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Future of Life Institute Podcast
Future of Life Institute Podcast
Future of Life Institute

The Future of Life Institute (FLI) is a nonprofit working to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk from powerful technologies. In particular,... more

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Episodes

Anton Korinek on Automating Work and the Economics of an Intelligence Explosion

Anton Korinek joins the podcast to discuss the effects of automation on wages and labor, how we measure the complexity... more

21 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
Christian Ruhl on Preventing World War III, US-China Hotlines, and Ultraviolet Germicidal Light

Christian Ruhl joins the podcast to discuss US-China competition and the risk of war, official versus unofficial diplomacy, hotlines between... more

07 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Christian Nunes on Deepfakes (with Max Tegmark)

Christian Nunes joins the podcast to discuss deepfakes, how they impact women in particular, how we can protect ordinary victims... more

24 May 2024 · 37 minutes
Dan Faggella on the Race to AGI

Dan Faggella joins the podcast to discuss whether humanity should eventually create AGI, how AI will change power dynamics between... more

03 May 2024 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
Liron Shapira on Superintelligence Goals

Liron Shapira joins the podcast to discuss superintelligence goals, what makes AI different from other technologies, risks from centralizing power,... more

19 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Annie Jacobsen on Nuclear War - a Second by Second Timeline

Annie Jacobsen joins the podcast to lay out a second by second timeline for how nuclear war could happen. We... more

05 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Katja Grace on the Largest Survey of AI Researchers

Katja Grace joins the podcast to discuss the largest survey of AI researchers conducted to date, AI researchers' beliefs about... more

14 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Holly Elmore on Pausing AI, Hardware Overhang, Safety Research, and Protesting

Holly Elmore joins the podcast to discuss pausing frontier AI, hardware overhang, safety research during a pause, the social dynamics... more

29 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Sneha Revanur on the Social Effects of AI

Sneha Revanur joins the podcast to discuss the social effects of AI, the illusory divide between AI ethics and AI... more

16 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Roman Yampolskiy on Shoggoth, Scaling Laws, and Evidence for AI being Uncontrollable

Roman Yampolskiy joins the podcast again to discuss whether AI is like a Shoggoth, whether scaling laws will hold for... more

02 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Special: Flo Crivello on AI as a New Form of Life

On this special episode of the podcast, Flo Crivello talks with Nathan Labenz about AI as a new form of... more

19 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Carl Robichaud on Preventing Nuclear War

Carl Robichaud joins the podcast to discuss the new nuclear arms race, how much world leaders and ideologies matter for... more

06 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Frank Sauer on Autonomous Weapon Systems

Frank Sauer joins the podcast to discuss autonomy in weapon systems, killer drones, low-tech defenses against drones, the flaws and... more

14 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Darren McKee on Uncontrollable Superintelligence

Darren McKee joins the podcast to discuss how AI might be difficult to control, which goals and traits AI systems... more

01 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Mark Brakel on the UK AI Summit and the Future of AI Policy

Mark Brakel (Director of Policy at the Future of Life Institute) joins the podcast to discuss the AI Safety Summit... more

17 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
Dan Hendrycks on Catastrophic AI Risks

Dan Hendrycks joins the podcast again to discuss X.ai, how AI risk thinking has evolved, malicious use of AI, AI... more

03 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
Samuel Hammond on AGI and Institutional Disruption

Samuel Hammond joins the podcast to discuss how AGI will transform economies, governments, institutions, and other power structures. You can... more

20 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 14 minutes
Imagine A World: What if AI advisors helped us make better decisions?

Are we doomed to a future of loneliness and unfulfilling online interactions? What if technology made us feel more connected... more

17 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
Imagine A World: What if narrow AI fractured our shared reality?

Let's imagine a future where AGI is developed but kept at a distance from practically impacting the world, while narrow... more

10 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
Steve Omohundro on Provably Safe AGI

Steve Omohundro joins the podcast to discuss Provably Safe Systems, a paper he co-authored with FLI President Max Tegmark. You... more

05 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 2 minutes
Imagine A World: What if AI enabled us to communicate with animals?

What if AI allowed us to communicate with animals? Could interspecies communication lead to new levels of empathy? How might... more

03 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Imagine A World: What if some people could live forever?

If you could extend your life, would you? How might life extension technologies create new social and political divides? How... more

26 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Johannes Ackva on Managing Climate Change

Johannes Ackva joins the podcast to discuss the main drivers of climate change and our best technological and governmental options... more

21 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Imagine A World: What if we had digital nations untethered to geography?

How do low income countries affected by climate change imagine their futures? How do they overcome these twin challenges? Will... more

19 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Imagine A World: What if global challenges led to more centralization?

What if we had one advanced AI system for the entire world? Would this led to a world 'beyond' nation... more

12 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
Tom Davidson on How Quickly AI Could Automate the Economy

Tom Davidson joins the podcast to discuss how AI could quickly automate most cognitive tasks, including AI research, and why... more

08 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 56 minutes
Imagine A World: What if we designed and built AI in an inclusive way?

How does who is involved in the design of AI affect the possibilities for our future? Why isn't the design... more

05 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
Imagine A World: What if new governance mechanisms helped us coordinate?

Are today's democratic systems equipped well enough to create the best possible future for everyone? If they're not, what systems... more

05 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
New: Imagine A World Podcast [TRAILER]

Coming Soon… The year is 2045. Humanity is not extinct, nor living in a dystopia. It has averted climate disaster... more

29 Aug 2023 · 2 minutes
Robert Trager on International AI Governance and Cybersecurity at AI Companies

Robert Trager joins the podcast to discuss AI governance, the incentives of governments and companies, the track record of international... more

20 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Jason Crawford on Progress and Risks from AI

Jason Crawford joins the podcast to discuss the history of progress, the future of economic growth, and the relationship between... more

21 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Special: Jaan Tallinn on Pausing Giant AI Experiments

On this special episode of the podcast, Jaan Tallinn talks with Nathan Labenz about Jaan's model of AI risk, the... more

06 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 41 minutes
Joe Carlsmith on How We Change Our Minds About AI Risk

Joe Carlsmith joins the podcast to discuss how we change our minds about AI risk, gut feelings versus abstract models,... more

22 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
Dan Hendrycks on Why Evolution Favors AIs over Humans

Dan Hendrycks joins the podcast to discuss evolutionary dynamics in AI development and how we could develop AI safely. You... more

08 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 26 minutes
Roman Yampolskiy on Objections to AI Safety

Roman Yampolskiy joins the podcast to discuss various objections to AI safety, impossibility results for AI, and how much risk... more

26 May 2023 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Nathan Labenz on How AI Will Transform the Economy

Nathan Labenz joins the podcast to discuss the economic effects of AI on growth, productivity, and employment. We also talk... more

11 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Nathan Labenz on the Cognitive Revolution, Red Teaming GPT-4, and Potential Dangers of AI

Nathan Labenz joins the podcast to discuss the cognitive revolution, his experience red teaming GPT-4, and the potential near-term dangers... more

04 May 2023 · 59 minutes
Maryanna Saenko on Venture Capital, Philanthropy, and Ethical Technology

Maryanna Saenko joins the podcast to discuss how venture capital works, how to fund innovation, and what the fields of... more

27 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Connor Leahy on the State of AI and Alignment Research

Connor Leahy joins the podcast to discuss the state of the AI. Which labs are in front? Which alignment solutions... more

20 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
Connor Leahy on AGI and Cognitive Emulation

Connor Leahy joins the podcast to discuss GPT-4, magic, cognitive emulation, demand for human-like AI, and aligning superintelligence. You can... more

13 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Lennart Heim on Compute Governance

Lennart Heim joins the podcast to discuss options for governing the compute used by AI labs and potential problems with... more

06 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes
Lennart Heim on the AI Triad: Compute, Data, and Algorithms

Lennart Heim joins the podcast to discuss how we can forecast AI progress by researching AI hardware. You can read... more

30 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
Liv Boeree on Poker, GPT-4, and the Future of AI

Liv Boeree joins the podcast to discuss poker, GPT-4, human-AI interaction, whether this is the most important century, and building... more

23 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
Liv Boeree on Moloch, Beauty Filters, Game Theory, Institutions, and AI

Liv Boeree joins the podcast to discuss Moloch, beauty filters, game theory, institutional change, and artificial intelligence. You can read... more

16 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Tobias Baumann on Space Colonization and Cooperative Artificial Intelligence

Tobias Baumann joins the podcast to discuss suffering risks, space colonization, and cooperative artificial intelligence. You can read more about... more

09 Mar 2023 · 43 minutes
Tobias Baumann on Artificial Sentience and Reducing the Risk of Astronomical Suffering

Tobias Baumann joins the podcast to discuss suffering risks, artificial sentience, and the problem of knowing which actions reduce suffering... more

02 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
Neel Nanda on Math, Tech Progress, Aging, Living up to Our Values, and Generative AI

Neel Nanda joins the podcast for a lightning round on mathematics, technological progress, aging, living up to our values, and... more

23 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Neel Nanda on Avoiding an AI Catastrophe with Mechanistic Interpretability

Neel Nanda joins the podcast to talk about mechanistic interpretability and how it can make AI safer. Neel is an... more

16 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Neel Nanda on What is Going on Inside Neural Networks

Neel Nanda joins the podcast to explain how we can understand neural networks using mechanistic interpretability. Neel is an independent... more

09 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Connor Leahy on Aliens, Ethics, Economics, Memetics, and Education

Connor Leahy from Conjecture joins the podcast for a lightning round on a variety of topics ranging from aliens to... more

02 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Future of Life Institute Podcast
Tobias Baumann on Artificial Sentience and Reducing the Risk of Astronomical Suffering
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Tobias Baumann joins the podcast to discuss suffering risks, artificial sentience, and the problem of knowing which actions reduce suffering in the... more