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Society-and-culture • Business • Technology

Kitchen table-style conversations with some of the world’s brightest minds, exploring boundaries of human knowledge. Join us on a pursuit to discover the ideas, intuition, theories and thoughts behind these luminaries.

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Vint Cerf on the internet and its building blocks

Nov 29 • 01:10:31

Dr. Vint Cerf is an internet pioneer commonly known as one of the “father’s of the internet.” He co-designed the TCP/IP protocols, which lie at the heart of the internet. Vint is currently the Chief Internet evangelist at Google. ...

Albert Borgmann on the philosophy of technology

Nov 1 • 01:08:34

Albert Borgmann is a philosopher and writer whose research interests intersect technology, society, and culture. Albert’s theory, the device paradigm, and his book “Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life” are foundational contributions to the philosophy of technology. ...

Kevin Kelly on technology and software

Oct 5 • 52:06

Kevin Kelly is one of the leading and deepest thinkers on the technology of our time. A startling percentage of what has been meaningfully said about technology in the past quarter-century can be traced back to him, something we don’t say lightly.   ...

Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 3 – JCR Licklider, Xerox PARC, and TCP/IP

Aug 30 • 01:02:10

Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software....

Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 2 – 1980s to present

Aug 16 • 01:17:31

Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software....

Mitch Waldrop on The Dream Machine: Part 1 – 1940s to 1970s

Aug 2 • 01:15:28

Our second season launches with a three-part series featuring the preeminent Mitch Waldrop. We discuss the history, ideas, and origins of computing, software, the internet – and of course, the pioneers and unsung heroes who made it all a reality. It’s hard to imagine a better place to start exploring the more modern notions of change, technology, and software....

Jeff Behrends on ethics

Nov 29 • 50:41

Jeff Behrends is a director of ethics and technology initiatives at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is also a co-director of Embedded EthiCS, a program that teaches ethical reasoning to budding computer scientists....

Micael Dahlen on happiness

Oct 11 • 01:07:34

Micael Dahlen is a wonderfully brilliant, thought-provoking, and multi-facetted professor in the Department of Marketing and Strategy at Stockholm School of Economics. He has a uniquely curious mind which has led to novel findings in many areas, including happiness, marketing, habits, and consumer behavior. Micael is the author of Monster, Nextopia, Creativity Unlimited, a...

Rebecca Katz on the past, present, and future of covid-19

Aug 31 • 59:40

Today’s guest is Rebecca Katz, a professor and director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. She is a leading expert in global health diplomacy, global health security, and emerging infectious diseases. Rebecca was a consultant to the United States Department of State on matters related to the Biological Weapons Convention and emer...

David Danks on causality, human-technology interaction, and ethics of autonomous systems

Dec 30 • 01:22:08

David Danks is a professor of philosophy and psychology and head of the department of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research lies at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, with a recent focus on the ethics of and policy for autonomous systems such as self-driving vehicles and autonomous warfare. David is the author of Unify...

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