What we're about

Effective altruism is a growing social movement and philosophy centered on the idea of using evidence and reason to do the most good you can in the world. If you're looking to maximize the positive impact you have with your limited resources, this is the group to join.

Whether you've been involved for years or you want to learn more about the movement's ideas and actions, we'd love for you to join us.

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Conversations: what do we really care about?

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When we’re trying to do good, it can be very important to think about what exactly we’re trying to achieve. Do I care about a goal – clean water, medical research, education, protecting the environment – in itself, or because it achieves some more general value: maybe reducing human or animal suffering, increasing knowledge, increasing equality, or safeguarding future generations? How can we work out our basic values, and apply them to do the most good we can? In this fortnightly series of informal, open discussion groups, we’re trying to provide a space for casual but thoughtful group conversations exploring a variety of interesting topics that can be relevant to decisions of how we can use our resources to help others. If you’re interested and have time, this talk explores some of these issues in detail: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/ea-global-2018-intrinsic-values/ -- Effective altruism is a global community of people trying to combine empathy and evidence. We aim to use reason and evidence to figure out how to do as much good as we can with our resources – and then help each other to do it. In our discussions, we aim to exhibit openness, integrity, a scientific mindset, and collaborative spirit, in accordance with the guiding principles of the Center for Effective Altruism (https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/ceas-guiding-principles/). No kind of membership or affiliation with any institution is required. While this event is mainly aimed at professionals and graduate students, any undergraduate students who are interested are most welcome to turn up too!

Engineering Safe AI : Robert Miles Speaks

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Many experts believe that humanity will likely develop machines more intelligent than ourselves during the 21st century. This could lead to rapid improvements in human welfare, but could also cause disastrous outcomes and could even be an existential risk. AI safety research is a small but growing field, devoted to foreseeing the problems AI might pose and working out ways to ensure AI developments are safe and beneficial. We are starting a new series of AI safety meetups! For our launch event, Robert Miles, known from Computerphile and his own YouTube channel, will talk to us about why the AI safety problem is so important and some of the progress that has been made. Future events will include a mixture of reading groups and more talks. In the reading groups, we will read research papers and discuss their content and implications, providing an overview of the technical challenges in the field.

Conversations: How useful are everyday altruistic actions?

There are many altruistic actions – veganism, ethical consumerism, giving blood – that we may take to try to help others, or to minimise the harm we do to the world through our everyday lives. How should we think about these actions from a perspective of trying to do the most good we can? Are they valuable primarily for keeping us engaged in doing good and caring for others, while our greatest impact comes from other charitable activities? Could they be something of a distraction from the good that really matters? Or are they a vital part of being a responsible citizen of the world? In this fortnightly series of informal, open discussion groups, we’re trying to provide a space for casual but thoughtful group conversations exploring a variety of interesting topics that can be relevant to decisions of how we can use our resources to help others. If you’re interested and have time, thise posts and the comments to thwm explore many issues relating to this area: - https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/WDiBMR2eXmNKSRjvd/should-i-be-vegan - https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/kRCoYCav8wcFoTxmx/effective-altruism-and-everyday-decisions Further articles that might be of interest include: - http://www.givinggladly.com/2019/02/you-have-more-than-one-goal-and-thats.html - https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/3p3CYauiX8oLjmwRF/purchase-fuzzies-and-utilons-separately -- Effective altruism is a global community of people trying to combine empathy and evidence. We aim to use reason and evidence to figure out how to do as much good as we can with our resources – and then help each other to do it. In our discussions, we aim to exhibit openness, integrity, a scientific mindset, and collaborative spirit, in accordance with the guiding principles of the Center for Effective Altruism (https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/ceas-guiding-principles/). No kind of membership or affiliation with any institution is required. While this event is mainly aimed at professionals and graduate students, any undergraduate students who are interested are most welcome to turn up too!

Past Events

Effective Altruism Newcomers' Social

Jesus College, University of Cambridge

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