Jaan Tallinn

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Jaan Tallinn
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Born (1972-02-14) 14 February 1972 (age 43)
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] and is co-founder of the personalized medical research company MetaMed.[8]

Tallinn donated $364,000 to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.[9]

He strongly promotes the study of existential risk and has given numerous talks on this topic.[10] His main worries are related to artificial intelligence, unknowns coming from technological development, and biological risk.[11] 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.[12]


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