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Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) interviews some of the world's leading economists, political scientists, and philosophers to discuss their ideas and what they mean for society, technology, and the economy.

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Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) interviews some of the world's leading economists, political scientists, and philosophers to discuss their ideas and what they mean for society, technology, and the economy.

    Marian Tupy on Superabundance, Innovation, and Doomerism

    Marian Tupy on Superabundance, Innovation, and Doomerism

    Marian Tupy (@Marian_L_Tupy) joins Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) to discuss his book Superabundance, innovation, doomerism, and much more. Some highlights:


    Do we already live in an Age of Superabundance?Are the values of the Enlightenment getting stronger or weaker?Why do we still have so many dormers?Why is doomerism seemingly so embraced by elites?The power of Malthusian ideasIs underpopulation an existential risk?Can technology save us from underpopulation?What causes resource curses?Will we have civilizational collapses in our lifetime?How fragile is the world today?Are we actually in a Great Stagnation?The usefulness of Time PricesShould we pause AI?Which countries is Marian bullish/bearish on?

    • 49 min
    Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital on Bridging the Gaps Between Technology, Defense, and Policy

    Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital on Bridging the Gaps Between Technology, Defense, and Policy

    Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital (@bznotes) joins Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) to discuss Tech, Defense, Policy, and everything in-between. Some highlights:
    What Bilal looks for in a founder as a Lux GPWhat makes a great DefenseTech founder?How does DoD view Silicon Valley?Is DefenseTech in a bubble?Immigrant Founders in the Tech EcosystemTech’s Responsibility to SocietyShould we be pessimistic or optimistic about the world right now?Is AI headed towards regulatory capture?How Media isn’t actually against TechBilal’s Request for Startups

    • 57 min
    Byrne Hobart and Tobias Huber on the Future of AI and the Existential Risk of Safetyism

    Byrne Hobart and Tobias Huber on the Future of AI and the Existential Risk of Safetyism

    Byrne Hobart (@byrnehobart) and Tobias Huber (@TobiasAHuber) join Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence. They cover:
    Is AI going to kill us? Is AI going to take all of our jobs and cause massive inequality? Is it going to destroy truth?Is it better to be a tech incumbent or a startup right now?Is the future of software one-time-use?What are the consequences of negative mainstream media coverage of AI?Will model interpretability increase or decrease over time?Will AI be subject to regulatory capture? Will it be over regulated?What would the civilizational consequences of an AI ban be?What are the realistic trade offs of AI? What turmoil will it cause?How should DC approach regulating AI?What is the optimistic vision for AI?Is China ahead or behind the US in AI progress?How should people prepare themselves for AI?

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Bill Martin of Raging Capital Ventures on SVB's Collapse and What Happens Next

    Bill Martin of Raging Capital Ventures on SVB's Collapse and What Happens Next

    Bill Martin of Raging Capital Ventures (@RagingVentures) joins Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) to discuss his prediction of SVB's collapse and his views on the state of the world. Some highlights:
    How Did Bill Predict SVB’s Collapse?His Other Bets and What Happens Next?Who Is at Fault for SVB’s Collapse? SVB? The Fed? VCs?The Impact of Passive Investing and Woke Capital on the Investment LandscapeWhat Are the Lessons for Entrepreneurs and Regulators?Should Depositors Lose Their Money?Are We Learning Our Lessons from Crises?Should the Fed Continue Rate Hikes?How Should We Invest in the Current Climate? What’s Safe?Growing Tensions with ChinaWhat Would Bill Do If He Was Starting His Career out Today?"

    • 43 min
    Michael Gibson on The Thiel Fellowship and The Future of Education and Innovation

    Michael Gibson on The Thiel Fellowship and The Future of Education and Innovation

    Michael Gibson (@William_Blake) of 1517 Fund joins Patrick Blumenthal (@PatrickJBlum) to discuss his new book, “Paper Belt on Fire: How Renegade Investors Sparked a Revolt Against the University.” They discuss:

    - What is the Paper Belt, and Why Should We Light it on Fire?
    - The Modern Indulgences of the University System
    - What are Alternatives to the College Degree?
    - What Can We Learn from the Success of the Thiel Fellowship?
    - Which Countries Can America Learn from on Education?
    - The Lost Culture of Progress, and How We’ve Given up on Solving Problems
    - The Decline of San Francisco
    - Is China More Innovative than the US?
    - What is America’s Next Frontier?
    - Why Doesn’t America Respect Builders Anymore?

    You can buy a copy of Michael's new book here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paper-belt-on-fire-michael-gibson/1141459334

    • 55 min
    Eli Dourado and Austin Vernon on Energy Superabundance and Creating a Prosperous 21st Century

    Eli Dourado and Austin Vernon on Energy Superabundance and Creating a Prosperous 21st Century

    Eli Dourado (@elidourado) and Austin Vernon (@vernon3austin) join Patrick Blumenthal (@patrickjblum) to discuss their recent paper, Energy Superabundance: How Cheap, Abundant Energy Will Shape Our Future. Other topics discussed:

    - How Energy Superabundance can Lead us from a Carbon Surplus to a Carbon Shortage
    - How did a Scarcity Mindset Take Root in America?
    - The Policies that we Need for a Prosperous Century
    - The Future of Nuclear Energy
    - Building More Rather than Less to Solve Climate Change
    - Will China Reach Superabundance Before America?
    - How we can Improve Utilities and the American Power Grid
    - Is the Government Getting Better or Worse at Funding Innovation?
    - How Painful will the Next Decade be?
    - How do we Improve Supply Chain Resilience?
    - Eli and Austin’s Request for Startups
    - What does a World with Superabundance Look Like?

    You can read their paper here: https://www.thecgo.org/research/energy-superabundance/

    • 49 min

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