Alec Stapp – Progress is a Policy Choice

Infinite Loops | 15 February 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alec Stapp about the Institute for Progress, a non-partisan innovation policy think tank aiming to “accelerate scientific, technological and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.” Discusses setting up a new think tank to achieve change in the age of lobbying, why bipartisanship is underrated, reframing to achieve progress, reducing NIMBYism, government and technology, and more.

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Cedric Chin – Accelerating Business Expertise

Infinite Loops | 14 March 2024 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cedric Chin about Commoncog, his newsletter dedicated to finding useful, practical ways to accelerate business expertise. Discusses some of the most potentially transformative concepts he’s uncovered: the business expertise triad, quality engineering and process control, the effectiveness of naturalistic decision-making, expectancy, intuition and investing, how to stay open-minded, trial & error, knowledge shields & the power of reading, and protocols & pattern-matching.

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Ben Westhoff – Fentanyl, Inc

Infinite Loops | 16 November 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Westhoff about his book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Discusses his investigation of the fentanyl drug crisis, the failure of the War on Drugs, the role played by Big Pharma, naltrexone –the antagonist that can prevent overdose deaths, how he speaks to his children about drugs, what most Americans misunderstand about poverty, and more.

See also the ChinaTalk interview.

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Ethan Mollick – How AI Changes Everything

Infinite Loops | 15 June 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ethan Mollick about his Substack, One Useful Thing, which explains the rapid developments in the AI industry, describes how he has incorporated AI into his teaching, and provides practical guides on using AI in our daily lives. Discusses his rapid journey from AI skeptic to AI believer, that AI is already disruptive, unexpected AI use cases, how AI will impact education and accelerate entrepreneurship, the politics & geopolitics of AI, how to get unique results using AI, using AI to explore liminal spaces, the complex relationship between corporations and AI use, and more.

I recommend subscribing to Mollick’s Substack, One Useful Thing. There’s nothing like it in my experience for practical advice on how to use AI.

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Rory Sutherland – Behavioural Science, Marketing, and Persuasion

Infinite Loops | 1 July 2021 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Deliciously rambling interview with Rory Sutherland covering in-group versus out-group, the fractal nature of behavioural science, pricing heuristics, woke persuasion, the Barbra Streisand effect, Canada, and more.

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Rory Sutherland: Human Behaviour, Innovation, and Alchemy

Infinite Loops | 23 July 2020 | 1h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about his book Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business. Discusses the relationship between marketing and innovation; human psychology and behavioural economics; the importance of framing; and stated versus revealed preferences.

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Chris Sommers – Adventures at Sea

Infinite Loops | 18 June 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Sommers, the CEO at Unhedged. Mainly a rollicking tale about learning to sail whilst travelling the world – with a smattering of finance thrown in.

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Eric Jorgenson: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Infinite Loops | 4 June 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Jorgenson about his upcoming book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant. Discusses Naval Ravikant’s background, key lessons from Naval’s writing and career, what made Eric want to write the book, wealth, happiness, leverage, and more.

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