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Hard-to-reverse decisions destroy option value

Summary: Some strategic decisions available to the effective altruism movement may be difficult to reverse. One example is making the movement’s brand explicitly political. Another is growing large. Under high uncertainty, there is often reason to avoid or delay such hard-to-reverse decisions.

CEA Strategic Update February 2017

This blog post is part of our series of monthly strategic updates so that those that want to can stay up to date with what we are working on and why. Previously Will MacAskill has posted these updates on the Effective Altruism Forum. I (Tara) am taking over writing the updates moving forward and will post them here on our blog.

Changes in funding in the AI safety field

The field of AI Safety has been growing quickly over the last three years, since the publication of “Superintelligence”. One of the things that shapes what the community invests in is an impression of what the composition of the field currently is, and how it has changed. Here, I give an overview of the composition of the field as measured by its funding.