Announcing Effective Altruism Community Building Grants

Announcing Effective Altruism Community Building Grants I’m announcing a new project from the Centre for Effective Altruism: Effective Altruism Community Building Grants. This program will provide grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to individuals and groups doing local effective altruism community building work. We expect to have a particular emphasis... Read More

Save the dates for EA Global: San Francisco & London

There will be two Effective Altruism Global conferences this year: - June 8-10: Bespoke , 845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA , USA - End of October: London, UK The goals of both these events are to increase attendees’ knowledge, skills and networks to enable them to do the most... Read More

Why I prioritize moral circle expansion over artificial intelligence alignment

Why I prioritize moral circle expansion over artificial intelligence alignment This blog post is written for a very specific audience: people involved in the effective altruism community who are familiar with cause prioritization and arguments for the overwhelming importance of the far future. It might read as strange and confusing... Read More

Prioritization Consequences of "Formally Stating the AI Alignment Problem"

I've just completed a comprehensive presentation of my current thinking on AI alignment . In it I give a formal statement of the AI alignment problem that is rigorous and makes clear the philosophical assumptions being made when we try to say we want to create AI aligned with human... Read More

What is Animal Farming in Rural Zambia Like? A Site Visit

Factory farming in the United States and other developed countries is no doubt terrible . And while other developing countries are catching up in their sophistication , it is not clear yet what factory farming is like in the least developed parts of the developing world where most aid is... Read More

A generalized strategy of ‘mission hedging’: investing in 'evil' to do more good

A generalized strategy of ‘mission hedging’: investing in 'evil' to do more good   Hauke Hillebrandt  [1] Version from: 18/02/2018 Disclaimer By reading this material, you acknowledge, understand and accept the following: This material has been prepared by Hauke Hillebrandt (“Hauke Hillebrandt”). This material is subject to change without notice.... Read More

Doing good while clueless

This is the fourth (and final) post in a series 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... Read More

On funding medical research

“Which medical research should be receive more funding” is a hugely important question, with hundreds of *billions* of dollars spent on medical research yearly. It’s also one that is not always approached in a rational and evidence-based way, which is understandable, as most people think about this question when they... Read More

Where Some People Donated in 2017

Edited 2018-02-14 to include myself. Edited soon after publication to include ACE staff members’ donations. Thanks to the Facebook commenter who pointed me to them. This is a collection of writings on where people are donating. It only includes writings that I am aware exist (obviously) and that are written... Read More

Lessons for Building Up a Cause

Introduction/Summary 2015 is the year when AI alignment and AI safety took off as causes taken seriously by the academic and industry worlds of AI research and the media. This has largely been attributed to influential world leaders in science and technology like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.... Read More

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