Lead developer for the EA Forum
I think sometimes they can write into the donation various stipulations around how fast they sell it. If you were looking to avoid scrutiny, you might take advantage of that.
I’d be happy to keep this tag and the others, so that someone interested in the topic as a whole can subscribe to any new posts tagged Sentience & Consciousness.
Sorry about the issues. On S-Risks, it is a wiki-only tag, though probably we should change that.
I really like the idea of tagging everything that’s been officially produced by an organization with the organization’s tag. So you might go to the Rethink Priorities tag, sort by top, and see a “best of” list.
[Edit reply] Not to my knowledge, sorry.
Note: that tag is currently a wiki-only tag/wiki page, but could be turned into a proper tag if desired.
Reasonable because the generality, though I think the cryptography ship has long, long since sailed.
Seems good. Maybe we should crosspost one of the recent articles on Sam Bankman-Freid.
Made worse by the fact that at Pablo’s request, I deduplicated the Longtermism (Philosophy) tag, with the Longtermism wiki-entry.
It’s not obvious to me that this tag is being sufficiently understood by the Forum’s distributed tagging mind as being separate from the Longtermism (Philosophy) tag.
It didn’t have a card image, and so couldn’t be displayed in the list on the sequences page. Sorry about that — the sequences creation tech is used by sufficiently few users that we / LW haven’t prioritized making it a good user experience. Thanks for making it!
PCR tests themselves aren’t that sensitive, as mentioned by atlas. I’ve seen estimates (1, 2) of ~20% false negative. Counterbalancing that is that I assume people who have so little virus in their nose + throat to avoid a PCR test are at lower risk of spreading. But I would (very subjectively) record my microcovids as .3 x raw numbers.
I like it. Maybe “Working at EA vs Non-EA Orgs?”
I’m pro. I’d call it Task Y, though I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a reason not to.
On the last point: our hosting provider Netlify had an outage affecting a subset of their customers that happened to include us. We were down for about 2 hours, which is the longest outage I can remember in the last 3 years.
I’m in favor.
My guess is that a better tag would be “History of Economic Growth”. Because I can’t picture a case where someone wants to find things about the industrial revolution but not all of economic growth. (Unless they’re doing a specific research project, but that sounds pretty niche.)
But even still, I’d tentatively lean towards economic growth being enough. But I think that depends on how fine-grained our tagging system should be, which I don’t have a strong opinion on.
I love this, thanks for writing it. And I’ve generally been enjoying your posts, thanks for writing them. Only tangentially related to the core of the post, but:
[...] the numbers are so alien and overwhelming that one suspects that any quantitative (and indeed, qualitative) ethical reasoning that takes them as inputs will end up distorted, or totalizing, or inhuman.
This does seem like an important crux for longtermism and I’d be interested in more attempts to explore it.
My quick reaction is that they’re more ideas-focused. People interested in EA are selected for being interested in ideas.
The Forum is Mongo, Node, React app written in Typescript. We started off on Meteor, which informs a lot of the design patterns, but have recently finished the process of removing it, which has greatly sped up build times. The project was initially build on top of the Vulcan framework, which was a relatively immature framework attempting to provide an even more full-service bootstrapping experience than Meteor. We got off of it several years ago, but it still informs our pattern which you might call UI-inclusive schemas.
We use GraphQL as our API layer, which you can explore here.
Apollo manages the client state
We’re hosted on AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Material UI provides the styling framework. (This is the framework, not the material design philosophy, which we differ quite a lot from.)
Our Editor is a customized CKEditor 5 editor
I’d highlight two pain points that I feel:
Our testing story is pretty poor. So much of what we do is hard to separate from the state of the app that it’s hard to make good, non-trivial unit tests. I think this is funged against by good type checking with TypeScript, but my inner Gary Bernhardt is disappointed.
Deploying to AWS takes way too long. I believe this will be fixed soon.
 “We” here being inclusive of the LW team, with whom we keep up to date.
I agree with Sam that most of the difference between working at a typical tech company and CEA is the size. Even most startup employees probably work at startups 10-100x the size of CEA. Unlike Sam I have worked in the tech industry, but I when I was hired at Kairos, I was employee #6, which I think is unusually early. Relative to Kairos, I think my experience at CEA has differed in the following ways:
I bring more of myself to work. CEA really wants to know what I really think the best thing to do is, and I get to be really open about what I think that is, and all the reasoning I have. I can speak my native EA-language here (nobody blinks an eye when I talk about expect value).
I’m more in charge of my own projects here. Kairos gave me a lot of autonomy, but CEA gives me even more.
The converse of that is that Kairos had more mentorship from people more experienced than me. I think Sam and I have gotten pretty good at this, but Kairos had one incredibly impressive software engineer in particular who I learned a lot from.
It depends on which tech company, but I know a lot of people working for companies that they think are fine, but not so great that their jobs are doing much good directly. This is definitely the best perk of the job, which now that I’m writing it sounds trite, but is my honest feeling.