The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show

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July 26, 2021 91 min

W. Brian Arthur & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves. They talk about the surprisingly little work on the nature of technology, invention vs innovation, understanding technology as harnessed phenomena, human purpose, the fluid relationship between economies & tech, technology as building on existing … Continue reading EP138 W. Brian Arthur on the Nature of Te...

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Alexander Beiner & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about Beiner’s recent essay “Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin?”. They discuss the state of play regarding psilocybin’s legality, its effectiveness in therapeutic contexts, therapeutic versus personal-growth uses, the value and limitations of clinical trials, metaphors for psychedelics risk, the differences between synthesized and natural-grown psilocybin, COMPASS Pathways’ big patent...

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Connor Leahy continues his conversion with Jim in this wide-ranging chat about his new GPT-J model, the background & approach of Aleph Alpha, attention in AI, our food maximizer & AGI risk, narrow algorithm impacts, proto-AGI, risk thresholds & timelines, safeguard complexities, slow vs fast AI take-off, Connor’s brilliantly strange Counting Consciousness series, biological blockchain & the hard problem of trust, th...

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July 13, 2021 90 min

Ken Stanley & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about one of his co-authored papers, “Designing neural networks through neuroevolution“… Ken Stanley & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about one of his co-authored papers, “Designing neural networks through neuroevolution“. They cover?neuroevolution?dynamics, resistance to evolutionary thinking in AI, the evolutionary timescale, understanding genetic algorithms, neural networks & ...

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Reason.fm co-founder Sam Harris talks to Jim about his TEDx talk, “The Genius You Need to Listen to Is Yourself”… Reason.fm co-founder Sam Harris talks to Jim about his TEDx talk, “The Genius You Need to Listen to Is Yourself”. They cover technology attention highjacking, putting our phones away, social media algorithms, playing games you can win, utilizing rules, natural social interactions, online … Continue reading Currents 037:...

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Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and music educator Harvey Reid talks to Jim about his book, The Troubadour Chronicles: A History, A Celebration and A Manifesto… Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and music educator Harvey Reid talks to Jim about his book, The Troubadour Chronicles: A History, A Celebration and A Manifesto. They talk about Harvey’s musical background, what a troubadour is, solo performance & c...

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Jim has a wide-ranging talk with Dennis Waters about his book, Behavior and Culture in One Dimension: Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity… Jim has a wide-ranging talk with Dennis Waters about his book, Behavior and Culture in One Dimension: Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity. They chat about the challenges of interdisciplinary work in academia, value in understanding … Continue reading EP135...

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Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into the Non-Relative Ethics that arise from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics… Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into the Non-Relative Ethics that arise from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics. They cover ethical philosophies, defining effective choice, ethics vs morality, the relationship of choice & ethi...

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Jim talks to Melanie Mitchell about her recent paper, “Why AI is Harder Than We Think”… Melanie Mitchell & Jim talk about her recent paper, “Why AI is Harder Than We Think”. They cover AI fantasies, self-driving cars, prediction failures, AI winters & summers, Melanie’s four fallacies, common sense, theory of mind, defining understanding, embodied cognition, the role … Continue reading Currents 036: Melanie Mitchell on Why ...

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Steve Barbour talks to Jim about his company, Upstream Data Inc. — a company that uses natural gas to mine bitcoin… Steve Barbour talks to Jim about his company, Upstream Data Inc. — a company that uses natural gas to mine bitcoin. They cover the dynamics of excess natural gas release, how methane is normally vented or burnt up, … Continue reading Currents 035: Steve Barbour on Mining Bitcoin with Methane →

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Robert Tercek has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about his book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World… Robert Tercek talks to Jim about his book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World. They cover the usefulness of the vapor metaphor, centralization vs decentralization, the impact of closed application ecosystems, value in intangible assets, hardware … Continue reading EP133 Rob...

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Britt Adkins & Jim on the space industry: prioritization, funding, misconceptions, meaning, cultural & political impact, policy, and much more… Britt Adkins has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about the space industry. They explore prioritizing space funding & common misconceptions, power of the overview effect, global vs celestial community, cultural & political impacts, public participation strategies, … Continue rea...

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Samo Burja joins Jim to talk about the Consilience Project: a project that aims to create positive cultural change in unique ways… Samo Burja joins Jim to talk about the Consilience Project: a project that aims to create positive cultural change in unique ways. They cover its founding goals & approaches, big tech’s ability to amplify negative externalities, the … Continue reading Currents 034: Samo Burja on the Consilience Proj...

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June 14, 2021 66 min

Jason Mauck talks to Jim about starting Constant Canopy and the dynamics, technologies & economics of innovative farming strategies… Jason Mauck talks to Jim about what lead him to farm, how & why he started Constant Canopy, agriculture innovation dynamics & economics, finding crop combinations, turning manure into methane, utilizing Biochar, acquiring a meat-packing business, building direct-to-consumer meat distributi...

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Ken Stanley and Jim talk about his wide-ranging book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective… Ken Stanley and Jim talk about his wide-ranging book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective. They cover the no free lunch theorem, exploitations vs exploration, the myth & issues of objectives, the room of all images … Continue reading EP130 Ken Stanley on Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned →

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Connor Leahy has a wide-ranging chat with Jim about the state & future of Deep Learning… Connor Leahy has a wide-ranging chat with Jim about the state & future of Deep Learning. They cover the history of EleutherAI, how GPT-3 works, the dynamics & power of scaling laws, ideal sampling rates & sizes for models, data sets, … Continue reading Currents 033: Connor Leahy on Deep Learning →

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Stephanie Lepp & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on her two-time Webby Award winning video series, Deep Reckonings… Stephanie Lepp & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on her two-time Webby Award winning video series, Deep Reckonings. They start by covering the history & intentions of Deep Reckonings, deep fake technology, our post-truth crisis, and the pros & cons of irony. They then go on … Continue reading EP129 Stephanie...

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Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics by diving deep into its Incommensuration Theorem (ICT)… Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into a theorem that arises from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics called Incommensuration Theorem (ICT). They start by defining the key concepts of ICT: symmetry & continuity, domains & their three elements...

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Jonathan Rowson & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life… Jonathan Rowson & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life. They cover chess as a meta metaphor, partial vs full info, randomness, freedom, … Continue reading EP127 Jonathan Rowson on The Moves That Matter →

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Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman talk with Jim about their new book, Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are… Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman talk to Jim about their book, Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are. They cover our multiple selves, self vs mood, arguing with ourselves, David Bowie, history of the … Continue reading EP126 Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman on Our...

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