EAs should take on ambitious projects with high expected value, even if they have a high chance of failure. And people deserve praise for taking on those projects, whether they succeed or fail.
I want to give praise to those people. Who are they?
One example is No Lean Season—a promising global poverty intervention that turned out not to work as well as expected. Good on them for running this project, and good on them for shutting it down when it didn’t pan out.
What are some other examples? If you did something that you thought was high-EV but ended up failing, feel free to name yourself!
H/T Will MacAskill for this example. ↩︎