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    Demis Hassabis - Scaling, Superhuman AIs, AlphaZero atop LLMs, Rogue Nations Threat

    Demis Hassabis - Scaling, Superhuman AIs, AlphaZero atop LLMs, Rogue Nations Threat

    Here is my episode with Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind
    We discuss:
    * Why scaling is an artform
    * Adding search, planning, & AlphaZero type training atop LLMs
    * Making sure rogue nations can't steal weights
    * The right way to align superhuman AIs and do an intelligence explosion
    Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here.
    Timestamps
    (0:00:00) - Nature of intelligence
    (0:05:56) - RL atop LLMs
    (0:16:31) - Scaling and alignment
    (0:24:13) - Timelines and intelligence explosion
    (0:28:42) - Gemini training
    (0:35:30) - Governance of superhuman AIs
    (0:40:42) - Safety, open source, and security of weights
    (0:47:00) - Multimodal and further progress
    (0:54:18) - Inside Google DeepMind


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Patrick Collison (Stripe CEO) - Craft, Beauty, & The Future of Payments

    Patrick Collison (Stripe CEO) - Craft, Beauty, & The Future of Payments

    We discuss:
    * what it takes to process $1 trillion/year
    * how to build multi-decade APIs, companies, and relationships
    * what's next for Stripe (increasing the GDP of the internet is quite an open ended prompt, and the Collison brothers are just getting started).
    Plus the amazing stuff they're doing at Arc Institute, the financial infrastructure for AI agents, playing devil's advocate against progress studies, and much more.
    Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here. Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes.
    Timestamps
    (00:00:00) - Advice for 20-30 year olds
    (00:12:12) - Progress studies
    (00:22:21) - Arc Institute
    (00:34:27) - AI & Fast Grants
    (00:43:46) - Stripe history
    (00:55:44) - Stripe Climate
    (01:01:39) - Beauty & APIs
    (01:11:51) - Financial innards
    (01:28:16) - Stripe culture & future
    (01:41:56) - Virtues of big businesses
    (01:51:41) - John


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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Tyler Cowen - Hayek, Keynes, & Smith on AI, Animal Spirits, Anarchy, & Growth

    Tyler Cowen - Hayek, Keynes, & Smith on AI, Animal Spirits, Anarchy, & Growth

    It was a great pleasure speaking with Tyler Cowen for the 3rd time.
    We discussed GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter?, especially in the context of how the insights of Hayek, Keynes, Smith, and other great economists help us make sense of AI, growth, animal spirits, prediction markets, alignment, central planning, and much more.
    The topics covered in this episode are too many to summarize. Hope you enjoy!
    Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here. Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes.
    Timestamps
    (0:00:00) - John Maynard Keynes
    (00:17:16) - Controversy
    (00:25:02) - Fredrick von Hayek
    (00:47:41) - John Stuart Mill
    (00:52:41) - Adam Smith
    (00:58:31) - Coase, Schelling, & George
    (01:08:07) - Anarchy
    (01:13:16) - Cheap WMDs
    (01:23:18) - Technocracy & political philosophy
    (01:34:16) - AI & Scaling


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Lessons from The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro [Narration]

    Lessons from The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro [Narration]

    This is a narration of my blog post, Lessons from The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro.
    You read the full post here: https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/lyndon-johnson
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Follow me on Twitter for updates on future posts and episodes.


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    • 36 min
    Will scaling work? [Narration]

    Will scaling work? [Narration]

    This is a narration of my blog post, Will scaling work?.
    You read the full post here: https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/will-scaling-work
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Follow me on Twitter for updates on future posts and episodes.


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    • 25 min
    Jung Chang - Living through Cultural Revolution and the Crimes of Mao

    Jung Chang - Living through Cultural Revolution and the Crimes of Mao

    A true honor to speak with Jung Chang.
    She is the author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (sold 15+ million copies worldwide) and Mao: The Unknown Story.
    We discuss:
    - what it was like growing up during the Cultural Revolution as the daughter of a denounced official
    - why the CCP continues to worship the biggest mass murderer in human history.
    - how exactly Communist totalitarianism was able to subjugate a billion people
    - why Chinese leaders like Xi and Deng who suffered from the Cultural Revolution don't condemn Mao
    - how Mao starved and killed 40 million people during The Great Leap Forward in order to exchange food for Soviet weapons
    Wild Swans is the most moving book I've ever read. It was a real privilege to speak with its author.
    Watch on YouTube. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast platform. Read the full transcript here. Follow me on Twitter for updates on future episodes.
    Timestamps
    (00:00:00) - Growing up during Cultural Revolution
    (00:15:58) - Could officials have overthrown Mao?
    (00:34:09) - Great Leap Forward
    (00:48:12) - Modern support of Mao
    (01:03:24) - Life as peasant
    (01:21:30) - Psychology of communist society


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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Sooner '19 ,

Must Listen

Dwarkesh is an incredible interviewer. Each listen is invaluable. Top of my must-listen list.

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Excellent and meaningful

I have learned so much about the world from this podcast. He does assume a lot of prior knowledge, but if you have it, then this is the best show you’ll find

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Right alongside with Conversations with Tyler as the best podcast for people who want to skip the fluff and listen to content you can’t find anywhere else.

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