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Longter­mism (Philos­o­phy)

The Longter­mism (Philos­o­phy) tag is for posts about philo­soph­i­cal mat­ters rele­vant to longter­mism, mean­ing, roughly, “an eth­i­cal view that is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with en­sur­ing long-run out­comes go well” (MacAskill). Longter­mism is a rel­a­tively new idea, and peo­ple in the EA move­ment cur­rently work on a wide range of open ques­tions re­lated to differ­ent facets of longter­mism.

For posts about what the long-term fu­ture might ac­tu­ally look like, see Long-Term Fu­ture. For posts about spe­cific longter­mist cause ar­eas, see other tags such as Ex­is­ten­tial Risk.

Cru­cial ques­tions for longtermists

MichaelA
29 Jul 2020 9:39 UTC
70 points
10 comments19 min readEA link

‘Longter­mism’

William_MacAskill
25 Jul 2019 21:27 UTC
88 points
56 comments9 min readEA link

Com­mon ground for longtermists

Tobias_Baumann
29 Jul 2020 10:26 UTC
59 points
8 comments4 min readEA link

Are we liv­ing at the most in­fluen­tial time in his­tory?

William_MacAskill
3 Sep 2019 4:55 UTC
186 points
141 comments24 min readEA link

How to think about an un­cer­tain fu­ture: les­sons from other sec­tors & mis­takes of longter­mist EAs

weeatquince
5 Sep 2020 12:51 UTC
29 points
26 comments14 min readEA link

Ask Me Any­thing!

William_MacAskill
14 Aug 2019 15:52 UTC
150 points
138 comments3 min readEA link

Toby Ord’s ‘The Precipice’ is pub­lished!

matthew.vandermerwe
4 Mar 2020 21:09 UTC
136 points
17 comments2 min readEA link

A bunch of new GPI papers

Pablo_Stafforini
25 Sep 2019 13:32 UTC
102 points
6 comments2 min readEA link

In­sti­tu­tions for Fu­ture Generations

tylermjohn
11 Nov 2019 20:33 UTC
101 points
51 comments5 min readEA link

Eight high-level un­cer­tain­ties about global catas­trophic and ex­is­ten­tial risk

SiebeRozendal
28 Nov 2019 14:47 UTC
80 points
9 comments5 min readEA link

Book Re­view: The Precipice

Aaron Gertler
9 Apr 2020 21:21 UTC
39 points
0 comments17 min readEA link
(slatestarcodex.com)

An­nounc­ing the new Forethought Foun­da­tion for Global Pri­ori­ties Research

William_MacAskill
4 Dec 2018 10:36 UTC
62 points
0 commentsEA link

In­tro­duc­ing GPI’s new re­search agenda

Global Priorities Institute
15 Feb 2019 17:11 UTC
60 points
11 comments1 min readEA link

Quan­tify­ing an­thropic effects on the Fermi paradox

Lukas_Finnveden
15 Feb 2019 10:47 UTC
60 points
3 comments41 min readEA link

Age-Weighted Voting

William_MacAskill
12 Jul 2019 15:21 UTC
61 points
39 comments6 min readEA link

AMA: Toby Ord, au­thor of “The Precipice” and co-founder of the EA movement

Toby_Ord
17 Mar 2020 2:39 UTC
66 points
82 comments1 min readEA link

The Long-Term Fu­ture: An At­ti­tude Survey

Aron_Vallinder
16 Sep 2019 15:57 UTC
62 points
15 comments8 min readEA link

Should Longter­mists Mostly Think About An­i­mals?

abrahamrowe
3 Feb 2020 14:40 UTC
61 points
41 comments20 min readEA link

If you value fu­ture peo­ple, why do you con­sider near term effects?

Alex HT
8 Apr 2020 15:21 UTC
67 points
75 comments13 min readEA link

Clar­ify­ing ex­is­ten­tial risks and ex­is­ten­tial catastrophes

MichaelA
24 Apr 2020 13:27 UTC
22 points
3 comments7 min readEA link

[Question] What are the lead­ing cri­tiques of “longter­mism” and re­lated concepts

AlasdairGives
30 May 2020 10:54 UTC
40 points
26 comments1 min readEA link

Differ­en­tial tech­nolog­i­cal de­vel­op­ment

james_aung
25 Jun 2020 10:54 UTC
27 points
7 comments5 min readEA link

Rep­re­sent­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in the poli­ti­cal process

Tobias_Baumann
25 Jun 2020 15:31 UTC
33 points
6 comments1 min readEA link
(centerforreducingsuffering.org)

Civ­i­liza­tion Re-Emerg­ing After a Catas­trophic Collapse

MichaelA
27 Jun 2020 3:22 UTC
30 points
17 comments2 min readEA link
(www.youtube.com)

Venn di­a­grams of ex­is­ten­tial, global, and suffer­ing catastrophes

MichaelA
15 Jul 2020 12:28 UTC
57 points
2 comments7 min readEA link

Why I’m skep­ti­cal about un­proven causes (and you should be too)

Peter_Hurford
7 Aug 2013 4:00 UTC
27 points
0 commentsEA link

Why long-run fo­cused effec­tive al­tru­ism is more com­mon sense

Benjamin_Todd
21 Nov 2014 0:12 UTC
19 points
19 commentsEA link

Why might the fu­ture be good?

Paul_Christiano
27 Feb 2013 5:00 UTC
2 points
0 commentsEA link

A pro­posed ad­just­ment to the as­tro­nom­i­cal waste argument

Nick_Beckstead
27 May 2013 4:00 UTC
15 points
1 commentEA link

Con­ver­sa­tion with Holden Karnofsky, Nick Beck­stead, and Eliezer Yud­kowsky on the “long-run” per­spec­tive on effec­tive altruism

Nick_Beckstead
18 Aug 2014 4:30 UTC
4 points
7 commentsEA link

EA read­ing list: longter­mism and ex­is­ten­tial risks

richard_ngo
3 Aug 2020 9:52 UTC
33 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

Cause pri­ori­ti­za­tion for down­side-fo­cused value systems

Lukas_Gloor
31 Jan 2018 14:47 UTC
54 points
9 comments47 min readEA link

The ex­pected value of ex­tinc­tion risk re­duc­tion is positive

JanBrauner
9 Dec 2018 8:00 UTC
34 points
19 comments61 min readEA link

Link: Longter­mist In­sti­tu­tional Reform

Dale
30 Jul 2020 20:36 UTC
28 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

Toby Ord: Selected quo­ta­tions on ex­is­ten­tial risk

Aaron Gertler
6 Aug 2020 17:41 UTC
24 points
0 comments38 min readEA link
(theprecipice.com)

The emerg­ing school of pa­tient longtermism

80000_Hours
7 Aug 2020 16:28 UTC
61 points
11 comments2 min readEA link

EA read­ing list: fu­tur­ism and transhumanism

richard_ngo
4 Aug 2020 14:29 UTC
19 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

[Question] What are novel ma­jor in­sights from longter­mist macros­trat­egy or global pri­ori­ties re­search found since 2015?

Max_Daniel
13 Aug 2020 9:15 UTC
71 points
47 comments1 min readEA link

Thoughts on pa­tient philanthropy

Tobias_Baumann
8 Sep 2020 12:00 UTC
14 points
5 comments1 min readEA link
(s-risks.org)

For­mal­iz­ing longtermism

Michael_Wiebe
16 Sep 2020 5:00 UTC
9 points
15 comments2 min readEA link

Causal di­a­grams of the paths to ex­is­ten­tial catastrophe

MichaelA
1 Mar 2020 14:08 UTC
34 points
9 comments13 min readEA link

Quotes about the long reflection

MichaelA
5 Mar 2020 7:48 UTC
51 points
12 comments13 min readEA link

[Link and com­men­tary] Beyond Near- and Long-Term: Towards a Clearer Ac­count of Re­search Pri­ori­ties in AI Ethics and Society

MichaelA
14 Mar 2020 9:04 UTC
14 points
0 comments6 min readEA link

[Question] Will the coro­n­avirus pan­demic ad­vance or hin­der the spread of longter­mist-style val­ues/​think­ing?

MichaelA
19 Mar 2020 6:07 UTC
11 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Differ­en­tial progress /​ in­tel­lec­tual progress /​ tech­nolog­i­cal development

MichaelA
24 Apr 2020 14:08 UTC
30 points
14 comments7 min readEA link

Ex­is­ten­tial risks are not just about humanity

MichaelA
28 Apr 2020 0:09 UTC
15 points
0 comments5 min readEA link

Some thoughts on Toby Ord’s ex­is­ten­tial risk estimates

MichaelA
7 Apr 2020 2:19 UTC
50 points
31 comments9 min readEA link

[Question] What are some re­sources to learn how Tech­nol­ogy af­fects longter­mism in Poli­cy­mak­ing?

Venkatesh
12 Jun 2020 14:50 UTC
2 points
1 comment2 min readEA link

Model­ing the Hu­man Tra­jec­tory (Open Philan­thropy)

Aaron Gertler
16 Jun 2020 9:27 UTC
49 points
4 comments2 min readEA link
(www.openphilanthropy.org)

Long-term in­vest­ment fund at Founders Pledge

SjirH
10 Jan 2020 19:09 UTC
130 points
27 comments3 min readEA link

[Question] Put­ting Peo­ple First in a Cul­ture of De­hu­man­iza­tion

jhealy
22 Jul 2020 3:31 UTC
16 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] For those work­ing on longter­mist pro­jects, how do you stay mo­ti­vated in the short-term?

warrenjordan
8 Aug 2020 19:21 UTC
13 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

[Question] Is ex­is­ten­tial risk more press­ing than other ways to im­prove the long-term fu­ture?

evelynciara
20 Aug 2020 3:50 UTC
23 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

“Why Na­tions Fail” and the long-ter­mist view of global poverty

Ben_Kuhn
16 Jul 2019 7:59 UTC
107 points
19 comments13 min readEA link
(www.benkuhn.net)