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Personal thoughts on careers in AI policy and strategy

 S ummary : The AI strategy space is currently bottlenecked by entangled and under-defined research questions that are extremely difficult to resolve, as well as by a lack of current institutional capacity to absorb and utilize new researchers effectively. Accordingly, there is very strong demand for people who are good... Read More
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The AIDS/malaria puzzle: bleg

A few months ago, I posted to Facebook a puzzle about the difference in funding for AIDS and malaria. Here is the puzzle: DAH spending for AIDS is much more than malaria : Development assistance for health (DAH) numbers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)  show that development... Read More
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EA Survey 2017 Series: Qualitative Comments Summary

The annual EA Survey is a volunteer-led project of   Rethink Charity that has become a benchmark for better understanding the EA community. This is the sixth article in our multi-part EA Survey 2017 Series. You can find supporting documents at the bottom of this post, including prior EA surveys,... Read More
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What do DALYs capture?

INTRODUCTION There are many different causes that require our attention, but because our resources are limited, we need to decide which ones should go first. Within health, we use Health-Adjusted Life Years (HALYs) to help us decide which interventions to prioritize. Health is not the only determinant of wellbeing we... Read More
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Feedback requested: drug policy ballot initiative survey

We've received a kind offer to run some polling for free, and we're looking for input on what questions to ask (background on this project here ). Draft questions below, feel free to make comments in this doc or in the thread. --- Framing: "Would you vote for or against the... Read More
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Getting Nuclear Policy Right Is Hard

Earlier this month I made a fairly long post on nuclear policy  with many considerations for how different technologies might upset or improve nuclear deterrence, and why epistemic humility is extremely valuable as some EAs begin to focus more on policy. To centralize discussion of this, I think it is best... Read More
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Can a Transparent Idea Directory reduce transaction costs of new ideas?

Would a transparent idea directory enable refinement of good ideas into great ones, help great ideas find a team, all the while reducing the overall burden of transaction costs associated with considering new ideas? Ideas are a resource, like money, skills and time. If EA is more talent constrained than funding constrained, and better mechanisms for coordinating... Read More
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EA Survey 2017 Series: Demographics II

By: Katie Gertsch and Tee Barnett   The annual EA Survey is a volunteer-led project of Rethink Charity that has become a benchmark for better understanding the EA community. This is the fifth article in our multi-part EA Survey 2017 Series. You can find supporting documents at the bottom of... Read More
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S-risk FAQ

The idea that the future might contain astronomical amounts of suffering, and that we should work to prevent  such worst-case outcomes , has lately attracted some attention . I've written this FAQ to help clarify the concept and to clear up potential misconceptions. [Crossposted from my website on s-risks .] General... Read More
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2017 LEAN Impact Assessment

Rethink Charity is happy to announce that the Local Effective Altruism Network (LEAN) is conducting an impact assessment due for completion in November 2017. LEAN is now in it’s third year of operation. Although we have previously assessed specific services, this will be the most comprehensive investigation to date. We... Read More

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