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    “Call for Attorneys for OpenAI Employees and Ex-Employees” by Vilfredo’s Ghost

    “Call for Attorneys for OpenAI Employees and Ex-Employees” by Vilfredo’s Ghost

    I am a lawyer. I am not licensed in California, or Delaware, or any of the states that likely govern OpenAI's employment contracts. So take what I am about to say with a grain of salt, as commentary rather than legal advice. But I am begging any California-licensed attorneys reading this to look into it in more detail. California may have idiosyncratic laws that completely destroy my analysis, which is based solely on general principles of contract law and not any research or analysis of state-specific statutes or cases. I also have not seen the actual contracts and am relying on media reports. But.

    I think the OpenAI anti-whistleblower agreement is completely unenforceable, with two caveats. Common law contract principles generally don't permit surprises, and don't allow new terms unless some mutual promise is made in return for those new terms. A valid contract requires a "meeting of [...]
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    First published:

    May 18th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/AJAhePexStoEhAwto/call-for-attorneys-for-openai-employees-and-ex-employees

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

    • 3 min
    “Marisa, the Co-Founder of EA Anywhere, Has Passed Away” by carrickflynn

    “Marisa, the Co-Founder of EA Anywhere, Has Passed Away” by carrickflynn

    (Apologies for errors or sloppiness in this post, it was written quickly and emotionally.)
    Marisa committed suicide earlier this month. She suffered for years from a cruel mental illness, but that will not be legacy–her legacy will be the enormous amount of suffering she alleviated for others. In her short life she worked with Rethink Charity, the Legal Priorities Project, co-founded EA Anywhere, and volunteered with many more impactful organizations. Looking to further scale her impact she completed most of a Master of Public Policy degree at Georgetown.
    Marisa was relentless. Even among the impressive cohort of young EAs, she had a diligence and work ethic that amazed and inspired. She got things done. She was also wickedly funny. Even while suffering deeply, she could make me cry with laughter.
    Epidemiologically, suicide is contagious within communities. Marisa's does not have to be. Everyone reading this is only one comment [...]
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    First published:

    May 17th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/cPFBJ8YkkzS9niBuo/marisa-the-co-founder-of-ea-anywhere-has-passed-away

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

    • 2 min
    “Presenting nine new charities - a record for the AIM (CE) Incubation Program” by CE

    “Presenting nine new charities - a record for the AIM (CE) Incubation Program” by CE

    We are thrilled to introduce nine new charities launched through our February-March 2024 Incubation Program. This is an AIM record with an average of five charities launched per round in the previous years. We are also proud to announce that thanks to very generous donors from the Seed Network Funding Circle, these new organizations have secured over $1 million in funding! This is a significant milestone for AIM as an organization. We are very grateful for the support of our funders, mentors, and, most of all, the talented applicants who decided to pursue entrepreneurial careers in the nonprofit sector.
    We are committed to ongoing support for these new initiatives through mentorship, operational assistance, free co-working space in London, and access to an ever-expanding entrepreneurial network of funders, advisors, interns, and fellow charity founders.
    This article provides a brief introduction to our new organizations. You will find more information [...]
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    Outline:
    (02:25) Centre for Aquaculture Progress
    (06:01) Notify Health
    (09:53) Learning Alliance
    (15:06) Novah
    (20:11) Access to Medicines Initiative (AMI)
    (23:59) FarmKind
    (28:40) Ark Philanthropy
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    First published:

    May 14th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/tDQm4Z5aQytRE2RKn/presenting-nine-new-charities-a-record-for-the-aim-ce

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

    • 37 min
    “Probably Good launched a new job board!” by Probably Good

    “Probably Good launched a new job board!” by Probably Good

    We’re excited to share a new addition to our site: an impact-focused job board!
    We’ve considered launching a job board for some time, so we’re happy to add this feature to the Probably Good site. The job board aims to:
    Help people find more promising job opportunities, including in cause areas that aren’t as thoroughly covered by other impact-focused boards such as 80,000 Hours and Animal Advocacy Careers. Direct our audience to concrete opportunities that meet a high standard of impact. Reduce friction for people on our site to take the first step towards a career change, by providing opportunities to apply for or just exposing them to new options. As Animal Advocacy Careers have highlighted before, job boards are often the primary gateway to career advice sites, and so we hope the job board will also extend our content's reach and general impact.
    Why we’re launching a job [...]
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    Outline:
    (00:59) Why we’re launching a job board
    (02:34) How you can help
    (03:09) Final Notes
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    First published:

    May 6th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ZPB87ayzzwAoxycvN/probably-good-launched-a-new-job-board

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

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    “Why I’m doing PauseAI” by Joseph Miller

    “Why I’m doing PauseAI” by Joseph Miller

    GPT-5 training is probably starting around now. It seems very unlikely that GPT-5 will cause the end of the world. But it's hard to be sure. I would guess that GPT-5 is more likely to kill me than an asteroid, a supervolcano, a plane crash or a brain tumor. We can predict fairly well what the cross-entropy loss will be, but pretty much nothing else.
    Maybe we will suddenly discover that the difference between GPT-4 and superhuman level is actually quite small. Maybe GPT-5 will be extremely good at interpretability, such that it can recursively self improve by rewriting its own weights.
    Hopefully model evaluations can catch catastrophic risks before wide deployment, but again, it's hard to be sure. GPT-5 could plausibly be devious enough so circumvent all of our black-box testing. Or it may be that it's too late as soon as the model has been trained. These [...]
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    Outline:
    (01:10) How do we do better for GPT-6?
    (02:02) Plan B: Mass protests against AI
    (03:06) No innovation required
    (04:36) The discomfort of doing something weird
    (05:53) Preparing for the moment
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    First published:

    April 30th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/J8sw7o5mWbGFaBW4o/why-i-m-doing-pauseai

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

    • 7 min
    “Updates on the EA catastrophic risk landscape” by Benjamin_Todd

    “Updates on the EA catastrophic risk landscape” by Benjamin_Todd

    Around the end of Feb 2024 I attended the Summit on Existential Risk and EAG: Bay Area (GCRs), during which I did 25+ one-on-ones about the needs and gaps in the EA-adjacent catastrophic risk landscape, and how they’ve changed.
    The meetings were mostly with senior managers or researchers in the field who I think are worth listening to (unfortunately I can’t share names). Below is how I’d summarise the main themes in what was said.
    If you have different impressions of the landscape, I’d be keen to hear them.
    There's been a big increase in the number of people working on AI safety, partly driven by a reallocation of effort (e.g. Rethink Priorities starting an AI policy think tank); and partly driven by new people entering the field after its newfound prominence. Allocation in the landscape seems more efficient than in the past – it's harder to identify [...] ---

    First published:

    May 6th, 2024


    Source:

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/YDjH6ACPZq889tqeJ/updates-on-the-ea-catastrophic-risk-landscape

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    Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.

    • 4 min

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