Reverb digs into the ideas and research around the most important questions of our time.
EP.14 Andrew Hui on aphorisms and the universal library
In this episode, Ida speaks with Andrew Hui about ruins and monuments functioning as collective memory. They discuss fragments, aphorisms, and humanity’s attempt at collective intelligence through the universal library. They also talk about how classifying knowledge means shaping the world, the pursuit of knowledge as a way to build identity, and what it means to read (and what it means to read too much).
EP.13 Robert Long on the ethics of artificial intelligence
In this episode of Reverb, Ida speaks with Robert Long about his intellectual journey from philosophy to the study of consciousness and AI. They define some of the terminology in this space, such as what we mean by consciousness, sentience, and the hard problem of consciousness. They talk about the field of AI ethics and why it’s so important, and touch on some of the theory around how we can think about sentience and ethics when it comes to AI. Robert and Ida also discuss the semi-recent case with the Google Engineer who concluded that Lamda — a large language model — was a person that deserved rights. How that happened, and what kind of implications we face as a result of these kinds of incidents.
EP.12 Anne-Laure Le Cunff on mindful productivity and idea sex
In this episode, Ida speaks with Anne-Laure Le Cunff about learning in public, mindful productivity, their own experiences with productivity, work, life, and balancing it all. They also discuss combinational creativity, aka idea sex, and a lot more.
EP.11 Dave Cormier on learning in uncertainty and informational abundance
In this episode of Reverb, Ida speaks with Dave Cormier about rhizomatic learning, uncertainty, the educational’s systems obsession with right answers, informational abundance, and more.
EP.10 Anders Sandberg on collective intelligence and grand futures
In this episode, Ida speaks with Dr. Anders Sandberg about collective intelligence (alluding to his recent paper on the matter co-authored with Vicky Chuqiao Yang), existential risk, existential hope, healing society, optimism, and the inner inspiration within all of us to imagine grand futures.
EP.09 Maggie Appleton on digital gardening
In this episode, Maggie and Ida get into the weeds of digital gardening. They talk about the history of the concept, what it means, the challenges of building digital gardens, the Cozy Web, the limitations we face with blogs and the web infrastructure that propels them, and whether digital gardening is complementary or one-against-the-other with Twitter.