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In the year ending on November 2nd, 2020, will the total worldwide non-governmental funding of AI & Automation social science research exceed $100M?

Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly advancing form of technology with the potential to reshape various social, economic and political orders. This may result in tremendous opportunities for progress on important metrics. The risks, however, are also substantial and plausibly pose extreme governance challenges.

Currently, various research organisations are studying the social and political implications of advances in AI, including, but not limited to:

In the year ending on November 2nd, 2020, will the total worldwide non-governmental funding of AI & Automation social science research organisations exceed $100M in 2019 USD?


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This question resolves positively, if the total worldwide non-governmental funding of AI & Automation social science research organisations exceeds $100M. For the sake of this question, the funding qualifies as funding of AI & Automation social science research if:

  • the purpose of the funding is disclosed and makes it evident that at least 30% of the funding is to be spent on supporting (in broad terms) social science research
  • in case the the purpose of the funding is not fully disclosed, recipient must be an organisation that is determined by an admin to dedicate >30% of its research effort on social science research.

For the purpose of this question, only funding provided in the 365 day period starting on November 2nd, 2019, will count towards to total funding amount considered in this question. Any previous funding made available before this date but amortised over the 365 day period starting on November 2nd, 2019 does not count.

The question should be resolved with reference to data that is publicly available as of 2nd of November, 2020.

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