Earning to Give as Costly Signalling

There's a background belief that informs a lot of my Effective Altruism thinking, that might be a good time to challenge: I think most of the value of most earning-to-give is primarily a sort of costly signaling to attract the attention of the extremely rich (who completely dwarf the funding capabilities... Read More

80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

We've recently produced a few significant pieces that we expect to be of interest to people who are quite involved in the effective altruism community: Career review of Working at effective altruist organisations Guide to working in AI policy and strategy The 80,000 Hours podcast . First episode: ' The world... Read More

Upcoming AMA with Luke Muehlhauser on consciousness and moral patienthood (June 28, starting 9am Pacific)

Luke Muehlhauser of the  Open Philanthropy Project  recently published a  major report  on animal consciousness and the question of "moral patienthood" — i.e. which beings merit moral concern? The purpose of the report is to inform Open Phil's grantmaking, especially in its  farm animal welfare  focus area. Luke would like... Read More

QALYs/$ are more intuitive than $/QALYs

Cross-posted from my blog . Summary Cost-effectiveness estimates are often expressed in $/QALYs instead of QALYs/$. But QALYs/$ are preferable because they are more intuitive. To avoid small numbers, we can renormalise to QALYs/$10,000, or something similar. Cost-effectiveness estimates are often expressed in $/QALYs. Four examples: GiveWell, “Errors in DCP2... Read More

Projects I'd like to see

We've just launched the Effective Altruism Grants program to help people put promising ideas into practice. I'm hoping that the program will enable some people to transition onto higher-impact paths that they otherwise wouldn't have been able to pursue. Here I'm going to list some applications I'd personally like to... Read More

Announcing Effective Altruism Grants

I'm announcing a new project from the Centre for Effective Altruism: Effective Altruism Grants . Effective Altruism Grants aims to provide grants of up to £100,000 (~$130,000) to help individuals work on promising projects. We hope to fund a wide range of effective projects that will directly or indirectly contribute to... Read More

Discussion: Adding New Funds to EA Funds

  In our EA Funds launch post , we noted that:   [I]n the future we hope to encourage new fund managers to create new funds with different focus areas than the current options.   As our three-month trial draws to a close we’re now thinking more seriously about adding... Read More

SHIC's Recommended Charities 2017

Better late than never! As is the goal with everything SHIC publishes, this post is meant to be accessible to those unfamiliar with Effective Altruism. Read the full post here: http://www.shicschools.org/single-post/2017/05/15/SHIC-Recommended-Charities-2017 -------- Why SHIC is updating its list When Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC) was founded in early 2016, we... Read More

Informatica: Special Issue on Superintelligence

A special issue on Superintelligence is coming up at the journal Informatica . The call for proposals is given below. We would welcome submissions from a range of perspectives, including philosophical and other fields that effective altruists may work in. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Introduction Since the inception of the field of artificial... Read More

How much does work in AI safety help the world? Probability distribution version (Oxford Prioritisation Project)

By Tom Sittler, Director 2017-04-26 We're centralising all discussion on the Effective Altruism forum. To discuss this post, please comment here. The Global Priorities Project (GPP) has a model quantifying the impact of adding a researcher to the field of AI safety. Quoting from GPP: There’s been some discussion lately... Read More

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