Some Thoughts on Public Discourse

Thanks to Ben Hoffman and several of my coworkers for reviewing a draft of this. It seems to me that there have been some disagreements lately in the effective altruism community regarding the proper role and conduct for public discourse (in particular, discussions on the public Web). I decided to share... Read More

In some cases, if a problem is harder humanity should invest more in it, but you should be less inclined to work on it

One criteria in the 80,000 Hours problem framework is 'solvability'. All else equal, it is more effective to dedicate yourself to a problem if a larger percentage of the problem will be solved by each additional person working on it. So far so good. However, this can lead to something counterintuitive. Here is an... Read More

Why I left EA

I don't intend to convince you to leave EA, and I don't expect you to convince me to stay. But typical insider "steel-manned" arguments against EA lack imagination about other people's perspectives: for example, they assume that the audience is utilitarian. Outsider anti-EA arguments are often mean-spirited or misrepresent EA... Read More

CHCAI/MIRI research internship in AI safety

The Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHCAI) and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) are looking for talented, driven, and ambitious technical researchers for a summer research internship.   Background: CHCAI is a research center based at UC Berkeley with PIs including Stuart Russell, Pieter Abbeel and Anca Dragan. CHCAI describes... Read More

The Moral Obligation to Organize

This post is coauthored with Sophie Hermanns, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a visiting fellow at Harvard University   Effective altruists are very interested in moral obligations and have developed a set of norms mainly focused on charitable giving and the use of our careers. For example,... Read More

Daniel May: "Open Science: little room for more funding"

Cross- posted to the Oxford Prioritisation Project blog. Read and comment on the Google Document version of this post here . Feedback from the EA community is how we improve. Summary I consider open science as a cause area, by reviewing Open Phil’s published work, as well as some popular... Read More

GiveWell and the problem of partial funding

At the end of 2015, GiveWell wrote up its reasons for recommending that Good Ventures partially but not fully fund the GiveWell top charities. This reasoning seemed incomplete to me, and when I talked about it with others in the EA community, their explanations tended to switch between what seemed... Read More

Donating To High-Risk High-Reward Charities

Cross posted on my blog .   If you wanted to make a lot of money, you’d accept the need to make high-risk high-reward business decisions, like founding a company or investing in stocks, right? Ok, what about for charitable donations? If you wanted to do a lot of good,... Read More

[CEA Update] Updates from January 2017

Hi everyone,   Last month, CEA started Y Combinator. This has already had a very positive impact on the team. We’re getting a lot of advice and attention from the partners, and we’re feeling excited about building CEA.   January has been our best month ever in terms of growth... Read More

New Vacancy: Policy & AI at Cambridge University

Research Associate: Policy, Responsible Innovation & the future of AI The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral Research Associate to join the project 'Policy, Responsible Innovation and the Future of AI' . The appointment will be for 3 years, and is based... Read More

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