I am a 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.
Here is a 2020 report I wrote about the computational power sufficient to the match the human brain.
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. Here's a video of a talk I gave about this. 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.