There’s a new university in London called The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) that has created a degree centred around “tackling real-world problems” through an interdisciplinary curriculum.
On their website, they specifically mention problems such as climate change, poverty, and the ethics of AI being part of core focus of the degree.
Will MacAskill has expressed interest in creating an EA aligned university (source: https://youtu.be/2HeDdCFZmKc?t=2367) and claimed that such a university would “ would include teaching and a broader range of topics and disciplines” and “provide generalist degrees on all EA subfields”
Judging by LIS’s website this seems to be exactly what they’re doing.
What are your thoughts?
As the university is so new, it seems that its curriculum is subject to change and can/will be influenced by its students. So, maybe if students started an EA society at the university and got the faculty on board with it, it could set the institution on an EA-trajectory.
However, I am sceptical of this, as it seems that there may be somewhat of an anti-capitalist sentiment in the university. I don't have much evidence for this other than that they follow many socialists/anti-capitalists on their official Twitter (@weareLIS). I raise this as a concern... (read more)