Matthew van der Merwe

I am a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Governance of AI.

Previously, I worked at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford. From 2018 to 2020, I worked closely with Toby Ord on his book The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. In 2022, I wrote Future Matters, a newsletter about existential risk and the long-term future, with Pablo Stafforini. From 2018 to 2021, I wrote about AI governance for Jack Clark’s weekly newsletter, Import AI. Before all this, I was an equities analyst, researching cement companies.

I have a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. I’m a member of Giving What We Can. I can occasionally be found on: Goodreads, Twitter, and Wikipedia.


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