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EAG 2019 SF: Risks from great-power competition (Dani Nedal)

10/15/2019
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When competition intensifies between powerful countries, peace and security are threatened in many ways — proxy wars break out, and global cooperation breaks down (including agreements on nuclear weapons). In this talk, Dani Nedal, who teaches “Global Nuclear Politics” at Carnegie Mellon University, offers thoughts on these risks, and how countries and individuals can work … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Risks from great-power competition (Dani Nedal)

Duration:00:37:10

EAG 2019 SF: Improving coordination with China to reduce AI risk (Brian Tse)

10/14/2019
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International cooperation is essential if we want to capture the benefits of advanced AI while minimizing risk. Brian Tse, a policy affiliate at the Future of Humanity Institute, discusses concrete opportunities for coordination between China and the West, as well as how China’s government and technology industry think about different forms of AI risk. To … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Improving coordination with China to reduce AI risk (Brian Tse)

Duration:00:32:18

EAG 2019 SF: Does suffering dominate enjoyment in the animal kingdom? (Zach Groff)

10/13/2019
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In this academic session, Zach Groff, a PhD student at Stanford University whose research areas include welfare economics, discusses a 1995 paper which argued that nature contains more suffering than enjoyment. After analyzing the model used in that paper, Groff found that an error negated its original conclusion, and that evolutionary dynamics imply that enjoyment … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Does suffering dominate enjoyment in the animal kingdom? (Zach Groff)

Duration:00:28:37

EAG 2019 SF: Manufacturing medical countermeasures against catastrophic biothreats (Daniel Gastfriend)

10/12/2019
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The United States is underprepared for a catastrophic pandemic. A recent simulation conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that an engineered pathogen could overwhelm U.S. and global response capacity, killing more than 150 million people within 20 months. One important reason: The U.S. lacks the capacity to manufacture medical countermeasures (MCMs) … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Manufacturing medical countermeasures against catastrophic biothreats (Daniel...

Duration:00:28:17

EAG 2019 SF: Lessons learned in farm animal welfare (Lewis Bollard)

10/11/2019
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The Open Philanthropy Project has recommended over $90 million in grants for farm animal welfare work around the world. What have they learned? In this talk, Lewis Bollard, who heads Open Phil’s work on animal welfare, shares lessons that could be useful to anyone working in that area, or on grantmaking and policy work more … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Lessons learned in farm animal welfare (Lewis Bollard)

Duration:00:23:57

EAG 2019 SF: Strategic considerations for effective animal advocacy (Leah Edgerton)

10/10/2019
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Over the last five years, the EA movement has grown to influence a substantial fraction of all funding within animal advocacy. However, we still struggle with a lack of strong evidence behind many of the field’s most common interventions. In this talk, Leah Edgerton, the executive director of Animal Charity Evaluators, discusses strategies we can … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Strategic considerations for effective animal advocacy (Leah Edgerton)

Duration:00:19:41

EAG 2019 SF: Training ML systems to answer open-ended questions (Andreas Stuhmueller)

10/9/2019
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In the long run, we want machine learning to help us answer open-ended questions like “Should I get this medical procedure?” or “What are the risks of deploying this AI system?“ Currently, we only know how to train ML systems if we have clear metrics or can easily provide feedback on the outputs. Andreas Stuhmueller, … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Training ML systems to answer open-ended questions (Andreas Stuhmueller)

Duration:00:21:25

EAG 2019 SF: How to replace our broken voting system (Aaron Hamlin)

10/8/2019
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Our elected officials control billions of dollars in spending and make policies that affect millions of people. But we choose them through plurality voting, a system that encourages extremism and forces many voters to choose between their favorite candidates and those who actually stand a chance. In this talk, Aaron Hamlin of the Center for … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: How to replace our broken voting system (Aaron Hamlin)

Duration:00:26:21

EAG 2019 SF: U.S. ballot initiatives as a pathway for EA policy (Peter Hurford)

10/7/2019
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Ballot initiatives have allowed many groups in the United States to achieve policy outcomes outside the traditional legislative process. In this talk, Peter Hurford, a co-founder and researcher at Rethink Priorities, describes how the EA movement can generate change through the initiative process by matching effective policies to promising states and cities. To learn more … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: U.S. ballot initiatives as a pathway for EA policy (Peter Hurford)

Duration:00:16:08

EAG 2019 SF: Effective behavior change (Spencer Greenberg)

10/6/2019
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If we want to improve the world (and ourselves), we need to start by changing the way we live — our habits and behaviors. In this talk, Spencer Greenberg, founder and CEO of ClearerThinking.org, discusses ways that behavior change matters and techniques we can use to get better at it. To learn more about effective … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Effective behavior change (Spencer Greenberg)

Duration:00:29:27

EAG 2019 SF: The Windfall Clause: Sharing the benefits of advanced AI (Cullen O’Keefe)

10/5/2019
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The potential upsides of advanced AI are enormous, but there’s no guarantee they’ll be distributed optimally. In this talk, Cullen O’Keefe, a researcher at the Center for the Governance of AI, discusses one way we could work toward equitable distribution of AI’s benefits — the Windfall Clause, a commitment by AI firms to share a … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: The Windfall Clause: Sharing the benefits of advanced AI (Cullen O’Keefe)

Duration:00:25:54

EAG 2019 SF: Rejuvenation biotechnology—Will “age” soon cease to mean “aging”? (Aubrey de Grey)

10/4/2019
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Around the world, people are living longer — not just because child mortality is dropping, but also because we’re staying healthy for more years as we age. In the future, regenerative medicine and other new developments may help most people remain youthful much longer than they do today. In this talk, Aubrey de Grey, Chief … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Rejuvenation biotechnology—Will “age” soon cease to mean “aging”? (Aubrey de Grey)

Duration:00:28:45

EAG 2019 SF: Sustainable motivation (Helen Toner)

10/3/2019
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Being involved in the EA community can be stressful — there are too many problems in the world, and each of us can only do so much. Feeling the need to work harder and do more can easily overwhelm us. So what’s the alternative? In this talk, Helen Toner describes a different way to frame … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Sustainable motivation (Helen Toner)

Duration:00:23:50

EAG 2019 SF: How to build a high-impact career in international development (Joan Gass)

10/2/2019
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In this academic session, Joan Gass, who holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, argues that effective altruists who want to work in global development should adopt a “venture capital” approach, looking for opportunities to make bets on the cause areas with the highest expected value. In particular, she contends that … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: How to build a high-impact career in international development (Joan Gass)

Duration:00:30:19

EAG 2019 SF: How evolution can help us understand wild animal welfare (Michelle Graham)

10/1/2019
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We must take evolution into account when we consider animal welfare — whether we’re thinking about which animals are sentient or how animals might respond to a given intervention. In this talk, Wild Animal Initiative’s Michelle Graham will present a brief introduction to the theory of evolution, explain how understanding evolution can help us conduct … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: How evolution can help us understand wild animal welfare (Michelle Graham)

Duration:00:22:40

EAG 2019 SF: Philanthropy timing and the Hinge of History (Phil Trammell)

9/30/2019
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If we want to donate money, should we give it away now, or invest it to give away later? The answer depends on many considerations, including our expected rate of return, the chance of our personal values changing, and the question of whether we live at the “Hinge of History” — a time with high-impact … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Philanthropy timing and the Hinge of History (Phil Trammell)

Duration:00:26:14

EAG 2019 SF: The benefits of starting your own charity (Katriel Friedman)

9/28/2019
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When you start a charity, you clearly want to do good directly — but you also have an opportunity for other forms of impact, from building the EA movement to generating knowledge that can be shared with many other people. In this talk, Katriel Friedman, CEO of Charity Science Health, will discuss his organization’s experiences … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: The benefits of starting your own charity (Katriel Friedman)

Duration:00:26:14

EAG 2019 SF: Creating a new agricultural revolution (Bruce Friedrich)

9/27/2019
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Demand for meat is projected to double by 2050. Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of the Good Food Institute, believes we can meet that demand without massively scaling conventional animal agriculture (and the many adverse impacts of that industry). In this talk, he explains how our ability to produce meat directly from plants, or from animal … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Creating a new agricultural revolution (Bruce Friedrich)

Duration:00:30:03

EAG 2019 SF: Lessons from an EA-aligned charity startup (Brendan Eappen)

9/26/2019
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When GiveWell wrote that they were looking for charities to work on micronutrient fortification, Fortify Health rose to the challenge. With help from a $300,000 GiveWell grant, they began to work on wheat flour fortification, hoping to reduce India’s rate of iron deficiency. In this talk, co-founder Brendan Eappen discusses the charity’s story, and crucial … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Lessons from an EA-aligned charity startup (Brendan Eappen)

Duration:00:27:28

EAG 2019 SF: Clean and plant-based meat in the developing world (Varun Deshpande)

9/25/2019
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Plant-based, cell-based, and cultured proteins are taking off around the world. This presents us with a massive opportunity in the developing world — where demand for meat may grow explosively in the next few decades, but also where differences in culinary tradition and available ingredients could inspire major advancements to meat alternatives. In this talk, … Continue reading EAG 2019 SF: Clean and plant-based meat in the developing world (Varun Deshpande)

Duration:00:22:56