Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Moral Problem of Accelerating Change (Audio Essay)

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This is an experiment. For a number of years, people have been asking me to provide audio versions of the essays that I post on the blog. I've been reluctant to do this up until now, but I have recently become a fan of the audio format and I appreciate its conveniences. Also, I watched an interview with Michael Lewis (the best-selling non-fiction author in the world) just this week where he suggested that audio essays might be the future of the essay format. So, in an effort to jump ahead of the curve (or at least jump onto the curve before it pulls away from me), I'm going to post a few audio essays over the coming months.

They will all be based on stuff I've previously published on the blog, with a few minor edits and updates. I'll send them out on the regular podcast feed (which you can subscribe to in various formats here). I'm learning as I go. The quality and style will probably evolve over time, and I'm quite keen on getting feedback from listeners too. Do you like this kind of thing or would you prefer I didn't do it?

This first audio essay is based on something I previously wrote on the moral problem of accelerating change. You can find the original essay here. You can listen below or download at this link.


  1. Thank you so much for your work, John! As a follower of your work, I'm looking forward to the audio-essay project.

    I have to say I'd be very excited about David Pearce as a guest on your interview series. I don't know whether your want to venture into the farther-out reaches of futurism but I imagine that this could be a great, eloquent dialogue.

    1. Thanks for your interest. David Pearce would be a great guest. On the farther reaches of futurism, I would say stay tuned for the next episode. I'm going to be chatting with Seth Baum about the long-term prospects for human civilisation.