Jaan Tallinn is an Estonian programmer, investor and trained physicist known for his participation in the development of Skype in 2002 and FastTrack/Kazaa, a file-sharing application, in 2000.
|Born||14 February 1972|
|Education||BSc in Theoretical Physics|
|Alma mater||University of Tartu|
Jaan Tallinn is partner and co-founder of the development company Bluemoon which created the game SkyRoads. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 with a BSc in Theoretical Physics with a thesis that considered travelling interstellar distances using warps in space-time.
Tallinn founded Bluemoon in Estonia alongside schoolmates Ahti Heinla and Priit Kasesalu. Bluemoon's Kosmonaut became, in 1989 (SkyRoads is the 1993 remake), the first Estonian game to be sold abroad, and earned the company 5,000 USD. By 1999, Bluemoon faced bankruptcy; its founders decided to acquire remote jobs for the Swedish Tele2 at a salary of 330 USD each per day. The Tele2 project, "Everyday.com", was a commercial flop. Subsequently, while working as a stay-at-home dad, Tallinn developed FastTrack and Kazaa for Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (formerly of Tele2). Kazaa's P2P technology was later repurposed to drive Skype around 2003. Tallinn sold his shares in Skype in 2005, when it was purchased by eBay.
Tallinn sits on the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and is a former member of the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board. He is also one of the founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), and the Future of Life Institute, and was co-founder of the personalized medical research company MetaMed.
Tallinn participates in the effective altruism movement and donated $604,500 to the effective altruism associated Machine Intelligence Research Institute since 2015. In addition, his initial donation, in 2012, when co-founding the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk was around $200,000.
Tallinn strongly promotes the study of existential risk and has given numerous talks on this topic. His main worries are related to artificial intelligence, unknowns coming from technological development, and biological risk. He believes humanity is not spending enough resources on long-term planning and mitigating threats that could wipe us out as a species.
- "Jaan Tallinn, Curriculum Vitae". Tartu Ülikool Sihtasutus. May 2012. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Jaan Tallinn at Ambient Sound Investments". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Creating global business model for knowledge-intensive SMES the small transition country cases" (PDF).
- "Tech firms find home in revived Estonia". International Herald Tribune. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "If It Works, You Can Break It". Forbes. 20 December 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- ""How can they be so good?": The strange story of Skype". Ars Technica. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Hvistendahl, Mara (28 March 2019). "Can we stop AI outsmarting humanity?". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- "Office of the President press announcement". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14.
- Lewsey, Fred (25 November 2012). "Humanity's last invention and our uncertain future". Research News. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Future of Life Institute".
- "Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn't Go The Way Of Skynet". Mashable. 2015. Retrieved 21 Jun 2015.
- "Elon Musk spends $10 million to stop robot uprising (+video)". Christian Science Monitor. 2015. Retrieved 21 Jun 2015.
- "Elon Musk: Future of Life Institute Artificial Intelligence Research Could be Crucial". Bostinno. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Machine Intelligence Research Institute".
- "Jaan Tallinn - Effective Altruism". Effective Altruism. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
- "Skype inventor Jaan Tallinn wants to use Bitcoin technology to save the world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
- "Jaan Tallinn on the Intelligence Stairway".
- "A Skype founder on biomonitors, existential risk and simulated realities". The Wall Street Journal. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "Existential Risk: A Conversation with Jaan Tallinn". Edge Foundation, Inc. 16 April 2015.
- "Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn on surviving the rise of the machines". Marketplace. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- Interview Series with Jaan Tallinn
- Ambient Sound Investments - Jaan Tallinn's Profile
- Bluemoon Interactive
- The Guardian profile on Estonia by Jaan Tallinn
- Jaan Tallinn's Metamed Profile
- Jaan Tallinn does a Reddit AMA
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