My name is Mikhail Samin (friends and family usually call me Misha, sometimes I use @Mihonarium on social media). I'm 23 and bi 🏳️‍🌈.

I'm an effective altruist and I worry about the existential risks endangering the future of humanity. I would like the universe not to lose most of its value.

I took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate at least 10% of my income for the rest of my life or until the day I retire (why?).
I have intuitions about the AI alignment problem; some alignment researchers told me that they were able to improve their understanding of the problem by talking to me.

Some of my current projects are related to AI Alignment communication. My research interests are focused on AI Alignment and AI governance. I believe global coordination is necessary to mitigate the risks from advanced AI systems. I'm trying to come up with ideas that might have a large positive impact on the situation.
Printing Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality in Russian
I've launched a crowdfunding campaign to print a book by Eliezer Yudkowsky (in English: hpmor.com), which became the most funded crowdfunding campaign in the history of Russia, with a record-breaking number of backers. As a result, I printed 63 010 books, hundreds of thousands of people read the book online, and I gave printed copies to thousands of winners of olympiads in maths, computer science, physics, etc., promoting the ideas of effective altruism among among individuals with high potential and directing their attention to the fascinating problem of AI safety.
Music recognition API. For audio files and live streams. With more than 75 million songs in the DB, modern technologies (neural networks and all of that) and clients like WMG and Sony, it was relatively successful and I was able to donate more than $100k to high-impact nonprofits. Try the Chrome extension or visit audd.io for more info.

In the past, I've also started a project to translate 80,000 Hours, a career guide that helps to find a fulfilling career that does good, into Russian. The impact and the effectiveness aside, I was the head of the Russian Pastafarian Church for a year, which was fun. At some point, I was a political activist and a human rights advocate. I studied relevant Russian and international law and wrote appeals that won cases against the Russian government in courts; I was able to protect people from unlawful police action. I co-founded the Moscow branch of the "Vesna" democratic movement, coordinated election observers in a Moscow district, helped the Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and Telegram with internet censorship circumvention, and participated in and organised protests. That felt important and was also mostly fun- except for being detained by the police; and the Russian authorities might throw me in prison if I visit Russia.
And I've written some code, including backend services that responded to requests in fractions of milliseconds and bots that were handling millions of DMs every day.
Want to get in touch?
Email me (ms[аt]contact[dоt]ms) or contact me on social media. I'd love to help you with a project that seems to help humanity. I enjoy answering interesting questions, participating in podcasts, discussing AI Safety and the future, and meeting interesting people.