Inventing Time
Listen now (10 min) | Today I want to talk about time, which is a subject I’m researching quite a lot these days. In particular I want to talk about tw…
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Still getting into a rhythm here in the podcasting world, so I didn’t have an episode for the last two weeks. I don’t have one this week either, but I …
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Spacewalks and the Species
Listen now (13 min) | Two things happened this week. Last Friday, Alexey Leonov, the first human to walk in space (in 1965), passed away. And this morn…
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This week’s post is very visual, with 2 pictures, so no podcast version. For the first picture, I have a 2-level 2x2 for you to puzzle over, positing t…
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Charisma Neutrality
Listen now (17 min) | Today I want to talk about a possible emerging successor to net neutrality, which I call charisma neutrality, which I think is a …
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The Direction of Maximal Derangement
Listen now (16 min) | In the original Breaking Smart essays, we used the idea of moving in the direction of maximal interestingness, or DOMI, as a way …
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Like Riding an AI Bicycle
Listen now (19 min) | Today’s episode (~20 minutes) is about the idea of skills being like “riding a bicycle” and what that means when we are dealing w…
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Technological Charisma
Listen now (21 min) | In this episode (21 minutes) I talk about the idea of technological charisma. What it is, how to create it, and the upsides and d…
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Investing in Your Ordinary Powers
Listen now (15 min) | This week’s Breaking Smart podcast (15 minutes) has to do with tapping into the things that make you ordinary. If that’s not enou…
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Towards Subtractive Social Media
Listen now (17 min) | This week’s podcast episode is on an idea I call subtractive social media. I didn’t do a transcript, just a few bullet point note…
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Memes, Brands, and Missions
Listen now (10 min) | Today’s topic is brands vs. memes. I made a transcript as well, using Descript, which you can find below. Apparently I spoke 1751…
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Planning to Start, Planning to Finish
Listen now (12 min) | This week’s podcast (12 minutes) is on a crucial difference, between planning to start, and planning to finish. We talk a lot abo…
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