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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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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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Ethical offsetting is antithetical to EA

[My views are my own, not my employer's. Thanks to Michael Dickens for reviewing this post prior to publication.] [More discussion here ] Summary Spreading ethical offsetting is antithetical to EA values because it encourages people to focus on negating harm they personally cause rather than doing as much good... 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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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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The Privilege of Earning To Give

It feels to me like I fell into programming, like it just happened that I graduated college with a skill that was highly in demand. But how did I end up here? Because of my race and gender people were more likely to see me as a potential engineer and... Read More
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Good news that matters

Reading the news, it feels as if only bad things ever happen in the world. Yet there are a lot of ways the world is getting gradually better. Not hearing about those is likely to give us a skewed view of the world, and prevent us realising we should learn... 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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Comparative advantage in the talent market

The concept of comparative advantage is well known within the Effective Altruism community. For donations, it is reasonably well known and implemented, think of donor lotteries or donation trading across countries to take better advantage of tax exemptions. In this post I’m outlining how the idea of comparative advantage can... Read More

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