An Argument for Why the Future May Be Good

In late 2014, I ate  lunch with an EA who prefers to remain anonymous. I had originally been of the opinion that, should humans survive, the future is likely to be bad. He convinced me to change my mind about this. I haven’t seen this argument written up anywhere and... Read More

An argument for broad and inclusive "mindset-focused EA"

Summary:  I argue for a very broad, inclusive EA, based on the premise that the culture of a region is more important than any specific group within that region, and that broad and inclusive EA will help shift the overall culture of the world in a better direction. As a concrete... Read More

The marketing gap and a plea for moral inclusivity

In this post, I make three points. First, I note there seems to be a gap between what EA markets itself as being about (effective poverty reduction) and what many EAs really believe is important (poverty isn’t the top priority) and this marketing gap is potentially problematic. Second, I propose... Read More

How can we best coordinate as a community?

I recently gave a talk at EAG:Boston on this topic. The video is now up. Below is the blurb, and a rough script (it'll be easier to understand if you watch the video with boosted speed). All these ideas are pretty speculative, and we're working on some more in-depth articles... Read More

My current thoughts on MIRI's "highly reliable agent design" work

Interpreting this writeup: I lead the Open Philanthropy Project's work on technical AI safety research. In our MIRI grant writeup last year, we said that we had strong reservations about MIRI’s research, and that we hoped to write more about MIRI's research in the future. This writeup explains my current... Read More

Testing an EA network-building strategy in the Netherlands

Last January, Effective Altruism Netherlands (EAN) became a registered charity in the Netherlands. The organisation consists of a three-person board and two full-time employees, Sjir Hoeijmakers and yours truly (Remmelt Ellen). Note: as of writing, we are still fundraising to cover our salaries. On 28 May, we publicly launched with... Read More

Changes to the EA Forum

Over the last several years, the EA Forum has been run on a volunteer-led basis. Given how much the EA community has grown, the volunteers who have been running the Forum have decided to transition primary responsibility for the  EA Forum to the Centre for Effective Altruism. In practice, this... Read More

Strategic implications of AI scenarios

[Originally posted on my new website on cause prioritization . This article is an introductory exploration of what different AI scenarios imply for our strategy in shaping advanced AI and might be interesting to the broader EA community, which is why I crosspost it here.] Efforts to mitigate the risks... Read More

How long does it take to research and develop a new vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis.  This is part of  a series exploring the cost-effectiveness of vaccines . Interventions related to vaccines seem to be highly cost-effective. The World Health Organization calls vaccines “one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions."... Read More

2017 LEAN Statement

Hello! I’m Richenda, Manager of LEAN (the Local Effective Altruism Network). In March I assumed responsibility for the project, having previously worked on it in 2015 and 2016 under Tom Ash. The aim of this post is to keep the EA community informed about our operations, and to share some... Read More

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