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  1. Conversations with Tyler: Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality

    If you want to speculate on the development of tech, no one has a better brain to pick than Neal Stephenson. Across more than a dozen books, he’s created vast story worlds driven by futuristic technologies that have both prophesied and even provoked real-world progress in crypto, social networks, and the creation of the web itself. Though Stephenson insists he’s more often wrong than right, his technical sharpness has even led to

    a half-joking suggestion that he might be Satoshi Nakamoto, the shadowy creator of bitcoin. His latest novel,

    Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, involves a more literal sort of brain-picking, exploring what might happen when digitized brains can find a second existence in a virtual afterlife. So what’s the implicit theology of a simulated world? Might we be living in one, and does it even matter? Stephenson joins Tyler to discuss the book and more, including the future of physical surveillance, how clothing will evolve, the kind of freedom you could expect on a Mars colony, whether today’s media fragmentation is trending us towards dystopia, why the Apollo moon landings were communism’s greatest triumph, whether we’re in a permanent secular innovation starvation, Leibniz as a philosopher, Dickens and Heinlein as writers, and what storytelling has to do with giving good driving directions. Follow Neal on Twitter Follow Tyler on Twitter More CWT goodness: Facebook Twitter Instagram Email

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  2. Conversations with Tyler: Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality

    If you want to speculate on the development of tech, no one has a better brain to pick than Neal Stephenson. Across more than a dozen books, he’s created vast story worlds driven by futuristic technologies that have both prophesied and even provoked real-world progress in crypto, social networks, and the creation of the web itself. Though Stephenson insists he’s more often wrong than right, his technical sharpness has even led to a half-joking suggestion that he might be Satoshi Nakamoto, the shadowy creator of bitcoin. His latest novel, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, involves a more literal sort of brain-picking, exploring what might happen when digitized brains can find a second existence in a virtual afterlife.

    So what’s the implicit theology of a simulated world? Might we be living in one, and does it even matter? Stephenson joins Tyler to discuss the book and more, including the future of physical surveillance, how clothing will evolve, the kind of freedom you could expect on a Mars colony, whether today’s media fragmentation is trending us towards dystopia, why the Apollo moon landings were communism’s greatest triumph, whether we’re in a permanent secular innovation starvation, Leibniz as a philosopher, Dickens and Heinlein as writers, and what storytelling has to do with giving good driving directions.

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  3. Neal Stephenson über Soziale Medien: “We’re actually living through the worst-case scenario right now” | NERDCORE (。・ω・。)ノ♡

    Schönes Interview von Tyler Cowen mit Neal Stephenson über sein neues Buch Fall or, Dodge in Hell, in dem er unter anderem auch den Realitätsverlust durch soziale Medien untersucht. Stephenson führt den Realitätsverlust durch soziale Medien vor allem auf algorithmische Kuration der Inhalte zurück, die durch Bad Actors manipuliert wird, Cowen hingegen vermutet, dass in dezentralisierten Soziale Medien zuviele gleichberechtigte Stimmen nebeneinander existieren. Meines Erachtens haben beide Recht: Zuviele Stimmen beschreiben und kommentieren die Realität aus der Sicht aller formulierbaren Perspektiven, der digitale Ausdruck einer prismatischen Wahrheit, so dass sich die extremstmöglichen Standpunkte im globalen Medienraum der Plattformen realisieren. Die

    https://nerdcore.de/2019/07/19/neal-stephenson-ueber-soziale-medien-were-actually-living-through-the-worst-case-scenario-right-now/

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  4. Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments – Not Unreasonable

    This is a special interview for me because Tyler Cowen (mp3, youtube) has been an enormous intellectual and moral influence on me over the last ten years or so. I’m not alone. Tyler blogs with Alex Tabarrok at marginalrevolution.com, which is usually ranked as the top economics blog and Tyler as one of the most…

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  5. Podcast 1 Tyler Cowen - InnovativeGovernance.org

    March 22, 2018

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    Podcast 1 Tyler CowenMark interviews Tyler Cowen, a Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is a prolific author, his most recent book being “The Complacent Class”. He is a Bloomberg View columnist and blogs at MarginalRevolution.com with Alex Tabarrok. He has one of the best podcasts around, ‘Conversations with Tyler’. In the podcast we have a wide ranging discussion about governance and political decentralization.

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    https://innovativegovernance.org/2018/03/22/podcast-1-tyler-cowen/

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