SoniaAlbrecht

I'm an undergraduate studying electrical engineering (digital systems track) at University of California Davis. I'm minoring in economics.

I took the Giving What We Can pledge in January 2021 and look forward to taking the Further Pledge upon graduation. I donate to global health and development charities and CATF.

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Free-spending EA might be a big problem for optics and epistemics

Following the academic research closely as EAs often do produces many perspectives that are surprising to traditional activists. I'm a student at University of California Davis. Here my frugality is essential to getting my peers to take my perspectives on effectiveness seriously. If it wasn't for the frugality, they would dismiss me as not altruistic because I'm a moderate democrat instead of a socialist. I'm frugal because I believe it's the right thing to do (for me at least), not because of the optics. I don't know what the best answer is overall, but believe we should be particularly cautious about abandoning frugality in very left wing environments. Perhaps very different levels of frugality will be best in different communities.  

Careers Questions Open Thread

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate double majoring in electrical engineering and economics at University of California Davis. I have a 3.7 University of California Davis GPA. After looking through EA articles,  I've decided to get a PhD in economics after graduation so I can be a development economist for an influential think tank or global development organization.  I do need to continue living in the United States, although plenty of travel is fine. 

Is there any preparation I should be doing for a career in development economics without going into academia beyond the standard career advice for getting into an economics PhD program?

What are some good schools for development economics?

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Open and Welcome Thread: February 2021

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate double majoring in electrical engineering and economics at University of California Davis (about 2 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area).

I've been thinking about effective altruism concepts all my life, but just discovered the community in December 2020. After reading many EA articles and double checking with my economics professor, today I've decided to switch my post-graduation career plans from a masters degree in electrical engineering to a PhD in economics so I can work on global priorities research. 

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What does it mean to become an expert in AI Hardware?

Thanks for this article! So helpful.

I’m a junior electrical engineering major who just learned about the advanced AI risks. I plan to do two senior years and a masters degree so I have time to change direction if I need to.

Do you think it would help the world more to go into one of the career paths in this article, or another career path one could do with an electrical engineering major that is less related to AI?

What are some of the career paths I could take with an electrical engineering major that have less risk of contributing to AI happening faster than we are able to handle it? Of those career paths, are there any that stand out as particularly helpful to society? I’m not interested in careers that require a PhD.