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.

Lewis Dartnell on Getting Humanity to Bounce Back Faster in a Post-Apocalyptic World

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 3 June 2022 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about his book The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm. Discusses the biggest impediments to bouncing back, the reality of humans trying to actually do this, the most valuable pro-resilience adjustments we can make today, how to recover without much coal or oil, how to feed the Earth in disasters, and the most exciting recent findings in astrobiology.

Carl Benedikt Frey: The Technology Trap – Learning from the History of Automation

Social Europe Podcast | 20 June 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Carl Benedikt Frey about his book The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Discusses how history can be divided into periods when technology destroys jobs and periods where it creates jobs; considers whether today’s wave of new technology is different from previous historic periods; identifies the key characteristics that make our times unique; and what policy-makers should do to shape how technology impacts our lives.

Exponential Age: Everything Is Accelerating. Who’s at the Wheel?

The Next Big Idea | 18 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Azeem Azhar about his book Exponential: How the next digital revolution will rewire life on Earth. Surveys the new technologies likely to change the way we live and considers the potential political, economic, and social consequences.

Will Marshall – Indexing the Earth

Invest Like the Best | 16 November 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Will Marshall, the co-founder and CEO of Planet, which has successfully built and deployed 450 satellites into space, to create a time series of images for every place on Earth. Describes how space is going through an internet moment where cost reductions and performance enhancements have led to a seismic shift in what’s possible, and how that can drastically improve life on Earth through unique datasets like the one Planet is piecing together.

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.