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Eliminating Parasitic Worm Infections

March 18, 2019

Schistosomiasis affects about a quarter of a million people worldwide, particularly people living in some of the world’s poorest countries. In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Carolyn Henry of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative talks about SCI’s work against the disease, the value of buy-in from the recipients of their aid, and the importance of mentoring local government officials.

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Paretotopian Goal Alignment

March 15, 2019

What if humanity suddenly had a thousand times as many resources at our disposal? It might make fighting over them seem like a silly idea, since cooperating would be a safer way to be reliably better off. In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Eric Drexler argues that when emerging technologies make our productive capacity skyrocket, we should be able to make the world much better for everyone.

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Risks from Great Power Conflicts

March 11, 2019

War between the world’s great powers sharply increases the risk of a global catastrophe: nuclear weapon use becomes more likely, as does the development of other unsafe technology. In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Brian Tse explores the prevention of great power conflict as a potential cause area.

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EA Groups Newsletter: Archives

March 10, 2019

Archives of the EA Groups Newsletter are available on this page.

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EA Newsletter March 7, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

March 7, 2019

  • GiveWell plans to drastically expand their research by examining dozens of new interventions, from economic growth to policy change.
  • Bill Gates shared a chart showing massive declines in global poverty, which provoked debate over how much progress we’ve really made.
  • The Global Priorities Institute just released their newest research agenda, which summarizes the field of cause prioritization.

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EA Groups Newsletter March 5, 2019

Effective Altruism Groups Newsletter

March 5, 2019

  • Applications for EA Global San Francisco (June 21-23rd) are open!
  • CEA has updated the Group Funding page to better explain the different kinds of funding available for groups, and the application process.
  • EA Norway had their annual general assembly with 60 attendees on the second weekend of February, with 3 days of workshops, talks, and official proceedings. They're also co-organising EAGxNordics with EA Sweden.

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AI Safety Needs Social Scientists

March 4, 2019

When an AI wins a game against a human, that AI has usually trained by playing that game against itself millions of times. When an AI recognizes that an image contains a cat, it’s probably been trained on thousands of cat photos. So if we want to teach an AI about human preferences, we’ll probably need lots of data to train it. And who is most qualified to provide data about human preferences? Social scientists! In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Amanda Askell explores ways that social science might help us steer advanced AI in the right direction.

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Fireside Chat with Toby Ord (2018)

March 1, 2019

Toby Ord is working on a book about existential risks for a general audience. This fireside chat with Will MacAskill, from EA Global 2018: London, illuminates much of Toby’s recent thinking. Topics include: What are the odds of an existential catastrophe this century? Which risks do we have the most reason to worry about? And why should we consider printing out Wikipedia?

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Promoting Welfare Biology as the Study of Wild Animal Suffering

February 26, 2019

Content note: this transcript includes pictures of animals suffering.

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Charity Entrepreneurship

February 22, 2019

Want to start a high-impact charity? It’s not an easy job, but it can be an incredible way to have an impact. In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Joey Savoie discusses the pros and cons of founding a charity. He also describes what his organization, Charity Entrepreneurship, can do to help would-be founders get started.

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