Joe Rogero

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Former Reliability Engineer with expertise in data analysis, facilitation, incident investigation, technical writing, and more. Currently facilitating for BlueDot Impact and volunteering with AI Safety Quest to build a mentorship program.

How others can help me

Contact me if you have EA project ideas or want to take ownership of one. 

How I can help others

I have, and am willing to offer to EA members and organizations, the following generalist skills:

Specifying impact. In Reliability we often have to outline exactly how a proposed expenditure will improve an organization's bottom line. I have gotten very good at asking and answering questions like "how many people might this affect?" or "how likely is this outcome?" This could be especially useful for people with project ideas writing grant proposals. 

Facilitation. Organize and run a meeting, take notes, email follow-ups and reminders, whatever you need. I don't need to be an expert in the topic, I don't need to personally know the participants. I do need a clear picture of the meeting's purpose and what contributions you're hoping to elicit from the participants. 

Technical writing. More specifically, editing and proofreading, which don't require I fully understand the subject matter. I am a human Hemingway Editor. I have been known to cut a third of the text out of a corporate document while retaining all relevant information to the owner's satisfaction. I viciously stamp out typos. 

Presentation review and speech coaching. I used to be terrified of public speaking. I still am, but now I'm pretty good at it anyway. I have given prepared and impromptu talks to audiences of dozens-to-hundreds and I have coached speakers giving company TED talks to thousands. A friend who reached out to me for input said my feedback was "exceedingly helpful". If you plan to give a talk and want feedback on your content, slides, or technique, I would be delighted to advise. 

I am willing to take one-off or recurring requests. I reserve the right to start charging if this starts taking up more than a couple hours a week, but for now I'm volunteering my time and the first consult will always be free (so you can gauge my awesomeness for yourself). Contact me at optimiser.joe@gmail.com if you're interested.  

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Impact Colabs started something similar but then abandoned it. They have a forum post and more detailed write-up on why. Our aim is less ambitious (for now, just listing and ranking project ideas with some filtering options) though we do hope to expand the list to include more active volunteer management options eventually. Of note, this database is divided into "quick wins" - roughly, things someone could do with less than a week's work without being part of a particular organization - and "larger projects" - which typically involve starting a full-time group or or supporting an existing one. 

If you know of a project not listed, feel free to add it!

I'd like to discuss a similar "metaproject" I have in the works. Currently my goal for a "minimum viable product" is just the list, with volunteer matching added later if it works, but also including smaller "quick win" projects and immediate contributions that could be made. Would you be willing to share further and discuss lessons learned on this one? 

Not sure if prewritten material counts, but I'd like to enter my Trial of the Automaton if it qualifies. I can transfer it to Google docs if need be. 

(Cross-posted on the EA Anywhere Slack and a few other places)

I have, and am willing to offer to EA members and organizations upon request, the following generalist skills: 

  • Facilitation. Organize and run a meeting, take notes, email follow-ups and reminders, whatever you need. I don't need to be an expert in the topic, I don't need to personally know the participants. I do need a clear picture of the meeting's purpose and what contributions you're hoping to elicit from the participants. 
  • Technical writing. More specifically, editing and proofreading, which don't require I fully understand the subject matter. I am a human Hemingway Editor. I have been known to cut a third of the text out of a corporate document while retaining all relevant information to the owner's satisfaction. I viciously stamp out typos. 
  • Presentation review and speech coaching. I used to be terrified of public speaking. I still am, but now I'm pretty good at it anyway. I have given prepared and impromptu talks to audiences of dozens-to-hundreds and I have coached speakers giving company TED talks to thousands. A friend who reached out to me for input said my feedback was "exceedingly helpful". If you plan to give a talk and want feedback on your content, slides, or technique, I would be delighted to advise. 

I am willing to take one-off or recurring requests. I reserve the right to start charging if this starts taking up more than a couple hours a week, but for now I'm volunteering my time and the first consult will always be free (so you can gauge my awesomeness for yourself). Message me or email me at optimiser.joe@gmail.com if you're interested. 

IIRC edamame is safe, though I have had one bad experience with edamame-based noodles. (I think it had other ingredients but someone else did the cooking then so I can't be sure). Haven't had quinoa in a while but I think it's safe too. That's a good idea. 

Yes, "let's not fail with abandon" is a good summary of my argument to fellow omnivores. 

That's a really good overview by Rethink Priorities. The Invertebrate Sentience Table shifted my credence a little bit in favor of insects, but I think I tend to weight more highly the argument that some sentience criteria can prove too much. I'm not super impressed by a criteria that shares a "Yes" answer with plants and/or prokaryotes. In the same vein, contextual learning sounds impressive, but if I'm understanding that description correctly then it also applies to the recommendation feature of Google Search. I do, however, agree we should take the possibility seriously and continue looking for hard evidence either way. 

Here's a thought: is anyone currently testing where language models like GPT-4 fall on the sentience table? 

Thanks, those are some great resources! I can read the post on insect sentience but the link to the paper throws an error. I'd love to read the definitions they use for their criteria. 

Getting technical: soy is a different branch of the legume family tree. The one I'm most allergic to seems to be Hologalegina (galegolds), which includes broad beans, peas, and chickpeas. 

Tofu is always fine and soy is I think fine, but I've had reactions to a few things containing soy + something else (soy protein shakes = very bad day). Soybeans are phaseoloids, the same sub-family as black/brown beans, but only the latter reliably causes me problems. I haven't tested all the phaseoloids but it's obviously kinda unpleasant to do so. 

Part of the problem with this allergy profile is the uncertainty it spawns; many foods have 2 or 3 ingredients that could be the cause of a reaction and it can be hard to tell which is the culprit. To complicate matters further, cooking helps at least some of them (fish is 50-50, egg yolk is fine). 

I've been to formal allergy testing but they only had tests for a few of my problem foods because come on, who would be allergic to celery? IIRC the scale they used is 1 to 5 where 5 is "don't f*ck with this ever". 

Strong reaction: Fish mix (4), egg yolk (4), catfish (5), english pea (5)

Weak reaction: trout (3), green bean (3)

No reaction: shellfish (although the allergist mentioned I could be allergic to the shells, which aren't tested, and I've definitely reacted to every shellfish I've tried in the last two decades)

Thanks, Fai! I'm still on the fence about this, but assuming it were true - what does the evidence look like for suffering? It seems like it might be better to eat an animal that's lived a relatively normal life compared to e.g. farmed chickens. I know some fish farms can get pretty bad but how common is that?  Edit: Pete's comment had a useful source here. 

I'm curious what evidence convinced you about fish. So far I haven't seen much on the subject of consciousness specifically, though I have seen some arguments around pain nerves and aversive stimuli. 

Conditional on insects having conscious experiences, I'd agree with you. I'm not convinced they do, and I don't find stimulus-response alone to be sufficient for giving a creature nonzero moral weight. Plenty of people may disagree with me on that, though, and I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone attempt a diet substitute that they think causes more harm. 

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