Latest Research and Updates for February 2019

• Open Phil with a $55,000,000 grant to set up the Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity and Emerg­ing Tech­nol­ogy at Ge­orge­town University

GiveWell have an­nounced a new ap­proach to their re­search. In­clud­ing com­pre­hen­sively re­view­ing di­rect in­ter­ven­tions in sec­tors where im­pacts are more difficult to mea­sure, in­ves­ti­gat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­fluence gov­ern­ment policy, as well as other areas

• The EA Fund for global health and de­vel­op­ment had a $1,000,000 dona­tion for J-PAL’s In­no­va­tion in Govern­ment Ini­ti­a­tive

• A post on the EA fo­rum about the ex­pe­rience of ap­ply­ing for jobs with effec­tive al­tru­ism or­gani­sa­tions

• Rachel Glen­ner­ster on les­sons learnt from a year as chief economist at DFID

• Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute have pub­lished their new re­search agenda

• The Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions has a new blog se­ries look­ing at avert­ing global catas­trophic risks from an effec­tive al­tru­ism perspective

• An ar­ti­cle about the his­tory of civil­i­sa­tion col­lapse by Luke Kemp of CSER for the BBC Deep Civil­i­sa­tion vertical

• OpenAI with a pa­per ar­gu­ing that long-term AI safety re­search needs so­cial scientists

• Saulius Šimčikas look­ing into whether com­pa­nies keep their an­i­mal welfare com­mit­ments

• A BBC Deep Civil­i­sa­tion piece on tech­nol­ogy over very long time scales

• Joey Savoie on how to start a new high im­pact charity

• Eliz­a­beth Barnes, Tom Ever­itt, Shane Legg and Pe­dro A.Ortega with a new pa­per for Deep­Mind

• Michael re­flect­ing on do­ing good as a re­tired per­son in the UK

• A tran­script of an EA Global talk by Rob Mather on the work that Against Malaria Foun­da­tion does

• Phil Hewin­son doc­u­ment­ing their trip to In­dia to see how Aravind Eye Care Sys­tem re­stores vi­sion to 500,000 peo­ple a year

• Edie Bowles and Jamie Har­ris on the best ways to use your time as a law stu­dent or lawyer to help animals

• John Beshir talk­ing to Vox about how they vol­un­teered to get malaria to help test vaccines

• Matthew on whether there is a mar­ket failure in the tech vol­un­teer­ing space

• An NPR piece on why No Lean Sea­son wasn’t afraid to say that they failed

• An ar­ti­cle in Na­ture look­ing at the tech­ni­cal gaps in clean meat research

• GFI awards $3,000,000 in fund­ing to 14 sci­en­tists for plant-based and cell-based meat research

• An ar­ti­cle look­ing at how some pro-mi­grant cam­paigns can po­ten­tially backfire

• A post on good prac­tices to im­prove your predictions

• One for the World 6 months update

• The Economist look­ing at how the war on drugs has hurt pa­tients in poorer countries

• A new pa­per from CSER on bridg­ing the gap be­tween near-term and long-term con­cerns about AI

• Peter Singer on how grate­ful giv­ing may not do the most good

• Rob Wiblin on the Ra­tion­ally Speak­ing pod­cast talk­ing about 80,000 Hours

• A fund­ing pro­posal for sup­port­ing a cam­paign to in­crease Cana­dian offi­cial de­vel­op­ment assistance

• Kel­sey Piper on the 80,000 Hours pod­cast talk­ing about Vox and effec­tive ca­reers in journalism

• Our World In Data with a post on how they at­tempt to track the his­tory of ex­treme poverty

• GiveWell an­nounced a call for grant ap­pli­ca­tions for out­stand­ing or­gani­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in South­east Asia and Bangladesh. Ap­pli­ca­tions close April 1st

• A re­port on the BP funded ‘Ven­ture Re­search Unit’ in the 1980′s that aimed to fund re­searchers who ques­tioned cur­rent think­ing with­out ex­ten­sive re­quire­ments or peer review

• 80,000 Hours pod­cast on rad­i­cal in­sti­tu­tional re­forms that might make cap­i­tal­ism and democ­racy better

• A 500 word ex­plainer from Vox on the po­ten­tial for AI to cause harm

• Ju­lia Wise on why it’s okay to have goals other than “cost effec­tive­ness”

• A Vox post sug­gest­ing that we don’t yet know if smart­phone use has af­fected men­tal health is­sues and re­search so far has been inconclusive

• A sum­mary post of lists of open ques­tions in EA

• A pod­cast look­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence and effec­tive altruism

• Open Phil made 4 other grants in Jan­uary, with $1,625,000 for biose­cu­rity, $333,000 for gene drive reg­u­la­tion re­search, $150,000 for crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and $131,000 for clean meat

• 2018 EA sur­vey posts on where peo­ple first hear about EA, ge­o­graphic differ­ences in EA and group membership

• Brian Tse, from Oxford Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for the Gover­nance of AI, shar­ing their thoughts on the new Amer­i­can AI Initiative

• Gar­ret M. Broad on how the effec­tive al­tru­ism and an­i­mal pro­tec­tion move­ments have con­tributed to each other

• Chatham House with a pa­per look­ing at the EU reg­u­la­tory land­scape and con­sid­er­a­tions for policy mak­ers deal­ing with an in­crease in meat analogue consumption

• Vox cov­er­ing the re­cent de­bate over whether ex­treme poverty has de­creased in the last few decades

• A re­view of meta stud­ies by Camp­bell Col­lab­o­ra­tion sug­gest­ing mixed im­pact for var­i­ous fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion programmes

• GFI have a new open on­line course teach­ing the ba­sics of plant-based and cell-based meat

• Effec­tive al­tru­ism in me­dia & blogs—Jacy Reese with a short video on NowThis about the end of an­i­mal farm­ing, Haseeb Qureshi on their 2018 dona­tions and how they re­duce their so­cial me­dia con­sump­tion, Philan­thropy Aus­tralia look­ing at the his­tory of EA, CSER on BBC news writ­ing about the biggest threats to hu­man­ity

• In a good news roundup Tyson, the sec­ond largest meat pro­ducer in the world, have an­nounced they will be launch­ing their own an­i­mal-free pro­tein prod­ucts in 2019, new re­search sug­gest­ing that measles vac­cines can also help re­duce ex­treme poverty and ini­tial stud­ies re­port­ing that pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments can be effec­tive in re­duc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence