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  • The Deutsch Files III

    Brett Hall and I interview David Deutsch, physicist and author of The Beginning of Infinity. Also see The Deutsch Files I and The Deutsch Files II. Proving something about AGI is inherently impossible On exactly that, the fact that the more that we summarize what I think is an exceedingly clear body of work in The Fabric of Reality…

  • The Deutsch Files II

    Brett Hall and I interview David Deutsch, physicist and author of The Beginning of Infinity. Also see The Deutsch Files I. The universality of computation and explanation So let’s go through The Fabric of Reality—the four theories. More

  • David Deutsch: Knowledge Creation and The Human Race, Part 2

    Brett Hall and I interview David Deutsch, physicist and author of The Beginning of Infinity. Also see Part 1. Popper’s Impact One of the other things that is counterintuitive—and one of the misconceptions that I see crop up out there in academia, intellectual circles, education—is that people think that there’s a final theory. More

  • David Deutsch: Knowledge Creation and The Human Race

    I interview David Deutsch, physicist and author of The Beginning of Infinity. Background My goal isn’t to do yet another podcast with David Deutsch. There are plenty of those. I would love to tease out some of the very counterintuitive learnings, put them down canonically in such a way that future generations can benefit from…

  • Vitalik: Ethereum, Part 2

    This post is by naval from Naval Haseeb and I interview Vitalik Buterin about Ethereum and blockchains. Also see Part 1. Protocol Politics The elder statesman of smart contract blockchains Haseeb: Vitalik, I want to ask you a little bit about how your role has evolved since it began at Ethereum. In the very beginning before all of this, of…

  • Vitalik: Ethereum, Part 1

    This post is by naval from Naval Part one of my interview with Vitalik Buterin about Ethereum and blockchains Transcript Naval: Welcome back to the podcast. We have with us Haseeb Qureshi, who is a partner at Dragonfly and someone I used to work with back when I was more active in crypto-land. And we…

  • The Beginning of Infinity, Part 2

    This post is by naval from Naval Part 2 of my interview with Brett Hall about The Beginning of Infinity. Also see Part 1. With a Good Theory of Knowledge, You Can Decide What Else Is True David Deutsch’s theory is centered around good explanations Naval: David Deutsch has this great view of the world where he…

  • To a Caveman Very Few Things Are Resources

    This post is by naval from Naval There was a time when coal wasn’t a resource Brett: There was a story on ITV in the U.K. talking about how much supposed waste Amazon produces, that Amazon was routinely destroying a whole bunch of products. I thought, “Why are these people inserting their opinion into a…

  • Knowledge Makes the Existence of Resources Infinite

    This post is by naval from Naval We’re going to keep creating new knowledge and new resources Brett: Knowledge is the thing that makes the existence of resources infinite. The creation of knowledge is unbounded. We’re going to keep on creating more knowledge and, thereby, learning about more and different resources. There’s this wonderful parable…

  • Knowledge Makes the Existence of Resources Infinite

    This post is by naval from Naval We’re going to keep creating new knowledge and new resources Brett: Knowledge is the thing that makes the existence of resources infinite. The creation of knowledge is unbounded. We’re going to keep on creating more knowledge and, thereby, learning about more and different resources. There’s this wonderful parable…