Understanding cause-neutrality

I'm pleased to be able to share Understanding cause-neutrality , a new working paper produced by the research team at the Centre for Effective Altruism. ( PDF version .) Executive summary The term “cause-neutrality” has been used for at least four concepts. The first aim of this article is to... Read More

The asymmetry and the far future

TL;DR: One way to justify support for causes which mainly promise near-term but not far future benefits, such as global development and animal welfare, is the ‘intuition of neutrality’: adding possible future people with positive welfare does not add value to the world. Most people who endorse claims like this... Read More

Save the Date for EA Global Boston and San Francisco

There will be three 2017 Effective Altruism Global conferences: two smaller, topic-based events in Boston and the UK, and one broader community-focused event in California. Boston: Frontiers of Effective Altruism June 2-4, Harvard University Science Center , Cambridge MA EA Global Boston will focus on pushing the boundaries of effective... 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

Advisory panel at CEA

A few months ago, Will MacAskill (who is CEO at the Centre for Effective Altruism) proposed that given the problems arising in the community, some kind of body should be formed to make recommendations to the community on how to handle these problems. We looked into the possibility of forming... Read More

EA Funds Beta Launch

This post was written by Kerry Vaughan, with contributions by Larissa Hesketh-Rowe and Tara Mac Aulay. Thank you to Nick Beckstead and Holden Karnofsky for providing early feedback and edits.  This post is a follow-up to Will’s post  introducing a project we’re calling the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Funds). This post... Read More

What Should the Average EA Do About AI Alignment?

I'm trying to get a handle on what advice to give people who are convinced AI is a problem worthy of their time, *probably* the most important problem, but are not sure if they have the talent necessary to contribute. A trending school of thought is "AI Alignment needs careful,... 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

EA Global 2017 Update

Overview The CEA team has started planning the EAG 2017 conferences. After considering the lessons from EA Global 2016 , as well as community feedback and survey results, we are planning to have three EA Global Events this year. The locations will be: Boston / Cambridge, MA - in May... Read More

CHCAI/MIRI research internship in AI safety

The Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHCAI) and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) are looking for talented, driven, and ambitious technical researchers for a summer research internship.   Background: CHCAI is a research center based at UC Berkeley with PIs including Stuart Russell, Pieter Abbeel and Anca Dragan. CHCAI describes... Read More

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