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Reconciling International Security

September 21, 2018

Many effective altruists prioritize reducing existential risks. The international security community also works to lower the odds of certain sorts of existential risks, such as nuclear war. But if we want to work together with them, we’ll need to understand their perspective, which may be quite different from that of outsiders. In this talk from Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, Seth Baum describes the international security perspective on nuclear weapons, and touches on how some of this may apply to risks from artificial intelligence, too. Below is a transcript of Seth's talk, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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GiveWell Incubation Grants (2018)

September 18, 2018

GiveWell’s top charities have to meet a very high standard in several ways, including ways that promising charities may not always prioritize. So in recent years, GiveWell has been providing grants to promising charities to help them, if all goes well, achieve top charity status. In this talk from Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, Catherine Hollander explains how GiveWell’s Incubation Grants function, and why they’re an exciting addition to GiveWell’s charity evaluation work. A transcript of Catherine's talk is below, including questions from the audience.

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The Far Future of Intelligent Life Across the Universe

September 14, 2018

The idea of space colonization has captured the human imagination for centuries, but only recently has anyone tried figuring out how it might look in practice. In this talk from Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, Stuart Armstrong explores how a technologically mature humanity might explore the cosmos. A transcript of Stuart's talk is below, including questions from the audience, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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Pandemic Pathogens

September 11, 2018

A sufficiently bad disease could have disastrous effects for humanity, like the 1918 flu, black plague, or even worse. But to protect ourselves as a species from global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs), we need to know which features make a pathogen more or less likely to pose an existential threat. In this advanced talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Dr. Amesh Adalja covers what types of pathogens are most likely, which transmission methods to worry about the most, and many more considerations for anticipating and preventing GCBRs. A transcript of Amesh's talk is below, including questions from the audience.

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Clean Meat

September 7, 2018

“Clean meat”, or meat grown independently from an animal nervous system, is one of the most promising interventions for reducing animal suffering; if we can more cheaply create meat without hurting animals, then market forces could reduce or eliminate factory farming for good. In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Marie Gibbons describes the technical details of scientific progress toward clean meat, and Natalie Cargill explores recent surveys of public opinion on the topic. A transcript of their talk is below, including questions from the audience, which we have lightly edited for clarity.

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EA Newsletter September 6, 2018

Effective Altruism Newsletter

September 6, 2018

We hope you had a good summer/winter.

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Jaan Tallinn Fireside Chat (2018)

September 3, 2018

Jaan Tallinn has been an effective altruist for many years, and has used his reputation and personal funds to support the study of existential risk. In this fireside chat from Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, moderated by Nathan Labenz, he discusses how his views on AI have become more complex, which sorts of organizations he prefers to support, and how being a programmer helped him develop epistemic humility. A transcript of the chat is below, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Intrinsic Values

August 31, 2018

What do we really value? Are our values reducible to just one or two things, or are they more complex? What does it mean to value something? In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Spencer Greenberg argues that we each have a set of multiple intrinsic values, and that it's worth it to reflect on them carefully. A transcript of Spencer's talk is below, including questions from the audience, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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Beyond Top Charities

August 28, 2018

In this talk from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Dr. Neil Buddy Shah makes three arguments about effective altruism: that effective altruists should continue to be rigorous, that we should consider riskier charities than we do, and that we should tailor our interventions at least somewhat to the moral preferences of their beneficiaries. A transcript of Buddy's talk is below, including a Q&A with the audience. We have lightly edited this transcript for readability.

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Nick Beckstead Fireside Chat (2018)

August 24, 2018

In this fireside chat from EA Global 2018: San Francisco, Rob Wiblin asks Nick Beckstead questions about the long-term future, epistemic humility, and which careers effective altruists may not be exploring enough. A transcript of their chat is below, which we have lightly edited for readability.

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