Ajeya Cotra

Ajeya Cotra
Senior Research Analyst
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Ajeya Cotra is a Senior Research Analyst at Open Philanthropy. She does research on empirical and conceptual questions that bear on how Open Philanthropy should allocate its budget across different cause areas. She’s currently working on assessing arguments that transformative AI might be developed relatively soon, which is an input into how much capital should be allocated to the potential risks from advanced AI focus area relative to other areas. Previously, she worked on broad-brush estimates of the empirical returns to funding different areas, and on understanding some moral and philosophical questions that might affect funding allocation decisions. She’s also involved in recruiting and training new Research Analysts to research these types of questions. She joined the Open Philanthropy Project in July 2016 as a Research Analyst. Ajeya has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where she founded the Effective Altruists of Berkeley student group and taught a course on effective altruism.