Articles

Introduction to Longtermism

Fin Moorhouse

'Longtermism' refers to a set of ethical views concerned about protecting and improving the long-run future. Although concern for the long-run future is not a new idea, only recently has a serious intellectual project emerged around it — asking whether it is legitimate, and what it implies.

Read more →

Introduction to Effective Altruism

What have we found so far? And what does that mean for you?

Read more →

EA Newsletter July 11, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

  • The 80,000 Hours podcast interviewed Philip Tetlock about his latest research on making accurate predictions about the future.
  • Rethink Priorities published a new report examining features relevant to understanding the potential sentience of different species.
  • Luisa Rodiriguez published a series of EA Forum posts outlining the potential consequences of nuclear war.
Read more →

EA Newsletter June 12, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

  • Owen Ozier published a history of the Worm Wars, arguing that a simple misunderstanding was behind a massive debate within development economics over the impact of deworming.
  • Brian Kateman wrote about the immense suffering animals experience in the wild, and the careful way in which researchers are beginning to approach this problem.
  • Ivan Vendrov and Jeremy Nixon wrote an EA Forum post arguing that working on "recommender systems" (like Facebook's News Feed) could help us improve our ideas about AI alignment while also offering an opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people (for example, by suggesting content that isn't as psychologically manipulative).
Read more →

EA Newsletter May 9, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

  • The Future of Life Institute chose Dr. Matthew Meselson to receive the Future of Life Award, a yearly prize given for “a heroic act that has greatly benefited humankind”. Meselson spent his career advocating against the development and use of biological weapons. [Future of Life Institute]
  • Holden Karnofsky wrote about the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which brought together scientists from both sides of the Iron Curtain to discuss nuclear disarmament. Mostly funded by private donors, the conferences may have influenced several key nuclear treaties; however, it’s unclear whether such strong philanthropic opportunities still exist today. [Open Philanthropy Project]
  • Beyond Meat just became the first vegan meat company to go public; the stock price more than doubled in the first day of trading. This may indicate a strong market for similar products being developed by startups and established companies. [Good Food Institute, Bloomberg]
Read more →

Max Dalton and Jonas Volmer: How to Avoid Having a Negative Impact with your Project

Max: We are effective altruists, and we're trying to help the world. The reason we pick projects is because the effects that we can see -- that is, the first-order effects -- are positive. Maybe there are some negative things in there that we know about, but the stuff that we're seeing is net positive. That's why we're doing the projects.

Read more →

Fireside Chat with Rachel Glennerster

Rachel Glennerster is the Chief Economist of DFID, the UK's ministry for coordinating international development. In this conversation with Nathan Labenz, she discusses the most important lessons she's learned about development and what it really means for a study's result to "generalize".

Read more →

Why Companies Should be Leading on AI Governance

Are companies better-suited than governments to solve collective action problems around artificial intelligence? Do they have the right incentives to do so in a prosocial way? In this talk, Jade Leung argues that the answer to both questions is "yes".

Read more →

EA Newsletter April 4, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

Read more →

EA Newsletter March 7, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

  • GiveWell plans to drastically expand their research by examining dozens of new interventions, from economic growth to policy change.
  • Bill Gates shared a chart showing massive declines in global poverty, which provoked debate over how much progress we’ve really made.
  • The Global Priorities Institute just released their newest research agenda, which summarizes the field of cause prioritization.
Read more →