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Friday, August 5
 

2:00pm

Opening reception
Friday August 5, 2016 2:00pm - 5:20pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:40pm

80,000 Hours Career Workshop
The ideal way to start your EA Global experience is with a comprehensive 80,000 Hours career workshop on Friday afternoon. Half of the people who have attended so far have changed what they plan to do with their lives, so its an afternoon well spent.

RSVP to attend here: https://80000hours.typeform.com/to/dmsN97

Youll leave with a much better idea of who you want to meet and what you want to learn over the rest of the weekend. Heres what 80,000 Hours will cover: 1) What is a dream job anyway? - Well take you through what the latest psychology research shows is most important for being satisfied with your work. 2) In which career can you have the greatest social impact? - What is social impact, and what options are there beyond nonprofits and teaching? 3) Which jobs put you in a better position for the future? - Well cover what to look for in your first couple of jobs and some especially promising options to consider. 4) How to figure out where youll excel - Well show you how to figure out where you have the best chances of performing at a very high level 5) How to put together your plan - Well tell you how to figure out which options are best for you and make a plan for the coming years. And we wont just tell you to follow your passion. You probably shouldnt come if youve spent more than 4 hours working through 80,000 Hours online career guide already. However, if youre in that camp, 80,000 Hours is doing an advanced workshop spread out over Saturday and speed-coaching on Sunday.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Wiblin

Rob Wiblin

Rob studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He ‘earned to give’ as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, and then moved to the UK to work at the Centre, first as Research Director and then Executive Director. He is also Secretary of the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and a... Read More →


Friday August 5, 2016 2:40pm - 6:40pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00pm

Career targeting for software engineers
Software engineering encompasses a wide range of different work. Some of the things you can do as a software engineer are probably much better ideas from an EA perspective. I will present arguments and advice about how to choose jobs that push your career in useful directions.

Speakers
avatar for Buck Shlegeris

Buck Shlegeris

Buck is a software engineer for PayPal in San Francisco. He previously studied and worked at App Academy. He has a degree in computer science from the Australian National University.


Friday August 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00pm

How to change your mind
Speakers
avatar for Miya Perry

Miya Perry

Head of Training, Paradigm Academy
I study psychology, particularly as it pertains to learning and human flourishing. More than what you're doing, I'm interested in why you're doing it, and in what you're doing with your mind as you do it. Talk to me about what's most interesting to you, and we'll go from there =)


Friday August 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00pm

Icebreaker: Cover Stories
Friday August 5, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:40pm

Corporate Activism: Discussion Session
Strategies to use the unique power of our workplaces to maximise our positive impact - and detail on how EA can engage with the business world to push for wider organisational change. Workplace & Corporate Engagement is a new CEA project, and the session will include an overview of our activity here so far. I promise it will be fascinating despite the words workplace and corporate being in the title.

Speakers
avatar for George Howlett

George Howlett

Workplace & Corporate Engagement, Giving What We Can
George coordinates a new project - Workplace & Corporate Engagement - for GWWC and the CEA. He has a day job in private-sector risk consultancy, and a strong interest in responsible business strategy, the history of activism, and improvised music. He is convinced that workplace activism is vital to both EA's dynamics as a growing social movement, and to effectively achieving long-term change.


Friday August 5, 2016 4:40pm - 5:40pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:40pm

Navigating intellectual disagreement I
Kenzi will teach Double Crux, a CFAR technique for effective sharing models, zero in on the specific points of disagreement with another person, and effectively update on new information. A large focus of the workshop will be "how to identify the evidence that would actually cause you to change your mind." [Extremely popular last year, we're running this workshop every day of the conference.]

Speakers

Friday August 5, 2016 4:40pm - 5:40pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:40pm

Icebreaker: Speed Introductions I
Friday August 5, 2016 4:40pm - 5:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:20pm

Planning Under Uncertainty
Mixed discussion and impromptu brainstorming exercises. Preconditions, information, skills, and resources for creating long-term plans.

Speakers
SF

Stephen Frey

Hi! I'm looking for collaborators in Los Angeles and around the world. Tell me how to learn about: | - incentives in science | - organization-building | - making plans | - applied research


Friday August 5, 2016 6:20pm - 7:20pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:20pm

Tactics and Strategies for Cooperative Conversation
"This will be a loosely structured, participation-based workshop on having efficient and effective conversations between people who share broad motivations but disagree about concrete beliefs or plans. We will explore various topics, depending on the interest of participants. Concretely, we will be having conversations about things that people disagree on and care about, and talking about conversational tools for doing that well. For example, we might talk about and practice:
-tracking and aligning subgoal-supergoal structures (We both want to cause X, so let's team up);
-cruxing / double cruxing / tracking and comparing belief-implication structures (You think X because you think Y, I think not-X because not-Y and agree that if Y then X);
-making ""original seeing"" mode vs "consensus-generating" mode explicit (distinguishing cached thoughts and arguments from collaborative brainstorming)

Speakers

Friday August 5, 2016 6:20pm - 7:20pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

7:20pm

Opening announcement
Friday August 5, 2016 7:20pm - 7:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

7:40pm

Explaining concepts well
Speakers

Friday August 5, 2016 7:40pm - 8:40pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

7:40pm

How to Save the World While Still at School: EA Student Chapters
It can be hard to make direct contributions as an EA while still in school. Daniel Colson, co-director of EA Build and researcher at Leverage Research, will be presenting his research on why EA student chapters can make critical contributions to the talent supply problem for improving the world. He will also be presenting his work on what makes building EA student chapters difficult and how these problems can be solved. There will be additional time for group discussion and networking. This workshop is particularly aimed at students and those interested in EA movement building.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Colson

Daniel Colson

Researcher / Co-director, Leverage Research / EA Build
I'm a sociology researcher at Leverage Research and co-director of EA Build, a CEA project to create highly effective EA student groups at every college. Talk to me if you are a student interested in movement building! | | I mostly want to hear about your projects, though. If you see me, tell me about yourself!


Friday August 5, 2016 7:40pm - 8:40pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

7:40pm

EA Origin Stories
Get to know other participants by telling your story and listening to their story of how they ended up getting interested in EA.

Friday August 5, 2016 7:40pm - 9:40pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

7:40pm

Academic Poster Q&A
Friday August 5, 2016 7:40pm - 9:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00pm

Probabilistic decision-making
Speakers
avatar for Ozzie Gooen

Ozzie Gooen

Ozzie Gooen is a software engineer in San Francisco. He worked at 80,000 Hours and cofounded .impact, a decentralized volunteer force that works on effective altruist projects. Ozzie suggests that you post your effective altruist projects to the .impact wiki and come to future workathons to get help and advice from the effective altruist community.


Friday August 5, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
 
Saturday, August 6
 

9:00am

Registration
Saturday August 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
8. Lower Sproul 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00am

Coffee & Snacks
Saturday August 6, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

10:00am

Opening Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Will MacAskill

Will MacAskill

In 2009, while a PhD candidate in philosophy, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has moved millions of pounds to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently a Fulbright Scholar, he writes a column in Atlantic spin-off Qz.com, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.


Saturday August 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

11:00am

Center for Effective Global Action Office Hours
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:00am

Office Hours: The Life You Can Save
Speakers
avatar for Jon Behar

Jon Behar

Jon Behar is the COO and Director of Philanthropy Education at The Life You Can Save, where he helps develop the strategy and management of the organization. Jon is the inventor and incubator of the "Giving Game" model of philanthropy education and experimentation and he been a primary driver in this project's worldwide expansion. Prior to working on EA issues full time, Jon spent ten years at a prominent hedge fund working in areas such as... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm
f. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 6 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Opening: Philanthropy and technology
Speakers
avatar for Jaan Tallinn (Remote)

Jaan Tallinn (Remote)

Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:00pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

11:40am

Career choice panel: research, policy or earning to give?
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rob Wiblin

Rob Wiblin

Rob studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He ‘earned to give’ as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, and then moved to the UK to work at the Centre, first as Research Director and then Executive Director. He is also Secretary of the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and a... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Lightning Talks I

Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

80,000 Hours - What's the most pressing problem in the world?
The story of how our views have changed over the last 7 years.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Existential Risk Careers Beyond Research
Participants will be encouraged to think through career options to reduce existential risk that they may not have previously considered, including working in politics, foundations, operations, military, executive assistance, intelligence, project management, entrepreneurship, and communications.

Speakers
avatar for Niel Bowerman

Niel Bowerman

Assistant Director, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
Dr. Niel Bowerman is Director of Operations at the Future of Humanity Institute. Niel co-founded the Centre for Effective Altruism, the Global Priorities Project, climate policy think tank Climatio, and was part of the 80,000 Hours founding team. Niel has a DPhil (PhD) in physics from Oxford University. He was a member of President Obama’s Energy and Environment Policy Team, and was Climate Science Advisor to the President of the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Starting Projects Workshop
Many causes rely on reaching either a specific target audience or a large proportion of the general population. This workshop covers some of the best practices in marketing and user engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Kateman

Brian Kateman

President, Reducetarian Foundation
Brian Kateman is cofounder and president of The Reducetarian Foundation. He is author of the forthcoming book The Reducetarian Solution (Penguin Random House, 2017).


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Fermi Modeling
Speakers
avatar for Ozzie Gooen

Ozzie Gooen

Ozzie Gooen is a software engineer in San Francisco. He worked at 80,000 Hours and cofounded .impact, a decentralized volunteer force that works on effective altruist projects. Ozzie suggests that you post your effective altruist projects to the .impact wiki and come to future workathons to get help and advice from the effective altruist community.


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
l. Eshleman Hall - Room 310 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

Future of EA for Animals
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
n. Eshleman Hall - Room 338 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:40am

How Can We Fix Science?
Speakers
avatar for Geoff Anders

Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.


Saturday August 6, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Philanthropy and Technology
How will philanthropy shape the development of modern technologies? This panel seeks to explore the value of more intangible domains such as technological progress, social enterprise, and impact investing within the philanthropic landscape.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jaan Tallinn (Remote)

Jaan Tallinn (Remote)

Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
avatar for Howie Lempel

Howie Lempel

Howie Lempel is a Program Officer for the Open Philanthropy Project, where he's worked on causes including biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, criminal justice reform, potential risks of advanced artificial intelligence, and global poverty alleviation. He is on leave from Yale Law School and has worked for the Brookings Institution and various criminal justice reform organizations. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Social... Read More →
avatar for Garreth Spillane

Garreth Spillane

Garreth Spillane is the Chief of Staff and Vice President at the Global Innovation Fund, a London-based fund established to find, finance and scale innovations in international development. 


Saturday August 6, 2016 12:00pm - 12:40pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

12:00pm

Office Hours: MIRI
Speakers
avatar for Rob Bensinger

Rob Bensinger

Research Communications Manager, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
avatar for Malo Bourgon

Malo Bourgon

Chief Operating Officer, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
I oversee MIRI’s day-to-day operations and program activities. Before becoming COO, I worked for MIRI as a program management analyst, helping implement many of MIRI’s current systems, processes, and program activities. I joined MIRI in 2012 shortly after completing a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Guelph.
avatar for Nate Soares

Nate Soares

Executive Director, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
I run the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. If you're curious about long-term AI research as an EA cause area, I'm happy to chat about it.


Saturday August 6, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
i. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 9 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:40pm

Lunch
Saturday August 6, 2016 12:40pm - 2:20pm
8. Lower Sproul 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

1:00pm

1:20pm

Office Hours: CEA Special Projects
Speakers
avatar for Michael Page

Michael Page

Michael Page is the Director of Special Projects at the Centre for Effective Altruism, where he oversees the research, policy, and philanthropic advising teams. Before joining CEA, he was earning to give as a lawyer in Washington DC. 


Saturday August 6, 2016 1:20pm - 3:20pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Q&A with Philip Tetlock
Philip Tetlock, the Annenberg University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of 'Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction'; will be discussing his research on forecasting and sacred values.

Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

2:20pm

Are scientists responsible enough?
Speakers
MR

Martin Rees

Martin Rees is a cosmologist and space scientist. He is based in Cambridge, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and (until recently) Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005-2010. In 2005 he was appointed to the UK's House of Lords. He has received many international awards for his research, and belongs to numerous foreign academies including the US National Academy... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Big Data & Machine Learning in Public Policy
Public policy is shift- ing towards a data driven approach. Learn how.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Blumenstock

Josh Blumenstock

Josh Blumenstock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley and an affiliate of the Center for Effective Global Action. His work focuses on developing new methods for using massive, spatiotemporal network data to better understand the economic lives of the poor. Most of this work is based in developing and conflict-affected countries.
avatar for Solomon Hsiang

Solomon Hsiang

Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and an affiliate of NBER and the Center for Effective Global Action. He combines data with mathematical models to understand how society and the environment influence one another. In particular, he focuses on how policy can encourage economic development while managing the global climate. His research has been published in Nature, Science, and the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

80,000 Hours - What's the highest impact career?
If you want to maximise your impact, which career options should you consider, and why its probably not earning to give.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

MIRI - Using machine learning to address AI risk
It is plausible that future artificial general intelligence systems will share many qualities in common with present-day machine learning systems. If so, how could we ensure that these systems robustly act as intended? We discuss the technical agenda for a new project at MIRI focused on this question.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Jessica does technical research at MIRI related to ensuring that smarter-than-human AI systems act as intended. Her current research is about training hypothetical AI systems that are similar to current machine learning systems (but much more powerful) to accomplish useful goals.


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Prioritisation frameworks
Comparing between different actions is both important and difficult. Explicit quantitative models can help to make sure that we account for everything that is important rather than just the most salient features. However, they often take significant time investment. In this workshop I'll present a crude tool for producing explicit prioritisation frameworks, which are simple enough to be used with Fermi estimates or in small group discussion. We'll then split up to use such a tool.


Speakers
avatar for Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen leads the research at the Global Priorities Project, part of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oxford, was a founding member of Giving What We Can, and is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. He has written papers in mathematics, economics, and philosophy, and his research currently focuses on how we can prioritise between pressing problems under conditions of... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Office Hours: Effective Altruism Foundation

Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
i. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 9 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Office Hours: Animal Charity Evaluators
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 5:20pm
h. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 8 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Office Hours: Founders Pledge

Saturday August 6, 2016 2:20pm - 5:20pm
j. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 10 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:40pm

Avian cognition and consciousness: The gray parrot and its implications on animal welfare
Based on her research with African Grey parrots, Dr. Pepperberg argues that nonhumans have, at the least, a sense of awareness, which may or may not be distinct from full consciousness. She proposes that this awareness is required for complex tasks and is a form of higher order cognition.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Pepperberg

Irene Pepperberg

Irene M. Pepperberg (SB, MIT, ’69; PhD., Harvard, ’76), Research Associate and lecturer (Harvard). She has been a visiting Assistant Professor (Northwestern University), tenured Associate Professor (University of Arizona), visiting Associate Professor (MIT Media Lab), and an Adjunct Associate Professor (Brandeis). She received John Simon Guggenheim, Selby, and Radcliffe Fellowships, is a Fellow of AAAS, APA, MPA, APS, Animal... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 2:40pm - 3:20pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00pm

Doing philanthropy better: Q&A with Cari Tuna
Moderators
avatar for Will MacAskill

Will MacAskill

In 2009, while a PhD candidate in philosophy, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has moved millions of pounds to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently a Fulbright Scholar, he writes a column in Atlantic spin-off Qz.com, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.

Speakers
avatar for Cari Tuna

Cari Tuna

Cari Tuna is the President of the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures, philanthropic organizations through which she and her husband Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook and Asana) aim to do as much good as they can with their giving. Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Cari sits on the board of GiveWell.


Saturday August 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

3:20pm

Office Hours: GiveWell
Speakers
NC

Natalie Crispin

Senior Research Analyst, GiveWell


Saturday August 6, 2016 3:20pm - 4:00pm
e. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 5 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:20pm

Office Hours: Open Philanthropy Project
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 3:20pm - 4:00pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Infinite ethics
There exists an open problem of how consequentialist ethics should respond to living in an infinite universe. Amanda will try to give an introduction into the dilemma and outline a few potential solutions (and their shortcomings).

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Askell

Amanda Askell

Amanda is a fourth-year PhD student in philosophy at New York University, working on rationality. Her other interests include infinite ethics and existential risk.


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Should EAs do policy?
Speakers
avatar for Seb Farquhar

Seb Farquhar

EA Policy, CEA
Seb joined CEA to establish the Global Priorities Project, having previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he focused on public and social sector work. Before that, he was on the founding team of 80,000 Hours and wrote the world’s first ever statement of what effective altruism was. Seb has a Masters degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford.


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Beyond Malaria
What are the considerations important for making informed decisions about widespread use of technologies like CRISPR for the benefit of humanity? How do we carry out the cost benefit analysis of interventions like malaria mosquito eradication?

Speakers
avatar for Genya Dana

Genya Dana

Senior Science Policy Officer, U.S. Department of State
Genya V. Dana is a Senior Science Policy Officer in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. She advises on emerging biotechnologies and international policy issues, is a negotiator on science, technology and innovation in multi-lateral organizations like the United Nations, and works to advance science, technology and innovation for sustainable development with... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Esvelt

Kevin Esvelt

Kevin Esvelt is an assistant professor of MIT and leader of the Sculpting Evolution group at the MIT Media Lab, which specializes in developing tools to reshape populations and ecosystems. 


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 4:40pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

4:00pm

80,000 Hours - Advanced Career Strategy
Should you help now or later? How to trade flexibility against impact? How much risk to take? How our views have changed and common mistakes in the community.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Animal Prioritization
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

MIRI - Logical Induction: Progress in AI Alignment
MIRI is interested in reasoning about highly advanced AI systems before they exist, specifically for developing models of safety and control for such systems. Current agent models used in game theory and economics are insufficient for this purpose, because of their highly unrealistic assumption that a rational agent must immediately know all the logical consequences of its beliefs at any given time. Logical induction refers to the more realistic process by which an agent's beliefs should change over time as it thinks and realizes the consequences of its past observations. In this talk, we will examine (1) some criteria for "ideal" logical induction, (2) a new algorithm for logical induction that satisfies many desirable properties, and (3) some implications for what a very powerful AI system is able to learn. About 50% of the talk will be technical in nature, with adjustments made for audience composition and interest.

Speakers
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Andrew Critch

Andrew, who usually goes by “Critch”, earned his PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley, researching algebro-geometric properties of machine learning models. He completed his B.Sc. with Honors in pure mathematics in just 20 months, and earned the Governor General’s Medal as the top undergraduate student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland that year. At the age of 19 he began his PhD in analytic geometry at the University of... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Human Recursive Self-Improvement
Speakers
avatar for Geoff Anders

Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Philanthropy Education
Speakers
avatar for Jon Behar

Jon Behar

Jon Behar is the COO and Director of Philanthropy Education at The Life You Can Save, where he helps develop the strategy and management of the organization. Jon is the inventor and incubator of the "Giving Game" model of philanthropy education and experimentation and he been a primary driver in this project's worldwide expansion. Prior to working on EA issues full time, Jon spent ten years at a prominent hedge fund working in areas such as... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
l. Eshleman Hall - Room 310 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Office Hours: Future of Humanity Institute
Speakers
avatar for Niel Bowerman

Niel Bowerman

Assistant Director, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
Dr. Niel Bowerman is Director of Operations at the Future of Humanity Institute. Niel co-founded the Centre for Effective Altruism, the Global Priorities Project, climate policy think tank Climatio, and was part of the 80,000 Hours founding team. Niel has a DPhil (PhD) in physics from Oxford University. He was a member of President Obama’s Energy and Environment Policy Team, and was Climate Science Advisor to the President of the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
j. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 10 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:20pm

Earning Influence with Thought Leaders
Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 4:20pm - 4:40pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:40pm

Communicating Research
IPA has a lot of experience in communicating research to a large variety of audiences. Heidi McAnnally-Linz will present on the lessons they've learned in how to present research in a way that allows both other researchers, the public and policy makers to act on it.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Senior Policy Communications Manager, Innovations for Poverty Action
Heidi McAnnally-Linz is Senior Manager, Policy Communications at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) where she leads the global policy communications team, manages a portfolio of funders, and designs and implements organizational outreach standards. She came to IPA with experience in non-profit communications, management, and in collaborating with and advising local decision-makers in Latin America.


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:40pm - 5:00pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:40pm

Engineering Revolutions
Speakers
avatar for Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden

Professor, MIT
Solving the brain, ground-truthing biology and medicine.


Saturday August 6, 2016 4:40pm - 5:00pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

4:40pm

How much evidence is enough?
Michael Kremer is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His recent research examines education and health in developing countries, immigration, and globalization. Kremer will be discussing the use of quantifiable models in opaque domains.

Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 4:40pm - 5:00pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:00pm

Risks from biological research
This will be an informal discussion / exploration of potential catastrophic risks from biological research.


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:00pm - 5:40pm
l. Eshleman Hall - Room 310 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Virtue-signaling: From evolved trait-display to conspicuously effective altruism
Virtue signaling means showing off the personal traits that are considered morally good, in order to gain social, sexual, and status benefits, but without necessarily delivering any real benefits to others. Ill argue that virtue signaling has deep evolutionary roots and important adaptive functions, but it also undermines the appeal, efficacy, unity, and inclusiveness of the EA movement. Most animals have evolved elaborate traits such as peacock tails or gibbon songs to attract interest from mates, kin, and allies. Some human signaling traits like music, humor, and verbal fluency evolved to display general fitness (good genes, good health, good brains), but others such as kindness, honesty, and frugality evolved to display specific cognitive abilities (such as social and emotional intelligence) and the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability). A key problem is that, under costly signaling theory, a signals reliability is guaranteed by the conspicuous costs imposed on the signaler (e.g. money given to charities), not by the benefits delivered to others (e.g. utility generated by those charities). Virtue signaling helps explain why EA attracts a narrow range of cognitive and personality types, why EA concerns about scalability, tractability, globalism, and problem neglectedness seem so weird, cold, and unappealing to many people, why arguments about EA priorities and strategies can turn so passionate, and why EA is prone to runaway IQ-signaling and openness-signaling. Ill conclude with some practical suggestions about how to harness our narcissistic display instincts in the service of maximizing sentient utility. We cant eliminate virtue signaling, but the better we understand it, the better we can harness it to grow our movement, improve its marketing, align our heads and hearts, and do more good.

Speakers
avatar for Geoffrey Miller

Geoffrey Miller

Geoffrey Miller is an evolutionary psychologist best known for his books The Mating Mind (2001), Mating Intelligence (2008), Spent (2009), and Mate (2015). He has a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is a tenured associate professor at the University of New Mexico, and has also worked at NYU Stern Business School, UCLA, University College London, etc. He has more than 100 academic publications addressing sexual... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:00pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Opening: The end of poverty
Speakers
avatar for Peter Singer (Remote)

Peter Singer (Remote)

Peter Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, including | Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics; Pushing Time Away, The Life You Can Save, and The | Most Good You Can Do. His writings have inspired both the animal rights movement and | effective altruism. His most recent book, Famine, Affluence and Morality, reprints one of | his best-known essays. He holds a chair in bioethics at Princeton University and now... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:00pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

The replication crisis: How widespread is it and should it affect our plans?
The modern finding that large amounts of the psychology and sociology literature do not replicate has opened up many questions about how to properly conduct research and discover truths about the world. How can we tackle the question of doing the most good in a way that produces reliable and valuable research?

Moderators
avatar for Julia Galef

Julia Galef

Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia's work on rationality has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Discover, Slate, Fast Company, and Vice. Since 2010, she's been the host of the popular Rationally Speaking podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Buck

Stuart Buck

Vice President, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Research/evaluation
avatar for Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek received a Ph.D. in from Yale University in 2002 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit (http://projectimplicit.net/) an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about... Read More →
avatar for Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, MD, is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of the MacArthur Foundation- and Arnold Foundation-funded Retraction Watch, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He previously was executive editor of Reuters Health and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. He is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Wykstra

Stephanie Wykstra

Stephanie Wykstra is a research consultant for Alltrials and a freelance writer. She has held positions with Innovations for Poverty Action and GiveWell, and previously worked in academia as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Stephanie holds a BA from Yale University and earned a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers University, where she specialized in Epistemology.


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

5:40pm

80,000 Hours - What the effective altruism community means for your career.
There are enormous opportunities to work together, but often we think from an individual perspective, reducing our total impact. We review the biggest gaps in the community, how you can help, and why replaceability is overrated.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Navigating intellectual disagreement III
CFARs conversational technique for fruitfully resolving disagreements.

Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Scenario Planning
A workshop on scenario planning, in which all participants play an active role in trying to prevent a catastrophic outcome for human civilization.

Speakers
avatar for David Denkenberger

David Denkenberger

Associate, Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
My main project is food during global catastrophes. I am also an assistant professor of architectural engineering at Tennessee State University.


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

5:40pm

5:40pm

Philosophy and Effective Altruism
Speakers
avatar for Geoff Anders

Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.


Saturday August 6, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:00pm

The End of Poverty
A panel discussion putting the individual interventions in developing countries into the context of the larger aim of ending poverty once and for all, a goal that can well be achieved this decade.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Jeffrey Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Evidence Action. He is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of Evidence Action’s evidence-based approach to scaling up development interventions to millions of people. Prior, Brown was interim CEO of the Global Innovation Fund, a $200M venture fund that finds, tests, and scales cost-effective solutions to the biggest international development challenges. He previously served... Read More →
avatar for Anne Healy

Anne Healy

Anne Healy leads Development Innovation Ventures at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab. She has worked across the private, public, and social sectors on evidence and innovation in government and international development, including at Innovations for Poverty Action, McKinsey & Co., and the U.S. State Department. @AnneHHealy
avatar for Svetha Janumpalli

Svetha Janumpalli

Svetha Janumpalli is the Founder & CEO of New Incentives. With a background in impact evaluation and field research, Svetha brought policy makers, development researchers, and government partners together to create cost-effective cash transfer programs that save the lives of newborns and mothers in Nigeria. 
avatar for Rajesh Mirchandani

Rajesh Mirchandani

Vice President, Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development
At CGD we believe changing policy is the best way to do good. We work to change the policies, practices and perspectives of rich countries and powerful institutions to help make the world more prosperous, equitable and just for all. We are always looking for others passionate about our approach to effective altruism. Come and say hi if that's you!
avatar for Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Timothy has been working to strengthen GiveWell since the organization moved to San Francisco at the beginning of 2013. He had previously tried his hand earning to give, fundraising, lobbying Congress, and writing for a state-policy oriented think tank. Timothy graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a BS and MS in Earth Systems.


Saturday August 6, 2016 6:00pm - 6:40pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:20pm

Coordinating for a Stronger Community
Who are we missing out on, and how can we welcome those with skills and experiences we currently lack? How can we better coordinate to learn more as a community than we can on our own?

Speakers
avatar for Julia Wise

Julia Wise

Community Director, Centre for Effective Altruism
Julia Wise had been wondering since childhood how she can best help people. She spent the last three years as a social worker in a Boston jail and donates half her income. She recently joined the board of GiveWell.


Saturday August 6, 2016 6:20pm - 6:40pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:40pm

Dinner [off campus]
Saturday August 6, 2016 6:40pm - 8:00pm
8. Lower Sproul 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

8:00pm

Three $300,000 Decisions
Practical discussion on effective personal finance decisions further to your EA goals, create the safety to take important risks and give more back.

Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

8:00pm

Understanding Social Technology
How EAs can use social technology to build effctive organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Samo Burja

Samo Burja

As a student I was convinced advances in the hard sciences, such as physics, were what was driving improvements in human lives over recent centuries and that the soft sciences, such as sociology, were likely too difficult to tackle with the intellectual tools we have available. As I studied the process and institutions of science, I became aware of the problems that can arise even in the hard sciences and that there in fact are extremely useful... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

8:00pm

Hamming Circles
What's the biggest problem in your life? What's limiting factor that's holding you back from having an order of magnitude more impact? In a hamming circle each person has the opportunity to focus on figuring out what thing is holding you back the most, and fixing it.

Speakers

Saturday August 6, 2016 8:00pm - 10:20pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:20pm

Mindfulness Meditation for Effective Altruists
Workshop on the theory and practice of Mindfulness Meditation, given from a skeptical, data-driven perspective. Discussion of potential benefits and harms given little attention in most introductions to mindfulness. Practical instruction in two different techniques (one of them interactive); tips for integrating mindfulness into a busy life; Q&A. Suitable both for beginners, and for more experienced practitioners. I've spent over a year of my life on silent meditation retreat, and I've been sitting daily since 2008.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Carlsmith

Joseph Carlsmith

PhD Student, NYU Department of Philosophy
I'm a PhD student in philosophy at NYU, interested mostly in ethics and political philosophy. Before coming to NYU, I did a BA at Yale and an MPhil at Oxford, both in philosophy. I'm also very interested in mindfulness meditation -- I've spent over a year of my life on silent meditation retreat, and I've been sitting daily since 2008. Talk to me about: sincerity, civic community, interpersonal experimentation, political uncertainty, and the... Read More →


Saturday August 6, 2016 9:20pm - 10:20pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:20pm

Origin stories II
Get to know other participants by telling your story and listening to their story of how they ended up getting interested in EA.

Saturday August 6, 2016 9:20pm - 10:20pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
 
Sunday, August 7
 

9:00am

Flowthrough Effects
Link for Q&A: https://PollEv.com/discourses/yVx4yebDMYyPhfZ/web

Interventions ranging from global health improvement to policy changes to technological developments can have unintended and surprising consequences. What should we consider when making choices now to prevent unwanted effects in the longer term?

 

Speakers
avatar for Rob Wiblin

Rob Wiblin

Rob studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He ‘earned to give’ as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, and then moved to the UK to work at the Centre, first as Research Director and then Executive Director. He is also Secretary of the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and a... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00am

Helping Animals with Morality or Technology?
Speakers
avatar for Tobias Leenaert

Tobias Leenaert

Vegan Strategist
My objective with my work at veganstrategist.org and www.veganadvocacy.org is to help animal advocates to be the most effective they can be. I write and speak about strategies and communication to reduce animal suffering.


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00am

Risks and Benefits of Advanced AI
Max Tegmark Q&A: https://PollEv.com/discourses/mOgFb73SdE3XO6W/web

Panel Q&A: https://PollEv.com/discourses/evDs4AadYJywXL6/web

Artificial intelligence is clearly a prime contender for the next huge technological transformation in the history of humanity. This panel will discuss how we can ensure that we reap all the benefits of AI while avoiding the risks it poses.

Moderators
avatar for Riva-Melissa Tez

Riva-Melissa Tez

Riva-Melissa Tez is a Co-Founder and Partner at Permutation Ventures, a database platform and investment fund that focuses on impact-driven early-stage AI companies.

Speakers
avatar for Dario Amodei

Dario Amodei

Dario Amodei is the co-author (with Chris Olah and others) of the recent paper “Concrete Problems in AI Safety”, which outlines a pragmatic and empirical approach to making AI systems safe.  Dario is currently a research scientist at OpenAI, and prior to that worked at Google and Baidu.  Dario also helped to lead the project that developed Deep Speech 2, which was named one of 10 “Breakthrough Technologies of... Read More →
DD

Daniel Dewey

Daniel Dewey is the Alexander Tamas Research Fellow on Machine Superintelligence and the Future of AI at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School. He was previously a software engineer at Google Seattle, and did research at Intel Labs Pittsburgh during his undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University.
avatar for Dileep George

Dileep George

Before cofounding Vicarious, Dileep was CTO of Numenta, an AI company he cofounded with Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Before Numenta, Dileep was a Research Fellow at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute. Dileep has authored 22 patents and several influential papers on the mathematics of brain circuits. Dileep's research on hierarchical models of the brain earned him a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He earned his MS in EE... Read More →
avatar for Toby Ord

Toby Ord

Toby has held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. His current research focus is population ethics. He completed BPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford. Toby founded Giving What We Can and donates everything he earns above £18,000 to charity. His work on cost-effective philanthropy has received extensive... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

9:00am

Applied Forecasting: Improving Organisational Decision Making
A workshop on how to create new hypotheses about how the world works. We will start with a touch of background theory. Then we'll examine some powerful domain-general techniques, work through an example together, and then practice.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00am

Building a local EA community
We will go over some strategies for building upon an existing local chapter. We will focus on different strategies including: how to engage members in a meaningful way, creating a welcoming atmosphere, tailoring your messages for different audiences, and gaining access to existing networks. Workshop will be based around experiences and lessons learned from growing the Seattle EA community.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Martin

Sydney Martin

Organizer, Seattle Effective Altruists


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:00am

High Frequency EA Pitching
How to pitch Effective Altruism in a scenario with many people flowing past you - up to several hundred per hour. Focusing on how to prepare, and what to say and do; plenty of breaking off and putting it into practice. Especially useful for student groups advertising their events. Based on 80,000 Hours: Cambridge's experience in getting 1,700 mailing list sign-ups in two days of pitching at their societies fair.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cundy

Chris Cundy

President, 80,000 Hours: Cambridge
I am in charge of an amazing group of people who organise the student society 80,000 Hours: Cambridge. We put on talks, social events and facilitate workshops to help students use evidence to work out how to use their careers to change the world for the better. | | I am also studying Computer Science at Cambridge University. I'm unsure about what to do long-term, but am interested in exciting opportunities to build career capital.


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:20am

Affecting the Far Future with Animal Causes
Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 9:20am - 9:40am
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:40am

Upstream Altruism: applying EA principles to early-stage action
Speakers
avatar for Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson is a non-profit activist in the areas of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, human healthspan, space settlement, and open source. She is Co-Founder of Foresight Institute, Advisor to Machine Intelligence Research Institute and National Space Society, informal advisor to Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and coiner of the term “open source software.” She focuses on early-stage, pre-numerical action in... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:40am - 10:00am
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

9:40am

Basic Income: The GiveDirectly Experiment
Submit questions at: https://PollEv.com/discourses/ioYCWbrrK9GBul2/web

Ian Bassin discusses the NGO's universal basic income research in East Africa. The study aims to help contribute to the key questions at the heart of the current global debate.

Moderators
avatar for Sam Deere

Sam Deere

Sam is CEA's Technical Director and President of Giving What We Can. He has previously worked in policy and communications roles for several Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the ‘unwinnable’ 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ian Bassin

Ian Bassin

Ian Bassin leads partnership and external communications work for GiveDirectly. Previously, he served as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, Deputy Counsel to the Mayor of New York City, and General Counsel and Campaign Director at the organizing NGO Avaaz. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.        Extended bio: Ian Bassin leads partnership and external communications work... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 9:40am - 10:00am
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Research Meeting: Lightning talks
Quick lightning talk presentations on the best posters from our call for posters.

Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Aggregating Knowledge
Submit questions at: https://PollEv.com/discourses/1K9tW8M3WVUPqlL/web

How can we communicate our research and ideas so others can build on that.

Moderators
avatar for Tara Mac Aulay

Tara Mac Aulay

Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Effective Altruism
Tara received a graduate degree in Health Economics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University with first class Honours. She joinsCEA fresh from the field, after visiting 33 countries for work and travel. On her most recent assignment, Tara worked on redesigning oncology care in Bhutan with the Australian Red Cross. She has a background in healthcare consulting where she developed efficiency improvements saving 2 million dollars and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Askell

Amanda Askell

Amanda is a fourth-year PhD student in philosophy at New York University, working on rationality. Her other interests include infinite ethics and existential risk.
avatar for Julia Galef

Julia Galef

Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia's work on rationality has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Discover, Slate, Fast Company, and Vice. Since 2010, she's been the host of the popular Rationally Speaking podcast.
avatar for Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Senior Policy Communications Manager, Innovations for Poverty Action
Heidi McAnnally-Linz is Senior Manager, Policy Communications at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) where she leads the global policy communications team, manages a portfolio of funders, and designs and implements organizational outreach standards. She came to IPA with experience in non-profit communications, management, and in collaborating with and advising local decision-makers in Latin America.


Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Creating Effective Policies
Submit questions at https://PollEv.com/discourses/xJxWlog4QeAoXvV/web

The primary research focus of effective altruism has been on doing good through philanthropy and career choice. But government is one of the biggest levers in the world; as effective altruism grows want to understand how we can apply the same evidence-based, impartial, mindset to the world of policy.

Speakers
avatar for Genya Dana

Genya Dana

Senior Science Policy Officer, U.S. Department of State
Genya V. Dana is a Senior Science Policy Officer in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. She advises on emerging biotechnologies and international policy issues, is a negotiator on science, technology and innovation in multi-lateral organizations like the United Nations, and works to advance science, technology and innovation for sustainable development with... Read More →
avatar for Seb Farquhar

Seb Farquhar

EA Policy, CEA
Seb joined CEA to establish the Global Priorities Project, having previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he focused on public and social sector work. Before that, he was on the founding team of 80,000 Hours and wrote the world’s first ever statement of what effective altruism was. Seb has a Masters degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford.
TK

Tom Kalil

Thomas Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2008, Kalil was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He was responsible for developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of... Read More →
avatar for Rajesh Mirchandani

Rajesh Mirchandani

Vice President, Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development
At CGD we believe changing policy is the best way to do good. We work to change the policies, practices and perspectives of rich countries and powerful institutions to help make the world more prosperous, equitable and just for all. We are always looking for others passionate about our approach to effective altruism. Come and say hi if that's you!


Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

10:20am

Open Philanthropy Project Q&A
Come and ask whatever questions you have about the Open Philanthropy Project.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Beckstead

Nick Beckstead

I am a research analyst at the Open Philanthropy Project. Previously, I studied mathematics and philosophy as an undergraduate, completed a PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University, and worked as a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.


Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Scalable Solutions to Mental Health
There is no health without mental health, and there is no well-being without a healthy mind. Effective Altruists have tended to focus on health interventions, because they are easily quantifiable -- but we have to consider how it translates into improved well-being. Mental health interventions affect well-being directly, but are mostly expensive and hard to scale. In this workshop, we will explore promising new areas of research towards scalable solutions for mental health, discuss startups that are tackling this problem, and break off into small groups to brainstorm how EA's can contribute.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Lessons from Convergence Models I - Side effects of research and ensuring your project is net good
Speakers
avatar for Justin Shovelain

Justin Shovelain

Founder, Convergence
I am the founder of the quantitative long term strategy organization Convergence. Over the last seven years I have worked with MIRI, CFAR, EA global, Founders Fund, and Leverage and done work in EA strategy, fund raising, networking, teaching, cognitive enhancement, and AI safety research. I have a MS degree in computer science and BS degrees in computer science, mathematics, and physics.


Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
n. Eshleman Hall - Room 338 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

Presentation and Q&A about FP
Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

10:20am

80,000 Hours - Speed coaching
Show your career plan to an 80,000 Hours coach, check if youve made any mistakes, and get introductions to help you take action. We may also arrange follow up for after EAG. Its 7 minutes per person, first come first served. You must fill out the career planning tool before coming:

https://80000hours.org/career-planning-tool/

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 10:20am - 1:00pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:00am

Concrete Problems in AI Safety
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Olah

Christopher Olah

Chris Olah is a researcher on Google Brain, where he works on a variety of problems related to neural networks. In particular, Chris has explored techniques for understanding the internal workings of neural networks, most notably DeepDream. In addition to research, Chris works on creating clear explanations of deep learning research, writing a popular blog on the topic. Before joining Google, Chris received a fellowship to pursue research in... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:00am

Office Hours: Center for Effective Global Action
Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
j. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 10 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

11:20am

CEA Philanthropic Advising

Sunday August 7, 2016 11:20am - 12:20pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Opportunities in Science & Technology Policy

Moderators
avatar for Roxanne Heston

Roxanne Heston

Roxanne Heston is the Founder and Director of Effective Altruism Global X, a regional conference series of the Centre for Effective Altruism. She has been an effective altruist since early 2013, and is a graduating Altman Scholar of International Business and Studies at Tulane University.

Speakers
TK

Tom Kalil

Thomas Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2008, Kalil was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at UC Berkeley. He was responsible for developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

CEA Research and the Institute for Effective Altruism
Speakers
avatar for Michelle Hutchinson

Michelle Hutchinson

Michelle has a PhD in Applied Ethics from Oxford University on prioritisation in global health. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She was the winner of the St Anne’s College Oxford Ethics Scholarship and taught Philosophy at the University. She was named a ‘Young Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum.
avatar for Stefan Schubert

Stefan Schubert

Stefan has a multidisciplinary background, with a PhD in philosophy and an MA in political science. Prior to joining CEA, he did a postdoc at London School of Economics, where he combined his research with outreach work in the field of political rationality. He set up the Swedish Network for Evidence-Based Policy, and has developed tools alongside clearerthinking.org including argument-checking of opinion pieces and... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Rethinking Meat and the End of Factory Farming

Moderators
avatar for Claire Zabel

Claire Zabel

I'm a Research Analyst at GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, and serve on the board at Animal Charity Evaluators. I work on lots of different projects.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich is executive director of The Good Food Institute (GFI.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes plant-based and “clean” (i.e., grown in a culture without animal slaughter) alternatives to conventional meat, dairy products, and eggs. Bruce graduated manga cum laude from Georgetown Law and Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College.
avatar for Tobias Leenaert

Tobias Leenaert

Vegan Strategist
My objective with my work at veganstrategist.org and www.veganadvocacy.org is to help animal advocates to be the most effective they can be. I write and speak about strategies and communication to reduce animal suffering.
avatar for Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Allison Smith is the Director of Research at Animal Charity Evaluators; an organization dedicated to evaluating the impact of charities which work to improve animal wellbeing. Allison has been involved in ACE research efforts since May 2013,and joined the ACE team in August 2013. She has degrees in mathematics from Carleton College and Northwestern University.


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

12:00pm

Introduction to Explicit Model-building
This workshop will introduce the basic goals and applications of explicit model-building and walk participants through a basic procedure for making concrete, directed, incremental improvements to some area of their understanding. Please bring a laptop or notebook, plus preliminary ideas about topics to think about!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Crotteau

Emily Crotteau

Researcher, Theorist, Leverage Research


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Trigger Action Plans
Known as "implementation intentions" in the cognitive psychology literature, Trigger Action Planning is a technique that takes advantage of the mind's associative machinery to easily instill new habits or get things done, that minimizes the use of will-power, executive function, and cognitive overhead. Duncan will give an overview of the technique, with ample time to practice it on content from other parts of the conference.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Applying an automated impact score to your top charities
Part A: Organizations at idea stage
Part B: Organizations with data and results
Hands-on workshop

Attendees are encouraged to come to these sessions with their laptops and one or two nonprofits in mind that they want to run through our system, and provide feedback and input on our scoring system. This would be ideal for experienced EAs or those wanting to learn about charity evaluation.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
l. Eshleman Hall - Room 310 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:00pm

Lessons from Convergence Models II - Constructing life plans for maximizing good
Speakers
avatar for Justin Shovelain

Justin Shovelain

Founder, Convergence
I am the founder of the quantitative long term strategy organization Convergence. Over the last seven years I have worked with MIRI, CFAR, EA global, Founders Fund, and Leverage and done work in EA strategy, fund raising, networking, teaching, cognitive enhancement, and AI safety research. I have a MS degree in computer science and BS degrees in computer science, mathematics, and physics.


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
n. Eshleman Hall - Room 338 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

12:40pm

Government Driven Science & Technology
Submit questions at https://PollEv.com/discourses/zHRwlvIJLnoFD26/web

How can we understand the value of technological.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Matheny

Jason Matheny

Dr. Jason Matheny became IARPA’s director in 2015, after serving as a program manager, associate office director, and office director. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity and Princeton University, and is the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. His research has been published in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Clinical... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 12:40pm - 1:00pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

1:00pm

Lunch
Sunday August 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:20pm
8. Lower Sproul 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

1:00pm

1:00pm

Office Hours: MIRI Researcher
Speakers
avatar for Scott Garrabrant

Scott Garrabrant

Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
avatar for Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Research Fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Jessica does technical research at MIRI related to ensuring that smarter-than-human AI systems act as intended. Her current research is about training hypothetical AI systems that are similar to current machine learning systems (but much more powerful) to accomplish useful goals.


Sunday August 7, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
h. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 8 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

1:20pm

1:40pm

Office Hours: Centre for Effective Altruism
Speakers
avatar for Will MacAskill

Will MacAskill

In 2009, while a PhD candidate in philosophy, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has moved millions of pounds to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently a Fulbright Scholar, he writes a column in Atlantic spin-off Qz.com, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.


Sunday August 7, 2016 1:40pm - 3:20pm
f. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 6 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:00pm

Office Hours: Institute for EA
Speakers
avatar for Michelle Hutchinson

Michelle Hutchinson

Michelle has a PhD in Applied Ethics from Oxford University on prioritisation in global health. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She was the winner of the St Anne’s College Oxford Ethics Scholarship and taught Philosophy at the University. She was named a ‘Young Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum.


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
e. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 5 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Office Hours: CFAR
Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:00pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Data-driven movement building panel
Submit questions at https://PollEv.com/discourses/XJWBtwqFX0IM2oM/web

This panel will aim to discuss how EA can apply a data driven framework to creating positive social change, as well as, more generally, how rigorous analysis can be applied to the seemingly soft and qualitative cause prioritisation challenges.

Moderators
avatar for Tara Mac Aulay

Tara Mac Aulay

Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Effective Altruism
Tara received a graduate degree in Health Economics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University with first class Honours. She joinsCEA fresh from the field, after visiting 33 countries for work and travel. On her most recent assignment, Tara worked on redesigning oncology care in Bhutan with the Australian Red Cross. She has a background in healthcare consulting where she developed efficiency improvements saving 2 million dollars and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sam Deere

Sam Deere

Sam is CEA's Technical Director and President of Giving What We Can. He has previously worked in policy and communications roles for several Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the ‘unwinnable’ 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong... Read More →
avatar for Alexandre Sevigny

Alexandre Sevigny

Director of Research and Insights at the Liberal Research Bureau in the Parliament of Canada and Associate Professor of Communications Management at McMaster University
avatar for Ken Strasma

Ken Strasma

CEO at HaystaqDNA; previously the National Targeting Director for Obama for America and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns.
avatar for Brett Thalmann

Brett Thalmann

Managing Director of the Liberal Research Bureau in the Parliament of Canada and advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
avatar for Chris Wylie

Chris Wylie

Political consultant and data scientist specializing in the forecasting of voter behavior.


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Forecasting and Predictions
Submit questions at https://PollEv.com/discourses/7jKNMvtzXJDgZF0/web

Predicting what intervention will produce a positive impact using only expect consensus or deductive reasoning can be hard. Prediction markets and forecasting tournaments pose a potential solution. This panel will analyze how these tools can be used in the domain of cause prioritization.

Moderators
avatar for Julia Galef

Julia Galef

Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia's work on rationality has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Discover, Slate, Fast Company, and Vice. Since 2010, she's been the host of the popular Rationally Speaking podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen leads the research at the Global Priorities Project, part of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oxford, was a founding member of Giving What We Can, and is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. He has written papers in mathematics, economics, and philosophy, and his research currently focuses on how we can prioritise between pressing problems under conditions of... Read More →
avatar for Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson is Assoc. Prof. of economics at George Mason University, & research associate at Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a Caltech social science Ph.D., University of Chicago physics M.S & philosophy M.A., 9 years experience as A.I. research programmer, at Lockheed & NASA, 3050 citations, h-index of 25, 60 academic publications, 400 media mentions, 200 invited talks, & 8 million visits to his blog... Read More →
avatar for Jason Matheny

Jason Matheny

Dr. Jason Matheny became IARPA’s director in 2015, after serving as a program manager, associate office director, and office director. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity and Princeton University, and is the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. His research has been published in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Clinical... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

2:20pm

Lightning Talks II
10-minute talks on a large variety of topics.

Speakers
avatar for Tee Barnett

Tee Barnett

Chief Operations Officer, Students For High-Impact Charity
avatar for Dave Doody

Dave Doody

Plant-based animal, newcomer to EA. Work as an engineer, instructor, proprietor, and author, all concurrently; 108,000 hours in career so far.


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

80,000 Hours - Take Action on Your Plan
Make connections with job seekers in a similar situation to yourself, and help each other put your plans into action.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Todd

Ben Todd

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Animal Charity Evaluators Intervention Research Workshop
Workshop describing Animal Charity Evaluators' intervention research methods and inviting participants to explore what its like to use them.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Allison Smith is the Director of Research at Animal Charity Evaluators; an organization dedicated to evaluating the impact of charities which work to improve animal wellbeing. Allison has been involved in ACE research efforts since May 2013,and joined the ACE team in August 2013. She has degrees in mathematics from Carleton College and Northwestern University.


Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2:20pm

Navigating intellectual disagreement II
A conversational technique by the Center for Applied Rationality for fruitfully resolving disagreements.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 2:20pm - 3:20pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3:00pm

Office Hours for GPP, CSER & CEA policy work
Speakers
avatar for Seb Farquhar

Seb Farquhar

EA Policy, CEA
Seb joined CEA to establish the Global Priorities Project, having previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he focused on public and social sector work. Before that, he was on the founding team of 80,000 Hours and wrote the world’s first ever statement of what effective altruism was. Seb has a Masters degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford.


Sunday August 7, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
j. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 10 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Past, Present and Future of EA

Speakers
avatar for Tara Mac Aulay

Tara Mac Aulay

Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Effective Altruism
Tara received a graduate degree in Health Economics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University with first class Honours. She joinsCEA fresh from the field, after visiting 33 countries for work and travel. On her most recent assignment, Tara worked on redesigning oncology care in Bhutan with the Australian Red Cross. She has a background in healthcare consulting where she developed efficiency improvements saving 2 million dollars and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Page

Michael Page

Michael Page is the Director of Special Projects at the Centre for Effective Altruism, where he oversees the research, policy, and philanthropic advising teams. Before joining CEA, he was earning to give as a lawyer in Washington DC. 
avatar for Kerry Vaughan

Kerry Vaughan

Kerry is the Director of Effective Altruism Outreach for the Centre for Effective Altruism, Managing Director of EA Global and Managing Director of Effective Altruism Ventures. Kerry is also completing a PhD in philosophy specializing in applied ethics and value theory. Prior to joining the effective altruism movement, Kerry ran the Technology and Innovation department at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and was a professional poker player.


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

4:00pm

Leveraging evidence to shape government policy and programs at scale
Submit questions at https://PollEv.com/discourses/614FoJPoKLcOt1K/web

J-PAL's executive director at MIT and policy staff working in India and Peru will share examples how evidence can influence public policy and social programs through partnerships with developing country governments at political, ministerial, and state levels.

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Bronsoler

Vivian Bronsoler

Vivian Bronsoler joined J-PAL in September 2014 as a Policy Manager. Based in Mexico, she works on the promotion of scientific evidence to inform policy in Mexico and Central America by building partnerships with policymakers, providing technical assistance, and conducting policy outreach and analysis. 
avatar for Rachel Glennerster

Rachel Glennerster

Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes randomized evaluations of education, health, microfinance, community driven development, agriculture, women's empowerment and governance in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. She serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Education Sector. She... Read More →
avatar for Gautam Patel

Gautam Patel

Gautam Patel is a Senior Policy Manager at J-PAL South Asia and works to build partnerships with policymakers in the region to ensure that policy is driven by evidence and effective programs are scaled up. 


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2. Pauley Ballroom East 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Meat alternatives Q&A
Speakers
avatar for Uma Valeti

Uma Valeti

Uma is laser focused on advancing the commercial viability of meat farmed directly from real meat cells. A cardiologist by training, he believes that meat that is safe and sustainable should be good for the body and the soul. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, business and investing in a variety of food, medical and tech companies. Uma is an advisory board member at the Good Food Institute, an early Board member of New Harvest and... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Zahn

Oliver Zahn

Raised in Munich, Oliver studied Theoretical Astrophysics at Harvard before coming to Berkeley for a postdoctoral fellowship under Nobel Laureate George Smoot. After directing the Center for Cosmological Physics he decided to shift focus to environmental issues: as head of data science at Impossible Foods, his team aims to replace animal agriculture by vastly more efficient ways of converting plant matters to equally delicious meat and dairy... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Comparing Causes
If there are significant differences in how effectively work in different cause areas may help the world, then it could be extremely important to choose the best one. Many of us are explicitly or implicitly making judgements about this by choosing what to support, but we don't all agree. We can thrive as a movement of people co-operating despite disagreement, but it seems valuable to understand exactly how others trying to help the world effectively can come to different conclusions. In this workshop we'll collectively work to uncover some of this reasoning.

Speakers
avatar for Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen leads the research at the Global Priorities Project, part of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oxford, was a founding member of Giving What We Can, and is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. He has written papers in mathematics, economics, and philosophy, and his research currently focuses on how we can prioritise between pressing problems under conditions of... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Fermi Modeling
Based on Heuristics and Biases research and Philip Tetlock's principles of good forecasting, Fermi modeling is a decision making and hypothesis generation technique. It involves 1) structuring one's thinking in terms of quantitative functions and 2) building many many models, quickly, by moving up and down levels of abstraction. Eli will teach the process and assist participants in using it on the topic of their choice.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

How to develop new hypotheses
A workshop on how to create new hypotheses about how the world works. We will start with a touch of background theory. Then we'll examine some powerful domain-general techniques, work through an example together, and then practice.

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Anders

Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Meta-Ethics Discussion Group
Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Office Hours: Envision
Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:40pm
f. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 6 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

80K Speed Coaching
Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
n. Eshleman Hall - Room 338 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

4:00pm

80K Speed Coaching
Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
o. Eshleman Hall - Room 350 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Office Hours: Leverage Research
Speakers
avatar for Emily Crotteau

Emily Crotteau

Researcher, Theorist, Leverage Research


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
h. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 8 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Office Hours: Leverage Research
Speakers
avatar for Emily Crotteau

Emily Crotteau

Researcher, Theorist, Leverage Research


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
h. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 8 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:00pm

Office Hours: Paradigm Academy
Speakers
avatar for Geoff Anders

Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.
avatar for Miya Perry

Miya Perry

Head of Training, Paradigm Academy
I study psychology, particularly as it pertains to learning and human flourishing. More than what you're doing, I'm interested in why you're doing it, and in what you're doing with your mind as you do it. Talk to me about what's most interesting to you, and we'll go from there =)


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
i. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 9 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

4:20pm

Office Hours: Feedback on EA.org
Speakers
avatar for James Snowden

James Snowden

James is a Research Analyst and Chapter Coordinator at Giving What We Can. He has a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, graduating in the top 5 of his year; and a Masters in Economics and Philosophy from LSE. Before joining Giving What We Can, James worked as a strategy consultant to FTSE 100 companies. He has provided expertise on healthcare prioritisation to the World... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 4:20pm - 6:00pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:00pm

Biomedical Research
For those interested in biomedical and biochemical research 

Speakers
SF

Stephen Frey

Hi! I'm looking for collaborators in Los Angeles and around the world. Tell me how to learn about: | - incentives in science | - organization-building | - making plans | - applied research


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
m. Eshleman Hall - Room 318 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:00pm

Democracy, liberty and decentralization tech e.g. Bitcoin
Philanthropic/p2p finance tech, DAO, decentralized system, liquid democracy and beyond :)

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
l. Eshleman Hall - Room 310 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:00pm

Effective Outreach Strategies for EAs
To spread the message of EA most effectively, we need to apply the same research-based principles to our outreach as we do to charitable giving. This presentation will discuss the science and practice of effective outreach strategies that we as EAs can employ to achieve our communication goals. The session is organized by Intentional Insights, an EA meta-charity promoting EA-themed ideas to a broad audience and providing marketing support for EA movement members. 

Speakers
avatar for Gleb Tsipursky

Gleb Tsipursky

President, Intentional Insights
If you're interested in improving EA marketing or promoting EA-themed ideas to a broad audience, talk to me! I lead Intentional Insights, an EA meta-charity devoted to promoting EA-themed effective giving and rational thinking to broad audiences. We do three broad areas of activity: | | 1) Placing EA-themed articles in prominent media venues, such as Time, The Huffington Post , Psychology Today, Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Plain... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
k. Eshleman Hall - Room 212 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:00pm

Office Hours: 80,000 Hours Donor Q&A
Sunday August 7, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
j. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 10 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

From Behavioral Economics to Public Policy
Cass Sunstein, author of the book "Nudge" and one of the world's most cited legal scholars is giving a talk on how modern behavioral economics helps us understand which policies work, and how we can design policies on the basis of modern scientific evidence.

Speakers
avatar for Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:40pm - 6:20pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

5:40pm

Predicting the Future of Technology
Speakers
avatar for Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson is Assoc. Prof. of economics at George Mason University, & research associate at Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a Caltech social science Ph.D., University of Chicago physics M.S & philosophy M.A., 9 years experience as A.I. research programmer, at Lockheed & NASA, 3050 citations, h-index of 25, 60 academic publications, 400 media mentions, 200 invited talks, & 8 million visits to his blog... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
4. Senate Chambers 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Career ideas brainstorming session

A 20-minute talk by Nick

10 minutes of Q&A

20 minutes of discussion and brainstorming in small groups

10 more minutes of Q&A

The talk portion will include several specific jobs/focus areas to consider, apart from working at EA orgs and doing earning to give. Some of these ideas include: getting ML expertise, getting bioengineering expertise, getting experience in US policy, working in US intelligence and defense agencies, working on developing alternatives to animal products, starting more GiveWell top charities, and a couple of other specific ideas. I'll discuss how I'm generating this list and what kind of woldviews/views about cause prioritization might lead one to be more excited about some rather than others.


Speakers
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Nick Beckstead

I am a research analyst at the Open Philanthropy Project. Previously, I studied mathematics and philosophy as an undergraduate, completed a PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University, and worked as a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
6. Mandrone 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Hacking college: How to optimize university to get valuable skills
Hacking college is a how-to guide for everything from finding knowledgeable mentors to bypassing course requirements, and a start to making college effective for Effective Altruists.

Speakers

Sunday August 7, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
7. Bay View 2457 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

5:40pm

Strategy for the long-run
According to some moral views, the most important consequences of our actions may be their indirect effects and repercussions in the long-term. This poses a challenge for effective altruism, since we need to choose between actions, yet their repercussions may be extremely hard to predict. In this workshop I'll present some perspectives on how to evaluate strategies for their consequences on existential risk or other long-term effects. We'll then attempt explicit comparisons between actions in small groups.

Speakers
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Owen Cotton Barratt

Owen leads the research at the Global Priorities Project, part of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oxford, was a founding member of Giving What We Can, and is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. He has written papers in mathematics, economics, and philosophy, and his research currently focuses on how we can prioritise between pressing problems under conditions of... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 5:40pm - 6:40pm
5. Tilden Room 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:00pm

Office Hours: Signal Data Science Bootcamp
Sunday August 7, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
g. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 7 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:00pm

Office Hours: Leverage Research (open)
Speakers
avatar for Emily Crotteau

Emily Crotteau

Researcher, Theorist, Leverage Research


Sunday August 7, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
h. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 8 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:00pm

Office Hours: Paradigm Academy (open)
Speakers
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Geoff Anders

CEO, Paradigm Academy
I'm the founder of Leverage Research, a research institute dedicated to exploratory social science, and Paradigm Academy, a startup that trains EAs. I like meeting strategists, systematic philosophers, people with ambitious plans to improve the world, and people with arguments for unusual views. One unusual view of mine: I happen to think that low-tech intelligence amplification is within reach.


Sunday August 7, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
i. Pauley Ballroom West - Table 9 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

6:20pm

Cass Sunstein Q&A

Moderators
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Julia Galef

Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia's work on rationality has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Discover, Slate, Fast Company, and Vice. Since 2010, she's been the host of the popular Rationally Speaking podcast.

Speakers
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Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform... Read More →


Sunday August 7, 2016 6:20pm - 6:40pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

7:20pm

Closing Talk
Speakers
avatar for Will MacAskill

Will MacAskill

In 2009, while a PhD candidate in philosophy, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has moved millions of pounds to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently a Fulbright Scholar, he writes a column in Atlantic spin-off Qz.com, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.


Sunday August 7, 2016 7:20pm - 8:00pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

8:00pm

Closing Photo
Sunday August 7, 2016 8:00pm - 8:20pm
1. Zellerbach Hall 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720