EAG 2017 London: Understanding cause-neutrality (Stefan Schubert)

Cause-neutrality is often seen as a key feature of effective altruism. In spite of that there is some unclarity over what it really means. In this talk, I will argue that they key sense of cause-neutrality is selecting causes based on impartial estimates of impact. This is distinct from cause-divergence – that effective altruists invest in several causes. Cause-neutrality does not entail cause-divergence, and it is confusing to use the term “cause-neutrality” for cause-divergence, as is sometimes done. Indeed cause-neutrality is compatible with effective altruism focusing solely on one cause. Similarly cause-neutrality does not entail cause-agnosticism – agnosticism over which cause is best – and it is confusing to use the term “cause-neutrality” for cause-agnosticism, as is sometimes done. Besides these conceptual clarifications, I will also discuss some considerations of relevance for whether we should be cause-divergent and cause-agnostic. Background: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/understanding-cause-neutrality/

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: The technological landscape of affective artificial general intelligence (Daniel Eth)

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: The Open Philanthropy Project’s work on AI risk (Helen Toner)

Updates on the Open Philanthropy Project’s work to build the field of technical AI safety research and to support initial work on AI strategy and policy. This talk will also include some comments on how interested attendees can get involved in these issues.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: Biotechnology and existential risk (Andrew Snyder-Beattie)

In the decades to come, advances in biotechnology could pose new risks to humanity. This talk will provide an introductory overview of these risks within the framework effective altruism.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).