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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
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Why I think the Foundational Research Institute should rethink its approach

The following is my considered evaluation of the Foundational Research Institute, circa July 2017. I discuss its goal, where I foresee things going wrong with how it defines suffering, and what it could do to avoid these problems. TL;DR version : functionalism ("consciousness is the sum-total of the functional properties... Read More
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Ten new 80,000 Hours articles made for the effective altruist community

We've produced a lot of content tailored for people heavily involved in the effective altruist community as it's our key target audience. Here's a recent list: Why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else, and what we should do about it, according to Oxford philosopher Dr Toby Ord The life of... Read More
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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
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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
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How should we assess very uncertain and non-testable stuff?

There is a good and widely accepted approach to assessing testable projects - roughly what GiveWell does.  It is much less clear how EA research organisations should assess projects, interventions and organisations with very uncertain non-testable impact, such as policy work or academic research. There are some disparate materials on... Read More
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High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 1/4: Introduction and Cause Summary

In the last 4 months, I’ve come to believe drug policy reform, changing the laws on currently illegal psychoactive substances, may offer a substantial, if not the most substantial, opportunity to increase the happiness of humans alive today. I consider this result very surprising. I’ve been researching how best to... Read More
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Local Group Support Overview: CEA, EAF and LEAN

As the Effective Altruism community has grown, efforts have emerged to promote and support the growth of EA groups in universities and cities around the world. Presently there are three organisations supporting EA groups on a large scale. This article outlines the background of each organisation, and clarifies the functional... Read More
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Hi, I'm Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy's new report on consciousness and moral patienthood

Hi EA Forum, I'm Luke Muehlhauser and I'm here to answer your questions and respond to your feedback about the report on consciousness and moral patienthood I recently prepared for the Open Philanthropy Project . I'll be here today (June 28th) from 9am Pacific onward, until the flow of comments drops... Read More
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Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

How do you find the best non-profits to donate to? This is an important question that is critical to effective altruism. One suggestion comes from Holden Karnofsky at the Open Philanthropy Project, who describes a strategy called “hits-based giving” . In this framework, you make a number of investments, some... Read More

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