Category Archives: Jim Rutt Show Podcasts

Jordan “Greenhall” Hall



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


Daniel Schmachtenberger



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 CivilizationEmerging.com.

  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


Douglas Rushkoff



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


Lee Smolin



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


Cory Doctorow



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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Dr. Ben Goertzel



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


Simon DeDeo



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