Information for Oliver Habryka

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Machine Intelligence Research Institute Summer Internship 2013-06-01 2013-08-01 intern [1]
Machine Intelligence Research Institute Volunteer volunteer [2] Mentioned as a featured volunteer in MIRI’s newsletter as someone who proofreads MIRI’s work.
Centre for Effective Altruism Director of Strategy, CEA USA 2016-06-01 2016-10-01 full-time [3], [4]
Centre for Effective Altruism Community and Outreach Division 2016-10-01 2017-01-01 full-time [4], [5]
LessWrong 2.0 Developer 2017-06-01 full-time [6], [7], [8]
Center for Applied Rationality Adjunct Instructor, Design, and Branding [9], [10]
Center for Applied Rationality Summer Internship 2013-06-01 2013-08-01 intern [1]

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CFAR ($150,000) 2019-04-23 Oliver Habryka Center for Applied Rationality Julia Galef, Andrew Critch, Kenzi Ashkie, Duncan Sabien, Anna Salamon Third-party commentary on organization Rationality improvement In a writeup explaining the $150,000 grant made from the Effective Altruism Funds' Long Term Future Fund to the Center for Applied Rationality, Oliver Habryka comments on the organization's personnel and financial issues. He notes that key people Julia Galef, Andrew Critch, Kenzi Ashkie, and Duncan Sabien have left and/or reduced their involvement, and Anna Salamon seems less involved in some respects. He also talks about how CFAR decided not to run a fundraiser in 2018 because they felt it would be in bad taste after the Brent Dill controversy, and how this leaves them more cash-strapped now.
I currently work for Less Wrong, as the fourth of four people on the team. We recently considered hiring, and trialed a few candidates, but decided not to for now. 2019-01-28 Jim Babcock Jeff Kaufman LessWrong 2.0 Oliver Habryka, Ben Pace, Raymond Arnold, Jim Babcock Hiring-related notice Rationality improvement Jim Babcock, the fourth person to join LessWrong 2.0 (after Oliver Habryka, Ben Pace, and Raymond Arnold) describes why, after initially looking for a while for more developers to join the organization, they ultimately decided not to hire for now unless they found an exceptional candidate. The comment is in response to a post "Simultaneous Shortage and Oversupply" by Jeff Kaufman, noting that a lot of people are interested in applying to organizations related to effective altruism, but the organizations still take a long time to fill their job postings
LessWrong is hiring 2018-06-18 Oliver Habryka LessWrong 2.0 LessWrong 2.0 Oliver Habryka, Ben Pace, Raymond Arnold Hiring-related notice Rationality improvement Announcement that LessWrong 2.0 is looking for somebody to fill a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. Criteria are experience as a programmer and excitement about the long-term vision. The salary range is $70,000 to $120,000, though higher salaries are possible. The post and comments also reveal that the current employees are Oliver Habryka, Raymond Arnold, and Ben Pace, and they all make $60,000 a year. Comments also reiterate previously documented funding sources: Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, EA Grants, and individual donors such as Eric Rogstad
Since I am mentioned in person in this comment … 2017-01-15 Oliver Habryka Facebook Centre for Effective Altruism Oliver Habryka Movement building In response to an anonymous comment saying in part “I feel like a lot of skilled people are now wasting their time on EA (e.g., Oliver Habryka), many of whom would otherwise be working on issues more directly related to AGI”, Oliver Habryka responds that he is no longer working in effective altruist movement building and that he almost certainly should not have spent two years working in the area.

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