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EARadio consists of talks on topics relevant to effective altruists. Much of the content is from online videos, packaged for easy listening on the go! If you have feedback or suggestions for materials to add, please e-mail us at contact@earad.io.

EARadio consists of talks on topics relevant to effective altruists. Much of the content is from online videos, packaged for easy listening on the go! If you have feedback or suggestions for materials to add, please e-mail us at contact@earad.io.

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United States

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EARadio consists of talks on topics relevant to effective altruists. Much of the content is from online videos, packaged for easy listening on the go! If you have feedback or suggestions for materials to add, please e-mail us at contact@earad.io.

Language:

English


Episodes

Animal Research Career Story | Oscar Horta

7/23/2021
Oscar Horta is a Spanish animal activist and moral philosopher who is currently a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and one of the co-founders of the organization Animal Ethics. He is known for his work in animal ethics, especially around the problem of wild animal suffering. He has also worked on the concept of speciesism and on the clarification of the arguments for the moral consideration of nonhuman animals. This...

Duration:00:04:35

How to build a safe advanced AI (Evan Hubinger) | What's up in AI safety? (Asya Bergal)

7/20/2021
Evan discusses some of the different proposals for building safe advanced AI that are currently actively being researched at OpenAI and DeepMind. Asya then discusses some recent updates on AI safety work she's excited about. Evan Hubinger is a research fellow at MIRI, and before that was an AI safety research intern at OpenAI. His current work is aimed at solving inner alignment for iterated amplification. He was an author on “Risks from Learned Optimization in Advanced Machine Learning...

Duration:00:54:16

How you can make an impact on the EA Forum | Aaron Gertler

7/13/2021
The EA Forum is the central place to discuss effective altruism. Many students worry that they don't have anything to contribute — but they probably do! In this talk, Aaron explains how you can use the Forum to share your views and get feedback from experts. He also leads a brainstorming session to help you think of ideas for new posts. Aaron runs the EA Newsletter and EA Forum, and helps with a wide range of other content projects. Before joining CEA, he worked in freelance positions...

Duration:00:27:41

How to organize a graduate conference | Jonathan Courtney

7/9/2021
Jonathan explores his experience organizing the graduate conference for his department (Ethics and Public Affairs, Carleton University). He outlines how he attempted to set a theme that would allow for effective altruism research topics, and what he would plan to do differently next time. Jon formerly served as the Director of Community, Director of Outreach, and Assistant Executive Director for Giving What We Can. In the past, he volunteered for a number of other poverty oriented...

Duration:00:23:57

Doing the most good with a law degree | Cullen O'Keefe | EA Student Summit 2020

7/6/2021
Cullen discusses promising options for law students and lawyers to do good from an effective altruism perspective. His talk draws on experience from the AI policy field; the founding of the Legal Priorities Project; and informal discussions with other lawyers on how to do the most good. Cullen O'Keefe is a lawyer and policy researcher interested in improving the governance of artificial intelligence using the principles of Effective Altruism. In May 2019, he received a J.D. cum laude from...

Duration:00:23:31

Industrial alternative foods for global catastrophic risks | Juan García Martínez

7/2/2021
Juan presents the latest research on industrial food solutions for feeding everyone in the case of food-related global catastrophic risks. He focuses on sun-blocking global food catastrophes such as large asteroid impacts, supervolcanic eruptions and nuclear winter. The solutions presented include single-cell protein (SCP) from natural gas or from hydrogen and CO2, sugar from lignocellulosic biomass, and synthetic margarine from petroleum. Juan García Martínez is a Research Assistant at...

Duration:00:23:28

An introduction to global priorities research | Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan

6/29/2021
Rossa gives a high-level introduction to global priorities research (GPR). He discusses GPI's research plans, and which other organisations are doing GPR. He also offers some thoughts about what students could do to find out more about GPR. Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan is a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Economics at Nuffield College and the Assistant Director of the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford. He completed my PhD in Economics at the University of...

Duration:00:17:43

Farm animal welfare and alternative protein opportunities in Asia-Pacific | Lewis Bollard

6/26/2021
Asia-Pacific is home to most of the world's farm animals, and some of the best opportunities to help them. Lewis outlines the current state of farm animal welfare and alternative protein opportunities across the region, including what's changed in 2020. Lewis Bollard leads Open Philanthropy’s strategy for Farm Animal Welfare. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, he worked as Policy Advisor & International Liaison to the CEO at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Prior to that, he...

Duration:00:24:55

Closing gaps in alternative protein science | Amy Huang

6/22/2021
Growing meat directly from plants, microbes, and animal cells will allow us to build a food system that is better for human, animal, and planetary health. However, catalyzing this paradigm shift is a vast, multidisciplinary effort that requires scientists and engineers from disciplines ranging from tissue engineering and synthetic biology to computational science and chemical engineering. This workshop explored the state of plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived meat research with...

Duration:00:41:32

AI alignment, philosophical pluralism, and the relevance of non-Western philosophy | Tan Zhi Xuan

6/15/2021
How can we build (super) intelligent machines that are robustly aligned with human values? AI alignment researchers strive to meet this challenge, but currently draw upon a relatively narrow set of philosophical perspectives common in effective altruism and computer science. This could pose risks in a world where human values are complex, plural, and fragile. Xuan discusses how these risks might be mitigated by greater philosophical pluralism, describing several problems in AI alignment...

Duration:00:17:20

International agreements to spend percentage of GDP on global public goods | Hauke Hillebrandt

6/11/2021
Hauke reviews international agreements to spend a percentage of GDP on public goods such as aid (0.7%), defence (NATO’s 2% target), R&D, global governance, etc. He shows how these agreements interact with priorities in effective altruism because they are large in scale, solve (global) public good dilemmas, and relate to differential technological development. Finally, he argues that we should advocate for a new international agreement to spend 1% of GDP on global risk reduction. Hauke did a...

Duration:00:27:56

Gentle Bayesian updating | David Manley

6/8/2021
This talk is a friendly introduction to the formal model of learning from new evidence called "Bayesian updating". The Bayesian rule for updating is the most general account of how evidence works, encompassing and explaining the (limited) usefulness of statistical ideas like p-values and confidence intervals. This talk will show you how to do Bayesian updating in your head, using a simple formulation equivalent to the much more unwieldy equation known as 'Bayes' theorem.' David Manley is an...

Duration:00:26:42

Farm animal welfare and alternative protein opportunities in Asia-Pacific | Lewis Bollard

6/8/2021
Asia-Pacific is home to most of the world's farm animals, and some of the best opportunities to help them. Lewis outlines the current state of farm animal welfare and alternative protein opportunities across the region, including what's changed in 2020. Lewis Bollard leads Open Philanthropy’s strategy for Farm Animal Welfare. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, he worked as Policy Advisor & International Liaison to the CEO at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Prior to that, he...

Duration:00:24:55

Goals for university groups | Joan Gass

6/1/2021
Joan explains why university groups are a focus area for CEA and gives some suggested goals for university groups to produce value. Joan Gass is the Managing Director for Centre for Effective Altruism. Joan works with Max on the executive team. Her roles include overseeing the Groups team, leading CEA’s work on the growth and onboarding of new community members, and providing input on organization-wide strategy. She has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and an MPA in...

Duration:00:22:56

What happens if you decide to start a charity? | Karolina Sarek & Nikita Patel

5/28/2021
Karolina introduces Charity Entrepreneurship (CE), an organization dedicated to helping found and mentor new effective charities. Learn about the nonprofits CE has launched through its annual Incubation Program, and about the process of starting up and growing. Hear stories about the challenges and successes that a typical charity entrepreneur could face. Finally, discover how you can start your own career as a charity entrepreneur through the 2021 Program. Karolina is co-founder and...

Duration:00:51:20

Fireside Chat | Nick Beckstead

5/21/2021
Nick Beckstead oversees a substantial part of Open Philanthropy’s research and grantmaking related to global catastrophic risk reduction. Previously, Nick led the creation of their grantmaking programs in scientific research and effective altruism. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. This talk was taken from EA Global Asia and Pacific 2020. Click here to watch the talk with the PowerPoint presentation.

Duration:00:25:08

Estimation and forecasting: an overview | Amanda Ngo | EA Student Summit

5/18/2021
Amanda shares reasons to be excited about forecasting, walks through a process to forecast questions you care about, and shows how Ought’s tool, Elicit, can be helpful for this. From Amanda’s Website: Amanda Ngo works at Ought, a startup building tools to automate complex reasoning. Check out their forecasting product, Elicit! She love co-opting friends into social experiments, understanding how brains work, and figuring out what it means to live a good life.” This talk was taken from EA...

Duration:00:21:35

How to make a difference by pledging to give more, and more effectively | Luke Freeman

5/14/2021
We have an amazing opportunity to significantly improve the world with the resources we have, if we use them effectively. Giving What We Can is a community of people committed to giving more, and giving more effectively. Luke Freeman manages Giving What We Can. He is also an active volunteer with various social impact focused projects (EAGxAustralia, Effective Altruism Australia, EA Sydney, Global Shapers Community). He has a background in marketing with a focus on growing early-stage...

Duration:00:25:24

How to help group members make effective career plans | Huw Thomas & Alex Holness-Tofts

5/11/2021
Huw and Alex talk about some of the resources and events they’ve found most useful for helping group members with career planning. The workshop aims to be a broad overview, particularly for group leaders without much previous experience of guiding group members through career decisions. Huw Thomas develops resources for EA university groups, and assists them with strategy and planning. Before joining CEA, he studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He has been funded...

Duration:00:23:59

Bringing techno-globalism back: a romantically realist reframing of the US-China tech relationship | Jeffrey Ding

5/7/2021
Talk of decoupling, an AI arms race, and a tech Cold War abounds. These prominent narratives are rooted in the core assumption of techno-nationalism – that the nation-state is the key unit of analysis for understanding the global technology landscape. Yet, technology advances in a globalizing world. Jeffrey Ding outlines the case for bringing techno-globalism back – not the “end of geography” version, which is an easy target, but a romantically realist version – into debates about the...

Duration:00:24:46