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New protein alternative produced from CO2 2019-08-13T16:33:59.229Z · score: 6 (4 votes)
Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? 2019-04-08T22:26:38.470Z · score: 42 (32 votes)

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Comment by spanrucker on New protein alternative produced from CO2 · 2019-08-13T17:36:41.541Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah ALLFED sprang to my mind too.

There's a bit more about the actual production process in this article: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43zdag/this-startup-is-making-food-mostly-out-of-air-and-electricity

Also a bit of discussion around how feasible it will be to scale up.

Comment by spanrucker on How urgent are extreme climate change risks? · 2019-08-09T11:30:09.769Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks Kit! I look forward to reading them.

Comment by spanrucker on How urgent are extreme climate change risks? · 2019-08-04T09:28:51.592Z · score: 15 (12 votes) · EA · GW

When climate change risks are discussed on this forum I mostly see it framed in terms of whether or not it is an existential risk. Considering a large part if EA is focused on reducing global poverty and the suffering of all living creatures I’m surprised not to see the potential impact of climate change in these areas discussed more often.

Is it possible that the potential of climate change to increase global poverty and suffering (of both humans and animals) is large enough to warrant more preventative attention within EA?

It’s all very well that the likelihood of existential risks are small but if a huge amount more living beings will suffer or die as a result of climate change that seems like a future worth even more coordinated effort to avoid.

As an example: at the moment charity evaluators like Give Well and The Life You Can Save recommend charities like Against Malaria Foundation as an effective way to deal with a disease like malaria. But climate change could massively increase insect born diseases which means the scale of the problem will get loads worse. Isn’t it worth putting more effort into preventing a problem from developing than treating a symptom when it’s too late?

Or would the argument that “enough other people are working on this” still outweigh these potential risks in terms of where EA energy is directed?

N.B These are actual questions, not necessarily arguments. I don’t feel like I know enough about the subject and I’d like to know more!

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-19T16:06:06.049Z · score: 13 (9 votes) · EA · GW

A lil update here, I've been in talks with two EA related organisations so far and have one project in the works already, so that's very exciting! I'll update more as things develop. Thanks for your help and suggestions, everybody!

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-19T16:04:37.823Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Heheh it can go two ways, eh? Sometimes it's fun but sometimes it's cringy... a fine line to tread! But it could work depending on the project :)

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-19T16:03:28.685Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

thanks for the suggestion! I'll check it out :)

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-10T13:50:07.401Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I've considered RadicalxChange, part of what encouraged me to post on this forum was that podcast actually. I'm going to get in touch with them once I've read Radical Markets and can understand it a bit better.

Thanks for your thoughts! I'd not thought of it from a startup point of view, but yeah it makes sense to compare as, like you say, they optimise vigorously.

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-10T13:46:53.539Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah great stuff! I'll investigate, thanks Mappy!

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-09T14:54:37.892Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

hmm, very interesting! Thanks for the pointer, I'll investigate. And thanks about the vids!

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-09T13:46:59.128Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Thank you Kevin, I'll check em out!

Comment by spanrucker on Can my filmmaking/songwriting skills be used more effectively in EA? · 2019-04-09T13:46:38.372Z · score: 9 (6 votes) · EA · GW

THANK YOU so much for this thoughtful reply Aaron, I really appreciate it! Some responses to your thoughts:

1. You ever heard the screenwriting rule "show, don't tell"? YA JUST DID IT with this friendly response! :)

2. That's actually really encouraging to read! I don't usually tell people about my giving practise because it feels a bit ego driven - like, "ooh aren't I a good person!" etc. It can feel quite solitary at times as I mostly work alone. So it's a helpful boost to read your encouragement, thank you!

3. Cheers! I've been focussing more on music production over the last few years but I'm itching to make higher quality video work, especially if it can have a positive impact. I don't even think the work has to be musical every time: overall I'm interested in conveying information in a playful manner - whatever that may be.

4. Yep that was my concern, so perhaps this method is not suitable for sharing ideas about EA itself.

5. Yes! I will do that! Already, looking through the list on The Life You Can Save, I can see plenty of charities where this kind of communication could be beneficial. Very exciting! I will start contacting them this week.

And yep totally get you on the need to work with others and check things through for maximum facts(imum). I'll definitely post in here for input (probs not Facebook, I think I'm gonna leave soon). I think ultimately it would be great to find an EA aligned producer to team up with with. If that describes anyone who reads this, please get in touch. Maybe in the long term this could grow into a production company that makes playful videos to help improve the world.

Thanks again Aaron, great food for thought!