Links from Last three months

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

Practical political action on global health

The Boston Effective Altruism group is doing a lobbying project this season, starting with a guest speaker, a meetup to write letters to our Congresspeople, and later including a visit to our senator’s office. We think other EA groups should consider doing this too. This post is written with US... Read More

Advisory panel at CEA

A few months ago, Will MacAskill (who is CEO at the Centre for Effective Altruism) proposed that given the problems arising in the community, some kind of body should be formed to make recommendations to the community on how to handle these problems. We looked into the possibility of forming... Read More

What Should the Average EA Do About AI Alignment?

I'm trying to get a handle on what advice to give people who are convinced AI is a problem worthy of their time, *probably* the most important problem, but are not sure if they have the talent necessary to contribute. A trending school of thought is "AI Alignment needs careful,... Read More

EA should invest more in exploration

[Epistemic status: strongly stated, weakly held] When faced with problems that involve ongoing learning, most strategies involve a balance between "exploration" and "exploitation". Exploration means taking opportunities that increase your knowledge about how good your opportunities are, whereas exploitation means putting resources into what you currently believe is the best... Read More

Living on minimum wage to maximize donations: Ben's expenses in 2016

Several people have written up their expenditures and savings results. Here is my summary. I try to donate the money I make above minimum wage. Since I average about 60 hours per week of work, I have a concrete goal of spending less than $22,620 per year ($7.25 x 52... Read More

Save the Date for EA Global Boston and San Francisco

There will be three 2017 Effective Altruism Global conferences: two smaller, topic-based events in Boston and the UK, and one broader community-focused event in California. Boston: Frontiers of Effective Altruism June 2-4, Harvard University Science Center , Cambridge MA EA Global Boston will focus on pushing the boundaries of effective... Read More

Update on Effective Altruism Funds

This post is an update on the progress of Effective Altruism Funds. If you’re not familiar with EA Funds please check out our launch post and our original concept post . The EA Funds website is here.   EA Funds launched on February 28, 2017. In our launch post we... Read More

How accurately does anyone know the global distribution of income?

Cross posted from the 80,000 Hours blog .   How much should you believe the numbers in charts like this? People in the effective altruism community often refer to the global income distribution to make various points: The richest people in the world are many times richer than the poor. People... Read More

Utopia In The Fog

Cross-posted from my new blog. The last several years have witnessed a strong rise of activity on the topic of AI safety. Institutional and academic support has vindicated several elements of the embryonic Friendly AI research program. However, I believe that the degree of attention it has received is undue... Read More

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