September 22nd, 2022 – September 29th, 2022

  1. History of Inventions: PowerPoint

    We take PowerPoint for granted. It's as much a fact of life as concrete. Or rainy afternoons. But it hasn’t always been here. It has a story. And once you’ve heard it, you’ll never look at PowerPoint the same way again.

    Those old enough can remember the world before PowerPoint. A world where presentations were done on overhead projectors or 35mm slideshow carousels. In 1985, in the US alone, people made over 600 million 35mm slides and more than 500 million overhead transparencies. Large companies had departments dedicated to producing them.Robert Gaskins, the inventor of PowerPoint, had a vision of how computers could produce these slides and transparencies more efficiently, and eventually consign them to the dustbin of history.

    Russell Davies is our guest today and author of Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint. He’s here to tell us that the inventor of PowerPoint, Robert Gaskins, is the tech hero we should all have.


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  2. Does the New Right Want a “Benevolent Dictator”?

    Cenk Uygur hosts. Curtis Yarvin of Grey Mirror talks about his ideas that have been championed by right-wing figures including Peter Thiel and JD Vance. https://www.graymirror.substack.com

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  3. Tyler Cowen - Talent, Collapse, & Sex

    It was my great pleasure to speak once again to Tyler Cowen. His most recent book is called Talent, How to Find Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Across the World.

    We discuss how sex is more pessimistic than he is, why he expects society to collapse permanently, why humility, suits, intelligence, & stimulants are overrated, how he identifies talent, deceit, & ambition, & much much more!

    Episode website + Transcript: https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/tyler-cowen-2 Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3ft50xG Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3DVtGsO

    Buy Tyler's Book on Talent: https://amzn.to/3f8cl5s Follow Tyler Cowen: https://twitter.com/tylercowen Follow me: https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp

    TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 Preview 0:53 Did Caplan Change On Education? 2:10 Travel vs. History 4:03 Do Institutions Become Left Wing Over Time? 6:55 What Does Talent Correlate With? 13:53 Humility, Mental Illness, Caffeine, and Suits 19:20 How does Education affect Talent? 25:27 Scouting Talent 34:32 Money, Deceit, and Emergent Ventures 38:09 Building Writing Stamina 40:34 When Does Intelligence Start to Matter? 44:44 Spotting Talent (Counter)signals 54:50 Will Reading Cowen’s Book Help You Win Emergent Ventures? 1:04:18 Existential risks and the Longterm 1:12:45 Cultivating Young Talent 1:16:05 The Lifespans of Public Intellectua…

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