List of 80,000 Hours content from the last 2 months, summary of which were most popular, and plans for future releases.

Here’s are all the con­tent re­leases from 80,000 Hours since our last up­date here 2 months ago:

  1. How ex­actly clean meat is cre­ated & the ad­vances needed to get it into ev­ery su­per­mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to food sci­en­tist Marie Gibbons

  2. The ca­reers and poli­cies that can pre­vent global catas­trophic biolog­i­cal risks, ac­cord­ing to world-lead­ing health se­cu­rity ex­pert Dr Inglesby

  3. Why dar­ing sci­en­tists should have to get li­a­bil­ity in­surance, ac­cord­ing to Dr Owen Cot­ton-Barratt

  4. Where are the aliens? Three new re­s­olu­tions to the Fermi Para­dox. And how we could eas­ily colon­ise the whole uni­verse.

  5. Dr Eva Vi­valt’s re­search sug­gests so­cial sci­ence find­ings don’t gen­er­al­ize. So ev­i­dence-based de­vel­op­ment – what is it good for?

  6. Prof Allan Dafoe on try­ing to pre­pare the world for the pos­si­bil­ity that AI will desta­bil­ise global politics

  7. Economist Bryan Ca­plan thinks ed­u­ca­tion is mostly pointless show­ing off. We test the strength of his case.

  8. Oxford Univer­sity’s Dr An­ders Sand­berg on if dic­ta­tors could live for­ever, the an­nual risk of nu­clear war, so­lar flares, and more.

  9. Poli­tics is so much worse be­cause we use an atro­cious 18th cen­tury vot­ing sys­tem. Aaron Ham­lin has a vi­able plan to fix it.

Rob Wiblin also did a lengthy in­ter­view with Aus­tralian pod­cast The Jolly Swag­men. While a lot of it will be fa­mil­iar to the kinds of peo­ple read­ing this fo­rum, some things that might be new in­clude Rob’s con­trar­ian be­liefs, the over­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Aus­trali­ans in EA, how 80,000 Hours’ ca­reer ad­vice has changed, and how it might change in com­ing years.

In terms of down­loads and listen­ing time, the top 3 pieces were, in or­der, An­ders Sand­berg on the Fermi para­dox, Bryan Ca­plan on the case against ed­u­ca­tion, and Aaron Ham­lin on vot­ing re­form.

The high­est rated epi­sodes by our ad­vi­sory group were, in or­der, Allan Dafoe on the global poli­tics of AI, Owen Cot­ton-Bar­ratt on re­search safety, and Marie Gib­bons on the sci­ence of clean meat.

The epi­sode with Eva Vi­valt on the ex­ter­nal val­idity of so­cial sci­ence con­tributed to a long­stand­ing dis­cus­sion here, which prompted us to write a short sum­mary on this fo­rum.

The pod­cast is clos­ing in on 10,000 sub­scribers (though im­perfectly mea­sured), and had an av­er­age of 11,000 down­loads a week over this pe­riod (though not all listened to pre­sum­ably).

Over the next quar­ter you can ex­pect to hear from Katja Grace on AI fore­cast­ing, Amanda Askell on in­finite ethics, Paul Chris­ti­ano on AI safety re­search, Tanya Singh on op­er­a­tion ca­reers in EA, James Snow­den on work­ing at GiveWell, Yew Kwang-Ng on how he in­vented EA decades ago, Me­gan Palmer on syn­thetic biol­ogy, and David Rood­man on do­ing so­cial sci­ence for Open Phil. We’ll likely also start re­leas­ing our ‘ad­vanced ca­reer guide’.