Latest EA Updates for April 2019

Effec­tive al­tru­ism in me­dia & blogs

• A BBC ar­ti­cle by Seth Baum on how global dis­asters can change the course of hu­man­ity

• Fast Com­pany ask­ing whether you should donate to an­i­mal shelters or el­se­where if you care about animals

• The Spin Off look­ing at EA New Zealand and the his­tory of EA

• A look at Yale EA so­ciety from the New Journal

• A re­search fel­low from Kings look­ing at whether Open Philan­thropy Pro­ject will cause the biose­cu­rity field to fo­cus on the wrong risks

Or­gani­sa­tion Updates

• Lo­cal Effec­tive Altru­ism Net­work have launched the EA Hub, hop­ing to en­able col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween peo­ple in­ter­ested in EA

• GiveWell post on the pro­cess they use to al­lo­cate funds given to them for grant­ing at their discretion

• Open Phil with an overview of 2018 and plans for 2019, hav­ing granted over $170 mil­lion last year

• The Life You Can Save with their an­nual report

• ACE with an anal­y­sis of their donor survey

• CSER have an overview of their ground zero art ex­hi­bi­tion, as well as con­tribut­ing to the EU High-Level Ex­pert Group on AI ethics guidelines for trust­wor­thy AI and have pub­lished videos of 11 talks that were given at the 2018 Cam­bridge Con­fer­ence on Catas­trophic Risk


• Open Phil have made 25 grants so far this year, to­tal­ling al­most $120 mil­lion, with re­cent grants in­clud­ing $4,000,000 for re­search into re­pro­duc­tive biol­ogy at Ky­oto Univer­sity, $17,500,000 for re­search on viral di­ag­nos­tics, $2,000,000 on crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and $1,700,000 on im­mi­gra­tion reform

• ACE have granted $1,400,000 to 49 differ­ent an­i­mal fo­cused charities

• The EA Long-Term Fu­ture Fund has granted $923,150, with their rea­son­ing high­lighted in this post

• The EA Meta Fund with $512,000 in grants to 10 projects

• The EA An­i­mal Welfare Fund with $445,000 paid out to 6 projects

• TED has raised $280 mil­lion for 8 pro­jects, in­clud­ing the END fund, which aims to de­worm mil­lions of people

• The In­dian gov­ern­ment has granted $640,000 to two in­sti­tu­tions to re­search cell-based meat


• Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship with their top char­ity ideas for 2019

• A re­port on how there are now more peo­ple in Africa es­cap­ing ex­treme poverty than fal­ling back or be­ing born into it, al­though this re­duc­tion could be much faster

Thoughts on 80,000 hours ca­reers ad­vice, look­ing at how peo­ple may un­der­value im­pact­ful roles out­side EA organisations

• The Alan Tur­ing in­sti­tute with a re­port on how AI might af­fect the global fi­nan­cial industry

• A re­port on fish stock­ing, the prac­tise of farm­ing fish to be re­leased into the wild to in­crease catches

• In­side Philan­thropy re­port­ing on how philan­thropy in China is in­creas­ing and where this money is go­ing

• A post on whether cli­mate change de­serves more at­ten­tion within EA

• The Hu­mane League Labs on how rank­ing ad­vo­cacy strate­gies can mislead

• Our World in Data track­ing the progress in re­duc­ing child mor­tal­ity around the world over the last 30 years


• Cover­age of a new trial be­ing rol­led out in Malawi for a malaria vaccine

• An in­ter­view with the founders of OpenAI and their shift from non­profit to limited partnership

• David Gold­berg talk­ing about how tech founders are pledg­ing to give their money away

• How warn­ing peo­ple off drink­ing tainted drink­ing wa­ter may have re­sulted in more harm

• The Fu­ture of Life In­sti­tute will give its an­nual award to Matthew Me­sel­son, who led the cam­paign against bio-weapons 50 years ago

• How hu­man­ity’s idea of who de­serves moral con­cern has grown and may keep growing


• Tom Kalil on 80,000 Hours dis­cussing how to have im­pact in gov­ern­ment based on 16 years ex­pe­rience in the White House

Bryan Ca­plan on the Har­vard EA podcast

• Per­sis Eskan­der on 80,000 Hours look­ing at what, if any­thing, we should do about an­i­mals that suffer in the wild?

• Mis­sion Daily in­ter­view­ing Will MacAskill, Elie Hassen­feld and Rob Wiblin

• 80,000 Hours with the team try­ing to end poverty by found­ing well-gov­erned ‘char­ter’ cities


• Elliot Jones has started a newslet­ter fo­cus­ing on AI policy de­vel­op­ments in the UK, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, academia and NGOs

• 80,000 Hours with “ca­reer ad­vice I wish I’d been given when I was young” from some­one with a po­ten­tially high im­pact career

• An in­ter­view with biol­o­gist Jon Mallett on the like­li­hood of in­ver­te­brate con­scious­ness

• GiveDirectly on how they solve the last mile pay­ment challenge in Liberia

• A post in Brook­ings on the out sized fo­cus on cash trans­fers in development

• In­side Philan­thropy on what crit­ics of the Notre-Dame fundrais­ing may be get­ting wrong

• Bill Gates on what ar­eas are ne­glected when think­ing about cli­mate change

• The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum with a post vi­su­al­is­ing the Afri­can Con­ti­nen­tal Free Trade Area agree­ment now that 22 coun­tries have rat­ified it

• WeWork have de­cided to set up an ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram to sup­port early-stage sus­tain­able food star­tups in clean and plant based meat as well as sub­sidise work space

Good news roundup

• After tri­al­ling the im­pos­si­ble whop­per at 59 Burger King lo­ca­tions in early April, they have an­nounced that they will ex­pand it to all 7000+ lo­ca­tions across America