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The Knowledge Project: Pedro Domingos on Artificial Intelligence

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On this episode, I am so happy to have Pedro Domingos who is a professor at the University of Washington.

He’s the leading researcher in machine learning and recently wrote an amazing book called The Master Algorithm. I was fortunate enough to have a long and fascinating conversation with him over dinner one night which I hoped would never end but that ended up leading to this episode which I think you will love.

In this conversation we explore the sources of knowledge, the five major schools of machine learning, why white collar jobs are easier to replace than blue collar jobs, machine wars, self-driving cars and so much more.

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The Knowledge Project: Véronique Rivest on Wine

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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk about one of my favorite subjects with one of the most respected sommeliers in the world: Véronique Rivest.

After placing twice in the top 12 in 2007 and 2010, Véronique became the first woman to make the podium by taking second place at the world’s best sommelier competition in Tokyo in March 2013. She’s also the owner of Soif in Hull, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite wine bars.

On this episode we learn: how to taste (including an on-air tasting), tips and tricks for serving wine, the twenty minute rule, how to tell if a bottle has been corked, how to hone your sense of taste, how a sommelier looks at a wine list, and so much more.

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Alexander Shelley on The Architecture of Music, The Popularity of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, & The Necessity of Music

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“You can’t have arts on one hand and everything else in the other. It is one.”

On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk about the architecture of music with conductor Alexander Shelley. Out of all the amazing conversations I’ve had, this might be my favorite.

Shelley is currently chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

On this episode you’ll learn about what goes through his mind as he walks from the dressing room to the podium, the architecture of music, why Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is so popular, and the necessity of art and culture in our busy world.

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Julia Galef on Becoming More Rational, Changing Minds, and Filtering Information

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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, the role of intuition, and a lot more with Julia Galef.

Galef is the President and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California, devoted to developing, testing and training people in strategies for reasoning and decision making.

She also hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast, a biweekly show featuring conversations about science and philosophy.

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Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information

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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have Venkatesh Rao.

Chris Dixon, a previous guest on the show, suggested I interview Venkatesh, who is a writer, independent researcher and consultant.

Venkatesh is the founder of the blog Ribbonfarm, the technology analysis site Breaking Smart, and the author of a book on decision making called Tempo.

We talk about a host of fascinating subjects, including the 3 types of decision makers, mental models, the implications of the free age and economy, and how to process information. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

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Philip Tetlock on The Art and Science of Prediction

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This is the sixth episode of The Knowledge Project, a podcast aimed at acquiring wisdom through interviews with fascinating people to gain insights into how they think, live, and connect ideas.

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On this episode, I’m happy to have Philip Tetlock, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s the co-leader of The Good Judgement Project, which is a multi-year forecasting study. He’s also the author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction and Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

The subject of this interview is how we can get better at the art and science of prediction. We dive into what makes some people better at making predictions and how we can learn to improve our ability to guess the future. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

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