Lorenzo Buonanno

Software Developer
Working (0-5 years experience)



Currently (Oct 2022) mostly doing translations and community building in Italy, and some web development consulting part-time.

I'm also a forum mod, which, shamelessly stealing from Edo, "mostly means that I care about this forum and about you! So let me know if there's anything I can do to help."

Please have a very low bar for reaching out!

Used to be a Software Developer donating most of my income, and won the 2022 donor lottery, happy to chat about that as well


Topic Contributions

For 2.a the closest I found is https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/allPosts?sortedBy=topAdjusted&timeframe=yearly&filter=all, you can see the inflation-adjusted top posts and shortforms by year.

For 1 it's probably best to post in the EA Forum feature suggestion thread

As Kirsten mentioned, the context of it being an EA conference is key.

If a woman said "Ooh, he's attractive. I should set up a one-on-one with him", you would report that to the community health team?

I would assume it was a joke, if she was serious I would tell her not to, if she did it I would report it.


Because EAG(x) conferences exist to enable people to do the most good, conference time is very scarce, misusing a 1-1 slot means someone is missing out on a potentially useful 1-1. Also, these kinds of interactions make it much harder for me to ask extremely talented and motivated people I know to participate in these events, and for me to participate personally. For people that really just want to do the most good, and are not looking for dates, this kind of interaction is very aversive.

This seems like ordinary and harmless behavior.

Thankfully, in my experience, it's not ordinary, the vast majority of people schedule 1-1s at EAGs to discuss ways to do more good. Also, as we can see from these posts and my personal reaction, it's not always harmless. I really value EAG time! I really don't want to ask my most altruistic and talented friends to come to EAGs and then have them hit on, especially young ones that are choosing careers! There are other conferences and meetups for people that are looking for that.

If it had been a woman who said she'd arranged a one-on-one with a man cause he was handsome, nobody would feel upset.

Personally, I would be extremely upset, and report it to the community health team

I'm really surprised to read this, thank you for sharing!

the actual ethical lines that were crossed in the process of FTX, which seem highly relevant to me for learning from this mess.

I think that whether fraud was committed or not, it seems to me now even clearer than before that we should never allow it, and we should make it even more of a priority to speak out against evil.
Much like whether COVID actually came from a lab or not wouldn't change too much our attitude towards biosecurity, given that a significant probability that it came from a lab already justifies being very careful about that risk in the future.

my personal continued involvement in the EA community is pretty contingent on the details of what happened here, e.g. the degree to which the EA community was partially responsible for this mess

The EA community is like 20k people, I find it surprising to judge whether e.g. ARC (I assume you're more on the AI Safety side) would be more or less worthy of support based on whether <~20 people stole money. Even "EA leadership" is a lot of people, and before this scandal I don't think many were including SBF (but indeed he was wrongly seen as a role model).

If it turned out that SBF indeed stole money, in what different ways would you try to do the most good?

I am definitely very interested in a better estimate of how many customers had lending enabled


I am curious as to how this would be decision-relevant at this moment.

It seems to me that there's a lot of information that will surface in the next months and years (random example: context behind the FTX US President stepping down the day before a suspicious (in hindsight) transaction).

To me, the best thing to do seems to be to just wait for the judicial proceedings and for information to surface.

I don’t think we should give too much information value to SBF's interviews, considering his track record and his writing that ethics was mostly a front to build his reputation.

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