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Comment by RichardYannow on EA Fundraising Through Advantage Sports Betting: A Guide ($500/Hour in Select States) · 2022-02-16T07:03:21.740Z · EA · GW

What do you have to do to have a friendly person's referral code work? Is it as simple as coordinating with a friend in the moment, or does the person need to have been a member for X time or something? Should groups of people making a trip to do this make sure they're all using each other's referral codes (except for one, since someone has to be the first person to join) to get an extra 1% in EV?

Comment by RichardYannow on A Red-Team Against the Impact of Small Donations · 2021-11-25T03:28:16.615Z · EA · GW

The claim that large EA donors are likely to return ≥15% annually, and plausibly 30%-100%, is incredibly optimistic. Why would we expect large EA donors to get so much higher returns on investment than everyone else, and why would such profitable opportunities still be funding-constrained? This is not a case where EA is aiming for something different from others; everyone is trying to maximize their monetary ROI with their investments.

Comment by RichardYannow on Some personal thoughts on EA and systemic change · 2019-10-01T07:57:34.027Z · EA · GW

Note that Scott himself has said he agrees the Libya intervention turned out poorly and is now no longer comfortable endorsing things similar interventions, see http://web.archive.org/web/20150731041537/https://slatestarscratchpad.tumblr.com/post/125060547081/how-have-your-political-positions-shifted-through

Comment by RichardYannow on No, CS majors didn't delude themselves that the best way to save the world is to do CS research · 2016-01-02T06:30:09.129Z · EA · GW

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/19/6031367/oxford-nick-bostrom-artificial-intelligence-superintelligence

Dylan Matthews has read Superintelligence and wrote an article+interview with Bostrom about it in August 2014.

Comment by RichardYannow on A way of thinking about saving vs improving lives · 2015-09-13T06:11:06.076Z · EA · GW

I think there's an error in your math. You're using log base 10 consistently in your article and the linked spreadsheet, but then you say the derivative of the function log(c)+k is 1/c. If you're using log base 10 throughout, the derivate is 1/(ln(10)*c). If you use log base e throughout, then each value you got for log_10(x) should be multiplied by ln(10) to get the value of ln(x). In either case, we end up with dollar amounts a bit over 2.3 times higher than your calculated values for the value of a marginal life in a pure aggregate utilitarian framework.

Also, nit: the Carl Shulman link is broken. You left off the http:// in the original link on your blog, so it was interpreted as a relative link, which was then copied over here.

Comment by RichardYannow on [Housekeeping Notice] The 'meetups' sidebar is temporarily broken · 2015-08-17T00:34:17.820Z · EA · GW

Tom, can you clarify what the relationship is between the EA Hub and the EA Forum (If anything)? It seems like those links point at different things.