Why Flying Cars Are More of a Reality Than You Think

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 7 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus about his New Yorker article Are Flying Cars Finally Here? Discusses his research on the history, present, and future of flying car technology; flying cars as emblems of our collective disappointment with a technologically splendid future promised but not delivered; why flying cars don’t exist – and why they might be much closer to reality than most people think.

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Heroes of Progress with Alexander Hammond

Free The Economy | 18 April 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Hammond about his book Heroes of Progress: 65 People Who Changed the World. Discusses the men and women who improved life for millions of their fellow human beings, from Johannes Gutenberg and James Madison to Frederick Douglass and Norman Borlaug. Touches on venture capitalists fighting red tape, challenges to electric vehicle adoption, Americans sleeping on the job, a possible vaccine for chlamydia, and political bias at National Public Radio.

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Patrick Collison – Craft, Beauty, & The Future of Payments

Dwarkesh Podcast | 21 February 2024 | 1h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Collison discussing what it takes to process $1 trillion/year; how to build multi-decade APIs, companies, and relationships; what’s next for Stripe (increasing the GDP of the internet is quite an open-ended prompt, and the Collison brothers are just getting started); the amazing stuff they’re doing at Arc Institute; the financial infrastructure for AI agents; playing devil’s advocate against progress studies, and more.

See also other episodes with Patrick Collison.

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Measuring Labor Productivity feat. Robert J. Gordon

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 22 November 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Gordon about his book The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War. Discusses how to measure the productivity of a country’s economy; why the GDP doesn’t give a full picture of a country’s economic growth and productivity; why the years between 1929 and 1950 saw the most rapid growth; and whether or not we’ll see another growth spurt in the age of AI.

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The Untold History of Nuclear

Age of Miracles | 27 October 2023 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Backgrounds the early development of the nuclear power industry and discusses how each of cost economics, regulation, and accidents contributed to killing off the nuclear industry. Considers the lessons to prevent nuclear’s promise from being cut off again.

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A Theory of Everyone: A Dialogue with Michael Muthukrishna

Converging Dialogues | 30 October 2023 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about his book A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Discusses the broad scope of the book, the importance of theory, how energy is essential for cooperation, corruption and cooperation, laws of life, cooperation fueling human growth, some of the negative aspects of cooperation, intelligence, immigration, wealth inequality, meritocracy, and more.

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Michael Muthukrishna on Developing a Theory of Everyone

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 30 October 2023 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about his book A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Brings together ideas from cultural evolution, energy engineering, economics, and psychology to outline an integrated theory providing basic organising principles for society based on how people relate to each other and to the physical resources available spelled out as ‘laws’ of energy, innovation, cooperation, and evolution.

Have you bought this book yet? You really must. The highest praise I can give it is that it feels like the next book that Matt Ridley might have written.

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Singapore: Anglo-Chinese Capitalism with Bryan Cheang

The Rasheed Griffith Show | 6 October 2023 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Cheang discussing the role of colonial social norms and institutions in Singapore’s development success. Considers the tradeoffs between economic growth and social freedoms, entrepreneurship, and cultural identity; the effect of Singapore’s governance on innovation; and potential policy prescriptions for Caribbean countries. Draws from his book Liberalism Unveiled: Forging a New Third Way in Singapore, co-authored with Donovan Choy.

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