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Thoughts on being overqualified for EA positions

The disincentives listed here make sense to me. I would just add that people's motivations are highly individual, and so people will differ in how much weight they put on any of these points or on how well their CV looks.

Personally, I've moved from Google to AMF and have never looked back. The summary: I'm much more motivated now; the work is actually more varied and technically challenging than before, even though the tech stack is not as close to the state of the art. People are (as far as I can tell) super qualified in both organizations. I'm happy to chat personally about my individual motivations if anyone who reads this feels that it would benefit them.

Which helped more? (Donating to AMF in 2010 or 2020)

I find this a fascinating and relevant question. Thanks for asking! Disclaimer first: I work for AMF, but the opinion here is entirely my own. None of the content here is based on inside information or implies anything about the opinions of AMF; In fact, you could probably substitute AMF in my writing with any other effective charity.

Background: This 80000hours podcast episode with Phil @trammell makes a good case for being patient, i.e., investing your money and donating it later. I recommend listening to the episode. Yet I disagree with its conclusion and think that one should donate a significant portion of one's fund early. This post explains why.

Your presentation (if I understand it correctly) compares two scenarios:

  1. Save your money for 10 years, then buy 3x as many bednets (wow that's 11.6% interest rate)
  2. Buy the bednets now

I think option 2 will lead to more wellbeing overall. The main reason for this is that many interventions (including bednets) are better than cash. For bednets, GiveWell estimates a "cost-effectiveness in multiples of cash transfers" factor of 14-17.  To be clear: you get that boost in both scenarios. But in scenario 1, you get it now  and it will immediately start paying dividends. The effects are a stronger economy, better education, and others. Many of these will still be present after 10 years, and it seems highly plausible to me that the net benefit at that time exceeds 3x the price of the mosquito nets.

Let me end with some data to support my arguments:

  • Fink and Masiye 2015: free ITNs increased the average annual harvest value for a farmer by $76, about 12% of the group’s average annual harvest value at baseline.
  • Hamory et al 2020: Evaluated a deworming campaign 20 years after the intervention. "Given deworming's low cost, a conservative annualized social internal rate of return estimate is 37%."

I'd be really interested to hear other people's thoughts and arguments. This is a question that is important to me, both for work and personal reasons :)

What are your favorite examples of moral heroism/altruism in movies and books?

Two examples come to mind:

  • La vita è bella, a movie wherein the occupants of a concentration camp collaborate to help a child. It's not a movie about saving many people... but I'd say it involves altruism and self-sacrifice.
  • Speaker for the dead (Ender's game series part 2), wherein the protagonists encounter two alien species and figure out a way to live together. This one does qualify as saving many  "people", but it's less purely altruistic. Bonus: There is a cool AI in a key role ;-)
8+ productivity tools for movement building

ClickUp might be a good alternative to Asana, particularly if you want to keep costs low. It's a project management tool for teams, but also works decently well for me as a personal task list.

It is a relatively young project and not as polished as some others like Asana or TodoIst, but has the advantage that the free plan covers a good range of its features.