Tyler Cowen on AI and China

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.

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How AI is Unlocking Creativity

ChinaTalk | 25 October 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steve Coulson about producing his comic book Summer Island: A Folk-Horror Myth using images created by the midjourney AI art generator. Discusses whether using tech to generate art is taking money from already struggling artists, how AI will end the stock photography industry, how young artists can get a leg up by learning to use AI, and the challenge of using AI generator tools when you don’t speak English.

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Twilight Struggle: Cold War Lessons for US-China Today

ChinaTalk | 7 May 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hal Brands about his book The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today. Discusses how the US capitalised on Soviet heavy-handedness in the developing world; how technology impacted the broader trajectory of the Cold War; the US’s never-ending cycles of self-confidence and self-doubt; today’s Sinologists versus Cold War Sovietologists; why the only person who can stop the war in Ukraine is the one who started it.

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Selling China’s Story

ChinaTalk | 7 November 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Maggie Baughman about how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally. Discusses how she used public procurement data to identify the companies helping the Chinese government; the scale of the revenues involved; how Facebook benefits from this; and how China’s messaging contrasts with other countries.

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How Abe Reshaped Japan

ChinaTalk | 26 July 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tobias Harris about his book The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan. Discusses the dramatic rise, fall, and rise again to power of Abe Shinzo; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; and how he managed relations with the US and China.

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Larry Summers on China

ChinaTalk | 1 July 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Larry Summers on China. Discusses whether China is different; whether secular stagnation applies to China; how Chinese economic policymakers have changed over time; whether industrial policy should be a thing; and how American academia should navigate its relationship with China.

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DARPA and How to R&D Right

ChinaTalk | 9 June 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Reinhardt exploring how institutions foster innovation. Includes the history of corporate research labs; their dependency on monopoly-like high company margins; incentive problems with academia- and venture-based research; factors behind DARPA’s success; why NASA wasted the past two decades; how administrative forces fetter high-variance research; and what needs to be subtracted from the US research ecosystem.

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Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 9 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Rozelle about his book Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, co-authored with Natalie Hell. Discusses how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path; parallels with Mexico’s development; why it is easy to solve poverty but not low income; why local governments don’t spend enough on rural education and health; and how the relationship between academia and government has changed from the Hu Jintao-era to the Xi Jinping-era.

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