Latest Research and Updates for December

• There is a new or­gani­sa­tion called the Forethought Foun­da­tion for Global Pri­ori­ties Re­search, their main mis­sion is to com­ple­ment the Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute by pro­mot­ing aca­demic work that ad­dresses the ques­tion of how to use our re­sources to im­prove the world by as much as possible

• Re­search from the Forethought Foun­da­tion ex­am­in­ing past events that have had very long-run in­fluence, in­clud­ing the rise of early Chris­ti­an­ity and Con­fu­cius vs Mozi

• Rob Wiblin has put to­gether a google doc list­ing var­i­ous fundrais­ing and an­nual re­view posts by effec­tive al­tru­ism re­lated organisations

• 80,000 Hours in­ter­view with the chief economist at DFID, look­ing at if it’s pos­si­ble to fund a year of ed­u­ca­tion for 30 cents, the right bal­ance of RCTs and how much we can gen­er­al­ise from studies

• More ev­i­dence that un­con­di­tional cash trans­fers are im­pact­ful, as well as more gov­ern­ments start­ing to roll out their own cash trans­fer programmes

• The donor lot­tery for 2018 is live, closes on Jan­uary 10th

Les­sons learnt from a prospec­tive al­ter­na­tive meat startup team

• The man­age­ment teams for the an­i­mal welfare, long-term fu­ture and EA meta funds all took part in AMAs last month

• An overview of the AI safety land­scape in 2018 and po­ten­tial places to donate

• A post on why giv­ing more might not make you happier

• An overview of dona­tion data from the 2017 EA survey

• Kim­ber­ley Jayne has co-ed­ited a book ex­plor­ing non-an­i­mal ap­proaches set to re­place an­i­mal use in sci­ence, in­clud­ing a fore­word from Peter Singer

• Sjir Hoeij­mak­ers has writ­ten a re­port on po­ten­tial in­ter­ven­tions for in­creas­ing women’s em­pow­er­ment. They also ap­peared on a Life You Can Save pod­cast, talk­ing about Founders Pledge

• Liv Bo­eree has writ­ten for Vox on how to make bet­ter de­ci­sions

• Phil Hewin­son with a in depth post about build­ing a chat­bot to pro­tect peo­ple from malaria

• Hauke Hille­brandt and John Halstead have a de­tailed post on why im­pact in­vest­ing may not be as good as donat­ing to charity

• Char­lotte Stix has writ­ten an overview of the EU Com­mis­sions new co­or­di­nated plan on AI, in­clud­ing a pro­jected aim of €20 billion in fund­ing by 2020

• Rossa O’keeffe-O’dono­van was pre­sent­ing their pa­per at the inau­gu­ral Yale RISE con­fer­ence, which fo­cuses on the sci­ence be­hind scal­ing up policy in­ter­ven­tions. Also a twit­ter overview of the conference

• Jamie Har­ris with a re­view of EA Global 2018 and of the book “The End of An­i­mal Farm­ing

• Michael Plant has writ­ten up a cause pro­file on men­tal health with po­ten­tial dona­tion and ca­reer sug­ges­tions

• San­jay Joshi, Ste­fan Torges and Adam Gleave won prizes for their posts on the EA Fo­rum last month

• 80,000 Hours pod­cast on how we could feed the world af­ter a nu­clear winter

• A post on which an­i­mals might need the most help from an­i­mal advocacy

• A tran­script of the clos­ing talk given by Will MacAskill from EA Global 2018: San Fran­cisco—Why should effec­tive al­tru­ists em­brace un­cer­tainty?

• Open Phil made 11 grants in Novem­ber, with $5.5 mil­lion for crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form, $2.2 mil­lion for farm an­i­mal welfare, $1.9 mil­lion for bio-se­cu­rity and $1.1 mil­lion in AI Safety

• The EA Ho­tel is fundraising

• A po­ten­tially use­ful check­list from Rob Wiblin on over­com­ing life and ca­reer setbacks

• A vi­su­al­i­sa­tion by Olivia Fox Ca­bane with over 100 or­gani­sa­tions in the new pro­tein space

• Open Phil have a new cal­ibra­tion tool that may help you be­come more accurate

• Clearer Think­ing have a quiz to help you work out what causes might be a good fit for your val­ues. They also have a game to see if you can de­ter­mine if an in­ter­ven­tion had a pos­i­tive or nega­tive impact

• A Vox ex­plainer of the “vuln­er­a­ble world hy­poth­e­sis” by Nick Bostrom

• Emer­gent ven­tures with their sec­ond co­hort of winners

• Open Philan­thropy with an overview of how you can do the most good for animals

• Effec­tive al­tru­ism in me­dia & blogs—Ollie Base from Effec­tive Giv­ing with an overview of EA for Philan­thropy in Fo­cus, a piece on what Su­per­man could learn from Peter Singer and Will MacAskill talk­ing about the five best books on effec­tive altruism

• In a good news roundup, there were no coups in 2018, the world’s first no-kill eggs go on sale, FGM rates in east Africa have dropped from 71% in 1995 to un­der 10%, PEPFAR was reau­tho­rised, the UN has com­mit­ted to us­ing cash as­sis­tance dur­ing global crises and Vox look­ing at four ways the world got bet­ter in 2018