This week in podcasts #5

Village Global’s Venture Stories – Cracks in The Great Stagnation with Caleb Watney

There are more and more stories about The Great Stagnation being over. That is great news. The mRNA vaccines, autonomous driving, and AI – all mainstays here on Collectanea. It’s exciting times for innovation. Will be following the space with hawk eyes.

From Erik Thorenberg on what the episode is about:

– How views have changed on whether we are in a great stagnation, and what someone from the 1970s who was brought to 2021 would think about the technological changes in the interim.

– Whether a technological slowdown is inevitable or a choice that a society makes.

– The fact that COVID drastically accelerated adoption of technology that was already in existence.

– Caleb’s view that there has been a slowdown in both the pace of scientific discoveries as well as the commercialization of those discoveries.

– The decline of the industrial research lab and the fact that there is more competition in technology today.

– Whether certain institutions need to be “retired” after a certain period of time.

– The incentives that distort immigration policy and the possibility of turning immigration officers into “talent scouts.”

– Why fertility rates are falling and how to allow people to have the number of kids that they say they want to have.

– The power of agglomeration clusters and what portion of work will revert back to in-person once the pandemic ends.

EconTalk – Donald Shoup on the Economics of Parking

Shoup argues that most parking policies inflict unseen damage on the economy. He urges cities to charge for curbside parking and use the proceeds to improve the neighborhood beyond the curb. Stroup also explains the surprising harm done by requiring new buildings to provide a minimum level of off-street parking.

It’s a surprisingly interesting episode. Did not know how interesting parking could be in the eyes of an economist.

All-In – New FTC Chair, breaking up big tech, government silent spying, Jon Stewart, wildfires & more

The title says it all. The really interesting part is how breaking up big tech would look and the real value of PII (Personally Identifiable Information).

Masters in Business – Robert Cialdini on the Psychology of Influence

Barry talks to Robert about the new and updated version of Influence. I read the first edition of the book and I might have to read the new edition too. The first edition was a quake book for me.

Making Sense with Sam Harris – Corporate Courage

Sam talks to Jason Fried about the culture at Basecamp and what happened when they said no more politics at work, which lead to 30% of the office quitting. Similar things also happened at Coinbase and Shopify. There is something more to this case that’s going around in the zeitgeist.

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