Carl Shulman

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Carl Matthew Shulman (born ca. 1982) is a Canadian-American researcher. He is currently a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute and an Advisor to Open Philanthropy. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and Director of Careers Research at 80,000 Hours. He also worked at Clarium Capital, an investment management and hedge fund company, and at Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm. Shulman attended New York University School of Law and holds a BA in philosophy from Harvard University.

Shulman has made substantive contributions to several areas, including career choice, open borders, wild animal welfare, existential risk, decision theory, whole brain emulation, earning to give, among many others. Concepts and ideas original to him include iterated embryo selection, hedonium, donor lotteries, and others.

Shulman administers a $5 million discretionary fund held by the Centre for Effective Altruism, funded by an Open Philanthropy grant (Open Philanthropy 2018).


Muehlhauser, Luke (2011a) Timeline of Carl Shulman publications, LessWrong, September 18.

Muehlhauser, Luke (2011b) Just the facts, ma’am!, LessWrong, December 10.

Open Philanthropy (2018) Centre for Effective Altruism — new discretionary fund, Open Philanthropy, March.

Rice, Issa (2020) Timeline of Carl Shulman publications, Timelines Wiki.

Zabel, Claire (2016) Research advice from Carl Shulman, May 28.

External links

Reflective disequilibrium. Shulman’s blog.

A Long-run per­spec­tive on strate­gic cause se­lec­tion and philanthropy

Carl_Shulman5 Nov 2013 23:08 UTC
11 points
29 commentsEA link

Some per­sonal thoughts on EA and sys­temic change

Carl_Shulman26 Sep 2019 21:40 UTC
188 points
17 comments6 min readEA link

Donor lot­ter­ies: demon­stra­tion and FAQ

Carl_Shulman7 Dec 2016 13:07 UTC
41 points
37 commentsEA link

The age dis­tri­bu­tion of GiveWell recom­mended charities

Carl_Shulman26 Dec 2015 18:35 UTC
13 points
2 commentsEA link