CEA and CFAR don’t do anything, to my knowledge, that would increase these odds, except in exceedingly indirect ways.
People from CEA, in collaboration with FHI, have been meeting with people in the UK government, and are producing policy briefs on unprecedented risks from new technologies, including AI (the first brief will go on the FHI website in the near future). These meetings arose as a result of GWWC media attention. CEA’s most recent hire, Owen Cotton-Barratt, will be helping with this work.
Argh! Original post didn’t go through (probably my fault), so this will be shorter than it should be:
CEA = Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and a bit of other stuff
Reason → donations to CEA predictably increase the size and strength of the EA community, a good proportion of whom take long-run considerations very seriously and will donate to / work for FHI/MIRI, or otherwise pursue careers with the aim of extinction risk mitigation. It’s plausible that $1 to CEA generates significantly more than $1′s worth of x-risk-value [note: I’m a trustee and founder of CEA].
Don’t forget CSER. My view is that they are even higher-impact than MIRI or FHI (though I’d defer to Sean_o_h if he disagreed). Reason: marginal donations will be used to fund program management + grantwriting, which would turn ~$70k into a significant chance of ~$1-$10mn, and launch what I think might become one of the most important research institutions in the world. They have all the background (high profile people on the board; an already written previous grant proposal that very narrowly missed out on being successful). High leverage!