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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

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    GPT-4o, AI Companions, and the Metaverse (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    GPT-4o, AI Companions, and the Metaverse (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

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    1:23 Bob’s sage status rises 4:18 GPT-4o: harbinger of the Metaverse? 13:53 Does sentience matter for AI companionship? 25:48 The promise and perils of social AI 33:46 How LLMs flip the script on computing 39:05 Heading to Overtime—and a special announcement!
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Paul Bloom (https://smallpotatoes.paulbloom.net, University of Toronto, The Sweet Spot, Against Empathy). Recorded May 20, 2024.
    Overtime titles:
    43:10 AI and porn (through an evo-psych lens) 55:08 Is sex passé? 1:03:21 Google’s new AI-boosted search; Bob’s and Paul’s SEO prowess 1:10:30 Are the OpenAI resignations really a bad sign for AI safety? 1:14:31 Bob and Paul compare their p(doom)s 1:26:34 Sci-fi TV to see (and skip)

    • 43 min
    Overton Windows Ep. 4: Israel-Palestine After October 7

    Overton Windows Ep. 4: Israel-Palestine After October 7

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    4:08 How the Overton window is shifting after October 7 9:59 Israel’s 9/11, Israel’s overreaction, and liberal Zionism 15:22 The power of the Israel lobby
    Discussed in Overtime:How “pro-Israel” actions may undermine Israel.“From the river to the sea…” and other controversies.US and Israeli media coverage of the Gaza war.Free speech warriors turn speech code enforcers.
    Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Tamler Sommers (Very Bad Wizards, University of Houston, Why Honor Matters). Recorded May 14, 2024.
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    • 26 min
    In Defense of AI Doomerism (Robert Wright & Liron Shapira)

    In Defense of AI Doomerism (Robert Wright & Liron Shapira)

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    0:24 Why this pod’s a little odd 2:50 Ilya Sutskever and Jan Leike quit OpenAI—part of a larger pattern? 10:20 Bob: AI doomers need Hollywood 16:26 Does an AI arms race spell doom for alignment? 20:40 Why the “Pause AI” movement matters 24:54 AI doomerism and Don’t Look Up: compare and contrast 27:23 How Liron (fore)sees AI doom 33:18 Are Sam Altman’s concerns about AI safety sincere? 39:46 Paperclip maximizing, evolution, and the AI will to power question 51:34 Are there real-world examples of AI going rogue? 1:07:12 Should we really align AI to human values? 1:15:27 Heading to Overtime
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Liron Shapira (Pause AI, Relationship Hero). Recorded May 06, 2024. Additional segment recorded May 15, 2024.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Has Antisemitism Surged? (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

    Has Antisemitism Surged? (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

    2:20 How Jews fit—or don’t—into universities’ DEI regimes 10:55 What do controversial pro-Palestine chants really mean? 18:24 When does criticism of Israel become antisemitic? 26:41 The Israel lobby’s influence on Congress and academia 34:13 Do pro-Israel donors unwittingly inflame antisemitism? 41:22 Evidence of increasing antisemitism 49:49 Was Ilhan Omar’s “all about the Benjamins” tweet antisemitic? 57:07 Bob criticizes Bari Weiss, Bill Ackman, and an Eli tweet 1:07:12 Balancing concerns about free speech and antisemitism 1:14:14 Are Israelis too fatalistic about antisemitism for their own good?
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Eli Lake (The New York Sun, Clements Center, The Re-Education, The Free Press). Recorded May 13, 2024.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Are the Pro-Palestine Protests Working? (Earthling Unplugged)

    Are the Pro-Palestine Protests Working? (Earthling Unplugged)

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    Robert Wright and Andrew Day discuss items from the Earthling.
    Read this edition of the Earthling: https://nonzero.substack.com/p/protest-tips-from-boomers
    Recorded May 10, 2024.
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    • 28 min
    Antisemitism and Free Speech (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    Antisemitism and Free Speech (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

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    1:53 Is it ever okay to fire professors for speech? 13:32 Bari Weiss spreads misinformation without consequence 22:28 Are some of Israel’s American supporters unwittingly inflaming antisemitism? 33:33 Ayaan Hirsi Ali converts to Christianity without abandoning New Atheist creed 38:46 Do Sam Harris et. al. get religion totally wrong? 49:12 Heading to Overtime
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Paul Bloom (https://smallpotatoes.paulbloom.net, University of Toronto, The Sweet Spot, Against Empathy). Recorded May 07, 2024.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Gbluvaz ,

Not too bad

When I first heard the voice I thought it was Jordan Peterson, but then he carried a reasonable argument without falling into a hole of his own confusion I realized it wasn’t. Not bad so far!

joshlemer ,

Smart, intellectually honest

I find Robert to be very balanced and realistic, opposite of zealous. Really enjoy his analysis and the guests are fantastic. Thanks Robert!

Mike G from Toronto ,

Always insightful and entertaining

Robert Wright and friends are always interesting. Wright thinks deeply and critically about most everything.

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