finding motorcycle classes and a motorcycle so he can stop paying so much for cabs when he doesn't have time for public transport

Motorcycles are incredibly dangerous. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts 2009, pages 23 and 29: for passenger car occupants, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled has steadily declined from ~2.5 in the mid-1970s to below 1.0, while for motorcyclists it has gone up and down (I don't know why) but never below 20, which is roughly where it was at in 2009.

Maybe a Smart Car, then. But motorcycles are cheaper, have much cheaper insurance, and don't depreciate in value. And I live on a non-profit salary.

1Louie8yThanks for doing the research on this. It actually makes me feel a lot better knowing how low these base rates are.
13David_Gerard8y+1. They're not called "donorcycles" for no reason. Edited to add: I do realise this is because from the motorcyclist's perspective, the average car driver is a dangerous moron. That doesn't change the stats.

The Singularity Institute is hiring an executive assistant near Berkeley

by Louie 1 min read22nd Jan 201226 comments


The Singularity Institute is hiring an executive assistant for Executive Director Luke Muehlhauser.

Right now his limiter (besides the need for some sleep and recreation) is not (1) cognitive exhaustion after a certain number of hours or (2) akrasia, but instead (3) needing to spend lots of time doing things that don't need to be him: e.g. hunting down the best product for X and buying it, shopping for food, finding names and email addresses for the top 30 researchers in field X, finding motorcycle classes and a motorcycle so he can stop paying so much for cabs when he doesn't have time for public transport, scheduling meetings with dozens of donors and collaborators, finding a good location for activity X, preparing an itinerary and buying plane tickets, and hundreds of other small things. (Some of these are 'life' things, some of these are SI things, but hours are hours.) Luke may also ask his executive assistant to handle certain tasks for other SI staffers.


  • Work directly with some of the central figures of Less Wrong, especially Luke(prog)
  • Work from home most of the time, with a somewhat self-determined schedule
  • Trial period at $15/hr for 20 hrs/week; if all goes well then get hired full-time at SI's standard starting salary of $3k/month


  • Represent our organization in a professional manner at all times
  • Manage scheduling and appointments for Luke
  • Prepare and manage correspondence professionally and accurately
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for Luke
  • Online and local shopping and transport
  • Internet research
  • Whatever else Luke needs done

Job requirements:

  • Good interpersonal skills and strong team-player attitude
  • Capable of clean, professional written communication with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Positive, friendly and helpful attitude
  • Ability to handle sensitive and/or confidential material and information
  • Must pay strong attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor, dedicated and reliable, conscientious
  • Computer & internet literate
  • Own a car
  • Live in or near Berkeley, CA

Bonus points if you...

  • ...have read the Core Sequences
  • ...have experience as a personal or executive assistant
  • ...have even better creative non-fiction writing skills than is required for professional correspondance
  • ...are handy with Google Scholar
  • ...know a good amount of math, statistics, computer science, or cognitive science
  • ...have some skills in graphic design / presentation design
How to apply:
Send an email to jobs@intelligence.org with the subject line "Executive Assistant Position". Include your cover letter as plain text in the email body, and attach your résumé in PDF format.