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Google’s AI, Biden’s Brain, and Other Enigmas (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

Google’s AI, Biden’s Brain, and Other Enigmas (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)


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0:51 Big trouble with Small Potatoes
4:45 What makes a good podcast?
12:53 Google’s AI goes wild(ly woke)
26:34 Is Biden a “super-ager” or just super old?
35:23 On the psychology of self-immolation
52:10 Are we thinking right about mental illness?
56:24 Heading to Overtime

Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and Paul Bloom (, University of Toronto, The Sweet Spot, Against Empathy). Recorded February 27, 2024.


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Overtime titles:

0:00 The problem with paywalls
4:06 Is contingency in life good news or bad?
22:28 Do AIs need to be symbolic to be logical?
32:46 A new TV show Bob hates
38:04 Bob’s (mental?) break in the JFK case

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