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Fin Moorhouse is a Research Scholar and assistant to Toby Ord at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute. He co-hosts the Hear This Idea podcast, which showcases new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism. We discuss for-profit entrepreneurship for altruism, space governance, morality in the multiverse, podcast…
 
Joseph Carlsmith is a senior research analyst at Open Philanthropy and a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oxford. We discuss utopia, artificial intelligence, computational power of the brain, infinite ethics, learning from the fact that you exist, futurism, and blogging. Watch on YouTube. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc. F…
 
Professor Doyne Farmer is the Baillie Gifford Professor in Mathematics at Oxford, the Director of the Complexity Economics programme at INET, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. In our conversation we discuss: How Doyne and his friends used physics and hidden computers to beat the roulette wheel in Las Vegas casinos Advancing econo…
 
Alexander Mikaberidze is Professor of History at Louisiana State University and the author of The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. He explains the global ramifications of the Napoleonic Wars - from India to Egypt to America. He also talks about how Napoleon was the last of the enlightened despots, whether he would have made a good startup founder…
 
I flew to the Bahamas to interview Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX! He talks about FTX’s plan to infiltrate traditional finance, giving $100m this year to AI + pandemic risk, scaling slowly + hiring A-players, and much more. Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes Timestamps (00:18) - Ho…
 
Agustin Lebron began his career as a trader and researcher at Jane Street Capital, one of the largest market-making firms in the world. He currently runs the consulting firm Essilen Research, where he is dedicated to helping clients integrate modern decision-making approaches in their business. We discuss how AI will change finance, why adverse sel…
 
Ajay Karpur is a Senior Program Associate in Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness at Open Philanthropy. He's hoping to start tweeting again soon, at @ajaykarpur. Joining as a guest co-host on this episode was Janvi Ahuja, who is a PhD student in computational biology at Oxford University, and part of the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security ‘E…
 
Dr Spencer R. Weart served as the Director of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics from 1974 to 2009. He is the author of several books, including The Discovery of Global Warming and The Rise of Nuclear Fear. In our conversation, we discuss: How climate science emerged, what it took for scientists to form a consens…
 
Luke Burgis has co-created and led four companies in wellness, consumer products, and technology. He’s currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship where he also teaches business at The Catholic University of America. A Faithful Detroit Lions fan. Author of the book "Wanting: The …
 
Visakan Virasamy is an eccentric Singaporean who weaves together of sparkling web of insight, wit, and positivity throughout the world of twitter. He was part of the early marketing team at ReferralCandy, and a cofounder of Statement.sg, a Singaporean ecommerce t-shirt brand. He is best known for his prolific, labyrinthe twitter threads, and is the…
 
Jason Crawford is the founder of The Roots of Progress, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a new philosophy of progress for the 21st century. He writes and speaks about the history and philosophy of progress, especially in technology and industry. In our conversation we discuss — What progress is, and why it matters (maybe more than you think) H…
 
Ananyo Bhattacharya is the author of The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann. He is a science writer who has worked at the Economist and Nature. Before journalism, he was a medical researcher at the Burnham Institute in San Diego, California. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in protein cry…
 
Stephen Grugett is a cofounder of Manifold Markets, where anyone can create a prediction market. We discuss how predictions markets can change how countries and companies make important decisions. Manifold Markets: https://manifold.markets/ Watch on YouTube: Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Timestamps: (0:00:00) - Introduction …
 
Today I talk to Pradyu Prasad (blogger and podcaster) about the book "Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan" by Herbert P. Bix. We also discuss militarization, industrial capacity, current events, and blogging. Get the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Hirohito-Making-Modern-Japan-Herbert/dp/0060931302 Watch on Youtube: Follow Pradyu's Blog: https://b…
 
Cristina Bicchieri is the S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. In our conversation we discuss — How to define social norms and distinguish them from similar concepts How social norms evolve and why they often persist, even in situations where they are harmful Real world policy …
 
Razib Khan is a writer, geneticist, and blogger with an interest in history, genetics, culture, and evolutionary psychology. Watch on Youtube: Follow Razib on Twitter: https://twitter.com/razibkhan Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Time Stamps (0:00:05) Razib's Background (0:01:34) Dysgenics of Intelligence (0:04:23) Endogamy an…
 
Jimmy Soni is the author of The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OEcOUgXvz7g Buy the book: https://amzn.to/30PqMV2 Follow Jimmy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimmyasoni Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Timestamps: (0:00:00) - Bell Labs vs PayPal …
 
I interview the economist Bryan Caplan about his new book, Labor Econ Versus the World, and many other related topics. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i70j-ZCPhXg Buy Bryan's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QF44HHG Follow me on Twitter for new episodes: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Check out my blog: https://dwarkeshpatel.com/ Timestamps: …
 
Lord Bird is the co-founder of The Big Issue, a magazine supporting street vendors who are homeless, a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Future Generations. In our conversation, we discuss — The Future Generations Bill, currently being discussed in the UK Parliament Causes of political shor…
 
Sam Hilton is the Research Director at Charity Entrepreneurship, the Parliamentary Coordinator at the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations, and a Research Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk. In our conversation, we discuss — Charity Entrepreneurship's plans for the 2022 Incubation Program Exploratory Altr…
 
Glen Weyl is Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist (OCTOPEST), where he advises Microsoft’s senior leaders on macroeconomics, geopolitics and the future of technology. Glen also co-authored Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society; a book about "Revolutionary ide…
 
Richard Hanania is the President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology and the author of Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy: How Generals, Weapons Manufacturers, and Foreign Governments Shape American Foreign Policy. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QyWs-XomCk0 But the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/produc…
 
Habiba Islam is a member of the 80,000 Hours career advising team. First, the two most important links: Apply to receive free career coaching: 80000hours.org/hti Apply to join the 80k career advising team here In this conversation, we talk about — How to begin planning a high-impact career What one-on-one calls with 80k are like (and why you might …
 
Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and publisher. He is a former consultant Writer in Residence at DeepMind, and most recently he wrote a book called Human Frontiers, which tries to answer the question: “why has the flow of big, world-changing ideas slowed down?” In our conversation, we discuss — The 'Adams curve' How so much of the modern wor…
 
David Deutsch is the founder of the field of quantum computing and the author The Beginning of Infinity and The Fabric of Reality. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EVwjofV5TgU Read me Contra David on AI: https://dwarkeshpatel.com/universal-explainers/ Buy The Beginning of Infinity: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143121359/ Follow David on Twitter: ht…
 
Samo Burja is the founder of Bismarck Analysis and a Research Fellow at the Long Now Foundation. Samo writes and speaks about history, institutions, and strategy, and he is the creator of the Great Founder Theory of history. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/q_X13jNOQTk Samo's Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamoBurja Subscribe to Bismarck Brief: htt…
 
Mike Hinge is a Senior Economist at ALLFED (Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters). In our interview, we discuss: Why nuclear fallout blocking sunlight could be one of the most extreme threats to the global food supply, and how this compares to the risk from climate change; How scientists and ALLFED model the fallout of nuclear winter, how it aff…
 
Rohit Krishnan is a venture capitalist who writes about "the strange loops underlying our systems of innovation" at https://www.strangeloopcanon.com. We discussed J. Storrs. Hall's book Where Is My Flying Car? Relevant essays from Rohit: Review of Where Is My Flying Car: https://www.strangeloopcanon.com/p/wheres-my-flying-car The Small Successes Of…
 
Keith Frankish is a philosopher of mind. He is an Honorary Reader at the University of Sheffield, UK, Visiting Research Fellow with The Open University, and adjunct Professor with the Brain and Mind Programme at the University of Crete. In our interview, we discuss: What is the hard problem of consciousness? What is the illusionist theory of consci…
 
Christoph Winter is an Assistant Professor of Law at ITAM in Mexico, a Visiting Scholar in Psychology at Harvard, and the founder of the Legal Priorities Project In our interview, we discuss: A global survey of legal academics about protecting future generations; How constitutional law might best help in this effort; Endangerment law and the "risk …
 
Byrne Hobart writes The Diff, a newsletter about inflections in finance and technology with 24,000+ subscribers. The Diff newsletter: https://diff.substack.com/ Byrne's Twitter: https://twitter.com/byrnehobart --- Watch episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZI_tDsOhd5I Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Timestamps: 0:00:00 Byrne's…
 
Roger's Bacon is a pseudonymous blogger and the creator of the new Seeds of Science journal. Seeds of Science: https://www.theseedsofscience.org/ Roger's Bacon blog: https://rogersbacon.substack.com/ Roger's Bacon Twitter: https://twitter.com/RogersBacon1 My blog: https://dwarkeshpatel.com/ My Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp Timestamps 0:0…
 
Gillian Hadfield is Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. She is a Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto. In our interview, we discuss: Why humans invented law, and what Gillian describes as "the demand side" for legal infrastructure; Why social norms continue to be impo…
 
Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of Open Borders, The Myth of the Rational Voter, The Case Against Education, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids. In our interview, we discuss: Causes of poverty Charter cities The case for open borders Democracy — is it overrated? Why do voters keep choosing bad pol…
 
Ben Todd is the CEO & founder of 80,000 Hours, and helped to start the effective altruism movement. 80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides free research and support to help people find careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems. In our interview, we discuss: Why your choice of career could be the most important ethical d…
 
David Friedman is a famous anarcho-capitalist economist and legal scholar. David Friedman's website: http://www.daviddfriedman.com/ My Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp My blog: https://dwarkeshpatel.com Timestamps: 0:00:00 Dating market 0:12:15 The future of reputation 0:27:30 How Friedman predicted bitcoin 0:35:35 Prediction markets 0:40:0…
 
Anders Sandberg is a researcher, futurist, transhumanist and author. He holds a PhD in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. His research covers the ethics of human enhancement, estimating the capabilities of future technologie…
 
Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and author of many bestselling books. In this episode, we talk about The need to reform the international financial system; The role of mitigating global catastrophic risk in sustai…
 
Matt Ives is a Senior Research Associate in Complex Systems Economic Modelling at the University of Oxford. We discuss the reasons behind the astonishing decline in costs of renewable technologies, especially solar power, and the implications this has for fighting climate change. We also touch on modelling energy systems, financial discolour of cli…
 
Armond Cohen is the executive director of the Clean Air Task Force. CATF has been rated as the most cost-effective climate change charity, including by organisations such as Founder's Pledge, SoGive, and Giving Green. You can read much more about the topics we cover in this episode in our accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/armond. The…
 
Sarah Fitz-Claridge is a writer, coach and speaker with a fallibilist world view. She started the journal that became Taking Children Seriously in the early 1990s after being surprised by the heated audience reactions she was getting when talking about children. She has spoken all over the world about her educational philosophy, and you can find tr…
 
Isabelle Boemeke is a model, digital fashion designer, and the world's first (and only) nuclear power influencer. She makes educational videos as Isodope. You can read much more about the topics we cover in this episode in our accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/isabelle. There you'll find links to all the videos and books Isabelle men…
 
Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of more than sixty academic articles in epistemology, ethics, metaethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy, as well as eight amazing books. In this podcast, we had a wide ranging discussion about his book The Problem of Political Authority. His newest b…
 
Phil Trammell is a research associate at Oxford's Global Priorities Institute, where he is working at the intersection of economic theory and moral philosophy. In this episode, we discuss his latest working paper about the different ways through which AI might transform the global economy. You can read much more about the topics we cover in this ep…
 
Anna Alexandrova is a Reader in Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge. She studies the philosophy of social sciences, focusing on the use (and abuse) of formal models, and the measurement of well-being. Anna is the author of A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being (2017). You can read much more about the topics we cover in this episod…
 
Eva Vivalt is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Toronto. Her work is focused on reducing barriers to evidence-based decision-making, global priorities research, and cash transfers. You can read much more about the topics we cover in this episode in our accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/eva. It's not a transcrip…
 
We were flattered to be invited to discuss longtermism by Ben Chugg and Vaden Masrani from the wonderful Increments podcast. It's not as serious or polished as our interview episodes, but we had heaps of fun trying to figure out where and why we disagree. Increments on Apple podcasts Increments on Spotify Increments on Google podcasts Ben on Twitte…
 
Thomas Moynihan is a writer and researcher interested in the history of ideas surrounding existential risk and human flourishing. He completed a PhD on the history of human extinction, and currently works with Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. His most recent book is called X-Risk: How Humanity Discovered Its Own Extinction. You can read much …
 
Julia Shvets is an economist at the University of Cambridge and fellow at Christ's College. Her research focuses primarily on micro- and behavioural economics: exploring why people make the decisions they make. In this episode we discuss two of her recent papers. The first is about "overconfidence" — why people often think they are better than they…
 
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