Episode 271

Earning to Give

A Conversation with Sam Bankman-Fried

December 24, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sam Bankman-Fried about effective altruism. They discuss how he became the wealthiest self-made billionaire under 30, what might go wrong with cryptocurrency, the Giving What We Can pledge, how SBF thinks about using his resources to do the most good in the world, how not to stigmatize wealth, wealth redistribution, norms of generosity among the ultra-wealthy, pandemic preparedness, impact through lobbying, how ambitious should we be in doing good, and other topics.

Sam Bankman-Fried is the founder and CEO of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange. He is also the CEO of Alameda Research, a quantitative cryptocurrency trading firm. Forbes has described him as "the richest person in crypto" and "one of the richest people under 30 in history." What is more remarkable is that he set out to make this money for the purpose of giving almost all of it away to the most effective charities, and to thereby do as much good in the world as he can. He was an early adopter of the Giving What We Can Pledge, and he is now one of the more prominent people in the effective altruist community. Sam is the son of two Stanford law professors, and he received a degree in physics from MIT.

Website: http://ftx.com

Twitter: @SBF_FTX

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