226: An updated view of the best ways to help humanity (Rob Wiblin)

February 4, 2019

If you want to do as much good as possible with your career, what problems should you work on, and what jobs should you consider? This episode features Rob Wiblin, director of research for effective altruist organization 80,000 Hours, and the host of the 80,000 Hours podcast. Julia and Rob discuss how the career advice 80,000 Hours gives has changed over the years, and the biggest misconceptions about their views.

Their conversation covers topics like: Should everyone try to get a job in finance and donate their income? The case for working to reduce global catastrophic risks; Why reducing risk is a better way to help the future than increasing economic growth; What percentage of the world should ideally follow 80,000 Hours’ advice? 

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