The LessWrong Team

Core Team

Oliver Habryka /​ Habryka

Oliver Habryka is the cur­rent pro­ject lead for, where he tries to build in­fras­truc­ture for mak­ing in­tel­lec­tual progress on global catas­trophic risks, cause pri­ori­ti­za­tion and the art of ra­tio­nal­ity. He used to work at the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism US as strate­gic di­rec­tor, ran the EA Global con­fer­ences for 2015 and 2016 and is an in­struc­tor for the Cen­ter for Ap­plied Ra­tion­al­ity. He has gen­er­ally been in­volved with com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing for the Effec­tive Altru­ism and Ra­tion­al­ity com­mu­ni­ties in a large va­ri­ety of ways. He stud­ied Com­puter Science and Math­e­mat­ics at UC Berkeley, and his pri­mary in­ter­ests are cen­tered around un­der­stand­ing how to de­velop com­mu­ni­ties and sys­tems that can make scal­able progress on difficult philo­soph­i­cal and sci­en­tific prob­lems.

Ben P /​ Benito

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Ray­mond Arnold /​ Raemon

I’ve been a LessWrong or­ga­nizer since 2011, with roughly equal fo­cus on the cul­tural, prac­ti­cal and in­tel­lec­tual as­pects of the com­mu­nity. My first pro­ject was cre­at­ing the Sec­u­lar Sols­tice and helping groups across the world run their own ver­sion of it. More re­cently I’ve been in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing my own epistemic stan­dards and helping oth­ers to do so as well.
I guess also I code? I worked at Spo­tify. Now I don’t.

James Bab­cock /​ jimrandomh

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Ruben Bloom /​ Ruby

I stud­ied elec­tri­cal en­g­ineer­ing and philos­o­phy be­fore work­ing as a Data Scien­tist and Product Man­ager. At LessWrong, I an­a­lyze data, tests fea­tures, talks to users, and writes many lengthy in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal doc­u­ments. In years gone by, I was or­ga­nizer for the LessWrong and EA com­mu­ni­ties in Melbourne, Aus­tralia. I like to boast that I’m one of only two peo­ple who has vol­un­teered for CFAR in three con­ti­nents (the other is my spouse). I have strong in­ter­ests in emo­tion­sand plan­ning, both about which I’ve writ­ten on LessWrong.


Kaj So­tala /​ Kaj_So­tala

Eliz­a­beth V /​ Elizabeth

Ad­min (BDFL)

Matthew Graves /​ Vaniver

Vaniver de­scribing Vaniver:

I’ve had fo­rum-post­ing as a hobby since I was young, first on a D&D fo­rum, then on the xkcd fo­rums, and then fi­nally on LW, which I found through a link to HPMOR on the xkcd fo­rums. I stud­ied physics, eco­nomics, and op­er­a­tions re­search (which I some­times de­scribe as ‘in­dus­trial ra­tio­nal­ity’), and worked as a data sci­en­tist be­fore mov­ing to the Bay to work for MIRI.

Rae­mon de­scribing Vaniver:

Once upon a time, LessWron­gal­most died. There were nu­mer­ous half-hearted at­tempts to re­vi­tal­ize the com­mu­nity. Even­tu­ally some­one no­ticed that part of the prob­lem was there was no par­tic­u­lar per­son who ac­tu­ally had the man­date to make sweep­ing changes. Some­one said “I vote for Vaniver” and then a bunch of peo­ple said “me too!” and in a highly un­sus­pect, demo­cratic pro­cess, Vaniver be­came king.
Nowa­days Vaniver is the meta-king, and his gen­tle au­thor­ity flows through us.

The LessWrong team op­er­ates legally as part of the Cen­ter for Ap­plied Ra­tion­al­ity while re­tain­ing full au­ton­omy over both in­ter­nal de­ci­sion-mak­ing and de­ci­sions con­cern­ing the LessWrong web­site. The less­ do­main is owned by the Ma­chine In­tel­li­gence Re­search In­sti­tute.