I am a senior research analyst at Open Philanthropy and a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.
I was a PhD student in philosophy at NYU from 2016-2018. I have a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford, and a BA in philosophy from Yale.
I blog at Hands and Cities. Favorite posts:
How much computational power does it take to match the human brain? (medium-length summary here)
"Utopia on earth and morality without guilt," on Clearer Thinking with Spencer Greenberg.
Orienting towards the long-term future (Effective Altruism Global 2017)
I spent the academic year of 2017-18 helping Toby Ord write The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, which is a clear statement of a number of ideas that matter to me: notably, that human history might be just beginning; that the future could be incomprehensibly vast and extraordinary; and that it is extremely important that we do not mess up in a way that destroys this possibility. This New Yorker piece about Toby and the book is also a good summary.
I am also interested in meditation. I've spent over a year of my life on silent meditation retreat, in stretches ranging from a few days to three months.
Email: joseph [dot] k [dot] carlsmith [at] gmail [dot] com
Here is my CV.