Tyler Cowen – Hayek, Keynes, & Smith on AI, Animal Spirits, Anarchy, & Growth

Dwarkesh Podcast | 31 January 2024 | 1h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his book GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter? Discusses the context of how the insights of Hayek, Keynes, Smith, and other great economists help us make sense of AI, growth, animal spirits, prediction markets, alignment, central planning, and more.

See also Dwarkesh’s Substack, including the post discussed in this episode Will scaling work?

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If Econs Could Hoop

The New Bazaar | 31 January 2024 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his generative book GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter? Discusses Cowen’s ranking of the great economists, laments what economics used to be, and playfully explores the common traits that define greatness in both basketball and economics by discussing basketball analogs for the great economists and the reverse for basketball’s own GOATs.

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Tyler Cowen on the GOAT of Economics

EconTalk | 27 November 2023 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his free generative book GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter? Discusses the requirements to be the greatest economist of all time, what shaped the theories and worldviews of the greatest economists of all time, and the evolution of economics from a field concerned mainly with ideas to one that mostly grapples with empirical challenges.

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Tyler Cowen on Singapore, AI and Economic Growth

Bretton Goods | 4 September 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing why there are so few Singaporean famous people, what Singapore can do to get weirder, why he’s sceptical of an AI-driven singularity, what happens to kids and public intellectuals in a post-GPT world, and why he’s optimistic on Kenyan economic growth.

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Celebrating Marginal Revolution’s 20th Anniversary

Conversations with Tyler | 23 August 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen on the 20th anniversary of Marginal Revolution. Discusses MR’s legacy, including the golden age of blogging in the mid-2000s, the decline of independent blogs and the rise of social media, the robust community—and even marriage—forged through MR, favorite commenters, how MR catalyzed separate real-world pandemic responses by each of them, what’s happened to Tyrone, whether the site’s popularity has tempted them into self-censoring, and more.

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Tyler Cowen on the Risks and Impact of Artificial Intelligence

EconTalk | 15 May 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence. Argues that the worriers – those who think that artificial intelligence will destroy mankind – need to make a more convincing case for their concerns. Suggests that the worriers are too willing to reduce freedom and empower the state in the name of reducing a risk that is far from certain. Also discusses how AI might change various parts of the economy and the job market.

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Tyler Cowen on AI and China

ChinaTalk | 9 January 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing how AI is going to change art, education, politics and human relationships; why he tried to write a book to explain America to the PRC; how babies born in 2023 will see their educations changed by AI; playing chess against the computer and creativity in the AI era; religion, American antisemitism, and the movie Her; writing a book about America for Chinese people; and why China is one of the hardest countries to predict.

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Tyler Cowen – Talent, Collapse, & Sex

The Lunar Society | 28 September 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing how sex is more pessimistic than he is; why he expects society to collapse permanently; why humility, stimulants, intelligence, and stimulants are overrated; how he identifies talent, deceit, and ambition; and more. Draws from his book Talent, How to Find Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Across the World.

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