Future of Life Institute Podcast

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 Sep 16, 2023
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 Jan 5, 2020


The Future of Life Institute (FLI) is a nonprofit working to reduce global catastrophic and existential risk from powerful technologies. In particular, FLI focuses on risks from artificial intelligence (AI), biotechnology, nuclear weapons and climate change. The Institute's work is made up of three main strands: grantmaking for risk reduction, educational outreach, and advocacy within the United Nations, US government and European Union institutions. FLI has become one of the world's leading voices on the governance of AI having created one of the earliest and most influential sets of governance principles: the Asilomar AI Principles.

Episode Date
Holly Elmore on Pausing AI, Hardware Overhang, Safety Research, and Protesting
Feb 29, 2024
Sneha Revanur on the Social Effects of AI
Feb 16, 2024
Roman Yampolskiy on Shoggoth, Scaling Laws, and Evidence for AI being Uncontrollable
Feb 02, 2024
Special: Flo Crivello on AI as a New Form of Life
Jan 19, 2024
Carl Robichaud on Preventing Nuclear War
Jan 06, 2024
Frank Sauer on Autonomous Weapon Systems
Dec 14, 2023
Darren McKee on Uncontrollable Superintelligence
Dec 01, 2023
Mark Brakel on the UK AI Summit and the Future of AI Policy
Nov 17, 2023
Dan Hendrycks on Catastrophic AI Risks
Nov 03, 2023
Samuel Hammond on AGI and Institutional Disruption
Oct 20, 2023
Imagine A World: What if AI advisors helped us make better decisions?
Oct 17, 2023
Imagine A World: What if narrow AI fractured our shared reality?
Oct 10, 2023
Steve Omohundro on Provably Safe AGI
Oct 05, 2023
Imagine A World: What if AI enabled us to communicate with animals?
Oct 03, 2023
Imagine A World: What if some people could live forever?
Sep 26, 2023
Johannes Ackva on Managing Climate Change
Sep 21, 2023
Imagine A World: What if we had digital nations untethered to geography?
Sep 19, 2023
Imagine A World: What if global challenges led to more centralization?
Sep 12, 2023
Tom Davidson on How Quickly AI Could Automate the Economy
Sep 08, 2023
Imagine A World: What if we designed and built AI in an inclusive way?
Sep 05, 2023
Imagine A World: What if new governance mechanisms helped us coordinate?
Sep 05, 2023
New: Imagine A World Podcast [TRAILER]
Aug 29, 2023
Robert Trager on International AI Governance and Cybersecurity at AI Companies
Aug 20, 2023
Jason Crawford on Progress and Risks from AI
Jul 21, 2023
Special: Jaan Tallinn on Pausing Giant AI Experiments
Jul 06, 2023
Joe Carlsmith on How We Change Our Minds About AI Risk
Jun 22, 2023
Dan Hendrycks on Why Evolution Favors AIs over Humans
Jun 08, 2023
Roman Yampolskiy on Objections to AI Safety
May 26, 2023
Nathan Labenz on How AI Will Transform the Economy
May 11, 2023
Nathan Labenz on the Cognitive Revolution, Red Teaming GPT-4, and Potential Dangers of AI
May 04, 2023
Maryanna Saenko on Venture Capital, Philanthropy, and Ethical Technology
Apr 27, 2023
Connor Leahy on the State of AI and Alignment Research
Apr 20, 2023
Connor Leahy on AGI and Cognitive Emulation
Apr 13, 2023
Lennart Heim on Compute Governance
Apr 06, 2023
Lennart Heim on the AI Triad: Compute, Data, and Algorithms
Mar 30, 2023
Liv Boeree on Poker, GPT-4, and the Future of AI
Mar 23, 2023
Liv Boeree on Moloch, Beauty Filters, Game Theory, Institutions, and AI
Mar 16, 2023
Tobias Baumann on Space Colonization and Cooperative Artificial Intelligence
Mar 09, 2023
Tobias Baumann on Artificial Sentience and Reducing the Risk of Astronomical Suffering
Mar 02, 2023
Neel Nanda on Math, Tech Progress, Aging, Living up to Our Values, and Generative AI
Feb 23, 2023
Neel Nanda on Avoiding an AI Catastrophe with Mechanistic Interpretability
Feb 16, 2023
Neel Nanda on What is Going on Inside Neural Networks
Feb 09, 2023
Connor Leahy on Aliens, Ethics, Economics, Memetics, and Education
Feb 02, 2023
Connor Leahy on AI Safety and Why the World is Fragile
Jan 26, 2023
Connor Leahy on AI Progress, Chimps, Memes, and Markets
Jan 19, 2023
Sean Ekins on Regulating AI Drug Discovery
Jan 12, 2023
Sean Ekins on the Dangers of AI Drug Discovery
Jan 05, 2023
Anders Sandberg on the Value of the Future
Dec 29, 2022
Anders Sandberg on Grand Futures and the Limits of Physics
Dec 22, 2022
Anders Sandberg on ChatGPT and the Future of AI
Dec 15, 2022
Vincent Boulanin on Military Use of Artificial Intelligence
Dec 08, 2022
Vincent Boulanin on the Dangers of AI in Nuclear Weapons Systems
Dec 01, 2022
Robin Hanson on Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Nov 24, 2022
Robin Hanson on Grabby Aliens and When Humanity Will Meet Them
Nov 17, 2022
Ajeya Cotra on Thinking Clearly in a Rapidly Changing World
Nov 10, 2022
Ajeya Cotra on how Artificial Intelligence Could Cause Catastrophe
Nov 03, 2022
Ajeya Cotra on Forecasting Transformative Artificial Intelligence
Oct 27, 2022
Alan Robock on Nuclear Winter, Famine, and Geoengineering
Oct 20, 2022
Brian Toon on Nuclear Winter, Asteroids, Volcanoes, and the Future of Humanity
Oct 13, 2022
Philip Reiner on Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications
Oct 06, 2022
Daniela and Dario Amodei on Anthropic
Mar 04, 2022
Anthony Aguirre and Anna Yelizarova on FLI's Worldbuilding Contest
Feb 09, 2022
David Chalmers on Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy
Jan 26, 2022
Rohin Shah on the State of AGI Safety Research in 2021
Nov 02, 2021
Future of Life Institute's $25M Grants Program for Existential Risk Reduction
Oct 18, 2021
Filippa Lentzos on Global Catastrophic Biological Risks
Oct 01, 2021
Susan Solomon and Stephen Andersen on Saving the Ozone Layer
Sep 16, 2021
James Manyika on Global Economic and Technological Trends
Sep 07, 2021
Michael Klare on the Pentagon's view of Climate Change and the Risks of State Collapse
Jul 30, 2021
Avi Loeb on UFOs and if they're Alien in Origin
Jul 09, 2021
Avi Loeb on 'Oumuamua, Aliens, Space Archeology, Great Filters, and Superstructures
Jul 09, 2021
Nicolas Berggruen on the Dynamics of Power, Wisdom, and Ideas in the Age of AI
Jun 01, 2021
Bart Selman on the Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence
May 20, 2021
Jaan Tallinn on Avoiding Civilizational Pitfalls and Surviving the 21st Century
Apr 21, 2021
Joscha Bach and Anthony Aguirre on Digital Physics and Moving Towards Beneficial Futures
Apr 01, 2021
Roman Yampolskiy on the Uncontrollability, Incomprehensibility, and Unexplainability of AI
Mar 20, 2021
Stuart Russell and Zachary Kallenborn on Drone Swarms and the Riskiest Aspects of Autonomous Weapons
Feb 25, 2021
John Prendergast on Non-dual Awareness and Wisdom for the 21st Century
Feb 09, 2021
Beatrice Fihn on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Jan 22, 2021
Max Tegmark and the FLI Team on 2020 and Existential Risk Reduction in the New Year
Jan 08, 2021
Future of Life Award 2020: Saving 200,000,000 Lives by Eradicating Smallpox
Dec 11, 2020
Sean Carroll on Consciousness, Physicalism, and the History of Intellectual Progress
Dec 02, 2020
Mohamed Abdalla on Big Tech, Ethics-washing, and the Threat on Academic Integrity
Nov 17, 2020
Maria Arpa on the Power of Nonviolent Communication
Nov 02, 2020
Stephen Batchelor on Awakening, Embracing Existential Risk, and Secular Buddhism
Oct 15, 2020
Kelly Wanser on Climate Change as a Possible Existential Threat
Sep 30, 2020
Andrew Critch on AI Research Considerations for Human Existential Safety
Sep 16, 2020
Iason Gabriel on Foundational Philosophical Questions in AI Alignment
Sep 03, 2020
Peter Railton on Moral Learning and Metaethics in AI Systems
Aug 18, 2020
Evan Hubinger on Inner Alignment, Outer Alignment, and Proposals for Building Safe Advanced AI
Jul 01, 2020
Barker - Hedonic Recalibration (Mix)
Jun 26, 2020
Sam Barker and David Pearce on Art, Paradise Engineering, and Existential Hope (With Guest Mix)
Jun 24, 2020
Steven Pinker and Stuart Russell on the Foundations, Benefits, and Possible Existential Threat of AI
Jun 15, 2020
Sam Harris on Global Priorities, Existential Risk, and What Matters Most
Jun 01, 2020
FLI Podcast: On the Future of Computation, Synthetic Biology, and Life with George Church
May 15, 2020
FLI Podcast: On Superforecasting with Robert de Neufville
Apr 30, 2020
AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment in 2018 and 2019 with Buck Shlegeris and Rohin Shah
Apr 15, 2020
FLI Podcast: Lessons from COVID-19 with Emilia Javorsky and Anthony Aguirre
Apr 09, 2020
FLI Podcast: The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity with Toby Ord
Apr 01, 2020
AIAP: On Lethal Autonomous Weapons with Paul Scharre
Mar 16, 2020
FLI Podcast: Distributing the Benefits of AI via the Windfall Clause with Cullen O'Keefe
Feb 28, 2020
AIAP: On the Long-term Importance of Current AI Policy with Nicolas Moës and Jared Brown
Feb 18, 2020
FLI Podcast: Identity, Information & the Nature of Reality with Anthony Aguirre
Jan 31, 2020
AIAP: Identity and the AI Revolution with David Pearce and Andrés Gómez Emilsson
Jan 16, 2020
On Consciousness, Morality, Effective Altruism & Myth with Yuval Noah Harari & Max Tegmark
Dec 31, 2019
FLI Podcast: Existential Hope in 2020 and Beyond with the FLI Team
Dec 28, 2019
AIAP: On DeepMind, AI Safety, and Recursive Reward Modeling with Jan Leike
Dec 16, 2019
FLI Podcast: The Psychology of Existential Risk and Effective Altruism with Stefan Schubert
Dec 02, 2019
Not Cool Epilogue: A Climate Conversation
Nov 27, 2019
Not Cool Ep 26: Naomi Oreskes on trusting climate science
Nov 26, 2019
Not Cool Ep 25: Mario Molina on climate action
Nov 21, 2019
Not Cool Ep 24: Ellen Quigley and Natalie Jones on defunding the fossil fuel industry
Nov 19, 2019
AIAP: Machine Ethics and AI Governance with Wendell Wallach
Nov 15, 2019
Not Cool Ep 23: Brian Toon on nuclear winter: the other climate change
Nov 15, 2019
Not Cool Ep 22: Cullen Hendrix on climate change and armed conflict
Nov 13, 2019
Not Cool Ep 21: Libby Jewett on ocean acidification
Nov 07, 2019
Not Cool Ep 20: Deborah Lawrence on deforestation
Nov 06, 2019
FLI Podcast: Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality with Anthony Aguirre
Oct 31, 2019
Not Cool Ep 19: Ilissa Ocko on non-carbon causes of climate change
Oct 31, 2019
Not Cool Ep 18: Glen Peters on the carbon budget and global carbon emissions
Oct 30, 2019
Not Cool Ep 17: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning, part 2
Oct 24, 2019
Not Cool Ep 16: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning, part 1
Oct 22, 2019
Not Cool Ep 15: Astrid Caldas on equitable climate adaptation
Oct 17, 2019
Not Cool Ep 14: Filippo Berardi on carbon finance and the economics of climate change
Oct 15, 2019
Not Cool Ep 13: Val Kapos on ecosystem-based adaptation
Oct 10, 2019
AIAP: Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control with Stuart Russell
Oct 08, 2019
Not Cool Ep 12: Kris Ebi on climate change, human health, and social stability
Oct 08, 2019
Not Cool Ep 11: Jakob Zscheischler on climate-driven compound weather events
Oct 03, 2019
Not Cool Ep 10: Stephanie Herring on extreme weather events and climate change attribution
Oct 01, 2019
FLI Podcast: Feeding Everyone in a Global Catastrophe with Dave Denkenberger & Joshua Pearce
Sep 30, 2019
Not Cool Ep 9: Andrew Revkin on climate communication, vulnerability, and information gaps
Sep 26, 2019
Not Cool Ep 8: Suzanne Jones on climate policy and government responsibility
Sep 24, 2019
Not Cool Ep 7: Lindsay Getschel on climate change and national security
Sep 20, 2019
Not Cool Ep 6: Alan Robock on geoengineering
Sep 17, 2019
AIAP: Synthesizing a human's preferences into a utility function with Stuart Armstrong
Sep 17, 2019
Not Cool Ep 5: Ken Caldeira on energy, infrastructure, and planning for an uncertain climate future
Sep 12, 2019
Not Cool Ep 4: Jessica Troni on helping countries adapt to climate change
Sep 10, 2019
Not Cool Ep 3: Tim Lenton on climate tipping points
Sep 05, 2019
Not Cool Ep 2: Joanna Haigh on climate modeling and the history of climate change
Sep 03, 2019
Not Cool Ep 1: John Cook on misinformation and overcoming climate silence
Sep 03, 2019
Not Cool Prologue: A Climate Conversation
Sep 03, 2019
FLI Podcast: Beyond the Arms Race Narrative: AI and China with Helen Toner and Elsa Kania
Aug 30, 2019
AIAP: China's AI Superpower Dream with Jeffrey Ding
Aug 16, 2019
FLI Podcast: The Climate Crisis as an Existential Threat with Simon Beard and Haydn Belfield
Aug 01, 2019
AIAP: On the Governance of AI with Jade Leung
Jul 22, 2019
FLI Podcast: Is Nuclear Weapons Testing Back on the Horizon? With Jeffrey Lewis and Alex Bell
Jun 28, 2019
FLI Podcast: Applying AI Safety & Ethics Today with Ashley Llorens & Francesca Rossi
May 31, 2019
AIAP: On Consciousness, Qualia, and Meaning with Mike Johnson and Andrés Gómez Emilsson
May 23, 2019
The Unexpected Side Effects of Climate Change with Fran Moore and Nick Obradovich
Apr 30, 2019
AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment with Rohin Shah (Part 2)
Apr 25, 2019
AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment with Rohin Shah (Part 1)
Apr 11, 2019
Why Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons
Apr 03, 2019
AIAP: AI Alignment through Debate with Geoffrey Irving
Mar 07, 2019
Part 2: Anthrax, Agent Orange, and Yellow Rain With Matthew Meselson and Max Tegmark
Feb 28, 2019
Part 1: From DNA to Banning Biological Weapons With Matthew Meselson and Max Tegmark
Feb 28, 2019
AIAP: Human Cognition and the Nature of Intelligence with Joshua Greene
Feb 21, 2019
The Byzantine Generals' Problem, Poisoning, and Distributed Machine Learning with El Mahdi El Mhamdi
Feb 07, 2019
AI Breakthroughs and Challenges in 2018 with David Krueger and Roman Yampolskiy
Jan 31, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends with Baobao Zhang
Jan 25, 2019
AIAP: Cooperative Inverse Reinforcement Learning with Dylan Hadfield-Menell (Beneficial AGI 2019)
Jan 17, 2019
Existential Hope in 2019 and Beyond
Dec 21, 2018
AIAP: Inverse Reinforcement Learning and the State of AI Alignment with Rohin Shah
Dec 18, 2018
Governing Biotechnology: From Avian Flu to Genetically-Modified Babies With Catherine Rhodes
Nov 30, 2018
Avoiding the Worst of Climate Change with Alexander Verbeek and John Moorhead
Oct 31, 2018
AIAP: On Becoming a Moral Realist with Peter Singer
Oct 18, 2018
On the Future: An Interview with Martin Rees
Oct 11, 2018
AI and Nuclear Weapons - Trust, Accidents, and New Risks with Paul Scharre and Mike Horowitz
Sep 28, 2018
AIAP: Moral Uncertainty and the Path to AI Alignment with William MacAskill
Sep 18, 2018
AI: Global Governance, National Policy, and Public Trust with Allan Dafoe and Jessica Cussins
Aug 31, 2018
The Metaethics of Joy, Suffering, and Artificial Intelligence with Brian Tomasik and David Pearce
Aug 16, 2018
Six Experts Explain the Killer Robots Debate
Jul 31, 2018
AIAP: AI Safety, Possible Minds, and Simulated Worlds with Roman Yampolskiy
Jul 16, 2018
Mission AI - Giving a Global Voice to the AI Discussion With Charlie Oliver and Randi Williams
Jun 29, 2018
AIAP: Astronomical Future Suffering and Superintelligence with Kaj Sotala
Jun 14, 2018
Nuclear Dilemmas, From North Korea to Iran with Melissa Hanham and Dave Schmerler
May 31, 2018
What are the odds of nuclear war? A conversation with Seth Baum and Robert de Neufville
Apr 30, 2018
AIAP: Inverse Reinforcement Learning and Inferring Human Preferences with Dylan Hadfield-Menell
Apr 25, 2018
Navigating AI Safety -- From Malicious Use to Accidents
Mar 30, 2018
AI, Ethics And The Value Alignment Problem With Meia Chita-Tegmark And Lucas Perry
Feb 28, 2018
Top AI Breakthroughs and Challenges of 2017
Jan 31, 2018
Beneficial AI And Existential Hope In 2018
Dec 21, 2017
Balancing the Risks of Future Technologies With Andrew Maynard and Jack Stilgoe
Nov 30, 2017
AI Ethics, the Trolley Problem, and a Twitter Ghost Story with Joshua Greene And Iyad Rahwan
Oct 31, 2017
80,000 Hours with Rob Wiblin and Brenton Mayer
Sep 29, 2017
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence with Max Tegmark
Aug 29, 2017
The Art Of Predicting With Anthony Aguirre And Andrew Critch
Jul 31, 2017
Banning Nuclear & Autonomous Weapons With Richard Moyes And Miriam Struyk
Jun 30, 2017
Creative AI With Mark Riedl & Scientists Support A Nuclear Ban
Jun 01, 2017
Climate Change With Brian Toon And Kevin Trenberth
Apr 27, 2017
Law and Ethics of AI with Ryan Jenkins and Matt Scherer
Mar 31, 2017
UN Nuclear Weapons Ban With Beatrice Fihn And Susi Snyder
Feb 28, 2017
AI Breakthroughs With Ian Goodfellow And Richard Mallah
Jan 31, 2017
FLI 2016 - A Year In Reivew
Dec 30, 2016
Heather Roff and Peter Asaro on Autonomous Weapons
Nov 30, 2016
Nuclear Winter With Alan Robock and Brian Toon
Oct 31, 2016
Robin Hanson On The Age Of Em
Sep 28, 2016
Nuclear Risk In The 21st Century
Sep 20, 2016
Concrete Problems In AI Safety With Dario Amodei And Seth Baum
Aug 30, 2016
Earthquakes As Existential Risks?
Jul 25, 2016
Jan 14, 2016
Climate interview with Seth Baum
Dec 22, 2015