Toby Tremlett

Content Manager @ CEA
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Hello! I'm Toby. I'm Content Manager at CEA. I work with Lizka and the Online Team to make sure the Forum is a great place to discuss doing the most good we can. You'll see me posting a lot, authoring the EA Newsletter and curating Forum Digests, making moderator comments and decisions, and more. 

Before working at CEA, I studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and worked for a couple of years on a range of writing and editing projects within the EA space. Recently I helped run the Amplify Creative Grants program, to encourage more impactful podcasting and YouTube projects. You can find a bit of my own creative output on my blog, and my podcast feed.

How I can help others

Reach out to me if you're worried about your first post, want to double check Forum norms, or are confused or curious about anything relating to the EA Forum.


Topic contributions

Hi Connor! 
Welcome to the EA Forum! Let me know if I can help you get a hang of the Forum/ find the content you're looking for. 
Toby (Content Manager for the EA Forum).

Hi Ben!
Not sure the EA Forum is quite the real world, but you're getting closer. Welcome, and let me know if you have any questions about the Forum.
Toby (Content Manager for the EA Forum).

Hi Bronson! Welcome to the EA Forum! Let me know if you have any questions about how to use the Forum/ find the content you are looking for.

Hey Nigel, welcome to the Forum! Feel free to message me or comment here if you have any questions. 
Cheers, Toby (Content Manager for the EA Forum) 

Seems like a helpful addition to the debate-- have you considered link-posting it (in full)? 

Thanks for sharing these. To prioritise my reading a bit (if you have time): which arguments do you find particularly useful and why?

after EAG conversations, my current best guess for the debate statement is "the future will be worse if we create artificial sentience"

If you're currently at EAG London and you still see this quick take, you're exactly the person we'd like to meet:

EAG London Meetup: EA Forum readers and writers | Saturday 5-6pm at Meeting point G
Some members of the EA Forum online team are holding a casual meetup for EA Forum readers and writers to get to know each other (and us). Join us if you'd like to find a co-author, meet someone who can give you feedback on your draft, or make suggestions to the EA Forum team. We'll meet at meeting point G, unless otherwise stated.

I'm curating this post. 
I wrote a draft for a feature on a politico piece for the EA newsletter, exploring this same question-- are big labs following through on verbal commitments to share their models with external evaluators? Despite taking "several months" to speak with experts- the politico piece didn't have as much useful information as this blog post. I cut the feature, because I couldn't find as much information in the time I had.
I think work like this is really valuable, filling a serious gap in our understanding of AI Safety. Thanks for writing this Zach!

In late June, the Forum will be holding a debate week (almost definitely) on the topic of digital minds. Like the AI pause debate week, I’ll encourage specific authors who have thoughts on this issue to post, but all interested Forum users are also encouraged to take part. Also, we will have an interactive banner to track Forum user’s opinions and how they change throughout the week. 

I’m still formulating the exact debate statement, so I’m very open for input here! I’d like to see people discuss: whether digital minds should be an EA cause area, how bad putting too much or too little effort into digital minds could be, and whether there are any promising avenues for further work in the domain. I’d like a statement which is fairly clear, so that the majority of debate doesn’t end up being semantic. 

The debate statement will be a value statement of the form ‘X is the case’ rather than a prediction 'X will happen before Y'. For example, we could discuss how much we agree with the statement ‘Digital minds should be a top 5 EA cause area’-- but this is specific suggestion is uncomfortably vague. 

Do you have any suggestions for alternative statements? I’m also open to feedback on the general topic. Feel free to dm rather than comment if you prefer. 

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