Latest Research and Updates for October

For the EA Lon­don newslet­ter there is a sec­tion sum­maris­ing up­dates and re­search from EA and EA re­lated or­gani­sa­tions and in­di­vi­d­u­als. Some­one men­tioned it might be use­ful as a fo­rum post so here it is. Let me know if I should keep post­ing here each month, some­where else or not at all.

If you’re in­ter­ested in see­ing pre­vi­ous months, they are here.

• Ways peo­ple try­ing to do good ac­ci­den­tally make things worse, and how to avoid them

• Char­lotte Stix has started a newslet­ter cov­er­ing the AI policy and strat­egy ecosys­tem in Europe

• Sur­vey of EA org lead­ers about what skills and ex­pe­rience they most need

• Julie Wise writ­ing on how no one is a statis­tic

• Vox has a new de­part­ment, Fu­ture Perfect, re­port­ing the news with an effec­tive al­tru­ism an­gle, they have started with a pod­cast ask­ing Bill Gates what they think about global poverty, AI and clean meat

• A post on whether peo­ple would give more to for­eign aid if they knew the scale of global in­equal­ity

• A read­ing list for peo­ple in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about RCTs not be­ing the ‘gold stan­dard’ in global de­vel­op­ment

• Ex­tended notes on the book Su­per­in­tel­li­gence

• Michael Plant has cre­ated a hap­piness man­i­festo, ar­gu­ing effec­tive al­tru­ism can and should use hap­piness sur­veys to de­ter­mine cost-effec­tive­ness which would re­sult in differ­ent char­ity recommendations

• Phil Hewin­son has writ­ten a com­pre­hen­sive sum­mary of tech prod­ucts that are helping peo­ple today

• Mind Ease is a new men­tal health in­ter­ven­tion—also with in depth re­sponses in the com­ments

Lets Fund is a new or­gani­sa­tion look­ing to help peo­ple dis­cover, learn about and fund break­through re­search, policy and ad­vo­cacy pro­jects

• The new EA An­gel group is look­ing for fun­ders, ap­pli­cants and vol­un­teers to help im­prove the early-stage fund­ing land­scape in the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity

• CSER have cu­rated 15 pa­pers to­gether in a spe­cial is­sue bring­ing to­gether a wide range of re­search on ex­is­ten­tial and catas­trophic risk. They also have five book recom­men­da­tions re­lated to these sub­jects

• A post on the po­ten­tial bot­tle­necks and solu­tions in the ex­is­ten­tial risk ecosys­tem

• A deeper dive into pro­vid­ing pain re­lief to lower in­come coun­tries and po­ten­tial fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

• A new 80,000 hour ca­reer re­view on go­ing into aca­demic re­search

• BIT is run­ning 18 RCTs to look into ca­pac­ity build­ing (in­clud­ing tax com­pli­ance, birth reg­is­tra­tion and ed­u­ca­tion) in In­done­sia, Bangladesh and Gu­atemala

• Pod­cast with economist Tyler Cowen sug­gest­ing that sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth is the best way to safe­guard the fu­ture of hu­man­ity

• Hilary Greaves on moral clue­less­ness, pop­u­la­tion ethics and the vi­sion for GPI

• A look at po­ten­tial nega­tive ex­ter­nal­ities of cash trans­fers

• Paul Chris­ti­ano on how hu­man­ity might pro­gres­sively hand over de­ci­sion-mak­ing to AI sys­tems

• A new 80,000 hours ar­ti­cle with po­ten­tial ca­reers to go into based on whether you already have a par­tic­u­lar strength or ex­per­tise

• There are new man­age­ment teams for EA funds

Micro­sum­maries of 150+ pa­pers in the newest de­vel­op­ment eco­nomics re­search

• Martin Rees has re­leased a book look­ing at the fu­ture prospects of hu­man­ity. And an in­ter­view with Vox

• Peter Singer with an ar­ti­cle look­ing at whether clean meat can save the planet

• Allan Dafoe from FHI with a doc­u­ment on the re­search agenda for AI gov­er­nance

• Michelle Hutch­in­son on keep­ing ab­solutes in mind and not just look­ing at rel­a­tive val­ues

• A NYT fea­ture on a pro­ject to give ex-felons vot­ing rights, po­ten­tially re-en­fran­chis­ing 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple, helped with fund­ing from Open Philan­thropy

• Open Phil with a sum­mary of why they fo­cus on sci­en­tific re­search, where they’ve granted $67 mil­lion and an open call for grant pro­pos­als

• Lewis Bol­lard look­ing at whether an­i­mal ad­vo­cates should en­gage in U.S. poli­tics

• A post on the value of be­ing world class in a non tra­di­tional area

• A post look­ing at effec­tive al­tru­ism and the law of diminish­ing marginal effect

• A sum­mary of two pos­si­ble in­ter­ven­tions to re­duce in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence

• A post on the ra­tio­nale be­hind a GiveWell In­cu­ba­tion Grant to Ev­i­dence Ac­tion Beta

• A slide deck look­ing at psychedelics as a po­ten­tial cause area

• GFI on the data be­hind why they use the term ‘clean meat’ and why it might be use­ful to some­times re­fer to ‘cul­tured meat’

• ODI have a toolkit that pro­vides a step-by-step ap­proach to help re­searchers plan for, mon­i­tor and im­prove the im­pact their re­search has on policy and prac­tice

• An FLI pod­cast look­ing at the role of au­toma­tion in the nu­clear sphere

• Utility Farm have an­nounced the com­pas­sion­ate cat grant to at­tempt to re­duce suffer­ing of birds and small mam­mals

• A col­lec­tion of re­sources for peo­ple look­ing into the gen­er­al­ist vs spe­cial­ist question

• A cu­rated list of pod­casts in the ar­eas of effec­tive al­tru­ism, ra­tio­nal­ity, nat­u­ral sci­ences, so­cial sci­ences, poli­tics and self-im­prove­ment

Sen­tien­tism as an up­grade of hu­man­ism

• Saulius has been look­ing at if there has been a change in the num­ber of ve­g­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans over time

• A doc­u­ment look­ing at what the most effec­tive in­di­vi­d­ual ac­tions are for re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions

• A Fau­n­a­lyt­ics post dis­cussing the mar­ket­ing challenges of clean meat be­ing seen as unnatural