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Comment by shaybenmoshe on What should EAs interested in climate change do? · 2020-01-14T07:00:30.116Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Good to know! Is there any information about Founders Pledge research project?

Comment by shaybenmoshe on I'm Michelle Hutchinson, head of advising at 80,000 Hours, AMA · 2019-12-08T12:35:32.829Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Oh I see, I misunderstood you.

Thanks, looking forward to the episode to come out.

Comment by shaybenmoshe on I'm Michelle Hutchinson, head of advising at 80,000 Hours, AMA · 2019-12-07T09:44:24.783Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thank you for this answer (and the rest of them!). Could you link to that podcast episode on advising?

Comment by shaybenmoshe on [deleted post] 2019-08-26T16:57:57.181Z

First of all, I think it is a reasonable assumption that there are only finitely many people in the universe, in which case the order does not matter.

Also, of course the location of people matter. If you move all earth people at this moment to mars, we will all suffer and die. In the same way, say there 100 other galaxies in which there is another earth. Move all of these people here, and we will have an enormous over population.


Comment by shaybenmoshe on [deleted post] 2019-08-19T13:56:21.307Z

Hey, this might not really help, but here's a rough idea. I can think about it more thoroughly, or we can discuss this at some time, if you want.

Maybe you shouldn't consider the situation as two possibilities of a finite universe or infinite universe. An infinite universe is the limit of finite universes. Perhaps then you should consider an infinite universe as a sequence of finite universes, whose limit is indeed infinite, and work with that.

So for example, you will compute the difference in value in each of the finite universes, and take the limit of that, and use this as the value for the infinite universe.

This is a standard method in math and in physics. For example, in math this is formalized in pro categories (such as profinite groups), and in physics this is a sort of renormalization/regularization.

Comment by shaybenmoshe on What is the current best estimate of the cumulative elasticity of chicken? · 2019-05-04T20:40:43.655Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Not exactly answering your question, but I think this argument (and follow up question) neglect an important aspect of your contribution.

Having more vegetarian and vegan people creates an incentive to develop meat substitutes (e.g. beyond meat, impossible).
If those substitutes, and especially clean meat, will hold up to their promise (i.e. cheaper, taste just as good, and be at least as healthy as regular meat), it will have the potential to change the meat industry dramatically.
In this situation, way more people may become vegetarian or vegan due to economical or health reasons.