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AI strategy & governance

The development of powerful AI doesn’t only pose the technical challenge of the control problem, but also major political and social challenges. AI policy is fast becoming an important area, but policy-makers are mostly focused on short-term issues like how to regulate self-driving cars, rather than the key long-term issues such as the geopolitical and existential risks associated with the technology.

The following is a list of positions focused on policy and strategy research relevant to AI. If you could make a contribution to this area, it’s likely to be one of the highest-impact things you could do with your life. This is particularly true because a significant amount of funding has emerged for this research in the last two years, but the relevant organisations struggle to find people with the right skills, meaning that the area is highly talent-constrained.

To learn more about this area, see our problem profile on AI, our guide to working on AI strategy and governance and our podcast archive.

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If you have a good shot at getting any of these positions, we’d be keen to discuss your next career decision in-person. We’re in touch with most of the employers on this list, so we can sometimes provide introductions or information about roles that have not yet been advertised.

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Organisations we recommend

Some of the highest impact jobs are never advertised and are instead created for the right applicants. So below is our list of what we think are some of the best organisations working on some of the world’s most pressing problems. These are all potentially very high-impact places to work in any role, and many can help you to develop great career capital.

Our top priority areas:

Note: Our investigation of this area is only shallow, so we are not confident in our analysis and recommendations. See the Open Philanthropy Project’s overview of this area for more detail and a longer list of organisations.

  • The Centre for Effective Altruism conducts research into fundamental questions on how to do the most good, and encourages donations to the best charities available working on priority problems. It includes the project Giving What We Can, which encourages people to pledge 10% of their income to the most effective organisations for helping others. See current vacancies. If you’d like express interest in working at the Centre for Effective Altruism, fill out this short form. Disclaimer of conflict of interest: we are fiscally sponsored by the Centre for Effective Altruism.
  • 80,000 Hours – yes, that’s us. We do research into the careers which do the most good and help people pursue them. If you’d like to express interest in working with us, fill out this short form.
  • The Open Philanthropy Project takes an effective altruism approach to identifying high-impact giving opportunities across a wide range of problem areas, shares this research freely online, and uses it to advise top philathropists on where to give. See current vacancies. Disclaimer of conflict of interest: we have received a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project.
  • Founder’s Pledge encourages entrepreneurs to make a legally binding commitment to donate at least 2% of their personal proceeds to charity when they sell their business.

Other promising areas:

Advocacy for animals on factory farms

Development of meat substitutes

You can also find vacancies and volunteer opportunities on the Effective Altruism Jobs Facebook Group.

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