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80,000 Hours Podcast
80,000 Hours Podcast
Rob, Luisa, Keiran, and the 80,000 Hours team

Unusually in-depth conversations about the world's most pressing problems and what you can do to solve them. Subscribe by searching for '80000... more

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#173 – Jeff Sebo on digital minds, and how to avoid sleepwalking into a major moral catastrophe

"We do have a tendency to anthropomorphise nonhumans — which means attributing human characteristics to them, even when they lack... more

22 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 38 minutes
#172 – Bryan Caplan on why you should stop reading the news

Is following important political and international news a civic duty — or is it our civic duty to avoid it?It's... more

17 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 23 minutes
#171 – Alison Young on how top labs have jeopardised public health with repeated biosafety failures

"Rare events can still cause catastrophic accidents. The concern that has been raised by experts going back over time, is... more

09 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
#170 – Santosh Harish on how air pollution is responsible for ~12% of global deaths — and how to get that number down

"One [outrageous example of air pollution] is municipal waste burning that happens in many cities in the Global South. Basically,... more

01 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 57 minutes
#169 – Paul Niehaus on whether cash transfers cause economic growth, and keeping theft to acceptable levels

"One of our earliest supporters and a dear friend of mine, Mark Lampert, once said to me, “The way I... more

26 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
#168 – Ian Morris on whether deep history says we're heading for an intelligence explosion

"If we carry on looking at these industrialised economies, not thinking about what it is they're actually doing and what... more

23 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 43 minutes
#167 – Seren Kell on the research gaps holding back alternative proteins from mass adoption

"There have been literally thousands of years of breeding and living with animals to optimise these kinds of problems. But... more

18 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 54 minutes
#166 – Tantum Collins on what he’s learned as an AI policy insider at the White House, DeepMind and elsewhere

"If you and I and 100 other people were on the first ship that was going to go settle Mars,... more

12 Oct 2023 · 3 hours, 8 minutes
#165 – Anders Sandberg on war in space, whether civilisations age, and the best things possible in our universe

"Now, the really interesting question is: How much is there an attacker-versus-defender advantage in this kind of advanced future? Right... more

06 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 48 minutes
#164 – Kevin Esvelt on cults that want to kill everyone, stealth vs wildfire pandemics, and how he felt inventing gene drives

"Imagine a fast-spreading respiratory HIV. It sweeps around the world. Almost nobody has symptoms. Nobody notices until years later, when... more

02 Oct 2023 · 3 hours, 3 minutes
80,000 Hours Podcast
#173 – Jeff Sebo on digital minds, and how to avoid sleepwalking into a major moral catastrophe
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