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What are some lists of open questions in effective altruism?

by aarongertler 9mo5th Feb 20197 comments

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One very good way to inspire research is to create a list of open questions. I'm aware of a few resources like this:

Are there other sets of EA-related open questions that I've left out of this list, and that aren't on Richard's list?

Specifically, I'm looking for questions that could be solved through research or experimentation, rather than "projects" that require competitive execution ("could someone create an Amazon for charitable donations?" doesn't count, but "what factors lead to someone repeatedly using a donation website?" could).

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Effectivethesis.com contains many possible topics

There’s also Jacy Reese’s 2018 list of half-baked volunteer research ideas

There are some research ideas at the end of EA Summit’s list

Global Priorities Institute's research agenda a has very many possible research projects listed.

80,000 hours as a list of potentially promising paths that they haven't written reviews on yet. I vaguely remember them mentioning somewhere that it could be valuable for people to write reviews about careers they are seriously considering. I guess 80,000 hours framework could be used for that.

This post compiles lists of important questions and problems.

I'll add Sentience Institute's list of common disagreements in animal welfare, which Peter Hurford linked to in another thread. Thanks, Peter!

Other links added later: