Gregory Zuckerman on the Crazy Race to Create the COVID Vaccine

EconTalk | 10 January 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Describes how a couple of companies that had never produced a successful vaccine developed a covid vaccine so quickly. Captures the daring, deranged, and damaged visionaries who drove one of science and medicine’s great success stories.

Frontiers of Human Knowledge w/ Michael Bhaskar

Futures Podcast | 17 November 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Michael Bhaskar about his book Human Frontiers: The Future of Big Ideas in an Age of Small Thinking. Discusses how the history of humanity is characterised by big ideas, why the perceived stagnation of economic growth and technological progress may mark the end of breakthrough innovation, and what new tools might help us to develop shocking, sensational or paradigm-shifting new ways to see the world.

How To Solve The Cold Start Problem with Andrew Chen

Venture Stories | 21 December 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Chen about his book The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects. Discusses Why the secret to why Bay Area tech companies have been so successful is their ability to connect people in different ways. Discusses stories of how different tech companies solved the cold start problem in their earliest days (eg Tinder threw a party at USC and required people to install the app to get in); why colleges are a fertile environment for consumer tech; the promise of Web 3 and how it differs from previous eras of the internet; his requests for startups; and his thoughts on the metaverse, the passion economy, gaming, and more.

Scott Davis – Co-author of “Lessons from the Titans”

Business Bookshelf | 23 August 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Scott Davis about his book Lessons from the Titans: What Companies in the New Economy Can Learn from the Great Industrial Giants to Drive Sustainable Success, co-authored with Carter Copeland and Rob Wertheimer. Distils lessons in innovation, growth, resilience, and operational excellence drawn from his equity research of industrial stocks. Considers the implications for today’s technology sector from yesterday’s technology stocks.

AI & Warfare with Kenneth Payne

Carnegie Council Audio | 17 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kenneth Payne about his book I, Warbot: The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict. Discusses the impact of artificial intelligence on the nature and character of war and warfare. Considers whether AI systems will transform the future battlefield so dramatically that they will render existing paradigms and doctrines obsolete.

Building Green Tech ft. Noah Smith

The Neoliberal Podcast | 16 November 2021 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Noah Smith discussing advances in solar, wind, battery and nuclear power; why some technologies keep getting cheaper while others don’t; climate-related moonshots like carbon capture technology and geothermal power; and why it’s important to invest in basic green tech research.

Exponential Age: Everything Is Accelerating. Who’s at the Wheel?

The Next Big Idea | 18 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Azeem Azhar about his book Exponential: How the next digital revolution will rewire life on Earth. Surveys the new technologies likely to change the way we live and considers the potential political, economic, and social consequences.

Will Marshall – Indexing the Earth

Invest Like the Best | 16 November 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Will Marshall, the co-founder and CEO of Planet, which has successfully built and deployed 450 satellites into space, to create a time series of images for every place on Earth. Describes how space is going through an internet moment where cost reductions and performance enhancements have led to a seismic shift in what’s possible, and how that can drastically improve life on Earth through unique datasets like the one Planet is piecing together.