80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin

Unusually in-depth conversations about the world's most pressing problems and what you can do to solve them. Subscribe by searching for '80,000 Hours' wherever you get podcasts. Produced by Keiran Harris. Hosted by Rob Wiblin, Head of Research at 80,000 Hours.


Episodes

Title Duration Published Consumed
#136 – Will MacAskill on what we owe the future 02:54:36 2022-08-15 22:11
#135 – Samuel Charap on key lessons from five months of war in Ukraine 00:54:46 2022-08-08 18:41
#134 – Ian Morris on what big picture history teaches us 03:41:06 2022-07-22 11:25
#133 – Max Tegmark on how a 'put-up-or-shut-up' resolution led him to work on AI and algorithmic news selection 02:57:50 2022-07-01 17:36
#132 – Nova DasSarma on why information security may be critical to the safe development of AI systems 02:42:26 2022-06-14 23:47
#131 – Lewis Dartnell on getting humanity to bounce back faster in a post-apocalyptic world 01:05:41 2022-06-03 17:34
#130 – Will MacAskill on balancing frugality with ambition, whether you need longtermism, & mental health under pressure 02:16:40 2022-05-23 20:17
#129 – James Tibenderana on the state of the art in malaria control and elimination 03:19:35 2022-05-09 23:57
#128 – Chris Blattman on the five reasons wars happen 02:46:50 2022-04-28 23:50
#127 – Sam Bankman-Fried on taking a high-risk approach to crypto and doing good 03:20:28 2022-04-14 22:29
#126 – Bryan Caplan on whether lazy parenting is OK, what really helps workers, and betting on beliefs 02:15:15 2022-04-06 00:39
#125 – Joan Rohlfing on how to avoid catastrophic nuclear blunders 02:13:41 2022-03-30 01:15
#124 – Karen Levy on fads and misaligned incentives in global development, and scaling deworming to reach hundreds of millions 03:09:52 2022-03-21 20:39
#123 – Samuel Charap on why Putin invaded Ukraine, the risk of escalation, and how to prevent disaster 00:59:16 2022-03-14 19:27
#122 – Michelle Hutchinson & Habiba Islam on balancing competing priorities and other themes from our 1-on-1 careers advising 01:36:25 2022-03-09 18:39
Introducing 80k After Hours 00:13:30 2022-03-01 19:04
#121 – Matthew Yglesias on avoiding the pundit's fallacy and how much military intervention can be used for good 03:04:17 2022-02-16 18:23
#120 – Audrey Tang on what we can learn from Taiwan’s experiments with how to do democracy 02:05:50 2022-02-02 23:45
#43 Classic episode - Daniel Ellsberg on the institutional insanity that maintains nuclear doomsday machines 02:35:27 2022-01-18 18:21
#35 Classic episode - Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix the world without asking permission 01:23:33 2022-01-11 00:17
#67 Classic episode – David Chalmers on the nature and ethics of consciousness 04:42:04 2022-01-04 00:51
#59 Classic episode - Cass Sunstein on how change happens, and why it's so often abrupt & unpredictable 01:43:04 2021-12-27 23:25
#119 – Andrew Yang on our very long-term future, and other topics most politicians won’t touch 01:25:56 2021-12-20 18:28
#118 – Jaime Yassif on safeguarding bioscience to prevent catastrophic lab accidents and bioweapons development 02:15:39 2021-12-13 23:22
#117 – David Denkenberger on using paper mills and seaweed to feed everyone in a catastrophe, ft Sahil Shah 03:08:12 2021-11-29 22:24
#116 – Luisa Rodriguez on why global catastrophes seem unlikely to kill us all 03:45:43 2021-11-19 21:53
#115 – David Wallace on the many-worlds theory of quantum mechanics and its implications 03:09:46 2021-11-12 21:55
#114 – Maha Rehman on working with governments to rapidly deliver masks to millions of people 01:42:54 2021-10-22 21:21
We just put up a new compilation of ten core episodes of the show 00:03:01 2021-10-20 20:54
#113 – Varsha Venugopal on using gossip to help vaccinate every child in India 02:05:43 2021-10-19 00:43
#112 – Carl Shulman on the common-sense case for existential risk work and its practical implications 03:48:39 2021-10-06 01:12
#111 – Mushtaq Khan on using institutional economics to predict effective government reforms 03:20:25 2021-09-10 13:38
#110 – Holden Karnofsky on building aptitudes and kicking ass 02:46:05 2021-08-26 22:07
#109 – Holden Karnofsky on the most important century 02:19:01 2021-08-19 21:29
#108 – Chris Olah on working at top AI labs without an undergrad degree 01:33:23 2021-08-11 15:18
#107 – Chris Olah on what the hell is going on inside neural networks 03:09:20 2021-08-04 22:05
#106 – Cal Newport on an industrial revolution for office work 01:53:26 2021-07-28 19:02
#105 – Alexander Berger on improving global health and wellbeing in clear and direct ways 02:54:31 2021-07-12 17:18
#104 – Pardis Sabeti on the Sentinel system for detecting and stopping pandemics 02:20:57 2021-06-30 00:52
#103 – Max Roser on building the world's best source of COVID-19 data at Our World in Data 02:22:24 2021-06-21 18:13
#102 – Tom Moynihan on why prior generations missed some of the biggest priorities of all 03:56:43 2021-06-12 00:41
#101 – Robert Wright on using cognitive empathy to save the world 01:35:59 2021-05-28 02:57
#100 – Having a successful career with depression, anxiety and imposter syndrome 02:51:20 2021-05-19 19:55
#99 – Leah Garcés on turning adversaries into allies to change the chicken industry 02:26:03 2021-05-14 01:12
#98 – Christian Tarsney on future bias and a possible solution to moral fanaticism 02:38:21 2021-05-05 22:16
#97 – Mike Berkowitz on keeping the US a liberal democratic country 02:36:09 2021-04-20 23:03
The ten episodes of this show you should listen to first 00:03:02 2021-04-15 18:50
#96 – Nina Schick on disinformation and the rise of synthetic media 02:00:03 2021-04-06 23:02
#95 – Kelly Wanser on whether to deliberately intervene in the climate 01:24:07 2021-03-26 20:21
#94 – Ezra Klein on aligning journalism, politics, and what matters most 01:45:20 2021-03-20 22:00
#93 – Andy Weber on rendering bioweapons obsolete & ending the new nuclear arms race 01:54:20 2021-03-12 23:54
#92 – Brian Christian on the alignment problem 02:55:45 2021-03-05 21:59
#91 – Lewis Bollard on big wins against factory farming and how they happened 02:33:16 2021-02-15 17:37
Rob Wiblin on how he ended up the way he is 01:57:56 2021-02-03 17:53
#90 – Ajeya Cotra on worldview diversification and how big the future could be 02:59:04 2021-01-21 01:18
Rob Wiblin on self-improvement and research ethics 02:30:36 2021-01-13 19:08
#73 - Phil Trammell on patient philanthropy and waiting to do good [re-release] 02:41:05 2021-01-07 20:57
#75 – Michelle Hutchinson on what people most often ask 80,000 Hours [re-release] 02:14:49 2020-12-30 18:00
#89 – Owen Cotton-Barratt on epistemic systems and layers of defense against potential global catastrophes 02:38:11 2020-12-17 18:03
#88 – Tristan Harris on the need to change the incentives of social media companies 02:35:38 2020-12-03 21:18
Benjamin Todd on what the effective altruism community most needs (80k team chat #4) 01:25:20 2020-11-12 23:26
#87 – Russ Roberts on whether it's more effective to help strangers, or people you know 01:49:35 2020-11-03 20:43
How much does a vote matter? (Article) 00:31:13 2020-10-29 14:47
#86 – Hilary Greaves on Pascal's mugging, strong longtermism, and whether existing can be good for us 02:24:53 2020-10-21 23:30
Benjamin Todd on the core of effective altruism and how to argue for it (80k team chat #3) 01:24:06 2020-09-23 00:47
Ideas for high impact careers beyond our priority paths (Article) 00:27:53 2020-09-07 14:03
Benjamin Todd on varieties of longtermism and things 80,000 Hours might be getting wrong (80k team chat #2) 00:57:50 2020-09-01 17:56
Global issues beyond 80,000 Hours’ current priorities (Article) 00:32:53 2020-08-28 18:24
#85 - Mark Lynas on climate change, societal collapse & nuclear energy 02:08:25 2020-08-20 21:50
#84 - Shruti Rajagopalan on what India did to stop COVID-19 and how well it worked 02:58:13 2020-08-13 23:22
#83 - Prof Jennifer Doleac on preventing crime without police and prisons 02:23:02 2020-07-31 22:16
#82 - Prof James Forman Jr on reducing the cruelty of the US criminal legal system 01:28:07 2020-07-28 00:07
#81 - Ben Garfinkel on scrutinising classic AI risk arguments 02:38:27 2020-07-09 19:42
Advice on how to read our advice (Article) 00:15:22 2020-06-29 21:38
#80 - Professor Stuart Russell on why our approach to AI is broken and how to fix it 02:13:16 2020-06-23 01:17
What anonymous contributors think about important life and career questions (Article) 00:37:09 2020-06-05 19:40
#79 - A.J. Jacobs on radical honesty, following the whole Bible, and reframing global problems as puzzles 02:38:46 2020-06-02 00:08
#78 - Danny Hernandez on forecasting and the drivers of AI progress 02:11:36 2020-05-22 18:17
#77 - Professor Marc Lipsitch on whether we're winning or losing against COVID-19 01:37:04 2020-05-19 01:32
Article: Ways people trying to do good accidentally make things worse, and how to avoid them 00:26:45 2020-05-12 21:45
#76 - Prof Tara Kirk Sell on misinformation, who's done well and badly, & what to reopen first 01:52:59 2020-05-09 01:43
#75 – Michelle Hutchinson on what people most often ask 80,000 Hours 02:13:05 2020-04-28 16:45
#74 - Dr Greg Lewis on COVID-19 & catastrophic biological risks 02:37:16 2020-04-17 19:20
Article: Reducing global catastrophic biological risks 01:04:14 2020-04-16 00:45
Emergency episode: Rob & Howie on the menace of COVID-19, and what both governments & individuals might do to help 01:52:11 2020-03-20 00:43
#73 - Phil Trammell on patient philanthropy and waiting to do good 02:35:21 2020-03-17 16:08
#72 - Toby Ord on the precipice and humanity's potential futures 03:14:16 2020-03-07 20:58
#71 - Benjamin Todd on the key ideas of 80,000 Hours 02:57:28 2020-03-03 00:50
Arden & Rob on demandingness, work-life balance & injustice (80k team chat #1) 00:44:11 2020-02-25 23:17
#70 - Dr Cassidy Nelson on the 12 best ways to stop the next pandemic (and limit nCoV) 02:26:32 2020-02-14 00:58
#69 - Jeff Ding on China, its AI dream, and what we get wrong about both 01:37:13 2020-02-07 00:07
Rob & Howie on what we do and don't know about 2019-nCoV 01:18:43 2020-02-03 18:42
#68 - Will MacAskill on the paralysis argument, whether we're at the hinge of history, & his new priorities 03:25:35 2020-01-24 01:57
#44 Classic episode - Paul Christiano on finding real solutions to the AI alignment problem 03:51:13 2020-01-15 01:44
#33 Classic episode - Anders Sandberg on cryonics, solar flares, and the annual odds of nuclear war 01:25:10 2020-01-08 07:27
#17 Classic episode - Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster 01:52:38 2019-12-31 17:28
#46 Classic episode - Hilary Greaves on moral cluelessness & tackling crucial questions in academia 02:49:12 2019-12-23 23:24
#67 - Prof David Chalmers on the nature and ethics of consciousness 04:41:49 2019-12-16 22:00
#66 - Prof Peter Singer on being provocative, effective altruism, & how his moral views have changed 02:01:20 2019-12-05 16:58
#65 - Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on 8 years pursuing WMD arms control, & diversity in diplomacy 01:40:31 2019-11-20 00:49
#64 - Bruce Schneier on surveillance without tyranny, secrets, & the big risks in computer security 02:11:03 2019-10-25 20:21
Rob Wiblin on plastic straws, nicotine, doping, & whether changing the long-term is really possible 03:14:32 2019-09-26 01:23
Have we helped you have a bigger social impact? Our annual survey, plus other ways we can help you. 00:03:38 2019-09-16 21:22
#63 - Vitalik Buterin on better ways to fund public goods, blockchain's failures, & effective giving 03:18:23 2019-09-04 00:52
#62 - Paul Christiano on messaging the future, increasing compute, & how CO2 impacts your brain 02:11:46 2019-08-05 17:07
#61 - Helen Toner on emerging technology, national security, and China 01:54:56 2019-07-17 19:08
#60 - Prof Tetlock on why accurate forecasting matters for everything, and how you can do it better 02:11:38 2019-06-28 17:36
#59 - Prof Cass Sunstein on how change happens, and why it's so often abrupt & unpredictable 01:43:23 2019-06-18 00:45
#58 - Pushmeet Kohli of DeepMind on designing robust & reliable AI systems and how to succeed in AI 01:30:11 2019-06-03 19:10
Rob Wiblin on human nature, new technology, and living a happy, healthy & ethical life 02:18:24 2019-05-14 00:28
#57 - Tom Kalil on how to do the most good in government 02:50:15 2019-04-23 14:51
#56 - Persis Eskander on wild animal welfare and what, if anything, to do about it 02:57:57 2019-04-15 19:22
#55 - Lutter & Winter on founding charter cities with outstanding governance to end poverty 02:31:13 2019-03-31 20:42
#54 - OpenAI on publication norms, malicious uses of AI, and general-purpose learning algorithms 02:53:39 2019-03-19 22:32
#53 - Kelsey Piper on the room for important advocacy within journalism 02:34:30 2019-02-27 05:28
Julia Galef and Rob Wiblin on an updated view of the best ways to help humanity 00:56:45 2019-02-17 02:00
#52 - Prof Glen Weyl on uprooting capitalism and democracy for a just society 02:44:26 2019-02-08 03:00
#10 Classic episode - Dr Nick Beckstead on spending billions of dollars preventing human extinction 01:52:04 2019-02-02 21:00
#51 - Martin Gurri on the revolt of the public & crisis of authority in the information age 02:31:10 2019-01-29 01:48
#8 Classic episode - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes 03:14:53 2019-01-16 23:07
#9 Classic episode - Christine Peterson on the '80s futurist movement & its lessons for today 01:19:40 2019-01-07 18:58
#50 - Dr David Denkenberger on how to feed all 8b people through an asteroid/nuclear winter 02:57:03 2018-12-27 21:45
#49 - Dr Rachel Glennerster on a year's worth of education for 30c & other development 'best buys' 01:35:41 2018-12-20 06:19
#6 Classic episode - Dr Toby Ord on why the long-term future matters more than anything else 02:10:23 2018-12-14 20:29
#15 Classic episode - Prof Tetlock on chimps beating Berkeley undergrads & when to defer to the wise 01:24:09 2018-12-07 16:01
#48 - Brian Christian on better living through the wisdom of computer science 03:15:29 2018-11-22 23:27
#47 - Catherine Olsson & Daniel Ziegler on the fast path into high-impact ML engineering roles 02:04:49 2018-11-02 13:47
#46 - Prof Hilary Greaves on moral cluelessness & tackling crucial questions in academia 02:49:12 2018-10-23 17:54
#45 - Tyler Cowen's case for maximising econ growth, stabilising civilization & thinking long-term 02:30:40 2018-10-17 20:13
#44 - Dr Paul Christiano on how we'll hand the future off to AI, & solving the alignment problem 03:51:50 2018-10-02 18:25
#43 - Daniel Ellsberg on the institutional insanity that maintains nuclear doomsday machines 02:44:27 2018-09-25 11:36
#42 - Dr Amanda Askell on moral empathy, the value of information & the ethics of infinity 02:46:28 2018-09-11 20:21
#41 - David Roodman on incarceration, geomagnetic storms, & becoming a world-class researcher 02:18:00 2018-08-28 21:18
#40 - Katja Grace on forecasting future technology & how much we should trust expert predictions 02:11:16 2018-08-21 20:37
#39 - Spencer Greenberg on the scientific approach to solving difficult everyday questions 02:17:29 2018-08-07 21:51
#38 - Prof Ng on anticipating effective altruism decades ago & how to make a much happier world 01:59:29 2018-07-26 02:08
#37 - GiveWell picks top charities by estimating the unknowable. James Snowden on how they do it. 01:44:06 2018-07-16 22:41
#36 - Tanya Singh on ending the operations management bottleneck in effective altruism 02:04:32 2018-07-11 20:00
#35 - Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix the world without asking permission 01:22:34 2018-06-22 01:31
Rob Wiblin on the art/science of a high impact career 01:31:34 2018-06-08 04:21
#34 - We use the worst voting system that exists. Here's how Aaron Hamlin is going to fix it. 02:18:30 2018-06-01 11:44
#33 - Dr Anders Sandberg on what if we ended ageing, solar flares & the annual risk of nuclear war 01:24:53 2018-05-29 17:57
#32 - Bryan Caplan on whether his Case Against Education holds up, totalitarianism, & open borders 02:25:12 2018-05-22 13:45
#31 - Prof Dafoe on defusing the political & economic risks posed by existing AI capabilities 00:48:07 2018-05-18 15:49
#30 - Dr Eva Vivalt on how little social science findings generalize from one study to another 02:01:28 2018-05-15 19:43
#29 - Dr Anders Sandberg on 3 new resolutions for the Fermi paradox & how to colonise the universe 01:21:26 2018-05-08 18:17
#28 - Dr Cotton-Barratt on why scientists should need insurance, PhD strategy & fast AI progresses 01:03:05 2018-04-28 00:00
#27 - Dr Tom Inglesby on careers and policies that reduce global catastrophic biological risks 02:16:40 2018-04-18 03:30
#26 - Marie Gibbons on how exactly clean meat is made & what's needed to get it in every supermarket 01:44:16 2018-04-10 18:52
#25 - Prof Robin Hanson on why we have to lie to ourselves about why we do what we do 02:39:19 2018-03-28 19:20
#24 - Stefan Schubert on why it’s a bad idea to break the rules, even if it’s for a good cause 00:55:01 2018-03-20 17:56
#23 - How to actually become an AI alignment researcher, according to Dr Jan Leike 00:45:23 2018-03-16 18:51
#22 - Dr Leah Utyasheva on the non-profit that figured out how to massively cut suicide rates 01:08:03 2018-03-07 19:13
#21 - Holden Karnofsky on times philanthropy transformed the world & Open Phil’s plan to do the same 02:35:35 2018-02-27 18:59
#20 - Bruce Friedrich on inventing outstanding meat substitutes to end speciesism & factory farming 01:17:59 2018-02-19 04:39
#19 - Samantha Pitts-Kiefer on working next to the White House trying to prevent nuclear war 01:04:29 2018-02-14 17:56
#18 - Ofir Reich on using data science to end poverty & the spurious action-inaction distinction 01:18:48 2018-01-31 13:53
#17 - Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster 01:52:13 2018-01-19 13:18
#16 - Dr Hutchinson on global priorities research & shaping the ideas of intellectuals 00:55:00 2017-12-22 19:53
#15 - Prof Tetlock on how chimps beat Berkeley undergrads and when it’s wise to defer to the wise 01:23:59 2017-11-20 18:28
#14 - Sharon Nunez & Jose Valle on going undercover to expose animal abuse 01:25:56 2017-11-13 19:12
#13 - Claire Walsh on testing which policies work & how to get governments to listen to the results 00:52:27 2017-10-31 22:00
#12 - Dr Cameron works to stop you dying in a pandemic. Here’s what keeps her up at night. 01:45:15 2017-10-25 19:13
#11 - Dr Spencer Greenberg on speeding up social science 10-fold & why plenty of startups cause harm 01:29:17 2017-10-17 19:57
#10 - Dr Nick Beckstead on how to spend billions of dollars preventing human extinction 01:51:47 2017-10-11 18:41
#9 - Christine Peterson on how insecure computers could lead to global disaster, and how to fix it 01:45:09 2017-10-04 18:18
#8 - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes 03:16:54 2017-09-27 19:19
#7 - Julia Galef on making humanity more rational, what EA does wrong, and why Twitter isn’t all bad 01:14:16 2017-09-13 18:25
#6 - Dr Toby Ord on why the long-term future matters more than anything else & what to do about it 02:08:49 2017-09-06 19:59
#5 - Alex Gordon-Brown on how to donate millions in your 20s working in quantitative trading 01:45:19 2017-08-28 20:59
#4 - Howie Lempel on pandemics that kill hundreds of millions and how to stop them 02:35:23 2017-08-23 18:37
#3 - Dr Dario Amodei on OpenAI and how AI will change the world for good and ill 01:38:21 2017-07-21 08:55
#2 - Prof David Spiegelhalter on risk, stats and improving understanding of science 00:33:42 2017-06-21 06:58
#1 - Miles Brundage on the world's desperate need for AI strategists and policy experts 00:55:15 2017-06-06 01:56
#0 – Introducing the 80,000 Hours Podcast 00:03:53 2017-05-01 23:39
[Archive] Maria Gutierrez and Robert Wiblin on doing good through art (May 2016) 00:23:12 2016-06-02 23:15
[Archive] Dillon Bowen and Roman Duda, on why to do an economics PhD (Jan 2016) 00:26:49 2016-02-03 06:34
[Archive] Ben West and Ben Todd on donating most of your income from entrepreneurship(Dec 2015) 00:47:35 2015-12-24 20:16
[Archive] Matt Clifford and Ben Todd on doing good by being a startup founder(Dec 2015) 00:43:57 2015-12-21 15:28