Introducing The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show is an interview podcast series examining cutting-edge thinking in science and technology and the future of our economic, political and social systems and institutions. New episodes are released weekly, more or less.

The Jim Rutt Show It is available on Apple Music or iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and PodcastApp. Follow Jim Rutt  on: Twitter and Medium.

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EP24 Bret Weinstein on Evolving Culture

Bret Weinstein and Jim talk about the evolutionary & game-theoretic dynamics that have led humanity to an unsustainable place, the impact of today’s algorithms & how they’re connected to human evolution, the recent shift of corporate values, how Game B should view complex systems, design vs. navigation, trade-offs from a theoretical biology perspective, approaches to keeping online collaboration & networks net-positive, how the political left has changed & how Jim & Bret relate to it, the biological perspective & its connection to the is–ought problem, the role of gender in today’s culture, new atheism, and the implications of seeing religion as a result of Darwinian evolution.

Mentions & Recommendations

Bret Weinstein has spent two decades exploring the frontiers of evolutionary biology. He is currently working to uncover the evolutionary meaning of large scale patterns in human history, and seeking a game-theoretically stable path forward for humanity. His scholarly research is focused on evolutionary trade-offs. He has worked on the evolution of senescence and cancer, species diversity gradients, and the adaptive significance of human morality and religion. He has written for The Wall Street Journal and testified to the U.S. Congress regarding questions of freedom of expression on college campuses. He is the host of Bret Weinstein’s DarkHorse Podcast.

EP23 Jeff Gomez on Narrative & Cultural Change

Jeff Gomez

CEO Jeff Gomez and Jim have a wide-ranging talk about Jeff’s work with massive movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, his work with transmedia storytelling & worldbuilding, how nerdy Jim really is, how narrative & story differ & the role the audience plays, fandom, the perennial Star Wars vs Star Trek question, the far reaches of fan fiction, Jeff’s work in Collective Journey & its broader connection to the internet & politics, the hero’s journey & its ‘Hollywood’ization’, how Jeff’s interest in narrative led him to work on transmedia & geopolitics with the Department of Defence & other government agencies, understanding & fighting malicious cultural propaganda, the connection between Putin & Trump/Bannon strategy, Extinction Rebellion, speculation about the future of Gen Z & tribalism, social coherence, Jeff’s advice for the Game B community about using narrative, personal development & media literacy, and online vs in-person relationships & collaboration.

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Mentions & Recommendations

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner, is a leading expert in the fields of brand narrative, story world development, creative franchise design, and transmedia storytelling. He specializes in the expansion of entertainment properties, premium brands, and socio-political themes into highly successful multi-platform communications and international campaigns. As a producer accredited by the Producers Guild of America, Jeff also develops the story worlds of films, TV shows, videogames, toys, books, comics, apps, virtual reality projects, and theme park attractions.

Jeff’s pop culture work has impacted such blockbuster properties as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, James Cameron’s Avatar, Hasbro’s Transformers, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man and Men in Black, Microsoft’s Halo, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

EP22 Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes on the Evolution of Business

Business Consultant Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes and Jim start this episode by reflecting on working together in their earlier careers. They then go on to talk about today’s multi-generational workforce, commonalities of Gen Z & Boomers, workplace mindsets, recruitment strategies & HR teams, shifts in today’s leadership approaches, hierarchical vs flat organizations, building company cultures that embrace change, nourishing employee engagement & intellectual honesty, the James Demore & Uber scandals, the Me Too Movement, women & men in the workforce, the word “fuck” as an intensifier, and the risks & rewards of being potentially offensive in the workplace.

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Mentions & Recommendations

Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes is a hands-on expert in transforming cultures, guiding strategic change, and developing leaders and teams. As a Consultant and Coach at bluSKY Strategy, a company she founded, Sara works with leaders who want to infuse their organizations with startup innovation, a customer-first mindset, and operational agility. Her clients span the private sector and federal agencies — coaching HR and IT leaders in managing the impact of emerging technology, building a best in class workforce, implementing lean thinking, and creating cultures of change and agility.

EP21 Roman Yampolskiy on the Outer Limits of AI

This conversation with Jim and Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy–author, tenured associate professor, founding director of Cyber Security Lab–starts by covering the vast variance of possible minds. They then go on to talk about Boltzmann brains, the implications of an infinite universe, simulation theory’s limits & if we could find its glitches, symbolic vs deep learning & the role of language understanding in AI, the Turing test, limitations of human intelligence, limits of AI safety, the singularity & if it would happen fast or slow, the paper clip maximizer, impacts of narrow AI, pros & cons of open-source AI development, game theory applied to AI, AGI timeframes, and the Fermi paradox.

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Mentions & Recommendations

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. Dr. Yampolskiy is a Senior member of IEEE and AGI; Member of Kentucky Academy of Science, and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI. His main areas of interest are AI Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Biometrics, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Games, Genetic Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition.

EP20 Pamela McCorduck on Her Life & Times with AI

Pamela McCorduck

Author Pamela McCorduck talks with Jim about themes of her latest book, This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia. They talk about C.P. Snow’s Two Cultures thesis that explores the divide between the humanities & sciences, Pamela’s professional & personal friendships with AI pioneers (Julian Feldman, Allen Newell, Marvin Minsky, Ed Feigenbaum, Raj Reddy & Herb Simon), how language is related to AI, symbolic vs. deep learning, drinking sherry with Herb Simon, how her writings on AI were perceived by publishers, scientists & creatives, Arno Penzias’ strong views on AI, potential risks & rewards of future AI, computational art, and the progress of feminism in academia & culture at large.

Episode Transcript

Pamela McCorduck is the author of eleven published books, four of them novels, seven of them non-fiction, mainly about aspects of artificial intelligence. She’d first met AI when she was an undergraduate English major at Berkeley, and became steeped in the culture at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon Universities. In 1979 she published the first modern history of artificial intelligence, Machines Who Think, a book said to have influenced a generation of young AI researchers. Her latest book, This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia, is memoir, social history, and group biography of the founding fathers of AI, and describes the friendships, professional and personal, that laid the foundation for her continuing fascination with AI. McCorduck lived for 40 years in New York City until family called her back to California where she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

EP19 John Robb on Asymmetric & Networked Conflict & Strategy

This conversation with Jim and John Robb–author, inventor, entrepreneur, technology analyst, astro engineer, and military pilot–starts by covering the impact of the recent drone attack on a Saudi fuel processing center, and the current US political situation. They then go on to talk about how John compares resistance and the insurgency networks, the dynamics of tribes, institutions & markets in this internet age, the role open-source dynamics play, coherence vs. corruption, how Extinction Rebellion & Game B fit in this picture, the neo-fascism of China & its impact on corporations, the Honk Kong protests, unleashing intelligence agencies on domestic terrorism, how autonomous robotics could impact future military engagements, and much more.

Episode Transcript

John is an author, inventor, entrepreneur, technology analyst, astro engineer, and military pilot. He’s started numerous successful technology companies, including one in the financial sector that sold for $295 million and one that pioneered the software we currently see in use at Facebook and Twitter. John’s insight on technology and governance has appeared on the BBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, CNBC, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.

John served as a pilot in a tier-one counter-terrorism unit that worked alongside Delta and Seal Team 6. He wrote the book Brave New War on the future of national security, and has advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NSA, DoD, CIA, and the House Armed Services Committee.

EP18 Stuart Kauffman on Complexity, Biology & T.A.P.

Professor, MacArthur Fellow and author Stuart Kauffman talks with Jim about the major themes of his career: complexity, auto-catalytic chemical sets, protocells and the origins of life, the problem of the error catastrophe, human evolution, social and technical evolution, the Fermi Paradox and much more. Stuart also introduces his new T.A.P. equation and his view that it drives creativity and complexity across many scales.

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Mentions & Recommendations

Stuart Kauffman is a professor at the University of Calgary with a shared appointment between biological sciences and physics and astronomy. He is also the leader of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics (IBI) which conducts leading-edge interdisciplinary research in systems biology. Dr. Kauffman is also an emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, a MacArthur Fellow and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

Originally a medical doctor, Dr. Kauffman’s primary work has been as a theoretical biologist studying the origin of life and molecular organization. Thirty-five years ago, he developed the Kauffman models, which are random networks exhibiting a kind of self-organization that he terms “order for free.” Dr. Kauffman was the founding general partner and chief scientific officer of The Bios Group, a company (acquired in 2003 by NuTech Solutions) that applies the science of complexity to business management problems. He is the author of The Origins of Order, At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization, Investigations, and Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion.

EP17 – Bonnitta Roy on Process Thinking and Complexity

Bonnitta Roy teaches insight practices for individuals who are developing meta-cognitive skills, and hosts collective insight retreats for groups interested in breaking away from limiting patterns of thought. She teaches a masters course in consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology at the Graduate Institute. Her teaching highlights the embodied, affective and perceptual aspects of the core self, and the non-egoic potentials from which subtle sensing, intuition and insight emerge.

Through her company, APP-AI, Bonnitta is developing applications that can visualize changing patterns as teams work through complex problems. Her research shows how simple but powerful protocols that underlie these patterns can be used to represent various dispositional states of human systems. Bonnitta is the author of the popular Medium publication Our Future at Work. She is an associate editor of Integral Review where you can also find her articles on process approaches to consciousness, perception, and metaphysics.

  1. Introduction to Bonnitta Roy and Process Thinking 10 minutes
  2. Consciousness, Causality + Complexity 7 minutes
  3. Process Philosophy, Course Graining + Duration 23 minutes
  4. Numinous Causality + The Evolution of the Universe 18 minutes
  5. Language, Mycorrhizae + Natural Farming Techniques 11 minutes
  6. Collapse, Migration + Game B 27 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Bonnitta Roy

Keynames for EP17:
Jim Rutt, Santa Fe Institute, Bonnitta Roy, Integral Review, Our Future at Work, Alfred North Whitehead, David Ray Griffin, Charles Hartshorne, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Edward Lorenz, Stephen J. Gould, Stuart Kauffman, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Origin and Nature of Life on Earth”, Lee Smolin, Peter N. Peregrine, David Krakauer, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Peter Byck, “One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts”, Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Jared Diamond, Thomas Malthus, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Mark Blyth, Christopher Alexander, Robin Dunbar, Jordan Hall, Jordan Greenhall

Keywords for EP17:
Jim Rutt, Bonnitta Roy, complexity science, process thinking, insight practices, consciousness, metaphysics, religion, complex philosophy, process philosophy, reification, Newtonian physics, model building, pattern recognition, causality, complexity, organizational design, deterministic chaos, determinism, Lorenz attractor, three-body problem, emergence, evolution, developmental fields, course graining, duration, cosmology, astrophysics, Big Bang, temporal vs. spatial, network theory, functional relationships, DNA, RNA, evolutionary computation, panspermea, numinous causality, evolution of the universe, energy flux, evolution of language, Cambrian explosion, evolution of cognition, evolution of consciousness, Singularity, mycorrhizae, emergent patterns, stack of dependencies, population growth, population decline, Malthusian barrier, Gaussian function, Black Death, coherence, decoherence, migration, climate change, decomposability, living structure, pattern language, hunter gatherer, Dunbar number, fissioning, Game B, fake needs, conviviality, design for action

EP16 Anaconda CTO Peter Wang on The Distributed Internet

Peter Wang is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Anaconda, the leading Python tools and data analytics company. Peter holds a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and has been developing applications professionally using Python since 2001.

Before co-founding Anaconda (formerly Continuum Analytics) in 2011, Peter spent seven years designing and developing applications for a variety of companies, including investment bankers, high-frequency trading firms, oil companies, and others. Peter also developed Chaco, an open-source, Python-based toolkit for interactive data visualization.

  1. Introduction to Peter Wang, Anaconda + New Python Tools 20 minutes
  2. Deep Fakes, Virtuality + Speciation 15 minutes
  3. Gatekeepers, Sensemaking + The Cycle of Glut 21 minutes
  4. Nonrivalrous Economics + Building a Better Facebook 7 minutes
  5. Beaker Browser, Dat Project + The Distributed Internet 21 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Peter Wang

Keynames for EP16:
Jim Rutt, Santa Fe Institute, Peter Wang, Anaconda, Python, TensorFlow, RAPIDS, Nvidia, Numba, Dask, PyTorch, Chainer, CuPy, PyData, StackOverflow, Github, Indeed, LinkedIn, David Krakauer, Neil Postman, “Amusing Ourselves to Death”, Eric Weinstein, Donald Trump, WordPress, Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society”, Facebook, Netflix,, John Vervaeke, Joe Edelman, Emerge Podcast, Jordan Hall, Robin Dunbar, NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Markus Persson, Notch, Minecraft, Will Wright, SimCity, Peter Thiel, Uber, Intel, Sun NeWS, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Twitter, Wikipedia, Jupyter Notebook, Facebook Libra, Ralph Merkle, Dropbox, Beaker Browser,, Dat Project,, Slack

Keywords for EP16:
Jim Rutt, Peter Wang, Anaconda, Python, data analytics, scientific computing, web technologies, computer programming, software development, vector computing, computer languages, open source, python version three, deep learning, machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence, AI, visualization, tensor wrappers, gift economy, code sharing, curation, authentication, deep fake, malware, generative adversarial networks, GANs, speciation, Facebook, weak link vs. strong link, Five Star Movement, Game B, mediation, curation, gatekeepers, sensemaking, the enlightenment, trust, Dunbar number, Unix, TCP-IP, ACTP, HTTP, OpenSSL, web rings, heartbleed bug, Java, nonrivalrous economics, intellectual property, copyright, client/server, peer-to-peer, distributed internet, distributed web, IPFS, CRDT, Merkle chain, file sharing

EP15 Futurist David Brin on The Case for Optimism

David Brin is best-known for shining light — plausibly and entertainingly — on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization. His bestselling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. Other novels are translated into over 25 languages. His short stories explore vividly speculative ideas. Brin’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the American Library Association’s Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

As a scientist, tech-consultant and world-known author, he speaks, advises, and writes widely on topics from national defense and homeland security to astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction, creativity, and philanthropy. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World’s Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow.

  1. Introduction to David Brin and The Case for Optimism 20 minutes
  2. Is the World Improving? Zero Sum vs. Positive Sum 12 minutes
  3. Ritualized Combat in Science, Sports, Markets, Courts, Democracy 14 minutes
  4. “The Transparent Society” + The Surveillance Society 20 minutes
  5. The Fermi Paradox or “The Great Silence” + Uplift 7 minutes
  6. SETI, METI, NASA, NIAC + The Drake Equation 11 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring David Brin

Keynames for EP15:
Jim Rutt, David Brin, “The Postman”, “The Transparent Society”, “Existence”, “Earth”, “Chasing Shadows”, “Elevation”, “Star Wars on Trial”, “The Loom of Thessaly”, “Uplift War”, Santa Fe Institute, Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Arnold J. Toynbee, Matthew Woodring Stover, Karl Popper, “The Open Society and Its Enemies”, Adam Smith, “The Wealth of Nations”, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”, Karl Marx, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Bill Clinton, Steven Pinker, Peter Diamandis, XPRIZE, Dean Kamen, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, NASA, Fox News, Donald Trump, Junker, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Facebook, Gutenberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Tsongas, Warren Rudman, Martin Luther King Jr., Bull Connor, China, Estonia, Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror”, Contrary Brin,, Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, Sierra Club, Robin Hanson, “The Circle”, Enrico Fermi, Jill Tarter, SETI, Nick Bostrom, METI, Liu Cixin, “The Three-Body Problem”, Frank Drake, Douglas Vakoch, Joe Norman, NASA Innovative and Advanced Concepts, NIAC

Keywords for EP15:
Jim Rutt, David Brin, science fiction, SciFi, artificial intelligence, AI, optimism, Hollywood, propaganda, Star Trek, Star Wars, Captain Kirk, competition, evolution, progress, cheating, rules, umpires, regulated capitalism, intense regulation, oligarchy, supply side, zero sum, positive sum, consumer surplus, abundance, XPRIZE, innovation, competition vs. cooperation, media evolution, ritualized combat, sensemaking, attention economy, Tea Party, feudalism, slavery, emancipation, land redistribution, entitlements, surveillance, law enforcement cameras, social credit, snitching, “sousveillance”, facial recognition, radical transparency, The Enlightenment Experiment, The Fermi Paradox, The Drake Equation, extraterrestrial, aliens, The Precautionary Principle, extremophiles, space colonization, NIAC grants

EP14 Astrophysicist Jill Tarter on SETI and Technosignatures

Jill Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide.

Since the termination of funding for NASA’s SETI program in 1993, she has served in a leadership role to secure private funding to continue the exploratory science. Currently, she serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, an innovative array of 350 (when fully realized) 6-m antennas at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, it will simultaneously survey the radio universe for known and unexpected sources of astrophysical emissions, and speed up the search for radio emissions from other distant technologies by orders of magnitude.

Jill is a frequent speaker for science teacher meetings and at museums and science centers, bringing her commitment to science and education to both teachers and the public. Many people are now familiar with her work as portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.

  1. Introduction to Jill Tarter and the SETI Institute 9 minutes
  2. Building a Better Drake Equation 12 minutes
  3. The SETI Protocol and the False Positive of 1998 12 minutes
  4. Binary Stars and Adding Neural Networks to Signal Detection 6 minutes
  5. Extremophiles, Exoplanets, and Technosignatures 7 minutes
  6. Breakthrough Listen, Laser SETI, PANOSETI 6 minutes
  7. METI, Funding for SETI, What SETI Needs 13 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Jill Tarter, Ph.D.

Keynames for EP14:
Jim Rutt, Jill Tarter, SETI Institute, SETI Research, SETI@home, NASA, “Contact”, Santa Fe Institute, Enrico Fermi, Frank Drake, Stuart Kauffman, Philip Morrison, Lynn Margulis, International Academy of Astronautics, IAA, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Bill Broad, The New York Times, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Seth Shostak,, Laurance Doyle, Arthur C. Clarke, Karl Schroeder, David Wolpert, Freeman Dyson, Robin Hanson, Jason Wright, Nikolai Kardashev, Breakthrough Listen, Parkes Observatory, Robert Ferguson, LaserSETI, PANOSETI, Stu Boyer, Buckminster Fuller, Gordon Moore, David Brin, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker

Keywords for EP14:
Jim Rutt, Jill Tarter, SETI, astronomy, astrophysics, Fermi Paradox, spectrometry, Drake Equation, aliens, extraterrestrials, outer space, planets, livable planets, exoplanets, stars, binary stars, Bayesian probability, Kepler space telescope, evolution, evolutionary theory, DNA, symbiosis, Greenbank, Project Phoenix, Rio Scale, Rio Scale 2.0, neural networks, machine learning, extremophiles, radiodurans, Dyson shells, Dyson sphere, Tabby’s Star, technosignatures, biosignatures, megastructure, TRAPPIST-1, WISE Satellite, Kardashev Type, Allen Telescope Array, Square Kilometer Array, MeerKAT, FAST telescope, radio telescope, spigot telescope, TMT, LSST, Moore’s Law, METI

EP13 Trent McConaghy: Blockchain, AI and DAOs

Trent McConaghy is the Founder of Ocean Protocol. He has 20 years of deep technology experience with a focus on machine learning, data visualization and user experience. He was a researcher at the Canadian Department of Defense and in 1999, he co-founded Analog Design Automation Inc. and was its CTO until its acquisition by Synopsys Inc. In 2004, he co-founded Solido Design Automation Inc., once again in the role of CTO.

Trent has written two critically acclaimed books on machine learning, creativity and circuit design and has authored or co-authored more than 40 papers and patents. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

  1. Introduction to Trent McConaghy + Blockchain Technology 10 minutes
  2. The DCS Triangle, BigChainDB + Interplanetary File System (IPFS) 14 minutes
  3. Smart Contracts + Decentralized Finance 5 minutes
  4. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) 5 minutes
  5. The Ocean Protocol Platform for Decentralized Data Exchange 13 minutes
  6. MOBI and the Ontology Problem with Shared Data 5 minutes
  7. AI on Ocean Protocol + SingularityNet 3 minutes
  8. Blockchain Governance, Ethics + Token Engineering 13 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Trent McConaghy

Keynames for EP13:
Jim Rutt, Trent McConaghy, Santa Fe Institute, Analog Design Automation, Ocean Protocol, Synopsys, Solido Design Automation, Siemens, “Why Nations Fail”, James A. Robinson, Daron Acemoglu, Ascribe, “Code”, Lawrence Lessig, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polkadot, Algorand, Dfinity, Cosmos Network, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Litecoin, Zcash, Robin Dunbar, SingularityNet, Ben Goertzel, Ralph Merkle, David Krakauer, Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, Toyota, BMW, Docker, TensorFlow, Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn, AWS, EC2, Golem, David Holtzman, W. Brian Arthur, “The Nature of Technology”

Keywords for EP13:
Jim Rutt, Trent McConaghy, audio, podcast, interview, Ocean Protocol, blockchain, cryptocurrency, encryption, Bitcoin, Ethereum, DCS triangle, BigChainDB, decentralized autonomous organizations, DAO, Interplanetary File System, IPFS, AI, AGI, mobility open blockchain initiative, MOBI, smart contracts, Moore’s Law, incentives, data security, data privacy, engineering ethics, IP, IP security, transparency, public ledger, DCS Triangle, Decentralized – Consistent – Scalable, MongoDB, load balancing, double spend problem, BigChainDB, permissionless, censorship resistant, Interplanetary File System, IPFS, CRDT, distributed databases, replication, Byzantine fault tolerant protocols, BFT protocols, sharding, Dunbar number, smart contracts, decentralized finance, peer-to-peer lending, Merkle tree, nanotechnology, antifragile, data economy, big data, big AI, tokens, autonomous vehicles, federated learning, ontology, TCP/IP vs. OSI, IP, copyright, IP blockchain, data extraction, AI algorithms, blockchain governance, hard fork, token engineering


EP12 Brian Nosek – Open Science and Reproducibility

Brian Nosek is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science (COS) that operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002.

Brian co-founded Project Implicit, an multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition — thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, and barriers to change. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices.

  1. Introduction to Brian Nosek and the Center for Open Science 9 minutes
  2. Registered Reports = Publication + Funding 23 minutes
  3. Open Science, Open Source, Open Data, Open Code 14 minutes
  4. Peer Review, Open Access, OSF Preprints 8 minutes
  5. The Reproducibility Project and Experimental Design 11 minutes
  6. The Implicit Association Test and Project Implicit 6 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Brian Nosek

Keynames for EP12:
Jim Rutt, Brian Nosek, Santa Fe Institute, Center for Open Science, University of Virginia, “Nature”, “Human Behavior”, “eLIFE”, GitHub, Open Science Framework, OSF, Thomson-Reuters, Westlaw, Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines, TOP Guidelines, National Institutes of Health, NIH, National Science Foundation, NSF, Rebecca Sachs, MIT Brain and Cognitive Science, Eli Broad, Broad Institute, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, OSF Preprints, arXiv, bioRxiv, PeerJ, CogPrints, Reproducibility Project, Charles R. Ebersole, Daniel J. Simons, Philip Zimbardo, Stanford prison experiment, Stanley Milgram, Milgram experiment, Project Implicit, Mahzarin Banaji, Anthony Greenwald, Blindspot

Keywords for EP12:
Jim Rutt, Brian Nosek, audio, podcast, interview, reproducibility, irreproducibility, confirmation, replication, verifiability, failure to replicate, selective reporting, science governance, scientific papers, scientific publications, scientific journals, open source, open science, open source science, open access publication, open data, open code, registered reports, psychological experiments, incentives, motivation, process transparency, information integrity, reward badges, peer review, publication bias, confirmation bias, research articles, research reports, TOP guidelines, medical research, scientific research, biomedical research, open source software, software code, citations, core operating facilities, FAIR data, ontology, data integration, paywalls, preprints, preprint server, experimental design, implicit bias, blindspot, implicit association test

EP11 Dave Snowden and Systems Thinking

Dave Snowden is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy and organizational decision-making. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience, and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well-known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

Dave holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore.

  1. Introduction to Dave Snowden and Cynefin 13 minutes
  2. Complicated vs. Complex + Apex Predator Theory 14 minutes
  3. Agent-Based Modeling + “Anticipatory Triggers” 9 minutes
  4. Artificial Intelligence + Chomsky Bashing 9 minutes
  5. Practical Applications for Managers 9 minutes
  6. Downward Causality + Red Team 6 minutes
  7. SenseMaker Software 6 minutes
  8. Mapping the Present 8 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Dave Snowden

Keynames this Episode:
Jim Rutt, Dave Snowden, Santa Fe Institute, SFI, Cognitive Edge, Cynefin, SenseMaker, University of Pretoria, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Warwick, IBM, DARPA, Harvard Business Review, HBR, Stuart Koffman, Walter Freeman, Ralph Stacey, Luis Lobo-Guerrero, David Chandler, René Thom, Clayton Christensen, Extinction Rebellion, Thomson-Reuters, Murray Gell-Man, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Vilfredo Pareto, Nassim Taleb, David Wolpert, Gary Marcus, Ben Goertzel, Josh Tenenbaum, Ogletree Deakins, Noam Chomsky, Jacques Lacan, Ayn Rand, “Nudge”, “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, Daniel Kahneman, Baxter, VECO, Rikolto, Myers-Briggs, Andy Clark

Keywords this Episode:
Jim Rutt, Dave Snowden, audio, podcast, interview, decision-making, strategy, design, knowledge management, business management, process engineering, management science, complexity, cognitive neuroscience, order, chaos, disorder, constrained, enabling constraints, competence induced failure, symbiosis, populism, Ebola, contagion, Apex Predator, global warming, Hong Kong protests, China strategy, coevolutionary fitness landscapes, agent-based model, simulation, correlation, causation, downward causality, Gaussian distribution, Pareto distribution, artificial intelligence, AI, general artificial intelligence, AGI, symbolic AI, deep learning, anticipatory triggers, counterterrorism, 9/11, No Free Lunch Theorem, Alpha Go, abstraction, epigenetics, intelligence, autism, evolutionary biology, philosophy of mind, behavioral economics, diversity, dissent, red team, narrative, business scan, employee survey, employee evaluation, employee review, assessments, 360-degree assessments, cultural evolution, agile development, Six Sigma, astrology


EP10 David Krakauer: Complexity Science

David Krakauer is President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. David’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. This includes genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society.

  1. Introduction to David Krakauer and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) 5 minutes
  2. Complexity, Reductionism, Emergence + Causality 15 minutes
  3. Time, Entropy + Selection 7 minutes
  4. Cutting Edge Complexity + Theory of Circuits 7 minutes
  5. The Evolution of Intelligence and Stupidity 9 minutes
  6. Order, Discipline, Policing + Trust 9 minutes
  7. Effusive Memetics + Constitutions as Code 10 minutes
  8. How Complexity Science has Changed the World 8 minutes

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring David Krakauer

Keynames this Episode:
Jim Rutt, David Krakauer, Santa Fe Institute, SFI, Henri Poincaré, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Hendrik Lorentz, Dave Snowden, Stephen Wolfram, Sherlock Holmes, D.H. Peregrine, Arthur Eddington, Charles Darwin, Geoffrey West, Murray Gell-Mann, Charles Bennett, David Deutsch, Alan Turing, Trent McConaghy, Joshua Grochow, Werner Heisenberg, Seth Lloyd, Jessica Flack, Bryan Daniels, Eddie Lee, Facebook, Dan Rockmore, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, John Holland, Simm City, Minecraft, Frances Arnold, James Webb Space Telescope

Keywords this Episode:
Jim Rutt, David Krakauer, audio, podcast, interview, complexity, complex systems, evolution, evolution of intelligence, adaptive phenomenon, scaling theory, network theory, genetic algorithms, nonlinear dynamics, celestial mathematics, chaos studies, reductionism, emergence, Rule 120, causality, top-down causality, billiard ball causality, complex causality, machine learning, energy flux, single-cause systems, time, nature of time, arrow of time, entropy, selection, Red Queen dynamic, symmetries, encoded contingencies, energetics, information science, information transfer, computation, evolutionary computing, algorithm, Kolmogorov Complexity, Turing Machines, halting problem, theory of circuits, prediction, knowledge, artificial intelligence, AI, artificial general intelligence, AGI, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, rule systems, God algorithm, quantum systems, policing, enforcement, robustness, consensus-generating mechanisms, trust, corruption, blockchain, crypto-currency, biomimickry, constitution, meme, memetic, effusive memetics, adaptation, network theory, evolutionary algorithms, quantum computation, prediction markets, climate science, climate models, Fermi Paradox

EP9 Joe Norman: Applied Complexity

Joe Norman

Joe Norman is an applied complexity scientist with a focus on transforming insights gleaned from complex systems science into practical and implementable strategies and tactics for grappling with an increasingly uncertain and dynamic world. Joe is an Affilate at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, MA, an instructor at the Real World Risk Institute, and founder of Applied Complexity Science, LLC. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife where they are focusing their energy on homesteading and local agriculture on an old mill property that has been an actively running homestead for over 130 years.

  1. Introduction to Joe Norman and Complex Systems 5 minutes
  2. Complexity Science 4 minutes
  3. Wholes and Their Components 11 minutes
  4. Irreducibility 3 minutes
  5. Emergence 5 minutes
  6. JJ Gibson, Conscious Cognition and Perception Learning 9 minutes
  7. Complex Systems and Ensembles 7 minutes
  8. Climate Science, Freeman Dyson and Methane Ice 7 minutes
  9. GMOs and the Precautionary Principle 15 minutes

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Special Episode: Zachary Vorhies

Zachary Vorhies

Zachary Vorhies recently resigned as a senior software engineer at YouTube. Employed by Google since 2008, Vorhies collected a large cache of documents that he claims demonstrates that Google intentionally skews search results to drive a political agenda. Vorhies shared these documents with James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, which released a video about the documents on August 14, 2019. Vorhies’ candid interview with Jim Rutt was conducted five days later on August 19, 2019.

  1. Meet Zack Vorhies, “The Snowden of Google” 12 minutes
  2. Machine Learning Fairness and the Fairness Bias 8 minutes
  3. Did Google Commit Perjury Before U.S. Congress? 7 minutes
  4. Why Doesn’t Google AutoComplete match Search Patterns? 11 minutes
  5. Has Google Interfered in U.S. and Foreign Elections? 5 minutes
  6. “My Breaking Point” – Google and Covfefe 7 minutes

EP8 Jordan “Greenhall” Hall and Game B

Jordan is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Neurohacker Collective. He is now in his 17th year of building disruptive technology companies. Jordan’s interests in comics, science fiction, computers, and way too much TV led to a deep dive into contemporary philosophy (particularly the works of Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda), artificial intelligence and complex systems science, and then, as the Internet was exploding into the world, a few years at Harvard Law School where he spent time with Larry Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain and Cornel West examining the coevolution of human civilization and technology.

  1. Introduction: Thinking vs. Simulated Thinking 7 minutes
  2. Game A is Over 25 minutes
  3. Game Theory and Fragility 11 minutes
  4. Complexity and Collapse 6 minutes
  5. Superempowerment 11 minutes
  6. Why The Tech Isn’t Going to Save Us 8 minutes
  7. Game B and the Vulcan Spartans of Highland County 20 minutes
  8. The Beauty of Game B 6 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Jordan Hall

EP7 Daniel Schmachtenberger and the Evolution of Technology

Daniel Schmachtenberger is a Co-Founder of the Neurohacker Collective and director of Research and Development, where he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization. He is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening our knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience. Daniel conducts many of the podcasts at Collective Insights, and has a blog on redesigning civilization at

  1. Introduction and the Evolution of Technology
    11 minutes
  2. We’ve Exceeded the Limits of Growth
    8 minutes
  3. Tinkering with Liberal Democracy is Not a Solution
    10 minutes
  4. Self Interest, Free Riders, Defectors and Tony Soprano
    13 minutes
  5. Building a Non-Terminating Civilization + The Charismatic Sociopath
    18 minutes
  6. Anti-Rivalrous Behavior, Maslow’s Hierarchy and “Game B” 7 minutes
  7. The Open Source Society 15 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Daniel Schmachtenberger

EP 6 Douglas Rushkoff – Memetics, Money + TeamHuman

Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the Team Human podcast and author of Team Human as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, and the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens.

  1. Introduction to Douglas Rushkoff 8 minutes
  2. “Team Human,” Timothy Leary and the Long Boom 11 minutes
  3. The Rise of the Attention Economy 16 minutes
  4. Memes and Memetics 9 minutes
  5. Figure and Ground; Money as an Operating System 8 minutes
  6. Alternative Monetary Systems 7 minutes
  7. “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” 12 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Douglas Rushkoff