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I think this sounds exciting. I'd also be interested in interviews with EAs who are feeling much more pessimistic about EA than they used to.

EA for dumb people?

Yeah, I think a lot of people (myself included) feel a lot of the same things.

You might want to consider pursuing a career in operations or something with a more entrepreneurial vibe. There's generally a lack of such people in EA, so I think there's often a lot of impact to be had.

In my experience things like good judgement and grit matter a lot in these roles, and being super smart matters a lot less.

Thanks for the great post!

Regarding a “MIRI2,” at the Foundational Research Institute our goal is to research strategies for avoiding dystopian futures containing large amounts of suffering. We think that paperclip maximizers would create a lot of suffering.

I think there are good arguments against value-spreading.

The asymmetry and the far future

Great post!

I think that suffering focussed altruists should not try to increase existential risks due it being extremely uncooperative, because of the possibility of preventing large amounts of suffering in the future and also for reasons of moral uncertainty.

If you’re interested in reducing as much suffering as possible, you might like to get in touch with us at the Foundational Research Institute. Our mission is to reduce risks of astronomical suffering, or "s-risks."

Also, chances of actually sterilizing the biosphere are extremely tiny, which means you're simply ensuring wild animal suffering for the rest of earth's viability at least. Other planets are additionally potentially major terms in the suffering equation.
More on REG's Room for More Funding

I think that the recent issues surrounding DFS are significant. Luckily, not a huge amount of time has gone into networking and other work in DFS yet. I'm hopeful that we can explore our personal connections further in this area, and get a better idea of the next things to do without investing a lot of time.

I'm more excited about our work that just started in trading and finance. This is an area with an enormous number of people with a lot of resources.

More on REG's Room for More Funding

Hi everyone, I'm the Executive Director at REG.

We have a very busy weekend coming up, a presentation in Cambridge and one in London, followed by meetings with several poker players and finance professionals who are interested in REG.

I hope to reply to many of these comments on Monday. Thanks everyone for your interest, and Michael for writing this great post!

If you're based in Cambridge or London and would like to chat in person this weekend, email me at

Six Ways To Get Along With People Who Are Totally Wrong*

When I saw "let it go" as a link there was only one place I was hoping it would take me, was not disappointed.

I'm not sure I like the way Disney films are heading, Let It Go? Really? I'm very happy Simba didn't sing that after Scar killed Mufasa. Would've made for a boring film.

I dunno, I was kind of hoping Rob had recorded a cover and uploaded it. I think I'd pay good money to see him do the Elsa flounce...