ESP Biography

GUILHERMO CUTRIM COSTA, MIT sophomore from Brazil studying math and CS.

Major: Course 18C

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2025

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MIT sophomore from Brazil studying math and CS.

Past Classes

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S15389: Could humanity end in the next century? in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Humanity could survive for millions of generations—enough time to end disease, poverty, and injustice, and reach new heights of flourishing. But this vast future is at risk. With the advent of nuclear weapons, humanity entered a new age, gaining the power to destroy ourselves without the wisdom to ensure that we won’t. Since then, these dangers have only multiplied, from climate change to engineered global pandemics and the potential for highly capable unaligned artificial intelligence. If we do not act fast to reach a place of civilizational security, it may soon be too late. In this class, we will attempt to answer some key questions relating to existential risk — the risk of a catastrophe that would permanently end civilization and curtail humanity’s future potential: - What is the likelihood of civilization collapse in this century? What are the most likely causes? - How good could the future of human civilization be, barring disasters? - What are the best ways to mitigate existential risks?

Z14819: Effective Altruism (Doing the most good) in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
Most of us want to make a difference. We see suffering, injustice and death, and are moved to do something about them. But working out what that "something" is is a difficult challenge. Effective altruism is a response to this challenge. If you ever want to do any type of altruism in your life, this class will teach you how to do the most good with limited resources. Topics include effectiveness of charities, rationality, expected value utilitarianism, existential risk, longtermism, career planning, and more.