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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
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Reflections on EA Global from a first-time attendee

Hello everyone - long-time lurker, first-time poster here. It was a pleasure to meet a number of you at EA Global last month. Given all the discussion at the conference about how to expand the effective altruism community responsibly, I thought I might share some feedback and observations from the... Read More
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Scientific Charity Movement

A group of relatively well-off people apply ideas from science to charity, trying to improve efficiency and end poverty. It doesn't turn out well. Sounds like something I should read up on. There was a movement, starting around 1870, to replace municipal and religious aid to the poor with a... Read More
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Why Charity Entrepreneurship?

Co-authored by Kieran Greig, Joey Savoie and Katherine Savoie. A number of considerations suggest that charity entrepreneurship aiming to start an evidence-based, cost-effective charity is a very high impact thing to do. The main ones are: Experts agree with this proposition. The evidence exists to identify a cost-effective intervention. The... Read More
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A Defense of Normality

At EA Global, I met many different kinds of people. Some were gung-ho about EA, claiming that effective altruism meant that we should spend all our money on EA charities, to the detriment of artistic culture, movies, music, and even maintaining museums. Others seemed to only be concerned with certain... Read More
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On everyday altruism and the local circle

An experience this week suggested to me that, far from alienating me from suffering closer to home, the ideas of Effective Altruism have an important interplay with the way I respond to those in need who I encounter in my everyday life. Somebody somewhat-near-me* suffered an incredible tragedy this week,... Read More
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The 2014 Survey of Effective Altruists: Results and Analysis

It's my great pleasure to announce that, after seven months of hard work and planning fallacy, the EA Survey is finally out. It's a long document, however, so we've put it together in an external PDF .   Introduction In May 2014, a team from .impact and Charity Science released... Read More
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Please Take the 2018 Effective Altruism Survey!

The 2018 EA Survey has just been released! We hope that as many of you as possible take it via this link .   The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete, depending on how extensively you answer the questions. The annual EA Survey is conducted by Rethink Charity ,... Read More
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The Hidden Cost of Shifting Away from Poverty

    The Center for Effective Altruism and effective altruists active in online spaces have for a while now been shifting away from a focus on poverty toward a focus on the far future and meta-level work (and if not that, animal advocacy). Interestingly, the rank and file of effective... Read More
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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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