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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

Transcripts for The Jim Rutt Show featuring Joe Norman

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

EP5 Lee Smolin – Quantum Foundations and Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity.

Lee also contributes to cosmology, through his proposal of cosmological natural selection — a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics. He has also contributed to quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, theoretical biology, and the philosophy of science and economics. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings on science.

Lee also has written four books which explore philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology. These are: Life of the Cosmos (1997), Three Roads to Quantum Gravity (2001), The Trouble with Physics (2006), and Time Reborn (2013). Most recently, he coauthored The Singular Universe and The Reality of Time with Roberto Mangabeira Unger.

  1. Introduction to Lee Smolin and The Perimeter Institute 4 minutes
  2. Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution 20 minutes
  3. The Pilot Wave Theory 8 minutes
  4. Quantum Physics after Bohm 10 minutes
  5. The Multiverse and the Many-Worlds of Murray Gell-Mann 12 minutes
  6. Quantum Foundations 6 minutes
  7. The Life of the Cosmos and the Fermi Paradox 10 minutes
  8. Entanglements, Noise and The Completion 10 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Lee Smolin

EP4 Cory Doctorow – “Radicalized,” Race and Resilience

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger, and co-editor of Boing Boing. He is the author of Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults; a young adult graphic novel called In Real Life; the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and more.

Cory works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, and the co-founder of the U.K. Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

  1. Introduction to Cory Doctorow and “Radicalized”  8 minutes
  2. “Unauthorized Bread,” Techo-Utopians vs. Techno-Cassandras  20 minutes
  3. Adversarial Interoperability + Walled Gardens  15 minutes
  4. “Model Minority,” Racial Violence + Responsibility  7 minutes
  5. “Radicalized,” Healthcare, Guns, InCel + AntiVax  17 minutes
  6. “Masque of the Red Death,” Survivalism + Resilience  23 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Cory Doctorow

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EP3 Dr. Ben Goertzel – OpenCog, AGI and SingularityNET

Dr. Ben Goertzel is Chief Scientist of robotics firm Hanson Robotics and financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Vice Chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series.

His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles.

Index to The Jim Rutt Show featuring Ben Goertzel

  1. Introduction, Artificial Intelligence and General Artificial Intelligence  14 minutes
  2. OpenCog and Cognitive Synergy 12 minutes
  3. Language Understanding 17 minutes
  4. Robotics, AGI and “The Artificial Toddler” 6 minutes
  5. SingularityNET – The Singularity Network 17 minutes
  6. AI and AGI in Complex Systems 18 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Ben Goertzel

EP2 Robin Hanson – Decision Making and “The Age of Em”

Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics, and received his Ph.D in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech. He joined George Mason’s economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at U.C Berkely. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory.

Index to The Jim Rutt Show featuring Robin Hanson

  1. Introduction and “The Age of Em” (00:00:00 – 00:36:00) = 36 minutes
  2. Rates of Change (00:36:00 – 00:39:00) = 3 minutes
  3. The Fermi Paradox (00:39:00 – 00:59:00) = 20 minutes
  4. “The Elephant in the Brain” (00:59:00 – 01:14:00) = 15 minutes
  5. Political Decision Making Section (01:14:00 – 01:26:00) = 12 minutes
  6. Should We Publish Tax Returns? (01:26:00 – 01:37:00) = 11 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Robin Hanson

EP1 Simon DeDeo – The Evolution of Consciousness

Simon DeDeo is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also affiliated with the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he runs the Laboratory for Social Minds. For three years, from 2010 to 2013, he was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

He and his collaborators study how people use words and signals, and the ideas they represent, to create a world. They have studied a diverse set of systems that includes the French Revolution, the courtrooms of Victorian London, the research strategies of Charles Darwin, the insurgency of modern-day Afghanistan, the emergent bureaucracy of Wikipedia, the creation of power hierarchies among the social animals, and the collusions and conspiracies of petrol stations in the American Midwest. They combine data from the contemporary world, archives from the deep past, statistical tools from cosmology, and models of human cognition from Bayesian reasoning and information theory to understand how cultures grow, flourish, innovate, and evolve.

Index to The Jim Rutt Show featuring Simon DeDeo

  1. Introduction to Simon DeDeo (00:00:00 to 00:11:00) = 11 minutes
  2. Noise vs. Signal: The Fermi Paradox (00:11:00 to 00:23:00) = 12 minutes
  3. Social Media and Blocklists (00:23:00 to 00:48:00) = 25 minutes
  4. Remembrances of Murray Gell-Mann (00:48:00 to 00:56:00) = 18 minutes
  5. Cultural Evolution (00:56:00 to 01:13:00) = 17 minutes
  6. Consciousness (01:13:00 to 01:30:00) = 17 minutes
  7. Science Fiction (01:30:00 to 01:38:00) = 8 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Simon DeDeo