List of 80,000 Hours content from the last 4 months, summary of what was most popular, and plans for future releases.
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We’ve done a major redesign of our job board, increasing the number of vacancies listed there from ~20 to over 100. It has doubled its traffic since the first half of the year, and is now one of the five most popular pages on the whole site.
We’ve released two in-depth articles that should be of special interest to the community:
These are the world’s highest impact career paths according to our research. This is an update of our top recommended careers.
Should you play to your comparative advantage when choosing your career? New theoretical content on the relevance of comparative advantage, and thoughts on how to practically evaluate it.
We released 9 podcast episodes totalling 19.5 hours, covering lots of key topics in EA in significant depth (in chronological order):
Prof Yew-Kwang Ng is a visionary economist who anticipated many key ideas in effective altruism decades ago. Here’s his take on ethics and how to create a much happier world. (Plus a bonus guide to his most influential work.)
Based on a combination of downloads, listening time and percentage completion, the top 3 podcast episodes were, in order, Dr Spencer Greenberg on scientifically solving everyday questions, Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix things, and Amanda Askell on moral empathy.
The highest rated episodes by our advisory group were, in order, Tara Mac Aulay on the audacity to fix things, Dr Spencer Greenberg on scientifically solving everyday questions, with a tie for third place between Estimating the unknowable with James Snowden and David Roodman on becoming a world-class researcher.
The podcast is closing in on 12,000 subscribers (though imperfectly measured), and had an average of 10,300 downloads a week over this period (though not all listened to presumably).
We also released several other articles:
Randomised experiment: If you’re genuinely unsure whether to quit your job or break up, then you probably should. This received over 50,000 views from places like reddit.
Quiz: Psychology results in top journals – can you guess which ones were true, and which didn’t replicate? (Partly made for fun.)
We also revised our article Why you should consider applying for grad school right now.
Over the next quarter on the podcast you can expect to hear from Hilary Greaves on the Global Priorities Institute, Catherine Olsson and Daniel Ziegler on getting jobs in AI safety, Paul Christiano on his work to align AI with human interests, Tyler Cowen on his book Stubborn Attachments, David Denkenberger on feeding everyone no matter what, and Brian Christian on algorithms to live by. We’ll also keep releasing our “advanced series” on in-depth articles covering the key questions in EA career choice.