Working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Oxford. Previously director of strategic research and partnerships at CHAI at Berkeley, project manager and policy researcher at The Future Society in France, and UN youth delegate in climate negotiations.
Very excited about this competition! Is it still happening?
In this case, it seems like a very good strategy for the world, too, in that it doesn't politicize one issue too much (like climate change has been in the US because it was tied to Democrats instead of both sides of the aisle).
+ 1 for way more investigations and background checks for major donations, megaprojects, and association with EA.
I agree that the tone was too tribalistic, but the content is correct.
(Seems a bit like a side-topic, but you can read more about Leverage on this EA Forum post and, even more importantly, in the comments. I hope that's useful for you! The comments definitely changed my views - negatively - about the utility of Leverage's outputs and some cultural issues.)
For what it's worth, these different considerations can be true at the same time:
Here's a report on Positive AI Economic Futures published by the World Economic Forum and supported by the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI).
I think this is totally fair and another reason not to do the Pentathlon: the Pentathlon is often particularly useful for the two weeks of the competition, but the habits often don't hold very well after. If you want to make the habits endure, I recommend setting up strong systems during the Pentathlon and holding yourself accountable for keeping them afterwards. For example, the Pentathlon's sleep target will possibly lead you to set up an alarm on your phone, your computer, or your programmed lightbulbs, etc. to go to bed on time. Set up a target of keeping them for one month after the Pentathlon, and set up an accountability system for that (a bet with a friend, a bet with a friend you met during the Pentathlon, etc).
There are often discussions on the Pentathlon Slack about these questions so people can help each other problem-solve!
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You can definitely join as an individual! You'll then be matched to an EA team (probably made of other individuals). Would love to have you!