Harnessing AI for Social Good with Arnold Kling

AI, Government, and the Future by Alan Pentz | 24 January 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arnold Kling discussing the transformative potential of AI in government and society. Explores how AI chatbots will personalize learning and teaching, the dilemma of AI in the culture wars, and how to navigate the thin line between innovation and regulation in AI.

I highly recommend Arnold Kling’s Substack In My Tribe. Previous episodes include an EconTalk interview The Three Languages of Politics, Revisited and a Venture Stories interview What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything.

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The Vanishing Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 15 February 2024 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 3 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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The Brilliant Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 8 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 2 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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The Curious Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 1 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 1 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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Casey Handmer – Mining the Air

Multiverses | 11 May 2023 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Casey Handmer about his firm Terraform Industries and its work pioneering air-to-fuel technology to synthesise methane and hydrocarbons from the air aiming to displace the transport of carbon from the crust to the atmosphere.

Check out Casey Handmer’s blog.

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Amitav Ghosh – How the Opium Trade Shaped Capitalism

How To Academy | 13 February 2024 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amitav Ghosh about his book Smoke and Ashes: Opium’s Hidden Histories. Traces the links between the opium trade and the origins of the world’s biggest corporations and most powerful American families, and considers its relevance to the unfolding tragedy of America’s contemporary opioid crisis.

I enjoyed this episode, but not the piece at the end that suggests fossil fuels are addictive products foisted on us by oil companies. Isn’t it more sensible to attribute emissions to end users rather than the oil companies that supply that demand?

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The Interdisciplinary Nature of Evolution with David Sloan Wilson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sloan Wilson discussing how everything can be explained by evolution, why the last 50 years of science have been groundbreaking, group-selection versus gene-centred evolution, and Darwinism’s shifts over time.

See also other episodes on evolution.

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Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World from Climate Change?

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 9 February 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nat Bullard about his presentation Decarbonization: Stocks and flows, abundance and scarcity, net zero. Discusses the twin pillars of the global clean energy revolution (solar and storage), how these two technologies have consistently beat expert predictions, how they’re reshaping energy generation around the world, and what stands in the way of a clean energy future based around sunshine and batteries.

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