It’s Not All Fun and Games: How DeepMind Unlocks Medicine’s Secrets

Medicine and the Machine | 15 June 2022 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis about his early work developing games, DeepMind’s work on chess and Go, and harnessing the potential of AI in health and medicine.

Lewis Dartnell on Getting Humanity to Bounce Back Faster in a Post-Apocalyptic World

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 3 June 2022 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about his book The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm. Discusses the biggest impediments to bouncing back, the reality of humans trying to actually do this, the most valuable pro-resilience adjustments we can make today, how to recover without much coal or oil, how to feed the Earth in disasters, and the most exciting recent findings in astrobiology.

Alex Epstein on Fossil Future

The Power Hungry Podcast | 24 May 2022 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Epstein about his book Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas – Not Less. Discusses why hydrocarbons cannot be replaced anytime soon, why so many “designated experts” on energy and climate are wrong, the false belief in the earth as a “delicate nurturer,” and why we need more intellectual openness and energy humanism in the policy debate.

What’s on Elon Musk’s Mind?

The TED Interview | 15 April 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elon Musk discussing what it will take to build a future worth being excited about. Covers free speech and Twitter, energy for a climate-stable future, battery production, self-driving cars, Tesla’s intelligent humanoid robot Optimus, SpaceX’s Starship, and Neuralink’s brain-machine interfaces.

Steam Engines and Transport Innovators

Patented: History of Inventions | 16 March 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley, the author of How Innovation Works, discussing the invention of the steam engine and the innovations in transport from the steam engine to human flight to space travel.

We Can Play God Now

People I (Mostly) Admire | 19 March 2022 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Doudna discussing the development of CRISPR gene-editing technology, how it works, and her worries that humanity might not be ready for the technology that she helped develop.

Beth Shapiro with Carl Zimmer: The Perks of Meddling with Nature

Town Hall Seattle Science Series | 18 January 2022 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Beth Shapiro about her book Life as We Made It: How 50,000 Years of Human Innovation Refined―and Redefined―Nature. Argues that humans have always been meddling with nature – hunting, hybridizing plants, domesticating animals, and conserving the living things around us. Makes the case to free ourselves from fear of obtrusion and instead become better meddlers.

Alec Stapp: Policy for Progress, Under-Researched Areas, Science of Science, Biosecurity

Ben Yeoh Chats | 28 February 2022 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alec Stapp about his work at the Institute for Progress. Discusses the competing interests that prevent physical infrastructure being built easily. Explains the IFP’s focusing framework – impact (will it be impactful), tractability (is it possible?), under-researched (are many other people working on the challenge?). Also discusses why biosecurity (pandemic preparedness), meta-science (understanding how science progresses) and immigration (in particular high skilled) are the initial areas of interest and what other areas, like climate, might be next.