What specialist knowledge is valuable?

Many highly specific areas of knowledge seem applicable to solving the world’s most pressing problems, especially risks posed by biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

In particular we’d highlight:

Of course, whatever skill set you focus on, you’ll likely need to build some specialist knowledge — for example, if you focus on a politics and bureaucracy skill set you’ll need to gain specialist knowledge in the area of policy you’re working in. Similarly, if you build a programming skill set, you could consider gaining specialist knowledge in machine learning or information security. The idea of the above list is just to highlight areas we think seem particularly valuable that you might not otherwise consider learning about.

How should you get started building specialist knowledge?

Each area is very different, so it’s hard to give any specific advice that applies to all of them.

Besides the articles on specific areas linked above, we’d suggest checking out:

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