[Corrected] EAGxVirtual 2020: Q&A with Toby Ord

Note from EARadio: I originally used the wrong audio for this episode. Instead of this Q&A, it was a talk by Toby that summarized The Precipice. Sorry!

Toby Ord is a philosopher at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute. His work focuses on the big picture questions facing humanity. What are the most important issues of our time? How can we best address them?

Toby’s earlier work explored the ethics of global health and global poverty. This led him to create an international society called Giving What We Can, whose members have pledged over $1.4 billion to the most effective charities helping to improve the world. He also co-founded the wider effective altruism movement, encouraging thousands of people to use reason and evidence to help others as much as possible.

His current research is on avoiding the threat of human extinction and thus safeguarding a positive future for humanity, which he considers to be among the most pressing and neglected issues we face. He addresses this in his new book, The Precipice.

https://theprecipice.com

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EAGxVirtual 2020: COVID-19: GiveDirectly’s emergency cash response (Rachel Waddell)

In this talk, Rachel Waddell provides an overview of GiveDirectly’s rapid response to COVID-19 across countries of operation. In particular explaining remote responses launched in Uganda and Kenya, in partnership with local CBOs and telecommunications partners.

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EAGxVirtual 2020: The latest advice from 80,000 Hours (Michelle Hutchinson and Arden Koehler)

Michelle Hutchinson (Head of Advising) and Arden Koehler (Research Analyst) answer questions about 80,000 Hours’ career advice, the career advising programme, and what’s new at the organization.

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Q&A with Will MacAskill

William MacAskill is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He was educated at Cambridge, Princeton, and Oxford and is one of the progenitors of the effective altruism movement. His book on the topic, Doing Good Better, was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. He is the co-founder of three non-profits based on effective altruist principles: Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours and the Centre for Effective Altruism, and is also a research fellow at the Global Priorities Institute.

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Q&A with Marcus Davis (Co-Executive Director of Rethink Priorities)

Marcus is a co-founder and Co-Executive Director at Rethink Priorities, where he leads research and strategy. He’s also a co-founder of Charity Entrepreneurship and Charity Science Health, where he previously systematically analyzed global poverty interventions, helped manage partnerships, and implemented the technical aspects of the project. Marcus is especially well placed to advise people who: – are considering working for EA organizations – are considering starting EA organizations – are considering becoming researchers at EA organizations – are current or prospective animal welfare researchers

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Doing the most good for animals post COVID-19 (Lewis Bollard)

How has COVID-19 changed the best way to help animals? Lewis explores the new challenges and opportunities in corporate campaigns, political advocacy, and meat alternatives.

https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Ensuring safety and consistency in the age of machine learning (Chongli Qin)

Machine learning algorithms have become an essential part of technology and this part will only grow in the future. In this talk, Chongli addresses why it is important for us to develop safe machine learning algorithms. The talk covers some of the current work on this topic and highlights what we can do to ensure that the machine learning algorithms being bought into the real world are safe and consistent with desirable specifications.

https://deepmind.com

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Identifying the most cost effective programs to improve mental health (Jasper Synowski)

Even though mental disorders account for a considerable burden of disease globally and appear to strongly impact an individuals’ subjective well-being, the EA community has spent relatively little effort on identifying the best mental health giving opportunities. This talk provides an introduction to the Happier Lives Institute’s Mental Health Programme Evaluation Project (MHPEP), which aims to fill this gap. In this talk, Jasper introduces the research process to date and shares preliminary insights, along with limitations of the approach.

For in-depth preparation, we recommend reading our latest post about the project on the EA Forum:
https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/uzLRw7cjpKnsuM7c3/hli-s-mental-health-programme-evaluation-project-update-on

To find out more about the Happier Lives Institute more generally, see this recent update:
https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/e6u3cTSNsYGHtTth6/update-from-the-happier-lives-institute

Or visit our website:
https://www.happierlivesinstitute.org

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Project Management 101

In this workshop, Habiba gives a run-down of the essentials of project management. The workshop covers the responsibilities of project managers as well as the standard tools and methodologies that can be used for large projects or scaled down for smaller projects. This video will be particularly useful for people interested in operations roles.

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Clarification:
The definition of the critical path of a project is the longest sequence of activities in a project plan which must be completed to complete a project. Calculating this gives you an understanding of a the minimum amount of time a project has to take.

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EAGxVirtual 2020: Mitigating catastrophic biorisks (Kevin Esvelt)

In a world now painfully aware of pandemics, with ever-increasing access to autonomous biological agents, how can we help channel society’s response to COVID-19 to minimize the risk of deliberate misuse? Using the challenge of securing DNA synthesis as an example, Kevin outlines the key norms and incentives governing biotechnology, lays out potential strategies for reform, and suggests ways in which thoughtful individuals might help safely and credibly discuss and mitigate biorisks without spreading information hazards.

http://www.sculptingevolution.org

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