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Lux Capital

A podcast by venture capital firm Lux Capital on the opportunities and risks of science, technology, finance and the human condition. Hosted... more

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The Orthogonal Bet: What AI Can Learn from Human Cognition

Hello and welcome to the ongoing miniseries The Orthogonal Bet Hosted by Samuel Arbesman, Complexity Scientist, Author, and Scientist in Residence... more

12 Jul 2024 · 35 minutes
Can we be optimistic about America’s future?

If we had to rebuild American politics to be more positive, could we do it? And what would a positive... more

10 Jul 2024 · 41 minutes
The Orthogonal Bet: Unveiling the Complexity of Life: A Conversation with Philip Ball on ‘How Life Works'

Welcome to The Orthogonal Bet, an ongoing mini-series that explores the unconventional ideas and delightful patterns that shape our world. Hosted... more

05 Jul 2024 · 44 minutes
“The commons are under attack” from TikTok and subsea cables to data centers and elections

2024 is the year of democracy, with more than half of the world’s population voting in elections across India and... more

03 Jul 2024 · 38 minutes
The Orthogonal Bet: How to fund R&D that is for the public good?

In this episode, Sam speaks with Ben Reinhardt, an engineer, scientist, and the founder of a new research organization called... more

28 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
Is AI killing journalism? Pitchforks, Perplexity and reporters yelling “Boo!”

Another week, another media tempest in a shrinking tea cup. This time, the internet’s ire centered on Perplexity AI, a... more

25 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
The Orthogonal Bet: SimCity, Maxis and the ambitious modeling of everything

The Orthogonal Bet is an ongoing miniseries of the Riskgaming podcast that explores the unconventional ideas and delightful patterns that... more

21 Jun 2024 · 22 minutes
Why high-throughput bio research needs better tools immediately

There have been data revolutions in most areas of human activity, and biological research is no exception. The rapidly shrinking... more

14 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
The Orthogonal Bet: Novelist Robin Sloan’s Love for Books with Maps on the First Page

Hello, and welcome to the ongoing mini-series, The Orthogonal Bet, a show that explores the unconventional ideas and delightful patterns... more

07 Jun 2024 · 42 minutes
How Applied Intuition used the Valley’s hardest lessons to upgrade automotive with autonomy

Qasar Younis and Peter Ludwig built Applied Intuition differently from most other startups. At a time of profligate spending at... more

31 May 2024 · 55 minutes
Orthogonal Bet: A technology vibe shift from utopian Star Trek to absurdist Douglas Adams?

This is the inaugural episode of an on-going mini-series for the Riskgaming podcast we’re dubbing the Orthogonal Bet. Organized by... more

24 May 2024 · 28 minutes
The soon-to-be-solved protein problem that will accelerate drug discovery

We’ve known for decades that one of the key mechanisms of biology — and of life itself — is the... more

17 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Margaret Mead and the psychedelic community that theorized AI

How does science progress? One way to look at the question is to peer into individual fields and observe the... more

03 May 2024 · 34 minutes
The nightmare specter of designer bioweapons and the people trying to stop them

Ever since the invention of CRISPR technology about a decade ago, biologists have gained increasing power to discover new DNA... more

26 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Lux and the Art of Startup Maintenance

Every quarter, Lux publishes our latest quarterly letter to our limited partners, highlighting the key themes we’re working on as... more

16 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
The Zone of Totality with Sam Arbesman

This week’s solar eclipse captured the imaginations of millions of Americans throughout an arc across the continent. One of those... more

12 Apr 2024 · 9 minutes
Biology is becoming engineering and not just science

During a recent interview, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized his interest in how Nvidia’s AI processing chips could transform the... more

15 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
The three revolutions in astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life

Astrobiology has seen a series of revolutions over the past three decades that have completely reinvigorated the field. Scientists who... more

07 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
“I am basically a cosmic Fluke” and the chaos of science, policy, and human narratives

Humans are enamored by a good story. The world overloads our mammalian senses, and so we seek any simplifying structure... more

21 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
How an anonymous blog during the neural network winter led to Japan’s national AI champion

Connections are the key ingredient for careers, society and AI neural networks to boot. Sometimes those connections arise spontaneously and... more

14 Feb 2024 · 45 minutes
The most wasteful infrastructure megaproject that wasn’t

The construction of Boston’s Big Dig highway tunnels has gone down in history as one of the most infamously delayed... more

08 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
The stove hasn’t changed in decades. It’s time to upgrade.

Home appliances are some of our most used and time-saving technologies, but they have barely evolved since their invention. A... more

02 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Astronauts all lie, but the biggest lie is that we will colonize Mars (Zach Weinersmith, Part 1 of 2)

Colonizing Mars has gone from the speculative fiction section of the bookstore right into the halls of Congress. Entrepreneurs led... more

24 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Why a Mars settlement could never be a libertarian paradise (Zach Weinersmith, Part 2 of 2)

The current drive for a Mars colony revolves around two central axes: one is a fear of existential risk and... more

24 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
How Impulse Space’s Helios will democratize access to Earth’s farthest orbits

The cost of launching a payload into low-earth orbit has shrunk dramatically over the past two decades as SpaceX has... more

17 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Why Tokyo’s Sakana AI is pioneering a new vanguard of national AI foundation models

Lux announced big news today: we are leading a $30 million founding seed round into Sakana AI, a Tokyo, Japan-based... more

16 Jan 2024 · 9 minutes
WTF Happened in AI in 2023?

Hey, it's Danny Crichton. 2023 was an incredibly busy year, and nowhere was there more fervent attention than on artificial... more

21 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Eliot Peper's new novel 'Foundry' and the Future

In a world where science fiction often paints a pessimistic picture of dystopian futures and critiques of modern technology, novelist... more

15 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
Erik Hoel (part 2): Dreaming, AI, and the Future of Education

Ever wonder if your dreams were more than just dreams? Dive into an intriguing conversation with Erik Hoel on our... more

13 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Erik Hoel (part 1): The Consciousness Winter

In this episode of the "Securities" podcast, host Danny Crichton leads a discussion on consciousness with guests Erik Hoel, Josh... more

08 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
WTF Happened in AI in 2023?

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Hey, it's Danny Crichton. 2023 was an incredibly busy year, and nowhere was there more fervent attention than on artificial intelligence. OpenAI... more