Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

Hidden Forces | 9 October 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with mathematician and public educator, Hannah Fry, author of Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms. Uses lots of stories to introduce and classify algorithms; discusses responsibility and human behaviour in response to algorithms; and a real-world example of the trolley problem of who to kill.

Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture

a16z | 29 December 2018 | 0h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. Covers their relationship; the evolution of VC and “talent as a network”; and where are we right now on industries being affected by tech (such as retail) and tech trends (such as virtual reality, augmented reality and wearables).

A Faustian Pact

Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years | 15 April 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Deliciously narrated story of Johannes Gutenberg’s medieval tech start-up and his invention of the printing press that unleashed a societal revolution.

The Trust Battery

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 18 September 2018 | 1h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. As well as the Shopify story there are fascinating perspectives on how video games prepared him to run a company, the advantages of being headquartered outside of Silicon Valley, lessons scaling from 2 to 4,000 employees, antifragility, decisionmaking and company culture.

Beyond Zero-Sum Thinking in the Game of Tech and Life

a16z | 6 September 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Innovation author Steven B. Johnson interviews Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz. Interesting through out. Perspectives on Silicon Valley history, decisionmaking, the importance of widespread employee stock ownership, blockchain, prospects for technological disruption in education and health, AI, and the role of zero-sum thinking in opposition to free trade and technology.