Vael Gates

Soon-to-be postdoc at Stanford, working on an ethnography of AI researchers! (they/them)

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Seeking social science students / collaborators interested in AI existential risks

The comment about counterfactuals makes me think about computational cognitive scientist Tobias Gerstenberg's research (, where his research focuses a lot on counterfactual reasoning in the physical domain, but he also has work in the social domain. 

I confess to only a surface-level understanding of MIRI's research agenda, so I'm not quite able to connect my understanding of counterfactual reasoning in the social domain to a concrete research question within MIRI's agenda. I'd be happy to hear more though if you had more detail!