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

Tell us how to improve the forum

  EA Forum volunteers are doing a brief survey to get a better idea about how people use the forum and what they think about it. Your response will help us decide how much effort should be invested in improving various aspects of the forum.   Fill Out the Survey... Read More

Improving long-run civilisational robustness

People trying to guard civilisation against catastrophe usually focus on one specific kind of catastrophe at a time. This can be useful for building concrete knowledge with some certainty in order for others to build on it. However, there are disadvantages to this catastrophe-specific approach: 1. Catastrophe researchers (including Anders... Read More

EA Open Thread: October

Here's a place to discuss projects, ideas, events and miscellanea relevant to the world of effective altruism that don't need a whole post of their own!

September Open Thread

Here's a place for discussing topics of interest to effective altruists but not relevant to any of the other posts.

Reducing Catastrophic Risks: A Practical Introduction

While thinking about my own next career steps, I've been writing down some of my thoughts about what's in an impactful career. In the process, I wrote an introductory report on what seem to me to be practical approaches to problems in catastrophic risks. It's intended to complement the more... Read More

Superforecasters [link]

Here are a couple of articles about Phil Tetlock and the Good Judgement Project, which is a search for Superforecasters.  Forecasting seems important for averting risks, and the discussion, which includes Kahnemann and other leading researchers, is wide-ranging, with lots of insights about clear-thinking. Office for anticipating surprise A short... Read More

The long-term significance of reducing global catastrophic risks [link]

Nick Beckstead lays down the arguments for thinking about extinction risks and non-extinction risks at the same time, with the possible exception of the case of AI, at the  GiveWell blog .

A response to Matthews on AI Risk

Dylan Matthews has written lots of useful exploratory material about EA. Of my favourite journalistic articles about effective altruism, Matthews has written about half. So I was surprised to see that after attending the recent EA Global conference, Matthews wrote that he left worried, largely because of the treatment of... Read More

August Open Thread: EA Global!

Here's a place to discuss projects, ideas, events and miscellanea relevant to the world of effective altruism that don't need a whole post of their own! The most interesting current news for effective altruists is that EA Global in San Francisco has just started!  Video from the first day, interspersed... Read More

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