Freakonomics Radio | 12 September 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Reed Hastings about his book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-authored with Erin Meyer. Backgrounds how he came to believe that corporate rules kill creativity and innovation. Advocates that for some companies the greatest risk can be taking no risks at all and that it is better to prioritise flexibility than efficiency.
See also How to Fire People, an interview with Patty McCord about the Netflix culture.
Best of the Spectator | 25 August 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 1 September 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 8 September 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Three-part miniseries with Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley on climate change. Discusses (1) how to conduct a calmer conversation about climate change; (2) whether human innovation can stop climate change, or merely manage and delay the challenges it poses; and (3) sets out the trade-offs involved with a green agenda, especially for the poor. Argues that while climate change is important, solving it shouldn’t come above all else.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 10 August 2020 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Torchinsky about his book Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving. Backgrounds the progress and challenges still to be solved developing autonomous vehicles. Discusses the potential unanticipated consequences when autonomous vehicles become commonplace and examines how our relationship with cars is likely to change in the near future.
Venture Stories | 16 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Crawford, author of The Roots of Progress, discussing: the key aspects of human progress; the history of progress over time; whether we’ve traded off progress for safety; why the idea of progress is relatively new; what the nature of science fiction writing tells us about our vision for progress; why progress happens differently in different domains; how to think about safety with respect to new technologies; and the impacts of slowing population growth.
Invest Like the Best | 11 August 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Armstrong, the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase. Extols the benefits of economic freedom and discusses the future of cryptocurrency and decentralized finance as enablers of that freedom.
Conservative Curious | 14 August 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes. Mainly about his work on the history of the British Industrial Revolution, but also touches on Arts and Minds, his history of the Royal Society of Arts. Discusses the necessity of an ecosystem that encourages the exchange of innovation and ideas, what we can learn from Britain’s 300-year period of technological advancement, why innovators should also be cultural entrepreneurs, and how paranoia can spark innovation.
Uncommon Knowledge | 28 July 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg about his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. Argues for treating climate as a serious problem but not an extinction-level event justifying huge economic changes. Addresses some of the most vociferous climate policy critics, including Greta Thunberg, David Wallace-Wells and proponents of the Green New Deal. Also discusses some promising emerging technologies and why worst-case scenarios are often just that – scenarios that are used to motivate the public into action but are not likely to occur.
Intelligence Squared | 17 July 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jenny Kleeman about her book Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death. Discusses the innovations coming to the most human of experiences: artificial wombs, lab-grown meat, sex robots, and automated, painless death.