Links from This year

Fact checking comparison between trachoma surgeries and guide dogs

In a 2013 TED talk Peter Singer claims “It costs about 40,000 dollars to train a guide dog and train the recipient so that the guide dog can be an effective help to a blind person. It costs somewhere between 20 and 50 dollars to cure a blind person in... Read More

Announcing Rethink Priorities

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Rethink Charity is excited to announce our new project, Rethink Priorities, which is dedicated to doing foundational research on neglected causes in a highly empirical and transparent manner. This work will begin this year, beginning with a focus... Read More

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

EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried?

From the EA Funds website, here is the amount of money unallocated in each fund: Long-Term Future : $348,167 Global Development : $497,957 Animal Welfare : $75,109 EA Community : $206,271 Some of them haven't disbursed any funds in quite a while. I asked the CEA team about this and... Read More

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

Concrete project lists

There are lots of important project ideas in EA that people could work on, and I’d like to encourage people to explore more . When I was looking for projects to work on, I had difficulty thinking of what needed doing apart from obvious projects like raising money for GiveWell-recommended... Read More

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

Effective Altruism Grants project update

The Centre for Effective Altruism has distributed its first round of grants through its new Effective Altruism Grants program. The aim of the project is to solve funding constraints for high-impact projects. You can read more about our motivation and aims .   This post details (1) the grants we’ve... 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

69 things that might be pretty effective to fund

Opinions are mine. If you comment on one of these items, please quote the item in full at the start of your comment. Other people can then upvote and downvote other comments depending on whether you think it’s worthy of funding. Below I list 69 pretty effective funding opportunities. These... Read More

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