“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology"

Edward Osborne Wilson



For the moment, I’m a research fellow at Stanford’s Existential Risks Initiative where I research AI hardware innovations and their influence on TAI timelines. Next to this, I’m the director of Effective Altruism Zürich – a community dedicated to inspiring and assisting people to use evidence and reason to achieve their altruistic goals. We’re currently establishing the Swiss Existential Risk Initiative (CHERI). I also do some operations for the Center for Emerging Risk Research – which funded this.


I’m usually pretty good at keeping myself occupied, in the past I’ve done research in neuroscience, explored wireless and embedded systems, investigated charities with legacies.now, explored Amazon from the inside, discussed with EA Aachen and EA Munich, became a whale watching guide, brought ML to resources-constrained devices, measured radiated spurious emissions of 5G, cuddled with a bunch of dogs, and, lastly, failed a start-up on particulate sensors with friends of mine.

This is not the correct order and some of those things happened at the same time – I’ll leave this to you.



I see a big challenge in aligning technology with humankind’s best interest.

Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before …

… or to self-destruct. Let’s make a difference!

Future of Life Institute

I’m holding a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering (EECS) from RWTH Aachen University and wrote my master thesis at ETH Zürich. I think of my studies as a toolbox – using my skills to solve real problems in preferably inter-disciplinary areas and teams. Therefore, reevaluating existing systems and designing systems which serve us—while having a healthy relationship with them—are my aspirations.


Effective Altruism

A Community Of People

Using Evidence And Reason

To Contribute To A Better Future.

I like the ideas of Effective Altruism – answering one simple question: How can we use our resources to help others the most? And then acting on it. I’m trying to protect humanity’s potential and see the dark world.


Disclaimer

For any questions you might ask: I don’t know yet, but I would like to find out. However, I don’t take any criticism of my ideas personal, and as far as I’m concerned, everything I believe is on the table and fit to be challenged.

Ouh, and why all of this? This.

Feel free to contact me with the mentioned contact details in the footer. I’m always happy to chat with people.

updated 30 jun 2021