Jaan Tallinn

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Jaan Tallinn
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Born (1972-02-14) 14 February 1972 (age 50)
Tallinn, Estonia

Jaan Tallinn (born 14 February 1972 in Tallinn[1]) is an Estonian programmer who participated in the development of Skype[2] in 2002 and FastTrack/Kazaa, a file-sharing application, in 2000.[3]

Jaan Tallinn is partner and co-founder of the development company Bluemoon which created the game SkyRoads.[4] He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 with a BSc in Theoretical Physics with a thesis that involved traveling interstellar distances using warps in space-time.

Tallinn is a former member of the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.[5] He is also one of the founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk,[6] and the Future of Life Institute,[7][8][9][10] and was[11] co-founder of the personalized medical research company MetaMed.[12]

Tallinn donated $364,000 to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.[13]

He strongly promotes the study of existential risk and has given numerous talks on this topic.[14] His main worries are related to artificial intelligence, unknowns coming from technological development, and biological risk.[15][16] In his opinion humanity is not spending enough resources on long-term planning and mitigating threats that could potentially wipe us out as a species.[17]


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  8. "Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn't Go The Way Of Skynet". Mashable. 2015. Retrieved 21 Jun 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Elon Musk spends $10 million to stop robot uprising (+video)". Christian Science Monitor. 2015. Retrieved 21 Jun 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Elon Musk: Future of Life Institute Artificial Intelligence Research Could be Crucial". Bostinno. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Clarke, Liat (24 April 2015). "The solution to saving healthcare systems? New feedback loops". Wired.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2015. Tallinn learned the importance of feedback loops himself the hard way, after seeing the demise of one of his startups, medical consulting firm Metamed.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Weber, Harrison (1 March 2013). "Peter Thiel-backed MetaMed thinks you should have your own on-demand medical research team". TheNextWeb. Retrieved 4 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Machine Intelligence Research Institute".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Jaan Tallinn on the Intelligence Stairway".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "A Skype founder on biomonitors, existential risk and simulated realities". The Wall Street Journal. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Existential Risk: A Conversation with Jaan Tallinn". Edge Foundation, Inc. 16 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn on surviving the rise of the machines". Marketplace. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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