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2018 AI Safety Literature Review and Charity Comparison

  Summary: I review a significant amount of 2017 research related to AI Safety and offer some comments about where I am going to donate this year.   Contents Contents Introduction The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) Global Catastrophic Risks Institute (GCRI) The Center... Read More
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Introducing fortify hEAlth: an EA-aligned charity startup

Overview   We’re engaging in an exciting entrepreneurship experiment:  can a new EA-aligned organization effectively reduce the burden of iron deficiency anemia and neural tube defects?  The burden is so large that we hypothesize that there exist opportunities for impact beyond already excellent work being done by major organizations. We... Read More
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Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 2018

As an EA, I’ve tried to make my mark by earning to give and doing enough direct work to understand the organizations I’m giving to and find outstanding giving opportunities that are neglected by others. Based on my thinking, I’m going to be donating to Charity Science Health , Rethink... Read More
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In defence of epistemic modesty

This piece defends a strong form of epistemic modesty: that, in most cases, one should pay scarcely any attention to what you find the most persuasive view on an issue, hewing instead to an idealized consensus of experts. I start by better pinning down exactly what is meant by ‘epistemic... Read More
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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. Why... Read More
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Should we be spending no less on alternate foods than AI now?

Summary: As part of a Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) grant, I have estimated the cost effectiveness of preparing for agricultural catastrophes such as nuclear winter. This largely involves planning and research and development of alternate foods (roughly those not dependent on sunlight such as mushrooms, natural gas digesting bacteria... 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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Inadequacy and Modesty

I'm posting my short new book here for discussion: Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck . First chapter below, with the rest to follow over the coming days.   This is a book about two incompatible views on the age-old question: “When should I think that I may... Read More
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Announcing the 2017 donor lottery

We’re excited to announce that EffectiveAltruism.org is hosting the 2017 effective altruism donor lottery! You can enter the lottery, and read more about the rationale and methodology on EffectiveAltruism.org A donation lottery is a different way to donate. Rather than making a donation to a charitable organization directly, you can... Read More
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Effective Altruism Foundation update: Plans for 2018 and room for more funding

This post provides an overview of the Effective Altruism Foundation’s plans for the coming year. A version of this update was also published on our blog . The Effective Altruism Foundation is a Berlin-based EA meta-charity that fundraises for EA charities, builds the German-speaking EA community, and does research on... Read More

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