Episode Date October 21, 2021
Featured Guest Azeem Azhar
Featured Book "The Nature of Technology" by W. Brian Arthur

Episode Summary

Azeem Azhar reading from W. Brian Arthur’s The Nature of Technology and discussing growth through commonality.

Sometimes it’s just hard to wrap your head around science. How old the planet is, is actually impossible to really grasp; the Tyrannosaurus rex is closer in time to the iPhone, than it is to the Stegosaurus. Five hundred million years is just … unimaginably vast. So, too with exponential growth. Humans are wired to understand linear, but critical to our survival and understanding our current world, is the need to wrap our heads around exponential.

Azeem Azhar is a speaker, an entrepreneur, a podcaster, and the author of the new book Exponential.

Azeem reads two pages from ‘The Nature of Technology’ by W. Brian Arthur. [reading begins at 11:15]

Hear us discuss:

  • Prosperity versus unease in work: “To not go forward is to go backward.”  [16:20]
  • Understanding Exponential: Talking about Azeem’s book. [18:03]
  • The most radical idea in the book: “I found myself concluding that we needed more common or collectivist approaches to key issues.” [22:06]
  • Allowing commonality to emerge. [24:34]
  • Complicated problems, simple answers: “The outcomes we get will only be as good as the work we put in.” [36:34]

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Azeem Azhar | Exponential View | Twitter

Azeem Azhar’s book | The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society | Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It

W. Brian Arthur | The Nature of Technology: What it Is and How it Evolves

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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