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  • ProVeg is hiring – Communications Manager & Development Manager in UK
    ProVeg is looking to fill the following positions: Communications Manager, UK. Development Manager, UK. About ProVeg. ProVeg International is a food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives.
  • Afrontando los desafíos de la IA Avanzada: Reseña de Managing extreme AI risks amid rapid progress
    Por: Equipo de ORCG. . En un reciente artículo publicado en la revista Science, un grupo de investigadores señaló que el desarrollo de sistemas de inteligencia artificial (IA) avanzados podría acelerar el progreso humano, permitiendo avanzar en medicina, elevar los estándares de vida globales y proteger el medio ambiente.
  • Increasing impact by combining programs
    The idea has obvious intuitive appeal: If you’re already sending community healthcare workers door-to-door in (say) remote parts of Sierra Leone to deliver routine childhood vaccines, why not have those healthcare workers deliver chlorine for disinfecting drinking water, or oral rehydration solution for treating dehydration from diarrhea?.
  • My experience at the controversial Manifest 2024
    My experience at the recently controversial conference/festival on prediction markets. Background. I recently attended the triple whammy of rationalist-adjacent events of LessOnline, Summer Camp, and Manifest 2024. For the most part I had a really great time, and had more interesting conversations than I can count.
  • Sycophancy to subterfuge: Investigating reward tampering in large language models
    New Anthropic model organisms research paper led by Carson Denison from the Alignment Stress-Testing Team demonstrating that large language models can generalize zero-shot from simple reward-hacks (sycophancy) to more complex reward tampering (subterfuge). Our results suggest that accidentally incentivizing simple reward-hacks such as sycophancy can have dramatic and very difficult to reverse...
  • Turning the tide for decapod crustacean welfare! | Claire Howard | EAG London: 2024
    Why can you boil a lobster alive? Billions of decapod crustaceans including crabs, lobsters, shrimp and nephrops are caught and farmed globally each year. In 2022 the UK passed the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act which legally recognised the sentience of these animals for the first time, generating worldwide interest.
  • Obstacles and opportunities to make aid agencies more effective | Rory Stewart | EAG London: 2024
    Want to know why aid orgs aren't bigger fans of GiveWell and GiveDirectly type interventions? Having run the Department for International Development (DFID) ($20b/yr budget), Rory shares what the priorities of aid orgs like and what he would like them to be. Rory speaks to how we connect the pipes between EA ideas/evidence and bureaucrats.
  • DeepMind frontier safety | Mary Phuong | EAG London: 2024
    In this talk, Mary shares an overview of recent work by the DeepMind Frontier Safety team. Mary discusses 1) Evaluating frontier models for dangerous capabilities, and 2) GDM's Frontier Safety Framework. Mary is a research scientist on the Safety & Alignment team at Google DeepMind, where she works on dangerous capability evaluations and responsible scaling.
  • Nuclear risks and the new AI arms race | Beatrice Fihn & Alice Saltini | EAG London: 2024
    A large-scale nuclear exchange would kill billions and with geopolitical instability the risks are rising to cold war levels. Amidst this, a new arms race to gain a strategic advantage through the integration of advanced deep learning into nuclear systems is underway.
  • The global south’s role in mitigating AI risks | Cecil Abungu & Roberto Tinoco | EAG London: 2024
    In this session, Cecil and Roberto will discuss the importance of including the Global South in global AI governance and regulation efforts, recognizing that these regions must actively participate in shaping AI protocols to manage risks effectively.
  • Peace Boat’s Hibakusha Project—testimony from survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | EAG London: 2024
    This session features testimony from Ms. Tanaka Toshiko, Mr. Ogawa Tadayoshi, and other representatives from the Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project. Ms. Tanaka Mr. Ogawa are survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—this session will recount the devastating impacts of nuclear warfare through first-hand accounts, illustrating the importance of ensuring such horrors are never repeated.
  • Improving policy take-up and implementation in scaling programs | Neela Saldanha | EAG London: 2024
    Poverty is a scaled problem and requires solutions at scale. As programs scale, however, complexities arise which may not have been considered in the original pilot evaluation. In this talk, Neela focuses on one of those scaling complexities: policy take up and program implementation. What can we systematically understand about these factors?
  • Best bets: fourteen innovations with potential for impact at scale | Loic Watine | EAG London: 2024
    In this session, Loic presents the concept of emerging innovations in international development (a.k.a Best Bets) and goes over the 14 that IPA has identified in a recent flagship report. As Chief Research & Policy Officer for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Loic's work is about championing research and evidence that is connected with real-world decision-makers to improve the lives of...
  • Combining interventions for maximum impact | Mahi Klosterhalfen | EAG London: 2024
    Exploring the power of synergy in animal advocacy, this talk delves into how investigations, legal actions, legislative efforts, and corporate outreach can be intertwined for maximal impact on farmed animal welfare. Join Mahi as he uncovers optimal ways to combine these approaches. Mahi became an angry vegan and ineffective altruist in 2005.
  • Accelerating innovation to tackle global challenges | Siddhartha Haria | EAG London: 2024
    The talk discusses importance, tractability and neglectedness from a market shaping economics perspective, including why socially valuable innovations may be inadequately incentivized by commercial markets. Siddhartha discusses the application of pull mechanisms which reward outputs and outcomes, such as Advance Market Commitments, to pressing global challenges such as climate change and...
  • When to shut down | Sarah Eustis-Guthrie, Weronika Zurek, & Kyle Fish | EAG London: 2024
    Not every project is successful, but how do you know when to shut one down? Too many organisations continue operating less effective projects due to sunk cost, donor pressures, or misaligned incentives. In this session, hear from implementers from several organisations across the EA ecosystem as they share their learnings from shutting down projects and organisations.
  • Call for Contributors for six-volume History of Philanthropy (Bloomsbury)
    Editors’ Note: We pass along this call for contributors to a six-volume History of Philanthropy, to be published with Bloomsbury Press in March 2028, and edited by HistPhil contributor Thomas Adam. Call for Contributors for six-volume History of Philanthropy to be edited by Thomas Adam and published with Bloomsbury Press in March 2028 We are … Continue reading →...
  • When Does Believing False Things Make You Bad?
    Epistemic status: confused
  • How To Make Charitable Giving More Effective
    Why do so many people donate to ineffective charities? Researchers tried to unravel the psychology behind effective giving. The post How To Make Charitable Giving More Effective appeared first on Faunalytics.
  • The social disincentives of warning about unlikely risks
    If you knew about a potential large-scale risk that, although unlikely, could kill millions, would you warn society about it? You might say yes, but many people are reluctant to warn. In ten studies, Matt Coleman, Joshua Lewis, Christoph Winter, and I explored a psychological barrier to warning about low-probability, high-magnitude risks.
  • Launching the Global Health Funding Circle
    Summary: We are launching the Global Health Funding Circle, a network of donors dedicated to propelling high-impact, scalable programs tackling critical health issues in low- or middle-income countries. Apply for funding by July 9, 2024 if:
  • Are You a Jerk, or a Liar?
    On talking past each other
  • Import AI 377: Voice cloning is here; MIRI's policy objective; and a new hard AGI benchmark
    Can you evolve your way to Einstein?
  • Brazilian retail Quitanda goes crate-free by 2027
    Hello everyone,. We are very pleased to share that Quitanda, a brazilian retail based in São Paulo, has announced the commitment crate-free by 2027. You can check their commitment in Portuguese here. Scale: São Paulo (Brazil). Timeline: 3 years of negotiations, since 2021. Who: Sinergia Animal. Follow Up: Quitanda is committed to publishing progress annually.
  • ChinAI #270: Intelligence Revolution or Scale Revolution?
    Fudan Prof. Yin Li analyzes the transformative potential of genAI from an industrial history lens
  • Using LLMs to Exploit Vulnerabilities
    Interesting research: “ Teams of LLM Agents can Exploit Zero-Day Vulnerabilities.”. Abstract: LLM agents have become increasingly sophisticated, especially in the realm of cybersecurity. Researchers have shown that LLM agents can exploit real-world vulnerabilities when given a description of the vulnerability and toy capture-the-flag problems.
  • Do we have Alzheimer’s disease all wrong?
    Every step toward an effective Alzheimer’s treatment seems to be followed by another step back. It’s hard not to feel as if we are running in place, as millions of patients and their families suffer through one of the most harrowing diseases known to humanity. We went through that two-step again over the past two […]...
  • The asymmetry in population ethics and deontological ethics
    Utilitarianism, with its aim to maximize total welfare, has a symmetry given in the following table. Absence of pleasure is not good Presence of pleasure is good Presence of pain is bad Absence of pain is not bad We can … Lees verder →...
  • Trachoma: how a common cause of blindness can be prevented worldwide
    The world has seen a large decline in trachoma, but millions are still at risk. How can we make more progress against it?
  • Neglected tropical diseases lead to severe health issues and poverty for millions, particularly in tropical regions
    Neglected tropical diseases affect millions of people despite the existence of cheap interventions to control them.
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  • J-PAL Europe and CEMFI join conference highlighting results from Spanish Inclusion Policy Lab
    J-PAL Europe and CEMFI join conference highlighting results from Spanish Inclusion Policy Lab The European office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Europe) and the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, CEMFI) participated in “Inclusion Policy Lab: Scientific Evidence at the Service of People,” an event hosted by the Spanish...
  • The funniest conspiracy theory that AI risk deniers believe is that AI risk activists are “just doing it for the money”
    The funniest conspiracy theory that AI risk deniers believe is that AI risk activists are “just doing it for the money”They’re trying to spin the narrative that charity workers are just motivated by money to go after poor, defenseless.
  • The most succinct argument for AI safety
    The most succinct argument for AI safety:Premise 1: superintelligent AIs would be like a second advanced species on earth, more powerful than humans. Conclusion: That’s scary. [...]...
  • AI could solve it all. AI could kill us all (or worse). You can believe both at the same time, and most AI safety folks do.
    AI could solve it all. ​AI could kill us all (or worse).You can believe both at the same time, and most AI safety folks do. AI risk deniers try to paint us as "doomers" who don't appreciate what aligned AI could do, and that's just so off base. I can't wait until we get an aligned superintelligence. If we succeed at that, it will be the best thing that's every happened.
  • The AI risk denier playbook
    The AI risk denier playbook​- Promote treaties ➡️ Promote authoritarian world government! - Enforce treaties ➡️ Surveillance state!!! - Define laws ➡️ Ban hardware / regulate math- Advocate policies to the government ➡️ Shadowy lobbying- Rich people donating to causes they care about ➡️ Evil people (because they're rich)- One person out of a gajillion commits fraud ➡️ All these people are f...
  • Questionable Narratives of "Situational Awareness"
    Introduction. This is a response to the Situational Awareness essay series by Leopold Aschenbrenner. As a disclaimer, I am an AI pessimist, meaning that I don't believe there is evidence for AGI appearing any time soon.
  • Manifold vs. 538 vs. Everyone Else: Comparing 2024 Election Forecasts
    The election’s still basically tied. But who’s winning? (A politics piece by Jacob “Conflux” Cohen)...
  • Advice for EA org staff and EA group organisers interacting with political campaigns
    Compiled by CEA’s Community Health team. 2024 is the biggest year for elections in history(! ), and while many of these elections have passed, some important elections are upcoming, including the UK and US elections, providing a potentially large opportunity to have an impact through political change. Countries with elections in 2024This post is intended.
  • Degeneracies are sticky for SGD
    Introduction. Singular learning theory (SLT) is a theory of learning dynamics in Bayesian statistical models. It has been argued that SLT could provide insights into the training dynamics of deep neural networks. However, a theory of deep learning inspired by SLT is still lacking.
  • OpenAI may turn for-profit 💰, SpaceX to try Starship catch 🚀, YouTube fights ad block 🛡️
  • Kaya Guides Pilot Results
    Summary: Who We Are: Kaya Guides runs a self-help course on WhatsApp to reduce depression at scale in low and middle-income countries. We help young adults with moderate to severe depression. Kaya currently operates in India. We are the world's first nonprofit implementer of Step-by-Step, the World Health Organization's digital guided self-help program, which was proven effective in two RCTs.
  • People Mostly Don't Care About Morality
    "I'm Against Abortion/Meat Eating, But It's A Personal Choice," Is Deeply Absurd
  • this week in security — june 16 edition
    this week in security — june 16 edition Hundreds of Snowflake customers hacked, Microsoft refused to fix SAML bug, Tile internal tool hacked, and more. ~this week in security~. a cybersecurity newsletter by @zackwhittaker volume 7, issue 23 View this email in your browser | RSS ~ ~ THIS WEEK, TL;DR. At least 165 companies affected by Snowflake attacks...
  • Mr Beast is now officially engaged in effective giving!
    The latest video from YouTube’s biggest creator has him teaming up with Give Directly to give $300k in cash to everyone in a remote Ugandan Village. (You can read more about the partnership in the comment below and on the Give Directly website.). This is going to get tens of millions of views. Please watch the video (👈🏼 most important! ), like, comment and share to help boost the signal!
  • Mr Beast is now officially an EA!
    The latest video from YouTube’s biggest creator has him teaming up with Give Directly to give $300k in cash to everyone in a remote Ugandan Village. This is going to get tens of millions of views. Please watch and like to boost the signal!. Giving $300,000 to Rural Villagers . Discuss...
  • MrBeast gives $200,000 directly to people in poverty
    Summary: Beast Philanthropy donated $200,000 to Ugandans living in extreme poverty through GiveDirectly Beast Philanthropy is a nonprofit YouTube channel that funds and films charitable acts, putting the ad revenue from their popular videos towards their next projects. They feature MrBeast aka Jimmy Donaldson, the most watched person on Earth with over 600 million followers […]...
  • On the Dwarkesh/Chollet Podcast, and the cruxes of scaling to AGI
    Overview. Recently Dwarkesh Patel released an interview with François Chollet (hereafter Dwarkesh and François). I thought this was one of Dwarkesh's best recent podcasts, and one of the best discussions that the AI Community has had recently.
  • Disproving The Self-Sampling Assumption Using Horrifying Human Lobster Combos
    It is, indeed, disproved
  • The Rules of War, Policing, Terrorism, and the Hamas War
    Differences Between Policing & War One of the reasons why people disagree about how one may fight terrorist groups is that it is unclear whether we should think of the war on terror as more like a literal war, or more like a police operation. This matters because the conventional rules governing war differ sharply from those governing policing:
  • Moral Misdirection (full post)
    I previously included a link to this as part of my trilogy on anti-philanthropic misdirection, but a commenter asked me to post the full text here for the automated audio conversion. This forum post combines my two substack posts on 'Moral Misdirection' and on 'Anti-Philanthropic Misdirection'. Apologies to anyone who has already read them. Moral Misdirection.
  • Will AI ever become conscious? It depends on how you think about biology.
    A film adaptation of science fiction author Terry Bisson’s 1991 short story, They’re Made out of Meat, opens with two aliens in dismay. Sitting in a roadside diner booth disguised as humans, cigarettes hanging limp from their mouths, they’re grappling with an observation about the creatures who surround them: Humans, it seems, are made entirely […]...
  • How I nearly eliminated sadness and anxiety - and it wasn't mindfulness
    Amazing news - I have almost completely eliminated sadness from my life. 🥳 Same with anxiety.And I think some of the lessons are generalizeable, so it might work for some of you too So what was it?
  • June 2024 Newsletter
    MIRI updates MIRI Communications Manager Gretta Duleba explains MIRI’s current communications strategy. We hope to clearly communicate to policymakers and the general public why there’s an urgent need to shut down frontier AI development, and make the case for installing an “off-switch”. This will not be easy, and there is a lot of work to... Read more ».
  • What "Effective Altruism" Means to Me
    I previously included a link to this as part of my trilogy on anti-philanthropic misdirection, but a commenter asked me to post the full text here for the automated audio conversion. Apologies to anyone who has already read it. As I wrote in ‘ Why Not Effective Altruism?’, I find the extreme hostility towards effective altruism from some quarters to be rather baffling.
  • “Help Fund Insect Welfare Science” by Bob Fischer, Daniela R. Waldhorn, abrahamrowe
    The Arthropoda Foundation. Tens of trillions of insects are used or killed by humans across dozens of industries. Despite being the most numerous animal species reared by animal industries, we know next to nothing about what's good or bad for these animals. And right now, funding for this work is scarce.
  • [Linkpost] An update from Good Ventures
    I wanted to share this update from Good Ventures (Cari and Dustin’s philanthropy), which seems relevant to the EA community. Tl;dr: “while we generally plan to continue increasing our grantmaking in our existing focus areas via our partner Open Philanthropy, we have decided to exit a handful of sub-causes (amounting to less than 5% of our annual grantmaking), and we are no longer planning to...
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Cartoon
    Squid humor. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here.
  • Responding To Truth Teller's Book Length Criticism Of The Anthropic Argument Feat Apologetics^2
    Here's his post https://secularapologist.blogspot.com/2024/05/a-measured-and-comprehensive-rebuttal.html Here's my blog https://benthams.substack.com/ Apologetics Squared's channel https://www.youtube.com/@ApologeticsSquared/videos
  • An update from Good Ventures
    We are writing to share that while we generally plan to continue increasing our grantmaking in our existing focus areas via our partner Open Philanthropy, we have decided to exit a handful of sub-causes (amounting to less than 5% of our annual grantmaking), and we are no longer planning to expand into new causes in […]. The post An update from Good Ventures appeared first on Good Ventures.
  • ‘Her Life Was Blocked’
    Natalia—a 24-year-old woman from Mozambique—has experienced an undue amount of suffering in her young life. Her journey with fistula began when she was only 14 years old, living in the Mandimba district of Niassa Province. What should have been a time of youthful joy turned into a nightmare when a prolonged labor resulted in a … Continued.
  • Shard Theory - is it true for humans?
    And is it a good model for value learning in AI?. (Read on Substack: https://recursingreflections.substack.com/p/shard-theory-is-it-true-for-humans). . TLDR: Shard theory proposes a view of value formation where experiences lead to the creation of context-based ‘shards’ that determine behaviour.
  • Fine-tuning is not sufficient for capability elicitation
    Produced as part of the ML Alignment & Theory Scholars Program - Winter 2023-24 Cohort under the supervision of Evan Hubinger. Acknowledgements: Thanks to Kyle Brady for his many contributions to this project. Abstract.
  • Shard Theory - is it true for humans?
    And is it a good model for value learning in AI?. (Read on Substack: https://recursingreflections.substack.com/p/shard-theory-is-it-true-for-humans). . TLDR: Shard theory proposes a view of value formation where experiences lead to the creation of context-based ‘shards’ that determine behaviour.
  • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: The Decade Ahead
    Virtually nobody is pricing in what's coming in AI. I wrote an essay series on the AGI strategic picture: from the trendiness in deep learning and counting the OOMs, to the international situation and The Project.
  • Dwarkesh podcast on SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
    My 4.5 hour conversation with Dwarkesh. I had a blast!
  • Be Proud To Be An Effective Altruist
    Crossposted on my blog. When I was at Manifest, Austin Chen said something interesting to me: that one thing that he liked about my blog was that I was proud to be an effective altruist. I didn’t treat it as an embarrassing quirk, but as something that’s actively good, that’s worth encouraging. A lot of EAs don’t do this, which I think is sad. Scott Alexander amusingly quips:
  • Be Proud To Be An Effective Altruist
    When I was at Manifest, Austin Chen said something interesting to me: that one thing that he liked about my blog was that I was proud to be an effective altruist. I didn’t treat it as an embarrassing quirk, but as something that’s actively good, that’s worth encouraging. A lot of EAs don’t do this, which I think is sad. Scott Alexander...
  • Upcoming Speaking Engagements
    This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I’m appearing on a panel on Society and Democracy at ACM Collective Intelligence in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference runs from June 26 through 29, 2024, and my panel is at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 28. I’m speaking on “Reimagining Democracy in the Age of AI” at the Bozeman Library in Bozeman, Montana, USA, July 18, 2024.
  • Animal Equality releases a new investigation on horse slaughter
    Animal Equality has released a new horse slaughter investigation in Spain, asking for a ban on slaughter and exportation. Each year, more than 30,000 horses are killed in Spain, the main producer in the European Union, and each of them lives under similar cruel conditions that we recorded: . Hitting the horses to get them to move horses. The animals witness the slaughter of the others.
  • “Maybe let the non-EA world train you” by ElliotT
    This post is for EAs at the start of their careers who are considering which organisations to apply to, and their next steps in general. Conclusion up front: It can be really hard to get that first job out of university. If you don’t get your top picks, your less exciting backup options can still be great for having a highly impactful career.
  • Weird People of History: Catherine of Siena
    Mentally ill people have always existed!
  • What Do Neural Networks Really Learn? Exploring the Brain of an AI Model
    Neural networks have become increasingly impressive in recent years, but there's a big catch: we don't really know what they are doing. We give them data and ways to get feedback, and somehow, they learn all kinds of tasks. It would be really useful, especially for safety purposes, to understand what they have learned and how they work after they've been trained.
  • Legal Protection For Aquatic Species Has Improved But Remains Lacking
    In the last 100 years, the legal protection of whales, dolphins, orcas, tuna, and octopuses has increased. Much more advocacy is needed to make this legal protection widespread and enforceable. The post Legal Protection For Aquatic Species Has Improved But Remains Lacking appeared first on Faunalytics.
  • Existential Hope Worldbuilding: 2nd Place | Rising Choir
    This episode features an interview with the 2nd place winners of our 2045 Worldbuilding challenge! . Why Worldbuilding?. We consider worldbuilding an essential tool for creating inspiring visions of the future that can help drive real-world change.
  • Target Malaria team participates in biodiversity negotiations (SBSTTA-26)
    Country delegates and observers met May 13-18 in Nairobi, Kenya to lay the foundations for the robust implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), its 23 targets for 2030, and its four long-term goals for 2050. Target Malaria team members from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Uganda, along with members from the Outreach Network […].
  • Look closer: Plant-based innovators are joining forces
    Across the entire supply chain, a diversity of people and partners are working together to deliver tasty, affordable, nutrient-rich, sustainable plant-based foods to more plates.
  • Transformer Weekly — June 14
    This week in AI: Trump on AI, Labour’s plans, and Apple Intelligence...
  • Trump talking about AI risks
    Discuss...
  • The AI bill that has Big Tech panicked
    If I build a car that is far more dangerous than other cars, don’t do any safety testing, release it, and it ultimately leads to people getting killed, I will probably be held liable and have to pay damages, if not criminal penalties. If I build a search engine that (unlike Google) has as the […]...
  • Hidden Open Thread 333.333333
  • Demo of AES GCM Misuse Problems
    This is really neat demo of the security problems arising from reusing nonces with a symmetric cipher in GCM mode.
  • Safety isn’t safety without a social model (or: dispelling the myth of per se technical safety)
    Discuss...
  • Eight Fundamental Constraints for Growing a Research Organization
    I run a research organization. Research organizations, like all organizations, want to grow. I'm not talking growth for the sake of growth, but growth to be able to further your mission. However, there is always going to be a limiting factor constraining the pace of this growth. Over time, I've distilled these into what I consider to be eight fundamental constraints. You may have heard of...
  • Evelyn Yehudit Bischof | Healthy Longevity Medicine in the Clinical Practice
    Evelyne Yehudit Bischof, MD, MPH, FEFIM, FMH is Associate Professor at the Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences, Chief Associate Physician of Internal Medicine and Oncology at the University Hospital Renji of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, and Emergency Medicine Physician at the Shanghai East International Medical Center.
  • The escalating global dengue crisis: A call for unified action
    Once a localised threat, dengue fever has rapidly escalated into a global health emergency, putting nearly half the world’s population at risk across more than 100 countries. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected through travel and trade, and in the face of climate change, the danger posed by this debilitating mosquito-borne disease looms larger than … Continue reading "The...
  • Is longtermism helpful?
    Recent work in philosophy argues for longtermism – the position that often our morally best options will be those with the best long-term consequences. Proponents of longtermism sometimes suggest that in most decisions expected long-term benefits outweigh all short-term effects. In ‘...
  • Failure To Replicate Anti-Vaccine Poll
  • Kipster commits to in-ovo sexing
    Kipster, a Dutch egg producer who recently brought their farms to the U.S., has committed to in-ovo sexing by fall 2024! You can view some news coverage here: Kipster’s press release, WattAg, AgFunder, PoultrySite). The company’s business model was previously raising the male roosters for meat; however, that model was not successful in the U.S., and they recently started having to cull male...
  • Safety isn’t safety without a social model (or: dispelling the myth of per se technical safety)
    As an AI researcher who wants to do technical work that helps humanity, there is a strong drive to find a research area that is definitely helpful somehow, so that you don’t have to worry about how your work will be applied, and thus you don’t have to worry about things like corporate ethics or geopolitics to make sure your work benefits humanity. Unfortunately, no such field exists.
  • Why keep a diary, and why wish for large language models
    Inspired by a dream I just woke up from, where I did not keep a diary. One of the people with whom I have the most intimate of connections is my past self - in particular, my child self. We share a large number of commonalities: much of our basic outlook, our personality, many of our drives. But, of course, my child self is different from me in many ways.
  • Elon $56B pay approved 💰, Deepmind's virtual rat 🤖, Google smart paste 👨‍💻
  • Afya Nyumbani Magazine First Issue 2024
  • Announcing The Midas Project — and our first campaign!
    Summary: The Midas Project is a new AI safety organization. We use public advocacy to incentivize stronger self-governance from the companies developing and deploying high-risk AI products. This week, we’re launching our first major campaign, targeting the AI company Cognition. Cognition is a rapidly growing startup developing autonomous coding agents.
  • Announcing The Midas Project — and our first campaign (which you can help with!)
    Summary: The Midas Project is a new AI safety organization. We use public advocacy to incentivize stronger self-governance from the companies developing and deploying high-risk AI products. This week, we’re launching our first major campaign, targeting the AI company Cognition. Cognition is a rapidly growing startup developing autonomous coding agents.
  • Job Posting: Social Media Coordinator, AVA International.
    We are seeking a dynamic and social media-savvy individual to join our team as a Part-Time Social Media Coordinator, focusing on reaching youth and BIPOC communities, and attracting future movement professionals. The Social Media Coordinator will report to and work directly with our Communications Lead Amie Albright. AVA’s focus is not on educating the public about veganism or animal...
  • Job Posting: Partnerships Lead, AVA International.
    We are seeking a dynamic and driven individual to join our team as a Partnerships Lead with the opportunity for growth into development and fundraising within our nonprofit organization. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this role is pivotal in fostering non-profit and commercial sponsor partnerships, driving organizational growth, and securing vital funding to support our mission.
  • Aiding Ireland: The Politics of How Donors Learned to Give to Far-Off Strangers
    Editors’ Note: Anelise Hanson Shrout introduces HistPhil readers to her new book, Aiding Ireland: The Great Famine and the Rise of Transnational Philanthropy (NYU Press, 2024). On St. Patrick’s Day, 2024, a group of historians appealed to Irish Americans to agitate for humanitarian relief in Gaza, to “use their influence to avert a Famine as … Continue reading →...
  • Effective Altruism, Wealth and its Heavy Debt
    As many world crises unfold, there is real doubt as to whether those who identify with Effective Altruism (EA) were doing good, or serving themselves. Is investing in vegan food products that rely on sustainable growth and birth inequity – a system that has done exponentially more harm to humans and nonhumans than EA food investors do good – really a good thing?.
  • FAST Victory: Three new cage-free commitments for Peru
    Hello everyone! We bring three new cage-free commitments to Peru!. 1-. Sweet Freeze Bakery announces its 100% commitment for December 2024. Engagement link: https://www.instagram.com/p/C4GcIyVO371/?igsh=NW0zeWFvMWVic3By Scale: National (Peru) Schedule: First contact in February 2024, follow-up every 10 days.

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