Compilation of 32 new(ish) 80,000 Hours research pieces for the effective altruist community

Here is a list of new 80,000 Hours con­tent since we wrote our pre­vi­ous up­date for this fo­rum last Septem­ber, in chronolog­i­cal or­der.

Note that a lot of our new ideas now come out through our pod­cast—you can sub­scribe by search­ing for 80,000 Hours in any pod­cast­ing app.

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  1. Should you work at an effec­tive non-profit? A re­search backed anal­y­sis. (Ca­reer re­view)

  2. Is it time for a new sci­en­tific rev­olu­tion? Ju­lia Galef on how to make hu­mans smarter, why Twit­ter isn’t all bad, and where effec­tive al­tru­ism is go­ing wrong (Pod­cast)

  3. The psy­chol­o­gists in the race against col­lec­tive stu­pidity and how you can join them (Prob­lem pro­file)

  4. Why we must end fac­tory farm­ing as soon as pos­si­ble—and how to do it (Pod­cast)

  5. Pod­cast with FLI: Choos­ing a Ca­reer to Tackle the World’s Biggest Prob­lems with Rob Wiblin and Bren­ton Mayer (Ex­ter­nal)

  6. Our com­put­ers are fun­da­men­tally in­se­cure. Here’s why that could lead to global catas­tro­phe (Pod­cast)

  7. Work­ing in the gov­ern­ment you can have a big im­pact on press­ing global prob­lems. Here’s how to get started. (Ca­reer re­view)

  8. Pod­cast: You want to do as much good as pos­si­ble and have billions of dol­lars. What do you do? (Pod­cast)

  9. Speed­ing up so­cial sci­ence 10-fold, how to do re­search that’s ac­tu­ally use­ful, & why plenty of star­tups cause harm (Pod­cast)

  10. If you want to do good, here’s why fu­ture gen­er­a­tions should be your fo­cus (Ar­ti­cle)

  11. Dr Cameron fought Ebola for the White House. Here’s what keeps her up at night. (Pod­cast)

  12. We can use sci­ence to end poverty faster. But how much do gov­ern­ments listen to it any­way? (Pod­cast)

  13. Lead­ers sur­vey: What are the most im­por­tant tal­ent gaps in effec­tive al­tru­ism—and which prob­lems are most im­pact­ful to work on? (Blog post)

  14. Go­ing un­der­cover to ex­pose an­i­mal cru­elty, get rab­bit cages banned and re­duce meat con­sump­tion (Pod­cast)

  15. Why you should con­sider ap­ply­ing for grad school right now (Blog post)

  16. Prof Tet­lock on pre­dict­ing catas­tro­phes, why keep your poli­tics se­cret, and when ex­perts know more than you (Pod­cast)

  17. Why de­spite global progress, hu­man­ity is prob­a­bly fac­ing its most dan­ger­ous time ever (Ar­ti­cle)

  18. Guide to effec­tive holi­day giv­ing in 2017 (Blog post)

  19. Michelle hopes to shape the world by shap­ing the ideas of in­tel­lec­tu­als. Will global pri­ori­ties re­search suc­ceed? (Pod­cast)

  20. Our de­scen­dants will prob­a­bly see us as moral mon­sters. What should we do about that? (Pod­cast)

  21. Ofir Re­ich on us­ing data sci­ence to end poverty and the spu­ri­ous ac­tion/​in­ac­tion dis­tinc­tion (Pod­cast)

  22. “It’s my job to worry about any way nukes could get used” (Pod­cast)

  23. Bruce Friedrich makes the case that in­vent­ing out­stand­ing meat re­place­ments is the most effec­tive way to help an­i­mals (Pod­cast)

  24. The world’s most in­tel­lec­tual foun­da­tion is hiring. Holden Karnofsky, founder of GiveWell, on how philan­thropy can have max­i­mum im­pact by tak­ing big risks. (Pod­cast)

  25. A new recom­mended ca­reer path for effec­tive al­tru­ists: China spe­cial­ist (Ar­ti­cle)

  26. Yes, a ca­reer in com­mer­cial law has earn­ing po­ten­tial. We still don’t recom­mend it. (Ca­reer re­view)

  27. The non-profit that figured out how to mas­sively cut suicide rates in Sri Lanka, and their plan to do the same around the world (Pod­cast)

  28. A ma­chine learn­ing al­ign­ment re­searcher on how to be­come a ma­chine lear­ing al­ign­ment re­searcher (Pod­cast)

  29. Why it’s a bad idea to break the rules, even if it’s for a good cause (Pod­cast)

  30. Our top 3 les­sons on how not to waste your ca­reer on things that don’t change the world (Video)

  31. Why we have to lie to our­selves about why we do what we do, ac­cord­ing to Prof Robin Han­son (Pod­cast)

  32. Why op­er­a­tions man­age­ment is one of the biggest bot­tle­necks in effec­tive al­tru­ism (Ar­ti­cle)

We used to break out ar­ti­cles that were aimed at the EA com­mu­nity from those which weren’t, but at this point there isn’t enough of the lat­ter to bother di­vid­ing them.


- The 80,000 Hours team

P.S. Here’s the first in the se­ries from last June.