Effective Altruism

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Effective Altruism (EA) is a movement trying to invest time and money in causes that do the most possible good per unit investment. EA was at one point called optimal philanthropy).

  • The area is generally neglected, thatthat is, it has capacity for more support either financially or in terms of skills
  • The area has the potential for large impact, either in human lives saved, animal or human suffering alleviated,  
    catastrophic crises averted, etc.
  • The area is tractable-- it is a solvable problem, or is solvable with minimal resource investment (relative to other  
    problem areas)

TheA large portion of the EA community are also, by and large, longtermist. This refers to the idea that, if there are many future generations (100s, 1000s or more), and their lives are as valuable as ours, then even very small impacts on all of their lives-- or things like moving good changes forwards in time or bad ones back-- far outweigh impacts on people who are currently alive. Because this concept is less broadly-accepted than charity for currently-alive people, longtermist solutions are also generally considered to be neglected. Longtermist interventions generally focus on S-risks or X-risks.

Examples of longtermist interventions include AI safety, pandemic preparedness, and nanotechnology security. Examples of other popular EA interventions include global poverty alleviation, malaria treatments, and vitamin supplementation in sub-saharan Africa.
 

TheThe Effective Altruism movement also has theirits own forumforum, The EA Forum, decedent from LessWrong. Most of. It runs on the top posts about EA will be found there instead of here.same software as LessWrong.

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  • The basic concept behind EA is that you would really struggle to donate 100 times more money to charity than you currently do--but (assuming you are approximately utilitarian), spending a little time researching who to donate to could have an impact on roughly this order of magnitude. And theThe same argument works for doing good with your career or volunteer hours.

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    • The area is generallyneglected, tthathat is, it has capacity for more support either financially or in terms of skills

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  • The area has the potential for large impact, either in human lives saved, animal or human suffering alleviated, 
    catastrophic crises averted, etc.
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  • The area is tractable-- it is a solvable problem, or is solvable with minimal resource investment (relative to other 
    problem areas)
  • Effective Altruism (EA) is a philanthropic movement trying to invest time and money in causes that do the most possible good per unit investment.

    The basic concept behind EA is that you would really struggle to donate 100 times more money to charity than you currently do--but (assuming you are approximately utilitarian), spending a little time researching who to donate to could have an impact on roughly this order of magnitude. And the same argument works for doing good with your career or volunteer hours.

    -- The area has the potential for large impact, either in human lives saved, animal or human suffering alleviated,  
    catastrophic crises averted, etc.

    -- The area is tractable-- it is a solvable problem, or is solvable with minimal resource investment (relative to other  
    problem areas)

     

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    The Effective Altruism movement also has their own forum, decedent from LessWrong. Most of the top posts about EA will be found there instead of here.

    ---- The area is generally neglected, that is, it has capacity for more support either financially or in terms of skills

    ---- The area has the potential for large impact, either in human lives saved, animal or human suffering alleviated, 
    catastrophic crises averted, etc.

    ---- The area is tractable-- it is a solvable problem, or is solvable with minimal resource investment (relative to other 
    problem areas)

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    The EA community are also, by and large, longtermist. This refers to the idea that, if there are many future generations (100s, 1000s or more), and their lives are as valuable as ours, then even very small impacts on all of their lives-- or things like moving good changes forwards in time or bad ones back-- far outweigh impacts on people who are currently alive. Because this concept is less broadly-accepted than charity for currently-alive people, longtermist solutions are also generally considered to be neglected. Longtermist interventions generally focus on S-risks or X-risks.

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