JackZ

2Joined Jul 2022

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Open Thread: June — September 2022

Hey all! 😊

My intuition leads me to think that focusing on improving life quality and eradicating poverty in all forms (not just extreme) would be highly impactful. This is because lifting more people out of poverty means that they have more free time to pursue self actualization, and therefore more likely to pursue EA and an impactful career. It's essentially the idea behind egoistic altruism (cute video below).

Essentially, I feel that egoistic altruism would be a highly effective purpose to orient my career around. However, my search results haven't turned up a lot of existing research into whether poverty alleviation (as a means to leveraging the number of humans working on important problems) is /actually/ an effective cause to pursue.

If you have any thoughts, articles or even just intuitions about this yourself, I'd love to hear them. Bonus points if you have insights on whether technology is an effective means to reduce poverty. Please feel free to interrogate any presumptions I'm making.

Thanks! 💜
Jack