23Joined Dec 2018


Thoughts on electoral reform

Relevant: "Towards a longtermist framework for evaluating democracy-related interventions". In particular the discussion of "accuracy" and "liberalism", but it doesn't discuss the topic of "what gets voted on" besides liberalism.

Issues with Futarchy

Thanks very much for writing.

How many of these concerns would apply to the "Let markets veto proposed bills" proposal that you mentioned in your summary of Futarchy ?

Or variations on that where some non-Futarchy (e.g., republican) process is used to determine the set of policy proposals that are considered by the markets. You could see this as a dial, where the more demanding this proposal process is, the less scope there is for the markets to choose, and vice versa. 

It seems to me that this would provide what you call a "sanity check" and avoid many cases of Goodhart's law. 

Some hybrid system like this seems promising to me.

How to leave money to charity in your will: a simple guide

I ended up:

  • Setting up a living trust.
  • Transferring the real estate to be owned by the trust.
  • Specifying in the trust that upon my death all assets should be donated to a donor-advised fund (DAF).
  • Specifying in the trust how the DAF funds should be donated.

I did this after verifying that DAFs do accept real estate. E.g., Schwab Charitable.

How to leave money to charity in your will: a simple guide

I'm in the USA and I own some real estate. I'd like to have it sold for the benefit of a charity after I die. If anyone has information on the best way to do this, please let me know, and perhaps incorporate it into the guide above.


How to leave money to charity in your will: a simple guide

The link in the first sentence with text "here" and target redirects to the EA hub home page, and I can't find any similar content on the EA Hub site.
If there is a more up-to-date resource on this, could you please update the link?
Otherwise, please remove it.

How we promoted EA at a large tech company

Thanks for sharing. I just started at Microsoft and will be reaching out to the mailing list to see how I can get involved.

One question / note:

Putting up posters across our large campus and dozens of building was both a lot of work and didn’t seem to get people to look into EA more.

Did you actually measure how many people took some action based on the posters?
For example, by putting a URL that went to a web page with analytics?

If not, you  might try that.

Sometimes it's a bit counter-intuitive what things work. For example, from Rationally Speaking,  I learned 

that yard signs are probably an order of magnitude or two more cost- effective -- honestly, between two to three is my 25 to 75 interval -- more effective than the canvassing.

Prior to hearing that I'd assumed they were a big waste of money. So the same might be true of posters in Microsoft buildings.

Thoughts on electoral reform

As a consequentialist I care about the outcomes (i.e. welfare impacts) of collective decision making, not how democratic the decision making process is. It seems like some other commenters are saying that voting system reform increases human utility by satisfying voter's preferences, but I think that assumes that voters know what's good. I don't think they do. Am I wrong that this assumption is being made? If it is being made, could someone point me to a good argument for it?

Perhaps a more promising project is focusing on changing what gets voted on, not on the exact voting system. For example Futarchy changes what gets voted on from "what policies to implement" to "what measurable goals to pursue".

For a more familiar example, the USA's First Amendment (and the cultural-political edifice that supports it) prevents the political process from enacting many things even if they have majority support, and it would continue to do so regardless of the voting system.

I'm not sure what the accepted term for this type of reform would be, maybe "constitutional reform"? Are there any organizations pursuing this type of reform? If not, is it because it's been evaluated and found lacking along EA criteria?


The Future of Earning to Give

What is MAPS? (It's a hard term for Google)

Information security careers for GCR reduction

Thanks for writing this.

Our needs are also varied, and may not cleanly map to a well-recognized job profile (e.g. Security Analyst or Chief Information Security Officer)

What do you think is the main difference between the roles you're describing and a Chief Information Security Officer role?

Our current best guess is that people who are interested should consider seeking security training in a top team in industry

Are there any industry roles that that anyone thinks would be particularly good or bad preparation?

I work at a large company and there are at least 10 different security-related teams, which from the outside seem to be doing fairly specialized work.

Load More