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I (and hopefully many others soon) read particularly interesting or impactful posts from the EA forum.

Effective Altruism Forum Podcast Garrett Baker

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I (and hopefully many others soon) read particularly interesting or impactful posts from the EA forum.

    [Cross-hosted from FITS] "Cultured meat: A comparison of techno-economic analyses" (by Linch and Neil Dullaghan, Rethink Priorities); read and commented on by David Reinstein

    [Cross-hosted from FITS] "Cultured meat: A comparison of techno-economic analyses" (by Linch and Neil Dullaghan, Rethink Priorities); read and commented on by David Reinstein

    Cross hosted from "Found in the Struce"


    David Reinstein:
    I read  "Cultured meat: A comparison of techno-economic analyses I added some comments including a few 'what does this mean?'  cries for help.  Note, I mentioned stray content in one place when it was actually a link to a google doc -- I was reading this on a black and white e-reader that didn't show this as a link. Some highlights: Laugh at my mispronunciation of biological terms, and mixing up the Greek letters upsilon and mu.


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    500 Million, But Not A Single One More

    500 Million, But Not A Single One More

    Note: Despite what is said in this episode, today is not Smallpox Eradication Day. Smallpox Eradication Day is on December 9th. 



    Original post by Jai

    Read & edited by Garrett Baker



    This post is a primarily motivational work on the horrible effects & eradication of smallpox.


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    Is effective altruism growing? An update on the stock of funding vs. people

    Is effective altruism growing? An update on the stock of funding vs. people

    Original post by Benjamin Todd

    Read & edited by David Reinstein



    Here’s a summary of what’s coming up:


    How much funding is committed to effective altruism (going forward)? Around $46 billion.
    How quickly have these funds grown? About 37% per year since 2015, with much of the growth concentrated in 2020–2021.
    How much is being donated each year? Around $420 million, which is just over 1% of committed capital, and has grown maybe about 21% per year since 2015.
    How many committed community members are there? About 7,400, growing 10–20% per year 2018–2020, and growing faster than that 2015–2017.
    Has the funding overhang grown or shrunk? Funding  seems to have grown faster than the number of people, so the overhang  has grown in both proportional and absolute terms.
    What might be the implications for career choice?  Skill bottlenecks have probably increased for people able to think of  ways to spend lots of funding effectively, run big projects, and  evaluate grants.


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    Found in the Struce: “Why scientific research is less effective in producing value than it could be: a mapping”

    Found in the Struce: “Why scientific research is less effective in producing value than it could be: a mapping”

    Podcast originally posted here

    Original Effective Altruism Forum post here

    Read & Edited by David Reinstein



    Reading "Why scientific research is less effective in producing value  than it could be: a mapping" post in the EA Forum (and peering at some  links).  Some comments and thoughts/my own experience.    Reading the comments section, especially comments from Linch Zhang,  IanDavidMoss, and AllAmericanBreakfast.

    Outro snip: "Magic Terrapin" by Alfie Pugh, performed by the Locked Horns

    I hope to follow up on this with a reading/discussion of  bit.ly/unjournal (or the EA Forum post version of this, if and when I  make it)


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    What's wrong with the EA-aligned research pipeline?

    What's wrong with the EA-aligned research pipeline?

    Read and Edited by Sam Nolan, Written by MichaelA

    This is the second post in the series Improving the EA-Aligned Research Pipeline, What's wrong with the EA-Aligned Research Pipeline.

    This reading discusses 10 potential issues with the pipeline as it currently stands. Most notably, it finds that although there are a large number of people, research questions and funders, but a bottleneck in vetting potential EA research candidates.

    The first post in this series was:


    Improving the EA-Aligned Research Pipeline

    Further posts in this series will be released soon.

    Links:


    Original post
    A central directory for open research questions
    EA is vetting-constrained
    Ben Todd discussing organizational capacity, infrastructure, and management bottlenecks
    Call to action anonymous form


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    Improving the EA-aligned research pipeline: Sequence introduction

    Improving the EA-aligned research pipeline: Sequence introduction

    Original post: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/s/fSmBYeTyisyM9fkmD/p/ysHq3K2asNwsCRWeG

    Read & edited by Sam Nolan

    This post is the introduction to the sequence, Improving the EA-Aligned Research Pipeline by MichaelA. The sequence discusses the problems with the current system for EA aligned research, and issues with allocating resources (particularly human resources) effectively. It also discusses possible intervention options to solve these bottlenecks in the research pipeline.

    This episode is an introduction to the sequence. The rest of the sequence is:


    What's wrong with the EA Research Pipeline?

    The rest of the sequence is, as of writing this, yet to be published, but hopefully will be soon!

    The links in this post can be found by browsing the original post above.


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