Josh Chin and Liza Lin on Surveillance State

New Books in Economics | 9 September 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Josh Chin and Liza Lin about their book Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control. Discusses China’s use of new technologies for social control; their brutal application to the Uighur people; the relatively benign-seeming applications to traffic control, crime, and public order where Chinese citizens judge the loss of privacy as a small price to pay; and the similar trade-off Western citizens will need to make.

Charles C. Mann – Americas Before Columbus & Scientific Wizardry

The Lunar Society | 14 September 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann about his books 1491: New Revelations of America before Columbus, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, and The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. Discusses why Native American civilizations collapsed, why he disagrees with Will MacAskill about longtermism, why there aren’t any successful slave revolts, how Bitcoin is like the Chinese Silver Trade, how geoengineering can help us solve climate change, and more.

Amanda Little on the Fate of Food

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amanda Little about her book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Backgrounds the challenges climate change poses to food: the collapse of food systems, less flavoursome food, and crops we rely on, like corn and soy, getting harder to grow. Argues that we must change our agricultural practices, combining the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology.

Monocle Reads: ‘The Car’

Monocle 24: Meet the Writers | 17 March 2022 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Appleyard about his book The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World. Tells the story of the cultural impact of the car and how it has informed our sense of mobility, possibility and imagination over the past 150 years.

Matthew Ball on the Metaverse and Gaming

Conversations with Tyler | 13 July 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Ball about his book The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything. Discusses the eventual widespan transition of the population to the metaverse, the exciting implications of this interconnected network of 3D worlds for education, how the metaverse will improve dating and its impacts on sex, the happiness and career satisfaction of professional gamers, his favourite type of entrepreneur, and more.

Steven Johnson Wants to Know How Enlightenment Happens

The TED Interview | 23 June 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Johnson about his books. Discusses where ideas come from, how optimism benefits creative ideation, the complex and even controversial process of discovery, and the beauty of the “adjacent possible”.

Remaking the Face

Science for the People | 7 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lindsey Fitzharris about her book The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Faces of World War I. Discusses the pioneering work of Harold Gillies to develop plastic surgery to reconstruct the disfigured faces of injured World War I soldiers.

It’s Not All Fun and Games: How DeepMind Unlocks Medicine’s Secrets

Medicine and the Machine | 15 June 2022 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis about his early work developing games, DeepMind’s work on chess and Go, and harnessing the potential of AI in health and medicine.