Kelsey Piper is an American journalist, currently a Staff Writer for Future Perfect.


Piper studied symbolic systems at Stanford University. During her studies, she joined Giving What We Can and founded Stanford Effective Altruism.[1] After graduation, Piper worked as lead of the writing team at Triplebyte, a recruiting and technical screening platform for tech companies.

Journalism career

Piper joined Vox in September 2018.[2] As of August 2022, she has published over 300 articles on an extensive range of topics related to effective altruism, including animal product alternatives,[3][4] cash transfers,[5] climate change,[6] COVID-19 pandemic,[7][8] cultured meat,[9] deworming,[10][11] the Doomsday Clock,[12][13] electoral reform,[14][15] farmed animal welfare,[16] forecasting,[17][18] foreign aid,[19][20] global catastrophic biological risk,[21][22] global catastrophic risk,[23][24] the hinge of history hypothesis,[25] human extinction,[26] information hazards,[27] malaria,[28][29] nuclear winter,[30][31] pandemic preparedness[32]prediction markets,[33] space colonization,[34] the timing of philanthropy,[35][36] universal basic income,[37][38] and the vulnerable world hypothesis,[39] among many others.[40]

Piper's article outlining the case for taking artificial intelligence as an existential risk seriously has been praised by many as a rigorous yet accessible introduction to the topic.[41]

In early February 2020, when less than a dozen COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the United States and many media outlets and health authorities were dismissive of the risks posed by SARS-CoV-2,[42][43][44] Piper wrote about the possibility that it might become a global pandemic and emphasized the importance of an early response.[7][45]


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