Job opportunity at the Future of Humanity Institute and Global Priorities Institute

In brief: Both the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) and the Global Priorities Institute (GPI) are looking to rapidly expand in the near future. This is a great challenge and, to make it happen quickly and smoothly, both institutes have a pressing need for operations staff. They are looking to... Read More

Cost-effectiveness of The Humane League's corporate campaigns: 2015-2017

by Avi Norowitz Summary Animal Charity Evaluator’s (ACE’s) 2016 cost-effectiveness estimates indicated that corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of farm animals by The Humane League (THL) and other organizations was a highly cost-effective intervention. Although ACE’s 2017 estimates still show high levels of cost-effectiveness for corporate campaigns, the 2017 estimates... Read More

Would an EA world with limited money fund costly treatments?

During EA Global London 2017, Emilia Wilson gave an interesting five minute talk , which I've transcribed below: I'll just start by saying that this is kind of an ethics project, but it's also about movement building. And if either of those are your interest, please do come talk to... Read More

Optimal level of hierarchy for effective altruism

Hierarchical modular network structure is an organizing principle found in many complex systems, ranging from ecosystems to human brain , and of course it is commonly seen in social networks . By "modularity" we mean, technically speaking, that there are parts of a network that are more densely connected than... Read More

Hi, I'm Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy

Hi EA Forum, I'm Holden Karnofsky  I'm here to answer any questions about jobs at Open Philanthropy.  I'll be here today from 9:30am to 12:30pm Pacific time  (with some breaks) and will likely respond to comments later on as well.  We'd hate to miss out on strong applicants because of... Read More

When to focus and when to re-evaluate

We live in a complex world with ever changing variables. When it comes to doing the highest impact activity it can seem impossible to be confident in one plan over another. Additionally, new information that comes from further research or even just time passing can make plan A seem better... Read More

AI Summer Fellows Program: Applications open

CFAR and MIRI are running an 18-day  AI Summer Fellows Program  (AISFP) in the San Francisco Bay Area from June 27 to July 14. The goal of this free program is to help build up participants' ability to make headway on the  AI alignment problem : "the problem of creating AI... Read More

Upcoming AMA with Holden Karnofsky on job openings at the Open Philanthropy Project (Monday March 26, starting 9:30 am Pacific)

The Open Philanthropy Project has 5+  job openings  right now, which are an especially exciting way for people in the EA community to have an impact. Holden Karnofsky, Executive Director of the Open Philanthropy Project, would like to hear your questions about these jobs. He will host an "Ask Me... Read More

A definition of effective altruism

In “ Effective Altruism: Introduction ” (Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 18: Iss. 1, Article 1, doi:10.7710/1526-0569.1580), William MacAskill proposes a definition of effective altruism. I think having a definition is useful. It could allow effective altruists (and their critics) to have better, clearer conversations, and to avoid misconceptions. In MacAskill's quote below,... Read More

Climate change, geoengineering, and existential risk

A paper I have written on a form of geoengineering known as 'stratospheric aerosol injection' has recently been published in Futures. The paper explores whether, assuming that reducing existential risk is overwhelmingly important, stratospheric aerosol injection should be researched. The following aspects are likely to be of some interests to... Read More

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