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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

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    Google’s AI, Biden’s Brain, and Other Enigmas (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    Google’s AI, Biden’s Brain, and Other Enigmas (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

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    1:19 Big trouble with Small Potatoes 5:13 What makes a good podcast? 13:21 Google’s AI goes wild(ly woke) 27:02 Is Biden a “super-ager” or just super old? 35:51 On the psychology of self-immolation 52:38 Are we thinking right about mental illness? 56:52 Heading to Overtime
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Paul Bloom (https://smallpotatoes.paulbloom.net, University of Toronto, The Sweet Spot, Against Empathy). Recorded February 27, 2024.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NonzeroPods
    Paul’s Substack:
    Overtime titles:
    0:00 The problem with paywalls 4:06 Is contingency in life good news or bad? 22:28 Do AIs need to be symbolic to be logical? 32:46 A new TV show Bob hates 38:04 Bob’s (mental?) break in the JFK case

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    Does AI Understand Things? (Robert Wright & Gary Marcus)

    Does AI Understand Things? (Robert Wright & Gary Marcus)

    0:31 Gary’s background and place in the AI world 1:45 Are Gary’s views on AI paradoxical? 9:16 Bob: Searle’s Chinese Room argument is dead 19:29 Have LLMs demonstrated "theory of mind"? 26:34 Arguing the semantics of an LLM's “semantic space” 32:04 Do LLM representations map onto the real world? 41:20 Can (and should) we slow down AI development? 52:11 Gary: I’ve never seen a field as myopic as AI today 54:53 The (symbolic?) future of AI
    Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Gary Marcus (https://garymarcus.substack.com/, Humans vs. Machines, The Algebraic Mind, Kluge). Recorded February 13, 2024.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NonzeroPods
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    What Navalny Meant (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)

    What Navalny Meant (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)

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    2:19 Nikita’s memories of Navalny’s emergence as a political force 12:17 The time Nikita was detained for protesting election fraud 23:42 Navalny’s success as a political organizer 36:53 What did Navalny represent? 47:22 Navalny’s courageous post-poisoning return to Russia 57:53 Heading to Overtime (plus: Nikita’s photo with Navalny)
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Nikita Petrov (psychopolitica.substack.com). Recorded February 20, 2024.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NonzeroPods

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    Gazans' Displacement, AI's Acceleration (Earthling Unplugged)

    Gazans' Displacement, AI's Acceleration (Earthling Unplugged)

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    Robert Wright and Andrew Day discuss items from the Earthling.
    Read this edition of the Earthling at: https://nonzero.substack.com/p/sam-altmans-big-bad-idea
    Recorded February 16, 2024.
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    Ukraine’s War, Putin’s Worldview (Robert Wright & Leonid Ragozin)

    Ukraine’s War, Putin’s Worldview (Robert Wright & Leonid Ragozin)

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    1:35 What MSM missed about Carlsons' Putin interview 14:20 Putin’s litany of grievances against the West 22:19 Russia gets the upper hand in Ukraine 30:02 Why Zelensky hasn’t paved the way for peace talks 37:02 Putin’s mafia-inspired approach to negotiations 45:47 Do most Russians support the war? 49:49 Why Zelensky fired his popular top general 54:00 Heading to Overtime
    Leonid's article in Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/12/putin-is-ready-for-talks-on-ukraine-but-on-his-own-terms
    Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Leonid Ragozin (Rest of World, West of Providence, Lonely Planet). Recorded February 14, 2024.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NonzeroPods
    Overtime titles:
    0:00 An approaching Russia-NATO war? 3:39 Why the Gaza war is a godsend for Putin 13:32 Does Putin really prefer Trump over Biden? 22:52 The point of Putin’s long historical monologue

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    Inside the Mind of AI (Robert Wright & Nora Belrose)

    Inside the Mind of AI (Robert Wright & Nora Belrose)

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    1:57 Nora’s low score on the AI doomer test 8:26 The messy math of AI alignment 13:41 Teaching and (unteaching) concepts to LLMS 18:06 Do we really want human-like AI? 28:48 How the AI “mind” works 40:41 How to change an AI’s mind 53:19 Are LLMs reverse-engineering the human mind? 57:26 Heading to Overtime
    Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Nora Belrose (EleutherAI). Recorded January 16, 2024.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NonzeroPods
    Overtime titles:
    0:00 Eleuther’s extra open open-source AIs 4:29 Is the human mind a general learning machine? 7:18 Why Nora supports open-source AI 11:42 How could we tell if AIs are conscious? 23:31 The new contender for reinforcement learning supremacy 29:57 Inside the minds of the AI doomers 40:52 Bob’s main sources of AI anxiety

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Customer Reviews

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541 Ratings

Kevtao ,

Earthling Unplugged

Hey, about the year end Earthling Unplugged episode; Robert is the first person I have heard remind listeners that the Supreme (?) Court anointed W president. They have been an illegitimate organization since then at the very least. Thanks Robert. Love the work and frankly I am glad that Kaus is gone. I listen to the Friday podcasts now with the variety of people who rotate in.

Nico_laos ,

parrot room day 1

I’ve been listening for years. Since the lockdown started and dragged on, Mickey’s regular Friday night spot with Bob has been something I really look forward to.

JoboF IV ,

Omar Baddar

Bob is always great to listen to (and I am a hardcore conservative). But I thought more pushback against the October 7 attacks would have been in order.

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