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Empirical data on value drift

Why It’s Important to Know the Risk of Value Drift   The concept of value drift is that over time people will become less motivated to do altruistic things. This is not to be confused with changing cause areas or methods of doing good. Value drift has a strong precedent... Read More
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Effective Altruism is a Question (not an ideology)

What is the definition of Effective Altruism? What claims does it make? What do you have to believe or do, to be an Effective Altruist? I don’t think that any of these questions make sense.  It’s not surprising that we ask them: if you asked those questions about feminism or... Read More
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Why not to rush to translate effective altruism into other languages

Over the last year, I’ve been doing research into the intersection between effective altruism in China (see our recent article on the topic). I participated in a retreat in Hong Kong on this topic, and oversaw the funding and mentoring of someone to work full-time on research and advising to... Read More
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2017 AI Risk Literature Review and Charity Comparison

Introduction I've long been concerned about AI Risk. Now that there are a few charities working on the problem, it seems desirable to compare them, to determine where scarce donations should be sent. This is a similar role to that which GiveWell performs for global health charities, and somewhat similar... Read More
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My current thoughts on MIRI's "highly reliable agent design" work

Interpreting this writeup: I lead the Open Philanthropy Project's work on technical AI safety research. In our MIRI grant writeup last year, we said that we had strong reservations about MIRI’s research, and that we hoped to write more about MIRI's research in the future. This writeup explains my current... Read More
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Introducing the EA Funds

Update: The EA Funds has launched !  This post introduces a new project that CEA is working on, which we’re calling the Effective Altruism Funds. Some details about this idea are below. We’d really appreciate community feedback about whether this is the kind of thing they’d like to see CEA... Read More
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Increasing Access to Pain Relief in Developing Countries - An EA Perspective

In a nutshell: The suffering experienced by patients without access to pain relief is very widespread and very severe. When addressing access to pain relief directly, we can address regulatory impediments and attitude/knowledge impediments, though tractability is questionable. Addressing both regulatory and attitude/knowledge impediments is required for success. The subject... Read More
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A contact person for the EA community

I work at the Centre for Effective Altruism as the Community Liaison, which includes being a point person for the EA community. I’m a person you can come to with concerns about problems you’ve noticed or experienced in the EA community. The best way to contact me is julia.wise@centreforeffectivealtruism.org. You... Read More
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EA risks falling into a "meta trap". But we can avoid it.

If you think a typical EA cause has very high impact, it seems quite plausible that you can have even higher impact by working one level of “meta” up -- working not on that cause directly, but instead working on getting more people to work on that cause . For... Read More
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Supportive Scepticism

I’d like to raise an aspect of effective altruism that I personally find difficult. My hope is that this will promote discussion and help others who feel similarly. I want to preface this by saying I am incredibly glad that I got involved in the effective altruism community, and that... Read More

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