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Robin Hanson

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Robin Hanson on Predicting the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Future of Life Institute Podcast

Robin Hanson joins the podcast to discuss AI forecasting methods and metrics. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction00:49 Robin's experience working with AI 06:04 Robin's views on AI development 10:41 Should we care about metrics for AI progress? 16:56 Is it useful to track AI progress? 22:02 When should we begin worrying about AI safety? 29:16 The history of AI development 39:52 AI progress that deviates from current trends43:34 Is this AI boom different than past booms? 48:26 Different metrics for predicting AI


24 Nov 2022

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Robin Hanson on Grabby Aliens and When Humanity Will Meet Them

Future of Life Institute Podcast

Robin Hanson joins the podcast to explain his theory of grabby aliens and its implications for the future of humanity. Learn more about the theory here: https://grabbyaliens.comTimestamps: 00:00 Introduction00:49 Why should we care about aliens? 05:58 Loud alien civilizations and quiet alien civilizations 08:16 Why would some alien civilizations be quiet? 14:50 The moving parts of the grabby aliens model23:57 Why is humanity early in the universe? 28:46 Could't we just be alone in the universe? 33:15 When will humanity expand into space? 46:05 Will humanity be more advanced than the aliens we meet? 49:32 What if we discovered aliens tomorrow? 53:44 Should the way we think about aliens change our actions? 57:48 Can we reasonably theorize about aliens? 53:39 The next episode


17 Nov 2022

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Robin Hanson: Why Our Generation Are Having Less Kids & Lies We Tell Ourselves

Growth Minds

Robin Hanson is a research associate at Oxford University, economist, and author of The Elephant in the Brain. In our in-depth conversation, we talk about the history of status and how that's changed in modern times, breaking down attraction and reverse dominance hierarchy, psychological human bias we have (and how you can can overcome it), and more. Learn more about Robin: Blog: https://www.overcomingbias.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/robinhanson Elephant in the Brain (book): https://amzn.to/3EeK45Y If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes and a rating on our Spotify show? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews! Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/38bZNAY Listen on Apple Podcast: https://buff.ly/2PycRL1 Listen on Spotify: https://bit.ly/growth-minds Follow me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/heyseankim Learn Spanish by speaking it for free: https://www.jumpspeak.com Past guests on Growth Minds include: Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), Steve Aoki, Robert Greene, Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Steven Gundry, Neil deGrasse Tyson (StarTalk),  Dennis Rodman, Wim Hof, Robin Sharma, Vanessa Van Edwards, King Bach, Daniel Pink, Dr. William Davis, Doctor Mike, Lewis Howes (School of Greatness), Tom Bilyeu (Impact Theory), Andrew Yang, Dr. Paul Conti, Charles Hoskinson (Ethereum), Dr. Drew (After Dark), Jo Koy, Jordan Belfort (Wolf of Wall Street), Gad Saad, Adam Carolla, Louis the Child, Vishen Lakhiani (Mindvalley), Bret Weinstein (DarkHorse Podcast), James Nestor, Dave Rubin, Scott Adams (Real Coffee with Scott Adams), Dave Asprey (Bulletproof Coffee), Gabby Reece, Rich Roll, James Altucher, R3hab, and more.

1hr 20mins

16 Nov 2022

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#169 - Hidden Motives, Norms, and The Sacred: A Dialogue with Robin Hanson

Converging Dialogues

In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Robin Hanson about hidden motives, norms, and the sacred. They discuss how one understands motives and why they are hidden. They also talk about bias and not violating norms, free will, status and signaling and why dominance and prestige are important. They also talk about some aspects of cancel culture, large and small norms, and self-deception. They spend some time discussing the sacred, futarchy, and many other topics.  Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He has degrees in physics and a PhD in social sciences from Caltech. His interests include economics, philosophy, political theory, healthy policy, and regulation. He has many articles published in various scientific journals and is the author of many books, including the most recent (co-authored with Kevin Simler), The Elephant In The Brain. He is also the co-host (with Agnes Callard) of the podcast, Minds Almost Meeting. You can find his work at his personal website. Twitter: @robinhanson

2hr 3mins

17 Oct 2022

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72. The Two Towers (w/ Agnes Callard and Robin Hanson)

Cows in the field

We sit down with Agnes Callard (Philosophy, Chicago) and Robin Hanson (Economics, GMU) to discuss the second installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers! We talk about the film as a transitional piece that deals with the transformations of its main characters, the addictive and corruptive capacity of power, and wonder about who the hero of the film is and what that  tells us about the notion of heroism. We consider Tolkien's religious inspirations as well as (drawing on Charles Mills' recently published essay) the racist shorthand he drew on to characterize good and evil. Will the heroes (and us) survive the night at Helm's Deep? Tune in to find out! Listen to Agnes and Robin's podcast, Minds Almost Meeting! Follow us on Twitter! Read Charles Mills' essay, "The Wretched of Middle-Earth: An Orkish Manifesto" 

1hr 18mins

16 Sep 2022

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Stuart Armstrong & Robin Hanson: Iterate The Game | Gaming the Future Chapter 10

The Foresight Institute Podcast

Gaming the Future: Technologies for Intelligent Voluntary CooperationOpportunities for bright futures enabled by bio, nano, and computing technologies are now within our reach. Their proliferation also comes with risks and authoritarian attempts at control. We explore how technologies of intelligent voluntary cooperation can help us navigate the traps. Cryptocommerce enables decentralized, secure cooperation across humans – and AIs. This unlocks Paretotropian futures of high technology in which valuing entities can pursue their highest function through iterative play.This episode is a discussion on chapter 10 of the book: ITERATE THE GAME | Racing Where?Different players value things differently. The game of civilization emerges as the composition of these valuations. The strategy of voluntary cooperation serves a great deal of them. If we get better at the game, what awaits in future rounds of play? Join us:► Twitter: https://twitter.com/foresightinst ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foresightinst► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/existentialhope/► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foresight-instituteIf you enjoy what we do please support us via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/foresightinstituteIf you’re interested in joining these meetings consider donating through our donation page: https://foresight.org/donate/Foresight Institute advances technologies for the long-term future of life, focusing on molecular machine nanotechnology, biotechnology, space, neurotech and computer science.Subscribe for episodes concerning our programs on Molecular Machines, Biotechnology & Health Extension, Intelligent Cooperation, Space, Neurotech and Existential Hope.

2hr 1min

19 Aug 2022

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Ep. 95: Pandemics, population decline, and the Fermi Paradox. | Robin Hanson.


If you enjoy this interview please help us grow by subscribing to the podcast and sharing it with your friends!As futurists, Thomas and Trent take a great interest in studying the disciplines which best elucidate the major trends shaping humanity's direction, disciplines like economics, physics, and computer science. It's rare to find anyone conversant in two of these fields, and rarer still to find a person conversant in all of them, and many more besides. Well, tonight's guest is someone who has done a remarkable job of uniting disparate ideas into compelling visions of the future, generating concepts like futures markets, the great filter, and grabby aliens which have shaped thinking on problems ranging from the Fermi Paradox to governance. Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from the California Institute of Technology, master's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


19 Jul 2022

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Ep. 60 Robin Hanson: DEPOPULATION, Colonizing Space, Economics, and Artificial Intelligence

Brad Carr Podcast

Dr. Robin Hanson is a researcher at Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford and professor at George Mason University. 🔔 SUBSCRIBE to help get more guests on the show: https://goo.gl/uEAeNp ✉️ Get Immediately Actionable Tactics to Be More Strategic: http://eepurl.com/dELB39 ---------------------------- RELATED LINKS: Previous interview with Robin Hanson - https://youtu.be/lA1Fmx6Mgg8 Previous interview about population - https://youtu.be/fZHfnDrEZNA Summary of new book about population - https://youtu.be/ciVd_MqHQEk Elephant in the Brain - https://amzn.to/2UH24SN Robin's blog - http://www.overcomingbias.com/ Grabby Aliens - https://grabbyaliens.com/ Twitter - @ RobinHanson Robin's Website - hanson.gmu.edu #population #space #robinhanson #artificialintelligence #aliens #economics Robin Hanson: DEPOPULATION, Colonizing Space, Economics, and Artificial Intelligence (w/Brad Carr)

1hr 4mins

19 Jul 2022

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Why customers buy, Robin Hanson and Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS® 410

Strategy Sprints

Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics, and received his Ph.D in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech. He joined George Mason's economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at U.C Berkely. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory. 🏵FREE HIRING TEMPLATES  www.strategysprints.com/hiring-guide 🐋FREE SALES TEMPLATES:  www.strategysprints.com/tools 🌞FREE SALES MASTERCLASS:  www.strategysprints.com/equalizer 💎SALES COACHING (Free 7 Days Trial):  www.strategysprints.com/tuesday-sessions WHO I AM:  My name is Simon Severino and I help business owners double their revenue in 90 days. I sing your song, with you, until you know it by heart. After 17 years of strategy execution from NY to Sydney, I created the Strategy Sprints® Method, a practical method to run an agile and resilient company. I have fired myself from client work and enjoy now working above the business. If you run a business, I can help you make it irresistible for clients, easier to run and immune to competition.    BE MY FRIEND:  🌿  Sign up to my email service - https://www.strategysprints.com 🌍  My website / blog - https://www.strategysprints.com 🧊  Instagram - https://instagram.com/strategysprints


22 Mar 2022

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Robin Hanson on Distant Futures and Aliens

The Not Unreasonable Podcast

Social science is brutally hard to do well. I once got a guest to admit there has been no progress on it ever and another one to say that moral progress is literally impossible. I think there's a deeper link to morality and social science than most so this is depressing stuff for me. This episode was part of an effort of mine to get back to first principles. But, uh.. what ARE the first principles of social science? Enter Robin!Robin Hanson is Associate professor of Economics at George Mason University and is back for his second appearance to talk about social science of very distant (in every possible sense of the term) societies. We have aliens, we have future humans, we have simulations. Robin speculates about things he can see today, things he thinks might happen in a century or two and even what might be going on in 1 million CE and perhaps beyond. As a frame for the show I think of it as trying to reason about what is permanent about social life by thinking of things that are weird and distant. Robin immediately disagrees with my premise and we go from there. We always learn from Robin Hanson, people!Show notes: https://notunreasonable.com/?p=7460Youtube link: https://youtu.be/oYCEo3LnGFE

1hr 19mins

21 Mar 2022