August 3, 2017
- Peter Hurford and Marcus Davis research how long it takes to develop a new vaccine.
- Ben West presents an argument for why the future is probably positive.
- Daniel Dewey from the Open Philanthropy Project details his current thoughts on the Machine Intelligence Research Institute’s Highly Reliable Agent Design agenda.
- Will MacAskill and Giles Fraser's 80 minute debate on whether effective altruism is the right way to lead an ethical life
July 7, 2017
- Why 2017 is likely to be the best year in the history of humanity.
- Videos from EA Global Boston
- Luke Muehlhauser's report on consciousness and moral patienthood investigates the question of “In general, which types of beings merit moral concern?”.
- Spotlight on ways to get involved in the EA Community
June 14, 2017
If you’re a university student looking to build or grow a local campus group, tabling is a good means of doing so. Most universities have a student activities fair where students advertise their activities, often called a Freshers Fair (UK) or Activities Expo (US). This is great for students early in the academic term and who have at least one other student willing to pitch effective altruism to new people.
June 14, 2017
Effective altruism is unique in that much of the work we do is a step or more removed from the ultimate beneficiaries of our actions. This leaves little room for the ordinary kinds of volunteer work you might engage in in many other parts of the nonprofit space. This also means that some of the best ways to help are by improving or scaling the efforts of projects that have high leverage to make the world better.
June 14, 2017
Some organizations that explicitly affiliate themselves with effective altruism take remote volunteers or interns. Even if you don’t live in proximity of an EA organization’s headquarters, you can often contribute to their goals. What’s better, volunteering is one of the most common means by which current EA organization employees got their feet in the door; it’s a great way for you and the organization to get to know one another. Not all EA organizations take volunteers or interns; if an organization you’re interested in isn’t listed below, reach out to them directly. (The below are listed alphabetically.)
June 14, 2017
A great way to both provide value to others and train your own skills is by writing and publishing blog posts. Given the field’s current small size, individual contributors have the ability to make strides on important areas or otherwise contribute novel content. While we encourage everyone to think critically about EA topics, this is probably best suited to people who well acquainted with effective altruism and/or one of its specific subdomains.
June 2, 2017
- The student-run Oxford Prioritization Project wrapped up their cause prioritization research, quantitatively modeling the four remaining charities in their shortlist.
- Max Dalton, on behalf of the Centre for Effective Altruism, explores funding gaps, room for funding and diminishing returns here and here.
- Tim Urban from Wait Buy Why on the benefits and risks of the AI revolution
- Spotlight on how graduation programs reduce poverty
June 1, 2017
Summary: When interacting with others you can be considerate of their preferences, for instance by being friendly or reliable. This normally has small positive direct effects. But, by improving your reputation or strengthening aspects of culture that make a community more cooperative, the positive indirect effects can be large.
May 6, 2017
- The first grants from EA Funds
- 80,000 Hours on on how to be successful in any job
- Nate Soares, executive director of MIRI, provides an introductory overview to “AI risk”
- The Future of Life Institute announces its new podcast
April 6, 2017
- 80,000 Hours on the world's most pressing problems
- Concrete projects for EA's to adopt
- Evan Williams on why our society is very likely to be unknowingly guilty of serious, large-scale moral catastrophes
- An elucidation and a defence of effective altruism