Ben Snyder

Undergraduate Economics Major @ Yale University
Pursuing an undergraduate degree
4New Haven, CT, USAJoined Mar 2022



I am an Economics major (Yale '23) thinking about how to maximize the positive impact of my career. Over the last few years, I have gained experience in data analysis, research, and consulting. Currently, I am gathering information about four potential post-graduate careers: working directly on biosecurity and AI policy as a staffer or in a US Government agency, researching biosecurity and AI policy, advising foundations looking to increase the effectiveness of their grants, and doing operations work for highly impactful organizations.


I would say two things about this.

  1. This project is still in the early stages, and I have not yet developed a concrete hypothesis about what would constitute "good guidelines that a) reduce GCBR and b) preprint servers will approve of." arXiv and other servers already use humans to do some basic vetting, so expanding their mandate to cover dual use issues is an option, but there may be cheaper things (like researcher self-certification) to try first.
  2. Once I have a hypothesis that other EA biosecurity people agree is worth testing, the next step is getting in touch with preprint server administrators and users to see what they think. This should help answer the other questions you raise.