Latest EA Updates for June 2019

Or­gani­sa­tion Updates

• Re­think Char­ity For­ward 2018 year in review

• ACE with a re­view of 2018

• A re­view of fundrais­ing ac­tivi­ties of the Effec­tive Altru­ism Foun­da­tion in 2018

MIRI 2018 year in review

• The Life You Can Save are launch­ing the Giv­ing Games Plat­form and new fa­cil­i­ta­tor tools


• Open Phil have made 10+ grants re­cently, in­clud­ing $18,451,000 on global health, $7,660,000 on farm an­i­mal welfare, $5,168,000 on sci­en­tific re­search, $4,796,000 to 80,000 Hours, $2,756,000 to the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism, $1,015,000 on global catas­trophic risks, $255,000 on crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and $150,000 on land use reform

• The Gates Foun­da­tion with a $180,000,000 grant in sup­port of the Child Health and Mor­tal­ity Preven­tion Surveillance (CHAMPS) net­work. CHAMPS col­lects and analy­ses data that is used to help iden­tify the causes of death among chil­dren un­der the age of 5 in seven coun­tries where child mor­tal­ity rates are the highest

• A $150,000,000 gift to the Univer­sity of Oxford to serve as a dy­namic hub ded­i­cated to the hu­man­i­ties and also to house the In­sti­tute for Ethics in AI

• Open Phil ex­plain­ing their $17,500,000 bet on Sher­lock Bio­sciences’ in­no­va­tions in viral diagnostics

• ACE are fund­ing grants for an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy pro­jects, es­pe­cially for newer or­gani­sa­tions fo­cused on farmed an­i­mals. Clos­ing on July 14th

• GiveWell ex­plain­ing their de­ci­sion to al­lo­cate $4,700,000 to the Against Malaria Foundation

• The EA Fund for Global Devel­op­ment has granted $60,000 to In­stiglio, an or­gani­sa­tion which as­sists in the tech­ni­cal de­sign of re­sults-based fi­nanc­ing mechanisms


• Zach Groff with an up­date on a foun­da­tional re­sult on how much wild an­i­mals suffer, sug­gest­ing that suffer­ing doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily dom­i­nate en­joy­ment in nature

• Luisa Ro­driguez with the first in a se­ries of posts on nu­clear risks, look­ing at which plau­si­ble nu­clear ex­change sce­nar­ios should worry us the most

• Karolina Sarek with re­search look­ing into whether cor­po­rate cam­paigns in the US have any coun­ter­fac­tual im­pact

• An overview of the ris­ing threat of dengue, the world’s fastest-grow­ing mosquito-borne virus

• 3ie with a post warn­ing about the dan­gers of rely­ing on sin­gle stud­ies to in­form policy making

• Kim Cud­ding­ton with re­search into var­i­ous ways of un­der­stand­ing life his­tory clas­sifi­ca­tion of animals

• Re­search into the health im­pact of snakebites, with over 120,000 peo­ple be­ing kil­led each year and 400,000 peo­ple with life chang­ing disabilities

• Daniela R. Wald­horn with re­search into whether in­ver­te­brates have the ca­pac­ity to ex­pe­rience pain and plea­sure in a morally sig­nifi­cant way

• Peter Hur­ford look­ing at

• A re­port from What Works Wel­lbe­ing on what an in­di­vi­d­ual would be will­ing to pay for an ad­di­tional year of healthy life (av­er­age = £25,000)


• A new or­gani­sa­tion, the Hap­pier Lives In­sti­tute, has been cre­ated to look into “the best ways to help oth­ers live hap­pier lives”

• An in­ter­view with Ben Delo and Natalie Cargill on why they are pri­ori­tis­ing the long-term fu­ture at Effec­tive Giving

• Vishal Maini with an ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence read­ing list for new­com­ers

• Vic­to­ria Krakovna with an overview of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Learn­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tions Safe Ma­chine Learn­ing workshop

• Jamie Har­ris look­ing into whether effec­tive an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment build­ing is a ne­glected opportunity

• Hauke Hille­brandt with a post look­ing into whether cor­po­ra­tions could be global catas­trophic risks

• Claire Za­bel and Luke Muehlhauser with a post sum­maris­ing the po­ten­tial ar­eas and per­sonal fit for in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity ca­reers for global catas­trophic risk re­duc­tion and why it may be an im­pact­ful ca­reer path

• BBC Fu­ture with an ar­ti­cle look­ing into the risks of an­thrax and nu­clear waste be­ing re­leased by melt­ing Arc­tic ice

• He­len Toner from Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity and Emerg­ing Tech­nol­ogy and Jeffrey Ding from the Cen­ter for the Gover­nance of AI tes­tify­ing at the US Se­nate be­fore the U.S.-China Eco­nomic and Se­cu­rity Re­view Com­mis­sion on “U.S.-China Com­pe­ti­tion in Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence

• Si­mon Beard from the Cen­tre for the Study of Ex­is­ten­tial Risk writ­ing for the BBC Deep Civil­i­sa­tion se­ries on the long term quest to de­cide right from wrong

• Hilary Greaves with a col­lec­tive study on effec­tive al­tru­ism, re­leased later this year with con­trib­u­tors in­clud­ing William MacAskill and Toby Ord

• GFI re­port on the state of China’s plant-based meat industry

• CSER re­searcher Luke Kemp with a chap­ter on con­flict re­s­olu­tion in cli­mate diplomacy

• A post on how two cen­turies of rapid pop­u­la­tion growth is about to come to an end

• An overview of the Bangladesh Pri­ori­ties pro­ject look­ing at how to do the most good per taka spent

• A new on­line game for peo­ple to test their knowl­edge of his­tor­i­cal data trends

• Jeremiah John­son on why they’ve de­cided to donate a kid­ney to a stranger

• Clearer Think­ing with a set of ‘Life-Chang­ing ques­tions’ that they claim are prac­ti­cal, yet rarely-asked and 83% of peo­ple re­ported were valuable for them to answer

• Our World in Data with vi­su­al­i­sa­tions on which coun­tries achieved eco­nomic growth and why this matters


• A look into whether cli­mate change is an ex­is­ten­tial or catas­trophic risk and why this could matter

What are lethal au­tonomous weapons and should they be banned?

• What is the case for adding more and more peo­ple to earth?

• How librar­i­ans, pirates, and fun­ders are liber­at­ing the world’s aca­demic re­search from paywalls


• Philip Tet­lock on why ac­cu­rately pre­dict­ing the fu­ture is “cen­tral to ab­solutely ev­ery­thing”

• Fu­ture Perfect pod­cast with Jaan Tal­linn and Kel­sey Piper look­ing at risks from AI

• Cass Sun­stein on how so­cial change happens

• Push­meet Kohli on 80,000 Hours talk­ing about Deep­Mind’s plan to make AI sys­tems ro­bust & reliable

Dy­lan Matthews on Ra­tion­ally Speak­ing talk­ing about var­i­ous EA re­lated areas

• Fu­ture Perfect look­ing at how foun­da­tions like Ford and Rock­efel­ler pushed hard to con­trol In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion with ster­il­i­sa­tion and how In­dia’s gov­ern­ment ex­panded that prac­tice into a mas­sive atrocity

Rob Wiblin on the Ne­oliberal pod­cast dis­cussing 80,000 Hours

• Dr Di­ana Fleischman dis­cussing how the EA move­ment is re­defin­ing an­i­mal suffering

Effec­tive al­tru­ism in me­dia & blogs

• CSER re­searchers with an ar­ti­cle in the Metro on ar­tifi­cial diseases

• A new book by Tom Chivers about AI Safety and the com­mu­nity around this area

• Devex with an ar­ti­cle on how GiveWell is ex­plor­ing giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are more difficult to measure

• A Chris­tian book re­view of The Most Good You Can Do

• In­side Philan­thropy look­ing at whether new donors trans­form­ing the global aid in­dus­try is a good thing

• Record­ing of the 2019 Liff­man Lec­ture on eth­i­cal philan­thropy fea­tur­ing Peter Singer

• Paul Nie­haus from GiveDirectly and Ellie Hassen­feld from GiveWell with record­ings of their talks at the Data, De­ci­sions and Public Policy lectures

Good news roundup

• Kenya and Ghana are rol­ling out a malaria vac­cine to 360,000 children

• Ecuador has ap­proved same-sex marriage