Ian McKenzie

• About me

Hi! My name's Ian. I'm currently a contracting Research Engineer on OpenAI's Dangerous Capability Evaluations project. Previously I was at FAR AI, running the Inverse Scaling Prize. From October 2021 to January 2022, I was a software engineering intern at Ought. Before that, I did an MSc Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. Even more before that, I graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MPhys Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (an integrated master's degree).

I got involved in AI safety research because I became concerned about the existential risk posed by AGI during my undergrad and came to the conclusion that working to ensure that future AI is safe and beneficial for everyone is the most valuable thing I could do.

• What I've done

Even before discovering that AI research was what I wanted to do, I'd been working my way towards programming as my main interest. It started with a simple programming assignment in a maths module, followed by some small Javascript projects done in my spare time. I found it so engaging and fun that I started judging my module choices by how much coding they'd let me do.

Below is a selection of things that I've done, which will be updated as I find time to write about them (i.e. rarely: last update 2020). Technically this website is an example of a project I've worked on, but graphic design is not one of my core competencies, as evidenced by the upcoming buttons: