How Tech Adoption Fuels China’s Innovation Boom

HBR IdeaCast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zak Dychtwald about his HBR article China’s New Innovation Advantage. Explains that the perception of China as a copycat and not an innovator is outdated. Argues that the willingness of Chinese consumers to try new things is powering the country’s new innovation economy. Technology adoption rates in areas such as mobile payment are extremely high (90% in China versus 24% in US). Describes how non-Chinese companies can learn important lessons from this rapidly changing market and potentially use it to jump-start their own innovation.

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

Peter Thiel on Innovation and Stagnation

Conversations with Bill Kristol | 15 September 2014 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel discussing his experiences founding companies, why it’s worth challenging “what everyone knows” in business and politics, the state of technology and innovation, the criticality of economic progress to the American democracy, and the crisis in American higher education.

The Race to Build AI that Benefits Humanity | Sam Altman

The TED Interview | 15 April 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman making the case for AI’s potential to make the future better for all of us – and explaining how his company is leading that charge with an unusual new business model.

Vitalik Buterin and Naval Ravikant on Ethereum and Blockchain Technology

The Tim Ferriss Show | 9 March 2021 | 2h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval Ravikant and Vitalik Buterin discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, Bitcoin, Ethereum, the development and applications of future versions of Ethereum, life extension, and more.

This follows on nicely from the 2017 Tim Ferriss episode with Naval Ravikant interviewing Nick Szabo, which is worth a listen as an accessible introduction to blockchain technology if you’ve not already heard it.

From the Plow to Birth Control: How Tech Reshapes Relationships

Innovation Hub | 12 February 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Debora Spar about her book Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. Backgrounds the technologies – from the steam engine to the refrigerator – that have affected when, how, and with whom we partner up. Discusses a future with no masterplan for how the technologies we have built will further evolve and change us.

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.