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My appearance on the Ezra Klein Show

Talking with Ezra is always both fun and enlightening for me, here is his partial summary of the episode: So we begin this conversation by discussing the case for and against economic growth, but we also get into lots of other things: why Cowen thinks the great stagnation in technology is coming to an end; the future of technologies like A.I., crypto, fourth-generation nuclear and the Chinese system of government; the problems in how we fund scientific research; what the right has done to...

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Emergent Ventures winners, sixteenth cohort

Phoebe Yao, founder and CEO of Pareto, “a human API delivering the business functions startups desperately need.”  She was born in China, formerly of Stanford, and a former classical violist.  (By my mistake I left her off of a previous cohort list, apologies!) BeyondAging, a new group to support longevity research. Sam Enright, for writing, blogging, and general career development, resume here.  From Ireland, currently studying in Scotland. Zena Hitz, St. John’s College,...

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My Conversation with Ed Glaeser

I did David Cutler and Ed sequentially, based on their new co-authored book, here is the joint episode but there is also a separate link concerning Cutler.  Here is one excerpt from the general summary: They joined Tyler for a special joint episode to discuss why healthcare outcomes are so correlated with education, whether the health value of Google is positive or negative, why hospital price transparency is so difficult to achieve, how insurance coding systems reimburse sickness over...

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Markets in Everything: Spy Cable

A web server, keylogger and radio built into an ordinary looking cable. Hat tip: ED. The post Markets in Everything: Spy Cable appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.         CommentsIn reply to Roland. You will run into problems with employees ... by RicardoIn reply to YetAnotherGeorge. Misogynist. Ageist. by WIn reply to Equestrian. Do you do double dactyls? by WThe obvious solution to creepy employers spying on employees is ... by...

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Does the expectation of technological progress worsen the experience of the present?

Various domains of life are improving over time, meaning the future is filled with exciting advances that people can now look forward to (e.g., in technology). Three preregistered experiments (N = 1,602) suggest that mere awareness of better futures can risk spoiling otherwise enjoyable presents. Across experiments, participants interacted with novel technologies—but, via random assignment, some participants were informed beforehand that even better versions were in the works. Mere awareness...

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My Conversation with Zeynep Tufekci

Here is the audio, video, and transcript.  Here is part of the summary: Zeynep joined Tyler to discuss problems with the media and the scientific establishment, what made the lab-leak hypothesis unacceptable to talk about, how her background in sociology was key to getting so many things right about the pandemic, the pitfalls of academic contrarianism, what Max Weber understood about public health crises, the underrated aspects of Kemel Mustapha’s regime, how Game of Thrones interested her...

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The Most Impressive AI Demo I Have Ever Seen

This is jaw-dropping. It starts slow but watch the whole thing. I don’t think I would have been more amazed had I witnessed the first flight of the Wright Brothers. The post The Most Impressive AI Demo I Have Ever Seen appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.         CommentsIn reply to kailer. “Come with me if you want to grow GDP” by mkt42In reply to Grad Student. Perhaps, but it could also be a ... by CharlesRight, so instead of trying to...

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Why software hasn’t done more to improve productivity

The current status quo means we don’t get productivity growth until these software-driven companies become behemoths. Amazon was founded in 1994, almost thirty years ago. In 2020, it was still less than 10% of total retail sales. Is it any wonder that we haven’t seen robust productivity gains? Amazon is still mapping and digitizing processes at prodigious rates. And: Real-world complexity gives us universal software with a low level of capability, like email. It encourages...

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What makes an interview podcast good or great?

A few people have asked me lately what makes for a good podcast.  Since my podcast is far from the most popular, and since most podcasts are not like mine, and do not (and should not) try to be like mine, perhaps I am not the right respondent.  Nonetheless I offered a simple formula: A podcast really works when it is the dramatic unfolding of a story and mood between the guest and host. Or expressed in other words: What makes for a good podcast is the dramatic tension between the guest and...

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Within one hundred years the future is going to get very weird

That is the theme of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: The notion that the future will be weirder than we think, and come sooner, is a possibility raised by Holden Karnofsky, the co-chief executive officer of Open Philanthropy. It’s an intriguing and provocative idea. I consider genetic engineering, longevity research, finding signs of life on other planets, neural engineering, and AI as possible developments, plus a bit more. …these changes are far more radical than...

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