Links from Last three months

Projects I'd like to see

We've just launched the Effective Altruism Grants program to help people put promising ideas into practice. I'm hoping that the program will enable some people to transition onto higher-impact paths that they otherwise wouldn't have been able to pursue. Here I'm going to list some applications I'd personally like to... Read More

Cognitive Science/Psychology As a Neglected Approach to AI Safety

All of the advice on getting into AI safety research that I've seen recommends studying computer science and mathematics: for example, the 80,000 hours AI safety syllabus  provides a computer science-focused reading list, and mentions that " Ideally your undergraduate degree would be mathematics and computer science ". There are... Read More

Why you should consider going to EA Global

My main motivation behind writing this is to help you consider whether going to an Effective Altruism Global (EAG) conference this year is worth it. After having doubted the value, I was convinced otherwise at EAGx Oxford 2016. Therefore, I’m sharing my personal highlights from that weekend to attempt to... Read More

Announcing Effective Altruism Grants

I'm announcing a new project from the Centre for Effective Altruism: Effective Altruism Grants . Effective Altruism Grants aims to provide grants of up to £100,000 (~$130,000) to help individuals work on promising projects. We hope to fund a wide range of effective projects that will directly or indirectly contribute to... Read More

.impact is now Rethink Charity

I’m Tee Barnett – and in the last couple of months I’ve transitioned into the Executive Director role at .impact. I wanted to reintroduce myself and brief everyone on significant developments over here, including our rebranding, unification of major projects, and staff updates. You can reach me here if you’d like... Read More

Introducing the EA Involvement Guide

The Centre for Effective Altruism is publishing a new feature on an EA Involvement Guide. Hosted under the "Get Involved" tab of the website, this guide exists to help people locate and learn about the many, diffuse resources the community has to offer and decide which opportunities are best suited to... Read More

Review of EA New Zealand’s ‘Doing Good Better’ book giveaway

By  Finn Whittington, Catherine Low, David Allis Introduction The Effective Altruism NZ Charitable Trust initiated a book giveaway programme in September 2016, providing copies of William MacAskill’s book ‘Doing Good Better’ for free, with the intention that the recipient reads and shares the book and its ideas. The underlying... Read More

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

A mental health resource for EA community

A lot has been written about handling depression and anxiety, and with good reason! They are very common and can be very debilitating. But this piece addresses some less common problems: mania and psychosis. These are not as commonly understood, so people are often ill-equipped to recognize or handle them... Read More

Effective altruism is self-recommending

A parent I know reports (some details anonymized): Recently we bought my 3-year-old daughter a "behavior chart," in which she can earn stickers for achievements like not throwing tantrums, eating fruits and vegetables, and going to sleep on time. We successfully impressed on her that a major goal each day... Read More

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