This is a streamlined version of the EA London Newsletter.
Upcoming Virtual Events
- 25th February - The Maastricht Principles on the Human Rights of Future Generations - Organised by the Legal Priorities Project
- 27th February - Designing the Terawatt Transition: Repowering Coal - Organised by Effective Environmentalism
- 27th February - How Asia Works Reading Group - Organised by EA Anywhere
- 27th February - EA for Jews Volunteers meeting - Organised by EA for Jews
- 2nd March - Impactful Forecasting Prize meetup
- 6th March - Giving What We Can Meetup
- 7th March - 1st May - EA Virtual Programs - Applications close 27th February
- Introductory EA Program
- In-Depth EA Program
- The Precipice Reading Group
- 10th March - Power-Seeking AI and X-risk Mitigation - A talk by Joseph Carlsmith from Open Philanthropy
- 13th March - Electricity Production & Use in Decarbonisation Scenarios - Organised by Effective Environmentalism
- 15th March - Panel Q&A: Regulating AI - Why, How, and When? - Organised by Beyond Human Rights
- 16th March - Habiba Islam: How to Have a High Impact Career + Q&A - Organised by EA Denmark
- 17th March - Scaling Laws in Neural Networks - A talk by Jared Kaplan from Johns Hopkins/Anthropics
Latest Research and Updates
- Open Philanthropy have a new grantmaking program aimed at supporting the effective altruism community around global health and wellbeing
- Julia Wise on why it's okay to leave EA
- Joey Savoie on why 'we need more nuance regarding funding gaps'
- There is a new forum for people who have a basic understanding of the core ideas of global priorities research/longtermism/EA (~20 hours+ engagement), and are interested in identifying/pursuing high-impact China-related opportunities
- Benjamin Todd on how founding a new organisation to tackle a pressing global problem can be extremely high impact
- Elizabeth Cox introducing Should We Studio, who aim to create high-quality, EA-aligned video content
- EA Angels has been launched to help EA founders get startup funding
- Rose Hadshar with reflections on testing fit for research
- Open Philanthropy is running a $150 million Regranting Challenge, aiming to add funding to the grantmaking budgets of outstanding programs at other foundations
- Lucius Caviola & Joshua Greene with an update on Giving Multiplier after 14 months
- 80,000 Hours are running a book giveaway for anyone that signs up to their newsletter
- Martyna with a post arguing for more career advice for mid and late career people
- Charity Entrepreneurship have a released a new book 'How to Launch a High-Impact Nonprofit'
- Jack Lewars on why EA should promote effective giving more
- Neel Nanda suggesting that EA pitches should be focused more on existential risks
- A summary of the Global Priorities Institute’s activities from 2021 and plans for 2022
- Training for Good are offering 1-to-1 coaching for EA professionals
- A post looking at which EA organisations give feedback when hiring
- Benjamin Hilton with an update to the 80,000 Hours career profile on software engineering
- Pablo with a bibliography of EA writings about fields and movements of interest to EA
Open Phil have made 24 grants recently with a total value of $46,700,000
- $15,800,000 - Farm Animal Welfare
- $10,000,000 - Good Food Institute
- $3,000,000 - Animal Equality
- $1,000,000 - Dao Foods - Plant-Based Startup Incubator
- $11,100,000 - Scientific Research
- $10,200,000 - UC Davis - Malaria Gene Drive Feasibility Analysis
- $800,000 - University of Washington - Syphilis Vaccine Development
- $10,600,000 - Potential Risks from Advanced AI
- $9,400,000 - Redwood Research
- $3,900,000 - Other Areas
- $2,000,000 - Criminal Justice Reform
- $1,100,000 - Global Health & Development
- $1,000,000 - Land Use Reform
- $900,000 - Biosecurity
- $200,000 - Global Catastrophic Risks
- Devex covering Open Philanthropy as they launch programs for South Asia development
- There is new research suggesting that further intervention methods may be required to reduce the transmission of malaria to combat the daytime-biting species of mosquitos
- Siobhan McDonough on how to clear the air in the most polluted cities
- Wellcome Leap announces over $300M in additional funding for catalysing breakthroughs in human health
- Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have said that the African continent is on course to vaccinate at least 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022
- Think Global Health with an article on how we are near to eliminating blindness from trachoma
- The Centre for Global Development with the paper 'COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Rollout in Historical Perspective'
- The Happier Lives Institute with a report on 'The challenge of predicting future feelings and the implications for global priorities research'
- An article looking at how there are 11 million severe burn cases every year globally, with 95% in low- and middle-income countries
- Akhil Bansal with a post suggesting that equity should be a part of effectiveness evaluations
- Saloni Dattani on 'Why randomized controlled trials matter and the procedures that strengthen them'
- James Ozden looking at possible Theories of Change for the animal advocacy movement
- China’s five-year agricultural plan includes cultivated meat for the first time
- Richard Ngo with thoughts on individual vegetarianism and veganism
- George Stiffman with the case for rare Chinese tofus as a way to reduce meat consumption
Existential & Catastrophic Risks
- Rumtin Sepasspour, Richard Kresina and Avital Balwit have created an existential risk policy database
- An article on how progress in biotechnology will advance pandemic defences in coming decades
- Stephen Clare modelling great power conflict as an existential risk factor
- Mike Cassidy and Lara Mani with 'What can we learn from a short preview of a super-eruption and what are some tractable ways of mitigating it'
- Fin Moorhouse writing about the risks from asteroids
- A post announcing Alvea - an EA COVID vaccine project
- Rose Hadshar looking at 'How big are risks from non-state actors?'
- The Effective Institutions Project has launched with a new website
- The Institute for Progress with 'A Roadmap to Improving Research Funding Efficiencies and Proposal Diversity'
- Tom Kalil interviewing Martin Borch Jensen on launching a $26 million competition called Longevity Impetus Grants and novel ways to fund science
- Michael Nielsen and Kanjun Qiu with a post on 'The trouble in comparing different approaches to science funding'
- José Luis Ricón looking at how meta science is used in practice
- Matt Clifford interviews complexity scientist Sam Arbesman, discussing science, institutional innovation and long term thinking
- 80,000 Hours podcast with Audrey Tang on what we can learn from Taiwan’s experiments with how to do democracy
- The FTX Foundation have launched FTX Climate, aiming to spend at least one million dollars a year on impactful solutions
- A study finding that eradicating extreme poverty would raise global emissions by less than 1%
- The Centre for Science and Policy looking at the risks and benefits of geoengineering
- Holden Karnofsky with a post on future-proof ethics
- On the 9-11th June there is a Longtermism and the Law conference in Germany, organised by the University of Hamburg and the Legal Priorities Project
- The Eon Essay Contest has launched with a $15,000 first prize for students, with the contest closing on June 15th
- SJ Beard appeared on the 21st Talks podcast to talk about the far future of humanity, ethical growth through generations, and the psychology behind striving to do the most good
- Stuart Armstrong on why he is co-founding Aligned AI
- DeepMind with a post on accelerating fusion science through learned plasma control
- Ryan Lowe and Jan Leike with a post for OpenAI on how they are aligning language models to follow instructions
- Future of Life podcast with David Chalmers on reality+, virtual worlds and the problems of philosophy
- Risto Uuk has started the EU AI Act Newsletter for the Future of Life Institute
- A post asking if the European Union is relevant for AGI governance
- Dylan Matthews on great power conflicts
- Fin Moorhouse writing a cause profile for 80,000 Hours on space governance
- Matthew Yglesias looking into whether misinformation is a significant issue
- Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg on antibiotic resistance
- Stephen Clare with a post on 'How likely is World War III?'
- Madhav Malhotra on antifungal resistance
- Marius Hobbhahn asking if GMOs should be a cause area
- Rose Hadshar on 'Trading time in an EA relationship'
- Kelsey Piper with an overview of the Progress Studies movement
- Britney Budiman writing about her early explorations of effective altruism
- Elon Musk has hired Igor Kurganov, co-founder of Raising for Effective Giving, to help give away $5.7 billion
- Julia Wise with an overview of donations and budget for a household that donates half their income
- Nuño Sempere with the latest forecasting newsletter, looking back at 2021
- Scott Alexander on the issues with running a microgrants program
- Holden Karnofsky on 'Learning By Writing'
- Joe Carlsmith on infinite ethics
- Vitalik Buterin has created a $100m organisation to fund Covid science and relief projects worldwide
- A post asking if deontological ethics are incompatible with progress
- Spencer Greenberg and Tom Chivers in discussion on rationalism and effective altruism
- Joey Savoie has set up the website Good Enough, a place for content aimed at getting optimised
- Michelle Hutchinson with a post on managing people with 'imposter syndrome'
- Nuño Sempere with 'Five steps for quantifying speculative interventions'
- 80,000 Hours podcast with Matthew Yglesias on avoiding the pundit’s fallacy and how much military intervention can be used for good
- Australian entrepreneur Sarah Wilson on selling her business and donating 100% of profits using EA as a guide