Singularity Bros

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Just two bros that are having a good time. Which two? No spoilers. Notes “Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico” Johann Hari went on Joe Rogan’s podcast to plug his new book, Lost Connections. Zach listened to that podcast. I listened to Zach
Hi. We’re back. A bit more on that: We got busy. Not in the way Humpty did. No, just in the regular way. The way mundanities pile up, into a pile, and then you have to dig yourself out of that pile and put the pile somewhere. Oh, there’s anothe
Eric Schwitzgebel is here to make you doubt and ponder all kinds of stuff. Check it. Eric Schwitzgebel is a professor of philosophy, a blogger, and a science fiction writer. His output is crazy expansive—and from what I’ve read so far, crazy go
One of our faves, John Danaher, returns to the program. What do we talk about? Oh, nothing all that exciting: just SEX ROBOTS! Seriously, John‘s the best. Listen to the chat, read the book (Robot Sex), follow the links, live happy life. Peace.
Will the future judge us harshly? Well, will it? Tell us, future listeners. Notes Hey, we came in at #43 on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index! U, S, A! U, S, A! Perhaps I spoke hastily when reporting those figures for vegetarianism/veganism. 
We’re besieged on all sides by useless information. In retaliation, here is our rambling defense of deliberate ignorance and simplicity. If you’re a news junkie, ask yourself this question on occasion: what can I do with this information? Howev
Let’s study the future with Michael Garfield. Come on, let us! Michael Garfield is the host of the Future Fossils podcast, as well as a writer, fine artist, and musician. And he’s our buddy now, yay! Travel with us to the edges of the Broospher
Andrew G. Ferguson stars in this delightfully chilling conversation about the future of big data and law enforcement. Also starring Scott, Tom, Zach, and featuring Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as “Beyoncé.” Andrew G. Ferguson is a professor of law at
Moral illusions and whether we ought to fall for them. Additionally: Captain Planet. Mark Out: To temporarily forget that wrestling is fake because something cool happened. I think I’ve been guilty of marking out for ethical consumerism, ethica
More weather-based wonder in the works. Welcome. We back wit dat conceptual freshness. Will we ever run out of hot newness? Don’t count on it. Hurricane Happy Hour “Scientists have spiders producing enhanced web that can hold a human” “Denmark
A drastically different episode from last week’s! How do we do it? Even we don’t know. Thunder Phase “AI uses bitcoin trail to find and help sex-trafficking victims” Want to know more about Lenore Skenazy and Free Range Kids? We recommend chec
It’s the return of Lightning Round. Get indoors and cozy for this one. Lightning Round “CGI and AI are going to turbocharge ‘fake news’ and make it far harder to tell what’s real” “New, reusable [nanotube] filter cleans heavy metals from water
Should we engineer the extinction of mankind on utilitarian grounds? Another normal conversation. An essay prompts us to consider whether suffering is part and parcel of consciousness, and whether this means existing is worse than not. Plus, Bi
More screed in your feed: we tackle the notorious Google memo. This episode’s topic is the prequel to Need for Screed II: Screedo Shot Last. If you don’t know what’s up with this memo yet, you will soon. Notes Before we get into the screed wee
Famous former black hat, Hector Monsegur, gives us the lowdown on how secure we really are (or aren’t). A troubling conversation with a very cool dude. Hector Xavier Monsegur is a security researcher and Director of Assessment Services at Rhino
Please welcome GiveDirectly’s Joe Huston to the program. You won’t regret it. Joe Huston is the CFO of GiveDirectly (Twitter), this podcast’s favorite charity (or mine, at least). You’ll notice that, despite the rambling questions and non-quest
Diana S. Fleischman Evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman talks about what we find disgusting and why. Also, cannibalism and how great it is. Zach and I had a great time speaking with psychologist and lecturer Diana Fleischman. Originally
James Hughes Our very first guest—and one of our favorites—James Hughes returns to keep it 100. James Hughes, Executive Director of the IEET, and the first guest we ever had, is back. He’s the best. Prepare for a transhumanist delight. Notes W
Amazon is taking over; so what? Plus: thoughts on power drills. Look, drills are technology. So they are fair game for this podcast. Also, according to some jerks, nearly everything is technology. So everything is fair game. Thanks, jerks. Take
Helicopter parenting, VR prison pods, and more. Oh my. This one’s all over the place. Thanks again for the interesting feedback, superheroic listeners. Notes Here’s what you really came here for: military commercials from our collective memory
One day he’s in Uzbekistan, the next he’s on our podcast. There’s no predicting the inimitable Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly. Where to start? Whole Earth Review. Wired. A slew of dope books, including The Inevitable (now available in paperback). He’
No, it’s not our new line of energy drinks (yet). We talk extreme interests, hobbies, pursuits and the like. Oh, the like. Warning: jiu jitsu is discussed at length. As is fasting. I encourage you to deal. Notes SURPRISE: I’m a big fan of Jaso
Is eternal bliss desirable? Possible? Intelligible? We discuss, you decide. The singularity gets a bad rap, I think. It’s often mocked as the rapture of the nerds, and part of that is deserved. There are, admittedly, some singularity-enthusiast
Sebastian Brosche has black belts in jiu jitsu, judo, and futurism. Respect. Confession: I’m a huge fan of Sebastian and Yoga for BJJ. I knew I wanted to pick his brain, and the podcast is my catchall pretense for doing that, picking the brains
Is the next great era one of whole brain emulations? Robin Hanson makes the case. The inimitable Robin Hanson regales us with a startling picture of the future—one in which human emulations, or ems, are the dominant form of mind. Hmm. I suppose
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