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Joan Gass: Opening talk

July 31, 2020

Joan Gass, Managing Director at the Centre for Effective Altruism, gives the opening talk for the EA Global 2020 Virtual Conference. She discusses what she values in the EA community, shares the story of how she became involved in it, and reflects on where the movement has been in the past decade — and could be headed next.

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Rohin Shah: What’s been happening in AI alignment?

July 29, 2020

While we haven’t yet built aligned AI, the field of alignment has steadily gained ground in the past few years, producing many useful outputs. In this talk, Rohin Shah, a sixth-year PhD student at UC Berkeley’s Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI), surveys conceptual progress in AI alignment over the last two years.

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Karolina Sarek: How to do research that matters

July 27, 2020

Why is it that some high-quality research fails to affect where we choose to direct our time and money? What makes other research more persuasive or actionable? In this talk, Karolina Sarek, co-founder and director of research at Charity Entrepreneurship, discusses techniques for producing impactful, decision-relevant research.

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Fireside Chat: AI governance

July 24, 2020

Markus Anderljung and Ben Garfinkel discuss their paths into the field of AI governance, and how the field has developed in recent years. They explore the question “How sure are we about this AI stuff?”, and finish with an update on the latest research from the Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI) and how to pursue a career in AI governance.

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Ruth Levine and Caitlin Tulloch: The good, the bad, and the ugly of evidence-informed decision making in global development

July 23, 2020

This session covers the strengths and limitations of using data and evidence to allocate resources across priorities within the field of global health and development. Ruth Levine, the CEO of IDinsight, and Caitlin Tulloch, Associate Director for Best Use of Resources at the International Rescue Committee, highlight cases where rigorous evidence contributed to high-impact decisions, yielding large benefits. They also address key critiques of the use of evidence as it has been promoted over the past 15 years, and suggest ways in which the evidence-informed policymaking agenda could evolve.

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Fireside Chat with Bonnie Jenkins

July 22, 2020

Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, shares her thoughts on starting her career at the Department of Defense, current risks and improvements in nuclear security and biosecurity, and her work to advance diversity and inclusion in her field.

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Fireside Chat: Q&A with Toby Ord

July 21, 2020

If all goes well, human history is just beginning. Humanity could survive for billions of years, reaching heights of flourishing unimaginable today. But this vast future is at risk. For we have gained the power to destroy ourselves, and our entire potential, forever, without the wisdom to ensure we don’t.

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Richard Parr: Taking good food global

July 20, 2020

Richard discusses the international expansion of The Good Food Institute (GFI), and some of the special considerations that alternative proteins face in non-US regions.

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Q&A with Leah Edgerton, Executive Director of Animal Charity Evaluators

July 17, 2020

Animal suffering is a global problem that requires action on a global level. How can we think about effectiveness across geographical and cultural contexts? How can North American and European advocates support advocacy in other parts of the world in responsible and impactful ways? In this talk, Leah explores the pros and cons of different approaches to international advocacy.

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Q&A with Elie Hassenfeld

July 16, 2020

Elie, the CEO and co-founder of GiveWell, discusses his organization’s latest research, his views on economic growth, and what he’s changed his mind on lately (among other topics).

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