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What are the EA movement's most notable accomplishments?

Some ideas:

  • The publication of "Superintelligence" by Nick Bostrom in July 2014 and its successful communication have been hugely impactful in establishing the field of AI safety, notably by getting recommendations from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawkin, and Elon Musk.
  • The Future of Life Institute's organization of the "Beneficial AI conferences", including facilitating the signing of the Open Letter on Artificial Intelligence and the Asilomar Conference, which established foundational AI principles
  • Probably the launching of several organizations with a focus on AI Safety. See more here (but need prioritization and attribution to the EA movement).
Open Thread: May 2021

I felt the same thing when I discovered (and met) EAs :-). Welcome!

Open Thread: May 2021

I found the EA forum really lively and thriving these last few months. It's really a pleasure hanging out here!  I also feel more at ease to comment/post thanks to the aliveness and welcoming community. Congrats to the CEA team for making an awesome job at developing a great space for EA discussions!

Thoughts on being overqualified for EA positions

Found this a really clear explanation (and I liked the scenario, made it more concrete).

Thoughts on being overqualified for EA positions

Noting that the link you shared also shows that people who are externally hired seem to perform worse than those who are promoted. So if you care about performance more than pay, it may not be that good to switch jobs often? 

Why AI is Harder Than We Think - Melanie Mitchell

Stuart Russell debated Melanie Mitchell in February 2021 in an episode of The Munk Debates, a debate series on major policy issues.

The question was “Be it resolved, the quest for true AI is one of the great existential risks of our time.” Stuart Russell argued for and Melanie Mitchell argued against.

You can listen to the debate here or on any podcast service.

Retention in EA - Part I: Survey Data

I randomly found this research and thought it could be interesting to inform yours: 


Lapses in ethical conduct by those in corporate and public authority worldwide have given business researchers and practitioners alike cause to re-examine the antecedents to personal ethical values. We explore the relationship between ethical values and an individual’s long-term orientation or LTO, defined as the degree to which one plans for and considers the future, as well as values traditions of the past. Our study also examines the role of work ethic and conservative attitudes in the formation of a person’s long-term orientation and consequent ethical beliefs. Empirically testing these hypothesized relationships using data from 292 subjects, we find that long-term perspectives on tradition and planning indeed engender higher levels of ethical values. The results also support work ethic’s role in fostering tradition and planning, as well as conservatism’s positive association with planning. Additionally, we report how tradition and planning mediate the influence of conservatism and work ethic on the formation of ethical values. Limitations of the study and future research directions, as well as implications for business managers and academics, are also discussed."

LessWrong/EA New Year's Ultra Party

Thank you so much for organizing this party! I had a blast. Some of my favorite moments included discussions about "Existential Hope" - our hopes and aspiration both for our personal life and for humanity in 2021, as well as catching-up with multiple individuals in the "private conversation" pods.

Thanks to Ruby, Vaidehi, Oliver as well as the other co-hosts from LessWrong and EA Everywhere! 

What quotes do you find most inspire you to use your resources (effectively) to help others?

I agree. I have read only a few but I am crying as they are very moving and inspiring. This is the combined effect of their beauty and strength with my attachment to this community that shares my values. I will keep reading them in the next few days... 

Progress Open Thread: October // Student Summit 2020

Bravo! This is fantastic and it's also great that you used the opportunity to talk about EA! The future of REG

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