Links from Last three months

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

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

Oxford Prioritisation Project Review

By Jacob Lagerros and Tom Sittler. Cross- posted to Tom's website.  Short summary The Oxford Prioritisation Project was a research group between January and May 2017. The team conducted research to allocate £10,000 in the most impactful way, and published all our work on our blog . Tom Sittler was... Read More

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

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

The Turing Test

I'm happy to announce that the first episodes of Harvard Effective Altruism's podcast, the Turing Test , are already online. The first four episodes feature Larry Summers on his career, economics and EA Irene Pepperberg on animal cognition and ethics Josh Greene on moral cognition and EA Adam Marblestone on... Read More

Lessons from a full-time community builder. Part 1 of 4. Impact assessment

NOTE: For the past year Sam Hilton has been funded by the EA community in London to grow, run and support the community. This is part 1 of a 4 part write up, broken down as follows: Part 1.   Impact assessment Part 2.   General lessons on how to... Read More

Getting Nuclear Policy Right Is Hard

Earlier this month I made a fairly long post on nuclear policy  with many considerations for how different technologies might upset or improve nuclear deterrence, and why epistemic humility is extremely valuable as some EAs begin to focus more on policy. To centralize discussion of this, I think it is best... Read More

Nothing Wrong With AI Weapons

With all the recent worries over AI risks, a lot of people have raised fears about lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) which take the place of soldiers on the battlefield. Specifically, in the news recently: Elon Musk and over 100 experts requested that the UN implement a ban. However, we... Read More

Setting our salary based on the world’s average GDP per capita

A lot of people in the EA movement have a large say over their salary, whether it be earning to give where you can donate down to a certain amount or working for a nonprofit where you take a lower salary. EAs are a unique group in that many of... Read More

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