Progress Open Thread: December 2020
post by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler)
The Progress Open Thread is a place to share good news, big or small.
See this post [EA · GW] for an explanation of why we have these threads.
What goes in a progress thread comment?
Think of this as an org update thread [EA · GW] for individuals. You might talk about...
- Securing a new job, internship, grant, or scholarship
- Starting or making progress on a personal project
- Helping someone else get involved in EA
- Making a donation you feel really excited about
- Taking the Giving What We Can pledge or signing up for Try Giving
- Writing something you liked outside the Forum (whether it's a paper you've submitted to a journal or just an insightful Facebook comment)
- Any of the above happening to someone else, if you think they'd be happy for you to share the news
- Other EA-related progress in the world (disease eradication, cage-free laws, cool new research papers, etc.)
Comments sorted by top scores.
comment by alexrjl ·
2020-12-06T21:38:06.246Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
I ran a forecasting and question-writing workshop with LSE-EA's Arete fellows. I had a lot of fun in the session and there were many very interesting questions asked at the end. The feedback I've received so far has been positive.Replies from: edoarad
I've been hoping for a while to find something EA-related that uses the skills I've developed in my teaching career, so this was very encouraging.
comment by evelynciara ·
2020-12-28T01:44:20.149Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
I'm working on my first blog posts for my new blog, Sunyshore, which will focus on effective altruism, public interest tech, and computer science. One of the posts I'm drafting is about effective giving and the spirit of Christmas. Other topics I may write about in the future include:
- The paper "Effective Justice"
- Opportunity cost and cause prioritization
- Longtermism and justice/Longtermism and liberalism
- AI fairness, accountability, and transparency
My audience thus far consists of people from the EA community, the online "neoliberal" community, and my university.
comment by DonyChristie ·
2020-12-13T03:00:46.557Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
I'm jumping back into the assurance contract project (see here for previous discussion [? · GW]on a "Kickstarter for Inadequate Equilibria", though I'll note I feel like at this point that the contributors to those threads missed a bunch of relevant detail on this topic; I should do a writeup, not sure what though).
The long-term mission: Supply global public goods via dominant assurance contracts.
I intend to provide updates here on a regular basis, probably monthly although I can do more frequent if people are interested.Replies from: edoarad
↑ comment by EdoArad (edoarad) ·
2020-12-17T07:06:16.780Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
That's a fantastic mission, it's great to see this form of public commitment :)
I'd love to read a writeup of what exactly you have in mind and what are your plans, and would probably be interested in reading the regular updates. (also, you missed a link 😊)
comment by evelynciara ·
2020-12-28T02:49:20.405Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
I finished the first semester of my CS Master of Engineering (MEng) program at Cornell! All of my classes assigned final projects instead of exams this semester, so the last month of the semester was harrowing.
For my computational genetics and genomics class, I worked on using the ROLLOFF algorithm to estimate the number of generations since the admixture of Indo-European- and Dravidian-speaking peoples in South Asia. I didn't get satisfactory results with this study, but I learned a lot about population genetics, statistics, and CS while doing it!