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Very Bad Wizards

Dec 13, 2023

RETURNING guest Vlad Chituc joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about donating his kidney to a stranger, the effective altruism movement, and his sexuality. Was EA’s turn to ‘long-termist’ goals like preventing evil AI inevitable?  Have they strayed too far from their Peter Singer/Jeremy Bentham inspired roots? And why won’t David and Tamler donate their kidneys?

Plus a new article in Nature Climate Change argues that neuroscience can help the environment – can I interest you in some virtual trees?

Doell, K. C., Berman, M. G., Bratman, G. N., Knutson, B., Kühn, S., Lamm, C., ... & Brosch, T. (2023). Leveraging neuroscience for climate change research. Nature Climate Change, 1-10.

I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity. I came away … worried. by Dylan Matthews []

How effective altruism went from a niche movement to a billion-dollar force by Dylan Matthews []

Stop the Robot Apocalypse by Amia Srinivasan []

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