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Transcript: making sense of long-term indirect effects

The following is a transcript of Rob Wiblin's August 2016 EA Global talk, "Making sense of long-term indirect effects". The video is here and audio is here. This transcription is just from the audio. more...

Written Speech

Some kinds of writing are formal and strongly considered, the product of a careful revising and editing process. Other kinds are casual and off-the-cuff. In response to recent controversial articles I've seen people suggesting that we treat all writing as being formal, and that people should restrict informal communication to speech. [1] I think this would be harmful, and both kinds of writing serve important roles.

One thing I really like about the EA community is that we can build ideas collaboratively over large distances, where many of us have never met in person. This works in part because we have public venues where people can write the way they would speak at a meetup. You try to make yourself understood to the people you're talking to, mostly talking in the moment as opposed to taking time out to research and reflect.

As ideas become more developed it's also good to have formal venues, like papers, blog posts, [2] and conference talks, where people can carefully put together the strongest version of their thoughts for wide distribution and careful consideration by others.

This is another aspect of being responsible about transparency. If writing in casual public discussion gets you jumped on, that pushes that kind of discussion toward private venues. The benefits a community where people everywhere can freely participate are very high. more...

Chickpea Puree

Living with several vegans I've been trying to figure out more vegan recipies I'm happy with. One thing I've recently gotten pretty excited about as an ingredient in sauces is chickpea puree. It's pretty great:

  • Minimal flavor, so you can use quite a lot without having a large effect on the overall dish flavor.
  • Good source of protein, especially lysine.
  • Good thickener, nice texture when blended.
  • Very cheap, especially when compared to other things I might use instead (soy milk, ground cashews, tofu). [1]
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Leaving Google, Joining Wave

Later this month I'll be leaving Google, after four—nearly five—good years. I'm finding myself quite wistful: it's the best place I've worked, with a great culture and so many wonderful people. Google's reputation as an excellent place to work is well-deserved, and the Cambridge office is awesome. So why am I leaving?

I joined Google so I could earn money to donate, and over my time here I've been able to donate over half a million dollars. Now I have the opportunity to do something even more valuable: building a mobile money system in a low-income country. I previously estimated that expanding mobile money would be extremely beneficial, and I think Wave can make it happen. more...

Speed Blokus

Blokus is typically a turn-based game, but it also makes a fun real-time game:

  • Everyone plays at once, no turns

  • Only use one hand

  • Be very careful not to disturb pieces that are already placed

  • It's a silly game, don't take it too seriously

It plays in about a minute.

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Mandolin Teaching Videos

I just published a set of videos on how to play chords for mandolin. This is based on the playing I do with the Free Raisins. Some of this I also have in text form in this post but this is often something that's easier to communicate with video. more...

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