Dec 21, 2020
A bumper episode with a crop of interesting news stories to
round out the year:
-> Uber sells its self-driving car section, and Softbank sells robot company Boston Dynamics. What can we infer from these moves about the state of the tech sector?
-> Reports show income inequality rising since 1975 has resulted in $47...
Dec 19, 2020
It's a bonus news episode, in which I ramble on about the COVID-19 vaccines and the possibility of defending against future pandemics.
Dec 16, 2020
In this episode of Climate 201, we deconstruct the jargon around climate scenarios. What's the difference between RCP2.6 and RCP8.5? What purpose do the scenarios serve? How should we think about them?
Dec 10, 2020
This week, taking a break from climate, we have a special guest on the show - Tim Hwang. Tim Hwang is a writer and researcher, and he's the author of Subprime Attention Crisis, a book about how online advertising may have become a bubble. He is currently a research fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging...
Dec 3, 2020
We explore what is meant by a "carbon budget", how and why we can determine how much CO2 is left to emit before we cross a given temperature threshold, as well as disputes in how to define these budgets and use them politically... and why the world isn't going to end in twelve years.