Cullen_OKeefe

I am a lawyer and policy researcher interested in improving the governance of artificial intelligence using the principles of Effective Altruism. In May 2019, I received a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. I currently work as a Research Scientist in Governance at OpenAI.

I am also a Research Affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of AI at the Future of Humanity Institute; Founding Advisor and Research Affiliate at the Legal Priorities Project; and a VP at the O’Keefe Family Foundation.

My research focuses on the law, policy, and governance of advanced artificial intelligence. To learn more, visit my personal website, cullenokeefe.com.

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I'm beginning to think that we should generally taboo "free speech" when discussing all speech regulation decisions by non-governmental actors. In my experience, people mean very different things by this, ranging from "intellectual openness should weigh heavily in private speech regulation" to "private speech regulators should mirror First Amendment principles." These have very different implications and possible justifications.

What examples are there of (science) fiction predicting something strange/bad, which then happened?

Ah right. I was misremembering the plot. The conversation happened in the US, but the system was built by the USSR :-)

What examples are there of (science) fiction predicting something strange/bad, which then happened?

In Dr. Strangelove (1964), the USSR builds a Doomsday Machine to function as a credible deterrent to a nuclear first strike against them, but keeps it secret. Dr. Strangelove famously remarks:

The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost... if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?!

The USSR actually built such a system and kept it secret.

Stupid Reasons to Have More Kids

Ah, thanks for correcting me. I wasn't aware of that provenance.

I suppose what I really meant was "something close to 9, in utilitarian terms, feels pretty compelling to me." :-)

Stupid Reasons to Have More Kids

(9) is more straightforward utilitarian than virtue ethics: most kids can become self-perpetuating utility creators upon reaching adulthood, and indeed go on to create geometrically more self-perpetuating utility creators!

Agreed, though, that this does not acknowledge that raising kids takes a lot of work, and that for many people there are far cheaper ways to create utility.

The FDA demanded my employer bury inconvenient clinical trial data. What should I do?

(Also worth noting that lawyers take client confidentiality very seriously)

The FDA demanded my employer bury inconvenient clinical trial data. What should I do?

There are law firms in the DC area that specialize in whistleblower protection. These are often used for cases where there is some financial reward to the whistleblower, which may not be relevant here (though I certainly am not an expert!!). However, I would suspect that they may have the general expertise, discretion, connections, and playbook to handle something like this. It may be a good place to start. Google keywords would be something like "DC government whistleblower law firm."

New Sequence - Towards a worldwide, watertight Windfall Clause

Thanks a ton for doing this, John! Very much looking forward to the rest of the sequence :-)

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