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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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Rachel Waddell: GiveDirectly’s emergency cash response to COVID-19

September 7, 2020

In this EAGxVirtual talk, Rachel Waddell provides an overview of GiveDirectly's rapid response to COVID-19 across its countries of operation. She focuses on remote responses launched in Uganda and Kenya, in partnership with local community-based organizations (CBOs) and telecommunications partners.

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Kevin Esvelt: Mitigating catastrophic biorisks

September 3, 2020

In a world now painfully aware of pandemics, and with ever-increasing access to autonomous biological agents, how can we help channel society’s response to COVID-19 to minimize the risk of deliberate misuse? Using the challenge of securing DNA synthesis as an example, Kevin Esvelt outlines the key norms and incentives governing biotechnology, lays out potential strategies for reform, and suggests ways in which thoughtful individuals might safely and credibly discuss and mitigate biorisks without spreading information hazards.

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Q&A with Will MacAskill

August 31, 2020

William MacAskill is an associate professor in philosophy at Oxford University. He was educated at Cambridge, Princeton, and Oxford, and is one of the progenitors of the effective altruism movement. His book on the topic, Doing Good Better, was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. He is the co-founder of three non-profits in the effective altruism movement: Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and the Centre for Effective Altruism, and is also a research fellow at the Global Priorities Institute.

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Asya Bergal: Reasons you might think human-level AI is unlikely to happen soon

August 26, 2020

If we knew that human-level AI couldn’t be produced within the next 20 years, we would take different actions to improve the long-term future. Asya Bergal of AI Impacts talks about her investigations into why people say we won’t soon have human-level AI, including survey data, trends in “compute,” and arguments that current machine-learning techniques are insufficient.

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Johannes Ackva: An update to our thinking on climate change

August 24, 2020

In this talk and Q&A, Johannes Ackva, a researcher at Founders Pledge, presents the organization's thinking on effective climate solutions. He shares insights from their latest research, including a novel framing of the issue, key conclusions from their report on climate and lifestyle, updates on their research on high-impact charities, and more.

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