Latest Research and Updates for January 2019

• The BBC has a new ver­ti­cal fo­cus­ing on the long view of hu­man­ity—start­ing with an ar­ti­cle on the per­ils of short-termism

• Why time cap­ping might be able to in­crease how pro­duc­tive you are

• A post look­ing at us­ing ‘limit­ing fac­tor’ rather than scale when eval­u­at­ing which causes to prioritise

• 80,000 Hours with a pod­cast look­ing at whether poli­tics is be­com­ing more po­larised and populist

• An overview of how EA Giv­ing Tues­day went, with £356,000 (65%) of £546,000 dona­tions matched

• Ex­plainer posts on what GiveWell recom­mended char­i­ties He­len Kel­ler In­ter­na­tional and Malaria Con­sor­tium do

• An overview of cause ar­eas sup­ported by peo­ple who filled out the 2018 EA survey

Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive is an­nounced as a merger be­tween Wild-An­i­mal Suffer­ing Re­search and Utility Farm

• Why some cam­paigns to stop child mar­riage can backfire

• A post on why it may make sense not to go to uni­ver­sity if you want to have impact

• Ezra Klein in­ter­view­ing Bruce Friedrich from GFI on the fu­ture of an­i­mal farm­ing

• There is a $1000 prize for com­ing up with a ti­tle for Toby Ord’s new book on ex­is­ten­tial risk. Closes 15th February

• An overview of Google AI re­search in 2018, in­clud­ing flood pro­tec­tion, eth­i­cal AI, de­tect­ing dis­eased plants, health pre­dic­tion and a new re­search office in Ghana

• Ap­pli­ca­tions for the long-term fu­ture fund are open un­til the 7th of February

• A Vox ar­ti­cle on why some peo­ple are wor­ried about harms caused by AI

• An ar­ti­cle on how micro­cre­dit hasn’t lifted peo­ple out of poverty, but may have other benefits

• Bill Gates on les­sons from 2018, in­clud­ing epi­demic re­sponses and the end of Polio

• 4 ways that nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena could wipe out humanity

• A post which has sum­marised over 400 po­ten­tially cost effec­tive global in­ter­ven­tions in men­tal health

• A blog on how ‘what works’ gov­ern­ment teams from around the world are ap­proach­ing the task of in­creas­ing the amount of ex­per­i­ments and eval­u­a­tions that gov­ern­ments do

• Emer­gent Ven­tures is look­ing to fund pro­jects on “ad­vanc­ing hu­mane solu­tions to those fac­ing ad­ver­sity – based on tol­er­ance, uni­ver­sal­ity, and co­op­er­a­tive pro­cesses”

• A list of job boards for ca­reers in EA and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment areas

• An in­di­vi­d­ual’s post pub­li­cly pledg­ing their dona­tions and goals for 2019

• An up­dated list of AI safety resources

• An ar­ti­cle in the Fi­nan­cial Times look­ing at donat­ing to an­i­mal char­i­ties from an EA perspective

• A cu­rated list of po­ten­tial EA pro­jects and meta charities

• A post on the case for an­i­mal fo­cused lo­cal EA move­ment building

• A list of EA or­gani­sa­tion fund­ing gaps

• A re­view of how well DIFD has used its po­si­tion as a ma­jor donor to im­prove the value for money and effec­tive­ness of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid spent through UN agencies

• CEDIL with a post ar­gu­ing that the limits of RCT gen­er­al­is­abil­ity are overstated

• FHI have a new pa­per look­ing at U.S. pub­lic at­ti­tudes to­wards AI

• Open Phil made 5 grants in De­cem­ber, with $330,000 for crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and $33,000 for biosecurity

The im­por­tance of know­ing you might be wrong—a Vox ex­plainer of in­tel­lec­tual humility

• A pod­cast on why some sci­en­tific re­form move­ments suc­ceed and oth­ers fail (26:00)

• David Rood­man on why stud­ies should be re­analysed, not just replicated

• Our World in Data are look­ing for recom­men­da­tions on met­rics to in­clude in their new coun­try profiles

• A philos­o­phy pa­per claiming that EA fo­cuses too much on the effi­ciency as­pect of effec­tive­ness

• A “Starter kit to change the world” with 300+ book, pod­cast and web­site recommendations

• Char­ity Science with a post on why char­i­ties some­times have other, un­said goals

• An ar­ti­cle in Na­ture look­ing at how sci­en­tists are turn­ing to crowd­fund­ing for their research

• A briefing pa­per from a global policy watch­dog on how policy mak­ers should in­ter­pret effec­tive al­tru­ism and the risks of do­ing so

• Clearer Think­ing have a de­ci­sion tool to help make an im­por­tant life decision

• Effec­tive al­tru­ism in me­dia & blogs—NPR pod­cast on Ev­i­dence Ac­tion, a his­tory of EAfrom News­room New Zealand, Jacy Reese look­ing at PETA in Quillette, Ab­dul­lah on why they give 1% for hu­man­ity, Jes­sica Almy writ­ing about clean meat in Newsweek

• In a good news roundup Ethiopia has given al­most 1 mil­lion re­fugees the right to work, the num­ber of chil­dren dy­ing each year has gone down by more than 2 mil­lion since 2007 and the Iowa Ag-Gag law has been struck down as un­con­sti­tu­tional, the state in Amer­ica with the biggest pro­duc­tion of pigs and egg lay­ing hens