Cleantech, Globalization, and Climate Change with Ramez Naam

Venture Stories | 25 June 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ramez Naam discussing why clean energy didn’t realize its potential in the 2000s and why now is a good time to invest in clean energy; his market map of opportunities in clean energy and the impact on the space that Moore’s Law is having; the influence of Kevin Kelly and Robert Wright on his thinking; the future of globalization; how to reconcile egalitarianism and meritocracy; and the state of climate change.

A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

John Collison – Growing the Internet Economy

Invest Like the Best | 16 June 2020 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Collison, co-founder of Stripe. Discusses the future of the internet economy, industrial conglomerates, the power of writing well, and financial accounting in the age of intangibles.

Facebook: The Inside Story with Steven Levy

GeekWire | 3 March 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Levy about his book Facebook, The Inside Story. Backgrounds the process of writing the book, discusses Facebook’s controversies, and assesses Facebook’s conduct overall.

The Data Coach

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 2 June 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
From the latest series of Michael Lewis’ Against the Rules, which is about the role of coaches in society. All are excellent. This episode explores the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching. Shows how data and technology are applied to coaching baseball and conversational skills.

Joshua Gans: Prediction Machines

Triangulation | 26 October 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Joshua Gans about his book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. Argues that Artificial Intelligence cheapens prediction and suggests ways that it will change our economy and how we can best respond.

Steven Jorgenson on Investing in the Space Industry

The Meb Faber Show | 25 May 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Jorgenson, Managing General Partner of Starbridge Venture Capital. Backgrounds the space industry – only 2% of which is the launch sector. Fascinating overview of space research and development, the potential applications, and likely timelines.

John Danaher on Our Coming Automated Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 18 May 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Danaher about his book Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work. Makes the case that work will soon be optional and that human creativity and artistic impulse can flourish in a world free of the demands of working for a living. Discusses what that would entail, whether it’s realistic, and what comes next.