List of 80,000 Hours content from the last 2 months, summary of which were most popular, and plans for future releases.

Here's are all the content releases from 80,000 Hours since our last update  here 2 months ago: How exactly clean meat is created & the advances needed to get it into every supermarket, according to food scientist Marie Gibbons The careers and policies that can prevent global catastrophic biological risks, according to... Read More
Comment author: Alex_Barry 08 April 2018 05:03:53PM *  0 points [-]

The links to 2, 4, 6 and 15 seem broken on the 80K end, I just get 'page not found' for each.

Link 30 also does not work, but that is just because it starts with an unnecessary "effective-altruism.com/" before the youtube link.

I checked and everything else seems to work.

Comment author: 80000_Hours 08 April 2018 06:10:28PM 1 point [-]

Hi Alex thanks I fixed 30. 2,4,6 and 15 are working for me - can you email over a screenshot of the error you're getting?

Comment author: 80000_Hours 06 April 2018 09:22:18PM *  0 points [-]

"given the relative abundance of cash available to EA orgs (through OpenPhil and Good Ventures), a rate as high as this is surprising."

Three thoughts: i) the range of figures offered was very wide, ii) orgs that are strongly supported by large institutional donors gave lower figures, iii) if those orgs expect OpenPhil/GoodVentures/etc to give them even more money in future years, they could still sensibly report a high discount rate.

Comment author: Jan_Kulveit 06 April 2018 08:08:42AM 8 points [-]

I like the content.

But a small terminology note: I'm not sure it is a good practice to call it research pieces (and 80k hours is one of the norm-setting organization in EA)

A big portion of the pieces is podcasts, "recorded conversations between smart people". This is useful in many ways, but is it research?

In general, it seems to me ... "research" is high prestige in EA movement. Which creates an incentive to label things as research. So many important things are labelled research.

So it shouldn't surprise anyone there is e.g. shortage of operations people

Comment author: 80000_Hours 06 April 2018 09:57:22AM *  0 points [-]

Fair point. I thought about calling them articles... but they're definitely not all articles. Thought about calling them 'content releases' but that felt like corporate vagueness.

I should have gone with something nobody could dispute: 32 new(ish) universal resource locators. ;) - RW


Compilation of 32 new(ish) 80,000 Hours research pieces for the effective altruist community

Here is a list of new 80,000 Hours content since we wrote our previous update  for this forum last September, in chronological order. Note that a lot of our new ideas now come out through  our podcast  - you can subscribe by searching for 80,000 Hours  in any podcasting app. Another way to stay up... Read More

Interview with Prof Tetlock on epistemic modesty, predicting catastrophic risks, AI, and more

80,000 Hours did an interview with Professor Tetlock, one of the world's top experts on how to have accurate beliefs about the future. We asked him about a bunch of questions of interest to the community here: Should people who want to be right just adopt the views of experts rather than... Read More

Survey of leaders in the EA community on a range of important topics, like what skills they need and what causes are most effective

80,000 Hours just released an analysis of a survey we conducted at the EA Leaders Forum in August 2017. It is likely to be of significant interest to people here: What are the most important talent gaps in the effective altruism community, and other survey questions To keep all the comments... Read More

80,000 Hours' 20 most enduringly popular pieces of research

I recently wanted to see what content we’ve written in the past are still popular with readers. Our most visited pages are articles in  our career guide , or tools like our  career quiz ,  problem quiz  and  career decision tool , around which the site is designed. And of... Read More

Ten new 80,000 Hours articles made for the effective altruist community

We've produced a lot of content tailored for people heavily involved in the effective altruist community as it's our key target audience. Here's a recent list: Why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else, and what we should do about it, according to Oxford philosopher Dr Toby Ord The life of... Read More
Comment author: geoffreymiller  (EA Profile) 16 August 2017 10:25:58PM 5 points [-]

I would love to see some '40,000 hours' materials for mid-career people pivoting into EA work.

Our skills, needs, constraints, and opportunities are quite different from 20-somethings. For example, if one has financial commitments (child support, mortgage, debts, alimony), it's not realistic to go back to grad school or an unpaid internship to re-train. We also have geographical constraints -- partners, kids in school, dependent parents, established friendships, community commitments. And in mid-life, our 'crystallized intelligence' (stock of knowledge) is much higher than a 20-something's, but our 'fluid intelligence' (ability to solve abstract new problems quickly) is somewhat lower -- so it's easier to learn things that relate to our existing expertise, but harder to learn coding, data science, or finance from scratch.

On the upside, a '40k project' would allow EA to bring in a huge amount of talent -- people with credentials, domain knowledge, social experience, leadership skills, professional networks, prestige, and name recognition. Plus, incomes that would allow substantially larger donations than 20-something can manage.

Comment author: 80000_Hours 07 September 2017 02:13:33AM 0 points [-]

Hi Geoffrey, we agree this would be very valuable. Our materials are already heading in that direction, but I think it will be at least a year or two before we do a major research push to produce that guide due to other competing priorities.

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