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.

Education, The Great Stagnation, and Innovation with Noah Smith

Venture Stories | 8 June 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Noah Smith discussing why colleges should try to emulate the Cal State and CUNY systems, which Noah says provide the best value for dollars in education; why the US should want to copy the Japanese and Korean healthcare systems, and the power that a national health insurance program has to drive cost down; why the oil shock precipitated the great stagnation, and the evolution (and non-evolution) of energy sources over the years; what climate economics got wrong and why the revolution in green energy will not only be about reducing carbon emissions but rather the abundance of cheap energy; inflation and monetary policy and how the fed really works; what the US should do to increase innovation, and Noah’s take on whether science and commercialization of discoveries is slowing down or not.

Anton Howes on Innovation History, the Improving Mindset & Progress Studies

Ben Yeoh Chats | 21 May 2021 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes discussing lessons from the history of innovation, the improving mentality, Progress Studies, the case for a new “Great Exhibition”, economic stagnation, copyright, and more.

I highly recommend Anton’s newsletter, Age of Invention.

The End of Our 50-Year Stagnation | Tyler Cowen

The TED Interview | 3 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen. Backgrounds his contention that the economy has stagnated for the last 50 years. Argues that we’re commencing a new era of meaningful innovation, as evidenced by recent breakthroughs in science and medicine.

How Tech Adoption Fuels China’s Innovation Boom

HBR IdeaCast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zak Dychtwald about his HBR article China’s New Innovation Advantage. Explains that the perception of China as a copycat and not an innovator is outdated. Argues that the willingness of Chinese consumers to try new things is powering the country’s new innovation economy. Technology adoption rates in areas such as mobile payment are extremely high (90% in China versus 24% in US). Describes how non-Chinese companies can learn important lessons from this rapidly changing market and potentially use it to jump-start their own innovation.

The Race to Build AI that Benefits Humanity | Sam Altman

The TED Interview | 15 April 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman making the case for AI’s potential to make the future better for all of us – and explaining how his company is leading that charge with an unusual new business model.

The Western Front: A Cauldron of Innovation

History Extra | 10 March 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nick Lloyd about his book The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918. Argues that the Western Front in World War I was a cauldron of innovation and an epic struggle against the odds, shaped by transformative military and technological advancements.

Matt Ridley: Infinite Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 23 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley discussing writing books about science, the age-old battle between viruses and humans, rational optimism, the difference between innovation and invention, the role of trial and error and the effects of social media on seeing others’ points of view.