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Has anyone done an analysis on the importance, tractability, and neglectedness of keeping human-digestible calories in the ocean in case we need it after some global catastrophe? 2020-02-17T07:47:45.162Z · score: 7 (7 votes)
Who should give sperm/eggs? 2020-02-08T05:13:43.477Z · score: 4 (13 votes)
Mati_Roy's Shortform 2019-12-05T16:31:52.494Z · score: 4 (2 votes)
Crohn's disease 2018-11-13T16:20:42.200Z · score: -12 (19 votes)

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Comment by mati_roy on Has anyone done an analysis on the importance, tractability, and neglectedness of keeping human-digestible calories in the ocean in case we need it after some global catastrophe? · 2020-02-19T02:28:05.407Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I haven't tried to. any section answering my question? (or) are you implying we shouldn't care about reducing the food supply in the oceans given the amount of alternatives we have?

Comment by mati_roy on Has anyone done an analysis on the importance, tractability, and neglectedness of keeping human-digestible calories in the ocean in case we need it after some global catastrophe? · 2020-02-17T07:59:40.780Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Some information I found

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Could the oceans feed us?

If you looked at the amount of fish that we currently eat, it’s just a tiny fraction of the human diet. You can expand that much more without wiping out all the fisheries. If you have significant climate change, that will result in more upwelling [seawater rise from the depth of the ocean to the surface], which will be like fertilizing the ocean surface, and you get more fish. Similarly we can purposely fertilize the ocean in order to get more fish. So then we have enough fish to feed everyone. How do you catch it all?

Then we started to look into how many ships exist—and if we converted all of them to fishing vessels, would that be enough in order to get enough fish harvested to meet demand? It turned out you end up with problems such as round trip distance. You can’t have little fishing boats go out and fish and then drive all the way back. The solution to that is ship-to-ship transfers of fish, which luckily, they already do now. So our fish solution is actually one of the better ones under certain circumstances. [But] it won’t work for everything. You still need some light.

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http://nautil.us/issue/101/in-our-nature/what-to-eat-after-the-apocalypse

Comment by mati_roy on Who should give sperm/eggs? · 2020-02-15T06:03:19.971Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I just found this survey https://www.wearedonorconceived.com/uncategorized/we-are-donor-conceived-2018-survey-results/ thanks to your comment. thank you!

Comment by mati_roy on A list of EA-related podcasts · 2020-01-17T14:41:18.396Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Alignment Newsletter Podcast: http://alignment-newsletter.libsyn.com/

Comment by mati_roy on Concrete project lists · 2020-01-06T00:58:39.414Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Researchy Projects for Aspiring EAs - a guide by Edo: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QO6d6mL5ZRJFqmrcIKmSxhPaQHUkYGXB06phHfkNUYI/edit#heading=h.k8xuawhn91w

Comment by mati_roy on Cost-Effectiveness of RC Forward · 2019-12-11T18:07:06.889Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

external backlink: https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadaeffectivealtruism/permalink/2653695294666565/

Comment by mati_roy on Mati_Roy's Shortform · 2019-12-05T16:31:52.677Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

x-post with https://causeprioritization.org/Democracy (see wiki for latest version)

Epistemic status: intuition; tentative | Quality: quick write-up | Created: 2019-12-05 | Acknowledgement: Nicolas Lacombe for discussions on tracking political promises

Assumption: more democracy is valuable; related: The rules for rulers, 10% Less Democracy

Non-denominational volunteering opportunities in politics

Tracking political promises

Polimeter is a platform that allows to track how well politicians keep their promises. This likely increases the incentive for politicians to be honest. This is useful because if citizens don’t know how their vote will translate in policies, it’s harder for them to vote meaningfully. Plus, citizens are likely to prefer more honest politicians all else equal. The platform allows to create new trackers as well as contributing to existing ones.

Voting reform

The Center for Election Science is working to implement an approval voting mechanism in more jurisdictions in the US. They work with volunteers with various expertise; see: https://www.electionscience.org/take-action/volunteer/.

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

National Popular Vote is promoting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact which aims to make the electoral vote reflect the popular vote. They are looking for volunteers; see https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/volunteer.

Comment by mati_roy on Technical AGI safety research outside AI · 2019-11-22T05:03:46.499Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I added this to my list of lists of open problems in AI safety: https://bit.ly/AISafetyOpenProblems

Comment by mati_roy on Candy for Nets · 2019-11-22T04:11:24.278Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

This brought be to tears. So smart and compassionate <3 <3 <3

Comment by mati_roy on EA Organization Updates: October 2019 · 2019-11-21T07:41:37.183Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA · GW

The Global Challenges Foundation ( https://globalchallenges.org/ ) has a lot of information really relevant for EAs. They care about improving cooperation among countries to reduce global catastrophic risks. I strongly recommend adding them in those updates. They have a newsletter.

Comment by mati_roy on Altruistic equity allocation · 2019-11-19T22:56:33.385Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Added here: https://causeprioritization.org/Moral_economics

Comment by mati_roy on Giving now vs. later: a summary · 2019-11-15T18:34:56.924Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I created a wiki page because it's easier to maintain an up-to-date repository like this.

I took all the links on this page, removed broken links and added some new links.

Here it is: https://causeprioritization.org/Donating_now_vs_later

Comment by mati_roy on Please Take the 2019 EA Survey! · 2019-10-17T04:40:49.749Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

thank you!

Comment by mati_roy on Please Take the 2019 EA Survey! · 2019-10-16T00:02:41.686Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

by the way, I've only skimmed the Privacy Policy, but still ticked "yes". I assumed we weren't expected to read all words. would have been nice to have a summary IMO.

Comment by mati_roy on Please Take the 2019 EA Survey! · 2019-10-15T23:58:06.469Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

> The average completion time for this year’s survey is 20 minutes.

how was this measured?

Comment by mati_roy on Announcing the Buddhists in EA Group · 2019-09-25T01:08:59.405Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

thanks for your answer

Comment by mati_roy on Announcing the Buddhists in EA Group · 2019-09-24T01:03:31.962Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I'm curious. Do you see Buddhism as a value system, a world model, a beneficial practice (ex. meditating), a community, a Schelling Point, a strategy (ex. a beneficial superorganism), or a combination of those or something else?

Comment by mati_roy on Concrete project lists · 2019-09-22T17:22:38.965Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Problems in AI Alignment that philosophers could potentially contribute to by Wei Dai

Comment by mati_roy on Could we solve this email mess if we all moved to paid emails? · 2019-08-13T02:51:05.416Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I like the post and comments, and exploring this idea-cluster in general; thanks for sharing. I have other ideas I think would be useful in that idea-space, but I'm not sure this one would be useful for me as an email-receiver. I currently have no problem reading all my emails, and receive very few undesirable emails, and if someone send me a long task by email, I have no problem declining or asking for money (and do work as a contractant through PayPal or UpWork). I feel this is like this for most people except a few public figures. As an email-sender, I would like if people that are unreachable by email had a price instead of a barrier (which acts as an infinite price); but I wouldn't use that feature often I think (maybe 1-10 times per year).

Comment by mati_roy on Why the EA Forum? · 2019-06-20T04:16:31.914Z · score: 10 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I'm not sure where to write this, so I'll write here for now.

It seems like Google doesn't properly index articles posted on this forum, which seems problematic. It makes it harder for me to retrieve articles I read for example, and also makes it harder to discover new posts although this problem is more invisible.

Any query I do with "site:forum.effectivealtruism.org" never links to articles directly, but only to other pages like user pages.

Comment by mati_roy on The case for delaying solar geoengineering research · 2019-04-04T21:02:35.221Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I added the argument here: https://causeprioritization.org/Geoengineering

Comment by mati_roy on Concrete project lists · 2019-03-17T14:34:56.829Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Other relevant links that seems to be missing:

Comment by mati_roy on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-13T19:54:37.381Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

This recent SMBC reminded me of this post ^^ http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/computer

Comment by mati_roy on Announcing PriorityWiki: A Cause Prioritization Wiki · 2019-03-09T02:34:51.686Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I personally contribute to https://causeprioritization.org/. Its founder has been consistently contributing to it, they have a lot of experience with wikis, and they have a strong work ethics. They've also been going on since 2014. I also try to contribute to Wikipedia first, and only go to another wiki if it doesn't fit on Wikipedia for some reasons.

I would like to see someone apply for a grant from the EA Meta Fund to move the CP wiki to the MediaWiki platform, create some initial content, and host it on wiki.effectivealtruism.org. Although maybe the priority, wiki-wise, would be to improve some Wikipedia pages instead.

Whenever I read something, I keep this in mind. If I'm going to take notes, I might as well see if it would fit on some wikis.

I think the best ways to help, in order, would be:
-if you know someone that could interested in improving the wiki, suggest them to apply for a grant from the EA Meta Fund (https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community)

-reduce the competition (move priority.wiki 's content to https://causeprioritization.org/, and then delete priority.wiki) so that the few contributors there are collaborate on the same platform

-whenever you read something, see if it would be useful to integrate this in a wiki

-if you know someone reading or researching on some causes (or see a post like this on a social platform), and you think they could make good contributions, invite them to do so

Comment by mati_roy on A general framework for evaluating aging research. Part 1: reasoning with Longevity Escape Velocity · 2019-01-11T23:25:44.686Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks for writing this!

Looking forward to a review of charities in that area.

I invite people interested in this topic to join the Effective Altruism & Life Extension Facebook group.

I suggest you add a summary at the top of the post.

Here's a summary of LEV leverage points: Bringing the date we solve aging forward by one year could extend the life of 36,500,000 by 1000 years (under conservative assumptions^1). But if Longevity Escape Velocity (LEV) is reached before that (and maintained until we solve aging), then it's bringing the LEV forward by 1 day that will be the crucial point. Note that solving other causes of death (than aging) near the LEV point would also bring the LEV point forward. Other leverage points would be increasing the probability that LEV is maintained until we solve aging, and increasing the speed of distribution of LEV technology (note that this doesn't impact the value of the other leverage points).

1. a) Probably more than 36,500,000 actually given that - actually in the short term - population will increase, and the fraction of death from aging will also increase.

1. b) probably more than a 1000 years in expectation given a 1000 years might be enough to solve the other death causes, and radically increase that number

Musing: I wonder if it would be technically more accurate to call it Death Escape Velocity. And while solving aging is the crucial point in the model, solving other death causes near LEV could also expedite when LEV is achieve. And once we solve aging, the LEV model stays relevant: we could (realistically) still increase life expectancy by more than a year per year by reducing the rate of the other causes of death, such as accidents, until we stop adding a year every year, and eventually reach a maximum lifespan (or we get complete immortality).

Edit: previous version was mistakenly saying 36,500,000 lives per day instead of year

Comment by mati_roy on Crohn's disease · 2018-11-15T23:57:46.903Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I’m not familiar with this field, so I cannot comment on the technical details of the project. But thanks to everyone who has provided constructive feedback to Martin! I think this is a big part of the value this forum provides. I hope this is useful to Martin as he went to great length to make progress on this problem.

Comment by mati_roy on Welcome to the New Forum! · 2018-11-15T04:37:28.213Z · score: 6 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Archive.org doesn't seem to be archiving articles from the new forum properly, which would be really valuable in my opinion. When I consult a post on Archive.org, it briefly shows up, and then the post disappears, and all I see is "Sorry, we couldn't find what you were looking for." For example: https://web.archive.org/web/20181113212118/https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/4r3ZpiEoWft62yPwv/crohn-s-disease.

Comment by mati_roy on Crohn's disease · 2018-11-13T22:12:43.326Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Aaron! I suppose OpenPhil and other people interested in funding projects monitor this forum? If you think we should do something else to get it to people in a position to provide funding, I'm all ears!

Comment by mati_roy on Rationality as an EA Cause Area · 2018-11-13T21:05:38.542Z · score: 12 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I also feel similarly. Thanks for writing this.

Points I would add:

-This organisation could focus on supporting local LessWrong groups (which CFAR isn't doing).

-This organisation could focus on biases that make people shift in a better direction rather than going in the same direction faster. For example, reducing the scope insensitivity bias seems like a robust way to make people more altruistic, whereas improving people's ability to make Trigger-Action-Plans might simply accelerate the economy as a whole (which could be bad if you think that crunches are more likely than bangs and shrieks, as per Bostrom's terminology).

-The organisation might want to focus on theories with more evidence (ie. be less experimental than CFAR) to avoid spreading false memes that could be difficult to correct, as well as being careful about idea inoculations.

Comment by mati_roy on Additional plans for the new EA Forum · 2018-10-10T04:59:34.848Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

feature idea: be able to mark (old) articles as obsolete

Comment by mati_roy on Accountability buddies: a proposed system · 2018-07-29T03:48:13.398Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I've received 28 applications. I just sent the emails to each pair of participants. I mostly matched people by timezone and desired frequency. The list will not be made public (unless everyone consent to that, and some people think it would be useful).

Comment by mati_roy on Accountability buddies: a proposed system · 2018-07-17T09:21:17.698Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I also find it useful to report my accomplishments to my accountability partner by email on a daily basis. It makes me more mindful during the day as to whether what I'm doing is working toward my goals.

Comment by mati_roy on Accountability buddies: a proposed system · 2018-07-17T09:17:39.651Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I invite anyone looking to get an accountability partner to fill this form: https://bit.ly/AccountabilityBuddies.

Edit: the survey is now closed; if you would like to find an accountability partner, I suggest posting here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1757073531018701/.

Comment by mati_roy on Concrete project lists · 2018-07-17T08:59:35.432Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Any resources to recommend on "Changes in lie detection (medical imaging analysis, neuroscience)"?