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Max is the Executive Director of the Foundational Research Institute (FRI), an EA research group focused on preventing futures that would be even worse than extinction. FRI's work includes both the broad search for 'crucial considerations' that radically change the macrostrategic picture and research related to averting particularly negative AI scenarios.

Max holds a master's in mathematics from Heidelberg University, where his minor was philosophy. Teaching pure mathematics and analytic philosophy made him realize that he's enthusiastic about making seemingly obscure considerations accessible to an interested audience.