Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Another huge campus gift for artificial intelligence research leaves us wondering: Can donors concerned about the ethical, social and humanitarian consequences of the AI revolution keep pace with rapid technological change and the forces of private enterprise?

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Dept. of Big Questions: Millions in Grants Flow to Research the Origins of Life

Dept. of Big Questions: Millions in Grants Flow to Research the Origins of Life

How life springs up from chemical soup is one of the biggest mysteries in science. The Templeton Foundation is one of a couple of funders backing exciting work springing up in related disciplines.

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As Money Moves Offshore, New Questions About How Foundations Invest Their Assets

As Money Moves Offshore, New Questions About How Foundations Invest Their Assets

A report by Science found top research funders make billions in shady offshore investments, at times contradicting their missions for public good. It’s the latest example of philanthropy’s swelling assets and investments under fire.

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For a University and a Top Billionaire Donor, a Huge Bet on Artificial Intelligence

For a University and a Top Billionaire Donor, a Huge Bet on Artificial Intelligence

MIT is making its largest structural change since the 1950s, fueled in part by a historic gift from Stephen Schwarzman of $350 million. The campaign underscores a number of trends in academia and philanthropy amid a surge of interest in AI.

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Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.

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What a Top Science Funder is Learning From Its Deep Dive Into a Risky Area

What a Top Science Funder is Learning From Its Deep Dive Into a Risky Area

A key strength of philanthropy is that it can play the long game, taking risks in a quest for transformative change. A great example is the Moore Foundation’s huge investment in the study of quantum materials. How’s that effort going?

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From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

The foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine for the training of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, increasing the pipeline of talented young researchers who might otherwise struggle.

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A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.

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True Believer: A Silicon Valley Mega-Giver Has High Hopes for AI and Tech

True Believer: A Silicon Valley Mega-Giver Has High Hopes for AI and Tech

Never mind that backlash to technology’s impact on society, including skepticism of its ability to solve tough problems. Eric Schmidt’s philanthropic game plan is focused on the good that science and tech can do.

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