Eliot Higgins on We Are Bellingcat

Intelligence Squared | 5 February 2021 | 0h ??m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eliot Higgins about his book We Are Bellingcat. Tells the story of how Bellingcat pioneered the use of software to crack some of the biggest cases in the world. Discusses their investigations into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and the recent poisoning of Russian politician Alexei Navalny.

Sarah Brayne on Police Surveillance

Probable Causation | 9 February 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sarah Brayne about her book Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing. Describes how the police use big data and new surveillance technologies ad discusses the implications for social inequality, privacy, and civil liberties.

Should We Dim the Sun? Will We Even Have a Choice?

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 February 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Elizabeth Kolbert about her book Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Discusses the prospect of intentionally sending sulphurous particles into the atmosphere to dim the sun, whether carbon capture technology could scale up to to make a dent in emissions levels, the ethics of using gene-editing technologies to make endangered species more resistant to climate change, the governance mechanisms needed to prevent these technologies from getting out of hand, what a healthier narrative about humanity’s relationship with nature would sound like, how the pandemic altered carbon emissions, and more.

Where is My Flying Car? with J. Storrs Hall

Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 18 November 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with J. Storrs Hall about his book Where’s My Flying Car?: A Memoir of Future Past. Discusses what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century. Backgrounds the Great Stagnation and discusses how government funding of research promotes stagnation; how green philosophy promotes stagnation; the regulatory stifling of nuclear energy; and how to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation.

Via the excellent book review at Roots of Progress.

Noubar Afeyan on the Permission to Leap

Conversations with Tyler | 13 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna and CEO of Flagship Pioneering. Discusses teaching entrepreneurship; predictions on the future of gene editing and CRISPR technology; why the pharmaceutical field can’t be winner takes all; why “basic research” is a poor term; the secret to Boston’s culture of innovation; the potential of plant biotech; the role of systematic processes that include embracing unreasonable propositions and even unreasonable people in exceptional achievement; why Montreal is (still) a special place to him; how his classical pianist mother influenced his musical tastes; his discussion-based approach to ethical dilemmas; how thinking future-backward shapes his approach to business and philanthropy; the blessing and curse of Lebanese optimism; the importance of creating a culture where people can say things that are wrong; what we can all learn by being an American by choice, and more.

Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z

Capital Allocators | 11 January 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Dixon about his work on Andreesen Horowitz’s Crypto Funds. Covers his early interest in computers and business; lessons from starting companies and angel investing; new computing platforms; the history of centralized and decentralized computing; development of blockchain technologies; potential killer apps; token basics; and investor perception.

Rana el Kaliouby on Girl Decoded and the Human Side of AI

Elevate with Robert Glazer | 21 January 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rana el Kaliouby about her book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. Discusses growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, studying at the world’s top educational institutions, her work developing artificial intelligence that understands human emotions, AI ethics, and more.

Richard Meadows: The First Roaman, Optionality

RoamFM | 21 December 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Meadows about beta testing Roam Research and his book Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World. Discusses the early development of Roam Research and how he uses it for his writing process. Discusses Optionality, the philosophy he has developed to be both resilient to and profit from a volatile and uncertain world.

Optionality is my favourite book for 2020. That’s very high praise for a year where Matt Ridley published a book.