Hi
My name is Mikhail Samin / Михаил Самин (diminutive Misha / Миша, sometimes @Mihonarium on social media).
I'm an effective altruist, I worry about the future of humanity and want 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?).
It seems that I have good intuitions about the AI alignment problem; some full-time alignment researchers told me that they were able to improve their understanding of the problem after talking to me.

I'm currently doing EA & AI Alignment outreach (e.g., I'm organising a translation of the 80,000 Hours' Key Ideas series and partnering with Vert Dider for a translation and dubbing of Rob Miles’ videos) and considering switching to direct alignment research.

I’m 22 now. I have Israeli citizenship but am currently searching for a country and a city to reside in. Also, I’m bi 🏳️‍🌈.
Projects
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 Russian crowdfunding campaign with a record number of backers. As a result, 63 010 books were printed and hundreds of thousands of people read the book online.
A career guide that helps to find a fulfilling career that does good. We're translating the Key Ideas series and will print it as a book in Russian and give it to the winners of olympiads.
Music recognition API. For audio files and live streams. More than 75 million songs in the DB, modern technologies (neural networks and stuff). As a result, I was able to donate dozens k$ to MIRI and other non-profit orgs. Try the music recognition using the Chrome extension or bots on Reddit or Telegram. Visit audd.io for more info.

In the past, the impact and the effectiveness aside, I was the head of the Russian Pastafarian Church for a year, that was fun. And I was a political activist. I co-founded the Moscow branch of a "Vesna" democratic movement, coordinated election observers in a Moscow district, helped the Anti-Corruption Foundation and Telegram with internet censorship circumvention, and participated in protests. That felt important and was also mostly fun- except for spending time in jail after the protests; and the Russian authorities will possibly throw me in prison if I return to Russia.
I've also made things like 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[at]contact[dot]ms) or contact me on social media. I'd love to help you with a project that seems to help humanity. I'd also enjoy answering interesting questions, participating in podcasts, talking about AI Safety and the future, or meeting interesting people.