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 6 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

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.

Comment author: 80000_Hours 08 February 2017 05:44:17AM *  0 points [-]

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