Monthly Archives: October 2019

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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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