The Talks at Google podcast - where great minds meet.
Talks at Google brings the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers, and doers all to one place. Every episode is taken from a video that can be seen at YouTube.com/TalksAtGoogle.
DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions expressed by the guest speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Google, Inc. The comments on this channel belong only to the person who posted them. We do, however, reserve the right to remove off-topic or inappropriate comments.
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Gernot Wagner | Climate Shock
Economist Gernot Wagner visits Google to discuss his book "Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet".
In the book, Wagner explores the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from works previously unavailable to general audiences. He argues that the longer we wait to act, the more likely an extreme event will happen. Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the book looks at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, also make radical would-be fixes like geoengineering all the more probable. What we know about climate change is alarming enough; what we don't know about the extreme risks could be far more dangerous. Wagner helps readers understand that we need to think about climate change in the same way that we think about insurance -- as a risk management problem, only here on a global scale.
Originally published in April of 2015.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/ClimateShock to watch the video.
Dr. Anton Treuer | Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Dr. Anton Treuer visits Google to discuss his book "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask."
What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answers—or suspect that your questions may be offensive? Is the term “Indians” even appropriate to use in the 21st century? In matter-of-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of Native culture.
In the book, Treuer answers questions such as, "Why is there such a fuss about nonnative people wearing Indian costumes for Halloween?”, or "What's it like for natives who don't look native?" or "Why are Indians so often imagined rather than understood?" “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” does exactly what its title says, in a style consistently thoughtful, personal, and engaging.
Relations between Native Americans and whites are often characterized by guilt and anger: this book attempts to cut through the emotion and build a foundation for true understanding and positive action.
Moderated by Cait Stevens.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/EverythingAboutIndians to watch the video.
Nick Offerman | Good Clean Fun
Actor Nick Offerman visits Google to discuss his book “Good Clean Fun: MIsadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop.”
Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Hollywood is a testament to American elbow grease and a hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff like kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, and even cedar-strip canoes.
Now Nick and his crew want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects.
Whether you’ve been working in your own shop for years, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find “Good Clean Fun” full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information.
Originally published in November of 2016.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/GoodCleanFun to watch the video.
Ep278 - Roham Gharegozlou | The Past, Present, and Future of Crypto
Roham Gharegozlou visits Google to discuss his company Dapper Labs, the detailed history of cryptocurrency, and where he sees it going in the near future.
Roham Gharegozlou is the co-founder and CEO of Dapper Labs and a leader in blockchain and Web3 technology. He is often cited as the pioneer of NFTs, with CryptoKitties being the first viral NFT project that broke Ethereum in 2017. From those learnings, Roham launched Dapper Labs from Axiom Zen in 2018, aiming to drive mainstream adoption of decentralized technologies and to put a crypto wallet in every pocket. Today, Dapper Labs has made Web3 accessible for developers, creators, and users by designing Flow, a decentralized Web3 platform built for consumer-friendly dApps that now has more than 3.6 million accounts; releasing Dapper Wallet, the easiest way to get started on Web3; and launching dApps, including NBA Top Shot, UFC Strike, NFL ALL DAY, Seussibles, and more that are attracting millions to Web3.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/CryptoFuture to watch the video.
Bea Johnson | Zero Waste Home
Since 2008, Bea Johnson and her family have been dedicated to living a zero waste lifestyle, generating a mere quart-size jar of waste per year. Through her blog and her book ""Zero Waste Home"", Bea has launched a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.
This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea’s experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, packing kids’ lunches without plastic, canceling your junk mail, and enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family—and the planet.
Originally published in September of 2015.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/ZeroWasteHome to watch the video.
Harry Parker | Hybrid Humans
Author Harry Parker visits Google to discuss his book "Hybrid Humans: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Man and Machine". This book is a gripping, eye-opening firsthand account of how technology is altering our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Parker’s life changed overnight when he lost his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan. He now wears prosthetic legs from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed, reliant on them to move about the world. The tech he relies on is now so advanced it can seem as good, if not better, than human biology. But the benefits and freedom it gives him come with costs: the cost of pain, of damage to his body, of being stared at and being seen as other, of anxiety and dependence.
In "Hybrid Humans", Parker takes us on a journey at the frontiers of man and machine, meeting those pushing the limits of our bodies and brains—the former soldiers having cutting-edge osseointegration, the very first DIY cyborgs and biohackers tinkering in garages, and the scientists, surgeons, artists, and disabled pioneers developing the latest robotics and implants. Grappling with his own new identity and disability along the way, Parker traces how new technologies might lead us to powerful, liberating possibilities for what a body can be—and how to be human is to be hybrid.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/HybridHumans to watch the video.
These are awesome!
I love that Google is releasing these presentations as podcasts. Many of them were originally on YouTube, but they're even more convenient in audio format. Amazing guests.