Paras Chopra


My name is Paras Chopra and in the Bold Conjectures podcast, I interview experts from a variety of fields, asking them about unsolved questions in their field and what’s their conjecture for such open questions. Conjectures are ideas that are thought to be true but we neither have proof or disproofRead more

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#19 Varun Deshpande - Alternative Proteins Can Fix the World

Jul 23 • 52:27

Can there be a single solution to all of the following problems: malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and animal suffering?

Varun Deshpande thinks so. In this podcast, he makes a compelling case that alternative proteins (such as those derived from plants, fungi, or those that are cultivated in labs) can fix all these problems in one go.

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#18 Ganesh Bagler - Designing Food Using Machine Learning

Jul 14 • 49:30

The tastiest food hasn't yet been invented.

With the diversity of ingredients available to us for making dishes, the number of possible recipes is gigantic. Human chefs have only explored a fraction of this food-space. Perhaps computers can step in here. I talk to Ganesh Bagler who's pioneering a new field called computational gastronomy that aims to utilize machine learni...

#17 Alpha Lee - Crowdsourcing Discovery of a COVID-19 Drug

Jul 1 • 48:33

Can you crowdsource your way to discovering a new drug?

Alpha Lee's startup PostEra launched a crowdsourced effort (called Covid Moonshot) to discover drugs that are effective in treating covid-19. This was the first of its kind effort that combined research efforts from several groups across the world to design a drug that treats covid-19, is free from patents and can be ...

#14 Michael Levin - Our Body is a Collection of Intelligent Organisms

May 25 • 01:19:33

How do our bodies know what to become?

There are no instructions in our genes that code for the exact 3D structure of our bodies. There's no tiny human contained in our DNA. So, what powers the transformation of the first cell in the embryo to a full-blown organism?

Dr Michael Levin is attacking this problem and, in the process of answering it, his lab is uncovering an ent...

#11 Balaji Srinivasan - Crypto is the Future of Our Society

Apr 12 • 01:33:22

Balaji is a deep thinker on crypto and its implications. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he’s seen how technologies evolve over time, which ones change the world and which ones fizzle out as a fad....

#10 Kevin Gross - We Should Explore New Ways of Funding Science

Mar 31 • 59:52

The way science is funded today is broken. ...

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