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A contact person for the EA community

I work at the Centre for Effective Altruism as the Community Liaison, which includes being a point person for the EA community. I’m a person you can come to with concerns about problems you’ve noticed or experienced in the EA community. The best way to contact me is julia.wise@centreforeffectivealtruism.org. You... Read More
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The Technological Landscape Affecting Artificial General Intelligence and the Importance of Nanoscale Neural Probes

I have a new paper out where I describe the technological landscape leading to AGI and implications for AI safety (largely building on Bostrom's work in Superintelligence). Here's the abstract: In this paper, we contrast three major pathways to human level AI, also known as artificial general intelligence (AGI), and we... Read More
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How to get a new cause into EA

Effective altruism has had three main direct broad causes (global poverty, animal rights, and far future), for quite some time. I have often heard people worry that it’s too hard for a new cause to be accepted by the effective altruism movement. Simultaneously, I do not really see people presenting... Read More
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[Paper]: Artificial Intelligence in Life Extension: from Deep Learning to Superintelligence

There are two views on the best strategy among transhumanists and rationalists: The first involves the belief that one must invest in life extension technologies, and the latter, that it is necessary to create an aligned AI that will solve all problems, including giving us immortality or even something better.... Read More
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Updates from the GiveWell blog

The latest updates from the GiveWell blog . Revisting the evidence on malaria eradication in the Americas Key questions about Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program How uncertain is our cost-effectiveness analysis? Please comment on the GiveWell blog, rather than here. Crossposted by the forum admins.    
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2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Qualitative Findings

  Quantitative Findings Qualitative Findings Evaluation and Strategic Conclusions Methodology   This document is the second in the LEAN Impact Assessment Series, briefly summarising relevant data from our qualitative interviews with 31 EA group organisers. Click here to read the previous report from the series [1]. The third and penultimate... Read More
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Economics, prioritisation, and pro-rich bias  

  tl;dr: Welfare economics is highly relevant to effective altruism, but tends to rely on a flawed conception of social welfare, which holds that the more someone is willing to pay for a good, the more utility or welfare they would get from consuming that good. (I use ‘welfare’ and... Read More
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Cosmic EA: How Cost Effective Is Informing ET?

A number of people have raised about intentionally trying to make contact with extraterrestrials. Most famously, Stephen Hawking famously warned that based on the history of first-contacts on Earth we should fear enslavement, exploitation or annihilation by more advanced aliens and the METI proposal to beam high powered signals into... Read More
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Where can I donate to support insect welfare?

As the title says.   This feels undervalued to me and I'd like to donate to support it.   Do you know of any good charities/non-profits/etc to donate for insect welfare?
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How tractable is cluelessness?

This is the third in a series of posts exploring consequentialist cluelessness and its implications for effective altruism: The first post describes cluelessness & its relevance to EA; arguing that for many popular EA interventions we don’t have a clue about the intervention’s overall net impact. The second post considers... Read More

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