I am an author, scholar, and freelance writer whose work focuses on existential threats to humanity and civilization. I used to write for the Future of Life Institute and was once a research assistant for Ray Kurzweil. Currently, I'm an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Advisory Board member at the Lifeboat Foundation who's focusing on academic research and a new book, tentatively titled A Brief History of Human Extinction. I've published in scholarly journals like Erkenntnis, Futures, Bioethics, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Foresight, and Metaphilosophy, among others. I also have articles in popular media like TIME, The Washington Post, Slate, Motherboard, Salon, Nautilus, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. I spent some time at Harvard University and Brandeis University, the latter of which resulted in a master's degree in Neuroscience. I like giving talks and appearing on podcasts. Most recently I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, based at the University of Cambridge.
The specific foci of my research have been omnicidal agents (or "agential risks"), superintelligence and algocracy, space colonization, anti-natalism, emerging technologies, and the history of the idea of human extinction.
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