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What's Next?

June 20th, 2017
giving, work, switching_jobs

I was laid off from Wave yesterday: they've decided that having engineers build a mobile money system in East Africa while living in the US has a lot of drawbacks, and I (and my family) aren't up for moving to Africa. So now I need to figure out what I should do next.

I'm looking at this from primarily an EA perspective: for each of my options, how much better will the world be than if I didn't do it?

First, some constraints:

I could potentially relax these some if something were compelling enough along other axes, but they feel relatively firm to me.

My default here would be going back to earning to give as a programmer. I liked Google a lot and would be happy to go back there, though I if I'm considering going that direction I should also interview at some competitors to see if someone would pay me more or have work that was better in some respect. It looks like there are openings at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft here; are there others I should be thinking about?

On the other hand, earning to give may not be my best option. The EA movement as a whole has been moving away from seeing the main bottleneck being funding to seeing it as being talent, as more money has become available (summary). What else might make sense?

Update 2017-07-03: for the next few weeks I'm planning to work on understanding why there are such different views on superintelligence risk.

Update 2017-08-17: I'm going back to Google.

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