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This series of talks and articles covers the core ideas of effective altruism. We think it's a great place to start if you're interested in learning more.
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How should we work out how to do good?
A metaphor-driven introduction to key concepts in effective altruism.
What does our gold-prospecting metaphor tell us about working together?
Nick Bostrom explores what "crucial considerations" mean for effective altruism.
Interventions which give us information might be more valuable than they seem.
Effective altruism often emphasises the long-term impact of different interventions. These articles explain why.
Reasons to care about the long-term future, and reasons not to.
Caring about the future doesn't mean that we should focus only on narrow interventions.
It appears that artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on the future. These articles discuss why, and what this means for doing good.
What would change if we had advanced artificial intelligence?
Some things we could do to improve the development of artificial intelligence.
Lays out the case for the diversified "portfolio approach" to mitigating AI risk.
However, there are many other promising areas to work on, and it is difficult to work out which is most promising. These articles discuss why we might, and might not, want to work on other areas.
What can we do about threats from biotechnology?
Why you might, and might not, want to work on improving animal welfare.
How to have an impact within government.
The cases for and against working on global health.
How valuable is movement growth? And what is the best sort of growth?
In recent years, the effective altruism community has created a lot of good content. Unfortunately, some of that content can be hard to find. We have therefore put together a series of the best research from recent years, including ideas that are less widely accepted than the ideas above. This is a good place if you're already familiar with some of the core content, and want to understand the ideas in more depth.
Indirect effects: very important, but hard to estimate.
How can evidence-driven research ensure that effective policies are implemented?
Argues that we should pursue interventions which have not been conclusively proved, but that we should go on collecting evidence beyond that point.
What we might do to maximise the effective altruism community's impact.
Why we might, and might not, want to help build the effective altruism community.
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