Latest EA Updates for July 2019

Lat­est Updates

• For peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in long-ter­mism and China, and have at least con­ver­sa­tional Man­darin, there is a new fel­low­ship to help peo­ple ac­cel­er­ate their ca­reers in this area. Closes July 30th

• An­ders Sand­berg writ­ing for the BBC on the biggest challenges hu­man­ity will face if we sur­vive into the far future

• Larry Temkin writ­ing in the Jour­nal of Prac­ti­cal Ethics on the pos­si­ble nega­tives of global aid, with re­sponses from William MacAskill and Theron Pum­mer & Matthew Clark

• The EU is de­cid­ing how to in­vest 100,000,000,000 Euros of re­search and de­vel­op­ment money over the next few years, through the new Hori­zon Europe pro­gramme. If you have ideas on how this could be spent, they are sur­vey­ing peo­ple here

• Meet the 13 char­ity en­trepreneurs plan­ning to start new effec­tive char­i­ties

• Rosie Camp­bell with a post on their favourite AI al­ign­ment and policy newsletters

• An ar­ti­cle on why our cur­rent thoughts on re­cy­cling and land­fill may be incorrect

• The At­lantic re­port­ing on how Chi­nese sci­en­tists and philan­thropists are try­ing to erad­i­cate malaria in Kenya by giv­ing an­ti­malar­ial tablets to ev­ery­one there

• A look at 24 tech star­tups from around Asia at­tempt­ing to solve a range of prob­lems, in­clud­ing health, cli­mate and ed­u­ca­tion, as part of En­trepreneur First

• Marc Gun­ther look­ing at how a badly run char­ity can still get a 4 star rat­ing from tra­di­tional char­ity raters

• World Eco­nomic Fo­rum whitepa­per out­lin­ing 8 ac­tions to en­able tech­nol­ogy to eth­i­cally ad­dress men­tal ill-health at scale

• A look at Tar­get Malaria, with a small-scale re­lease of ge­net­i­cally mod­ified ster­ile male mosquitoes in Burk­ina Faso

• Na­tional ge­o­graphic look­ing at how AI can com­bat cli­mate change

• 80,000 Hours with a cal­ibra­tion train­ing tool to help im­prove your predictions

More than half of the peo­ple who live be­low the ab­solute poverty line are chil­dren de­spite only mak­ing up a third of the population

• William MacAskill with defi­ni­tions of effec­tive al­tru­ism and longtermism

• A new group for Bud­dhists in­ter­ested in EA

• The In­dian gov­ern­ment is cre­at­ing a new ‘Nudge’ unit to re­form policy us­ing be­havi­oural economics

• Jamie Har­ris with re­flec­tions on the effec­tive­ness of grass­roots protests

• A post on 5 ac­tions gov­ern­ments and in­ter­na­tional fun­ders should take to meet sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, in­clud­ing keep­ing an up to date di­rec­tory of in­ter­ven­tions that need to be scaled

• Open Philan­thropy with a post on how “GiveWell’s Top Char­i­ties Are (In­creas­ingly) Hard to Beat

• Uplift with 5 tips on how to com­pare apps that help with de­pres­sion and the ev­i­dence be­hind these tools (Uplift them­selves cre­ate their own app but are open about that)

Or­gani­sa­tion Updates

Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive with a 6 month up­date and fundraiser post

• The EA Funds have had some changes to three of the fund man­age­ment teams

• Richard Parr has set up The Good Food In­sti­tute Europe and is happy for peo­ple to reach out to them to find out more and/​or join this mis­sion

•The Cen­ter for In­no­va­tive Gover­nance Re­search on why char­ter cities may be an im­pact­ful intervention

• CSER with an overview and notes of the APPG for Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tions event on drones and the fu­ture of war­fare and on nega­tive emis­sions technology


• Open Phil have made 10 grants re­cently, in­clud­ing $2,000,000 on land use re­form (Cal­ifor­nia YIMBY), $933,000 on farm an­i­mal welfare, $680,000 on sci­en­tific re­search (Off-grid re­friger­a­tion challenge), $437,000 on global catas­trophic risks, $440,000 on biose­cu­rity and pan­demic pre­pared­ness and $115,000 on crim­i­nal jus­tice reform

• The Pur­ple Orange Ven­tures fel­low­ship is pro­vid­ing 120,000 EUR grant fund­ing and men­tor­ship for sci­en­tists and en­g­ineers to ex­plore startup ideas to cre­ate or sup­port the cre­ation of prod­ucts that mimic an­i­mal-based food products

• The Effec­tive Altru­ism Foun­da­tion has opened ap­pli­ca­tions for peo­ple in­ter­ested in work­ing on re­duc­ing risks of as­tro­nom­i­cal suffer­ing. Closes 12th August


• The UN re­leased their mul­ti­di­men­sional poverty in­dex, demon­strat­ing that la­bel­ling coun­tries—or even house­holds—as rich and poor is an over­sim­plifi­ca­tion. Two-thirds of the mul­ti­di­men­sion­ally poor live in mid­dle-in­come coun­tries. In In­dia there were 271 mil­lion fewer peo­ple in poverty in 2016 than in 2006

• Lewis Bol­lard look­ing at whether com­pa­nies will make good on their cage-free pledges

• A pa­per look­ing at how ethics classes with Peter Singer can af­fect an­i­mal con­sump­tion amongst students

• The Ur­ban In­sti­tute with a liter­a­ture re­view of the role of philan­thropic fund­ing in nu­clear disarmament

• OpenAI with pa­pers on why re­spon­si­ble AI de­vel­op­ment needs co­op­er­a­tion on safety

• Re­think Grants with a write up of their eval­u­a­tion pro­cess for a cor­po­rate am­bas­sador program

• A psy­chol­ogy pa­per on how helping so­cially dis­tant oth­ers can re­sult in nega­tive per­cep­tions by those closer

• The Global Catas­trophic Risk In­sti­tute with a re­port on “Risk Trade-off Anal­y­sis of Nu­clear Ex­plo­sives for As­teroid Deflec­tion

• Saulius Šimčikas with a re­port on how cor­po­rate cam­paigns af­fect 9 to 120 years of chicken life per dol­lar spent

• The Wel­come Foun­da­tion with a global sur­vey of 140,000 peo­ple on how they think about sci­ence and ma­jor health challenges, key figures in­clud­ing 79% agree that vac­cines are safe and 72% trust scientists

• A cause pro­file on in­ver­te­brate welfare by Ja­son Schukraft


• Microsoft has a new billion dol­lar part­ner­ship with OpenAI to help build benefi­cial AI

• Look­ing at the first decade of the Giv­ing Pledge, the cam­paign to change billion­aire philanthropy

• How cryp­tocur­rency is be­ing used to help peo­ple in Venezuela, which is now the fourth largest bit­coin trad­ing coun­try in the world

• Vox cov­er­ing Let’s Fund re­search into pub­lic clean en­ergy re­search and de­vel­op­ment as a po­ten­tially high im­pact dona­tion opportunity

• An overview of the work by David Denken­berger at ALLFED, figur­ing out how to re­duce the risk of star­va­tion in the af­ter­math of global dis­asters


He­len Toner from the Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity and Emerg­ing Tech­nol­ogy talk­ing to 80,000 Hours about com­mon mis­con­cep­tions when think­ing about emerg­ing tech and China

• Fu­ture Perfect look­ing at the value of moon exploration

• The Fu­ture of Life In­sti­tute with a pod­cast on whether nu­clear weapons test­ing is com­ing back

• A pod­cast look­ing at why peo­ple gen­er­ally find A/​B test­ing uncomfortable

• Haydn Belfield from CSER on a pod­cast an­swer­ing ques­tions about ex­is­ten­tial risks

• A pod­cast from the Char­i­ties Aid Foun­da­tion look­ing at the his­tory of EA and ra­tio­nal giv­ing, in­clud­ing Scien­tific Philan­thropy and how EA is differ­ent to these past movements

Effec­tive Altru­ism In Me­dia & Blogs

• In­side Philan­thropy look­ing at how Open Philan­thropy has granted over $70,000,000 to crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form from an effec­tive al­tru­ism perspective

Quartz look­ing at effec­tive al­tru­ism and how it has changed over the last decade

• An ar­ti­cle look­ing at why only 9% of dona­tions in New Zealand go to in­ter­na­tional charities