#0 – Introducing the 80,000 Hours Podcast
80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides research and other support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle the world's most pressing problems. This podcast is just one of many things we offer, the others of which you can find at 80000hours.org
Since 2017 this show has been putting out interviews about the world's most pressing problems and how to solve them — which some people enjoy because they love to learn about important things, and others are using to figure out what they want to do with their careers or with their charitable giving.
If you haven't yet spent a lot of time with 80,000 Hours or our general style of thinking, called effective altruism, it's probably really helpful to first go through the episodes that set the scene, explain our overall perspective on things, and generally offer all the background information you need to get the most out of the episodes we're making now.
That's why we've made a new feed with ten carefully selected episodes from the show's archives, called 'Effective Altruism: An Introduction'.
You can find it by searching for 'Effective Altruism' in your podcasting app or at
Or, if you’d rather listen on this feed, here are the ten episodes we recommend you listen to first:
• #21 – Holden Karnofsky on the world's most intellectual foundation and how philanthropy can have maximum impact by taking big risks
• #6 – Toby Ord on why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else and what we should do about it
• #17 – Will MacAskill on why our descendants might view us as moral monsters
• #39 – Spencer Greenberg on the scientific approach to updating your beliefs when you get new evidence
• #44 – Paul Christiano on developing real solutions to the 'AI alignment problem'
• #60 – What Professor Tetlock learned from 40 years studying how to predict the future
• #46 – Hilary Greaves on moral cluelessness, population ethics and tackling global issues in academia
• #71 – Benjamin Todd on the key ideas of 80,000 Hours
• #50 – Dave Denkenberger on how we might feed all 8 billion people through a nuclear winter
• 80,000 Hours Team chat #3 – Koehler and Todd on the core idea of effective altruism and how to argue for it