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The Innovation Civilization podcast hosted by Waheed Nabeel, and friends of Empasco, features conversations with domain experts on the topics of civilizational progress, technology, history, philosophy, and the first-principles of the ideas that shape our world.

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The Innovation Civilization podcast hosted by Waheed Nabeel, and friends of Empasco, features conversations with domain experts on the topics of civilizational progress, technology, history, philosophy, and the first-principles of the ideas that shape our world.

    #21 - Joseph S. Nye - Civilization In The American Century : The Good, The Bad And The World That Lies Ahead

    #21 - Joseph S. Nye - Civilization In The American Century : The Good, The Bad And The World That Lies Ahead

     
    In season 2, we kick-off with America's foremost foreign policy scholar, Dr. Joseph Nye, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense and former Dean of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, to talk about how the American Century has shaped our civilization and what lies ahead in the road.
     
    Dr. Nye shares his profound insights on:
     
    - His personal reflections from his latest released book
     
    - The essence and impact of soft power, hard power and 'smart' power in shaping international relations, drawing from his extensive experience and academic work
     
    - Analyzing the concept of the "American Century," its historical context, and its relevance in today's shifting global order
     
    - Discussing the strategic challenges and opportunities presented by nuclear non-proliferation, with a focus on his contributions during the Carter administration
     
    - Providing a forward-looking perspective on the rise of Asia, particularly China and India, and the implications for global economic and political dynamics
     
    - Navigating through the complexities of U.S. foreign policy, from its triumphs to its missteps, and envisioning the path forward in an increasingly multipolar world
     
    - His thoughts on contemporary wars: from Israel-Palestine to Ukraine-Russia
     
    Accompanying Dr. Nye, we're privileged to have our very dear friend of the pod, Jon Cayzer who's a UK civil servant, adding depth to the conversation with his expertise and experience in public services and policy advising.
     
    Join us as Dr. Joseph Nye artfully connects past influences with present challenges, offering a roadmap for understanding and navigating the future of international relations.
     
    Follow our host Waheed Nabeel (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
     
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.
     
     
    (00:00) - Introduction to Joseph Nye and his seminal contributions
     
    (02:13) - Nye's background and defining moments in global politics
     
    (07:04) - The American Century revisited: implications for global leadership
     
    (12:50) - The evolution and significance of soft power in the modern era
     
    (14:47) - Is the U.S.'s current foreign policy, particularly its support for Israel's actions in Gaza, leading to a decrease in its soft power, similar to the impact of the Iraq War?
     
    (16:46) - Is the current perceived political polarization in the U.S. truly unprecedented, or is it a return to historical levels of division experienced in past eras like the FDR presidency?
     
    (18:36) - Can the U.S. and China avoid the Thucydides Trap and prevent military conflict?
     
    (23:56) - Should Ukraine join NATO?
     
    (25:14) - Is China, despite its hard power, struggling to amplify its soft power on the global stage?
     
    (28:05) - How can a small country effectively increase its soft power—is it through cultural promotion like the British Council and Confucius Institute, or are there other strategies?
     
    (29:46) - In light of populism and Brexit, how can the UK rejuvenate its smart power and reestablish its international standing post-EU?
     
    (32:16) - How do advancements in technology and AI affect a country's balance of soft and hard power?
     
    (33:36) - Does the fragmentation of media through technologies like social media endanger the consensus-building essential to democracy in the 21st century?
     
    (35:32) - How can America, known for its innovation, adapt its foundational principles and values for future generations to bridge to the next century, moving beyond the notion of American exceptionalism?
     
    (37:35) - Discussing the shift in American values from 1998 to 2023, how has the perception of patriotism and other core values evolved over time?
     
    (27:20) - Analyzing Asia's rise and its global ramifications
     
    (33:35) - The interplay of technology, AI, and international relations
     
    (36:50) - Envisioning the future of diplomacy and inter

    • 40 min
    #20 - Dr. Padraig Carmody - The New Scramble For Africa: The Economic History and Future Development of the Region

    #20 - Dr. Padraig Carmody - The New Scramble For Africa: The Economic History and Future Development of the Region

    On this African development-focused episode, we're joined by Dr. Pádraig Carmody, a distinguished professor at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and the author of the book "The New Scramble for Africa."
     
    Professor Carmody guides us through a thought-provoking discussion:
     
    -Unpacking the historical context of African scrambles and their enduring impact on the continent
    -Defining what a scramble is and how it shaped the socio-economic landscape of Africa
    -Examining the parallels between historical scrambles and the contemporary challenges affecting Africa today
    -Insightful analysis of the new scramble (e.g. with China) and its implications for the region's economic trajectory
    -Exploring the potential future of African development and the key factors that will shape it
     
    We were also joined by, Jon Cayzer, who is a British civil servant and has worked in Africa for several decades.
     
    Follow our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
     
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    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.
     
    (00:00) - Intro
     
    (01:35) - What drove Professor Carmody into writing a book on the scramble for Africa?
     
    (04:43) - In delving into the first scramble for Africa and the influential Berlin Conference, what were the key motivations driving European powers?
     
    (10:58) -  Is the scramble for Africa solely driven by asset stripping for the benefit of the global economy in what we now term the global north, or are their elements of a transformative vision aiming to uplift and shape the continent in a different way?
     
    (19:09) - Did the historical division of Africa during the scramble leave lasting consequences on the persistence of poverty and the trajectory of economic development in the region?
     
    (25:13) - How did the historical dynamics affect the current state of institutions in Africa?
     
    (27:55) - How does Professor Carmody envision African states overcoming the challenges of comparative advantage and distance to become potent catalysts for innovation?
     
    (32:57) - How does Rwanda's success, characterized by policy certainty, stand out as a potential model for other Sub-Saharan African countries grappling with similar issues?
     
    (40:59) - How are technological advancements impacting job markets across the continent, and what strategies can African nations adopt to navigate the potential challenges posed by the rapid integration of AI technologies?
     
    (43:42) - What are China's vision for Africa and the strategies they are employing to realize this vision, providing insight into their approach and objectives in the region?
     
    (50:55) -  The role of industrial policy in fostering economic diversification and specialization and lessons African nations could glean from these examples in shaping their economic strategies.
     
    (52:16) -  Is there a unique role that Africa can play in reimagining the global economy, offering solutions that transcend the limitations of the previous neoliberal frameworks?
     
    (58:46) - Outro
     

    • 59 min
    #19 - Dr. Christian De Vartavan - Civilizational Tech: From Egyptology to Modern-day Blockchain and AI

    #19 - Dr. Christian De Vartavan - Civilizational Tech: From Egyptology to Modern-day Blockchain and AI

    From the technology used to build pyramids by Ancient Egyptians to blockchain & AI today, there's tremendous continuity in how technologies developed. We're joined by Dr. Christian de Vartavan, a distinguished Egyptologist whose contributions include 10 seminal works in Egyptology and an impressive tally of 40 scientific discoveries. Beyond his expertise in Egyptology, Christian is also recognized as a technologist and an accomplished authority in blockchain and artificial intelligence who regularly advises the UK government on the strategic integration of these emerging technologies.
     
    We have also been joined by our Empasco director, Mohammad Syed. (@MohammadSyed159)
     
    Join us for a thought-provoking conversation that spans across epochs, connecting the wisdom of ancient civilizations with the forefront of modern technological innovation.
     
    In this episode, we delve into:
     
    -Christian's journey from the realms of Egyptology to the forefront of blockchain and AI
     
    -The parallels and intersections between ancient civilizations and cutting-edge technology
     
    -Insights into his ground-breaking scientific discoveries and their implications for the modern world
     
    -The role of blockchain and AI in shaping the future of media, society, and beyond
     
    -A reflection on his family's legacy of advisory roles in royal, presidential, and governmental spheres, influencing trade, business, economics, and science.
     
    Follow our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
     
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.
     
    (00:00) - Intro
     
    (03:15) - Christian's background in Egyptology
     
    (04:50) - About Christian's technological advisory role for the UK government
     
    (06:41) - Technologies in Ancient Egypt
     
    (10:20) - Views on the Pyramid making process
     
    (13:01) - Controversial perspectives related to the Pyramids
     
    (19:06) - Have we forgotten how to build a Pyramid?
     
    (21:32) - Are we facing a modern-day puzzle with artificial intelligence, much like the ancient mysteries that confounded civilizations?
     
    (30:24) - Do AI and blockchain technologies pose a risk of widening societal disparities? Is there a global divergence in AI approaches among countries?
     
    (35:27) - How are we planning to enforce standards in regulating AI?
     
    (37:53) - Amidst growing distrust in giants like Google and Facebook and a rise in anti-globalism, how does society navigate diminishing faith in both private and global institutions?
     
    (42:06) - Considering the unmet expectations, boom-and-bust cycles, and recent downturn, what is the current assessment of the state and future direction of crypto and blockchain technology?
     
    (51:05) - What are the scopes of these technological development related to Christian's proprietary tech at Projectus that focuses on the classification of knowledge and the philosophy of the internet?
     
    (54:29) - How does Christian envision the future of statecraft, shaped by the concept of network states on the internet?
     
    (60:07) - Outro

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #18 - Dr. Salim Ayduz - A Review of Ottoman Technological and Scientific Innovation History

    #18 - Dr. Salim Ayduz - A Review of Ottoman Technological and Scientific Innovation History

    In this episode, we sat down with Professor Dr. Salim Ayduz, a distinguished expert in Ottoman science and technology delving into the rich tapestry of technical innovations that helped create the Ottoman Empire's 600+ year tri-continental legacy.
     
    In the episode, we cover:
     
    -the forgotten pioneers of Ottoman science & technology
    -the social, political, and economic dynamics that influenced Ottoman innovation
    -comparative analysis of Ottoman and Western scientific and technological progress
    -challenges the empire faced in keeping pace with the changing world
     
    Tune in to this enlightening episode that reveals the hidden chapters of Ottoman innovation, while also shedding new light on the challenges the empire faced as it navigated the currents of change across the centuries.
     
    Follow our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
     
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode.
     
    (00:00) - Intro
     
    (02:15) - Professor Salim's background
     
    (04:10) - Origin of the Ottoman Empire and why there is a lack of information on the Ottoman innovation landscape?
     
    (11:44) - What is the Professor's research methodology when it comes to consuming knowledge and researching Ottoman innovation and inventions?
     
    (15:35) - Ottoman's contribution to astronomy and astrology
     
    (26:35) - Ottoman's contribution to mathematics
     
    (31:45) - The inception and mass adoption of gunpowder and cannons in the Ottoman era
     
    (36:11) - Notable innovations and inventions during the Ottoman period
     
    (43:59) - The socio-political dynamics that influenced the decline of Ottoman contribution to science and technology
     
    (50:49) - Challenges the empire faced in keeping pace with the changing world
     
    (57:20) - Classical books reading recommendation by Professor on Ottoman innovation
     
    (59:00) - Outro
     

    • 59 min
    #17 - Bobby Healy - Cities in the Sky 2: How Last Mile Drone Deliveries will Transform Our World

    #17 - Bobby Healy - Cities in the Sky 2: How Last Mile Drone Deliveries will Transform Our World

    On this episode, we're joined by serial entrepreneur and CEO of Manna Bobby Healy (@realBobbyHealy) who runs one of the Top 5 drone delivery companies in the world. We also welcomed back a friend of the pod Pamir Sevincel, Partner at Blackbird.
    Join us as we talk about the ins and outs of a fundamental technology that'll terraform the way we live: last-mile drone delivery.
    In this episode, we cover:
    -Bobby's entrepreneurial journey and the lessons learned along the way
    -The genesis of Manna and the vision for drone-powered deliveries
    -The environmental impact of replacing traditional delivery vehicles with drones
    - Business models and venture funding landscape: current, future and past.
    - Advice to founders building hardware-heavy companies
    -The challenges and opportunities in the emerging drone delivery industry
    -The future of on-demand delivery and its potential to reshape urban living
    Follow our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode. 
    (00:00) - Intro
    (02:25) - Bobby's journey to leading several successful startups
    (03:16) - What is Manna Aero?
    (07:50) - Use case of drone delivery for E-commerce businesses
    (15:04) - Replacing traditional delivery vehicles with drones?
    (20:00) - How feasible is drone delivery in rural/suburban areas?
    (22:21) - Economic impact on suburban drone delivery
    (26:01) - Challenges in the delivery drone industry
    (33:12) - What factors make places like Texas particularly appealing for startups and investors in the consumer business sector? What should be the focus of startups in the drone delivery space: profitability or scalability?
    (40:02) - Can AI-generated models help optimize drone delivery services?
    (52:56) - Future of on-demand delivery and the impending challenges
    (65:12) - Competitive Advantage and Unique Value Proposition of Manna
    (67:48) - Quick Fire Round

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #16 - Taavi Roivas - Why Technology & Political Economy Are Inseparable: Conversation with the Former Prime Minister of Estonia

    #16 - Taavi Roivas - Why Technology & Political Economy Are Inseparable: Conversation with the Former Prime Minister of Estonia

    We're joined at Empasco by the former Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Roivas, who ran and built both sets of organizations: leading the highest political office of one of the most technologically advanced EU governments and now also being a technology entrepreneur to a hard tech startup doing mobilities.
    In the episode, we cover:
    - the confluence of technology and politics in shaping the future- can you run governments like tech startups? Similarities and differences.- education & what young people should study- the challenges that tech brings to democracies- AI, crypto, de-dollarisation and hot takes on the recent mega-trends with how governments should respond.
    Follow our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo), for more updates on tech, civilizational growth, progress studies, and emerging markets.
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode. 
    (00:00) - Intro
    (02:37) - Taavi's academic and political backstory
    (08:34) - How did Taavi successfully balance youth political engagement and academic pursuits, particularly in technology and science, while maintaining a harmonious environment towards a shared vision?
    (11:16) - What are the key similarities and differences in running a political organization compared to a technology or private organization?
    (14:14) - How is Auve Tech transforming the public transport sector?
    (19:46) - How can we encourage more individuals interested in societal development to engage in politics with a genuine understanding of technology?
    (25:30) - Should the use of disruptive contemporary tech like AI be heavily regulated? 
    (30:58) - How can governments achieve self-disruption, akin to companies like Amazon, while simultaneously maintaining stability for society? How to navigate the trade-off between embracing change and ensuring stability
    (38:54) - Thoughts on the notion of the United States being in decline and the emergence of a more multipolar world? How would such shifts impact smaller countries and the field of technology?
    (41:14) - What should the government's approach be for the use of cryptocurrencies?
    (44:18) - What is the government's stance on the potentially destabilizing effects of technology, particularly social media and digitization, on democracy, considering concerns about the influence of platforms like Facebook and Twitter in shaping election outcomes?
    (50:16) - Quick Fire Round
    (53:40) - Outro

    • 53 min

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Did you know that a Muslim man was the first aviator, and took flight on fledgling wings over the ancient spires of Córdoba? Or that there was a ‘Golden Age’ of religious harmony, trade, and scholarship that made it possible for a Muslim caliph to appoint a Jewish prime minister in Granada? And that centuries ago, Muslims pioneered state-of-the-art agricultural techniques like ‘husbanding’ in a sun-soaked corner of the Iberian Peninsula? I didn’t. After listening to this podcast, I realised that most Europeans have scant – if any – knowledge of 800 years of history that led to the creation of the modern world. If you don’t understand the past, you cannot comprehend the present or rise to its challenges. For this is also a riveting story of court intrigues and religious schisms that pitted Muslims against Muslims and Christians against Christians. This is a story that is missing from most liberal arts curricula. I believe it is as revelatory and relevant in 2023 as the new scholarship that is uncovering how Britain’s wealth was literally built on the backs of the slave trade. This pioneering podcast is essential listening if you want, to borrow from a famous title, to understand the ‘Making of the European Mind.’

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Great if you a history and technology fan

Enjoy how the podcast looks at history and civilisation and technology and how it is all linked. Also, the production of the podcast is top class. Also have had discussions with the presenter and he is extremely well informed.

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Unique podcast

I know the podcaster personally.
He is one of the most knowledgeable person I befriended.
Lovely to see him flourishing with a new project.
Bless you lad.

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