Video: Getting Ahead of Future Catastrophes

I’ve been experimenting with various ways of talking about my global risk research. Podcasts were next on my list. 📻🎙

I really enjoyed talking with Keith about the future of civilization, what risks we face, and how we navigate through them! Also I encourage you to check out the art at the beginning and end of the show; it’s so on point!

Description and breakdown from Keith:

In this interview, I sit down with Jeffrey Ladish to discuss future existential and catastrophic planetary risks and what we can do to stop them / mitigate their effects.

The play-by-play:

  • 0:00 - Introductions
  • 1:12 - Christian upbringings, ethics, and humanities capacity for self-destruction
  • 4:40 - Developing a intuitive respect for the gravity of nuclear risk
  • 8:00 - Valuing the latent potential of our collective future
  • 11:00 - Which risks are most impactful, urgent, overlooked, and prone to bifurcation
  • 14:00 - Mapping the existential risk landscape
  • 16:00 - Biorisk
  • 17:30 - “A deep and difficult understanding is what’s required to make progress”
  • 18:45 - Incentives and disincentives for bioterrorism
  • 22:00 - State-sponsored bioweapon research
  • 24:00 - Synthetic biology risks and destabilizing ecosystems - mirror life
  • 30:00 - Institutional Reform to Combat Existential Risk
  • 31:00 - Importance of international institutions
  • 33:30 - One World or None - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1681403.One_World_or_None
  • 35:00 - Nuclear treaties
  • 37:00 - “Everyone’s incentives in the longterm are aligned”
  • 39:00 - Optimizing for long term planning as an overlooked strategic lens
  • 40:30 - Institutions working on the cutting edge of Existential Risk research and systemic resiliency
  • 44:30 - “-we have to have healthy functioning institutions… we can do very broad things in social movements, but social movements can’t do very fine grained or long term planning type things. So we need institutions to do that.”
  • 45:10 - Institutional senescence
  • 48:30 - Blockchain governance methods
  • 50:00 - Futarchy
  • 52:00 - Cryptosecurity, Post-Quantum Cryptography and Trustable Trustless Institutions
  • 54:00 - Hard Forks to address Quantum Security
  • 56:00 - Book Recommendations - Strategy and Conflict, The Selfish Gene, Glen Weyl - Radical Markets, Samo Burja - Great Founder Theory
  • 58:30 - Thinking long term about risks/resiliency in your own community

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