A collection of ten top episodes of the 80,000 Hours Podcast, specifically selected to help listeners get up to speed on effective altruism as quickly as possible.
Effective altruism in a nutshell
Effective Altruism: An Introduction is a collection of ten top episodes of The 80,000 Hours Podcast specifically selected to help listeners quickly get up to speed on the school of thought known as effective altruism.
Here the host of the show — Rob Wiblin — briefly explains what effective altruism is all about, and what to expect from the rest of this series.
One: Holden Karnofsky on times philanthropy transformed the world & Open Phil's plan to do the same
Both the Green Revolution and the contraceptive pill are widely recognised as scientific breakthroughs that transformed the world. But few know that those breakthroughs only happened when they did because of a philanthropist willing to take a risky bet on a new idea.
Two: Dr Toby Ord on why the long-term future matters more than anything else & what to do about it
Toby Ord makes the case that of all the people whose well-being we should care about, only a small fraction are alive today. The rest are members of future generations who are yet to exist. Whether they’ll be born into a world that is flourishing or disintegrating is in large part up to us.
Three: Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster
If we accept that we’re probably making major moral errors, how should we proceed?
Four: Spencer Greenberg on the scientific approach to solving difficult everyday questions
Spencer Greenberg, founder of ClearerThinking.org has a process for working out real life problems.
Five: Dr Paul Christiano on how OpenAI is developing real solutions to the 'AI alignment problem', and his vision of how humanity will progressively hand over decision-making to AI systems
A vision of how humanity could progressively hand over decision-making to AI systems, and how it could go really well or badly.