The Past, Present, and Future of Personal Computing with David Smith

This week on the podcast, we have David Smith. David Smith is a computer scientist who created the very first 3D interactive game, The Colony. He has also worked with Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, and James Cameron, and helped found Red Storm Entertainment. He is currently the CEO at Croquet, where he is building the […]

Simulacra Levels, Moral Mazes, and COVID-19 with Zvi Mowshowitz

In this episode, we are joined by Zvi Mowshowitz. We discuss simulacra levels, moral mazes, and our civilizational response to COVID-19. Zvi writes the blog Don’t Worry About the Vase.  Links/more reading: Simulacra levels Moral mazes Efficient-market hypothesis Transcript: today on this episode we have zv moshowitz i’m also joined by my friend quinn i learned […]

Machine Learning, Education, and Governing the Commons with Cooper Williams

In this episode, we talk about AI safety, machine learning, meaning, the economist Elinor Ostrom, and more with my good friend Cooper Williams. Cooper is a machine learning engineer based in the RTP region of North Carolina. Links/more reading: Elinor Ostrom and her book, Governing the Commons (affiliate link). Pirate law and the pirate’s code. […]

Monopoly, Competition, and a Critique of Interventionism

In this short episode, we discuss how good-faith policymakers can sometimes make things worse when trying to improve outcomes in many domains. We talk about price gouging, fairness norms, and monopolies. Transcript: hey folks my name is will jarvis along with my dad dr david jarvis we record the podcast narratives narratives is a project […]

Economics, Law, and the Future with David Friedman

This week on the podcast, we have David Friedman. David holds a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. He is the author of five books of non‐​fiction as well as three novels. We discuss the future, legal systems very different from […]

Cowering To Genocide: Uighur Persecution And The World’s Last Hope.

If you could stop a genocide-would you?  In western China, right now, more than a million men, women, and children sit in reeducation camps. Mothers separated from children, forced marriages, forced sterilizations-Margaret Atwood’s fiction made a reality.  What’s to be done? Have we learned nothing? From Rwanda, from the Holocaust, from the Holomodor? The cat’s […]

Russ Greene-Health, Fitness and Governance in America

Today on the podcast, we have Russ Greene. Russ is the former director of government relations and research at CrossFit, a former games athlete, an Arabic linguist, and is currently an associate director at Stand Together, a nonprofit in the DC area. We discuss the current state of American wealth, governance, and fitness.  The views […]

GPT-3 and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

What is artificial intelligence? What does it mean for the future of humanity? What is the state of the art today? Will and his brother Glenn cover out two competing visions of how general artificial intelligence will be designed and develop over the coming century.  Transcript: hi i’m will jarvis and i’m will’s dad we […]