EAG 2018 London: Loss of industrial civilization and recovery

A powerful electromagnetic pulse could leave large portions of the globe without electricity. A major volcanic eruption — or nuclear winter — could place major strains on modern agriculture. As a civilization, are we prepared to handle challenges of this magnitude? And if not, can we become prepared? This workshop from EA Global 2018: London, led by David Denkenberger of ALLFED, deals with these questions.

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EAG 2018 London: When will farm animals experience more utility than suffering?

When will Farm Animals Experience more Utility than Suffering? by Scott Weathers from EA Global 2018: London.

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EAG 2018 London: What role might insects play as part of the future of food?

What Role Might Insects Play as Part of the Future of Food? by Nicole Rawling, Nick Rousseau, and Kyle Fish at EA Global 2018: London.

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EAGx 2018 Netherlands: An introduction to normative uncertainty

If you want to have the highest possible impact, then picking the right cause area is a vital step. But among promising candidates, there are many reasons to be uncertain about which areas are best. A particularly difficult kind of uncertainty to grapple with is normative uncertainty, or uncertainty about the fundamental moral principles that underpin every decision you make. In this talk from EAGx Netherlands 2018, Christian Tarsney explores this sort of uncertainty.

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EAGx 2018 Netherlands: Thinking critically about wild-animal suffering

In this talk from EAGx Netherlands 2018, Stijn Bruers makes the case for caring about the suffering of wild animals, and researching ways to reduce it. This talk is aimed at people who haven’t yet considered the issue of wild-animal suffering, though it also contains insights that may be new to those who are familiar with the topic.

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EAGx 2018 Netherlands: Considerations for fundraising in effective altruism

How should we think about fundraising for effective charities? Are there particular sorts of donors we should focus on more? What does the distribution of opportunities tend to look like? In this talk from EAGX Netherlands 2018, Stefan Torges sketches out these and other considerations.

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EAGx 2018 Netherlands: Complexity science and computational modelling

The world is very complicated, and so is improving it. Some things are possible to research directly, but there isn’t sufficient data to answer many important questions. In these cases, we may want to use computational modelling, to learn more about complex systems through abstract analysis. In this talk from EAGx Netherlands 2018, Max Stauffer describes what complexity science and computational modelling have to offer EA.

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EAG 2018 SF: Why should effective altruists embrace uncertainty?

Probabilistic thinking is only a few centuries old, we have very little understanding on how most of our actions affect the long-term future, and prominent members of the effective altruism community have changed their minds on crucial considerations before. These are just three of the reasons that Will MacAskill urges effective altruists to embrace uncertainty, and not become too attached to present views. This talk was the closing talk for Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco.

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EAG 2018 SF: Lightning talks

Lightning talks are a chance to be introduced to a topic, and these four lightning talks provide primers into interesting and valuable areas. Recorded at Effective Altruism Global 2018: San Francisco, this video contains lightning talks on Goodhart’s Law, global food security, normative uncertainty, and forecasting future events.

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