Brian Tomasik, Mar. 2014

I'm a co-founder of and researcher at the Foundational Research Institute, a charity that explores the best ways to reduce suffering in the future -- examining crucial considerations in science, politics, society, and philosophy that bear on this topic. I've written over 100 essays on similar themes at my personal website, "Essays On Reducing Suffering."

Before that, I was a software engineer at FlyHomes, where I built the company's core infrastructure for data processing and machine learning, and also contributed to web development. From 2009-2013, I worked in the relevance division of Bing at Microsoft, improving ranking algorithms for web results through feature engineering, data mining, and architectural innovation. I built end-to-end three of Bing's production ranking models, which served over 5 billion searches on Bing and Yahoo every month.

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009, where I studied computer science, mathematics, statistics, and economics. I wrote a thesis on multitask feature selection and published additional papers on machine learning and international trade.

You can find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, and GitHub.

See also: Interview with 80,000 Hours.