Thanks, great response kokotajlod. Do we have any views if there are already other EAs seriously investigating this, to see how probable and large the danger is and try to brainstorm tractible solutions?
At the moment I am quite packed with community building work for EA Netherlands but I would love to be in a smaller group to have some discussions about it. I am relatively new to this forum, what would be the best way to find collaborators for this?
Here are some people you could reach out to:Stefan Schubert (IIRC he is skeptical of this sort of thing, so maybe he’ll be a good addition to the conversation)Mojmir Stehlik (He’s been thinking about polarization)David Althaus (He’s been thinking about forecasting platforms as a potential tractible and scalable intervention to raise the sanity waterline)There are probably a bunch of people who are also worth talking to but these are the ones I know of off the top of my head.
Great thanks! Did you already listen to https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/tristan-harris-changing-incentives-social-media/?
New 80k episode, partially dedicated to this argument.
Not yet, thanks for introducing it to me!