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136 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The Signal Through the Noise (Why Decentralize?)
Welcome to the start of the next 100 episodes. In this inaugural episode of season 2, Tom and I discuss the context of how the practices and attitudes from 20th century history have led to this moment. These include the Cold War, advertising, debt, the internet and unsustainable, wasteful power concentration in an economic and political system known as corporatism. We then get into how exactly information technology such as blockchain will decentralize and transform every aspect of society away from concentrated power toward interconnected innovation, empowerment, personalization and options. How it will enable ideas like universal basic income and disable the idea that a massive central authority is capable of making wise decisions and interventions on behalf of everyone. How it can merge novel and meaningful experiences with a social fabric that complexly connects humanity to family, community, environment, creativity and self both physically and digitally. The idea of an ethical and intellectual framework known as technological humanism and the Matrix subplot about the defeat of cynicism and nihilism also find their ways into this longer than usual conversation.
12 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Moving Past Career and Nation
Centralized institutions and income are no match for the empowerment of information, networks and technology. First we must understand why our industrial era systems and their incentives are broken beyond repair before we can thoughtfully consider the blueprint of technological humanism.
121 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Meaningful Leisure & Exposure to Stigmas
Sarah returns for a conversation about how to use unexpected, stressful down time to your benefit, disengaging from trolling, willingly exposing yourself to discomforts and the recent loss of her brother Derek to addiction.
118 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Climbing Out of the Mud
Tom and I talk about what to look out for in the emerging antipropaganda culture of active thought toppling the assumptions and mental models which compose our attitudes of complacency and resentment. Our immediate future is studded with domestic tribal political divides and geopolitical rivalries like what has emerged with Russia and China yet there is substantial room for optimism.
13 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
21st: Remaking Media and Education
In the 21st year of the 21st century my resolution is to bring together minds to create the blueprints for networks of media and education which abandon thriving on propaganda, narrow-mindedness and outrage in favor of empowered engagement, collaboration and self-actualization.
7 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
One of the biggest problems with our economy is that it is a market that traffics in the single metric of monetary value. I suggest our global economy will transform into parallel economies with alternative currencies of time, attention, creativity and other exchanges. This will make it harder to dominate and monopolize because of tradeoffs. We'll be able to convert from one to any other form, transact using blockchain and most importantly define human value and the vast societal contributions beyond solely what makes the most money.
5 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
AI Training Clusters
If we want benevolent artificial intelligence and a pro-human future that empowers our individual flourishing then why don't we use groups of ethical thinkers as the training data? Would this be the best way to ensure that the most considerate and thoughtfully nuanced human tendencies and patterns are the ones that influence and compose our algorithms?
8 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
A Real Justice League
Can we sustain a real-life team of renegade thinkers and empathetic vigilante ethicists who propose solutions that mediate between Washington DC and Silicon Valley? How could a new checks and balances superstructure influence prosocial innovation and policy, serve as a conduit of public engagement, empower individuals, redefine journalistic integrity and promote the new education movement? How can we prevent such a group from becoming cynical and dystopian government contractors like the Watchmen or corporatized and opportunistic merchandise like The Boys?
62 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
The Essential Patterns of History
This isn't history with names and dates as you've been forced to learn it. In this slightly longer episode I break history down into 6 domains: paradigms, narratives, ego blows, saeculums, supercycles and alliances. After listening you'll recognize alignments and more fully understand the moment we're in right now.
23 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Yin and Yang
This episode on why Yin and Yang need each other focuses on the complementarity of conservatives and liberals, libertarians and socialists and men and women.
14 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Standardized Education Makes Cogs
Part 2 of the Cogs No More episode, this half is about how our systems of education dehumanize us and limit our capacity for self-realization. I also talk about how designers of industrial era society and politics regarded people as stupid and dangerous unidimensional masses of livestock which needed to be surveilled and managed. We have gotten so far lost from humanist ideals and its prosocial pursuit of happiness but we're finding our path back.
11 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Cogs No More
The feeling of being a cog in an isolating, impersonal machine was the effect of regarding emotionally complex and sociable human beings with needs as part of an industrial assembly line. As we transition to a technological society we have the chance to rediscover humanism, reassert our value and incentivize the happiness of self-discovery. Or we can shrug and let ourselves become standardized inputs in a dystopian computer. The choice is ours.
5 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Thoughts of a Nobody
We ought to listen to wisdom backed up by thoughtfully considered experience and resolve to be less taken in by self promotion, image curation, material status, professional title, name recognition, controversy or performance.
12 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
How do we manage the simultaneous discontinuities in everything we take for granted? Geopolitics, technology, employment, socializing, democracy, wealth, influence and unifying greater purpose are all on the table and we're out of plays. Time for the next round.
6 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
The Lost Year
What has the lost year done for our pursuits and our intimacy?
5 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
No more saving face and digging in when our strong opinions and nagging ridicule are clearly wrong. I get it—we hate looking like fools. But time for some collective crow eating.
30 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Thoughtful consideration before logging new information in our brains is a conscious effort, but one that will lead us back to sanity. I talk about the role of insecure resentment frequently beneath imposing strong beliefs on others and our optimal conditions for the growth of conspiracies.
33 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
A Call to Thought
If we filter out the absurdity, this is a moment that demands our critical thought and creative instinct. In this episode I state the case for the creative and logistical instincts that must come together next in order for the meeting of minds and the technological humanist narrative to become a unifying reality.
46 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Constitutional Convention 2021
Alex and I talk about the personal growth in turbulent times and the necessity for great minds to come together. We consider that a modern convention of diverse intellectual, interpersonal and technological thinkers will design the retrofit systems, amendments, ethical framework, institutional incentives, new narrative and forward vision for our transition toward the tech humanism of the 21st century. Imagination and empathy required.
11 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
This short episode is to give you something different to think about as the political battles rage in the background. We regard travel, wealth and age as indicators of success and wisdom. Can we think outside these flawed metrics of life experience?
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