FTX probes $6.5M in payments to AI safety group amid clawback crusade

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Bankrupt crypto alternate FTX is trying to demand data on tens of millions of {dollars} in funds it had beforehand given to a nonprofit AI security group — the Heart for AI Security (CAIS).

In an Oct. 25 chapter courtroom submitting, the legal professionals helming FTX claimed the agency gave $6.5 million to CAIS between Might and September 2022 — months earlier than the crypto alternate collapsed and declared bankruptcy.

FTX desires a Delaware Chapter Court docket choose to approve issuing subpoenas to CAIS that question if it obtained funds, funds, communications or entered into agreements or contracts with FTX, its associates and former executives.

Highlighted excerpt of FTX’s submitting outlining its proposed request. Supply: Kroll

The alternate claims CAIS rejected “requests to voluntarily present an accounting associated to the transfers” and the 2 corporations had an August telephone name and emails in early October.

CAIS didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

FTX’s request to probe CAIS is probably going a part of its efforts to get well funds to repay its collectors and prospects caught in its collapse in November 2022. In a June report, FTX stated it had recovered around $7 billion and wanted one other $1.7 billion to cowl buyer funds it alleges have been misappropriated.

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CAIS is probably going greatest recognized for an open statement on AI risk printed in Might, which stated mitigating extinction dangers from AI ought to be prioritized alongside nuclear battle. The assertion was signed by a number of high-profile figures together with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and the “Godfather” of AI Geoffrey Hinton.

FTX’s proposed subpoenas request that CAIS produce an array of transfers, paperwork and communications it obtained from FTX, FTX Philanthropy, the FTX Basis, the FTX Future Fund “or any officer, director, contractor or worker” of FTX.

It additionally asks for communications particularly from co-founders Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang, Bankman-Fried’s father Joseph Bankman and brother Gabriel Bankman-Fried, former Alameda Analysis CEO Caroline Ellison and former FTX legal professionals Can Solar and Daniel Friedberg, amongst others.

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