The EA Mexico Residency Fellowship marked a significant milestone in bringing together individuals committed to effective altruism (EA) worldwide, focusing on Spanish speakers and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. This post serves as an overview of the program's outcomes and areas for improvement. By sharing our experiences, we aim to provide valuable insights for future organizers of similar initiatives.
Confidence level: I’m a computational physicist working on nanoscale simulations, so I have some understanding of most of the things discussed here, but I am not specifically an expert on the topics covered, so I can’t promise perfect accuracy.
I want to give a huge thanks to Professor Phillip Moriarty of the university of Nottingham for answering my questions about the experimental side of mechanosynthesis research.
A lot of people are highly concerned that a malevolent AI or insane human will, in the near future, set out to destroy humanity. If such an entity wanted to be absolutely sure they would succeed, what method would they use? Nuclear war? Pandemics?
According to some in the x-risk community, the answer is this: The AI will invent molecular nanotechnology, and then kill...
Having a high-level overview of the AI safety ecosystem seems like a good thing, so I’ve created an Anki deck to help people familiarise themselves with the 167 key organisations, projects, and programs currently active in the field.
Anki is a flashcard app that uses spaced repetition to help you efficiently remember information over the long term. It’s useful for learning and memorising all kinds of things – it was the the main tool I used to learn German within a year – and during the time that I’ve been testing out this deck I feel like it’s already improved my grasp of the AI safety landscape.
At EAGs I often find myself having roughly the same 30 minute conversation with university students who are interested in policy careers and want to test their fit.
This post will go over two cheap tests, each possible to do over a weekend, that you can do to test your fit for policy work.
I am by no means the best person to be giving this advice but I received feedback that my advice was helpful, and I'm not going to let go of an opportunity to act old and wise. A lot of it is based off what worked for me, when I wanted to break into the field a few years ago. Get other perspectives too! Contradictory input in the comments from people with more seniority is...
Lightcone Infrastructure (the organization that grew from and houses the LessWrong team) has just finished renovating a 7-building physical campus that we hope to use to make the future of humanity go better than it would otherwise.
We're hereby announcing that it is generally available for bookings. We offer preferential pricing for projects we think are good for the world, but to cover operating costs, we're renting out space to a wide variety of people/projects.
TL;DR: I argue for two main theses:
Since mine is one of the last posts of the AI Pause Debate Week, I've also added a section at the end with quick responses to the previous posts.
That is, ignoring tractability and just assuming that we succeed at the...
A theory of change
is a set of hypotheses about how a project—such
intervention, an organization, or a movement—will accomplish its goals.
the goals. The step that leads to the penultimate step is then identified, and so on, until the first steps are known. This method is called backward induction, backwards mapping or backchaining. Siegmann, Charlotte (2022) Collection of resources about theories of change