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Kitchen table-style conversations with some of the world’s brightest minds, exploring boundaries of human knowledge. Join us on a pursuit to discover the ideas, intuition, theories and thoughts behind these luminaries.

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Kitchen table-style conversations with some of the world’s brightest minds, exploring boundaries of human knowledge. Join us on a pursuit to discover the ideas, intuition, theories and thoughts behind these luminaries.

    Vint Cerf on the internet and its building blocks

    Vint Cerf on the internet and its building blocks

    Dr. Vint Cerf is an internet pioneer commonly known as one of the “father’s of the internet.” He co-designed the TCP/IP protocols, which lie at the heart of the internet. Vint is currently the Chief Internet evangelist at Google.



    Among many other accolades, Vint has received the Turing award, presidential medal of freedom and the national medal of technology.



    In our conversation with Vint, we cover: the significance of the internet as a technology, building blocks of the internet, the internet’s product-market fit and how it enables permissionless innovation, current challenges and what the future may hold.



    About and from Vint Cerf:



    Wikipedia: Vint CerfTwitterInternet Hall of Fame



    Assorted Links:



    TCP/IP Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet Internet governance Internet fragmentation Bundle Protocol Specification Bobiverse Series by Dennis Taylor Behave by Podolsky  Asimov Open Scott Card



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Albert Borgmann on the philosophy of technology

    Albert Borgmann on the philosophy of technology

    Albert Borgmann is a philosopher and writer whose research interests intersect technology, society, and culture. Albert’s theory, the device paradigm, and his book “Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life” are foundational contributions to the philosophy of technology.



    Our conversation with Albert focuses on the philosophy of technology: What does philosophy of technology even mean and why is it relevant? Why does technology obscure, abstract, and conceal? We cover these questions as well as: Albert’s theory of technology: the device paradigm, minimalism, the human condition, and the perils and promises of technology.



    About and from Albert Borgmann



    Albert Borgmann on Wikipedia Albert Borgmann faculty bioTechnology and the Character of Contemporary LifeDevice Paradigm  



    Philosophers



    Jacques Ellul John Rawls Martin HeideggerMartha Nussbaum



    Books and Articles



    Stanford: TechnologyThe Supper of the Lamb Wonder BreadMeasuring What Counts



    Luminary Podcast



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    Music



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Kevin Kelly on technology and software

    Kevin Kelly on technology and software

    Kevin Kelly is one of the leading and deepest thinkers on the technology of our time. A startling percentage of what has been meaningfully said about technology in the past quarter-century can be traced back to him, something we don’t say lightly.   



    Kevin Kelly co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its executive editor for seven years. He has written a number of best-selling books including New Rules for the New Economy, Out of Control, The Inevitable, and What Technology Wants.



    In this conversation we focus on sketching out the nature of technology and software, the relationship between technology and change, the limitations of software, and Kevin’s 1998 gem, New Rules for the New Economy, which outlines principles to navigate a world transformed by software and the internet.







    About and from Kevin Kelley:



    Personal Website Wikipidea PageTwitterBooks from KevinNew Rules for the New EconomyTechnium: 1,000 True Fans



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 52 min
    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 3 – JCR Licklider, Xerox PARC, and TCP/IP

    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 3 – JCR Licklider, Xerox PARC, and TCP/IP

    Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software.



    Mitch is the author of The Dream Machine, a seminal contribution to the history of modern computing and the internet. Mitch was previously an editorial page and features editor at Nature magazine and has published books on a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence and complexity.  We tried doing justice to the content of the Dream Machine in one sitting, which quickly expanded into three discrete recording sessions over a handful weeks. We are forever grateful to Mitch.



    Our third and final episode with Mitch includes the story behind the intellectual forefather of the internet and interactive computing, JCR Licklider. This was the first recording we did with Mitch which covers a sprawling and wide range of topics, including: JCR Licklider’s role in the research and engineering of personal computing, Xerox PARC and the personal computing revolution, contributions from Alan Turing and Norbert Wiener, adoption of TCP/IP, and the nature of software and computing.



    About and from M. Mitchell Waldrop:



    Computer History Museum Biohttps://twitter.com/mitchwaldrop The Dream Machine Complexity 



    Assorted Links:



    The chips are down for Moore’s law Google Scholar: Mitchell Waldrop M. Mitchell Waldrop: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle Scientific American: Stories by M. Mitchell Waldrop



    Recommendations:



    The Expanse (novel series)Authors: Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Jennifer Rubin, David Frum



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 2 – 1980s to present

    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 2 – 1980s to present

    Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software.



    Mitch is the author of The Dream Machine, a seminal contribution to the history of modern computing and the internet. Mitch was previously an editorial page and features editor at Nature magazine and has published books on a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence and complexity.  We tried doing justice to the content of the Dream Machine in one sitting, which quickly expanded into three discrete recording sessions over a handful weeks. We are forever grateful to Mitch.



    This second installment of our three-part series with Mitch Waldrop continues from where we left off in episode 1. We launch back into the 70s and make our way through the 80s, 90s, and up to present time. Mitch also offers some thoughts on the future and shares a bit about his recent work.



    About and from M. Mitchell Waldrop:



    Computer History Museum Biohttps://twitter.com/mitchwaldrop The Dream Machine Complexity 



    Assorted Links:



    The chips are down for Moore’s law Google Scholar: Mitchell Waldrop M. Mitchell Waldrop: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle Scientific American: Stories by M. Mitchell Waldrop



    Recommendations:



    The Expanse (novel series)Authors: Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Jennifer Rubin, David Frum



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0



    

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 1 – 1940s to 1970s

    Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 1 – 1940s to 1970s

    Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software.



    Mitch is the author of The Dream Machine, a seminal contribution to the history of modern computing and the internet. Mitch was previously an editorial page and features editor at Nature magazine and has published books on a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence and complexity.  We tried doing justice to the content of the Dream Machine in one sitting, which quickly expanded into three discrete recording sessions over a handful weeks. We are forever grateful to Mitch.



    This first episode touches on Mitch’s journey writing The Dream Machine and the period from the 1940s through the 1970s, which includes: The philosophy underlying hardware and software, the work of intellectual contributors such as Vannevar Bush, Von Nuemann, and Claude Shannon; interactive computing, the Arpanet, World war II as a catalyst for computing, timesharing, JCR Licklider’s intergalactic network, Arpa’s woodstock moment, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, also known as PARC. 



    About and from M. Mitchell Waldrop:



    Computer History Museum Biohttps://twitter.com/mitchwaldrop The Dream Machine Complexity 



    Assorted Links:



    The chips are down for Moore’s law Google Scholar: Mitchell Waldrop M. Mitchell Waldrop: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle Scientific American: Stories by M. Mitchell Waldrop



    Recommendations:



    The Expanse (novel series)Authors: Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Jennifer Rubin, David Frum



    Luminary Podcast:



    Visit us:  https://www.luminary.fmFollow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luminaryfmLuminary on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/luminary-fm 



    Music:



    Music used in this podcast: Simplex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0Chipper Doodle Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com): Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    • 1 hr 15 min

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