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EAGxVirtual 2020 lightning talks

January 25, 2021

Following a rigorous selection process, we are pleased to present the following five-minute EAGxVirtual 2020 lightning talks:

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Baobao Zhang: How social science research can inform AI governance

January 22, 2021

Political scientist Baobao Zhang explains how social science research can help people in government, tech companies, and advocacy organizations make decisions regarding artificial intelligent (AI) governance. After explaining her work on public attitudes toward AI and automation, she explores other important topics of research. She also reflects on how researchers could make broad impacts outside of academia.

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Noah Taylor: Developing a research agenda for bridging existential risk and peace and conflict studies

January 21, 2021

Noah Taylor is a peace educator and researcher who is a member of the core faculty for the UNSECO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. In this talk, he explores the importance of bridging the field of existential risk with that of peace and conflict studies, and proposes a preliminary research agenda.

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R. Daniel Bressler: Climate change deaths increase the social cost of carbon

January 13, 2021

Popular models for assessing the effects of climate change on human welfare usually focus on long-term economic impacts — and often leave out effects related to human mortality.

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Max Stauffer: How to guard the guardians themselves — strategies to support political decision-making

January 11, 2021

Political institutions, such as governments and international organizations, are instrumental in designing large-scale coordination mechanisms and collective action. However, political decision-making is difficult to both achieve and optimise for many reasons. Examples include these decisions’ collective nature, their high stakes, the complexity of policy problems, and slow feedback loops to learn from implementation. The support and improvement of political decision-making could, therefore, be highly impactful. The ultimate question is: What works?

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Chongli Qin: Ensuring safety and consistency in the age of machine learning

November 13, 2020

Machine learning algorithms have become an essential part of technology — a part that will only grow in the future. In this talk, Chongli Qin, a research scientist at DeepMind, addresses why it is important for us to develop safe machine learning algorithms. The talk covers some of the current work on this topic and highlights what we can do to ensure that algorithms being bought into the real world are safe and satisfy desirable specifications.

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Lewis Bollard: Doing the most good for animals post-COVID-19

November 12, 2020

How has COVID-19 changed the best ways to help animals? Lewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy’s Program Officer for farm animal welfare, explores the new challenges and opportunities in corporate campaigns, political advocacy, and meat alternatives.

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Jamie Harris: Maximize your impact for animals

November 11, 2020

In this talk, Jamie Harris, a co-founder of Animal Advocacy Careers and a researcher at the Sentience Institute, introduces some key concepts involved in planning your career so that you can maximize your impact for animals.

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Simon Eckerström Liedholm: Persistence and reversibility of wild animal welfare interventions

November 9, 2020

When we try to improve wild animal welfare, we want the effects of our efforts to persist long into the future. However, we also want to maintain the ability to undo our actions if they turn out to be harmful. In this talk, Simon Liedholm of Wild Animal Initiative outlines how we can optimise these two objectives, and applies the framework to some specific examples.

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Q&A with Marcus Davis

October 29, 2020

Marcus Davis is a co-founder and co-executive director at Rethink Priorities, where he leads research and strategy. He's also a co-founder of Charity Entrepreneurship and Charity Science Health, where he previously systematically analyzed global poverty interventions, helped manage partnerships, and implemented the technical aspects of the projects.

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