A short review of the Effect Foundation in 2017

The Effect Foundation (Stiftelsen Effekt in Norwegian) is an EA non-profit dedicated to promote and fundraise in Norway to GiveWell recommended charities. It started operations in mid-2016 and have raised about $ 360 000 (NOK 2 800 000) to date. The author of this post was one of the main... Read More

Announcing Rethink Priorities

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Rethink Charity is excited to announce our new project, Rethink Priorities, which is dedicated to doing foundational research on neglected causes in a highly empirical and transparent manner. This work will begin this year, beginning with a focus... Read More

The Values-to-Actions Decision Chain: a rough model

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the rough model described below. The text is taken from our one-pager on organising the EAGx Netherlands conference in late June.  EDIT: By implying below that, for example, a social entrepreneur should learn about population ethics from a Oxford professor to increase impact (and the professor can... Read More

Where I am donating this year and meta projects that need funding

  In this post I cover: How to be the best donor I can be. Some high-level thinking on where to give to have the biggest impact as a medium size donor who is clued up on EA ideas and interested in meta charities. Where I am giving and why.... Read More

AI impacts and Paul Christiano on takeoff speeds

Paul Christiano  and AI Impacts release posts arguing that a gradual improvement in AI capability is more likely than a discontinuous improvement.   

New recommended career path for effective altruists: China specialists

This is the first new career path we've promoted since AI policy and strategy 8 months ago. See the full write up on the 80,000 Hours site . What follows is the introduction to the full article. * * * Last summer, China unveiled a plan to become the world... Read More

2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Evaluation & Strategic Conclusions

  This is the third post in the LEAN Impact Assessment series.   Quantitative Findings Qualitative Findings Evaluation & Strategic Conclusions Methodology   In the previous Quantitative and Qualitative reports we aimed to describe our findings with minimal commentary in order to allow the data to ‘speak for itself’ and... Read More

How effective and efficient is the funding policy of Open Philanthropy concerning projects on AI risks?

This was originally posted as a  comment  on an old thread. However, I think the topic is important enough to deserve a discussion of its own. I would be very interested in hearing your opinion on this matter. I am an academic working in the field of philosophy of science,... Read More

How much does it cost to roll-out a vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. We previously estimated the cost of developing a vaccine  from scratch to be $460M to $1.9B with a mean of $960M. However, this still does not tell us the full cost of a vaccine, because developing a vaccine... Read More

How much does it cost to research and develop a vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Previously, we estimated how long it takes to research and develop a vaccine  and came up with a conclusion that it would take “an average of 29 years [to develop a] typical vaccine, though with high uncertainty based... Read More

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