Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 6: 8.06: The Age of Spiritual Machines—Explained

Reading Ray Kurzweil’s prognostications about the future—and coming to terms with his ruthless optimism.

The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil

Show Notes Things mentioned on the show
  • The Age of Intelligent Machines
  • Moore’s Law
  • Universal constants, and especially the speed of light
  • You Are Not a Gadget, by Jaron Lanier
  • The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr
  • René Descartes
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Paul Feyerabend
  • Thomas Kuhn and particularly The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Pentium III and Core i7s
  • Turing test and Alan Turing
    • John Searle’s Chinese Room Argument: “Minds, Brains and Programs”
      • a helpful deep dive
      • Chris’ blog post about it in 2018
    • Lanier via Jacobs, 59th thesis
  • Google’s Calico project
Upcoming books
  • May: Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (and the movie!)
  • June: Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, Simone Brown
  • “King of Thumbs” by Alex Dowling
  • “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.

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  • Daniel Ellcey
  • Douglas Campos
  • Jake Grant
  • Marnix Klooster
  • Spencer Smith

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