Bryan Johnson (@bryan_johnson) is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and founder and CEO of Kernel, a company developing advanced neural interfaces, and OS Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage science and technology companies.
What We Discuss with Bryan Johnson:
- Why humanity needs to co-evolve with artificial intelligence if we are to survive as a species.
- What future literacy is and why it’s crucial for understanding the role humanity will play in the decades to come.
- The steps being taken to comprehend what makes biological systems fail in order to improve their capabilities.
- How privacy inequality could create more of a disparity between people than economic disparity ever could.
- Why Bryan advises us to be skeptical of advice — and how we can discern between what’s applicable to our own situation and what’s completely useless.
- And much more…
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There’s a lot of paranoia surrounding the potential of artificial intelligence to usurp humanity’s claim as Planet Earth’s dominant species. But what if it turns out AI isn’t really a competitor, but a collaborator in the future of humankind? What if, instead of being nudged aside by a creation that can outthink us, our evolution as a species depends on the enhancements this creation can offer in tandem with what makes us human?
On this episode we talk to Bryan Johnson, who sold his payment company Braintree for $800 million to fund research into how we might make this best-of-both-worlds future a reality. With brain-machine interfaces that will blend humanity with AI for cognitive supremacy, we’ll be able to overhaul what we care about, how we resolve differences, the way we work, how our political and economic systems operate, how we treat our planet, and more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- OS Fund
- Bryan Johnson’s Website
- Bryan Johnson at Medium
- Bryan Johnson at LinkedIn
- Bryan Johnson at YouTube
- Bryan Johnson at Twitter
- Girls Do Badly at Math When Told Boys Better: Study by Belinda Goldsmith, Reuters
- My Advice? Be Skeptical of Advice by Bryan Johnson
- From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin’s Four Great Books (Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals) by Charles Darwin
- David Eagleman | How Your Brain Makes Sense of the World, TJHS 27
- Homo Erectus, Smithsonian National Museum of History
- Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues Needed for Moral Perfection by J.D. Thomas, Accessible Archives
- Slavery and the Abolition Society, Benjamin Franklin Historical Society
- 13 Steps to Cognitive “Perfection” by Bryan Johnson, Future Literacy
- Your Bias Is…
- Bias Blind Spot, Wikipedia
- The Negativity Bias: Why the Bad Stuff Sticks by Margaret Jaworski, Psycom
- Your Data is Your Property by Bryan Johnson, #OwnYourData
- Privacy Inequality: The Most Brutal Form of Inequality You’ve Ever Imagined by Borja Moya, PrivateID Blog
- Rebooting the Brain by Bryan Johnson, Future Literacy
- Quantum Leap
- Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
- Long Live Gopher: The Techies Keeping the Text-Driven Internet Alive by Ernie Smith, Vice
- Hot Ones
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee