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"Securities"
"Securities"
Lux Capital

Ideas on science, technology, finance and the human condition. By Lux Capital

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Episodes

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
Techno-Pragmatism: Looking Beyond Blind Optimism and Hopeless Pessimism

Welcome to "Securities," a podcast and newsletter about science, technology, finance, and the human condition. In this episode, Danny Crichton... more

01 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
AI: Disruption, Regulation, and the Road Ahead

In this episode of “Securities” by Lux Capital, host Danny Crichton joins guests Brian McCullough, host of the Techmeme Ride... more

17 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
Navigating the Crossroads: Technology, Democracy, and National Security with Miles Taylor

Welcome to this enlightening episode of "Securities” Podcast with host Danny Crichton, where we navigate the intricate crossroads of technology,... more

15 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes
Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan on rebuilding trust between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon

As the birthplace of semiconductors and computers, Silicon Valley has historically been a major center of the defense industry. That... more

30 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
Simulating Evolution: Playing God or the Next Frontier?

Artificial life, aka “A-life”, is an intellectually vital field simulating life within computational systems. By allowing simulations to run uninterrupted... more

18 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
How many creators will survive generative AI?

Think AI can't touch the creative world? Think again. Writers, directors, illustrators - none are safe. AI models, despite their... more

15 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
We need to go deeper with the inception of deep geothermal energy

Historians survey the past and the Twitterati (X-erati?) process the events of the present day. But what does it mean... more

04 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
The Science of Survival: Adapting Human Life for Other Planets

Welcome to "Securities," a podcast and newsletter devoted to science, technology, finance, and the human condition. In this episode, Josh... more

28 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
The p-zombie theory of consciousness

The rise of generative AI and large-language models (LLMs) have forced computer scientists and philosophers to ask a fundamental question:... more

14 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
Fertility Rules from wildfire sperm death and microplastics to the potential of AI w/ Leslie Schrock

The birds and the bees just don’t cut it anymore. With the rising age of first pregnancies in America, optimizing... more

07 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
“There are more astronauts alive than there are perfumers”: the complex supply chains of scents

While the natural world is fecund with a dazzling diversity of smells, the landscape of scents in our daily lives... more

11 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
“It subverts the structure even of other stories that are told about creation”

In a quantified world, the act of creation remains mysterious. Where do ideas come from? How does an artist translate... more

04 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
“Smell can be art, and it also can be science”: AI/ML and digital olfaction

We perceive the world through our senses, watching the sunset, hearing the staccato of a violin soloist, smelling and ultimately... more

29 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
How exponentials on top of exponentials in single-cell analysis is transforming biology today

It’s been a long road to mastering the cell, but biological scientists think they are getting closer and closer to... more

21 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
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In a quantified world, the act of creation remains mysterious. Where do ideas come from? How does an artist translate a concept... more