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EAGx Relaunch

For those of you who have been following, Effective Altruism Global X (EAGx) — the locally organized international conference series of the Effective Altruism community — has been relatively inactive since late last year. This post is an update on why it had a hiatus and how it has changed.... Read More
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An Argument for Why the Future May Be Good

In late 2014, I ate  lunch with an EA who prefers to remain anonymous. I had originally been of the opinion that, should humans survive, the future is likely to be bad. He convinced me to change my mind about this. I haven’t seen this argument written up anywhere and... Read More
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Changes to the EA Forum

Over the last several years, the EA Forum has been run on a volunteer-led basis. Given how much the EA community has grown, the volunteers who have been running the Forum have decided to transition primary responsibility for the  EA Forum to the Centre for Effective Altruism. In practice, this... Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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