Top Reddit IAmA's The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit NonprofitIamA co-founder of two non-profits with over $400 million in lifetime pledges, professor at Oxford, give most of my income to charity, and author of “Doing Good Better” AMA Hi reddit,

My name is William MacAskill and I believe in “effective altruism” and have made it my life’s mission. I’m a professor in philosophy at Oxford University and I've co-founded two non-profits: 80,000 Hours, which provides research and advice on how you can best make a difference through your career, and Giving What We Can, which encourages people to commit to give at least 10% of their income to the most effective charities. Together we have over $400 million in lifetime pledges.

My first book was published this week Doing Good Better. The book explores the question “How can I make the biggest difference” backed up by evidence and reason instead of impulse or hearsay. If you’re interested, you can see an article here, or sign up at and you can read a free chapter.

Personally, I donate everything above $35,000 a year to organizations that I believe will do the most good (reasons here), and also plan on donating all profits from the book as well.

Excited to be here so please AMA about what charities actually do good, how you can do more good in your lifetime, effective altruism, social entrepreneurship, book publishing, academia, or whatever else you may have on your mind!


EDIT (1:45pm PDT): Thanks reddit, you've been great. You can learn more about the effective altruism movement, organizations involved, and how you can participate through my book or at

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalIamA Paramedic working in the South of the UK AMA! I am a first time poster, my friend told me about reddit and suggested I do an AMA as 'I've got some interesting stuff to say' - I'll let you be the judge! I've been a paramedic for nearly 3 years after qualifying from university. ASK ME ANYTHING!!

My Proof:

edit: had to shoot off to a night shift before I could finish answering last night. I will try and answer more today, after some sleep

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorIAMA dad whose daughter was raped and murdered by a friend, who found Forgiveness, profound Peace in the pain, and a new Purpose in life. I am the Founder of The LOVE>hate Project, and the author of “A Message From Jessie”. AMA On July 15, 2013, on a Monday morning about 10 a.m., my 19 year old daughter Jessie was sleeping in her own bed, when a “friend” let himself in, went to her room, bound her, raped her, and strangled her. It was a long planned and well executed attack that shocked our community and devastated Jessie’s family and friends. I’m with you today in hopes that Jess didn’t die for nothing. In the worst pain imaginable, I found deep Peace, Forgiveness, and new purpose: to END male on female violence, and elevate Love over hate in our crazy, sick, violent world. Please join me in a conversation for healing humanity, for changing culture, for washing away hate with Love and Forgiveness. The L>h website is available at

We’ve also got a special present for those of you who participate in this AMA. We are offering free e-book of “A Message From Jessie”

To receive a free kindle ebook please visit this link


Edit: This has been a great experience! It's been about two hours now and I think this is where I'm going to sign off. I may pop back on and answer some more questions in the future and may even do another AMA. Thank you Reddit for listening and participating. Again if you want a free book from The LOVE>hate Project all you have to do is ask! Thanks so much!

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Tourism-LiveIamA I played golf in North Korea, toured for 16 days (I left Pyongyang a LOT) and have 100 photos to share with you. AMA! Hi guys, I'm Elliott.

I visited North Korea on one of the longest itineraries ever allowed to a foreigner, it spanned all corners of the country - I saw and experienced a lot.

It was basically 8am-8pm each day, sometimes more. We travelled by bus between every location, outside Pyongyang you get a real glimpse at the real North Korea. Aside from the obvious itinerary selections, this included Golf at Pyongyang Golf Course, DMZ from the North Korean side, Hiking, Masik Pass Ski Resort, Unseen cities/towns, the entire Pyongyang subway system, Celebrating my birthday in Pyongyang, Swimming on the East Coast, the American War Atrocities Museum, Woodland forests in the north...and a visit into one of their main supermarkets (lol).

There's always a fair bit of interest in North Korea on Reddit, and every time it makes front page, the misconceptions are quite staggering. Even as a tourist. I'd love to clear up some questions based on my personal experience.

I've included a photo essay of over 100 photos from my trip. Yes, I too hate giant image dumps. However, I feel that North Korea is an outlier, I couldn't do it justice otherwise. I've captioned them too, enjoy.


I'll be posting more North Korea related material, if you're interested; like me on Facebook:


So Reddit, anything you'd like to know?

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicIamA I Am Andy Summers, Guitarist of The Police, solo musician/photographer and producer of Can’t Stand Losing You. AMA! My short bio: Andy Summers rose to fame in the early 1980’s as the guitarist with the multi-million record selling rock band The Police. The Police were the number one band of the time and dominated the music scene and the media in the eighties with several number albums and singles including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, and Message in a Bottle. The band was the recipient of several Grammys and awards too numerous to mention. Andy Summers innovative guitar playing created a new paradigm for guitarists in this period and has been widely imitated ever since. Prior to the Police Andy Summers played with various bands in the London scene including the Soft Machine, Kevin Coyne and also Kevin Ayers. Post Police Andy has made thirteen solo records, collaborated with many other musicians and toured the world as a solo artist. In addition he has composed film scores, and along with many photo gallery exhibitions published books of his photography. In 2006 his autobiography One Train Later was released to great success and was voted the number one music book of the year in the UK. The film Can’t Stand Losing You, based on the book, saw it’s theatrical release in the US by Cinema Libre in March 2015. The DVD of the film was released on July 14th 2015, along with Andy’s latest CD – Metal Dog. Recent projects include the record Circus Hero from his new band Circa Zero released in April 2014, touring in Brazil with Rodrigo Santos and scoring music for the Turkish film And the Circus Leaves Town. Andy is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, and has the keys to New York City! He has been awarded the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France.

My Proof:

EDIT: Thank you all for participating, it was great to see all these questions and comments! If you'd like to learn more about my music or the documentary Cant Stand Losing You - please visit or to keep up with us!

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
OtherIamA German who works with unaccompanied minor refugees, AMA! My short bio: I used to be a teacher, but started working with refugees about 6 months ago in a smallish town in Bavaria. I and my coworkers at the moment supervise 30 boys from Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan and Bangladesh in two different living groups.

My Proof: I did a similar ama once in the German Version of this subreddit and sent sufficient proof to the mods there:

I am happy to send more proof to the mods here, but I don't want to show pictures of the boys to the general public.

Edit: If you have questions for the boys, I can of course forward them to them.

Edit #2: wow, according to a lot of guys I am the Antichrist himself who wants to destroy Western civilization. Thanks for the kind words from the non-racists though

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicIamA Natalie Imbruglia - Singer & Actress, AMA! My short bio: Hey Guys! I'm Natalie Imbruglia! My new album male is out today in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan, and Southeast Asia! My friends in the UK and Europe can get it on August 21st and I promise it will be everywhere else soon!

Watch the Official Video for My Single "Instant Crush":

Buy Male on iTunes:

Follow me online:

My Proof:

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI Am Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's "Uhura", first black woman on television in a non-stereotypical role, and recruiter for the first minorities in NASA. AMA! Hello Reddit, I am Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" in Star Trek (now "The Original Series"). I’ve been an actress and singer in many other productions as well! I played what Dr. Martin Luther King called, “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history." Due to my unexpected position as a role model on television for minorities in space, I was asked by NASA to help in a highly effective campaign to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. People I recruited include Sally Ride, the first woman in space, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, and Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator.

(Her friend, Gil, is here actually writing up Nichelle's responses).

Today, I’m blessed to be able to spend so much time travelling the country (and the world!) at comic cons and Star Trek conventions. I’ve probably met many of you in my travels.

I’m doing something very exciting online. I’m one of the founding celebrities on a new website called StarPower, where stars raise funds for the causes we care about while building closer, long-lasting relationships with our fans. I’m giving away some of my original Star Trek memorabilia, tickets to upcoming events, and doing some exclusive one-on-ones with fans. I even started hosting my own mini-AMA before someone told me I should do it here! What sets StarPower apart from other sites is that it’s a monthly subscription rather than a flash-in-the pan. I know from working with non profits in the past that a constant, reliable revenue source is the dream compared to the booms and busts of traditional fundraising. I’m supporting the Technology Access Foundation and the Planetary Society.

I’m also involved in some new, exciting projects. In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too. I’ll be streaming as much from that as I can on StarPower as well! So please, ask me anything! Star Trek, NASA, singing, gardening, StarPower, anything you like.

My Proof:

Edit: I've signed off for now, thank you so much for the fantastic questions. I'll answer some more later this afternoon if I can. Live long and prosper, with love. Yours truly, NN.

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerIamA Andrew Zimmern AMA! Hi! I’m Andrew Zimmern, chef, food writer and host of TV's Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel.

This summer I’m partnering with U.S. Cellular, a wireless carrier offering national network coverage, to premiere “Big Country,” a five-episode digital series where we find deserving customers from across the U.S. and take them to places they’ve always wanted to visit. U.S. Cellular developed the series to allow customers a chance to experience amazing sights and tastes around the country, all while staying connected to their family and friends back home. I’m here today to answer questions and share tips about managing life on the road.

FYI – U.S. Cellular is searching for one more hopeful explorer to star in the fifth and final episode of “Big Country.” Be sure to apply or nominate someone at by August 10.

I'll start answering questions at 12:30pm ET.

For proof that it's me, check me out here:

Thanks, Reddit! Sorry I couldn’t answer all of your questions but you can find me on and we can chat more there. You can always find lots of awesome recipes, travel guides and other information at And don’t forget to apply or nominate someone to star in the fifth and final episode of “Big Country” at by August 10. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerAndy Daly here, of Comedy Central's Review. Season 2 of Review premieres tonight at 10 on Comedy Central. Well folks, thanks for all the questions and sorry for all the typos. I really enjoyed this! I have to go eat lunch and get a haircut and so on and so on. Gotta go! Please watch Review! - @tvsandydaly

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicYo! Varien here. IAMA multi-instrumentalist composer and producer. My debut album, "The Ancient & Arcane" comes out next week. AMA! What's good? Varien here to answer any of your questions. Maybe you've heard my music in trailers for 300: Rise of an Empire, The Purge: Anarchy, The Loft, or Planetside 2. Perhaps you heard my work in Furious 7, or in TV shows like Face Off and The Walking Dead. I have also worked with people like Skrillex, Celldweller, and Two Steps from Hell on original music. In 2010, I made a silly remix of Justin Bieber that was a viral sensation, and Reddit played an integral part of that. There's a lot more stuff that I've done, but that's just a small taste.

My debut album, "The Ancient & Arcane" comes out next Wednesday, August 5th. It combines traditional cultural music with modern electronic music, hence the title of the album! You can expect to hear all sorts of stuff, ranging from traditional Japanese-infused future bass to Peruvian electro swing and bluegrass house. The lead single, "Supercell" is out now. You can listen to it here or watch the official music video here. I've also begun to post previews of all the tracks on my Instagram.

Here is a Reddit AMA Exclusive preview of my next single off the album, "Hypnotique" with vocals by Charlotte Haining:

Besides my career, I enjoy gaming a lot, fitness, tattoos and piercings, as well as anything with vintage gothic aesthetic. I’m also an avid book reader; I love to learn about the world around us.

You can ask me anything about my upcoming LP, as well as projects past, present, and future. Personal stuff is fine as well.

I'll be back at 3PM PST to answer as much as I can.

Shoutout to the Monstercat family! Thank you.


EDIT: Done for the night. Thank you guys for a fun time! Let's do this again, yeah?

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyWe are the IBM z/OS development team. AUA! Hi reddit! Anthony Giorgio here, coming live from the offices of IBM. I'm part of the world-wide IBM z/OS development team. z/OS is our flagship operating system that runs on IBM mainframes, including the new z13.

We just announced the release of z/OS V2.2, which will be generally available on September 30, 2015. We're here to answer any questions you might have about it. We have a range of team members participating today, so please feel free to ask us anything about z/OS, IBM z Systems, our jobs, or what we do. AUA!


Edit: Thank you to everyone for participating in our session today! We all had a great time, and we'll check back for more questions later today.

Team members participating today:

Name Account Role Anthony Giorgio AnthonyGiorgio zManager Software Engineer Justin McCoy zos_justin zManager Software Engineer Barbara Sannereud zos_barbara Worldwide Offering Manager John Eells John_Eells z/OS Technical Marketing Gary Puchkoff zos_gary z/OS New Technology Marna Walle zos_marna z/OS System Install Greg Daynes zos_greg z/OS Installation Deployment Architect John Petreshock zos_petreshock z Systems Security Product Manager Chris Brooker cbrooker27 IBM zAware Development Lead John Plew zos_john z/OS Product Planner Kevin McKenzie mainframe_kdm z/OS System Test Terri Menendez zos_terri VSAM/RLS/Catalog Development Willie Favero wfavero DB2 Expert Angela Fatzinger zos_angela Solution Evaluation Test Barbara McDonald DFSMS Product Systems Strategist Susan Demkowicz zos_susan z/OS Software Development Steve Warren zos_warren z/OS BCPii Technical Lead Amy Tobenkin zos_amy Worldwide z Systems Sales Offerings Pete Fenaroli z/OS Supervisor/Storage/Contents Patrick Rausch z/OS Project Management Jeff Magdall zos_jeff z/OS and z Systems Strategy Greg Dallari Dallari z/OS Release Management Leader Emily Siddique zos_emilys z Systems Release Management Sam Reynolds commserv_sam z/OS Communications Server Todd Valler commserv_todd z/OS Communications Server Scott Engleman zos_scott z/OS PDT Lead Bill Schoen zos_wjs z/OS Unix System Services Lead Cecilia Lewis z/OS DFSMS Don Schmidt System z Architecture Horst​ Sinram zos_horst z/OS Workload and Capacity Management Nick Jones zNick_jones z/OS BCP Development Dave Surman zos_dave z/OS Core Technology Fraser Bohm CICS Paul Kettley IBM Messaging / MQ Peter Relson z/OS Core Technology Design Glenn Wilcock z/OS DFSMShsm Marcel Mitran Java Charles Webb charlesfwebb IBM Fellow - z Systems Processor Design Allan Kielstra ahk99 COBOL Optimizer John Canale zos_canale Program Manager, z/OS Enabling Technologies Mark Nelson zos_mark z/OS RACF Cecila Caranza Lewis zos_ceci z/OS DFSMS Architecture, Design and Development ]]>
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Newsworthy EventI'm Jex Blackmore, national spokesperson for The Satanic Temple and organizer of the largest Satanic event in history. AMA! I am a member of The Satanic Temple Executive Ministry, a non-theistic religious organization that facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists and advocates for individual liberty. I'm also the Director of the Detroit Satanic Temple chapter ( and organizer of the Baphomet Unveiling this past Saturday the 25th - the largest Satanic event in history.

Verifing my identity: Website:


UPDATE: It is past the midnight hour, my computer is turning into a broomstick and you people make me sick. Just kidding, this was a great experience. Thank you for all your questions, feel free to message me online if you have any further thoughts. Visit our website where you can find a wealth of information: HAIL SATAN

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyCISA, a privacy-invasive "cybersecurity" surveillance bill is back in Congress. We're the privacy activists trying to stop it. AMA Hey Reddit,

The Senate may try to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) before its summer recess. The zombie bill is a dangerous surveillance bill drafted by the Senate Intelligence Committee that is nearly-identical to CISPA due to its broad immunity clauses for companies, vague definitions, and aggressive spying powers.

Can you help us stop it? AMA

Answering questions today are: JaycoxEFF, nadia_k, drewaccess, NathanDavidWhite, neema_aclu, fightforthefuture, evanfftf, and astepanovich.

Proof it's us: EFF, Access, ACLU, Fight for the Future

You can read about why the bill is dangerous here. You can also find out more in this detailed chart (.pdf) comparing CISA to other bad cybersecurity bills.

Read the actual bill text here.

Take Action:

Visit the Stop Cyber Spying coalition website where you can fax your Senators and tell them to vote no on CISA.

Use a new tool developed by Fight for the Future to fax your lawmakers from the Internet. We want to make sure they get the message.

Help us spread the word. After you’ve taken action, tweet out why CISA must be stopped with the hashtag #StopCISA. Use the hashtag #FaxBigBrother if you want to automatically send a fax to your Senator opposing CISA. If you have a blog, join us by publishing a blog post this week about why you oppose CISA, and help us spread the word about the action tools at

For detailed analysis you can check out this blog post and this chart.

Edit 1: to add links.

Edit 2: Responding to the popular question: "Why does CISA keep returning?"

Especially with ever worse data breaches and cybersecurity problems, members of Congress are feeling pressure to take some action to help in the area. They want to be able to say they did something for cybersecurity, but lobbyists and the intelligence community are pushing bad bills like CISA. Surveillance defenders like Sen. Richard Burr are also using every procedural tool available to them to help move these bills quickly (like holding meetings to discuss the bill in secret). They'll keep doing it until we win overwhelmingly and make the bill toxic for good, like we did with SOPA. That's why it's important that everyone takes action and ownership of this fight. We know it's easy to feel frustrated, but it's incredibly important for people to know how much their calls, emails...and faxes in this case, really matter. Congress wants to focus on things people are paying attention to. It's our job to make sure they know people are paying attention to CISA. We couldn't do it without all of you.

Edit 3: The east coast organizations have signed off for the day, but will be checking in every now and then to answer questions. Nadia and I will continue through 6pm PT. Afterwards, all of us will be checking this post over the next few days trying to answer any remaining questions. Thanks for all the support!

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI am Son of Havoc from LUCHA UNDERGROUND on El Rey Network. AMA! Hey guys, I'm Son of Havoc. I've wrestled in 20 countries, and now I'm here to answer your questions!

Here's an exclusive Ultima Lucha poster of tonight's episode of LUCHA UNDERGROUND, which airs at 8 PM ET / PST!

Don't forget to check out our social media pages for updates!





Check out my proof here!

Update: Thank you everyone for stopping by, had an awesome time answering your questions! Check out part 1 of Ultima Lucha, LUCHA UNDERGROUND’s finale tonight on El Rey Network!

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 0:00:00 EDT