Gamechangers: More than just a game

Gamechangers from The Economist | 16 August 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Describes how powerful graphics chips, developed to make video games more realistic, were used to speed up the mathematical calculations used in deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, that powers voice assistants, facial recognition, music recommendations and underpins pioneering scientific research on how proteins fold.

reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 25 May 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Luis von Ahn. Describes the development of CAPTCHA to distinguish humans from bots signing up to Yahoo!; the development of reCAPTCHA to distinguish humans from bots whilst simultaneously digitising books; the development of Duolingo, a language learning app; and the iteration to find a sustainable business model for Duolingo.

Duolingo recently listed, which reminded me of this podcast, one of the most memorable and inspiring I’ve heard on innovation and business.

I Love You Waymo

Revisionist History | 24 June 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the case that the irrationality of humans combined with driverless cars will return the streets to walkers and cyclists.

The Future of Food with Jim Mellon

We Study Billionaires | 28 March 2021 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim Mellon about his book Moo’s Law: An Investor’s Guide to the New Agrarian Revolution. Discusses the imminent transformation of food, with plant-based proteins and the cultivation of meat and dairy products, delivering food that is cleaner, cheaper, safer and more ethical.

Balaji Srinivasan – Optimizing Your Inputs

Invest Like the Best | 6 July 2021 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Balaji Srinivasan discussing a wide variety of topics, including advancements in health tracking, ways to evaluate your information diet, and how technology is driving decentralization and what that could mean for countries, corporations, and individuals.

Eli Dourado – Frontiers for Productivity

Invest Like the Best | 11 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eli Dourado of the Center for Growth and Opportunity. Backgrounds the evidence for and explanations of the ongoing slowdown in economic growth. Discusses the case for growth and some of the innovative technologies that could reverse this trend, especially in biotech, alternative energy, faster transportation, space, and IT.

From the Plow to Birth Control: How Tech Reshapes Relationships

Innovation Hub | 12 February 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Debora Spar about her book Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. Backgrounds the technologies – from the steam engine to the refrigerator – that have affected when, how, and with whom we partner up. Discusses a future with no masterplan for how the technologies we have built will further evolve and change us.

Rana el Kaliouby on Girl Decoded and the Human Side of AI

Elevate with Robert Glazer | 21 January 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rana el Kaliouby about her book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. Discusses growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, studying at the world’s top educational institutions, her work developing artificial intelligence that understands human emotions, AI ethics, and more.