Huffington Post Interview
An in depth discussion of effective altruism and the application of poker thinking for solving global issues.
“Liv Boeree’s life story reads less like a biography and more like the plot of a badly-written Mary Sue fanfiction. She began her adult life by getting a 1st class degree in astrophysics. At age 21, she learned to play poker. She fell in love with the game and proceeded to become one of the most well-known female poker players in the world. Not content to play for her own gain, she founded Raising for Effective Giving, an organization that encourages poker players to “give back” to the most cost-effective charities in the world. REG has raised $1.5 million since its founding in 2014 and is now widely known in the poker world. Oh, and on top of all that, Liv’s a former model and heavy metal musician.”
Discussing the future and the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence.
“We have a shared interest in futurology – do you think we are heading towards utopia or the Matrix?”
Liv Boeree: “So by Matrix, I assume you mean some kind of dystopian future where we spend all of our time (against our will) in a fake simulated environment? I think that specific outcome is fairly unlikely compared to all other possible futures, although I could imagine the further development of VR could result in more and more people voluntarily spending more of their time in some kind of second virtual world and less in our “real” world, which would be kinda Matrixey I guess.”
Written article “If I were Prime Minister”, discussing the need for rational decision making to be taught as part of the national curriculum.
“I’m a scientist at heart and have made much of my living from playing poker, a game of tough decisions. I believe that the ability to think rationally is one of the human species’ greatest attributes, a tool that could and should enable us to survive and flourish in a way that is sustainable for as many lives as possible.”
Oxford Student Union Interview
Interview on Raising for Effective Giving, intuition and decision making.
“Liv Boeree didn’t intend to become a professional poker player. “I started playing on a gameshow,” she explains during a talk at the Oxford Union, “in which five complete beginners, with coaching from poker stars, were taught to become successful players.” Fast forward ten years to November 2015 and Boeree was being named the number one female poker player on the Global Poker Index, while today her total live tournament winnings stand at over $3 million. Sounds impressive, right? I checked with a friend who understands the rules of poker and he confirmed that it is.”