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The Feedback Loop by Singularity

The Feedback Loop by Singularity

By Singularity University

The Feedback Loop Podcast, produced by the Singularity Group, delves into the ways in which technology is shaping humanity's consciousness, culture, and overall human experience. Each episode discusses the effects of our rapid progression towards the Singularity on these fundamental aspects of our being. Learn more at and join the +250K innovators, entrepreneurs, experts, and leaders come together to learn, connect, and change the world for the better. Previously Singularity University, founded by Peter Diamandis & Ray Kurzweil
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The Feedback Loop by SingularityJul 18, 2022

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Jul 10, 202359:10
FBL107: Nicholas Kardaras - Navigating Digital Addiction
Jul 03, 202351:19
FBL106: Adam Gazzaley - Digital Medicine for Distracted Minds
Jun 26, 202350:30
FBL105: Gerd Leonhard - Empowering Humanity Towards a Good Future
Jun 19, 202352:36
FBL104- David Auerbach: Humanity is Shaped by Meganets We Don’t Control
Jun 12, 202349:22
FBL103 - Edward A. Lee: How Humans and Machines Co-Evolve
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FBL102: Nita Farahany – Thinking Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology
May 22, 202352:13
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May 15, 202349:15
FBL100: Peter Diamandis - Unraveling the Future - AI, Biotech, Quantum and the Singularity
May 08, 202350:31
FBL99: Karl Friston - How Free Energy Shapes the Future of AI

FBL99: Karl Friston - How Free Energy Shapes the Future of AI

This week my guest is professor of neuroscience at University College London, Karl Friston. Viewed by many as one of the world’s most influential neuroscientists, Friston rose to prominence when he pioneered one of the key techniques that allows neuroscientists to analyze brain activity. And as if that wasn’t enough, he has since developed the Free Energy Principle, which some see as monumental to the field as Darwin’s theory of evolution was for biology and genetics. 

It’s this work on the Free Energy principle that will be the bulk of our conversation in this episode, and I warn you that this is probably one of the most intellectually challenging conversations we’ve had on the show. To help you navigate this, I want to offer just a quick overview that may aid in understanding the ideas. In essence, Friston’s work roughly states that entities that exist must track information from the world around them, create an internal model of that information, and then use that model to navigate the world in a way that reduces the difference (the error) between what was actually experienced and what one’s model predicted. 

While this concept may seem simple on the surface, the actual science behind it is detailed, complex, and holds immense influence for how we develop artificial intelligence.

Learn more about Friston and his work at


Learn more about Singularity: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Host:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Steven Parton⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ - ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ /⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Music by: Amine el Filali

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FBL98: Jean Twenge - How Generations Are Shaped By Technology
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FBL97: Nessa Carey - Epigenetics & Gene Editing
Apr 17, 202353:15
FBL96: Mikes Berners-Lee - Understanding Climate Change
Apr 03, 202340:56
FBL95: Sander van der Linden - Foolproof in the Age of Misinformation
Mar 24, 202331:23
FBL94: Max Borders - Decentralizing the Social Singularity
Mar 20, 202341:35
FBL93: Angus Fletcher - Why Storytelling Will Prevent AI Dominance
Mar 06, 202356:25
FBL92: Zak Stein - Transforming Education to Prevent Catastrophe
Feb 27, 202339:47
FBL91: Connor Leahy - The Existential Risk of AI Alignment
Feb 20, 202353:40
FBL90: Zoltan Istvan - The Current State of Transhumanism
Feb 13, 202355:25
FBL89: Elizabeth Renieris - How Data Distracts Us From Human Rights
Feb 06, 202345:04
FBL88: Justin Hendrix - Democracy in the Digital Age

FBL88: Justin Hendrix - Democracy in the Digital Age

This week our guest is research scientist and adjunct professor, Justin Hendrix, who is the CEO and editor of Tech Policy Press (, a non-profit media community dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology and democracy.

In this episode, Justin and I enjoy a wide tour through a variety of topics, including political polarization, social media as a public square, social media as a public utility, the economic possibilities including Universal Basic Income, and much more. 

Follow Justin at

You can also find the paper Justin cited on Collective Stewardship at


Learn more about Singularity:

Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter

Music by: Amine el Filali

Jan 30, 202349:10
FBL87: Rosalind Picard - Engineering Emotion & AI
Jan 23, 202343:38
FBL86: Christopher Nguyen - Knowledge-First AI, GPT3, and More
Jan 16, 202351:39
FBL85: Sandra Matz - Lessons From a Computational Social Scientist
Jan 09, 202352:33
FBL84: David Rose - Using Augmented Reality to Gain Supersight
Dec 19, 202249:18
FBL83: Danielle Citron - Fighting for Data Privacy and Protection
Dec 12, 202255:23
FBL82: Orly Lobel - The Equality Machine & Techno-optimism
Dec 05, 202252:18
FBL81: Rama Chellappa - Can We Trust AI?
Nov 28, 202247:29
FBL80: David Wood - Principles of the Singularity
Nov 21, 202257:32
FBL79: Gloria Mark - Understanding Attention in the Digital Age
Nov 14, 202258:38
FBL78: James Bridle - Using Nature to Rethink Artificial Intelligence
Nov 07, 202201:00:48
FBL77: Brett Johnson - America’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal
Oct 31, 202252:13
FBL76: David Carroll - Cambridge Analytica & Data Privacy
Oct 24, 202255:46
FBL75: Peter Ward - The Failures and Opportunities of Immortality
Oct 17, 202252:47
FBL74: Azeem Azhar: How Exponential Technologies are Transforming Society
Oct 10, 202249:22
FBL73: Michael Shermer - Exploring Skepticism, Freespeech, and Conspiracies
Oct 03, 202251:33
FBL72: Steven Parton - A Short Message From the Host

FBL72: Steven Parton - A Short Message From the Host

Hi everyone, 

Just wanted to make a quick episode to let you know we're taking a short break for these next few weeks, but we'll be back with a steady stream of more episodes on October 2nd. I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of those who take time to listen every week. With your support we've been able to consistently rank as one of the most listened to tech podcasts in the world, attracting a remarkable lineup of guests who I've felt truly honored to talk to and whose conversations I hope you've enjoyed as much as I have. 

If you haven't done so yet, I recommend checking out our Youtube channel where you can find other great content from Singularity as well as videos for some select episodes of the podcast. We also have a wonderful website for the podcast (, where you can find time-coded transcripts packaged together nicely with videos and links to the podcasts. 

Be sure to subscribe if you haven't yet, as we'll have some big announcements coming this winter regarding ways you get more involved with the podcast, including potentially being featured on the show. 

Thanks again, and I'll see you in a couple of weeks. 

Sep 19, 202202:10
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FBL68: Nir Eyal - Avoid Distraction & Control Your Attention
Aug 22, 202256:14
FBL67: Jacob Ward - How AI Shapes Our Choices & Bad Habits
Aug 15, 202254:52
FBL66 - Rob Reich: The Failures of Big Tech & How to Fix It
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