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David Goldman: US-China competition, AI, Electric Vehicles, and Manufacturing — #36

David Paul Goldman is an American economic strategist and author, best known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler with the fi...

Artificial Intelligence & Large Language Models: Oxford Lecture — #35

This week's episode is based on a lecture Steve gave to an audience of theoretical physicists at Oxford University. The topic is artificial intelligence and large lang...

Simone Collins: IVF, Embryo Selection, Dating on the Spectrum, and Pronatalism — #34

In collaboration with her husband Malcolm Collins, Simone is an author (The Pragmatist's Guide to Life, Relationships, Sexuality, Governance, and Crafting Religion), e...

Katherine Dee: Culture, Identity, and Isolation in the Digital Age — #33

Katherine Dee is a writer, journalist, and internet historian.Steve and Katherine discuss:0:00 Introduction1:15 Katherine’s early life and background21:52 Mass shootin...

Marc Martinez: "Dream Big" and the Golden Age of Bodybuilding — #32

Marc Martinez is the director of Dream Big, a documentary about Gold's Gym and the golden age of bodybuilding in Venice and Santa Monica in the 1970s.Steve and Marc di...

Gilles Saint-Paul: The Yellow Vests, French Politics, and Hypergamy — #31

Gilles Saint-Paul is Professeur à l'Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in Engineering and received his PhD from MIT in Economics. Gilles...

Bing vs. Bard, US-China STEM Competition, and Embryo Screening — #30

Steve discusses the competition between Microsoft and Google, the competition between the U.S. and China in STEM, China’s new IVF policy, and a Science Magazine survey...

ChatGPT, LLMs, and AI — #29

Steve discusses Large Language Model AIs such as ChatGPT.

Dominic Cummings: Vote Leave, Brexit, COVID, and No. 10 with Boris — #28

Dominic Cummings' time in No. 10 Downing Street as Boris Johnson's Chief Advisor was one of the most interesting and impactful periods in modern UK political history.

Sahil Lavingia: Founding Gumroad, The Minimalist Entrepreneur, and our AI LLM future — #27

Sahil Lavingia founded Gumroad at the age of 19 and built it into a leading digital commerce platform. He is the author of The Minimalist Entrepreneur and an investor ...

Geoffrey Miller: Evolutionary Psychology, Polyamorous Relationships, and Effective Altruism — #26

Geoffrey Miller is an American evolutionary psychologist, author, and a professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico.

Anna Krylov: The Politicization of Science in Academia — #25

Anna I. Krylov is an outspoken advocate of freedom of speech and academic freedom.

Abdel Abdellaoui: Genetics, Psychiatric Traits, and Educational Attainment — #24

Abdel Abdellaoui is a geneticist who has been involved in a wide range of studies on psychiatric genetics, behavioral genetics, and population genetics.

Richard Sander on SCOTUS Oral Arguments: Affirmative Action and Discrimination against Asian Americans at Harvard and UNC

Richard Sander has studied the structure and effects of law school admissions policies. He coined the term "Mismatch" to describe the negative consequences resulting f...

Discovering the Multiverse: Quantum Mechanics and Hugh Everett III, with Peter Byrne — #22

Peter Byrne is an investigative reporter and science writer based in Northern California.

Jeffrey Sachs: Lessons from the COVID Commission, Lab Leak Questions, and Nord Stream — #21

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development.

Rob Henderson: A Journey from Foster Care to the US Military to Elite Academia — #20

Rob Henderson grew up in foster homes in California, joined the Air Force at 17, attended Yale on the G.I. Bill, and is currently a Gates Fellow at Cambridge Universit...

Lyle Goldstein on U.S. Strategic Challenges: Russia, China, Ukraine, and Taiwan — #19

Lyle Goldstein is Director of Asia Engagement at the Washington think-tank Defense Priorities, which advocates for realism and restraint in U.S.defense policy.

Harvard Veritas: interview with a recent graduate (anonymous) — #18

The guest for this episode is a recent graduate of Harvard College, now pursuing a STEM PhD at another elite university.

Richard Lowery: The War for American Universities — #17

Richard Lowery is a professor of finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.

Tim Palmer (Oxford): Status and Future of Climate Modeling — #16

Tim Palmer is Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics, and a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin Institute.

Kishore Mahbubani: A Nuanced View of Asia & China's Rise — #15

Kishore Mahbubani is Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Greg Clark: Genetics and Social Mobility — #14

Gregory Clark is Distinguished Professor of Economics at UC-Davis. His areas of research are long-term economic growth, the wealth of nations, economic history, and so...

John Mearsheimer: Great Powers, U.S. Hegemony, and the Rise of China — #13

John Mearsheimer is best known for developing the theory of offensive realism, which describes the interaction between great powers as being primarily driven by the ra...

Theodore A. Postol: Nuclear Weapons, Missile Technology, and U.S. Diplomacy — #12

Theodore A. Postol is professor emeritus of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is widely known as an expe...

Raghuveer Parthasarathy: The Four Physical Principles — #11

Raghu Parthasarathy is the author of a recent popular science book: So Simple a Beginning: How Four Physical Principles Shape Our Living World.

Carl Zha: Xinjiang, Ukraine, and U.S.-China relations — #10

Carl Zha is the host of the Silk and Steel podcast, which focuses on China, history, culture, and politics.

Scott Aaronson: Quantum Computing, Unsolvable Problems, & Artificial Intelligence — #9

Scott Aaronson is the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center.

Sebastian Mallaby: Venture capital as an engine of courage — #8

Steve Hsu and Sebastian Mallaby discuss venture capital, tech startups, business model and technology innovation, global adoption of the Silicon Valley model, and the ...

Vlatko Vedral: Oxford Theoretical Physicist on Quantum Superposition of Living Creatures — #7

Vlatko Vedral is Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore. ...

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