Con Slobodchikoff into the World of Animal Languages

WeBuzz by AnimalConcepts | 4 December 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Con Slobodchikoff about using artificial intelligence technology to decode animal communication. Refutes the idea that animals don’t have thoughts and cannot communicate, and explains his revolutionary view on the non-existent gap between other animals and ourselves. Suggests that language extends to a variety of senses, instead of being single-sensory. Discusses why studying animal languages is so difficult; the importance sounds can have for animal caregivers in animal care and welfare programs; and how language studies can be carried out in zoos or aquariums. Draws from his books Chasing Doctor Dolittle and Prairie Dogs.

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The Ancient Inventions That Made the Modern World

KERA’s Think | 24 May 2024 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Roma Agrawal about her book Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (in a Big Way). Discusses simple inventions such as nails, rivets and string that we don’t think of as particularly revolutionary but which carry all the innovations of today on their shoulders.

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Why Flying Cars Are More of a Reality Than You Think

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 7 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus about his New Yorker article Are Flying Cars Finally Here? Discusses his research on the history, present, and future of flying car technology; flying cars as emblems of our collective disappointment with a technologically splendid future promised but not delivered; why flying cars don’t exist – and why they might be much closer to reality than most people think.

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Heroes of Progress with Alexander Hammond

Free The Economy | 18 April 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Hammond about his book Heroes of Progress: 65 People Who Changed the World. Discusses the men and women who improved life for millions of their fellow human beings, from Johannes Gutenberg and James Madison to Frederick Douglass and Norman Borlaug. Touches on venture capitalists fighting red tape, challenges to electric vehicle adoption, Americans sleeping on the job, a possible vaccine for chlamydia, and political bias at National Public Radio.

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Nick Bostrom on Deep Utopia

The Michael Shermer Show | 16 April 2024 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nick Bostrom about his book Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World. Discusses an AI Utopia and Protopia; Trekonomics and post-scarcity economics; the hedonic treadmill and positional wealth values; colonizing the galaxy; the Fermi paradox; mind uploading and immortality; Google’s Gemini AI debacle; LLMs, ChatGPT, and beyond; how would we know if an AI system was sentient?

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Jonathan Haidt on Adjusting to Smartphones and Social Media

Conversations with Tyler | 3 April 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. Debates whether “phone-based childhood” is to blame for the rise in teen mental illness.

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How Should I Be Using A.I. Right Now?

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 April 2024 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ethan Mollick about his book Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with A.I. Discusses how to use A.I. better, which chatbot to choose and techniques for how to get the most useful results, the strange, delightful and slightly unnerving ways that A.I. responds to us, and how you’ll get more out of any chatbot if you think of it as a relationship rather than a tool.

Ethan Mollick’s Substack One Useful Thing is a great read, especially about A.I. See also the Infinite Loops interview with him about his Substack.

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Alec Stapp – Progress is a Policy Choice

Infinite Loops | 15 February 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alec Stapp about the Institute for Progress, a non-partisan innovation policy think tank aiming to “accelerate scientific, technological and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.” Discusses setting up a new think tank to achieve change in the age of lobbying, why bipartisanship is underrated, reframing to achieve progress, reducing NIMBYism, government and technology, and more.

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