I’m Joe Carlsmith. I’m a research analyst at Open Philanthropy, and a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oxford. You can learn more about me on my personal website, here. Here’s a photo:
My aim for this blog is mostly to
(a) clarify and express various things that matter to me,
(b) in a public context that makes dialogue possible,
(c) at quality standards compatible with posting regularly and not spending too much time on each post,
(d) in a way that helps create the type of world I hope we can create.
I chose the name partly to remind me of this aim. “Hands” is mostly about (a) and (b). “Cities” is mostly about (d).
My favorite posts so far are:
- Against neutrality about creating happy lives (narration on the EA Forum Podcast here)
- On future people, looking back at 21st century longtermism
- Actually possible: thoughts on Utopia
- Thoughts on being mortal
All opinions my own, not speaking on behalf of my employer.