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Loss of Industrial Civilization and Recovery (Workshop)

February 19, 2019

A powerful electromagnetic pulse could leave large portions of the globe without electricity. A major volcanic eruption — or nuclear winter — could place major strains on modern agriculture. As a civilization, are we prepared to handle challenges of this magnitude? And if not, can we become prepared? This workshop from EA Global 2018: London, led by David Denkenberger of ALLFED, deals with these questions. A transcript of the workshop is below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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The Friendship Bench

February 15, 2019

When people experience profoundly damaging events, like war, invasion, or massacre, the psychological toll is vast. Which interventions work best to help repair the damage? Dixon Chibanda pioneered the Friendship Bench, where local grandmothers sit with people and help them talk through their problems. In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Chibanda explains his program, which has shown impressive results in reducing depression among participants. A transcript of Dixon's talk is below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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Against Malaria Foundation: What we do, How we do it, and the Challenges

February 12, 2019

The Against Malaria Foundation is one of the most effective global health charities in the world, and the single most common donation target for EA Survey respondents (as of 2018). What makes this organization so special? How do they approach their work, and what challenges do they face? CEO Rob Mather answers these questions in this talk from EA Global 2018: London. A transcript of Rob's talk is below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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EA Newsletter February 11, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

February 11, 2019

  • Applications for Effective Altruism Global: San Francisco opened!
  • The organizations Utility Farm and Wild Animal Suffering Research have merged into a new organization called Wild Animal Initiative.
  • Dates have also been announced for this year’s EAGx conferences: EAGx Nordics, EAGx Boston, and EAGx Australia.

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How Sure are we about this AI Stuff?

February 9, 2019

It is increasingly clear that artificial intelligence is poised to have a huge impact on the world, potentially of comparable magnitude to the agricultural or industrial revolutions. But what does that actually mean for us today? Should it influence our behavior? In this talk from EA Global 2018: London, Ben Garfinkel makes the case for measured skepticism. A transcript of Ben's talk is below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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EA Newsletter January 8, 2019

Effective Altruism Newsletter

January 8, 2019

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EA Newsletter December 7, 2018

Effective Altruism Newsletter

December 7, 2018

  • Charity evaluators posted their thoughts for this giving season, including GiveWell, ACE, and two of the EA Funds management teams.
  • CEA launched the new EA Forum, and users have already shared nearly 100 new posts.
  • We’d like to thank Pascal Zimmer for his work. As a volunteer, he helped start the EA Newsletter and led the team for three years, sending out most editions and growing the newsletter to 50,000 subscribers. Thank you, Pascal!

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The expected value of extinction risk reduction is positive

December 6, 2018

By Jan M. Brauner and Friederike M. Grosse-Holz

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Why should effective altruists embrace uncertainty?

December 4, 2018

Probabilistic thinking is only a few centuries old, we have very little understanding on how most of our actions affect the long-term future, and prominent members of the effective altruism community have changed their minds on crucial considerations before. These are just three of the reasons that Will MacAskill urges effective altruists to embrace uncertainty, and not become too attached to present views. This talk was the closing talk for Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco. A transcript is below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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Lightning Talks (San Francisco 2018)

November 30, 2018

Lightning talks are a chance to be introduced to a topic, and these four lightning talks provide primers into interesting and valuable areas. Recorded at Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, these are four lightning talks on Goodhart’s Law, global food security, normative uncertainty, and forecasting future events. Transcripts of the lightning talks are below, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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