Late in 2020 I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview by Nikola Danaylov, host of his long-running podcast, Singularity Weblog. In an incredibly wide-ranging hour we discussed, as Nikola summarized it…
“…we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: what being a futurist means; major failures of futurism such as the collapse of the USSR; Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and Peter Turchin’s cliodynamics; the probable, possible and preferred future; science fiction as Greg Bear’s sugar-coated pill; why science helps us live more comfortable lives but the humanities give us reasons to live for; genius and stupidity as roommates; collective decision making as the #1 problem we are facing today; the Fermi paradox and the McDonald’s Theory of Peace; declaring wars and other national emergencies as a way of maintaining power; Barbara Marx’s futurist vision; compassion as the way for diminishing polarization; Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the singularity; technological unemployment and a guaranteed minimum income.”
Nikola is a talented and brilliantly well-read interviewer and I think you will enjoy watching.
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