Simon Baron-Cohen on Pattern Seekers

Noncompliant | 10 December 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Describes the evidence that the genes that cause autism are critical to human inventiveness; a benefit that sometimes comes at the cost of cognitive empathy, but not affective empathy. Stresses the importance of recognizing and valuing neurodiversity.

Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Anton Howes

Venture Stories | 24 November 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes, author of Arts & Minds. Discusses the cultures and conditions where innovation is easier and better; why he wrote the book and the key question he was trying to answer; what Silicon Valley could learn from studying the history of Britain; misconceptions that people have about economic growth in the past and future; why people misunderstand what growth is; how statecraft relates to economic growth; questions that people in the field are trying to answer and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent thinkers; and thoughts on progress studies.

Anton’s newsletter, Age of Invention, is my favourite discovery of the last year or so.

Nicholas Crafts: Is the Age of Fast Economic Growth Really Over?

Political Economy with James Pethokoukis | 5 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nicholas Crafts discussing why productivity has slowed in the past half-century, how we might kick-start innovation in the economy, and whether artificial intelligence could be about to power a fourth industrial revolution.

Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture… or Civilization

a16z | 24 October 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. Discusses the ubiquitousness of textile metaphors; the genetics of cotton; the supply chain of silk (including early machines, early management techniques, maestra and notions of expertise); the storage and transmission of knowledge; knitting and AI; and the environmental impact of dyes.

Adam Thierer: How ‘Evasive Entrepreneurship’ Can Beat the Regulatory State

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis | 12 June 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Thierer about his book Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. Discusses innovative companies skirting regulation that entrenches interests and blocks innovation that benefits consumers and human progress.

Alchemy: How Our Creations Recreate Us

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ainissa Ramirez about her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Draws on stories about eight key inventions to show how our innovations can change us in surprising ways.

Rory Sutherland – Moonshots and Marketing

Invest Like the Best | 15 September 2020 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about his book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense. Sells the value of marketing and trialling the bizarre rather than imagining we understand a complex world.

Lisa Cook on Racism, Patents, and Black Entrepreneurship

EconTalk | 21 September 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Cook discussing her research into the impact of racism, lynching, and segregation on Black inventors and entrepreneurs and the consequent effect on innovation and the wider US economy. Nicely contextualised with her work studying the barriers to innovation in the Russian economy. Also considers the best measures to move forward from here.