That is very helpful- thank you EdoArad!
(and I'll be sure to update you on how our program turns out)
Thank you so much!I agree and am adding this to our list of types of projects to suggest to students :)
Thank you Brian!We have considered this, and have it as part of our "funnel", but still think there is room for this kind of projects program in addition. I also like the idea of EA Uni groups encouraging interested members to start these other (EA related) student groups you mention (Alt Protein group, OFTW and GRC). At Brown, we already have OFTW and GRC, and I'm in the process of getting some students from Brown EA to start an Alt Protein group as well :)
This is really cool! Thank you for doing this!Also, I'm curious - to what extent is AI safety is discussed in your group? I noticed the cover of Superintelligence has a quote of Bill Gates saying "I highly recommend this book" and I'm curious if AI safety is something Microsoft employees discuss often.
I do think there is a good case for interventions aimed at improving the existential risk profile of post-disaster civilization being competitive with interventions aimed at improving the existential risk profile of our current civilization.
I'd love to hear more about this and see any other places where this is discussed.
(I'm only addressing a small part of your question, not the main question)
When we are looking at the potential branches in the future, should you make the choice that will lead you to the cluster of outcomes with the highest average utility or to the cluster with the highest possible utility?
I'd say the one with the highest average utility if they are all equally likely. Basically, go with the one with the highest expected value.
What do you think are the most likely ways that plant based and cell based products might both fail to significantly replace factory farmed products?
Sounds very exciting!
And seems like there is some overlap with EA Uni group fellowships so I would be happy to talk to you about those if you want; although maybe better to talk to the community builders more involved in syllabus writing. ( this Intro Fellowship I'm running at Brown EA )
I'm curious how big you are thinking this "EA curriculum" might be. Are you thinking of something similar to an EA Uni group fellowship (usually ~4 hours/ week for ~ 8 weeks) or are you thinking of something much larger?
I agree with Marisa
Rather than a single body of knowledge being a standard education for EAs, I like the fellowship structure that many EA Uni groups use.
For me, one of the main goals in running these fellowship to expose students to enough EA ideas and discussions to decide for themselves what knowledge and skills they want to build up in order to do good better. For some people, this will involve economics, statistics, and decision analysis knowledge, but for others, it will look totally different.
(For fellowship syllabus examples you can check out this Intro Fellowship I'm running at Brown EA, and this In-Depth Fellowship run by EA Oxford).