June 2, 2016
Depending on where you are, it might not exactly be summer yet but we certainly are already looking forward to this year’s EA Global conference in early August. More info below!
There’s all sorts of exciting news to share with you this month, so why don’t you scroll down a bit to see what we’ve got..
“What causes, broadly defined, do you think the EA community is wrongly neglecting?” This is the question from a Facebook thread we think is extremely interesting. And here is it’s follow-up thread on which causes might be more tractable than people think. Do weigh in with your thoughts! (It’s Facebook after all.)
We know you already know about GiveDirectly's basic income experiment. Here's a short report on its recent progress. By the way, this week Y Combinator also announced a basic income pilot experiment in Oakland, California. And just this weekend Switzerland will vote on a proposal to introduce a national basic income. Exciting times!
Should donors from developing countries give locally or internationally? How to act about your donations when outside of areas of relative wealth?
80k grew 100% over the last month, reaching 50 plan changes per month, which means that their ratio of costs-to-plan changes is down 6-fold to under £200. They carried out 3 workshops, including 2 in Hong Kong – their first-ever events in Asia. Finally, they made a new career planning tool. Check it out!
ACE interviewed investigative journalist Will Potter about the role of media and journalism in animal rights and social change. They also published a blog post on the prioritization of “key ideas” in animal advocacy, opened registration for the 2016 EAA Research Symposium, and hired a third researcher thanks to generous donations made over the past year.
Interested in a $500 cash prize? Charity Entrepreneurship challenges you to change their current top choice of intervention. Easy money, right?
Effective Legacies has arrived! Fill out a 15-minute form and finish with a professional, legally binding document that will honour your commitments if the unexpected happens.
The Effective Altruism Foundation has launched a democratic initiative in Switzerland, asking for 1% of the city of Zurich's budget to be given to cost-effective global poverty charities. There will be a binding popular vote among the 400,000 citizens, potentially leading to USD 80 million being donated to highly cost-effective charities each year. The initial media response has been very positive.
The Foundational Research Institute published their research agenda and room for more funding in the cause area of wild animal suffering.
Nick Bostrom spoke to the US National Academies’ committee on human gene-editing research. Superintelligence was released in paperback. MIRI researchers visited for a week-long workshop. Stuart Armstrong co-published a paper with Google Deepmind on Interruptibility.
GiveWell published its detailed money moved and web traffic report for 2015. Last year, GiveWell tracked $110.1 million in donations to their recommended charities as a result of their research. GiveWell also wrote about their reservations about water quality interventions.
Are you wondering if the Giving What We Can pledge is the right way for you to make a difference? If you are, Giving What We Can have written a post just for you, answering the questions they hear most in conversions with effective altruists.
Owen Cotton-Barratt gave evidence to the House of Commons on the social implications of AI, which you can watch or read the transcript of here on behalf of GPP, FHI, CSER, and FLI. They are continuing to prepare prototype projects in research effectiveness and political rationality.
All North American groups in the network have been contacted about attending and/or helping run EA events centred around giving games that’ll be happening at local secular groups, following an inter-organisational partnership with some large North American coalitions of these. Several are doing so over the coming year.
As part of their History of Philanthropy Project, the Open Philanthropy Project published a case study on the founding and growth of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Over 300 participants discussed effective strategies to help all sentient beings at the Sentience Conference in Berlin. From now on, the conference will likely take place annually.
Apply now for the 2016 edition of Effective Altruism Global, the fourth annual conference on EA. This year it’s taking place from August 5-7 at UC Berkeley. We can tell you from personal experience that the conference is full of interesting people, great talks and stimulating conversations. Fill out the short application if you think about going!
Has 80,000 Hours influenced how you think about your career, or what you plan to do? If so, it would be very useful if you could fill out their impact survey. It takes just 4 minute and helps them quantify their impact. They read every entry and often contact people with further advice.
Check out Charity Science’s Associate Project Director role for a new project on SMS vaccine reminders.
In a collaboration with FHI, Yale Assistant Professor of Political Science Allan Dafoe is seeking research assistants for a project on the political dimensions of the existential risks posed by advanced artificial intelligence.
GiveWell is hiring a Director of Operations to lead and build the team responsible for non-research functions at GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project.
Sentience Politics is looking to hire a Project Director, a Director of Content, a Research Associate, an Outreach Coordinator, and an Operations Assistant, all based at their Berlin office.
Out of everyone throughout the ages and across the world, who is the best person who has ever lived? Check out this short article by Will MacAskill for his answer.
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