Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Ideas Having Sex | 21 November 2022 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses elements of innovation: the exchange of ideas; serendipity; simultaneous invention, the asymmetry between how obvious innovation looks looking back but not forward in time; his book Viral about the origins of covid-19 and his consternation at the lack of appetite to properly investigate those origins, and more.

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Mark Zachary Taylor on The Politics of Innovation

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 16 October 2022 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Zachary Taylor about his book The Politics of Innovation: Why Some Countries Are Better Than Others at Science and Technology. Discusses why some countries are better than others at science and technology, the uneven distribution of innovation globally, how and why we got to this place, the role of government investments, and the connection between physics and politics.

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Kenneth Stanley – Greatness Without Goals

Invest Like the Best | 28 June 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ken Stanley about his book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned. Discusses the provocative idea that setting big, audacious goals can reduce the odds of achieving something great. Explains that the prerequisites to major inventions are never invented with that invention in mind. Details the results and implications from his neuroevolution research with Picbreeder, which allowed people to breed pictures. Distils lessons for our day-to-day lives.

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Steven Johnson Wants to Know How Enlightenment Happens

The TED Interview | 23 June 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Johnson about his books. Discusses where ideas come from, how optimism benefits creative ideation, the complex and even controversial process of discovery, and the beauty of the “adjacent possible”.

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The Future Economy

Risk Talking | 16 May 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Joel Mokyr discussing the past, present, and future of innovation and the modern economy; the industrial revolution; the intellectual underpinnings of economic growth; the future of work in an increasingly technologized world; and whether today’s stifling political environment threatens our prosperity. Draws from his book A Culture of Growth.

This is the first episode of a new podcast about economics, hosted by Allison Schrager.

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Naushad Forbes on Building Innovation in Industry

Ideas of India | 12 May 2022 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Naushad Forbes about his book The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential. Discusses why Indian companies spend so little on R&D, how companies learn and innovate, protectionism versus open markets, cronyism, Parsi exceptionalism, higher education reforms and more.

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Everyone Wants a Silicon Valley feat. Dan Breznitz

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 28 March 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dan Breznitz about his book Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World. Discusses innovation policy – the global fragmentation of production, innovation vs. invention, luxury shoes, and what’s wrong with the intellectual property system that we have today.

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Steam Engines and Transport Innovators

Patented: History of Inventions | 16 March 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley, the author of How Innovation Works, discussing the invention of the steam engine and the innovations in transport from the steam engine to human flight to space travel.

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