Gamechangers: More than just a game

Gamechangers from The Economist | 16 August 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Describes how powerful graphics chips, developed to make video games more realistic, were used to speed up the mathematical calculations used in deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, that powers voice assistants, facial recognition, music recommendations and underpins pioneering scientific research on how proteins fold.

We Can’t Have Medical Progress Without Risk

KERA’s Think | 29 September 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Offit about his book You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation. Describes the history of the risks run and sacrifices made to progress the medical technologies and lifesaving therapies that we rely on.

Is There a Hack for Enlightenment?

Vox Conversations | 30 September 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Wesley Wildman and Kate Stockly about their book, Spirit Tech: The Brave New World of Consciousness Hacking and Enlightenment Engineering. Discusses high-tech tools like brain stimulation and neurofeedback-guided meditation that purport to enrich our spiritual lives, the risks they may pose to our psyches, and the ethical implications of technology-induced shortcuts to transformative meditative states. Also considers whether such spiritual experiences are authentic, rather than simulated and whether brain-based spirit tech might help humans evolve as a species.

Holden Karnofsky on The Most Important Century

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 19 August 2021 | 2h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Holden Karnofsky about his article series The Most Important Century. Discusses the case that we live in an incredibly important time; how achievable-seeming technology could lead to unprecedented productivity, control of the environment, and more; how economic growth is faster than it can be for all that much longer; forecasting transformative AI; and the implications of living in the most important century.

Mike Maples, Jr. – A Playbook for Startups

Invest Like the Best | 26 August 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate, about his life and work in venture capital. Discusses his early insights and secrets, value hypothesis testing, customer development, growth, team orchestration, and a lot more.

Vaxxers: The Two Women Who Created the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Nine to Noon | 13 July 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Dame Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green about their book Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus. Discusses starting to design a vaccine just two weeks after reading about a mysterious type of pneumonia emerging in China, making it in a lab, the myriad hurdles encountered thereafter, and where to from here with covid-19 and vaccines.

reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 25 May 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Luis von Ahn. Describes the development of CAPTCHA to distinguish humans from bots signing up to Yahoo!; the development of reCAPTCHA to distinguish humans from bots whilst simultaneously digitising books; the development of Duolingo, a language learning app; and the iteration to find a sustainable business model for Duolingo.

Duolingo recently listed, which reminded me of this podcast, one of the most memorable and inspiring I’ve heard on innovation and business.

A Primer on Space: The Final Frontier

Business Breakdowns | 28 July 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tren Griffin about the space industry. Discusses how our ground economy is enabled by space today, what excites him most about the space-to-space opportunities in the future, and how space compares to other network foundations.