I want humanity not to lose its long-term potential.
📚 In 2018, I launched a project to print HPMOR in Russian and promote it; it became the most funded crowdfunding campaign in Russian history; we printed 21 000 copies. A startup I own gives me enough income to focus on EA projects and, e.g., donated $30k to MIRI. I do outreach projects (e.g., we're organizing a translation of the 80,000 Hours' Key Ideas series) but am considering switching to direct alignment research.
(The effectiveness and the impact aside, I was the head of the Russian Pastafarian Church for a year, which was fun. And I was a political activist, which was fun except for spending time in jail after the protests; now it’s not as fun since the Russian authorities would probably throw me in prison if I return to Russia.)
I’m 22 now. have Israeli citizenship, and currently live in Tel Aviv, but I don’t want to remain there in the long term and would like to find a country and a city in the world to reside in. Also, I’m bi 🏳️🌈
Tell me if I should switch from outreach to alignment research despite all the leverage in the first and uncertainties about the second.
Before the war started, we thought we had some outstanding opportunities to promote the EA ideas on a large scale in Russia but were uncertain about strategies (e,g, whether we should do something wide or more targeted, how important is it to share the most up-to-date career advice, etc.); now we have a lot of uncertainty about what opportunities would still exist and of what scale and what new risks could be there.
Also, please tell me if you know a good country/city to live in.
Talk to me if you're thinking about translating EA content from English to other languages! I can share our technical setup that we’re using to, e.g., translate 80k Hours.
I’m not doing research in the field, but I can answer questions about the AI-related x-risks and pitch you the Alignment problem.
And I can share my experiences with launching the crowdfunding campaign to print HPMOR in Russian (which became the most funded crowdfunding campaign in the history of the country) and with community-building and EA/AI Safety outreach in Russia.