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Future Matters Reader releases audio versions of most of the writings summarized in the Future Matters newsletter

Future Matters Reader Matthew van der Merwe, Pablo Stafforini

    • Society & Culture

Future Matters Reader releases audio versions of most of the writings summarized in the Future Matters newsletter

    Holden Karfnosky — Success without dignity: a nearcasting story of avoiding catastrophe by luck

    Holden Karfnosky — Success without dignity: a nearcasting story of avoiding catastrophe by luck

    Success without dignity: a nearcasting story of avoiding catastrophe by luck, by Holden Karnofsky.

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/75CtdFj79sZrGpGiX/success-without-dignity-a-nearcasting-story-of-avoiding

    Note: Footnotes in the original article have been omitted.

    • 19 min
    Larks — A Windfall Clause for CEO could worsen AI race dynamics

    Larks — A Windfall Clause for CEO could worsen AI race dynamics

    In this post, Larks argues that the proposal to make AI firms promise to donate a large fraction of profits if they become extremely profitable will primarily benefitting the management of those firms and thereby give managers an incentive to move fast, aggravating race dynamics and in turn increasing existential risk.

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ewroS7tsqhTsstJ44/a-windfall-clause-for-ceo-could-worsen-ai-race-dynamics

    • 14 min
    Otto Barten — Paper summary: The effectiveness of AI existential risk communication to the American and Dutch public

    Otto Barten — Paper summary: The effectiveness of AI existential risk communication to the American and Dutch public

    This is Otto Barten's summary of 'The effectiveness of AI existential risk communication to the American and Dutch public' by Alexia Georgiadis. In this paper Alexia measures changes in participants' awareness of AGI risks after consuming various media interventions.

    Summary: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/fqXLT7NHZGsLmjH4o/paper-summary-the-effectiveness-of-ai-existential-risk

    Original paper: https://existentialriskobservatory.org/papers_and_reports/The_Effectiveness_of_AI_Existential_Risk_Communication_to_the_American_and_Dutch_Public.pdf

    Note: Some tables in the summary have been omitted in this audio version.

    • 7 min
    Shulman & Thornley — How much should governments pay to prevent catastrophes? Longtermism's limited role

    Shulman & Thornley — How much should governments pay to prevent catastrophes? Longtermism's limited role

    Carl Shulman & Elliott Thornley argue that the goal of longtermists should be to get governments to adopt global catastrophic risk policies based on standard cost-benefit analysis rather than arguments that stress the overwhelming importance of the future.

    https://philpapers.org/archive/SHUHMS.pdf

    Note: Tables, notes and references in the original article have been omitted.

    • 57 min
    Elika Somani — Advice on communicating in and around the biosecurity policy community

    Elika Somani — Advice on communicating in and around the biosecurity policy community

    "The field of biosecurity is more complicated, sensitive and nuanced, especially in the policy space, than what impressions you might get based on publicly available information. As a result, say / write / do things with caution (especially if you are a non-technical person or more junior, or talking to a new (non-EA) expert). This might help make more headway on safer biosecurity policy."

    https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/HCuoMQj4Y5iAZpWGH/advice-on-communicating-in-and-around-the-biosecurity-policy

    Note: Some footnotes in the original article have been omitted.

    • 13 min
    Riley Harris — Summary of 'Are we living at the hinge of history?' by William MacAskill.

    Riley Harris — Summary of 'Are we living at the hinge of history?' by William MacAskill.

    The Global Priorities Institute has published a new paper summary: 'Are we living at the hinge of history?' by William MacAskill.

    https://globalprioritiesinstitute.org/summary-summary-longtermist-institutional-reform/

    Note: Footnotes and references in the original article have been omitted.

    • 7 min

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