |author=Louie Helm |accessdate=June 30, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|May 11}}–13 || || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/b98/minicamps_on_rationality_and_awesomeness_may_1113/ |title=Minicamps on Rationality and Awesomeness: May 11-13, June 22-24, and July 21-28 |date=March 29, 2012 |author=Anna Salamon |accessdate=July 11, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
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| 2012 || {{dts|May 11}}–13 || Workshop || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/b98/minicamps_on_rationality_and_awesomeness_may_1113/ |title=Minicamps on Rationality and Awesomeness: May 11-13, June 22-24, and July 21-28 |date=March 29, 2012 |author=Anna Salamon |accessdate=July 11, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|June 22}}–24 || || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" />
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| 2012 || {{dts|June 22}}–24 || Workshop || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" />
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|July 7}} || || CFAR's Twitter account, CFARnews, is created.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://twitter.com/cfarnews |title=CFAR news (@CFARnews) |publisher=Twitter |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || {{dts|July 7}} || || CFAR's Twitter account, CFARnews, is created.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://twitter.com/cfarnews |title=CFAR news (@CFARnews) |publisher=Twitter |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|July 10}} || || The CFAR Articles of Incorporation are amended to rename the corporation from "Feynman Foundation" to "Center For Applied Rationality".<ref name="articles-of-incorporation" />
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| 2012 || {{dts|July 10}} || Legal || The CFAR Articles of Incorporation are amended to rename the corporation from "Feynman Foundation" to "Center For Applied Rationality".<ref name="articles-of-incorporation" />
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|July 21}}–28 || || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" />
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| 2012 || {{dts|July 21}}–28 || Workshop || A rationality minicamp takes place.<ref name="salamon-2012-03-29-minicamps" />
 
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| 2012 || {{dts|August 6}}–13 || || SPARC 2012 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://artofproblemsolving.com/community/c1874h1028489_new_free_summer_camp_on_math_and_rationality |title=Art of Problem Solving Blog : New Free Summer Camp On Math and Rationality |date=April 20, 2012 |author=rrusczyk |quote=SPARC will be held at UC Berkeley from August 6th to 13th and is open to high school students, including rising freshmen and graduating seniors.|accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> This is the first SPARC.
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| 2012 || {{dts|August 6}}–13 || SPARC || SPARC 2012 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://artofproblemsolving.com/community/c1874h1028489_new_free_summer_camp_on_math_and_rationality |title=Art of Problem Solving Blog : New Free Summer Camp On Math and Rationality |date=April 20, 2012 |author=rrusczyk |quote=SPARC will be held at UC Berkeley from August 6th to 13th and is open to high school students, including rising freshmen and graduating seniors.|accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> This is the first SPARC.
 
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| 2013 || {{dts|August 5}}–17 || || SPARC 2013 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131027161355/http://rationality.org/sparc/ |title=SPARC {{!}} CFAR |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2013 || {{dts|August 5}}–17 || SPARC || SPARC 2013 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131027161355/http://rationality.org/sparc/ |title=SPARC {{!}} CFAR |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2013 || {{dts|December 28}} || || Annual fundraising post is published on LessWrong making the case for why one should donate to CFAR.<ref name="why-cfar">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ |title=Why CFAR? |accessdate=July 12, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
| 2013 || {{dts|December 28}} || || Annual fundraising post is published on LessWrong making the case for why one should donate to CFAR.<ref name="why-cfar">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ |title=Why CFAR? |accessdate=July 12, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || {{dts|August 4}}–16 || || SPARC 2014 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140305084515/http://sparc-camp.org:80/ |title=SPARC {{!}} Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2014 || {{dts|August 4}}–16 || SPARC || SPARC 2014 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140305084515/http://sparc-camp.org:80/ |title=SPARC {{!}} Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || {{dts|October 25}}–26 || || As an experimental "beta test", a lower-cost, 1.5-day workshop takes place in the Bay Area.<ref name="salamon-lower-cost-and-europe" />
 
| 2014 || {{dts|October 25}}–26 || || As an experimental "beta test", a lower-cost, 1.5-day workshop takes place in the Bay Area.<ref name="salamon-lower-cost-and-europe" />
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| 2015 (?) || || || The 2015 longitudinal study is published, covering workshops from February 2014 to April 2015.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/studies/2015-longitudinal-study |title=2015 Longitudinal Study |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2015 (?) || || || The 2015 longitudinal study is published, covering workshops from February 2014 to April 2015.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/studies/2015-longitudinal-study |title=2015 Longitudinal Study |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || {{dts|July 1}} || || CFAR is included among the Future of Life Institute's Grant Recommendations for its first round of AI safety grants. The amount recommended is $111,757, for a specialized workshop for "45 of the most promising AI students".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/ai-researcher-anna-salamon/ |title=AI Researcher Anna Salamon - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> The grant would be disbursed on September 1.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/grants-timeline/ |title=Grants Timeline - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/2015selection/ |title=New International Grants Program Jump-Starts Research to Ensure AI Remains Beneficial: Press release for FLI grant awardees. - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/ai-safety-research/ |title=AI Safety Research - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> (Is this the same as the MIRI Summer Fellows program or some other workshop with a name? The FLI grant pages do not say.)
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| 2015 || {{dts|July 1}} || Financial || CFAR is included among the Future of Life Institute's Grant Recommendations for its first round of AI safety grants. The amount recommended is $111,757, for a specialized workshop for "45 of the most promising AI students".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/ai-researcher-anna-salamon/ |title=AI Researcher Anna Salamon - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> The grant would be disbursed on September 1.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/grants-timeline/ |title=Grants Timeline - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/2015selection/ |title=New International Grants Program Jump-Starts Research to Ensure AI Remains Beneficial: Press release for FLI grant awardees. - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://futureoflife.org/ai-safety-research/ |title=AI Safety Research - Future of Life Institute |publisher=Future of Life Institute |accessdate=July 13, 2017}}</ref> (Is this the same as the MIRI Summer Fellows program or some other workshop with a name? The FLI grant pages do not say.)
 
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| 2015 || {{dts|July 7}}–26 || || The CFAR-run MIRI Summer Fellows program 2015 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150717025843/http://rationality.org/miri-summer-fellows-2015 |title=MIRI Summer Fellows 2015 |publisher=CFAR |date=June 21, 2015 |accessdate=July 8, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/m3h/cfarrun_miri_summer_fellows_program_july_726/ |title=CFAR-run MIRI Summer Fellows program: July 7-26 |author=Anna Salamon |date=April 28, 2015 |accessdate=July 11, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref> This program is apparently "relatively successful at recruiting staff for MIRI".<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support |title=Center for Applied Rationality — General Support |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 8, 2017 |quote=We have some doubts about CFAR's management and operations, and we see CFAR as having made only limited improvements over the last two years, with the possible exception of running the MIRI Summer Fellows Program in 2015, which we understand to have been relatively successful at recruiting staff for MIRI.}}</ref>
 
| 2015 || {{dts|July 7}}–26 || || The CFAR-run MIRI Summer Fellows program 2015 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150717025843/http://rationality.org/miri-summer-fellows-2015 |title=MIRI Summer Fellows 2015 |publisher=CFAR |date=June 21, 2015 |accessdate=July 8, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/m3h/cfarrun_miri_summer_fellows_program_july_726/ |title=CFAR-run MIRI Summer Fellows program: July 7-26 |author=Anna Salamon |date=April 28, 2015 |accessdate=July 11, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref> This program is apparently "relatively successful at recruiting staff for MIRI".<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support |title=Center for Applied Rationality — General Support |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 8, 2017 |quote=We have some doubts about CFAR's management and operations, and we see CFAR as having made only limited improvements over the last two years, with the possible exception of running the MIRI Summer Fellows Program in 2015, which we understand to have been relatively successful at recruiting staff for MIRI.}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || {{dts|August 4}}–16 || || SPARC 2015 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.mensa.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/SPARC%20Summer%20School%202015%20Flyer.pdf |title=SPARC Summer School 2015 |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2015 || {{dts|August 4}}–16 || SPARC || SPARC 2015 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.mensa.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/SPARC%20Summer%20School%202015%20Flyer.pdf |title=SPARC Summer School 2015 |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || {{dts|December 23}} || || The annual fundraising and review is posted to LessWrong.<ref name="why-cfar-view-from-2015">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/n39/why_cfar_the_view_from_2015/ |title=Why CFAR? The view from 2015 |author=Pete Michaud |date=December 23, 2015 |accessdate=July 12, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
| 2015 || {{dts|December 23}} || || The annual fundraising and review is posted to LessWrong.<ref name="why-cfar-view-from-2015">{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/n39/why_cfar_the_view_from_2015/ |title=Why CFAR? The view from 2015 |author=Pete Michaud |date=December 23, 2015 |accessdate=July 12, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
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| 2016 || {{dts|January 2}} || || Anna Salamon posts on LessWrong talking about CFAR's mission in a Q&A.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/n4e/why_cfars_mission/ |title=Why CFAR's Mission? |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || {{dts|January 2}} || || Anna Salamon posts on LessWrong talking about CFAR's mission in a Q&A.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/n4e/why_cfars_mission/ |title=Why CFAR's Mission? |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || {{dts|May}} || || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $304,000 over two years to CFAR's Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc |title=Center for Applied Rationality — SPARC |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || {{dts|May}} || Financial || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $304,000 over two years to CFAR's Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc |title=Center for Applied Rationality — SPARC |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || {{dts|July}} || || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $1,035,000 over two years to CFAR.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support |title=Center for Applied Rationality — General Support |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || {{dts|July}} || Financial || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $1,035,000 over two years to CFAR.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support |title=Center for Applied Rationality — General Support |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |accessdate=July 11, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || {{dts|August 2}}–14 || || SPARC 2016 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160409054420/https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || {{dts|August 2}}–14 || SPARC || SPARC 2016 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160409054420/https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || {{dts|December 3}}, 12 || || A couple of posts are published on LessWrong by Anna Salamon. The posts discuss CFAR's new focus on AI safety.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/o7o/cfars_new_focus_and_ai_safety/ |title=CFAR's new focus, and AI Safety - Less Wrong |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/o9h/further_discussion_of_cfars_focus_on_ai_safety/ |title=Further discussion of CFAR's focus on AI safety, and the good things folks wanted from "cause neutrality" - Less Wrong |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || {{dts|December 3}}, 12 || || A couple of posts are published on LessWrong by Anna Salamon. The posts discuss CFAR's new focus on AI safety.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/o7o/cfars_new_focus_and_ai_safety/ |title=CFAR's new focus, and AI Safety - Less Wrong |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://lesswrong.com/lw/o9h/further_discussion_of_cfars_focus_on_ai_safety/ |title=Further discussion of CFAR's focus on AI safety, and the good things folks wanted from "cause neutrality" - Less Wrong |accessdate=July 13, 2017 |publisher=[[wikipedia:LessWrong|LessWrong]]}}</ref>
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| 2016 || {{dts|December 14}} || || A Wayback Machine snapshot from this day shows that Julia Galef is listed under the "Convergence project".<ref>{{cite web |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20161214012819/http://rationality.org/about/team |title=CFAR Team |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || {{dts|December 14}} || || A Wayback Machine snapshot from this day shows that Julia Galef is listed under the "Convergence project".<ref>{{cite web |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20161214012819/http://rationality.org/about/team |title=CFAR Team |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || End of the year || || {{w|Julia Galef}} steps down as CFAR president; Anna Salamon takes her place and Pete Michaud takes Salamon's place as executive director. In the same post, Galef announces that she is working on the Update Project, a project whose goal is "to help decisionmakers improve the accuracy of their models, especially as they relate to strategies for having a large positive impact on the world".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.facebook.com/julia.galef/posts/10103010525130302 |title=Julia Galef - I'm overdue for a career update! Lots of you who... |author=Julia Galef |date=February 28, 2017 |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://juliagalef.com/update-project/ |title=The Update Project |author=Julia Galef |date=March 1, 2017 |publisher=Julia Galef |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref> The Update Project is the new name for the Convergence project.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.facebook.com/julia.galef/posts/10103010525130302?comment_id=10103348592605372&reply_comment_id=10103348604940652&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D |quote=The new name for the convergence project (though the focus has shifted a bit since then, as well) |author=Julia Galef |title=Comment in reply to Vipul Naik |date=July 28, 2017 |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref> The Update Project receives funding from the Open Philanthropy Project.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding |author=Issa Rice |date=April 2, 2017 |title=Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding |publisher=Issa Rice |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || End of the year || Leadership || {{w|Julia Galef}} steps down as CFAR president; Anna Salamon takes her place and Pete Michaud takes Salamon's place as executive director. In the same post, Galef announces that she is working on the Update Project, a project whose goal is "to help decisionmakers improve the accuracy of their models, especially as they relate to strategies for having a large positive impact on the world".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.facebook.com/julia.galef/posts/10103010525130302 |title=Julia Galef - I'm overdue for a career update! Lots of you who... |author=Julia Galef |date=February 28, 2017 |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=https://juliagalef.com/update-project/ |title=The Update Project |author=Julia Galef |date=March 1, 2017 |publisher=Julia Galef |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref> The Update Project is the new name for the Convergence project.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.facebook.com/julia.galef/posts/10103010525130302?comment_id=10103348592605372&reply_comment_id=10103348604940652&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D |quote=The new name for the convergence project (though the focus has shifted a bit since then, as well) |author=Julia Galef |title=Comment in reply to Vipul Naik |date=July 28, 2017 |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref> The Update Project receives funding from the Open Philanthropy Project.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding |author=Issa Rice |date=April 2, 2017 |title=Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding |publisher=Issa Rice |accessdate=July 28, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || {{dts|January}} || || CFAR publishes case studies on its impact on existential risk. The report covers Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), Future of Life Institute (FLI), and Arbital (an online discussion platform).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/studies/2016-case-studies |title=Case Studies Highlighting CFAR's Impact on Existential Risk |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || {{dts|January}} || || CFAR publishes case studies on its impact on existential risk. The report covers Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), Future of Life Institute (FLI), and Arbital (an online discussion platform).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/studies/2016-case-studies |title=Case Studies Highlighting CFAR's Impact on Existential Risk |publisher=Center for Applied Rationality |accessdate=July 12, 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || {{dts|August 6}}–17 || || SPARC 2017 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |quote=SPARC—the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition—will be hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area from August 6 – 17, with students arriving the evening of the 6th and leaving the morning of the 17th. |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20170603013601/https://sparc-camp.org/ |archivedate=June 3, 2017 |dead-url=yes}}</ref>
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| 2017 || {{dts|May}} || Financial || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $340,000 to CFAR to "support the European Summer Program on Rationality" (ESPR).<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-european-summer-program-rationality |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |title=Center for Applied Rationality — European Summer Program on Rationality |date=December 15, 2017 |accessdate=February 25, 2018}}</ref>
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| 2017 || {{Dts|May 29}} || || The Rationalist House Games domain, <code>rationalistgames.org</code>, is registered.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://whois.icann.org/en/lookUP?name=rationalistgames.org |title=Showing results for: RATIONALISTGAMES.ORG |publisher=ICANN WHOIS |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |quote=Creation Date: 2017-05-29T19:25:39Z}}</ref> The Rationalist House Games is a website that hosts competitions between rationality community group houses. The website is apparently run by CFAR (the website itself does not mention CFAR).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/fourth-quarter-cfar-newsletter |title=Fourth Quarter CFAR Newsletter |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |quote=Rationalist House Games - Elizabeth Garrett spearheaded a competition between rationalist houses |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/second-quarter-cfar-newsletter |title=Second Quarter CFAR Newsletter |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2017 || {{dts|August 6}}–17 || SPARC || SPARC 2017 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |quote=SPARC—the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition—will be hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area from August 6 – 17, with students arriving the evening of the 6th and leaving the morning of the 17th. |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20170603013601/https://sparc-camp.org/ |archivedate=June 3, 2017 |dead-url=yes}}</ref>
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| 2017 || {{dts|December 16}} || || CFAR publishes four documents on its website: its 2017 Impact Report,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-impact-report |title=CFAR 2017 Impact Report |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref> a 2017 Retrospective,<ref name="retrospective-2017" /> information on its 2017 Fundraiser,<ref name="fundraiser-2017" /> and a venue update.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-venue-update |title=CFAR 2017 Venue Update |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|January}} || Financial || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $560,000 to CFAR to "support SPARC and related activities".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc-2018 |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |title=Center for Applied Rationality — SPARC (2018) |date=February 6, 2018 |accessdate=February 25, 2018}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|January}} || Financial || The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $1,000,000 over two years to CFAR for general support.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support-2018 |publisher=Open Philanthropy Project |title=Center for Applied Rationality — General Support (2018) |date=February 28, 2018 |accessdate=March 1, 2018}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|January 10}} || Financial || CFAR announces that it has exceeded its 2017 fundraising target of $740,000 by raising a total of $759,829.<ref name="fundraiser-2017">{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-fundraiser |title=CFAR 2017 Fundraiser |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|January 19}} || || CFAR instructor Michael "Valentine" Smith begins posting about [[wikipedia:Kenshō|kenshō]] on LessWrong.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/tMhEv28KJYWsu6Wdo/kensh |title=Kenshō |author=Michael "Valentine" Smith |date=January 19, 2018 |publisher=LessWrong |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> He would follow up on the initial post in late February with "The Real-World Omega"<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/AqbWna2S85pFTsHH4/the-real-world-omega |title=The Real-World Omega |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> and "Mythic Mode".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/HnWN6v4wHQwmYQCLX/mythic-mode |title=Mythic Mode |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> Kenshō hasn't been discussed officially by CFAR (in particular, Valentine's post seems to be made from a personal capacity), but it seems to be one of the things being discussed in person by CFAR people.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/tMhEv28KJYWsu6Wdo/kensh#vDST8wTjsiWKCjZ3y |title=Comment on "Kenshō" |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |author=Qiaochu Yuan |quote=It's seemed to me for awhile now that the stuff that people are actually talking about in person (e.g. at CFAR workshops) has far outstripped the pace of what's publicly available in blog post format and I'm really happy to see progress on that front.}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|February}} || Workshop || CFAR collaborates with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) to conduct the first AI Risk for Computer Scientists (AIRCS) workshop. This would be the first of several AIRCS workshops, with seven more in 2018 and many more in 2019.<ref name=miris-2018-fundraiser>{{cite web |url=https://intelligence.org/2018/11/26/miris-2018-fundraiser/ |title=MIRI's 2018 Fundraiser |publisher=Machine Intelligence Research Institute |date=November 26, 2018 |accessdate=February 14, 2019}}</ref> The page about AIRCS on MIRI's website says: "The material at the workshop is a mixture of human rationality content that’s loosely similar to some CFAR material, and a variety of topics related to AI risk, including thinking about forecasting, different people’s ideas of where the technical problems are, and various potential paths for research."<ref>{{cite web|url = https://intelligence.org/ai-risk-for-computer-scientists/|title =  AI Risk for Computer Scientists. Join us for four days of leveling up thinking on AI risk.|accessdate = September 14, 2019|publisher = Machine Intelligence Research Institute}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|February 27}} || Leadership || CFAR announces that it has acquired a permanent venue. In addition, executive director Pete Michaud leaves his position to become an advisor and Timothy Telleen-Lawton becomes the new executive director.<ref name="fundraising-and-leadership">{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2018/fundraising-and-leadership-updates |title=Fundraising & Leadership Updates |date=February 27, 2018 |first=Pete |last=Michaud |accessdate=March 1, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|June}} or July || || CFAR will have its new permanent venue in possession and will begin hosting workshops there.<ref name="fundraising-and-leadership" />
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| 2018 || {{dts|July 22}}{{snd}}{{dts|August 3}} || SPARC || SPARC 2018 is planned to take place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20180224224518/https://sparc-camp.org/ |archivedate=February 24, 2018 |dead-url=no}}</ref>
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| 2018 || {{dts|September 21}} || Brent Dill controversy || In response to the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual harassment and other manipulative behavior by community member Brent Dill, CFAR disbands the Alumni Community Disputes Council (ACDC) because of poor decisionmaking by ACDC related to the controversy. CFAR Executive Director Timothy Telleen-Lawton contritely states: "To the extent that CFAR did not provide ACDC with sufficient resources and oversight to properly execute its larger mission, that is our fault and not the fault of the volunteer council members. We want to understand the details of what went wrong and how to do better going forward. We have only just started that process and will provide updates to the community once we have them. In the meantime, in addition to the actions above, we offer our apologies to the involved parties, and to all in our alumni network and in the broader community who needed better leadership in this situation."<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.rationality.org/resources/updates/2018/acdc|title = ACDC Update and Apology|date = September 21, 2018|accessdate = September 14, 2019|last = Telleen-Lawton|first = Timothy|publisher = Center for Applied Rationality}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || {{dts|December 17}} || || CFAR publishes three documents on its website: its 2017 Impact Report, a 2017 Retrospective, and information on its 2017 Fundraiser.<ref name="fundraiser-2017" />
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| 2018 || {{dts|October}}{{snd}}{{dts|November}} || Leadership || Around this time, Duncan Sabien transitions from his full-time and key role in CFAR to a part-time role. His involvement would reduce to zero by Aprril 2019.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.facebook.com/duncan.sabien/posts/2483881418313227|title = Hey, everyone, just a quick status update: my part-time professional involvement with CFAR has now gone to zero.|date = April 21, 2019|accessdate = September 14, 2019|last = Sabien|first = Duncan}}</ref> In May 2019, Sabien would say that the CFAR of 2019 and 2020, under Telleen-Lawton, would look quite different from the CFAR shaped by Sabien in the last few years.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.facebook.com/duncan.sabien/posts/2519421394759229|title = I predict that the Center for Applied Rationality of 2019 and 2020 and beyond will be not-at-all "Duncan shaped."|last = Sabien|first = Duncan|date = May 12, 2019|accessdate = September 14, 2019}}</ref> Sabien's departure is also linked to the Brent Dill controversy, as the CFAR leadership believed that he underestimated the risks posed by Brent Dill and gave him more access to the CFAR community.<ref name=cfars-mistakes-regarding-brent>{{cite web|url = https://www.rationality.org/resources/updates/2019/cfars-mistakes-regarding-brent|title = CFAR's Mistakes Regarding Brent|date = March 21, 2019|accessdate = September 14, 2019|publisher = Center for Applied Rationality|last = Telleen-Lawton|first = Timothy}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = https://jbeshir.tumblr.com/post/178335220773/responses-to-the-brent-dill-affair|title = Responses To The Brent Dill Affair|last = Beshir|first = John|date = September 22, 2018|accessdate = September 14, 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || {{dts|January 10}} || || CFAR announces that it has exceeded its 2017 fundraising target of $740,000 by raising a total of $759,829.<ref name="fundraiser-2017">{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-fundraiser |title=CFAR 2017 Fundraiser |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2019 || {{dts|March 21}} || Brent Dill controversy || CFAR Executive Director Timothy Telleen-Lawton publishes a postmortem of the controversy from the previous year surrrounding Brent Dill.
 
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| 2017 || {{Dts|May 29}} || || The Rationalist House Games domain, <code>rationalistgames.org</code>, is registered.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://whois.icann.org/en/lookUP?name=rationalistgames.org |title=Showing results for: RATIONALISTGAMES.ORG |publisher=ICANN WHOIS |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |quote=Creation Date: 2017-05-29T19:25:39Z}}</ref> The website is apparently run by CFAR (the website itself does not mention CFAR).<ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/fourth-quarter-cfar-newsletter |title=Fourth Quarter CFAR Newsletter |accessdate=February 25, 2018 |quote=Rationalist House Games - Elizabeth Garrett spearheaded a competition between rationalist houses |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref>
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| 2019 || {{dts|April 23}} || Financial || The Long Term Future Fund (one of the four Effective Altruism Funds) grants $150,000 to CFAR. The main grant investigator is Oliver Habryka. Habryka explains in the grant write-up that CFAR has a funding shortfall because of their decision not to run a fundraiser in 2018 in the wake of the Brent Dill controversy, so this $150,000 grant helps them get through the next few months without having to make major cuts.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions#CFAR___150_000_|title = CFAR ($150,000)|last = Habryka|first = Oliver|date = April 23, 2019|accessdate = September 14, 2019|publisher = Effective Altruism Forum}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || {{dts|January 19}} || || CFAR instructor Michael "Valentine" Smith begins posting about kenshō on LessWrong.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/tMhEv28KJYWsu6Wdo/kensh |title=Kenshō |author=Michael "Valentine" Smith |date=January 19, 2018 |publisher=LessWrong |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> He would follow up on the initial post in late February with "The Real-World Omega"<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/AqbWna2S85pFTsHH4/the-real-world-omega |title=The Real-World Omega |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> and "Mythic Mode".<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/HnWN6v4wHQwmYQCLX/mythic-mode |title=Mythic Mode |accessdate=February 24, 2018}}</ref> Kenshō hasn't been discussed officially by CFAR (in particular, Valentine's post seems to be made from a personal capacity), but it seems to be one of the things being discussed in person by CFAR people.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.lesserwrong.com/posts/tMhEv28KJYWsu6Wdo/kensh#vDST8wTjsiWKCjZ3y |title=Comment on "Kenshō" |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |author=Qiaochu Yuan |quote=It's seemed to me for awhile now that the stuff that people are actually talking about in person (e.g. at CFAR workshops) has far outstripped the pace of what's publicly available in blog post format and I'm really happy to see progress on that front.}}</ref>
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| 2019 || {{dts|May}} (announcement), {{dts|August 13}}{{snd}}{{dts|August 23}} (first example) || ESPR || CFAR announces that the European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR) is being spun off into a separate organization run by Jan Kulveit, with the ESPR for 2019 (August 13 to August 23) being managed by that organization.<ref name=cfar-may-2019-newsletter>{{cite web|url = https://www.rationality.org/resources/updates/2019/may-newsletter|title = CFAR Newsletter (May 2019)|date = May 30, 2019|accessdate = September 14, 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || {{dts|July 22}}{{snd}}{{dts|August 3}} || || SPARC 2018 is planned to take place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20180224224518/https://sparc-camp.org/ |archivedate=February 24, 2018 |dead-url=no}}</ref>
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| 2019 || {{dts|July 24}}{{snd}}{{dts|August 2}} || SPARC || SPARC 2019 takes place.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://sparc-camp.org/ |title=What is SPARC? {{!}} SPARC on WordPress.com |publisher=SPARC |accessdate=July 4, 2019 |archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20190704031208/https://sparc-camp.org/ |archivedate=July 4, 2019 |dead-url=no}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || || || It doesn't look like CFAR published an annual review for 2016
 
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| 2017 || 8 || <ref>{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-retrospective |title=CFAR 2017 Retrospective |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref> || 5 workshops from February to May; 1 in Seattle in June; 2 "Tier II" workshops in July and December; 1 workshop for MIRI researchers in November; 1 lighter workshop prior to Effective Altruism Global in August
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| 2017 || 8 || <ref name="retrospective-2017">{{cite web |url=http://rationality.org/resources/updates/2017/cfar-2017-retrospective |title=CFAR 2017 Retrospective |accessdate=February 24, 2018 |publisher=[[wikipedia:Center for Applied Rationality|Center for Applied Rationality]]}}</ref> || 5 workshops from February to May; 1 in Seattle in June; 2 "Tier II" workshops in July and December; 1 workshop for MIRI researchers in November; 1 lighter workshop prior to Effective Altruism Global in August
 
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* CFAR apparently ran a rationality dojo; any more info on this?<ref name="salamon-lower-cost-and-europe" />
 
* CFAR apparently ran a rationality dojo; any more info on this?<ref name="salamon-lower-cost-and-europe" />
 
* Timeline should probably mention some co-founders/early people, like Julia Galef, Andrew Critch, and Eliezer Yudkowsky
 
* Timeline should probably mention some co-founders/early people, like Julia Galef, Andrew Critch, and Eliezer Yudkowsky
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* https://web.archive.org/web/20120812172423/http://appliedrationality.org/
  
 
===Timeline update strategy===
 
===Timeline update strategy===

Latest revision as of 12:21, 14 September 2019

This is a timeline of Center for Applied Rationality. Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) is a nonprofit that organizes rationality workshops, with a focus on AI safety and existential risks.

Big picture

Time period Development summary More details

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2011 "Over the years, Yudkowsky found that people struggled to think clearly about A.I. risk and were often dismissive of it. In 2011, Salamon, who had been working at MIRI since 2008, volunteered to figure out how to overcome that problem."[1]
2011 May 28 – June 4 Workshop A rationality minicamp takes place.[2][3]
2011 mid-June – August Workshop The Rationality Boot Camp takes place.[4][5][6]
2011 July 18 Legal The Articles of Incorporation for CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, are written. It would be approved on July 26.[7]
2011 July 26 Legal CFAR, at the time called the Feynman Foundation, is approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.[8]
2012 March 29 The CFAR Exercise Prize, for help coming up with exercises to teach cognitive skills, is announced. Several requests for exercises were posted and several prizes were given out.[9][10]
2012 May 8 MIRI's April 2012 progress report is published, in which CFAR's name is announced. Until this point, CFAR was known as the "Rationality Group" or "Rationality Org".[11]
2012 May 11–13 Workshop A rationality minicamp takes place.[2]
2012 June 22–24 Workshop A rationality minicamp takes place.[2]
2012 July 7 CFAR's Twitter account, CFARnews, is created.[12]
2012 July 10 Legal The CFAR Articles of Incorporation are amended to rename the corporation from "Feynman Foundation" to "Center For Applied Rationality".[7]
2012 July 21–28 Workshop A rationality minicamp takes place.[2]
2012 August 6–13 SPARC SPARC 2012 takes place.[13] This is the first SPARC.
2013 August 5–17 SPARC SPARC 2013 takes place.[14]
2013 December 28 Annual fundraising post is published on LessWrong making the case for why one should donate to CFAR.[15]
2014 August 4–16 SPARC SPARC 2014 takes place.[16]
2014 October 25–26 As an experimental "beta test", a lower-cost, 1.5-day workshop takes place in the Bay Area.[17]
2014 November First workshops in Europe take place in the UK.[17]
2014 December 26 Annual review/fundraising post is published on LessWrong.[18]
2015 (?) The 2015 longitudinal study is published, covering workshops from February 2014 to April 2015.[19]
2015 July 1 Financial CFAR is included among the Future of Life Institute's Grant Recommendations for its first round of AI safety grants. The amount recommended is $111,757, for a specialized workshop for "45 of the most promising AI students".[20] The grant would be disbursed on September 1.[21][22][23] (Is this the same as the MIRI Summer Fellows program or some other workshop with a name? The FLI grant pages do not say.)
2015 July 7–26 The CFAR-run MIRI Summer Fellows program 2015 takes place.[24][25] This program is apparently "relatively successful at recruiting staff for MIRI".[26]
2015 August 4–16 SPARC SPARC 2015 takes place.[27]
2015 December 23 The annual fundraising and review is posted to LessWrong.[28]
2016 January 2 Anna Salamon posts on LessWrong talking about CFAR's mission in a Q&A.[29]
2016 May Financial The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $304,000 over two years to CFAR's Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC).[30]
2016 July Financial The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $1,035,000 over two years to CFAR.[31]
2016 August 2–14 SPARC SPARC 2016 takes place.[32]
2016 December 3, 12 A couple of posts are published on LessWrong by Anna Salamon. The posts discuss CFAR's new focus on AI safety.[33][34]
2016 December 10 Possibly the first mention of Convergence is from this day. Anna Salamon describes it as follows: "Julia will be launching a small spinoff organization called Convergence, facilitating double crux conversations between EAs and EA-adjacent people in, e.g., tech and academia. It'll be under the auspices of CFAR for now but will not have opinions on AI."[35]
2016 December 14 A Wayback Machine snapshot from this day shows that Julia Galef is listed under the "Convergence project".[36]
2016 End of the year Leadership Julia Galef steps down as CFAR president; Anna Salamon takes her place and Pete Michaud takes Salamon's place as executive director. In the same post, Galef announces that she is working on the Update Project, a project whose goal is "to help decisionmakers improve the accuracy of their models, especially as they relate to strategies for having a large positive impact on the world".[37][38] The Update Project is the new name for the Convergence project.[39] The Update Project receives funding from the Open Philanthropy Project.[40]
2017 January CFAR publishes case studies on its impact on existential risk. The report covers Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), Future of Life Institute (FLI), and Arbital (an online discussion platform).[41]
2017 May Financial The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $340,000 to CFAR to "support the European Summer Program on Rationality" (ESPR).[42]
2017 May 29 The Rationalist House Games domain, rationalistgames.org, is registered.[43] The Rationalist House Games is a website that hosts competitions between rationality community group houses. The website is apparently run by CFAR (the website itself does not mention CFAR).[44][45]
2017 August 6–17 SPARC SPARC 2017 takes place.[46]
2017 December 16 CFAR publishes four documents on its website: its 2017 Impact Report,[47] a 2017 Retrospective,[48] information on its 2017 Fundraiser,[49] and a venue update.[50]
2018 January Financial The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $560,000 to CFAR to "support SPARC and related activities".[51]
2018 January Financial The Open Philanthropy Project awards a grant of $1,000,000 over two years to CFAR for general support.[52]
2018 January 10 Financial CFAR announces that it has exceeded its 2017 fundraising target of $740,000 by raising a total of $759,829.[49]
2018 January 19 CFAR instructor Michael "Valentine" Smith begins posting about kenshō on LessWrong.[53] He would follow up on the initial post in late February with "The Real-World Omega"[54] and "Mythic Mode".[55] Kenshō hasn't been discussed officially by CFAR (in particular, Valentine's post seems to be made from a personal capacity), but it seems to be one of the things being discussed in person by CFAR people.[56]
2018 February Workshop CFAR collaborates with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) to conduct the first AI Risk for Computer Scientists (AIRCS) workshop. This would be the first of several AIRCS workshops, with seven more in 2018 and many more in 2019.[57] The page about AIRCS on MIRI's website says: "The material at the workshop is a mixture of human rationality content that’s loosely similar to some CFAR material, and a variety of topics related to AI risk, including thinking about forecasting, different people’s ideas of where the technical problems are, and various potential paths for research."[58]
2018 February 27 Leadership CFAR announces that it has acquired a permanent venue. In addition, executive director Pete Michaud leaves his position to become an advisor and Timothy Telleen-Lawton becomes the new executive director.[59]
2018 June or July CFAR will have its new permanent venue in possession and will begin hosting workshops there.[59]
2018 July 22 – August 3 SPARC SPARC 2018 is planned to take place.[60]
2018 September 21 Brent Dill controversy In response to the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual harassment and other manipulative behavior by community member Brent Dill, CFAR disbands the Alumni Community Disputes Council (ACDC) because of poor decisionmaking by ACDC related to the controversy. CFAR Executive Director Timothy Telleen-Lawton contritely states: "To the extent that CFAR did not provide ACDC with sufficient resources and oversight to properly execute its larger mission, that is our fault and not the fault of the volunteer council members. We want to understand the details of what went wrong and how to do better going forward. We have only just started that process and will provide updates to the community once we have them. In the meantime, in addition to the actions above, we offer our apologies to the involved parties, and to all in our alumni network and in the broader community who needed better leadership in this situation."[61]
2018 October – November Leadership Around this time, Duncan Sabien transitions from his full-time and key role in CFAR to a part-time role. His involvement would reduce to zero by Aprril 2019.[62] In May 2019, Sabien would say that the CFAR of 2019 and 2020, under Telleen-Lawton, would look quite different from the CFAR shaped by Sabien in the last few years.[63] Sabien's departure is also linked to the Brent Dill controversy, as the CFAR leadership believed that he underestimated the risks posed by Brent Dill and gave him more access to the CFAR community.[64][65]
2019 March 21 Brent Dill controversy CFAR Executive Director Timothy Telleen-Lawton publishes a postmortem of the controversy from the previous year surrrounding Brent Dill.
2019 April 23 Financial The Long Term Future Fund (one of the four Effective Altruism Funds) grants $150,000 to CFAR. The main grant investigator is Oliver Habryka. Habryka explains in the grant write-up that CFAR has a funding shortfall because of their decision not to run a fundraiser in 2018 in the wake of the Brent Dill controversy, so this $150,000 grant helps them get through the next few months without having to make major cuts.[66]
2019 May (announcement), August 13 – August 23 (first example) ESPR CFAR announces that the European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR) is being spun off into a separate organization run by Jan Kulveit, with the ESPR for 2019 (August 13 to August 23) being managed by that organization.[67]
2019 July 24 – August 2 SPARC SPARC 2019 takes place.[68]

Workshops

I haven't found numbers for other years, but their home page says 909 workshop alumni on 2017-07-12. The workshop FAQ says "Workshop size varies, but most are around 32 participants. Some are up to 60 participants." So that means maybe around 28 workshops have been conducted in all? It looks like older workshops only had 25 participants, so that could mean up to 36 workshops in all. And there have been at least 20 workshops, from those listed below.

Year Number of flagship/main workshops Sources Notes
2013 7 [15]
2014 9 [18]
2015 4 [28]
2016 It doesn't look like CFAR published an annual review for 2016
2017 8 [48] 5 workshops from February to May; 1 in Seattle in June; 2 "Tier II" workshops in July and December; 1 workshop for MIRI researchers in November; 1 lighter workshop prior to Effective Altruism Global in August

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How the timeline was built

The initial version of the timeline was written by Issa Rice.

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See also

External links

References

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