I set aside time to learn every day and I'm always looking for ways to improve myself both personally and professionally.
The Pocket app has dramatically boosted my reading volume and quality (over 2 million words in the last three years). See my recommendations by clicking on the image below:
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The 80,000 Hours Podcast features in-depth conversations about the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them. Highly recommended.
- #44 - Dr Paul Christiano on how OpenAI is developing real solutions to the 'AI alignment problem', and his vision of how humanity will progressively hand over decision-making to AI systems
- #17 – Prof Will MacAskill on moral uncertainty, utilitarianism & how to avoid being a moral monster
- #31 – Prof Allan Dafoe on defusing the political and economic risks posed by existing AI capabilities
- #25 - Prof Robin Hanson on why we have to lie to ourselves about why we do what we do
a16z: This series is produced by Andreeseen Horowitz, an influential Silicon Valley VC firm, and brings a variety of startup founders and investors to the show for discussion on tech, culture, current events, and the future. It’s a useful window into the thoughts of individuals on the leading edge of technology developments.
The Joe Rogan Experience: The trend in the podcast industry is towards scripted, audience-tested, and painstakingly-produced series. Joe Rogan is the opposite - a laid-back conversationalist who makes you feel like you're in the room with his guest. He's an "everyman" in the literary sense, able to represent the common person's questions and mindsets while interviewing guests across numerous fields and backgrounds.
The podcast series is intimidating at first glance, as he has over 1200 episodes (as of late 2018). It's worth noting that around 70% of them interview figures from MMA or comedy, which are entertaining but not my primary interest. The remaining episodes provide ample opportunities for learning about new topics.
- #1169 - Elon Musk - I enjoyed hearing Elon talk about goals and interests in a more casual manner than SpaceX/Tesla’s press releases or his authorized biography. (And yes, this is the infamous episode where Elon Musk smoked marijuana.)
- #138 - Anthony Bourdain
- #1172 - Morgan Fallon - Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
- #975 and #1034 - Sebastian Junger - One of the best journalists of our generation.
- #446, #490, #581, and #844 - Andreas Antonopoulos - One of the best communicators in the cryptocurrency field.
- #1035 - Paul Stamets - Strap in for an wild ride.
- #1080 - David Goggins - For whenever you think you're having a tough day at work/school/sports.
The Tim Ferriss Show: One of my favorite books is Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, which summarizes hundreds of Tim’s podcast episodes. I recommend starting with the book and listening to the full-length recordings of the interviews that interest you.
Foreign Policy’s The Editor’s Roundtable: For sharp, witty commentary on foreign policy and policy issues more broadly, look no further. The podcast brings together 4-5 foreign policy experts in a roundtable discussion format to explore topics that are often too complex to be reliably conveyed in news blurbs and headlines.
Regrettably, the podcast has lost much of its charm after an executive/leadership shake-up, but some of the old episodes continue to influence my thinking on policy.
How to Start a Startup: This is required listening for anyone who has flirted with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. This lecture series is also available in video form.
- 03 - Paul Graham - Before the Startup
- 10 - Brian Chesky and Alfred Lin - Culture
- 12 - Aaron Levie - Building for the Enterprise
- 01 - Sam Altman and Dustin Moskovitz