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Daniela and Dario Amodei on Anthropic

Future of Life Institute · Daniela and Dario Amodei on Anthropic Find the podcast on: Daniela and Dario Amodei join us to discuss Anthropic: a new AI safety and research company that’s working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. Topics discussed in this episode include: Anthropic’s mission and research strategy Recent research and

Anthony Aguirre and Anna Yelizarova on FLI’s Worldbuilding Contest

Future of Life Institute · Anthony Aguirre and Anna Yelizarova on FLI’s Worldbuilding Contest Find the podcast on: Anthony Aguirre and Anna Yelizarova join us to discuss FLI’s new Worldbuilding Contest. Topics discussed in this episode include: Motivations behind the contest The importance of worldbuilding The rules of the contest What a submission consists of

David Chalmers on Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy

Future of Life Institute · David Chalmers on Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy Find the podcast on: David Chalmers, Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at NYU, joins us to discuss his newest book Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy. Topics discussed in this episode include: Virtual reality as genuine

Michael Klare on the Pentagon’s view of Climate Change and the Risks of State Collapse

 Future of Life Institute · Michael Klare on the Pentagon’s view of Climate Change and the Risks of State Collapse Find the podcast on: Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace & World Security Studies, joins us to discuss the Pentagon’s view of climate change, why it’s distinctive, and how this all ultimately relates

Avi Loeb on ‘Oumuamua, Aliens, Space Archeology, Great Filters, and Superstructures

Future of Life Institute · Avi Loeb on ‘Oumuamua, Aliens, Space Archeology, Great Filters, and Superstructures Find the podcast on: Avi Loeb, Professor of Science at Harvard University, joins us to discuss a recent interstellar visitor, if we’ve already encountered alien technology, and whether we’re ultimately alone in the cosmos.  Topics discussed in this episode

Bart Selman on the Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence

Future of Life Institute · Bart Selman on the Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence Find the podcast on: Bart Selman, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, joins us to discuss a wide range of AI issues, from autonomous weapons and AI consciousness to international governance and the possibilities of superintelligence.  Topics discussed in this

Jaan Tallinn on Avoiding Civilizational Pitfalls and Surviving the 21st Century

Future of Life Institute · Jaan Tallinn on Avoiding Civilizational Pitfalls and Surviving the 21st Century Find the podcast on: Jaan Tallinn, investor, programmer, and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, joins us to discuss his perspective on AI, synthetic biology, unknown unknows, and what’s needed for mitigating existential risk in the 21st century.

Joscha Bach and Anthony Aguirre on Digital Physics and Moving Towards Beneficial Futures

Future of Life Institute · Joscha Bach and Anthony Aguirre on Digital Physics and Moving Towards Beneficial Futures Find the podcast on: Joscha Bach, Cognitive Scientist and AI researcher, as well as Anthony Aguirre, UCSC Professor of Physics, join us to explore the world through the lens of computation and the difficulties we face on

Roman Yampolskiy on the Uncontrollability, Incomprehensibility, and Unexplainability of AI

Future of Life Institute · Roman Yampolskiy on the Uncontrollability, Incomprehensibility, and Unexplainability of AI Find the podcast on: Roman Yampolskiy, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Louisville, joins us to discuss whether we can control, comprehend, and explain AI systems, and how this constrains the project of AI safety.  Topics discussed in

Stuart Russell and Zachary Kallenborn on Drone Swarms and the Riskiest Aspects of Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Future of Life Institute · Stuart Russell and Zachary Kallenborn on Drone Swarms and the Riskiest Aspects of Autonomous Weapons Find the podcast on: Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and Zachary Kallenborn, WMD and drone swarms expert, join us to discuss the highest risk and most destabilizing aspects of lethal autonomous

Future of Life Award 2020: Saving 200,000,000 Lives by Eradicating Smallpox

Future of Life Institute · Future of Life Award 2020: Saving 200,000,000 Lives by Eradicating Smallpox Find the podcast on: The recipients of the 2020 Future of Life Award, William Foege, Michael Burkinsky, and Victor Zhdanov Jr., join us on this episode of the FLI Podcast to recount the story of smallpox eradication, William Foege’s

Sean Carroll on Consciousness, Physicalism, and the History of Intellectual Progress

 Future of Life Institute · Sean Carroll on Consciousness, Physicalism, and the History of Intellectual Progress Find the podcast on: Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech, joins us on this episode of the FLI Podcast to comb through the history of human thought, the strengths and weaknesses of various intellectual movements, and how we

Mohamed Abdalla on Big Tech, Ethics-washing, and the Threat on Academic Integrity

Future of Life Institute · Mohamed Abdalla on Big Tech, Ethics-washing, and the Threat on Academic Integrity Find the podcast on: Mohamed Abdalla, PhD student at the University of Toronto, joins us to discuss how Big Tobacco and Big Tech work to manipulate public opinion and academic institutions in order to maximize profits and avoid