271: TZ Discussion – The Superintelligent Future

Justin and Jason discuss the summit and the prospect of hosting another one, whether growing the show would be possible or even make a difference, whether World War III could stop a rising population, how HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing is going 3D and how Google is developing cancer and a heart attack detector, Amazon Echo, the prospects for AI in the near term and the risks of achieving superintelligence, how Scientists made a telepathy breakthrough, the latest on Operation Superhero and the SAID principle, Justin’s diet and why he loves Space Nutrients, Jason’s new rules for Colby’s computer time and his recent tour of a local all-girls school, the latest with the math team, Justin’s private preschool future and what’s up with Jason’s various projects.

  1. Jason says:

    @all – Just a quick update on Operation Superhero. Check out the videos. 😉


  2. Doug Coleman says:

    Hey guys,

    It’s great to hear another episode! I find it interesting how often you two are discussing health and fitness. There’s another podcast that I listen to called Get Up and Code, hosted by John Somnez, and it’s a podcast that specifically focuses on programming and staying in shape (mainly the latter). Here’s a link, it might help you stay motivated or at the very least give you something to listen to while you workout!


    Keep up the great work guys. I really enjoyed Justin’s links.

  3. Joe says:

    I really appreciate you guys continuing to record this podcast, even though Jason hasn’t benefited from it financially 🙂 It’s like having the company of a couple of friends bantering while I commute to work.

    The prospect of nuclear winter is scary, but another less well known potential side effect of nuclear war is massive ozone loss:


    This ozone loss could occur even with a relatively small-scale war, on the order of 100 hiroshima-sized bombs (as an aside, the largest US test of a hydrogen bomb was 15 megatons, which is 1000 times the yield of Hiroshima’s “little boy” bomb. Russia tested one that was 50 megatons). Ozone loss at that scale would let in some serious UV radiation.

    Also, population projections are extremely dependent on culture, technology, and disease. Most projections I’ve seen actually have population topping out at around 10 billion sometime in this century, and then decreasing. Mostly this is due to the fact that population growth rates drastically slow down when countries reach a certain level of economic prosperity. Many developed nations currently have negative population growth (or would if not for immigration).

  4. New episode, finally !!! 🙂

  5. Jon says:

    Albert Einstein on nuclear war:

    “I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks!”

  6. Lee Jacobson says:

    Hi guys, I’ve been watching for a few years now but I don’t think I’ve ever commented before.

    I just wanted to say I really enjoyed this episode. I liked Justin shooting some links at Jason and seeing if he had any thoughts on them. It was nice hearing you guys talk about some fresh topics, because I feel sometimes the show can focus a little too strongly on the same topics each week.

    Also, on Jason’s comment about mainly doing the show because it has a positive effect on peoples lives. I was another listener who put a few thousand dollars into Tesla quite early largely due to Jason’s excitement about it. I think I brought in at about $130~. I’m really glad I followed your advise and got in when I did. So you can add me to the list of people who you’ve helped from the show too. =)

  7. Hi guys,

    Just thought I’d mention: I found it amusing how Justin said he wanted to have about a 15 minute discussion on some of his links. Over one hour later….! That went better than expected 😉

  8. Jason says:

    @Jon – Great quote!

  9. Jason says:

    @Lee Jacobson – Yeah, it was good to switch things up. I agree that we’ve been stuck on the same topics for too long.

    Also, I’m glad you were able to get into Tesle at that price. That’s awesome!

  10. Jason says:

    @Will Sewell – LOL No kidding! I can barely state my name in less than five minutes. 😉

  11. On the podcast listener numbers – how do you get the figures? Does Soundcloud count individual downloads? I’m only asking as I listen using DoggCatcher on an Android phone, so I wouldn’t turn up on iTunes stats (or maybe I would, but I haven’t listened that way since my old iPod Nano broke.)

    So, the number of subscribers might have grown, but you wouldn’t see it if you’re mainly looking at iTunes.

  12. Jason says:

    @Paul Silver – I just look at the total number of “plays” and downloads listed on SoundCloud for each episode, which may not be precisely accurate, but I’m sure it’s in the right ballpark. We’ve been somewhere in the 1,500 – 2,500 band for at least the past three years.