Reverb by SaneAug 11, 2022
EP.14 Andrew Hui on aphorisms and the universal library
In this episode, Ida speaks with Andrew Hui about ruins and monuments functioning as collective memory. They discuss fragments, aphorisms, and humanity’s attempt at collective intelligence through the universal library. They also talk about how classifying knowledge means shaping the world, the pursuit of knowledge as a way to build identity, and what it means to read (and what it means to read too much).
EP.13 Robert Long on the ethics of artificial intelligence
In this episode of Reverb, Ida speaks with Robert Long about his intellectual journey from philosophy to the study of consciousness and AI. They define some of the terminology in this space, such as what we mean by consciousness, sentience, and the hard problem of consciousness. They talk about the field of AI ethics and why it’s so important, and touch on some of the theory around how we can think about sentience and ethics when it comes to AI. Robert and Ida also discuss the semi-recent case with the Google Engineer who concluded that Lamda — a large language model — was a person that deserved rights. How that happened, and what kind of implications we face as a result of these kinds of incidents.
EP.12 Anne-Laure Le Cunff on mindful productivity and idea sex
In this episode, Ida speaks with Anne-Laure Le Cunff about learning in public, mindful productivity, their own experiences with productivity, work, life, and balancing it all. They also discuss combinational creativity, aka idea sex, and a lot more.
EP.11 Dave Cormier on learning in uncertainty and informational abundance
In this episode of Reverb, Ida speaks with Dave Cormier about rhizomatic learning, uncertainty, the educational’s systems obsession with right answers, informational abundance, and more.
EP.10 Anders Sandberg on collective intelligence and grand futures
In this episode, Ida speaks with Dr. Anders Sandberg about collective intelligence (alluding to his recent paper on the matter co-authored with Vicky Chuqiao Yang), existential risk, existential hope, healing society, optimism, and the inner inspiration within all of us to imagine grand futures.
EP.09 Maggie Appleton on digital gardening
In this episode, Maggie and Ida get into the weeds of digital gardening. They talk about the history of the concept, what it means, the challenges of building digital gardens, the Cozy Web, the limitations we face with blogs and the web infrastructure that propels them, and whether digital gardening is complementary or one-against-the-other with Twitter.
EP.08 Oleg Stavitsky on making human beings less stressed
Ida speaks with Oleg Stavitsky, co-founder and CEO of Endel, about how behind our bodies are with evolving reality. They discuss the flow state, what the differences and similarities are between flow and mindfulness, elitism in meditation, panic over email, and the research and innovation Endel is doing to tackle some of these problems in order to make human beings less stressed.
EP.07 Sune Lehmann on attention spans, psychological richness, and the power of boredom
Ida speaks with Professor Sune Lehmann about his research on diminishing collective attention spans, our exceedingly worrying relationship with technology, boredom, psychological richness, and why the cultivation of rich internal and external experiences as individual human beings matters so much.
EP.06 Sari Azout on what is wrong with the internet
In this episode Ida speaks with Sari Azout about their shared passion of digital information systems. They cover topics including what is wrong with the internet, the role of curation in web 2.5, Sari’s philosophy in building new systems for navigating information and ideas, what web3 really is and some of the problems we face in understanding it.
EP.05 Isabel Millar on sex bots, artificial intelligence, and human subjectivity
Ida speaks with Dr. Isabel Millar about her journey in writing the book, The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence. Isabel shares the story of how she got interested in the subjects of philosophy and psychoanalysis. They talk about what psychoanalysis actually is, the process of building a conceptual thesis, what it means to look at the four Kantian questions from the perspective of psychoanalysis, and the role of philosophy in today’s society.
EP.04 Noah Allaire on metaphors of taste, eating, and online consumption
Ida speaks with New Mexico based writer Noah Allaire about his processes in research, thinking, and the pursuit of knowledge. They break down the ideas behind Noah's 2021 essay The Feeding, which is an analysis of digital unwellness and the conceptual metaphors most frequently used for exposure to online content. Read Noah's essays at virtuesignal.substack.com.
EP.03 Tyler Alterman on collective minds and the future
Ida speaks with Tyler about existential threats, doing good, the roles of institutions vs communities in solving some of our greatest challenges, and more.
EP.02 Charles Broskoski on the importance of nodal points
Ida speaks with Charles Broskoski, co-founder and CEO of Are.na about nodal points, their personal experiences in discovering ideas, the importance of contextualising information, and the tech industry’s role in re-designing how people can build healthier information networks for themselves.
EP. 01 Alby Earley on how social media uncovers deep structural realities in politics
Ida speaks with London based digital communications specialist and campaign manager, Alby Earley, where they talk about what actually happened in the EU referendum, how the campaigns were organised and run, the role of social media in all of it, and how technology has changed campaign tactics and uncovered deep structural realities.