Are social media algorithms an existential risk? 2020-09-15T08:52:12.851Z · score: 19 (15 votes)
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What was the first being on Earth to experience suffering? 2020-07-10T08:05:31.626Z · score: 12 (10 votes)
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Comment by barrygrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-16T13:02:27.323Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Good point. I worded that clumsily. I've edited the post so it incorporates the full quote now.

Comment by barrygrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-16T12:54:54.873Z · score: 10 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I'm not sure this answers your question but the Edelman Trust Barometer has been tracking levels of trust in societal institutions (government, business, NGOs and media) for the last 20 years. The trend shows a widening division between the "Informed Public" and the "Mass Population" using the following definitions:

Informed Public 

  • 500 respondents in U.S. and China; 200 in all other markets
  • Represents 17% of total global population 
  • Must meet 4 criteria
    • Ages 25-64 
    • College-educated
    • In top 25% of household income per age group in each market
    • Report significant media consumption and engagement in public policy and business news 

Mass Population 

  • All population not including informed public 
  • Represents 83% of total global population
Comment by barrygrimes on Are social media algorithms an existential risk? · 2020-09-15T11:47:45.560Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

The argument that concerned me most was that disinformation spreads 6 times faster than the truth.

The implication is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to establish what the truth is. This undermines democracy and the ability to build consensus. I think we will see this play out with the results of the US election in November and the extent to which people believe and accept the result. 

Comment by barrygrimes on CEA Mid-year update (2020) · 2020-08-21T09:15:28.504Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Edo! We use a number of metrics to track the success of our events. I’ve pulled together a few charts for you that show success on four measures:

  • Likelihood to recommend
  • Valuable experiences
  • New connections
  • Maintained motivation

You’ll see that our likelihood to recommend score was much lower than usual for the EA Global: Virtual in March, but we learned lessons from that event which contributed to the EAGxVirtual score being comparable with previous in-person events.

In terms of valuable experiences, EAGxVirtual was much more successful at changing the minds of attendees, particularly first-time attendees. However, the number of people making important connections was lower than EA Global: London 2019.

The main difference we’ve noticed between virtual and in-person events is the number of new connections made (see slides 4 and 5).  This feels significant because attendees consistently report one-on-one meetings and new connections as their most valuable experience at our events. In-person events seem to be much more effective at generating new connections but there isn't much of a difference in terms of generating at least one important connection. Perhaps we could make some tweaks to the virtual format to increase the number of new connections at future events.

You’ll also see that our virtual events have been very successful at maintaining the motivation of attendees, more so than EA Global: San Francisco 2019. In particular, we received lots of positive feedback about the virtual format from community members who wouldn’t normally be able to attend an in-person EA conference.

> Also, I'm curious, what CRM are you using and for what purpose? 

We are using Zoho CRM. The major use case for it right now is processing event applications: it's integrated with our application forms, ticketing systems, bulk mailing software etc. to provide a unified overview of everyone who has applied for an event. (This is briefly mentioned above in the "Systems Improvements" section of this post.) We also use it to identify attendees who are good fits for specific parts of the event, for example creating a list of first-time attendees who might benefit from our "Guides" program. Other CEA projects sporadically use the CRM to identify specific people who match some criteria (e.g. if we are trying to brainstorm potential group organizers in some location) but this is not the main use case.

Comment by barrygrimes on Do research organisations make theory of change diagrams? Should they? · 2020-07-29T17:04:05.756Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Having a well-developed Theory of Change has been essential for developing HLI’s communications strategy too. Without org-wide agreement on our route to impact, it would have been impossible to think about the changes in behaviour we are trying to bring about. It influences our audience personas, the communication channels we use, our writing style, and our branding.

Although much of our strategic planning remains internal, I think it’s important to be transparent about our high-level ToC so others can provide feedback, place our research in the correct context, and decide if they want to collaborate with us.

Comment by barrygrimes on What was the first being on Earth to experience suffering? · 2020-07-14T08:43:09.237Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Max! I've added it to my reading list.

Comment by barrygrimes on What was the first being on Earth to experience suffering? · 2020-07-14T08:42:42.972Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thank you for providing such a thoughtful and helpful answer. I'm looking forward to working my way through your recommended reading as soon as I can.

Comment by barrygrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T21:34:43.061Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

We’re excited to announce that meeting slots have been extended all the way through to next Sunday, March 29 so please continue to make new connections and schedule one-on-one meetings.

Comment by barrygrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T21:33:55.440Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

We hope you’ve enjoyed participating in the first-ever EA Global virtual conference. We’d really value your feedback to help us plan more virtual events for the EA community over the coming months.

If you're short on time, you can complete this survey in about 5 minutes, but the more detail you can provide in the open text questions, the better.

Take the survey now at

Comment by barrygrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-22T09:29:29.007Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! Because of the time zone differences, we've squeezed as much content as possible into a 4 hour window. However, if you're watching live on YouTube you can pause the broadcast at any time, and then catch up again by watching at 1.5x speed.

We'll be sending out a feedback survey after the Sunday broadcast, and we'd be really grateful to hear about people's experiences and suggestions.

I'll post the survey link here when it's live.

Comment by barrygrimes on EA Global Live Broadcast · 2020-03-21T11:35:30.119Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA · GW

There's also a real-time chat on the YouTube page

Comment by barrygrimes on Notes on “The Art of Gathering” · 2019-01-03T10:02:18.269Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks very much for posting this summary David. I've found it very helpful for thinking about ways to improve EA Global in 2019. I read the whole book over the Christmas holidays and compiled my own set of notes which readers may find complementary to your excellent summary: