Links from This year

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

Concerns with Intentional Insights

A recent facebook post by Jeff Kaufman raised concerns about the behavior of Intentional Insights (InIn), an EA-aligned organization headed by Gleb Tsipursky. In discussion arising from this, a number of further concerns were raised. This post summarizes the concerns found with InIn. It also notes some concerns which were... Read More

Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ

Suppose that Alice is trying to figure out how to do the most good with her donation of $1,000 this giving season, and can spend various kinds of resources to improve her decision. Unfortunately, many investments that could improve the decision quality would impose costs that are large relative to... Read More

Why I'm donating to MIRI this year

I’ve been thinking about my annual donation, and I’ve decided to donate to MIRI this year. I haven’t previously donated to MIRI, and my reasons for doing so now are somewhat nuanced, so I thought they were worth explaining. I have previously thought that MIRI was taking a somewhat less-than-ideal... Read More

Some Organisational Changes at the Centre for Effective Altruism

This post explains a number of recent changes regarding the organisational structure of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). These are primarily changes to the internal structure of the organisation; for that reason, this post should be primarily of interest to people who follow CEA very closely. However, I also... Read More

Setting Community Norms and Values: A response to the InIn Open Letter

I’m writing this in response to the recent post about Intentional Insights documenting the many ways in which Gleb and the organisation he runs has acted in ways not representing EA values. Please take this post as representative of the views of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) on the... Read More

Philosophical Critiques of Effective Altruism by Prof Jeff McMahan

Prof Jeff MacMahan  is White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University - this article of his will soon appear in The Philosopher's Magazine. I think it's both insightful and entertaining, and appreciate McMahan taking the time to write it. In light of the fact that Prof McMahan recently made the... Read More

Against segregating EAs

I’m troubled by two posts I’ve seen lately distinguishing between “hardcore” and “softcore” effective altruists. Even if we introduce these terms with the goal of reducing stigma, “softcore” is always going to sound a bit insulting. (Not to mention that it’s typically used to describe porn, not people.) Do other... Read More

Beware surprising and suspicious convergence

Imagine this: Oliver: … Thus we see that donating to the opera is the best way of promoting the arts. Eleanor: Okay, but I’m principally interested in improving human welfare. Oliver: Oh! Well I think it is also the case that donating to the opera is best for improving human... Read More

GiveWell's Charity Recommendations Require Taking a Controversial Stance on Population Ethics

Cross-posted to my blog . GiveWell claims that the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is about 10 times as cost-effective as GiveDirectly. This entails unusual claims about population ethics that I believe many people would reject, and according to other plausible views of population ethics, AMF looks less cost-effective than the... Read More

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