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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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Jun 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 2 of the Giving Thought Podcast, brought to you by the Charities Aid Foundation's in house think-tank Giving Thought.

In this episode, we look at the role that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could play in accelerating new, data-driven approaches to philanthropy.

We explore:

  1. The rise of algorithms, and what this might mean for philanthropy in terms of creating new challenges and opportunities
  2. The "Effective Altruism" movement and how this links to the growth of AI
  3. Silicon Valley and the focus on "big bet" philanthropy



Below are links to blog posts and publications on issues discussed in the podcast:


-Robotic Alms: AI and the future of philanthropy advice


-Algorithm is Gonna Get You: what the rise of algorithms means for philanthropy


-Are Some Causes Better than Others? The Effective Altruism Debate


-The Stars My Destination: Philanthropy and the Future of Space Exploration


-Has Mark Zuckerberg Just Announced the Death of the Charitable Foundation?


-Why the Criticism of Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy is Both Wrong and Right