The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show
real thinking about deep ideas

EP35 Ken McCarthy on the History of Online Business
Jan 16 • 86 min
Internet pioneer Ken McCarthy talks with Jim about why & how he first got on the internet in 1993, what it was like to be in tech in the 90’s, the walled gardens of the early internet, the birth of email,, the pre-commercial internet, brand vs…
EP34 Joe Edelman on the Power of Values
Jan 13 • 85 min
Joe Edelman, philosopher, social scientist & designer starts this conversation with Jim by talking about how meaningfulness is connected to values, social norms & ideological commitments. Then, they go on to talk about the pros & cons of pluralism &…
EP33 Melanie Mitchell on the Elements of AI
Jan 6 • 81 min
Professor & Author Melanie Mitchell and Jim have a wide-ranging talk about her work in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). They explore the differences between deep learning, symbolic techniques & hybrid systems, AI springs/winters & hype cycles,…
EP32 Jason Brennan on Irrational Democracy & Academia
Dec 30, 2019 • 91 min
Author & Research Professor Jason Brennan talks with Jim about teaching in business school after studying philosophy, what a bleeding heart libertarian is, the ignorance & irrationality of voters, how well group identity predicts personal values, whether…
EP31 Forrest Landry on Building our Future
Dec 16, 2019 • 94 min
Forrest Landry, philosopher, writer, researcher, scientist, engineer, craftsman, and teacher talks with Jim about his company (Magic-Flight), what motivates his work, how he defines ethics, metaphysics & its connection to realism, free will & choice, the…
EP30 Nora Bateson on Complexity & the Transcontextual
Dec 9, 2019 • 84 min
Nora Bateson, award-winning filmmaker, writer, educator, and President of the International Bateson Institute talks with Jim about the work of the International Bateson Institute, her father (Gregory Bateson) & grandfather’s (William Bateson) academic…
EP29 Michael Mauboussin on The Success Equation
Dec 2, 2019 • 87 min
Michael Mauboussin, Director of Research at BlueMountain Capital Management, Author, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University talks with Jim about how he came to be the Chairman of the Board at the Santa Fe Institute, his perspective on investing &…
EP28 Mark Burgess on Promise Theory, AI & Spacetime
Nov 25, 2019 • 105 min
Author, founder & scientist Mark Burgess talks with Jim about why he made the switch from theoretical physics to computer science, the widely applicable skill set of physicists, what led him to create CFEngine, computer immunology, how he came up with…
EP27 Jamie Wheal on Flow & the Future of Culture
Nov 21, 2019 • 63 min
Author Jamie Wheal talks with Jim about working with the Navy SEALs, what characterizes flow, intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation, the Eleusinian Mysteries, Plato, Aristotle & Pythagoras, soft-leadership & dynamic hierarchies, group flow, if courage &…
EP26 Jordan Hall on the Game B Emergence
Nov 18, 2019 • 123 min
Jordan Hall and Jim have another wide-ranging conversation about Game B. They start with a quick overview of Game A and then move on to talk about the emerging collaboration of Game B & how it happened, its competitive advantage over Game A, liminal…
EP25 Gary Marcus on Rebooting AI
Nov 14, 2019 • 77 min
Scientist, author & entrepreneur Gary Marcus talks with Jim about his latest book, Rebooting AI. In this wide-ranging conversation they cover the gullibility gap, the illusory progress gap, the robustness gap, driverless car progress & safety, how narrow…
EP24 Bret Weinstein on Evolving Culture
Nov 11, 2019 • 89 min
Bret Weinstein and Jim talk about the evolutionary & game-theoretic dynamics that have led humanity to an unsustainable place, the impact of today’s algorithms & how they’re connected to human evolution, the recent shift of corporate values, how Game B…
EP23 Jeff Gomez on Narrative & Cultural Change
Nov 4, 2019 • 83 min
CEO Jeff Gomez and Jim have a wide-ranging talk about Jeff’s work with massive movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, his work with transmedia storytelling & worldbuilding, how nerdy Jim really is, how narrative & story differ & the role the audience…
EP22 Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes on the Evolution of Business
Oct 31, 2019 • 61 min
Business Consultant Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes and Jim start this episode by reflecting on working together in their earlier careers. They then go on to talk about today’s multi-generational workforce, commonalities of Gen Z & Boomers, workplace mindsets,…
EP21 Roman Yampolskiy on the Outer Limits of AI
Oct 28, 2019 • 71 min
This conversation with Jim and Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy–author, tenured associate professor, founding director of Cyber Security Lab–starts by covering the vast variance of possible minds. They then go on to talk about Boltzmann brains, the implications of…
EP20 Pamela McCorduck on Her Life & Times with AI
Oct 24, 2019 • 68 min
Author Pamela McCorduck talks with Jim about themes of her latest book, This Could Be Important: My Life and Times with the Artificial Intelligentsia. They talk about C.P. Snow’s Two Cultures thesis that explores the divide between the humanities &…
EP19 John Robb on Asymmetric & Networked Conflict & Strategy
Oct 21, 2019 • 87 min
This conversation with Jim and John Robb–author, inventor, entrepreneur, technology analyst, astro engineer, and military pilot–starts by covering the impact of the recent drone attack on a Saudi fuel processing center, and the current US political…
EP18 Stuart Kauffman on Complexity, Biology & T.A.P.
Oct 17, 2019 • 60 min
Professor, MacArthur Fellow and author Stuart Kauffman talks with Jim about the major themes of his career: complexity, auto-catalytic chemical sets, protocells and the origins of life, the problem of the error catastrophe, human evolution, social and…
EP17 – Bonnitta Roy on Process Thinking and Complexity
Oct 14, 2019 • 106 min
Bonnitta Roy, author of Our Future at Work and editor at Integral Review, talks with Jim Rutt about process thinking, complexity, evolution, and Game B. The discussion begins with a description of Roy’s “insight practice,” process thinking, complexity…
EP16 Anaconda CTO Peter Wang on The Distributed Internet
Oct 7, 2019 • 86 min
Anaconda CTO Peter Wang talks with Jim Rutt about the latest Python tools, deep fakes, nonrivalrous economics, and the distributed Internet. The discussion begins with a slew of new Python tools, including Numba, Dask, PyTorch, Chainer, CuPy, and PyData.…
EP15 Futurist David Brin on The Case for Optimism
Sep 30, 2019 • 84 min
Author and futurist David Brin talks with Jim Rutt about optimism, ritualized combat, The Transparent Society, and the search for life in the universe. Beginning with the case for optimism, Brin takes on “Star Wars” and talks up “Star Trek” before…
EP14 Astrophysicist Jill Tarter on SETI and Technosignatures
Sep 23, 2019 • 65 min
Astrophysicist Jill Tarter talks with host Jim Rutt about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), technosignatures + related projects. Starting with the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation, they discuss the hunt for life in the universe.…
EP13 Trent McConaghy: Blockchain, AI and DAOs
Sep 16, 2019 • 76 min
Trent McConaghy, of Ocean Protocol, talks with host Jim Rutt about blockchain, AI, and DAOs. Beginning with a discussion of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and public utility networks, the conversation explores the DCS Triangle, the Interplanetary File System…
EP12 Brian Nosek – Open Science and Reproducibility
Sep 12, 2019 • 79 min
Brian Nosek, cofounder of the Center for Open Science, and host Jim Rutt discuss the cutting edge in science governance including the reproducibility crisis, the Open Science Framework, OSF Preprints, peer review journals, Registered Reports, Transparency…
EP11 Dave Snowden and Systems Thinking
Sep 9, 2019 • 74 min
Dave Snowden is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience, and complex adaptive systems theory. In this podcast, Dave Snowden and Jim Rutt…
EP10 David Krakauer: Complexity Science
Sep 3, 2019 • 70 min
David Krakauer is President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. David’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. In this podcast, David and Jim…
EP9 Joe Norman: Applied Complexity
Aug 27, 2019 • 68 min
Joe Norman is affiliated with the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), the Real World Risk Institute (RWRI), and Applied Complexity Science, LLC. In this podcast, Jim and Joe discuss applied complexity, emergence, climate science and GMOs.
Special Episode: Zachary Vorhies
Aug 21, 2019 • 50 min
Senior Google executives perjured themselves before Congress, says Google whistleblower Zachary “Zach” Vorhies on a special edition of The Jim Rutt Show
EP8 Jordan “Greenhall” Hall and Game B
Aug 19, 2019 • 93 min
“Game A is over,” says tech superstar, Jordan Hall, in an interview describing the inevitable collapse of the global economy and the rise of “Game B.”
EP7 Daniel Schmachtenberger and the Evolution of Technology
Aug 12, 2019 • 82 min
Is civilization doomed? “Yes,” says Neurohacker Collective co-founder, evolutionary philosopher Daniel Schmachtenberger, when grilled by host Jim Rutt.
EP 6 Douglas Rushkoff – Memetics, Money + TeamHuman
Aug 5, 2019 • 72 min
Jim Rutt interviews author and media critic, Douglas Rushkoff, about his new book, “Team Human,” and the dangerous effects of technology on human beings.
EP5 Lee Smolin – Quantum Foundations and Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution
Jul 26, 2019 • 79 min
Jim Rutt interviews physicist Lee Smolin of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics about his new book, Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution
EP4 Cory Doctorow – “Radicalized,” Race and Resilience
Jul 19, 2019 • 91 min
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, blogger, and co-editor of Boing Boing. He is the author of the books “Radicalized” and “Walkaway,” science fiction for adults; a young adult graphic novel called “In Real Life;” the…
EP3 Dr. Ben Goertzel – OpenCog, AGI and SingularityNET
Jul 15, 2019 • 84 min
Dr. Ben Goertzel is Chief Scientist of robotics firm Hanson Robotics and financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence…
EP2 Robin Hanson – Decision Making and “The Age of Em”
Jul 8, 2019 • 98 min
Jim Rutt interviews Robin Hanson, an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory. Subjects covered during the interview include “The Age of Em” ,…
EP1 Simon DeDeo – The Evolution of Consciousness
Jul 7, 2019 • 98 min
Jim Rutt interviews Carnegie-Mellon Assistant professor Simon DeDeo. Simon is also affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute and the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he runs the Laboratory for Social Minds. DeDeo and his colleagues…