Links from Last three months

Viewing Effective Altruism as a System

Meta-EA is most often characterised in terms of discrete units such as dollars and individuals. How many people can we recruit, how much will they donate, how many people can we train to be AI researchers? This approach carries a lot of value, particularly when we wish to craft metrics... Read More

Cause prioritization for downside-focused value systems

This post outlines my thinking on cause prioritization from the perspective of value systems whose primary concern is reducing disvalue. I’m mainly thinking of suffering-focused ethics (SFE) , but I also want to include moral views that attribute substantial disvalue to things other than suffering, such as inequality or preference... Read More

The almighty Hive will

I’ve been wondering whether EA can’t find some strategic benefits from a) a peer-to-peer trust economy, or b) rational coordination towards various goals. These seem like simple ideas, but I haven’t seen them publicly discussed.  I’ll start from the related and oversimplifying assumptions that  a) there’s a wholly fungible pool of... Read More

[Paper] Interventions that May Prevent or Mollify Supervolcanic Eruptions

Supervolcanic eruptions are approximately 10 times as powerful as the eruption that caused the year without a summer in 1816. A supervolcanic eruption would cause local devastation, but the main problem is blocking the sun for years and starvation (with possible loss of civilization without recovery and other far future... Read More

EA #GivingTuesday Fundraiser Matching Retrospective

by Avi Norowitz  Summary For #GivingTuesday this year, Facebook had announced  that Facebook and the Gates Foundation would match donations made on Facebook up to $2 million. A number of us saw this as a rare opportunity  to get donations to EA nonprofits counterfactually matched, similar to employer matching programs... Read More

Could I have some more systemic change, please, sir?

In this short post I outline a very simple (new?) way of estimating the expected value of systemic changes when you are very uncertain of how much they'd cost. It seems to have the result of making systemic changes look much more viable than they otherwise would. Suppose we want to... Read More

Where Some People Donated in 2017

Edited 2018-02-14 to include myself. Edited soon after publication to include ACE staff members’ donations. Thanks to the Facebook commenter who pointed me to them. This is a collection of writings on where people are donating. It only includes writings that I am aware exist (obviously) and that are written... Read More

New Effective Altruism course syllabus

I've developed a new course called 'The Psychology of Effective Altruism' (Psych450) that I'm teaching this spring term here at University of New Mexico.  The syllabus (including an extensive list of required and optional readings and videos) is here:   Feel free to borrow any of this material if you teach... Read More

2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Qualitative Findings

  Quantitative Findings Qualitative Findings Evaluation and Strategic Conclusions Methodology   This document is the second in the LEAN Impact Assessment Series, briefly summarising relevant data from our qualitative interviews with 31 EA group organisers. Click here to read the previous report from the series [1]. The third and penultimate... Read More

New recommended career path for effective altruists: China specialists

This is the first new career path we've promoted since AI policy and strategy 8 months ago. See the full write up on the 80,000 Hours site . What follows is the introduction to the full article. * * * Last summer, China unveiled a plan to become the world... Read More

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