About

My name is Richard Ngo. My goals are to understand the key patterns of the world (and what it means to understand the key patterns of the world); to help make the long-term future of humanity amazing; and to stick around to enjoy it. Currently that involves doing research on the future of AI at OpenAI. Previously I worked on the AGI safety team at DeepMind in London, doing technical research on how to reduce the risks posed by advanced artificial intelligence (see here for my blog posts about the topic). I'm also interested in synthesising reasonable ethical and meta-ethical views (1, 2, 3, 4); developing an informed perspective on human and animal cognition (1234); and speculating about the future (1, 2, 3, 4).

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.

More about me: I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand; I had also lived in Vietnam and the UK before moving to America. As an undergrad, I studied Computer Science and Philosophy; I also did a masters focusing on machine learning. I'm involved in the Effective Altruism and Progress Studies communities. 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 richardcngo (at gmail dot com) or on Twitter.

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