Books I’ve Loved – Steve Jurvetson

The Tim Ferriss Show | 30 December 2019 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Steve Jurvetson shares wisdom on parenting and the future of technology in the course of discussing three books: Alison Gopnik’s The Scientist in the Crib, Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control, and Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines.

Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence

EconTalk | 6 January 2020 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Melanie Mitchell about her book Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans. Overviews artificial intelligence (AI) and where we might be going. Mitchell argues that much of what is called “learning” and “intelligence” when done by machines is not analogous to human capabilities. The capabilities of machines are highly limited to explicit, narrow tasks with little transfer to similar but different challenges. Along the way, Mitchell explains some of the techniques used in AI and how progress has been made in many areas.

Matt Clifford – Investing Pre-Company

Invest Like the Best | 14 January 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Clifford, the co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading talent investor. They invest “pre-company” by helping the best people in cities around the world find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. Includes a fascinating perspective on the history of the dominant technology of ambition – from reading and writing, through military command and finance to today’s technology entrepreneurship. With each change, a new type of institution emerges to amplify outcomes. Entrepreneur First aims to be the missing institution that makes technology entrepreneurship a viable career path.

The Geoengineering Question

The Ezra Klein Show | 19 December 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Flegal discussing the technology and anthropology of geoengineering. Covers the state of the technology, its advantages and disadvantages, and issues with its governance.

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

a16z | 2 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Kevin Kelly and Marc Andreessen discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they’re optimistic about the future. Lots of insightful perspectives on technology.

Growth and the Energy Transition with Vaclav Smil

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar | 27 November 2019 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vaclav Smil focussed on the energy transition away from fossil fuels. Discusses the history and future of energy, the limits of renewables, the consequences of megacities, waste reduction, the possibilities Moore’s Law predicts for biology and chemistry, and the limits of nuclear power.

The Technology Trap

Capital Ideas Investing Podcast | 23 August 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Benedikt Frey, author of The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Discusses what history teaches us about the social implications of rapid technological change, what happens to the living standards of displaced workers, and why not everyone thought electricity was such a great idea.

Sarah Cone Discusses Disrupting Venture Capital

Masters in Business | 20 December 2019 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sarah Cone, the founder and managing partner at Social Impact Capital, which describes itself as “a hybrid between a venture capital firm and an open-source community.”