I’m Cullen O’Keefe, a Policy Researcher at OpenAI, AMA

Hi! I’m Cul­len. I’ve been a Re­search Scien­tist in the Policy team at OpenAI since Au­gust. I also am a Re­search Affili­ate at the Cen­tre for the Gover­nance of AI at the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute, where I in­terned in the sum­mer of 2018.

I grad­u­ated from Har­vard Law School cum laude in May 2019. There, I led the Har­vard Law School and Har­vard Univer­sity Grad­u­ate Schools Effec­tive Altru­ism groups. Prior to that, I was an un­der­grad­u­ate at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, where I ma­jored in Philos­o­phy and Ecol­ogy & Evolu­tion­ary Biol­ogy. I’m a mem­ber of Giv­ing What We Can, One For The World, and Founder’s Pledge.

Some things I’ve been think­ing a lot about in­clude:

  1. How to make sure AGI benefits everyone

  2. Law and AI development

  3. Law’s rele­vance for AI policy

  4. Whether law school makes sense for EAs

  5. So­cial jus­tice in re­la­tion to effec­tive altruism

I’ll be an­swer­ing ques­tions pe­ri­od­i­cally this week­end! All an­swers come in my per­sonal ca­pac­ity, of course. As an en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of the EA com­mu­nity, I’m ex­cited to do this! :D

[Up­date: as the week­end ends, I will be slower re­ply­ing but will still try to re­ply to all new com­ments for a while!]