CAUMFs might act as a fairly small layer on top of other services
If this was as easy as downloading a package over npm, it seems like an obviously good idea. But overall my impression is that this would have way too much overhead in terms of legal headache and coordination required might be pretty great.
Could we do this as a DAO
The thing this might be pointing at is that writing smarts contracts to manipulate money right now seems more convenient on a blockchain than ~anywhere else. Like, I'm sure that stripe has some API, but implementing something like a dominant assurance contract with normal money API would be arduous, but doable in some blockchain. It could even be the Binance blockchain (which is not decentralized), for all I care.
Overall my impression is that this might be an idea to keep in mind, but that the infrastructure is just not there yet.samim on Is effective altruism growing? An update on the stock of funding vs. people
Hey, I thought this discussion could use some data. I also added some personal impressions.
These are the results of the 2020 SSC survey.
For the question "How would you describe your opinion of the [sic] the idea of "human biodiversity", eg the belief that races differ genetically in socially relevant ways?"
20.8% answered 4 and 8.7% answered 5.
Where 1 is Very unfavorable and 5 is Very favorable
The answeres look similar for 2019
Taking that at face value, 30% of Scott’s readers think favorably of “HBD”.
(I guess you could look at it as "80% of SSC readers fail to condemn scientific racism". But that doesn't strike me as charitable.)
From the same survey, 13.6% identified as EAs, and 33.4% answered sorta EA.
I should mention that the survey has some nonsensical answers (IQs of 186, verbal SATs of 30). And it appears that many answers lean liberal (Identifying as liberals, thinking favorably of feminism, and more open borders, while thinking unfavorably of Trump.)
A while ago, Gwen wrote [LW(p) · GW(p)]
“... If HBD is true, then all the existing correlational and longitudinal evidence immediately implies that group differences are the major reason why per capita income in the USA are 3-190x per capita income in Africa, that group differences are a major driver of history and the future, that intelligence has enormous spillovers totally ignored in all current analyses. This has huge implications for historical research, immigration policy (regression to the mean), dysgenics discussions (minor to irrelevant from just the individual differences perspective but long-term existential threat from HBD), development aid, welfare programs, education, and pretty much every single topic in the culture wars touching on 'sexism' or 'racism' where the supposedly iron-clad evidence is confounded or based on rational priors.”
I’m trying to imagine what global development charities EAs who believe HBD donate to, and I’m having a hard time.
Assuming this implies that some EAs (1-5%?) believe in this, I would reckon they're more focused on X-risks or animal welfare. It would be helpful to see how the people who identify as EAs answered this question.
Finally, from Scott's email (which I think sharing is a horrible violation of privacy), the last sentence is emblematic of the attitude of lots of people in the community (including myself).
Rationalists and EAs have. My Goodreads contains lots of books I expect to disagree with or be offended by (Gyn/Ecology, The Bell Curve), but I still think it's important to look into them.
Valuing new insights sometimes means looking into things no one else would, and that has been very useful for the community (fish/insect welfare, longtermism). But unfortunately, one risk is that at least some people will come out believing (outrageously) wrong things. I think that is worth it.
On a personal note, I’m black, and a community organizer, and I haven't encountered anything but respect and love from the EA community.
There's the CFAR workshop, but it's just a 4 day program. (Though it would take longer to read all of Yudkowsky's writing.)
I'm no expert, but in some plausible reading, US Military training is primarily about cultivating obedience and conformity. Of course some degree of physical conditioning is genuinely beneficial, but when's the last time a Navy Seal got into a fist fight?
For most of the EA work that needs to get done (at the moment), having an army of replaceable, high-discipline, drones is not actually that useful. A lot of the movement hinges on a relatively small number of people acting with integrity, and thinking creatively.
Instead of intense training processes, EA at the moment relies on a really intense selection process. So the people who end up working in EA orgs have mostly already taught themselves the requisite discipline, work ethic and so on.oagr on Contribution-Adjusted Utility Maximization Funds: An Early Proposal
One of the key questions here that's been brought up is how difficult it would be to actually express one's utility function.
I think this is the main problem. There are several reasons why it's difficult:
I think in practice though:
The reason I made the model only have one thing to spend on pre-AGI is not because it's realistic (which it isn't), but because it makes the model more tractable. I was primarily interested in answering a simple question: do AI timelines affect giving now vs. later?patrickl on Writing about my job: Civil Servant (UK foreign policy)
That's helpful context, thanks! There are definitely chances to be imaginative and creative in my role - but I think significantly less than in smaller, more agile organisations. New ideas are very much encouraged, but it can take more work to see them in to practice, as more steps of approval are needed, and they need to fit in to a large, well-established institution.lindamartin on I Created Free Content Training for Nonprofit Orgs
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Sent you access...I hope you find the resources helpful! Feel free to send feedback so I can improve current and future resources.lindamartin on I Created Free Content Training for Nonprofit Orgs
Thanks, Michael...I hope you get a lot out of the resources! I welcome feedback to make the folder more useful and also to determine which of my client trainings to convert next.lindamartin on I Created Free Content Training for Nonprofit Orgs
Thank you, Charles! Do you mean, for example, in the Read Me file? I could write up a marketing-type description for each resource if that would help people determine which resources are most relevant for them.