About

My name is Richard Ngo. My goals are to understand approximately everything, to make the long-term future of humanity amazing, and to stick around to enjoy it. Primarily, that involves working on the AI safety team at DeepMind in London, doing technical research on how to reduce the risks posed by advanced artificial intelligence. I've also been working towards synthesising reasonable ethical and meta-ethical views (1, 2, 3, 4); developing an informed perspective on human and animal cognition (1234); speculating about the future (1, 2, 3); and clarifying conceptual issues surrounding advanced AI (1, 2, 3).

If you still don't know where to start reading, have a look at my post on the All Souls examinationsmy book reviews, or else this index of all my posts by topic. (Note that all posts are my own opinions and don't represent those of my employer.)

More about me: I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand; I had also lived in Vietnam and America before moving to the UK. I recently finished a masters in Computer Science at Cambridge, specialising in machine learning; as an undergrad, I also studied philosophy. I'm involved in Effective Altruism and donate 10% of my income to effective charities. I enjoy board games (particularly Go), puzzles, salsa dancing, and travelling. If you want to chat about any of my posts, or indeed anything else, feel free to contact me at ngor (at google dot com) or on Twitter.

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