EAG 2017 London: Improving institutional decision-making (Jess Whittlestone)

Governments and other influential institutions often have to make extremely high-stakes decisions, depending on the judgement of a few key people. We know that human judgement and decision-making is far from perfect – but research suggest that practices like calibration training and making explicit forecasts may lead to substantial improvements. Jess will discuss why improving institutional decision-making could be a high-impact cause area worth more attention in EA, and some avenues in this space that seem promising. She will also raise some uncertainties about doing this kind of work, and questions for further exploration.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: Importance of operations roles in EA/X-risk community (Tanya Singh)

I will be talking about the importance of operations roles in the EA and X-risk community, and the disproportionate impact you can have as an individual when contributing towards running operations. The dearth of interested/talented people willing to run operations makes it a very crucial focus area for organisations (especially in this space). Operational efficiency can hugely amplify the output of the organisation, and turbocharge its mission.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: Implementing cause prioritization at OpenPhil (Ajeya Cotra)

I go through a number of tangles that have come up trying to translate cause prioritisation theory into practice at OpenPhil, some proposed patches, and remaining open questions. (Credit for most of these ideas goes to other people; I make attributions whenever I can.)

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: Humanity’s impact on wild-animal suffering (Persis Eskander)

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: Governance of artificial intelligence (Allan Dafoe)

AI will transform employment, wealth, power, and world order, posing tremendous opportunities and risks. Allan Dafoe will reflect on how we can prepare for and steer these transformations.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).

EAG 2017 London: GiveWell incubation grants (James Snowden)

This talk will focus on the work GiveWell are doing to assess interventions aimed at achieving legislative change to improve public health. GiveWell have so far made one grant in this area, to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention. James will talk about what GiveWell learned assessing this opportunity, and how the process differed from assessing more direct interventions.

Source: Effective Altruism Global (video).