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Intro to caring about AI alignment as an EA cause

I recently gave a talk at Google on the problem of aligning smarter-than-human AI with operators' goals. Below is a modified transcript, in case people here are interested. I think it provides a decent introduction to "AI risk" as a cause-area worthy of attention from effective altruists. I post it... Read More
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Update on Effective Altruism Funds

This post is an update on the progress of Effective Altruism Funds. If you’re not familiar with EA Funds please check out our launch post and our original concept post . The EA Funds website is here.   EA Funds launched on February 28, 2017. In our launch post we... Read More
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How accurately does anyone know the global distribution of income?

Cross posted from the 80,000 Hours blog .   How much should you believe the numbers in charts like this? People in the effective altruism community often refer to the global income distribution to make various points: The richest people in the world are many times richer than the poor. People... Read More
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Utopia In The Fog

Cross-posted from my new blog. The last several years have witnessed a strong rise of activity on the topic of AI safety. Institutional and academic support has vindicated several elements of the embryonic Friendly AI research program. However, I believe that the degree of attention it has received is undue... Read More
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An Effective Altruist Message Test

I decided to run an Effective Altruist message on a full population survey I have access to, use bayesian message testing software to analyze the results, and share the results with the EA community on the forum.   I tested several EA themed messages aimed at increasing respondents’ interest in... 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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Surviving Global Catastrophe in Nuclear Submarines as Refuges

Our article about using nuclear submarines as refuges in case of a global catastrophe has been accepted for the Futures  journal and its preprint is available online. Preventing global risks or surviving them is good application of EA efforts. Converting existing nuclear submarines into refuges may be cheap intervention with high... Read More
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How do EA Orgs Account for Uncertainty in their Analysis?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford, Kathryn Mecrow, and Simon Beard[1].   Effective altruism is about figuring out how to do the most good ; when working with limited resources, whether financial or otherwise, and faced with opportunity costs, how do we measure the good of the impact of... Read More
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Charity Evaluators: first model and open questions (Oxford Prioritisation Project)

2017-04-25 By Dominik Peters (with Tom Sittler) Cross posted to the Oxford Prioritisation Project blog . We're centralising all discussion on the Effective Altruism forum. To discuss this post, please comment here. Abstract. We describe a simple simulation model for the recommendations of a charity evaluator like GiveWell or ACE. The... Read More
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Two Easy Ways to Help Each Other

I think there are probably a lot of ways we can use our connections, credentials, and experience to help each other -- especially extremely promising EAs who are early in their careers -- in ways that don't require a lot of effort. Forgive me if this has already been discussed before.... Read More

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