80,000 Hours Podcast

80,000 Hours Podcast

Rob, Luisa, Keiran, and the 80,000 Hours team

Unusually in-depth conversations about the world's most pressing problems and what you can do to solve them. Subscribe by searching for '80000 Hours' wherever you get podcasts. Produced by Keiran Harris. Hosted by Rob Wiblin and Luisa Rodriguez.

Categorias: Educación

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"It will change everything: it will change our workplaces, it will change our interactions with the government, it will change our interactions with each other. It will make all of us unwitting neuromarketing subjects at all times, because at every moment in time, when you’re interacting on any platform that also has issued you a multifunctional device where they’re looking at your brainwave activity, they are marketing to you, they’re cognitively shaping you.

"So I wrote the book as both a wake-up call, but also as an agenda-setting: to say, what do we need to do, given that this is coming? And there’s a lot of hope, and we should be able to reap the benefits of the technology, but how do we do that without actually ending up in this world of like, 'Oh my god, mind reading is here. Now what?'" — Nita Farahany

In today’s episode, host Luisa Rodriguez speaks to Nita Farahany — professor of law and philosophy at Duke Law School — about applications of cutting-edge neurotechnology.

Links to learn more, summary, and full transcript.

They cover:

  • How close we are to actual mind reading — for example, a study showing 80%+ accuracy on decoding whole paragraphs of what a person was thinking.
  • How hacking neural interfaces could cure depression.
  • How companies might use neural data in the workplace — like tracking how productive you are, or using your emotional states against you in negotiations.
  • How close we are to being able to unlock our phones by singing a song in our heads.
  • How neurodata has been used for interrogations, and even criminal prosecutions.
  • The possibility of linking brains to the point where you could experience exactly the same thing as another person.
  • Military applications of this tech, including the possibility of one soldier controlling swarms of drones with their mind.
  • And plenty more.

Producer and editor: Keiran Harris
Audio Engineering Lead: Ben Cordell
Technical editing: Simon Monsour and Milo McGuire
Additional content editing: Katy Moore and Luisa Rodriguez
Transcriptions: Katy Moore

Episodios anteriores

  • 302 - #174 – Nita Farahany on the neurotechnology already being used to convict criminals and manipulate workers 
    Thu, 07 Dec 2023
  • 301 - #173 – Jeff Sebo on digital minds, and how to avoid sleepwalking into a major moral catastrophe 
    Wed, 22 Nov 2023
  • 300 - #172 – Bryan Caplan on why you should stop reading the news 
    Fri, 17 Nov 2023
  • 299 - #171 – Alison Young on how top labs have jeopardised public health with repeated biosafety failures 
    Thu, 09 Nov 2023
  • 298 - #170 – Santosh Harish on how air pollution is responsible for ~12% of global deaths — and how to get that number down 
    Wed, 01 Nov 2023
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