JoshYou

Earner-to-give based in Minnesota. Board member at Wild Animal Initiative. Interested in catastrophic risks and wild animal suffering.

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Notes on how a recession might impact giving and EA

EAs are probably more likely than the general public to keep money they intend to donate invested in stocks, since that's a pretty common bit of financial advice floating around the community. So the large drop in stock prices in the past few weeks (and possible future drops) may affect EA giving more than giving as a whole.

AMA: Rob Mather, founder and CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation

How far do you think we are from completely filling the need for malaria nets, and what are the barriers left to achieving that goal?

I'm Cullen O'Keefe, a Policy Researcher at OpenAI, AMA

What are your high-level goals for improving AI law and policy? And how do you think your work at OpenAI contributes to those goals?

[Link] A new charity evaluator (NYTimes)

Seems like its mission sits somewhere between GiveWell's and Charity Navigator's. GiveWell studies a few charities to find the very highest impact ones according to its criteria. Charity Navigator attempts to rate every charity, but does so purely on procedural considerations like overhead. ImpactMatters is much broader and shallower than GiveWell but unlike Charity Navigator does try to tell you what actually happens as the result of your donation.

Has any EA oriented organization tried promoting donors on their social media?

I think I would be more likely to share my donations this way compared to sharing them myself, because it would feel easier and less braggadocious (I currently do not really advertise my donations).

How do you, personally, experience "EA motivation"?

Among other things, I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I do good, the way I imagine that someone who cares about, say, the size of their house feels when they think about how big their house is.

Four practices where EAs ought to course-correct

Absolutely, EAs shouldn't be toxic, inaccurate, or uncharitable on Twitter or anywhere else. But I've seen a few examples of people effectively communicating about EA issues on Twitter, such as Julia Galef and Kelsey Piper, at a level of fidelity and niceness far above the average for that website. On the other hand they are briefer, more flippant, and spend more time responding to critics outside the community than they would on other platforms.

Four practices where EAs ought to course-correct

Yep, though I think it takes a while to learn how to tweet, whom to follow, and whom to tweet at before you can get a consistently good experience on Twitter and avoid the nastiness and misunderstandings it's infamous for.

There's a bit of an extended universe of Vox writers, economists, and "neoliberals" that are interested in EA and sometimes tweet about it, and I think it would be potentially valuable to add some people who are more knowledgeable about EA into the mix.

Four practices where EAs ought to course-correct

On point 4, I wonder if more EAs should use Twitter. There are certainly many options to do more "ruthless" communication there, and it might be a good way to spread and popularize ideas. In any case it's a pretty concrete example of where fidelity vs. popularity and niceness vs. aggressive promotion trade off.

What Do Unconscious Processes in Humans Tell Us About Sentience?

This all seems to assume that there is only one "observer" in the human mind, so that if you don't feel or perceive a process, then that process is not felt or perceived by anyone. Have you ruled out the possibility of sentient subroutines within human minds?

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