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Reid Hoffman on How AI is Answering Our Biggest Questions—Ep. 18 with Reid Hoffman AI and I

    • Technology

Learn how to use philosophy to run your business more effectively.

Reid Hoffman thinks a masters in philosophy will help you run your business better than an MBA.

Reid is a founder, investor, podcaster, and author. But before he did any of these things, he studied philosophy—and it changed the way he thinks.

Studying philosophy trains you to think deeply about truth, human nature, and the meaning of life. It helps you see the big picture and reason through complex problems—invaluable skills for founders grappling with existential questions about their business.

I usually bring guests onto my podcast to discuss the actionable ways in which people have incorporated ChatGPT into their lives. But this episode is different. 

I sat down with Reid to tackle a deeper question: How is AI changing what it means to be human? 

It was honestly one of the most meaningful shows I’ve recorded yet. We dive into:


How philosophy prepares you to be a better founder
The importance of interdisciplinary thinking
Essentialism v. nominalism in the context of AI
How language models are evolving to be more “essentialist”
The co-evolution of humans and technology

Reid also shares actionable uses of ChatGPT for people who want to think more clearly, like:


Input your argument and ask ChatGPT for alternative perspectives
Generate custom explanations of complex ideas
Leverage ChatGPT as an on-demand research assistant

This episode is a must-watch for anyone curious about some of the bigger questions prompted by the rapid development of AI.

Thanks again to our sponsor CommandBar, the first AI user assistance platform, for helping make this video possible. https://www.commandbar.com/copilot/

If you found this episode interesting, please like, subscribe, comment, and share! 

Want even more?

Sign up for Every to unlock our ultimate guide to prompting ChatGPT here: https://every.ck.page/ultimate-guide-to-prompting-chatgpt. It’s usually only for paying subscribers, but you can get it here for free.

To hear more from Dan Shipper:


Subscribe to Every: https://every.to/subscribe 
Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/danshipper 

Links to resources mentioned in the episode:

Reid Hoffman: @reidhoffman

The podcasts that Reid hosts: Possible (possible.fm) and Masters of Scale (https://mastersofscale.com/)

Reid’s book: Impromptu

The book Reid recommends if you want to be more philosophically inclined: Gödel, Escher, Bach

Reid’s article in the Atlantic: "Technology Makes Us More Human"

The book about why psychology literature is wrong: The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich

The book about how culture is driving human evolution: The Secrets of Our Success by Joseph Henrich

Learn how to use philosophy to run your business more effectively.

Reid Hoffman thinks a masters in philosophy will help you run your business better than an MBA.

Reid is a founder, investor, podcaster, and author. But before he did any of these things, he studied philosophy—and it changed the way he thinks.

Studying philosophy trains you to think deeply about truth, human nature, and the meaning of life. It helps you see the big picture and reason through complex problems—invaluable skills for founders grappling with existential questions about their business.

I usually bring guests onto my podcast to discuss the actionable ways in which people have incorporated ChatGPT into their lives. But this episode is different. 

I sat down with Reid to tackle a deeper question: How is AI changing what it means to be human? 

It was honestly one of the most meaningful shows I’ve recorded yet. We dive into:


How philosophy prepares you to be a better founder
The importance of interdisciplinary thinking
Essentialism v. nominalism in the context of AI
How language models are evolving to be more “essentialist”
The co-evolution of humans and technology

Reid also shares actionable uses of ChatGPT for people who want to think more clearly, like:


Input your argument and ask ChatGPT for alternative perspectives
Generate custom explanations of complex ideas
Leverage ChatGPT as an on-demand research assistant

This episode is a must-watch for anyone curious about some of the bigger questions prompted by the rapid development of AI.

Thanks again to our sponsor CommandBar, the first AI user assistance platform, for helping make this video possible. https://www.commandbar.com/copilot/

If you found this episode interesting, please like, subscribe, comment, and share! 

Want even more?

Sign up for Every to unlock our ultimate guide to prompting ChatGPT here: https://every.ck.page/ultimate-guide-to-prompting-chatgpt. It’s usually only for paying subscribers, but you can get it here for free.

To hear more from Dan Shipper:


Subscribe to Every: https://every.to/subscribe 
Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/danshipper 

Links to resources mentioned in the episode:

Reid Hoffman: @reidhoffman

The podcasts that Reid hosts: Possible (possible.fm) and Masters of Scale (https://mastersofscale.com/)

Reid’s book: Impromptu

The book Reid recommends if you want to be more philosophically inclined: Gödel, Escher, Bach

Reid’s article in the Atlantic: "Technology Makes Us More Human"

The book about why psychology literature is wrong: The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich

The book about how culture is driving human evolution: The Secrets of Our Success by Joseph Henrich

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