ChinaTalk | 9 January 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing how AI is going to change art, education, politics and human relationships; why he tried to write a book to explain America to the PRC; how babies born in 2023 will see their educations changed by AI; playing chess against the computer and creativity in the AI era; religion, American antisemitism, and the movie Her; writing a book about America for Chinese people; and why China is one of the hardest countries to predict.
The Michael Shermer Show | 27 December 2022 | 2h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Cobb about his book As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age. Discusses objections to genetic engineering (political, religious, cultural), selective breeding, recombinant DNA, the ethics of genetics, patenting life, gene therapy, gene editing, CRISPR, literature and films on the dangers of genetic engineering, bioweapons, 3 Laws of Behavior Genetics, and what people fear about it.
The New Bazaar | 20 December 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Avi Goldfarb about his book Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence, co-authored with Ajay Agrawal and Joshua Gans. Discusses why AI is best understood as a “prediction technology”; examples of AI already in use; which parts of the economy could be transformed by AI, and how; historical analogies to previous eras of widespread technological disruption; how AI will change the way people and companies make decisions; why this change will shift institutions away from blunt rules and towards individual discretion; who will gain and who will lose in the labour market from the adoption of AI; and what the use of AI might teach us about what it means to be human.
Many Minds | 14 December 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Karen Bakker about her book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants. Discusses the twin fields of “bioacoustics” and “ecoacoustics”, why sound is such a ubiquitous signalling medium across the tree of life, why scientific discoveries about sound have often been resisted, whether animal communication systems constitute languages, efforts to decode those systems using AI.
Big Technology Podcast | 31 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Bergen about his book Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination. Discusses YouTube’s history, with insights on YouTube’s battle with TikTok, its algorithmic programming, its appeal (and peril) for kids, and whether old media can cover YouTube (and its fellow digital challengers) without bias.
Decouple | 17 June 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jack Devanney about his book Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop. Discusses the history of nuclear power in the US, from its early promise to being over-regulated with costly features to reduce the risk of radioactive emissions that have no health impacts.
Jason Crawford has an excellent review and summary of the book at The Roots of Progress.
How Do We Fix It? | 1 December 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Meredith Angwin about her book Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of our Electric Grid. Discusses how the evolution of how power is produced and distributed has made US electric power less reliable. The issues identified are common to many countries.
a16z | 30 November 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nan Ransohoff about using a nearly $1B advanced market commitment fund to try to jumpstart the market for carbon removal. Discusses the multivariate carbon equation, why emission reductions are not enough, the difference between offsets and permanent removal, who’s paying for tons today, moving down the cost curve, where policy fits in, and ultimately what success might look like in this nascent industry. Part 1 of a 3-part series on carbon removal.