Ari Shaffir is a stand-up comedian and also hosts the podcasts “Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank” & “Punch Drunk Sports.”
Ari is a long time good friend of Joe, usually when Joe and his friends get together they talk about a lot of random topics, lets see if they have anything interesting to say in this podcast.
Folding phones, they spoke about how the latest folding phone is out which costs $2000 US! If that wasn’t enough you also can’t use a pen or your fingernail to touch the screen, the screen is really sensitive due to it’s flexible nature. Folding phones are in their early designs though so this will likely be amended over time, keep an eye on these for sure.
Marriage was pointed out to be a bit silly, one of Ari’s friends had not been alone in his own house for ten whole years! As an introvert myself that sounds pretty bleak, you need a break here and there. Joe spoke about how he had a friend live with him for half a year which turned out fine, this appeared to be because the house was pretty big and his friend was excellent at cleaning up behind himself (very important).
“Woke” ideology was compared to evangelical ideologies in that both seek to make others behave in a certain ‘correct’ way. Which is an interesting take, I think forcing behaviors on people or forcing them to use certain words is quite ridiculous.
They spoke a bit on the public’s sensitivity to race relations jokes these days. Is it healthy for us to take away the ability to joke about sensitive topics? Being offended is subjective and if we try to control speech based on what people find offensive then who is controlling what is offensive? Sounds like a dark path to me.
Ari asked where Joe and Jamie would go if they could, Joe said he would love to go on a real African safari which would be pretty unreal.
They spoke about a bloke who repaired his own Tesla car using another junk Tesla but Tesla wouldn’t give him a new key or the software updates because they don’t support doing independent repairs. Whereas Ford would fully support that kind of ingenuity, Tesla seems a little protective of their inventions at this stage in the companies life.
They spoke a little on how overcrowded some tourist destinations can get, it really takes away from the reason you go on vacation in the first place. Specifically Venice.
Ari pointed out how we are doing so well as a society now that people are looking at each other to find things to create conflict over, with how good our lives are today it’s never been so easy. Maybe all these situations where people are getting upset over what would historically be trivial matters is a phenomenon of boredom as a society? Or a deep down desire to have some soft of conflict in our lives. I think this topic deserves more study and I suspect we will look back 10-20 years from now and be a little more wise.
Quite a loose podcast because of their relationship but a nice chill time with some interesting talking points.
Kicking it old school with an episode from 2013, Steven Rinella, esteemed hunter and a valued JRE guest across his multiple appearances over the past 7 years.
The podcast back then was something else, low quality, Joe wearing a backward cap and Joe was noticeably less experienced in this podcast but the heart of the show is still there and that is the awesome guest appearances.
Steve, despite his career and hobby both being hunting lived in New York at the time of this podcast, he thinks it is actually quite education because when you live out in the country you are less connected to the world and have a reduced understanding of how/why things happen that you see in the news. So having toes in both worlds gives him a better perspective.
The first bow and arrow was said to be invented multiple times throughout the world, spears came first then at some stage we figured out how to launch these spears with device. Quite a fascinating little snippet from the podcast.
Joe pointed out how there is miles of rain forest being chewed up by farming every year, it’s actually visible from space and very fascinating to look at on google maps. Check it out here.
Steve spent a period of time staying with primitive a primitive tribe and realized that at the start he felt bad for them but by the time it came to leave after a couple week that he actually felt bad for himself. Living a primitive lifestyle isn’t always all or nothing and doesn’t have to be we cutthroat as people imagine it to be. The tribe Steve stayed with had access to internet but at the same time had to hunt for their own food, it must have been quite fascinating to meet someone who hunts for their own food to survive but then can add him on facebook. Steve did some hunting with them which involved shooting fish with a bow and arrow which is was quite difficult because you have to account for the refraction of light as well as heavy drag applied to the arrow once it hits the moving stream. These primitive hunters made arrows using feathers from birds they kill, Steve happened to nail one of these birds and they were stoked because it was enough feathers to make arrows for the next year! Awesome stuff.
Overtime the friendship between Steve and Joe became quite lucrative with Joe appearing multiple times in Steve’s content and vice versa, turns out the two have potential for a lot of cross over audience.
Steve also put forward an adamant stance on the podcast wherein he doesn’t enjoy a hunt if it’s handed to him, using feeders or other means to make the kill easier does not feel right to him. It makes sense, the journey is more valuable than the destination and when you get that kill it feels way more worthwhile if you went through hell to get it.
I’d absolutely recommend checking out Steve’s podcasts if you have any interest in hunting content, he also has his own podcast https://www.themeateater.com
Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a Ph.D in biomedical science and expert on nutritional health. Her podcasts and other videos can be found at FoundMyFitness.com.
Rhonda is a fantastic guest that has been on JRE many times, today i’ll talk about her first appearance in which she insisted to come on in order to correct some statements that other guests claimed regarding nutrition. Rhonda is a true scientist, doing her own experiments in her field while publishing peer reviewed material.
Vitamin D deficiency proved to be a prevalent topic in her first appearance, vitamin D requires sun exposure to be produced and it may be quite apparent to you already that many don’t get as much sun exposure due to modern workplaces often having people located indoors for most of the day. Rhonda discovered herself that vitamin D is linked serotonin in that if your vitamin D levels are low you will also find yourself lacking in serotonin.
Serotonin is known as the ‘feel-good’ chemical, it actually has many roles but it is most famous for being heavily relied on by our prefrontal cortex which is the part of the brain that controls our personality and executive functioning. Low serotonin levels are shown by scientific study to link directly to physical and mental problems.
If people are feeling as though they could not be getting enough vitamin D it is highly recommended by Rhonda that you get your blood tested and it wouldn’t hurt to supplement if you can’t get more ‘sun-time’.
Vitamin D and magnesium are also tied to preventing DNA damage, DNA can mutate randomly and it can only be a matter of time before something undesirable is caused by this, for example if the DNA nucleotide responsible for preventing certain cells from producing copies of themselves is deactivated then it can lead to cancer later in life. That’s right, Rhonda claims lack of proper nutrition may lead to cancer.
Multiple types of nutritional deficiencies are linked to depression, when someone is diagnosed with depression perhaps we should be looking at their health, their gut biome and nutritional intake? These days we just give them an anti-depressant and tell them to continue on, it appears that in order to truly bring someone back to normal they need to look at their physical health as well as their mental health because these two aspects of us are highly related.
You know when you feel anxious or nervous mentally you might feel a ‘sinking’ feeling in your gut, this is the reaction in your brain making it’s way down the large collection of nerves in your spine. Our brain is after all just another physical part of us, with this understanding it is quite apparent that mental and physical health affect each other.
Another claim Rhonda put forward that I found fascinating was that using your brain and exercising more can affect your genes which affects which genes you pass down to your offspring, so if you want your child to be active and healthy it’s not only a good idea to lead by example but it’s also a good idea to get those activity related genes activated before you pass them down!
One last snippet, Rhonda mentioned how scientists did an experiment wherein they cultures cancer cells in space to find that they were significantly less aggressive, this was replicated on earth in environments that reduce gravity. Cancer grows slower without gravity, wow.
Rhonda’s appearances are numerous and all extremely insightful into the current science of nutrition. I’d recommend checking them out if you want to take your health seriously in a word in which scientists get drowned out by pseudo-science.
Bernie Sanders is a 2020 Presidential Candidate of the Democratic Party and is currently serving as the U.S. Senator of Vermont. https://berniesanders.com/
Bernie stands tall as one of the famous guests on JRE and the fact that one of the leading presidential candidates for the 2020 US election is spending his time here also says something about the reach JRE has. He only spent an hour with Joe but they made sure to cover a wide range of important topics.
Firstly they spoke on the current debate format in US politics, both agreeing that the short amount of time they get to speak is not enough time to really get across to people what you are about and to explain all the intricacies of the complex matters that are entangled in politics. Joe seemed to be edging towards hinting at a more ‘internet-friendly’ format, like his podcast but Bernie said that isn’t even required, in certain countries they give politicians air time on big TV networks by law. Other countries are already giving their politicians ample time to speak to their people without worrying about getting off one-liners or being attacked by other politicians then being given only 10-15 seconds to respond.
Joe brought up a common perception of Bernie being that people believe he is out to take your money and give it to others, Bernie counters by saying that none of his policies are very radical at all and are already in place in other countries. Mentioned later in the podcast, most of the money needed to implement his policies would be done by taxing Wall Street and the large companies that are getting away with being $0 in tax every year. These companies are already spending money on adds that paint Bernie’s plans in the way they want Americans to perceive them. During the last debate itself they had an add running in the middle of the debate directly speaking against one of his policies, something smells a little fishy when add campaigns like this are being resorted to.
The drug and insurance companies benefit heavily from Americas medical system where they are the only major country to not have guaranteed medical care for all. They pay billions in lobbying to ensure their laws are pushed through and that they then stay in place, politicians are afraid of this big money. Drug companies can charge any price they want, Bernie bought up an example wherein he went to Canada with a collection of people and they got insulin for 1/10th the price. Most countries will regulate the drug prices so that it’s fair enough for the company to stay in business but also affordable for the average person.
It appears as though it shouldn’t be legal for lobbying to affect Americas legal system so heavily.
Another corporate entity related matter is the gigantic companies like Amazon that are getting away with paying $0 in tax via usage of funneling all their revenue through company branches located in other countries where the tax is significantly lower. By ensuring all their profits go through in these other countries and that their US branch remains at a loss each year they avoid being taxed like a regular company. Bernie would like to change the current tax laws to add a VAT that would hold amazon accountable for everything they sell in the US.
297 mass shootings have occurred in 2019, this statistics is insane compared to other first world countries, Joe asked “How can we fix this?”, Bernie didn’t pretend to have a magic answer but he said we have to do the best we can before pointing out that the US has a large amount of guns and also a mental health problem. Perhaps it should be harder for people to get their hands on these guns, perhaps more significant background checks should be implemented before people are given guns.
All in all Bernie seems like a fair candidate for the US, much more appropriate than the current person in office, one of the final topics they spoke on is likely one of the most important, climate change.
Bernie says he believes in the scientists and what they are telling us is that we have 10-15 yrs to move away from fossil fuels before we deal irreversible damage to the planet, the problem with many people regarding climate change is that they wont believe it until they see it, when it will be too late. Not only does America need to think about this but they also need to begin working with other countries and leading the way globally so that we can ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.
If climate change is ignored on the scale that it currently is then we might just go down as the era of humanity that screwed everyone over. At which point do we realize the responsibility we have for those who will come after us?
I think a large part of the problem in politics is the mass confusion cast on the people by the cast wealth of media sources all claiming different things, what’s actually the truth? None of us have the time or resources to go out and do scientific experiment ourselves. Perhaps the media should be held accountable for putting out false information, I think once the truth is more easily accessible by the masses we will all move towards a better future together.
This was a good, short podcast and I hope Bernie or another politician like him wins this time around so that America, the leading western nation can lead us by example into a future that secures our safety and health.
John Carmack is a computer programmer, video game developer and engineer. He co-founded id Software and was the lead programmer of its video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Currently he is the CTO at Oculus.
Carmack is an extremely cool guest to me, both due to how relevant he is to my interests but also how relevant he is to Joe and a lot of topics he has previously touched on. Carmack made his come up by being a founding member of id Software but there day’s holds a position as CTO at Oculus wherein he is working on the cutting edge of VR technology.
At heart John is an introverted and very brainy guy, he also still finds himself favoring development work over managerial duties despite his status and experience in the industry. He brought with him the latest VR headset from Oculus:
As you can see it’s very compact and also, lite. Taking away the burden of setting up a range of gear is making VR more accessible to the general consumer base. John is convinced that for the majority is reasons we use monitors/screen today we will instead use VR in the future, this is due to it’s flexibility and the power of having our full field of view to play with as apposed to a limited amount of space in front of our faces. Makes sense to me and this would allow for added efficiency in a lot of activities.
VR is also trying to branch into adding further simulation of sensory experience through smells, albeit John did mention it will be limited for obvious reason, he said maybe there will be a dozen or so smells a headset could produce. I think scents used in the right places for games would certainly add to the experience in a realistic manor.
They spoke on an interesting problem with VR in that people get motion sickness if they do something that involved movement that our brain doesn’t make sense of. We have tiny sensors in our ears that determine whether we are moving or not and in what direction, well when this doesn’t match with what our eyes thing we are doing then it can result in a nauseating feeling. Some people get this already just from certain types of games on monitors, let alone a VR setting. So given this biological factor VR games are designed to keep this to a minimum albeit some games ignore it entirely as a trade off for simply doing something cool like flying a jet pack
They spoke briefly on AR (Augmented Reality) as well, John cited the problem with AR is that it would have to be socially acceptable to wear whatever device is best at providing that at the time, right now it would have to be quite large and getting it down to something that looks like sunglasses is pretty far off at this stage. As an added note John said he can’t think of many things people would use this tech for, but I many people would use it to display similar things the home screen of their phone displays, time, weather, notifications etc
John hosted one of the first major gaming tournaments, first prize got this turbo charged Ferrari as a prize.
They reflected on how far esports has come and how these days players are winning millions of dollars every year which, from a financial standpoint makes esports as viable a career route as playing a traditional sport. Although for a majority of the big games there is a relatively short window in which players can perform at their peak before a younger star will come along and knock them off.
John is indirectly responsible for many famous standalone games that exist today, this is due to his push to include modding in one of their early games, Wolfenstein, through this modding capability players created their own custom game modes, other companies realized modding was worthwhile to include in their games and this allowed players to model their ideas of what is an entertaining game to them.
Parents used to say kids were wasting their time playing video games, this still might be the case for some but in the future maybe the parents will instead assess if the kid has a real passion and talent for gaming and give advice accordingly from there.
Joe and John also spoke lightly on other topics of similar interest throughout this interesting and engaging 2 hrs and 36 minute podcast.
I would recommend the time investment if any of the above topics interest you.
Brian Cox is a prominent communicator of astrological science to the masses, aiding in helping the general public to understand where we are currently at in terms of understanding our reality. He joins the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Michio Kaku, Carl Sagan & Brian Greene as one of the most popular scientific communicators in our lifetime.
The podcast begun with him promoting his world tour which surprisingly included the south island of New Zealand! Very cool but the date has already passed so unfortunately I have missed this opportunity. Perhaps next time around. His talk pertains to Cosmology and the core questions that arise once you begin to journey into the topic. Brian Cox and this peers are filling stadiums these days just to communicate the latest cutting edge science. Brian said “People are coming to think, and to see where our current knowledge as a species is at.” and that it’s “not surprising”.
Brian talks about giving people a ‘framework’ of our reality in which people can then think within, for example our current reality includes:
2 Trillion galaxies in the observable universe. 200 Billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. 20 billion ‘Earth’ like planets in our galaxy.
Joe points out that he hears Brian say those numbers but his head has trouble actually comprehending it in his head, it clearly requires an advanced imagination in order to play on an astronomical level. Perhaps this is why Brian mentioned that he also loves sci-fi and how much it allows him to explore his imagination, it is no surprised that a scientist, somewhat ironically would also have a strong affinity towards works of fiction when you think about it this way.
Brian and Joe discussed some of the theories surrounding the origin of the universe, something that we currently have no proof of albeit we do know the age of the universe and that it once used to be extremely small, how do we know this? The light from the beginning of the universe is still travelling today and we can see it in the sky.
Brian mentions a theory wherein the universe has always existed and that it has phases of being tiny and expanding/contracting. We can’t really grasp the concept of infinity though so this answer is not exactly satisfying to most humans. Another theory mentioned was the ‘inflationary multiverse’ in which inflation is infinite going forward in time although not backwards in time, the theory in most basic of terms has the concept that eternal inflation allows universes to spawn offshoot universes that also inflate infinitely. The result being an unstoppable chain reaction that will lead to an infinite amount of universes which include and infinite amount of possibilities. The word infinite is a little too popular if you ask me, but this is just the result of where our knowledge is at, how can someone imagine anything other than infinity, how can our reality ‘end’?
Something interesting that Brian mentioned was that being in a specific place or point in space is simply just a perspective within our head, an illusion. If you are flying in a plane at a steady speed you will feel as though you are not moving at all, if you throw a tennis ball up it will come down into your hand despite the fact that the plane is travelling 700 km/h.
The earth is rotating at 1600 miles per hour. The earth is travelling around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. The solar system is travelling at 514,000 miles per hour (1/1300 the speed of light) Finally, the Milky Way is moving at 1.3 million miles per hour through the universe.
The speed in which we are actually moving through the universe is hard to grasp.
Joe asked Brian about travelling great distances instantly, Brian said something somewhat surprising in that it is ‘mathematically possible’ but it requires ‘things’ that we may never possess in reality. These ‘things’ are basically machines that manipulate matter in a way we do not yet possess. It is also suspected that these ‘wormholes’ between two points in space-time may be unstable and end up being closed upon the tiniest or particles entering them.
For the last topic I will extract from this podcast I will highlight Brian’s approach to religions which I found to be quite wise. He is not opposed to religions of course as science at it’s current state doesn’t actually rule out the existence of things beyond our current knowledge BUT it is noted that religions should exist in concordance with science. Religions should ideally not be fighting against facts that have been proven with experiment and have proven themselves to be a truth in our current understanding of reality.
I found this a firm yet temperamental view on religions and I am always reminded of a quote when religions enter a conversation:
All religions must be tolerated… for… every man must get to heaven in his own way. ~Epictetus
At the time of the podcast Jordan Peterson was a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.
In this blog I will be extracting some of the key points Peterson puts forward and expanding/reflecting on them.
The war of ideas & tribal people.
In this day and age people are increasingly turning away from rationale conversation and resorting to extreme measures of violence. None of these protesters would sit down and discuss their opposing views with Peterson but instead resort to trying to suppress him. What brings people to act in this way? It isn’t so simple but I think we need to keep an eye on this behavior and promote debate and conversation between opposing forces over the type of behavior shown at Peterson’s public talks.
Peterson points out that we are living in a war of ideas at the moment, as an example of the lengths people go to win their battles in this war he pointed out how he was called racist just because he criticized someone who happened to be black. As humans we have gone through hundreds of thousands of years of evolution but only recently have we evolved out of tribal societies, it is widely considered that we are still neurologically ‘tuned’ for these tribal settings which lead to people taking sides with their ‘tribe’ and seeing those outside their tribe as enemies or ‘predators’, this highly appeals to our instincts that protected us during tribal ages. This type of thinking would have been very beneficial in tribal society in early times as the tribes who don’t trust other tribes would likely have a higher survival rate in the short term, but it is a certain number of tribes that went outside this genetic preference and started trusting one another who got us to where we are today.
It would appear that this tribal mentality is likely to be bred out of our genetics eventually as long as we remain a worldwide society. This will likely take thousands of years at the least, so for now it seems important for those of us who are aware of this to promote the act of listening and talking to people we don’t disagree with. He also put forward that most socially anxious people are scarred of being placed outside their ‘tribe’, this leads to a fear of engaging in social interaction due to the possibility of being rejecting by the people they want to be among.
Peterson pointed out an extreme example of this ‘tribalism’ in the rise of Hitler. During Hitlers rise he was known as an orderly person, very clean. He started with campaigns that cleaned up factories, and other pests on society then went on to considering mentally ill people in this group of people outside his ‘tribe’ therefor he thought of them as potential snakes in the grass and thought himself morally righteous for cleansing this threat. What Hitler went on to do is the most extreme example of tribalism we know of in recent history, this is where the path leads if we decide to become people who dismiss alternative opinions without conversation and resort to violence instead.
Clean your room.
During the podcast at some stage Jordan Peterson repeats his famous phrase ‘clean your room’, Joe asks him to expand on this so Peterson in short, explained that if someone want’s to make a change in the world they first need to look inward, this is common knowledge to most people but is sometimes lost when people meet conflict in the ideological space. If you can’t keep your own room clean, literally or metaphorically then what right do you have to go out into the world and discern how others should live.
Peterson put forward another interesting idea related to this topic: The world presents itself as a collection of puzzles, some you can solve and some you can not, but there is some that you know you can solve but choose not to, even though you may find yourself thinking “I should really do this” you still, do not. What would the world be like if we all did these things without fear or hesitation? How much potential exists in a group of people but is not used? The individual is salvation.
Carl Yung said that in order for a human to head towards completion they need to discover their ‘shadow’ and bring it under their control. In basic terms the shadow is the part of our personality that we reject and push into the back of our mind, we don’t allow it to manifest itself in our persona, it represents our capacity for evil. Yung believes that we need to realize this part of ourselves and bring it under our control in order to approach a state of enlightenment.
Peterson points out that someone who is young, naive and not capable of evil is not capable of choosing to be morale. One has to wield power and have the capability to use it for evil things but choose not to in order to be a moral person. Peterson points out how Joe Rogan is quite an obvious example of this and it’s likely why a lot of people are attracted to him, he’s built well, capable of fighting but uses his time and abilities in positive ways. “You’re a tough dude out here trying to figure things out, people like that.”
Joe asked Peterson at one stage “Why do you think it’s mainly males resonating with your ideas?” in comedic fashion he replied with “Well maybe females already have enough to do” although there may be some truth to this.
Lots of young men feel somewhat lost in todays world, some retreat to dark rooms and live out fantasies in video games in attempt to satiate what appears to be some genetic predisposition to live out a ‘hero’ story in their lives. Others find this aspect satisfied in sports, hobbies or their careers, but some of us are lost to virtual worlds.
Peterson points out that when people say their life is meaningless what they actually mean most of the time is that they are anxious and in pain most of the time. This might sound extreme but when someone says their life is meaningless does that mean they sit around feeling neutral? This simply does not happen.
Joe points out that many people feel devoid of meaning due to the predefined routes life already has laid out for us these days. People can feel alienated by the society they are embedded in. Peterson thinks the best path out of this way of life is to start telling the truth at all times, especially to yourself. The truth is like a weapon that sheds deadwood, it is unforgiving. The smarter a kid is the earlier they will learn to lie because it allows you to manipulate the world but if you find yourself lying all the time you will end up not being able to trust yourself. If you spend your time consistently lying there will comes times when you need to make a choice but you don’t have the clarity of mind or experience to chose correctly because your perception and imagination is filled with lies. You would lack the clarity of mind that comes from being truthful and witnessing the outcome of it.
Another action recommended by Peterson is to take on burdens, he thinks we are similar to pack animals in that we are only comfortable when we have a good amount of weight on our backs, could the lack of problems be contributing to our problems today (haha). Is our lack of burdens leaving us in a state of ‘missing something’?
As a closing point it should be noted that Peterson is a Christian, to some degree. He is scientific but thinks there is a great deal of wisdom to learn from the bible and that it isn’t just about believing there is a man in the sky. When thought about from this perspective it is easier to understand Christians as people who subscribe to a book that has been developed over thousands of years to guide someone in how they should act in their life. Most Christians are pretty well put together people after all. Maybe the bible needs re-branding into something more suitable for the modern generations in order for the wisdom to be passed around more readily? Just an idea, I am not Christian myself.
To kick this blog off I will begin with the most viewed podcast from JRE to date and for good reason, Elon Musk’s fame today has earned him the nickname of ‘real-life iron man’.
As expected, the topics covered in this podcast did not disappoint, I will touch on most of these briefly and offer some reflection.
Solving traffic problems with tunnels.
Elon shone a light on an inefficiency we have in modern cities, we live and work in 3D environments by having buildings with multiple floors, but our transport system is primarily operated in a 2D manor by having flat roads that get us to where we want to be. To bring out transport system into the 3D space we need to either expand up into the air or down into the ground, many of us will remember that years ago science fiction was set on us expanding our transport system into the air with flying cars, turns out that flying cars are just helicopters with wheels according to Elon, if there were flying cars everywhere it would be the greatest noise pollution that humankind has ever known. Joe tried to pitch the idea of using some sort of magnetized system to make cars float, I think it doesn’t take much to realize that magnets being used on such a large scale would be a far more complex & risk prone endeavor than the following solution:
Instead of expanding into the air we can expand down into the earth and create underground highways with as many levels as we need. Elon himself has already created a prototype tunnel between two locations.
With tunnels we can stack a ridiculous amount of roads on-top
of each other in order to alleviate the pressure put on the surface roads. I
believe that this is an important innovation due to the amount of time people
lose sitting in traffic jams, the overall amount of hours humanity loses from
millions of us sitting on roads in running cars must be a scary statistic.
There are many
variation in which this concept can be implemented that I won’t go into here
but one thing for sure is that our transport system needs to move into the 3D
space and Elon Musks ‘Boring Company’ is leading the innovation charge in this
How will it be used?
What will it be
Knowing what will
happen once AI reaches it’s ‘singularity’ is impossible at this stage, similar
to a black hole, nobody knows what will happen past the event horizon but Elon
thinks there is one certainty when it comes to AI: We will not control it.
Gradually over time
we are seeing the slow but steady emergence of intelligence that is not
biological but instead cybernetic, Elon thinks that eventually the percentage
of intelligence that is cybernetic will greatly outweigh the amount of
intelligence that is human. AI’s are being trained by billions of us every day
via use of google, social media and app’s that take your data and sell it to
people who are devoted to figuring out how to most optimally part you with your
If the AI rise is
not something that can be stopped, what is our best outcome as simple
biological beings? Elon thinks our best outcome is to merge, we need a way to
be a part of cybernetic intelligence itself without the rate of communication
between us and AI being so slow that we are irrelevant to it.
bandwidth problem between computers and humans is exactly what another company
of Elon’s is trying to solve.
Smart phones, not everyone realizes it but we are already in a symbiotic relationship with technology. How much smarter are you because you have the internet at your fingertips wherever you go?
What limits us from becoming hyper-efficient beings via access to all this knowledge? Bandwidth, we can only know something as fast as we can enter the input with our fingers (or thumbs) and then digest it through sight and/or sound. In the computing world we are look slower than snails.
Neuralink is attempting to create direct links between our cortex and computers/AI, just recently they came out with an update on their work, wherein they aim to implant super thin needles (about the width of a neuron) into brains at precise locations in order to send electrical pulses to specific neurons.
experiment in which 1.2 billion vehicles and vast amounts of other fossil fuel
consuming machines are dumping carbon into the atmosphere is the dumbest thing
we have ever done.
It takes a lot of
energy to return carbon into a solid form, Elon says that we are all going to
pay in one way or another for the short term gain of using this resource at
such an alarming rate. Joe asked Elon if it’s possible for machines to pull the
carbon out of the air, Elon quickly dismissed this but since then it has been
proven wrong by multiple companies, the most prevalent one being a Bill Gates
backed company that built a plant that does the carbon capturing work of 40
What is Elon doing
to combat this? Well he owns an electric car company and is also investing in
solar power via his company ‘SolarCity’ which are currently working on creating
solar panel roof tiles that still look like regular roof tiles. Whether or not this
comes into fruition Elon is once again trying to combat what he sees as
humanities biggest issues.
Love is the Answer
After Elon hit a blunt, drank some whiskey he ended the podcast with: “Love is the answer, be kind, people usually aren’t as evil as you think they are.”
800-900 words does not do this podcast justice and I would highly recommend watching it in order to enjoy the content I have not touched on here as well as the humor between the discussion.