021 Cyber Republic with George Zarkadakis


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George Zarkadakis is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books, who describes himself as a science communicator, an artificial intelligence engineer, a futurist, and a digital innovation professional. His most recent book is called "Cyber Republic: Reinventing Democracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (MIT Press, 2021).

In this conversation, KMO and George discuss:

  • 06:05 – Why democracy needs to be reinvented
  • 06:50 – Incorporating technologies into democracies
  • 18:10 – Animal labor's role in creating inequality and its implications
  • 25:40 – The psychological dimension and transforming spectators into actors
  • 32:40 – Financial time machine
  • 37:30 – Running out of units of measurement
  • 41:30 – Obviating the need for trust with the blockchain
  • 46:00 – Precarious creative gigs and AI's progress with artistic tools
  • 57:20 – Blockchain technology in search of problems to solve
  • 65:05 – The current web's dysfunctional nature
  • 01:07:50 – George's book

George (The Guest):

KMO (The Host):