FourWeekMBA | 2 March 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jon Gertner about his book The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. Discusses the history of Bell Labs, digging into the factors responsible for its role as an incubator of innovation and birthplace of many influential technologies.
The Dissenter | 20 February 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Discusses what characterises autism; why it is classified as a mental disorder, and the idea of neurodiversity; its early signs; and the lower quality of life of autistic people; the systemizing mechanism, and the distinction between systemizing and empathizing; the role of testosterone in intra-uterine development, and differences in the brain development of autistic people; the distinction between cognitive and emotional empathy; sex differences, regions of the brain that might be sexually dimorphic, criticisms of the biological bases of sex differences, and whether it is possible to distinguish between male and female brains.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 30 January 2023 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Edward Conard about the reasons why the US is producing a lot more innovation than other parts of the world. Backgrounds the economy changing from capital-intensive manufacturing to knowledge-intensive, innovation-driven fields that increase demand for high skilled workers. Discusses ways to increase wages for middle and working classes. Draws from his books The Upside of Inequality and Unintended Consequences.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.