Sam Altman on the A.I. Revolution, Trillionaires and the Future of Political Power

The Ezra Klein Show | 11 June 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Altman about his essay Moore’s Law for Everything. Backgrounds how AI will generate wealth by making almost everything cheaper, but destroy jobs in the process and shift wealth from labour to capital. Discusses the political economy that will require, arguing for taxing land and wealth, and distributing it to all to share the wealth.

Richard Thompson Ford on Dress Codes

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 19 March 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Thompson Ford about his book Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History. Explores the history of dress codes from the middle ages to the present and discusses the resulting insights about ourselves and our society.

Ian Leslie on Conflicted

EconTalk | 7 June 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Leslie about his book Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes. Argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our views conflict is the key to productive conversation in business and in marriage. The conversation includes a surprising defense of confirmation bias.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Surviving The Great Reshuffle

Modern Wisdom | 27 May 2021 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. Argues that time, space and geography are collapsing. The richest people on the planet are no longer in charge of labour or buildings, they’re symbol manipulators. The skillsets we need today are completely different to what was needed 50 years ago, let alone 500. Discusses why 2020 was the best thing to happen to talented people in the developing world, the danger of grade inflation in top-flight universities, Rory Sutherland, Isaac Newton, and more.

Work: Should You Do Less of It?

The Next Big Idea | 13 May 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Draws lessons from the way San hunter-gathers spend their time to argue for spending less time toiling away at labour we loathe and more time working at things we love.

How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

Freakonomics Radio | 6 May 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Evaluates the impact that robots (and other smart technologies) will have on jobs, particularly the scope for newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) to totally reinvigorate how work gets done.

Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

Ideas of India | 13 May 2021 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alice Evans about ideas from her upcoming book The Great Gender Divergence. Discusses issues affecting women in India, including drivers of women’s labour force participation, urbanization and social change, single-gender education, son preference, social media, pro-worker reforms, what drives support for gender equality, and more.

If you enjoy this then I highly recommend Alice Evans’ blogpost Why are North and South India So Different on Gender? This reviews the literature on poverty, colonialism, matriliny, cousin marriage, conquests and purdah, labour-intensive cultivation, and ancestral crop yields to assess the roots of India’s regional gender differences.

David Buss – When Men Behave Badly

The Dissenter | 26 April 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Buss about his book When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault. Discusses what sexual conflict is, from an evolutionary perspective; the evolutionary roots of behaviours like sexual deception, harassment and assault; sociocultural perspectives about sexual conflict, and how they complement evolutionary psychology; rape, mate-guarding behaviour, and mate value discrepancies and their effects; evolutionary mismatches in sexual conflict; possible evolutionary explanations for the #metoo movement and the incel movement; possible strategies to prevent sexual violence; and using evolutionary psychology to improve their relationship satisfaction.

The Modern Wisdom interview with David Buss is also worth a listen.