UK Civil Servant and prolific tweeter (@EAheadlines)
Voted because of this, thanks for the nudge!
In Canada my final exams finished in April
If we’re thinking of it as “ideally I’d like 75% of the money to go here, 20% here, etc” we could just give people 100 votes each and give money to the top 3?
Are you continuing your focus on the UK for the time being? I was surprised by the US picture
Number 3 for me, although I didn’t vote
That makes sense to me, and matches with what I see in the post. I find the title a little surprising/misleading compared to what you’ve said here
I totally agree that cash transfers are an incredible way to transform people’s lives! What kind of evidence do we have about cash transfers being able to “end extreme poverty”? I always thought they helped improve people’s lives for a few years.
“A Summary of Every Mention of EA in Going Infinite”?
“How EA is portrayed in Going Infinite”?
I wrote about every mention, but some were summaries rather than direct copies and pastes, which I thought was straightforward for readers.
For example when I say, “He devotes several pages to talking about Peter Singer, Toby Ord and Will MacAskill, and the early version of 80,000 Hours Will was promoting on his visit to Harvard”, I mean there were many mentions of effective altruism on those pages!
I also include sections of the book that talk about effective altruism without using that exact phrase.
I don’t think there are any I didn’t either quote or summarise, but I only read it once, so I could have missed some
I didn’t really understand that SBF quote to be honest! What was he referring to—the conflict he caused?
This is too galaxy brained for me. When in doubt, be honest, cooperative and kind!
I see it most often in online spaces, like the comments of a forum or Facebook post, but I’ve seen it happen irl as well (for example, some women are discussing negative experiences related to being a woman and a man starts discussing another related topic before they’ve finished)
I’ve seen a lot of claims that “x distracts from y” come up as a request to stay on topic. Sometimes a group of people will be having a conversation about something (let’s say AI ethics) and someone else will show up and start talking about something different (let’s say AI safety). If they make a habit of this, it can make it really difficult to make any progress in your conversation (about AI ethics), and you might reasonably ask peoples to stop changing the subject
I appreciate you doing this Ben. I had some very vague concerns, as did several acquaintances I spoke to over the last couple years. My default move would be to share concerns with a charity’s trustees, so I tried to look up Nonlinear’s in case I or someone else would need to contact them, but I found out they weren’t registered as a charity and I didn’t have any other way of finding out if there was anyone overseeing Kat and Emerson in any meaningful sense.
I do think that the majority of EA organisations have either a non-profit or for-profit board, or are being incubated inside of a larger org with one of those things, so that should give most organisations a bit clearer accountability. I think Nonlinear was uniquely difficult.
Agree that early EA would be a very fun topic
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