The Foresight Institute Podcast

Existential Hope Podcast: Robin Hanson | On Futurism and his Best Career Advice

December 09, 2022 Foresight Institute Season 2 Episode 7
The Foresight Institute Podcast
Existential Hope Podcast: Robin Hanson | On Futurism and his Best Career Advice
Show Notes

Is Robin Hanson feeling hopeful about the future? What future does he want to see? How big can the future be? In this episode of the Existential Hope podcast we ask Robin Hanson about his reflections on the future, and we also collect his best career advice.

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 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.

Robin speaks on:

  • How people tend to think about the future
  • His Grabby Alien paper and the Fermi Paradox
  • What excites him about the future (hint, it's mainly how big it is!)
  • About his career as a researcher within multiple fields
  • And much more! 

This episode also features an NFT artwork inspired by Robin's eucatastrophe prompt. 

About this podcast:

In the Existential Hope-podcast, we invite scientists to speak about long-termism. Each month, we drop a podcast episode where we interview a visionary scientist to discuss the science and technology that can accelerate humanity towards desirable outcomes.

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