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Nothing Wrong With AI Weapons

With all the recent worries over AI risks, a lot of people have raised fears about lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) which take the place of soldiers on the battlefield. Specifically, in the news recently: Elon Musk and over 100 experts requested that the UN implement a ban. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/20/elon-musk-killer-robots-experts-outright-ban-lethal-autonomous-weapons-war However, we... Read More
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Selecting investments based on covariance with the value of charities

Edit: after doing some basic estimates, I've found that the value of doing this is very low, generally less than 100 basis points: http://i.imgur.com/9of14il.png Therefore this strategy would only make any sense as a tiebreaker between very similar investments. - All of my investments are split between US stocks, US... Read More
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Taking Systemic Change Seriously

This is meant to be a rough response to the attitude that systemic change is too difficult/intractable as well as a response by performance that EAs don't think about systemic change. Note: by systemic change I'm referring to many possible changes in the fundamental structure of economic, political and international... Read More
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Effective Altruism subreddit

I'm sharing the Effective Altruism subreddit on Reddit.com for those of you who haven't seen it yet. https://www.reddit.com/r/EffectiveAltruism/ We are a newer discussion community with over a thousand subscribers. Overall activity is comparable to the EA forum here, but we are more oriented towards less formal discussion, ideas and questions.... Read More
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Finance Careers for Earning to Give

Many altruists are interested in earning to give, but don’t know where to start. Finance is an attractive option, and with good reason. It offers very high expected earnings, opportunities to use a wide variety of skillsets, and a wide range of career possibilities with different combinations of competitiveness, demandingness... Read More
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Quantifying the Impact of Economic Growth on Meat Consumption

I decided to do some analysis to gain insight on the impact of economic growth on meat consumption in the developing world , which has occasionally been discussed in the past. First I took the finding of York and Gossard (2004) that for every $1,000 increase in per capita PPP... Read More