Geoffrey Miller

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More about me: 

I'm fairly new to EA, active since 2016, but I've given half a dozen talks on EA-related topics such as virtue-signaling, moral psychology, and X-risks of SETI and METI; and I'll teach a new college seminar course on 'The psychology of Effective Altruism' in spring 2018.

Otherwise, I've worked for 30 years in evolutionary psychology, intelligence research, behavior genetics, economics, consumer behavior, and machine learning. 

I'm considering a mid-career shift into AI safety research and policy.


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Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Improving rationality or science
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Political reform
Cause prioritization
Near vegetarian
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Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Effective giving
Existential risk and far future causes
Machine intelligence risk
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The Life You Can Save
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
Over 20 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
What can the Effective Altruism community help you with? : 

Making a mid-career tranisition into doing more AI safety research, given my background in machine learning and evolutionary psychology.

What could you bring to the Effective Altruism community?: 

Communication skills: experience giving talks, teaching, writing books, podcasts, popular science outreach

Scientific expertise in evolutionary psychology, moral psychology, behavioral economics, behavioral genomics, and machine learning (neural networks, genetic algorithms, evolutionary robotics, artificial life)


Planned career path: 
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
67%-100% chance I will take this path in the future.
Current occupation or career: 

I'm a tenured associate professor of psychology at University of New Mexico. I've also worked at NYU Stern business school, UCLA, University College London, London School of Economics, University of Sussex, the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich Germany, and the QIMR genetic epidemiology center in Brisbane Australia. 

Any ways you could help others with their careers: 

Career advice: I can give advice about pros and cons of going to grad school in behavioral sciences, since I've worked in academia for 30 years, and mentored about a dozen Ph.D.s

Popular outreach advice: I've published three popular books with mainstream publishers, worked with literary agents, written book proposals, and strategized about marketing and publicity.

Journalism; Outreach; Persuasion; Public speaking; Research/Analysis; Statistics/Data science; Strategy


Geoffrey Miller
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Doctoral postgraduate degree (e.g. PhD)
United States
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Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
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