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The Future of Life

By Future of Life Institute

FLI catalyzes and supports research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges. Among our objectives is to inspire discussion and a sharing of ideas. As such, we interview researchers and thought leaders who we believe will help spur discussion within our community. The interviews do not necessarily represent FLI’s opinions or views.

  1. 1.
    Stephen Batchelor on Awakening, Embracing Existential Risk, and Secular Buddhism10/15/2020
    1:39:26
  2. 2.
    Kelly Wanser on Climate Change as a Possible Existential Threat09/30/2020
    1:45:48
  3. 3.
    Andrew Critch on AI Research Considerations for Human Existential Safety09/16/2020
    1:51:28
  4. 4.
    Iason Gabriel on Foundational Philosophical Questions in AI Alignment09/03/2020
    1:54:48
  5. 5.
    Peter Railton on Moral Learning and Metaethics in AI Systems08/18/2020
    1:41:46
  6. 6.
    Evan Hubinger on Inner Alignment, Outer Alignment, and Proposals for Building Safe Advanced AI07/01/2020
    1:37:05
  7. 7.
    Barker - Hedonic Recalibration (Mix)06/26/2020
    43:43
  8. 8.
    Sam Barker and David Pearce on Art, Paradise Engineering, and Existential Hope (With Guest Mix)06/24/2020
    1:42:14
  1. 9.
    Steven Pinker and Stuart Russell on the Foundations, Benefits, and Possible Existential Threat of AI06/15/2020
    1:52:42
  2. 10.
    Sam Harris on Global Priorities, Existential Risk, and What Matters Most06/01/2020
    1:32:46
  3. 11.
    FLI Podcast: On the Future of Computation, Synthetic Biology, and Life with George Church05/15/2020
    1:13:24
  4. 12.
    FLI Podcast: On Superforecasting with Robert de Neufville04/30/2020
    1:20:22
  5. 13.
    AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment in 2018 and 2019 with Buck Shlegeris and Rohin Shah04/15/2020
    2:21:27
  6. 14.
    FLI Podcast: Lessons from COVID-19 with Emilia Javorsky and Anthony Aguirre04/09/2020
    1:26:36
  7. 15.
    FLI Podcast: The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity with Toby Ord04/01/2020
    1:10:50
  8. 16.
    AIAP: On Lethal Autonomous Weapons with Paul Scharre03/16/2020
    1:16:20
  9. 17.
    FLI Podcast: Distributing the Benefits of AI via the Windfall Clause with Cullen O'Keefe02/28/2020
    1:04:32
  10. 18.
    AIAP: On the Long-term Importance of Current AI Policy with Nicolas Moës and Jared Brown02/18/2020
    1:11:10
  11. 19.
    FLI Podcast: Identity, Information & the Nature of Reality with Anthony Aguirre01/31/2020
    1:45:20
  12. 20.
    AIAP: Identity and the AI Revolution with David Pearce and Andrés Gómez Emilsson01/16/2020
    2:03:19
  13. 21.
    On Consciousness, Morality, Effective Altruism & Myth with Yuval Noah Harari & Max Tegmark12/31/2019
    1:00:58
  14. 22.
    FLI Podcast: Existential Hope in 2020 and Beyond with the FLI Team12/28/2019
    1:39:02
  15. 23.
    AIAP: On DeepMind, AI Safety, and Recursive Reward Modeling with Jan Leike12/16/2019
    58:05
  16. 24.
    FLI Podcast: The Psychology of Existential Risk and Effective Altruism with Stefan Schubert12/02/2019
    58:39
  17. 25.
    Not Cool Epilogue: A Climate Conversation11/27/2019
    4:39
  18. 26.
    Not Cool Ep 26: Naomi Oreskes on trusting climate science11/26/2019
    51:13
  19. 27.
    Not Cool Ep 25: Mario Molina on climate action11/21/2019
    35:10
  20. 28.
    Not Cool Ep 24: Ellen Quigley and Natalie Jones on defunding the fossil fuel industry11/19/2019
    54:24
  21. 29.
    AIAP: Machine Ethics and AI Governance with Wendell Wallach11/15/2019
    1:12:36
  22. 30.
    Not Cool Ep 23: Brian Toon on nuclear winter: the other climate change11/15/2019
    1:03:02
  23. 31.
    Not Cool Ep 22: Cullen Hendrix on climate change and armed conflict11/13/2019
    35:39
  24. 32.
    Not Cool Ep 21: Libby Jewett on ocean acidification11/07/2019
    39:16
  25. 33.
    Not Cool Ep 20: Deborah Lawrence on deforestation11/06/2019
    42:31
  26. 34.
    FLI Podcast: Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality with Anthony Aguirre10/31/2019
    1:31:20
  27. 35.
    Not Cool Ep 19: Ilissa Ocko on non-carbon causes of climate change10/31/2019
    37:52
  28. 36.
    Not Cool Ep 18: Glen Peters on the carbon budget and global carbon emissions10/30/2019
    50:58
  29. 37.
    Not Cool Ep 17: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning, part 210/24/2019
    57:45
  30. 38.
    Not Cool Ep 16: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning, part 110/22/2019
    1:26:41
  31. 39.
    Not Cool Ep 15: Astrid Caldas on equitable climate adaptation10/17/2019
    35:14
  32. 40.
    Not Cool Ep 14: Filippo Berardi on carbon finance and the economics of climate change10/15/2019
    40:43
  33. 41.
    Not Cool Ep 13: Val Kapos on ecosystem-based adaptation10/10/2019
    32:03
  34. 42.
    AIAP: Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control with Stuart Russell10/08/2019
    1:08:22
  35. 43.
    Not Cool Ep 12: Kris Ebi on climate change, human health, and social stability10/08/2019
    31:06
  36. 44.
    Not Cool Ep 11: Jakob Zscheischler on climate-driven compound weather events10/03/2019
    24:32
  37. 45.
    Not Cool Ep 10: Stephanie Herring on extreme weather events and climate change attribution10/01/2019
    33:14
  38. 46.
    FLI Podcast: Feeding Everyone in a Global Catastrophe with Dave Denkenberger & Joshua Pearce09/30/2019
    50:06
  39. 47.
    Not Cool Ep 9: Andrew Revkin on climate communication, vulnerability, and information gaps09/26/2019
    36:51
  40. 48.
    Not Cool Ep 8: Suzanne Jones on climate policy and government responsibility09/24/2019
    37:13
  41. 49.
    Not Cool Ep 7: Lindsay Getschel on climate change and national security09/20/2019
    23:22
  42. 50.
    Not Cool Ep 6: Alan Robock on geoengineering09/17/2019
    44:51
  43. 51.
    AIAP: Synthesizing a human's preferences into a utility function with Stuart Armstrong09/17/2019
    1:16:32
  44. 52.
    Not Cool Ep 5: Ken Caldeira on energy, infrastructure, and planning for an uncertain climate future09/12/2019
    27:45
  45. 53.
    Not Cool Ep 4: Jessica Troni on helping countries adapt to climate change09/10/2019
    25:24
  46. 54.
    Not Cool Ep 3: Tim Lenton on climate tipping points09/05/2019
    38:04
  47. 55.
    Not Cool Ep 2: Joanna Haigh on climate modeling and the history of climate change09/03/2019
    28:03
  48. 56.
    Not Cool Ep 1: John Cook on misinformation and overcoming climate silence09/03/2019
    36:12
  49. 57.
    Not Cool Prologue: A Climate Conversation09/03/2019
    3:56
  50. 58.
    FLI Podcast: Beyond the Arms Race Narrative: AI and China with Helen Toner and Elsa Kania08/30/2019
    49:28
  51. 59.
    AIAP: China's AI Superpower Dream with Jeffrey Ding08/16/2019
    1:12:20
  52. 60.
    FLI Podcast: The Climate Crisis as an Existential Threat with Simon Beard and Haydn Belfield08/01/2019
    1:09:34
  53. 61.
    AIAP: On the Governance of AI with Jade Leung07/22/2019
    1:14:16
  54. 62.
    FLI Podcast: Is Nuclear Weapons Testing Back on the Horizon? With Jeffrey Lewis and Alex Bell06/28/2019
    37:37
  55. 63.
    FLI Podcast: Applying AI Safety & Ethics Today with Ashley Llorens & Francesca Rossi05/31/2019
    38:32
  56. 64.
    AIAP: On Consciousness, Qualia, and Meaning with Mike Johnson and Andrés Gómez Emilsson05/23/2019
    1:26:40
  57. 65.
    The Unexpected Side Effects of Climate Change with Fran Moore and Nick Obradovich04/30/2019
    51:14
  58. 66.
    AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment with Rohin Shah (Part 2)04/25/2019
    1:06:50
  59. 67.
    AIAP: An Overview of Technical AI Alignment with Rohin Shah (Part 1)04/11/2019
    1:16:30
  60. 68.
    Why Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons04/03/2019
    49:02
  61. 69.
    AIAP: AI Alignment through Debate with Geoffrey Irving03/07/2019
    1:10:04
  62. 70.
    Part 2: Anthrax, Agent Orange, and Yellow Rain With Matthew Meselson and Max Tegmark02/28/2019
    51:35
  63. 71.
    Part 1: From DNA to Banning Biological Weapons With Matthew Meselson and Max Tegmark02/28/2019
    56:30
  64. 72.
    AIAP: Human Cognition and the Nature of Intelligence with Joshua Greene02/21/2019
    37:41
  65. 73.
    The Byzantine Generals' Problem, Poisoning, and Distributed Machine Learning with El Mahdi El Mhamdi02/07/2019
    50:04
  66. 74.
    AI Breakthroughs and Challenges in 2018 with David Krueger and Roman Yampolskiy01/31/2019
    1:02:56
  67. 75.
    Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends with Baobao Zhang01/25/2019
    32:06
  68. 76.
    AIAP: Cooperative Inverse Reinforcement Learning with Dylan Hadfield-Menell (Beneficial AGI 2019)01/17/2019
    51:52
  69. 77.
    Existential Hope in 2019 and Beyond12/21/2018
    2:06:14
  70. 78.
    AIAP: Inverse Reinforcement Learning and the State of AI Alignment with Rohin Shah12/18/2018
    1:07:35
  71. 79.
    Governing Biotechnology: From Avian Flu to Genetically-Modified Babies With Catherine Rhodes11/30/2018
    32:39
  72. 80.
    Avoiding the Worst of Climate Change with Alexander Verbeek and John Moorhead10/31/2018
    1:21:19
  73. 81.
    AIAP: On Becoming a Moral Realist with Peter Singer10/18/2018
    51:14
  74. 82.
    On the Future: An Interview with Martin Rees10/11/2018
    53:02
  75. 83.
    AI and Nuclear Weapons - Trust, Accidents, and New Risks with Paul Scharre and Mike Horowitz09/28/2018
    51:12
  76. 84.
    AIAP: Moral Uncertainty and the Path to AI Alignment with William MacAskill09/18/2018
    56:56
  77. 85.
    AI: Global Governance, National Policy, and Public Trust with Allan Dafoe and Jessica Cussins08/31/2018
    44:17
  78. 86.
    The Metaethics of Joy, Suffering, and Artificial Intelligence with Brian Tomasik and David Pearce08/16/2018
    1:45:56
  79. 87.
    Six Experts Explain the Killer Robots Debate07/31/2018
    2:00:12
  80. 88.
    AIAP: AI Safety, Possible Minds, and Simulated Worlds with Roman Yampolskiy07/16/2018
    1:22:30
  81. 89.
    Mission AI - Giving a Global Voice to the AI Discussion With Charlie Oliver and Randi Williams06/29/2018
    52:48
  82. 90.
    AIAP: Astronomical Future Suffering and Superintelligence with Kaj Sotala06/14/2018
    1:14:40
  83. 91.
    Nuclear Dilemmas, From North Korea to Iran with Melissa Hanham and Dave Schmerler05/31/2018
    42:26
  84. 92.
    What are the odds of nuclear war? A conversation with Seth Baum and Robert de Neufville04/30/2018
    57:55
  85. 93.
    AIAP: Inverse Reinforcement Learning and Inferring Human Preferences with Dylan Hadfield-Menell04/25/2018
    1:25:00
  86. 94.
    Navigating AI Safety -- From Malicious Use to Accidents03/30/2018
    58:03
  87. 95.
    AI, Ethics And The Value Alignment Problem With Meia Chita-Tegmark And Lucas Perry02/28/2018
    49:34
  88. 96.
    Top AI Breakthroughs and Challenges of 201701/31/2018
    30:52
  89. 97.
    Beneficial AI And Existential Hope In 201812/21/2017
    37:28
  90. 98.
    Balancing the Risks of Future Technologies With Andrew Maynard and Jack Stilgoe11/30/2017
    35:02
  91. 99.
    AI Ethics, the Trolley Problem, and a Twitter Ghost Story with Joshua Greene And Iyad Rahwan10/31/2017
    45:29
  92. 100.
    80,000 Hours with Rob Wiblin and Brenton Mayer09/29/2017
    58:46
  93. 101.
    Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence with Max Tegmark08/29/2017
    34:51
  94. 102.
    The Art Of Predicting With Anthony Aguirre And Andrew Critch07/31/2017
    57:59
  95. 103.
    Banning Nuclear & Autonomous Weapons With Richard Moyes And Miriam Struyk06/30/2017
    41:05
  96. 104.
    Creative AI With Mark Riedl & Scientists Support A Nuclear Ban06/01/2017
    43:54
  97. 105.
    Climate Change With Brian Toon And Kevin Trenberth04/27/2017
    47:00
  98. 106.
    Law and Ethics of AI with Ryan Jenkins and Matt Scherer03/31/2017
    58:25
  99. 107.
    UN Nuclear Weapons Ban With Beatrice Fihn And Susi Snyder02/28/2017
    41:14
  100. 108.
    AI Breakthroughs With Ian Goodfellow And Richard Mallah01/31/2017
    54:18
  101. 109.
    FLI 2016 - A Year In Reivew12/30/2016
    32:24
  102. 110.
    Heather Roff and Peter Asaro on Autonomous Weapons11/30/2016
    34:00
  103. 111.
    Nuclear Winter With Alan Robock and Brian Toon10/31/2016
    46:48
  104. 112.
    Robin Hanson On The Age Of Em09/28/2016
    24:41
  105. 113.
    Nuclear Risk In The 21st Century09/20/2016
    15:35
  106. 114.
    Concrete Problems In AI Safety With Dario Amodei And Seth Baum08/30/2016
    43:21
  107. 115.
    Earthquakes As Existential Risks?07/25/2016
    27:38
  108. 116.
    nuclear_interview_David_Wright01/14/2016
    27:30
  109. 117.
    Climate interview with Seth Baum12/22/2015
    12:32

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