## LESSWRONGLW

[anonymous]8y21

Let me try again.

In 2009, each licensed driver drove an average of 14,000 miles.

For cars, the fatality rate per 100M VMT was 0.87 (the exact number is on page 22 of my original link). 14,000 miles/year * 0.87 deaths/100,000,000 miles = .0001218 deaths/year = 0.1218 millideaths/year. Inversely, 1 in 8210 people will die each year. Now, my math is hiding subtle assumptions - Traffic Safety Facts 2009 gives the fatality rate for passenger car occupants per vehicle miles traveled. This is affected by how many people occupy a given car! Their definition of moto... (read more)

The relevant quantity is expected time or money savings from riding a motorcycle (relative to Luke's current policy of taking taxis, or his alternative policy of getting a car) minus expected cost of fatalities, not fatality rate per mile, motorcycle fatalities divided by car fatalities, or motorcycle fatalities divided by South African murders. If driving a car comes with higher fixed costs than driving a motorcycle (that you have to pay regardless of miles traveled), then even if the fatality risk from a motorcycle makes a car the obvious better choice f... (read more)

2gwern8yI had this argument with AngryParsley (who also drives a motorcycle); he claimed, IIRC, that the motorcycle figures are inflated by drunk driving, and that for people who didn't drink and were safety-conscious, the figures were much less pessimistic.

# The Singularity Institute is hiring an executive assistant near Berkeley

by Louie 1 min read22nd Jan 201226 comments

# 16

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.

Benefits:

• 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

Responsibilities:

• 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.