Links from This year

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

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

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

Some Thoughts on Public Discourse

Thanks to Ben Hoffman and several of my coworkers for reviewing a draft of this. It seems to me that there have been some disagreements lately in the effective altruism community regarding the proper role and conduct for public discourse (in particular, discussions on the public Web). I decided to share... Read More

Introducing CEA's Guiding Principles

Over the last year, I’ve given a lot of thought to the question of how the effective altruism community can stay true to its best elements and avoid problems that often bring movements down. Failure is the default outcome for a social movement, and so we should be proactive in... Read More

Clarifying the Giving What We Can pledge

CEA has gotten a lot of questions about the Giving What We Can pledge lately, and we’d like to answer them here. We've also updated our  Frequently Asked Questions page  and other parts of our website to reflect recent questions.  What is the Pledge? This is the Pledge To Give :... Read More

Introducing fortify hEAlth: an EA-aligned charity startup

Overview   We’re engaging in an exciting entrepreneurship experiment:  can a new EA-aligned organization effectively reduce the burden of iron deficiency anemia and neural tube defects?  The burden is so large that we hypothesize that there exist opportunities for impact beyond already excellent work being done by major organizations. We... Read More

In defence of epistemic modesty

This piece defends a strong form of epistemic modesty: that, in most cases, one should pay scarcely any attention to what you find the most persuasive view on an issue, hewing instead to an idealized consensus of experts. I start by better pinning down exactly what is meant by ‘epistemic... Read More

Personal thoughts on careers in AI policy and strategy

 S ummary : The AI strategy space is currently bottlenecked by entangled and under-defined research questions that are extremely difficult to resolve, as well as by a lack of current institutional capacity to absorb and utilize new researchers effectively. Accordingly, there is very strong demand for people who are good... Read More

Fact checking comparison between trachoma surgeries and guide dogs

In a 2013 TED talk Peter Singer claims “It costs about 40,000 dollars to train a guide dog and train the recipient so that the guide dog can be an effective help to a blind person. It costs somewhere between 20 and 50 dollars to cure a blind person in... Read More

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