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2017 to present
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|2022-Nov-23 • 6 minutes|
Rob's thoughts on the FTX bankruptcy
In this episode, usual host of the show Rob Wiblin gives his thoughts on the recent collapse of FTX.
|2022-Nov-08 • 167 minutes|
#140 – Bear Braumoeller on the case that war isn't in decline
Is war in long-term decline?
|2022-Oct-28 • 218 minutes|
#139 — Alan Hájek on puzzles and paradoxes in probability and expected value
A casino offers you a game. A coin will be tossed. If it comes up heads on the first flip you win $2. If it comes up on the second flip you win $4...
|2022-Oct-14 • 144 minutes|
Preventing an AI-related catastrophe (Article)
Today’s release is a professional reading of our new problem profile on preventing an AI-related catastrophe, written by Benjamin Hilton.
|2022-Sep-30 • 144 minutes|
#138 – Sharon Hewitt Rawlette on why pleasure and pain are the only things that intrinsically matter
What in the world is intrinsically good — good in itself even if it has no other effects?
|2022-Sep-08 • 142 minutes|
#137 – Andreas Mogensen on whether effective altruism is just for consequentialists
Today's guest, Andreas Mogensen — senior research fellow at Oxford University's Global Priorities Institute — rejects utilitarianism, but as he explains, this does little to dampen his enthusiasm for the project of effective altruism.
|2022-Aug-15 • 175 minutes|
#136 – Will MacAskill on what we owe the future
People who exist in the future deserve some degree of moral consideration.
|2022-Aug-08 • 55 minutes|
#135 – Samuel Charap on key lessons from five months of war in Ukraine
After a frenetic level of commentary during February and March, the war in Ukraine has faded into the background of our news coverage.
|2022-Jul-22 • 221 minutes|
#134 – Ian Morris on what big picture history teaches us
Wind back 1,000 years and the moral landscape looks very different to today.
|2022-Jul-01 • 178 minutes|
#133 – Max Tegmark on how a 'put-up-or-shut-up' resolution led him to work on AI and algorithmic news selection
On January 1, 2015, physicist Max Tegmark gave up something most of us love to do: complain about things without ever trying to fix them.
|2022-Jun-14 • 162 minutes|
#132 – Nova DasSarma on why information security may be critical to the safe development of AI systems
If a business has spent $100 million developing a product, it's a fair bet that they don't want it stolen in two seconds and uploaded to the web where anyone can use it for free.
|2022-Jun-03 • 66 minutes|
#131 – Lewis Dartnell on getting humanity to bounce back faster in a post-apocalyptic world
“We’re leaving these 16 contestants on an island with nothing but what they can scavenge from an abandoned factory and apartment block..."
|2022-May-23 • 137 minutes|
#130 – Will MacAskill on balancing frugality with ambition, whether you need longtermism, & mental health under pressure
Imagine you lead a nonprofit that operates on a shoestring budget.
|2022-May-09 • 200 minutes|
#129 – James Tibenderana on the state of the art in malaria control and elimination
The good news is deaths from malaria have been cut by a third since 2005.
|2022-Apr-28 • 167 minutes|
#128 – Chris Blattman on the five reasons wars happen
In nature, animals roar and bare their teeth to intimidate adversaries — but one side usually backs down, and real fights are rare. The wisdom of evolution is that the risk of violence is just too great.
|2022-Apr-14 • 200 minutes|
#127 – Sam Bankman-Fried on taking a high-risk approach to crypto and doing good
On this episode of the show, host Rob Wiblin interviews Sam Bankman-Fried.
|2022-Apr-05 • 135 minutes|
#126 – Bryan Caplan on whether lazy parenting is OK, what really helps workers, and betting on beliefs
Everybody knows that good parenting has a big impact on how kids turn out. Except that maybe they don't, because it doesn't.
|2022-Mar-29 • 134 minutes|
#125 – Joan Rohlfing on how to avoid catastrophic nuclear blunders
Since the Soviet Union split into different countries in 1991, the pervasive fear of catastrophe that people lived with for decades has gradually faded from memory.
|2022-Mar-21 • 190 minutes|
#124 – Karen Levy on fads and misaligned incentives in global development, and scaling deworming to reach hundreds of millions
If someone said a global health and development programme was sustainable, participatory, and holistic, you'd have to guess that they were saying something positive.
|2022-Mar-14 • 59 minutes|
#123 – Samuel Charap on why Putin invaded Ukraine, the risk of escalation, and how to prevent disaster
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is devastating the lives of Ukrainians, and so long as it continues there's a risk that the conflict could escalate to include other countries or the use of nuclear weapons.
|2022-Mar-09 • 96 minutes|
#122 – Michelle Hutchinson & Habiba Islam on balancing competing priorities and other themes from our 1-on-1 careers advising
One of 80,000 Hours' main services is our free one-on-one careers advising, which we provide to around 1,000 people a year.
|2022-Mar-01 • 14 minutes|
Introducing 80k After Hours
Today we're launching a new podcast called 80k After Hours.
|2022-Feb-16 • 184 minutes|
#121 – Matthew Yglesias on avoiding the pundit's fallacy and how much military intervention can be used for good
If you read polls saying that the public supports a carbon tax, should you believe them?
|2022-Feb-02 • 126 minutes|
#120 – Audrey Tang on what we can learn from Taiwan’s experiments with how to do democracy
In 2014 Taiwan was rocked by mass protests against a proposed trade agreement with China that was about to be agreed without the usual Parliamentary hearings.
|2022-Jan-18 • 155 minutes|
#43 Classic episode - Daniel Ellsberg on the institutional insanity that maintains nuclear doomsday machines
In Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film Dr. Strangelove, the American president is informed that the Soviet Union has created a secret deterrence system which will automatically wipe out humanity upon detection of a single nuclear explosion in Russia.
|2022-Jan-10 • 84 minutes|
#35 Classic episode - Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix the world without asking permission
How broken is the world? How inefficient is a typical organisation? Looking at Tara Mac Aulay’s life, the answer seems to be ‘very’.
|2022-Jan-03 • 282 minutes|
#67 Classic episode – David Chalmers on the nature and ethics of consciousness
What is it like to be you right now? You're seeing this text on the screen, smelling the coffee next to you, and feeling the warmth of the cup.
|2021-Dec-27 • 103 minutes|
#59 Classic episode - Cass Sunstein on how change happens, and why it's so often abrupt & unpredictable
It can often feel hopeless to be an activist seeking social change on an obscure issue where most people seem opposed or at best indifferent to you. But according to a new book by Professor Cass Sunstein, they shouldn't despair…
|2021-Dec-20 • 86 minutes|
#119 – Andrew Yang on our very long-term future, and other topics most politicians won’t touch
Andrew Yang — past presidential candidate, founder of the Forward Party, and leader of the 'Yang Gang' — is kind of a big deal, but is particularly popular among listeners to The 80,000 Hours Podcast.
|2021-Dec-13 • 136 minutes|
#118 – Jaime Yassif on safeguarding bioscience to prevent catastrophic lab accidents and bioweapons development
If a rich country were really committed to pursuing an active biological weapons program, there’s not much we could do to stop them.
|2021-Nov-29 • 188 minutes|
#117 – David Denkenberger on using paper mills and seaweed to feed everyone in a catastrophe, ft Sahil Shah
If there's a nuclear war followed by nuclear winter, and the sun is blocked out for years, most of us are going to starve, right?
|2021-Nov-19 • 226 minutes|
#116 – Luisa Rodriguez on why global catastrophes seem unlikely to kill us all
If modern human civilisation collapsed — as a result of nuclear war, severe climate change, or a much worse pandemic than COVID-19 — billions of people might die.
|2021-Nov-12 • 190 minutes|
#115 – David Wallace on the many-worlds theory of quantum mechanics and its implications
Quantum mechanics — our best theory of atoms, molecules, and the subatomic particles that make them up — underpins most of modern physics.
|2021-Oct-22 • 103 minutes|
#114 – Maha Rehman on working with governments to rapidly deliver masks to millions of people
It’s hard to believe, but until recently there had never been a large field trial that addressed these simple and obvious questions...
|2021-Oct-20 • 3 minutes|
We just put up a new compilation of ten core episodes of the show
We recently launched a new podcast feed that might be useful to you and people you know.
|2021-Oct-18 • 126 minutes|
#113 – Varsha Venugopal on using gossip to help vaccinate every child in India
Our failure to make sure all kids globally get all of their basic vaccinations leads to 1.5 million child deaths every year.
|2021-Oct-05 • 229 minutes|
#112 – Carl Shulman on the common-sense case for existential risk work and its practical implications
Preventing the apocalypse may sound like an idiosyncratic activity, and it sometimes is justified on exotic grounds, such as the potential for humanity to become a galaxy-spanning civilisation.
|2021-Sep-10 • 200 minutes|
#111 – Mushtaq Khan on using institutional economics to predict effective government reforms
If you’re living in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, your best bet at a high-paying career is probably ‘artisanal refining’...
|2021-Aug-26 • 166 minutes|
#110 – Holden Karnofsky on building aptitudes and kicking ass
Holden Karnofsky helped create two of the most influential organisations in the effective philanthropy world.
|2021-Aug-19 • 139 minutes|
#109 – Holden Karnofsky on the most important century
Will the future of humanity be wild, or boring?
|2021-Aug-11 • 93 minutes|
#108 – Chris Olah on working at top AI labs without an undergrad degree
Chris Olah has had a fascinating and unconventional career path.
|2021-Aug-04 • 189 minutes|
#107 – Chris Olah on what the hell is going on inside neural networks
Big machine learning models can identify plant species better than any human, write passable essays, beat you at a game of Starcraft 2, figure out how a photo of Tobey Maguire and the word 'spider' are related...
|2021-Jul-28 • 113 minutes|
#106 – Cal Newport on an industrial revolution for office work
If you wanted to start a university department from scratch, and attract as many superstar researchers as possible, what’s the most attractive perk you could offer?
|2021-Jul-12 • 175 minutes|
#105 – Alexander Berger on improving global health and wellbeing in clear and direct ways
The effective altruist research community tries to identify the highest impact things people can do to improve the world. Unsurprisingly, given the difficulty of such a massive and open-ended project...
|2021-Jun-29 • 141 minutes|
#104 – Pardis Sabeti on the Sentinel system for detecting and stopping pandemics
When the first person with COVID-19 went to see a doctor in Wuhan, nobody could tell that it wasn’t a familiar disease like the flu — that we were dealing with something new.
|2021-Jun-21 • 142 minutes|
#103 – Max Roser on building the world's best source of COVID-19 data at Our World in Data
History is filled with stories of great people stepping up in times of crisis.
|2021-Jun-11 • 237 minutes|
#102 – Tom Moynihan on why prior generations missed some of the biggest priorities of all
It can be tough to get people to truly care about reducing existential risks today.
|2021-May-28 • 96 minutes|
#101 – Robert Wright on using cognitive empathy to save the world
In 2003, Saddam Hussein refused to let Iraqi weapons scientists leave the country to be interrogated.
|2021-May-19 • 171 minutes|
#100 – Having a successful career with depression, anxiety and imposter syndrome
Today's episode is one of the most remarkable and really, unique, pieces of content we’ve ever produced (and I can say that because I had almost nothing to do with making it!).
|2021-May-13 • 146 minutes|
#99 – Leah Garcés on turning adversaries into allies to change the chicken industry
For a chance to prevent enormous amounts of suffering, would you be brave enough to drive to a remote location to meet a man who seems likely to be your enemy, knowing that it might be an ambush?
|2021-May-05 • 158 minutes|
#98 – Christian Tarsney on future bias and a possible solution to moral fanaticism
Imagine that you’re in the hospital for surgery. This kind of procedure is always safe, and always successful — but it can take anywhere from one to ten hours.
|2021-Apr-20 • 156 minutes|
#97 – Mike Berkowitz on keeping the US a liberal democratic country
Mike Berkowitz points out a problem we came to realize throughout the Trump presidency: So many of the things that we thought were laws were actually just customs.
|2021-Apr-15 • 3 minutes|
The ten episodes of this show you should listen to first
Today we're launching a new podcast feed that might be useful to you and people you know. | | It's called 'Effective Altruism: An Introduction', and it's a carefully chosen selection of ten episodes of this show, with various new intros and outros to guide folks through them. | | Basically, as the number of episodes of this show has grown, it has become less and less practical to ask new subscribers to go back and listen through most of our archives. | | So naturally new subscribers want to know... wh...
|2021-Apr-06 • 120 minutes|
#96 – Nina Schick on disinformation and the rise of synthetic media
What if Donald Trump was woken up in the middle of the night and shown a fake video — indistinguishable from a real one — in which Kim Jong Un announced an imminent nuclear strike on the U.S.?
|2021-Mar-26 • 84 minutes|
#95 – Kelly Wanser on whether to deliberately intervene in the climate
How long do you think it’ll be before we’re able to bend the weather to our will?
|2021-Mar-20 • 105 minutes|
#94 – Ezra Klein on aligning journalism, politics, and what matters most
How many words in U.S. newspapers have been spilled on tax policy in the past five years? And how many words on CRISPR? Or meat alternatives? Or how AI may soon automate the majority of jobs?
|2021-Mar-12 • 114 minutes|
#93 – Andy Weber on rendering bioweapons obsolete & ending the new nuclear arms race
Andy Weber's current mission is to spread the word that while bioweapons are terrifying, scientific advances also leave them on the verge of becoming an outdated technology.
|2021-Mar-05 • 176 minutes|
#92 – Brian Christian on the alignment problem
Brian Christian is a bestselling author with a particular knack for accurately communicating difficult or technical ideas from both mathematics and computer science.
|2021-Feb-15 • 153 minutes|
#91 – Lewis Bollard on big wins against factory farming and how they happened
I suspect today's guest, Lewis Bollard, might be the single best person in the world to interview to get an overview of all the methods that might be effective for putting an end to factory farming.
|2021-Feb-03 • 118 minutes|
Rob Wiblin on how he ended up the way he is
This is a crosspost of an episode of the Eureka Podcast.
|2021-Jan-21 • 179 minutes|
#90 – Ajeya Cotra on worldview diversification and how big the future could be
Ajeya and Rob discuss the doomsday argument and the challenge Open Phil faces striking a balance between taking big ideas seriously, and not going all in on philosophical arguments that may turn out to be barking up the wrong tree entirely.
|2021-Jan-13 • 151 minutes|
Rob Wiblin on self-improvement and research ethics
This is a crosspost of an episode of the Clearer Thinking Podcast: 022: Self-Improvement and Research Ethics with Rob Wiblin.
|2021-Jan-07 • 161 minutes|
#73 - Phil Trammell on patient philanthropy and waiting to do good [re-release]
Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in March 2020.
|2020-Dec-30 • 135 minutes|
#75 – Michelle Hutchinson on what people most often ask 80,000 Hours [re-release]
Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in April 2020.
|2020-Dec-17 • 158 minutes|
#89 – Owen Cotton-Barratt on epistemic systems and layers of defense against potential global catastrophes
You could think of academia as one big epistemic system — something which processes information, directs people's attention, and finds new ideas.
|2020-Dec-03 • 156 minutes|
#88 – Tristan Harris on the need to change the incentives of social media companies
In its first 28 days on Netflix, the documentary The Social Dilemma — about the possible harms being caused by social media and other technology products — was seen by 38 million households in about 190 countries and in 30 languages.
|2020-Nov-12 • 85 minutes|
Benjamin Todd on what the effective altruism community most needs (80k team chat #4)
In this episode we turn to what the effective altruism community most needs.
|2020-Nov-03 • 110 minutes|
#87 – Russ Roberts on whether it's more effective to help strangers, or people you know
If you want to make the world a better place, would it be better to help your niece with her SATs, or try to join the State Department and lower the risk that the US and China go to war?
|2020-Oct-29 • 31 minutes|
How much does a vote matter? (Article)
Today’s release is the latest in our series of audio versions of our articles.In this one — How much does a vote matter? — I investigate the two key things that determine the impact of your vote: | | • The chances of your vote changing an election’s outcome | • How much better some candidates are for the world as a whole, compared to others | | I then discuss what I think are the best arguments against voting in important elections: | | • If an election is competitive, that means other people disagre...
|2020-Oct-21 • 145 minutes|
#86 – Hilary Greaves on Pascal's mugging, strong longtermism, and whether existing can be good for us
Had World War 1 never happened, you might never have existed.
|2020-Sep-22 • 84 minutes|
Benjamin Todd on the core of effective altruism and how to argue for it (80k team chat #3)
Ben’s been thinking a lot about effective altruism recently, including what it really is, how it's framed, and how people misunderstand it.
|2020-Sep-07 • 28 minutes|
Ideas for high impact careers beyond our priority paths (Article)
In this one, we go through some more career options beyond our priority paths that seem promising to us for positively influencing the long-term future.
|2020-Sep-01 • 58 minutes|
Benjamin Todd on varieties of longtermism and things 80,000 Hours might be getting wrong (80k team chat #2)
Ben’s been doing a bunch of research recently, and we thought it’d be interesting to hear about how he’s currently thinking about a couple of different topics.
|2020-Aug-28 • 33 minutes|
Global issues beyond 80,000 Hours’ current priorities (Article)
We go through 30 global issues beyond the ones we usually prioritize most highly in our work, and that you might consider focusing your career on tackling.
|2020-Aug-20 • 128 minutes|
#85 - Mark Lynas on climate change, societal collapse & nuclear energy
A golf-ball sized lump of uranium can deliver enough power to cover all of your lifetime energy use.
|2020-Aug-13 • 178 minutes|
#84 - Shruti Rajagopalan on what India did to stop COVID-19 and how well it worked
Developing countries find themselves in a serious bind that rich countries do not.
|2020-Jul-31 • 143 minutes|
#83 - Prof Jennifer Doleac on preventing crime without police and prisons
Maybe we ought to shift our focus to effective but unconventional approaches to crime prevention, approaches that don't require police or prisons and the human toll they bring with them.
|2020-Jul-27 • 88 minutes|
#82 - Prof James Forman Jr on reducing the cruelty of the US criminal legal system
No democracy has ever incarcerated as many people as the United States.
|2020-Jul-09 • 158 minutes|
#81 - Ben Garfinkel on scrutinising classic AI risk arguments
80,000 Hours has argued that helping to positively shape the development of artificial intelligence may be one of the best ways to have a lasting, positive impact on the long-term future.
|2020-Jun-29 • 15 minutes|
Advice on how to read our advice (Article)
We’ve found that readers sometimes interpret or apply our advice in ways we didn’t anticipate and wouldn’t exactly recommend.
|2020-Jun-22 • 133 minutes|
#80 - Professor Stuart Russell on why our approach to AI is broken and how to fix it
Stuart Russell, Professor at UC Berkeley and co-author of the most popular AI textbook, thinks the way we approach machine learning today is fundamentally flawed.
|2020-Jun-05 • 37 minutes|
What anonymous contributors think about important life and career questions (Article)
Today we’re launching the final entry of our ‘anonymous answers' series on the website.
|2020-Jun-01 • 159 minutes|
#79 - A.J. Jacobs on radical honesty, following the whole Bible, and reframing global problems as puzzles
Today’s guest, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, always hated Judge Judy. But after he found out that she was his seventh cousin, he thought, "You know what, she's not so bad".
|2020-May-22 • 132 minutes|
#78 - Danny Hernandez on forecasting and the drivers of AI progress
Companies use about 300,000 times more computation training the best AI systems today than they did in 2012...
|2020-May-18 • 97 minutes|
#77 - Professor Marc Lipsitch on whether we're winning or losing against COVID-19
In March Professor Marc Lipsitch — Director of Harvard's Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics — abruptly found himself a global celebrity...
|2020-May-12 • 27 minutes|
Article: Ways people trying to do good accidentally make things worse, and how to avoid them
Today’s release is the second experiment in making audio versions of our articles.
|2020-May-08 • 113 minutes|
#76 - Prof Tara Kirk Sell on misinformation, who's done well and badly, & what to reopen first
Amid a rising COVID-19 death toll, and looming economic disaster, we’ve been looking for good news...
|2020-Apr-28 • 133 minutes|
#75 – Michelle Hutchinson on what people most often ask 80,000 Hours
Chatting to hundreds of people about their career plans has given us some idea of the kinds of things it’s most useful for them to hear.
|2020-Apr-17 • 157 minutes|
#74 - Dr Greg Lewis on COVID-19 & catastrophic biological risks
Our lives currently revolve around the global emergency of COVID-19; you’re probably reading this while confined to your house, as the death toll from the worst pandemic since 1918 continues to rise. | | The question of how to tackle COVID-19 has been foremost in the minds of many, including here at 80,000 Hours. | | Today's guest, Dr Gregory Lewis, acting head of the Biosecurity Research Group at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, puts the crisis in context, explaining how COVID-19 compa...
|2020-Apr-15 • 64 minutes|
Article: Reducing global catastrophic biological risks
In a few days we'll be putting out a conversation with Dr Greg Lewis, who studies how to prevent global catastrophic biological risks at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute.
|2020-Mar-19 • 112 minutes|
Emergency episode: Rob & Howie on the menace of COVID-19, and what both governments & individuals might do to help
From home isolation Rob and Howie just recorded an episode on: 1. How many could die in the crisis, and the risk to your health personally. 2. What individuals might...
|2020-Mar-17 • 155 minutes|
#73 - Phil Trammell on patient philanthropy and waiting to do good
To do good, most of us look to use our time and money to affect the world around us today. But perhaps that's all wrong.
|2020-Mar-07 • 194 minutes|
#72 - Toby Ord on the precipice and humanity's potential futures
This week Oxford academic and 80,000 Hours trustee Dr Toby Ord released his new book The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. It's about how our long-term future could be better than almost anyone believes, but also how humanity's recklessness is putting that future at grave risk — in Toby's reckoning, a 1 in 6 chance of being extinguished this century. | | I loved the book and learned a great deal from it (buy it here, US and audiobook release March 24). While preparing for this interv...
|2020-Mar-02 • 177 minutes|
#71 - Benjamin Todd on the key ideas of 80,000 Hours
The 80,000 Hours Podcast is about “the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them”, and in this episode we tackle that question in the most direct way possible. | | Last year we published a summary of all our key ideas, which links to many of our other articles, and which we are aiming to keep updated as our opinions shift. | | All of us added something to it, but the single biggest contributor was our CEO and today's guest, Ben Todd, who founded 80,000 Hours along with...
|2020-Feb-25 • 44 minutes|
Arden & Rob on demandingness, work-life balance & injustice (80k team chat #1)
Today's bonus episode of the podcast is a quick conversation between me and my fellow 80,000 Hours researcher Arden Koehler…
|2020-Feb-13 • 147 minutes|
#70 - Dr Cassidy Nelson on the 12 best ways to stop the next pandemic (and limit nCoV)
Despite improvements in the last few decades, humanity is still not nearly prepared enough to contain new diseases.
|2020-Feb-06 • 97 minutes|
#69 - Jeff Ding on China, its AI dream, and what we get wrong about both
The State Council’s of China's 2017 AI plan was the starting point of China’s AI planning...
|2020-Feb-03 • 79 minutes|
Rob & Howie on what we do and don't know about 2019-nCoV
Two 80,000 Hours researchers, Robert Wiblin and Howie Lempel, record an experimental bonus episode about the new 2019-nCoV virus.
|2020-Jan-24 • 206 minutes|
#68 - Will MacAskill on the paralysis argument, whether we're at the hinge of history, & his new priorities
You’re given a box with a set of dice in it. If you roll an even number, a person's life is saved. If you roll...
|2020-Jan-15 • 231 minutes|
#44 Classic episode - Paul Christiano on finding real solutions to the AI alignment problem
Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in October 2018.
|2020-Jan-08 • 85 minutes|
#33 Classic episode - Anders Sandberg on cryonics, solar flares, and the annual odds of nuclear war
Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in May 2018.
|2019-Dec-31 • 113 minutes|
#17 Classic episode - Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster
Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in January 2018.
|2019-Dec-16 • 282 minutes|
#67 - Prof David Chalmers on the nature and ethics of consciousness
What is it like to be you right now? You're seeing this text on the screen, smelling the coffee next to you,...
|2019-Dec-05 • 121 minutes|
#66 - Prof Peter Singer on being provocative, effective altruism, & how his moral views have changed
In 1989, the professor of moral philosophy Peter Singer was all over the news for his inflammatory opinions...
|2019-Nov-19 • 101 minutes|
#65 - Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on 8 years pursuing WMD arms control, & diversity in diplomacy
"…it started when the Soviet Union fell apart..."
|2019-Oct-25 • 131 minutes|
#64 - Bruce Schneier on surveillance without tyranny, secrets, & the big risks in computer security
November 3 2020, 10:32PM: CNN, NBC, and FOX report that Donald Trump has narrowly won Florida, and with it, re-election.
|2019-Sep-25 • 195 minutes|
Rob Wiblin on plastic straws, nicotine, doping, & whether changing the long-term is really possible
Two interviews I recently recorded for Love Your Work & The Neoliberal Podcast. And our annual impact survey is about to close — could you take take 3–10 minutes to fill it out now?
|2019-Sep-16 • 4 minutes|
Have we helped you have a bigger social impact? Our annual survey, plus other ways we can help you.
1. Fill out our annual impact survey here. 2. Find a great vacancy on our job board….
|2019-Sep-03 • 198 minutes|
#63 - Vitalik Buterin on better ways to fund public goods, blockchain's failures, & effective giving
"We're talking about a general purpose infrastructure for funding public goods in the same way that money is a general purpose infrastructure for funding private goods." — Vitalik Buterin
|2019-Aug-05 • 132 minutes|
#62 - Paul Christiano on messaging the future, increasing compute, & how CO2 impacts your brain
Imagine that – one day – humanity dies out. At some point, many millions of years later, intelligent life might well evolve again. Is there any message we could leave that would reliably help them out?
|2019-Jul-17 • 115 minutes|
#61 - Helen Toner on emerging technology, national security, and China
From 1870 to 1950, the introduction of electricity transformed life in the US and UK, as people gained access to lighting, radio and a wide range of household appliances for the first time. It turned out to be a general purpose technology that could...
|2019-Jun-28 • 132 minutes|
#60 - Prof Tetlock on why accurate forecasting matters for everything, and how you can do it better
Have you ever been infuriated by a doctor's unwillingness to give you an honest, probabilistic estimate about what to expect? Or a lawyer who won't tell you the chances you'll win your case?
|2019-Jun-17 • 103 minutes|
#59 - Prof Cass Sunstein on how change happens, and why it's so often abrupt & unpredictable
It can often feel hopeless to be an activist seeking social change on an obscure issue where most people seem opposed or at best indifferent to you. But according to a new book by Professor Cass Sunstein, they shouldn't despair…
|2019-Jun-03 • 90 minutes|
#58 - Pushmeet Kohli of DeepMind on designing robust & reliable AI systems and how to succeed in AI
When you're building a bridge, responsibility for making sure it won't fall over isn't handed over to a few 'bridge not falling down engineers'. Making sure a bridge is safe to use and remains standing in a storm is completely central to...
|2019-May-13 • 138 minutes|
Rob Wiblin on human nature, new technology, and living a happy, healthy & ethical life
Interviews Rob did recently on two other podcasts — Mission Daily (from 2m) and The Good Life (from 1h13m).
|2019-Apr-23 • 170 minutes|
#57 - Tom Kalil on how to do the most good in government
You’re 29 years old, and you’ve just been given a job in the White House. How do you quickly figure out how the US Executive Branch behemoth actually works, so that you can have as much impact as possible - before you quit, or get kicked out?
|2019-Apr-15 • 178 minutes|
#56 - Persis Eskander on wild animal welfare and what, if anything, to do about it
Elephants in chains at travelling circuses; pregnant pigs trapped in coffin sized crates at factory farms; deers living in the wild. We should welcome the last as a pleasant break from the horror, right? | | Maybe, but maybe not. While we tend to have a romanticised view of nature, life in the wild includes a range of extremely negative experiences. | | Many animals are hunted by predators, and constantly have to remain vigilant about the risk of being killed, and perhaps experiencing the horror of being...
|2019-Mar-31 • 151 minutes|
#55 - Lutter & Winter on founding charter cities with outstanding governance to end poverty
Governance matters. Policy change quickly took China from famine to fortune; Singapore from swamps to skyscrapers; and Hong Kong from fishing village to financial centre. But — to put it mildly — it's not easy to found a new country.
|2019-Mar-19 • 174 minutes|
#54 - OpenAI on publication norms, malicious uses of AI, and general-purpose learning algorithms
OpenAI’s Dactyl can manipulate objects with a human-like hand. OpenAI Five can defeat humans at the video game Dota 2. Amazingly, they were both developed using the same general-purpose reinforcement learning algorithm.
|2019-Feb-27 • 155 minutes|
#53 - Kelsey Piper on the room for important advocacy within journalism
“Politics. Business. Animal welfare. Existential risk.” Is this a plausible future lineup for major news outlets?
|2019-Feb-17 • 57 minutes|
Julia Galef and Rob Wiblin on an updated view of the best ways to help humanity
Julia and Rob discuss how 80,000 Hours' career advice has changed over the years, and the biggest misconceptions about our views.
|2019-Feb-08 • 164 minutes|
#52 - Prof Glen Weyl on uprooting capitalism and democracy for a just society
|2019-Jan-29 • 151 minutes|
#51 - Martin Gurri on the revolt of the public & crisis of authority in the information age
Politics in rich countries seems to be going nuts…
|2018-Dec-27 • 177 minutes|
#50 - Dr David Denkenberger on how to feed all 8b people through an asteroid/nuclear winter
If an asteroid impact or nuclear winter blocked t…
|2018-Dec-20 • 96 minutes|
#49 - Dr Rachel Glennerster on a year's worth of education for 30c & other development 'best buys'
If I told you it's possible to deliver an extra y…
|2018-Nov-22 • 195 minutes|
#48 - Brian Christian on better living through the wisdom of computer science
Please let us know if we've helped you: #47 - Catherine Olsson & Daniel Ziegler on the fast path into high-impact ML engineering roles
After dropping out of a machine learning PhD at S…
|2018-Oct-23 • 169 minutes|
#46 - Prof Hilary Greaves on moral cluelessness & tackling crucial questions in academia
The barista gives you your coffee and change, and…
|2018-Oct-17 • 151 minutes|
#45 - Tyler Cowen's case for maximising econ growth, stabilising civilization & thinking long-term
I've probably spent more time reading Tyler Cowen…
|2018-Oct-02 • 232 minutes|
#44 - Dr Paul Christiano on how we'll hand the future off to AI, & solving the alignment problem
Paul Christiano is one of the smartest people I k…
|2018-Sep-25 • 164 minutes|
#43 - Daniel Ellsberg on the institutional insanity that maintains nuclear doomsday machines
In Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film Dr. Strangelove,…
|2018-Sep-11 • 166 minutes|
#42 - Dr Amanda Askell on moral empathy, the value of information & the ethics of infinity
Consider two familiar moments at a family reunion…
|2018-Aug-28 • 138 minutes|
#41 - David Roodman on incarceration, geomagnetic storms, & becoming a world-class researcher
With 698 inmates per 100,000 citizens, the U.S. i…
|2018-Aug-21 • 131 minutes|
#40 - Katja Grace on forecasting future technology & how much we should trust expert predictions
Experts believe that artificial intelligence will…
|2018-Aug-07 • 137 minutes|
#39 - Spencer Greenberg on the scientific approach to solving difficult everyday questions
Will Trump be re-elected? Will North Korea give u…
|2018-Jul-26 • 119 minutes|
#38 - Prof Ng on anticipating effective altruism decades ago & how to make a much happier world
Will people who think carefully about how to maxi…
|2018-Jul-16 • 104 minutes|
#37 - GiveWell picks top charities by estimating the unknowable. James Snowden on how they do it.
What’s the value of preventing the death of a 5-y…
|2018-Jul-11 • 125 minutes|
#36 - Tanya Singh on ending the operations management bottleneck in effective altruism
Almost nobody is able to do groundbreaking physic…
|2018-Jun-21 • 83 minutes|
#35 - Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix the world without asking permission
"You don't need permission. You don't need to…
|2018-Jun-08 • 92 minutes|
Rob Wiblin on the art/science of a high impact career
Today's episode is a cross-post of an interview I…
|2018-Jun-01 • 139 minutes|
#34 - We use the worst voting system that exists. Here's how Aaron Hamlin is going to fix it.
In 1991 Edwin Edwards won the Louisiana gubernato…
|2018-May-29 • 85 minutes|
#33 - Dr Anders Sandberg on what if we ended ageing, solar flares & the annual risk of nuclear war
Joseph Stalin had a life-extension program dedica…
|2018-May-22 • 145 minutes|
#32 - Bryan Caplan on whether his Case Against Education holds up, totalitarianism, & open borders
Bryan Caplan’s claim in *The Case Against Educati…
|2018-May-18 • 48 minutes|
#31 - Prof Dafoe on defusing the political & economic risks posed by existing AI capabilities
The debate around the impacts of artificial intel…
|2018-May-15 • 121 minutes|
#30 - Dr Eva Vivalt on how little social science findings generalize from one study to another
If we have a study on the impact of a social prog…
|2018-May-08 • 81 minutes|
#29 - Dr Anders Sandberg on 3 new resolutions for the Fermi paradox & how to colonise the universe
Part 2 out now: #33 - Dr Anders Sandberg on wh…
|2018-Apr-27 • 63 minutes|
#28 - Dr Cotton-Barratt on why scientists should need insurance, PhD strategy & fast AI progresses
A researcher is working on creating a new virus –…
|2018-Apr-18 • 137 minutes|
#27 - Dr Tom Inglesby on careers and policies that reduce global catastrophic biological risks
How about this for a movie idea: a main character…
|2018-Apr-10 • 104 minutes|
#26 - Marie Gibbons on how exactly clean meat is made & what's needed to get it in every supermarket
First, decide on the type of animal. Next, pick t…
|2018-Mar-28 • 159 minutes|
#25 - Prof Robin Hanson on why we have to lie to ourselves about why we do what we do
On February 2, 1685, England’s King Charles II wa…
|2018-Mar-20 • 55 minutes|
#24 - Stefan Schubert on why it’s a bad idea to break the rules, even if it’s for a good cause
How honest should we be? How helpful? How friendl…
|2018-Mar-16 • 45 minutes|
#23 - How to actually become an AI alignment researcher, according to Dr Jan Leike
Want to help steer the 21st century’s most transf…
|2018-Mar-07 • 68 minutes|
#22 - Dr Leah Utyasheva on the non-profit that figured out how to massively cut suicide rates
How people kill themselves varies enormously depe…
|2018-Feb-27 • 156 minutes|
#21 - Holden Karnofsky on times philanthropy transformed the world & Open Phil’s plan to do the same
The Green Revolution averted mass famine during t…
|2018-Feb-19 • 78 minutes|
#20 - Bruce Friedrich on inventing outstanding meat substitutes to end speciesism & factory farming
Before the US Civil War, it was easier for the No…
|2018-Feb-14 • 64 minutes|
#19 - Samantha Pitts-Kiefer on working next to the White House trying to prevent nuclear war
Rogue elements within a state’s security forces e…
|2018-Jan-31 • 79 minutes|
#18 - Ofir Reich on using data science to end poverty & the spurious action-inaction distinction
Ofir Reich started out doing math in the military…
|2018-Jan-19 • 112 minutes|
#17 - Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster
Immanuel Kant is a profoundly influential figure …
|2017-Dec-22 • 55 minutes|
#16 - Dr Hutchinson on global priorities research & shaping the ideas of intellectuals
In the 40s and 50s neoliberalism was a fringe mov…
|2017-Nov-20 • 84 minutes|
#15 - Prof Tetlock on how chimps beat Berkeley undergrads and when it’s wise to defer to the wise
Prof Philip Tetlock is a social science legend. O…
|2017-Nov-13 • 86 minutes|
#14 - Sharon Nunez & Jose Valle on going undercover to expose animal abuse
What if you knew that ducks were being killed wit…
|2017-Oct-31 • 52 minutes|
#13 - Claire Walsh on testing which policies work & how to get governments to listen to the results
In both rich and poor countries, government polic…
|2017-Oct-25 • 105 minutes|
#12 - Dr Cameron works to stop you dying in a pandemic. Here’s what keeps her up at night.
“When you're in the middle of a crisis and yo…
|2017-Oct-17 • 89 minutes|
#11 - Dr Spencer Greenberg on speeding up social science 10-fold & why plenty of startups cause harm
Do most meat eaters think it’s wrong to hurt anim…
|2017-Oct-11 • 112 minutes|
#10 - Dr Nick Beckstead on how to spend billions of dollars preventing human extinction
What if you were in a position to give away billi…
|2017-Oct-04 • 105 minutes|
#9 - Christine Peterson on how insecure computers could lead to global disaster, and how to fix it
Take a trip to Silicon Valley in the 70s and 80s,…
|2017-Sep-27 • 197 minutes|
#8 - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes
Every year tens of billions of animals are raised…
|2017-Sep-13 • 74 minutes|
#7 - Julia Galef on making humanity more rational, what EA does wrong, and why Twitter isn’t all bad
The scientific revolution in the 16th century was…
|2017-Sep-06 • 129 minutes|
#6 - Dr Toby Ord on why the long-term future matters more than anything else & what to do about it
Of all the people whose well-being we should care…
|2017-Aug-28 • 105 minutes|
#5 - Alex Gordon-Brown on how to donate millions in your 20s working in quantitative trading
Quantitative financial trading is one of the high…
|2017-Aug-23 • 155 minutes|
#4 - Howie Lempel on pandemics that kill hundreds of millions and how to stop them
What disaster is most likely to kill more than 10…
|2017-Jul-21 • 98 minutes|
#3 - Dr Dario Amodei on OpenAI and how AI will change the world for good and ill
Just two years ago OpenAI didn’t exist. It’s now …
|2017-Jun-21 • 34 minutes|
#2 - Prof David Spiegelhalter on risk, stats and improving understanding of science
Recorded in 2015 by Robert Wiblin with colleague …
|2017-Jun-05 • 55 minutes|
#1 - Miles Brundage on the world's desperate need for AI strategists and policy experts
Robert Wiblin, Director of Research at 80,000 Hou…
|2017-May-01 • 4 minutes|
#0 – Introducing the 80,000 Hours Podcast
Since 2017 this show has been putting out interviews about the world's most pressing problems and how to solve them.