1784 karmaJoined Aug 2021Working (0-5 years)Washington, DC, USA


I work as an engineer, donate 10% of my income, and occasionally enjoy doing independent research. I'm most interested in farmed animal welfare and the nitty-gritty details of global health and development work. In 2022, I was a co-winner of the GiveWell Change Our Mind Contest. 


Hm I don't obviously see the analogy with the common app - hiring employees and admitting students seem quite different.

Are there antitrust concerns with multiple orgs (even if nonprofit) using a common screener? 

FYI you described the "Electric Shrimp Stunning: a Potential High-Impact Donation Opportunity" post as "SWP's CEA of stunners," but I have no affiliation with SWP. 


I agree with this comment. It's worth nothing that the methodology used in this analysis isn't the same as the methodology used in the CURVE sequence. In the "How Can Risk Aversion Affect Your Cause Prioritization" report, @Laura Duffy weighted 1 year of disabling pain at 2 to 10 DALYs and 1 year of excruciating pain at 60 to 150 DALYs. I expect that dying is at least disablingly painful and potentially excruciatingly painful, so these weights would imply a >5x improvement in cost-effectiveness (but even at the upper end, this probably wouldn't be cost-competitive with top EA interventions). 

In general, I think it's a good step to try and actually put interventions from different cause areas on the same scale, but I continue to think that because DALYs are a unit of health status and not a unit of utility, trying to use them as a unit of comparison is unlikely to be optimal (see here and here for more)

This is great work on a really sad topic. Well done putting this together 

Has RP published anything laying out its current plans for funding and/or executing work on AI governance and existential risk? I was surprised to see that no RP team members are listed under existential security or AIGS anymore. Is RP's plan going forward that all work in these areas will be carried out by special projects initiatives rather than the core RP team? And how does that relate to funding? When RP receives unrestricted donor funds, are those sometimes regranted to incubated orgs within special projects? 

Fantastic and important work (as always)! 

Figure 3 is somewhat concerning - if I squint I can sort of see some vague agreement between the different sources, but it's pretty all over the place. Do you have a sense of whether this is an area where funding additional field research would be a good idea, or do you think this is lower-priority than other potential research questions related to shrimp welfare?

Thanks for your response! That's very interesting (and scary)

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