Knowing that a large people donate inefficiently and that because of scope insensitivity and other thinking errors/bias/heuristics, some organisations do well by (intentionally) being inefficient. What counts is not necessarily the relative effect of cost/impact but the absolute impact.
A transparent Organization 1 focusing on increasing the cost/impact uses honest advertising but low social reward incentives therefor is able to generate 300K dollar per year. Being very efficient, per 10 dollar, one lifeyear* is saved.
Equals 30K lifeyears* saved.
Another Organization 2 focuses on inc... (Read more)
By Claire Yip, co-founder of Cellular Agriculture UK. These views are my own.
Timeline: When we can expect highly similar cost-competitive alternatives to animal products
Crossposting from the Effective Altruism community on Reddit. Thought it may be helpful to have a discussion here as well for those who don't frequent r/EffectiveAltruism.
For those who are thinking about how they can leverage their donations towards this cause area, where should we be donating to?
Bail funds are getting the most media attention right now, with the Minnesota Freedom Fund receiving $20M. With that, I'm not sure if there is a funding need right now for bail funds, compared to other neglected organizations in the same cause area. I'm also not sure on how to compare... (Read more)
A year ago Louis Dixon posed the question “Does climate change deserve more attention within EA?”. On May 30th I will be discussing the related question “Is Climate Change Neglected Within EA?” with the Effective Environmentalism group. This post is my attempt to answer that question.
Climate change is an incredibly complex issue where a change in greenhouse gas concentrations is warming the planet, which has a long list of knock on impacts including heatwaves, more intense rainfall, more intense droughts, sea level rise, increased storm surges, increased wildfires, ... (Read more)
Previously titled “Climate change interventions are generally more effective than global development interventions”. Because of an error the conclusions have significantly changed. [old version]. I have extended the analysis and now provide a more detailed spreadsheet model below. In the comments below, Benjamin_Todd uses a different guesstimate model and found the climate change came out ~80x better than global health (even though the point estimate found that global health is better).
Word count: ~1800
Reading time: ~9 mins
Keywords: Climate change, climate policy, glob... (Read more)
COVID-19 has precipitated an emerging food crisis that is unprecedented in the last 75 years. We’ve earlier described the crisis and made the case for action on this front, a situation the WFP has described as potentially leading to “famines of biblical proportions”. A combination of supply line disruptions, labour and movement restrictions leading to shortfalls, rapidly growing locust swarms, and many other factors are causing this crisis.
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An animal’s capacity for welfare is how good or bad its life can go. An animal’s moral status is the degree to which an animal’s experiences or interests matter morally. It’s plausible that animals differ in their capacity for welfare and/or their moral status. These differences could affect the way we ought to allocate resources across interventions and/or cause areas. Unfortunately, measuring capacity for welfare and moral status is tremendously difficult.
When donors or researchers choose to focus on cause areas or interventions that target certain species rather than other... (Read more)
I published an update about EA Grants last November. I'm now publishing another quick update to announce that EA Grants is no longer considering new grantmaking. We encourage grantseekers to apply to one of the EA Funds instead.
Applications for the next round for the EA Meta Fund, the Animal Welfare Fund, and the Long-Term Future Fund should be submitted by 15 June.
You can find links to each Fund’s application form on their respective pages on the EA Funds website (the Global Health and Development Fund does not currently accept open submissions).
I’m currently on medical leave with... (Read more)
The fourth Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good is taking place this August.
In addition to requesting papers and demonstrations, they are requesting "problem pitches" where people (say working in policy/NGOs) can submit a problem they have whose solution may involve mechanism design (a subfield of game theory). If accepted, it may interest academics working on these subjects.
This might be a good opportunity to pitch some problems related to EA. Perhaps related to
I'm sure that there are many more concrete examples within specific o... (Read more)
By longtermism I mean “Longtermism =df the view that the most important determinant of the value of our actions today is how those actions affect the very long-run future.”
I want to clarify my thoughts around longtermism as an idea - and to understand better why some aspects of how it is used within EA make me uncomfortable despite my general support of the idea.
I'm doing a literature search but because this is primarily an EA concept that I'm familiar with from within EA I'm mostly familiar with work (e.g Nick Beadstead etc) advocates of this position. I'd ... (Read more)
Tags are now live on the EA Forum!
They appear just above the comment section of each post, like this:
You’ll be able to select from any existing tag when tagging a post, but you won’t be able to create your own tag. For now, only moderators have that ability, because we want to make sure new tags don’t proliferate too quickly (lest we end up with separate tags for “AI alignment,” “AI safety,” and “AI risk”).
We’re thrilled to be introducing this feature; we hope it will make it much easier to find content that suits your interests.
You can see a list of all existing tags here. Each has its own pa... (Read more)
Dictators who exhibited highly narcissistic, psychopathic, or sadistic traits were involved in some of the greatest catastrophes in human history. (More)
Malevolent individuals in positions of power could negatively affect humanity’s long-term trajectory by, for example, exacerbating international conflict or other broad risk factors. (More)
Malevolent humans with access to advanced technology—such as whole brain emulation or other forms of transformative AI—could cause serious existential risks and suffering risks. (More)
We therefore consider interventions to reduce the expec