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Breaking the Code: Loonshots an Evening with the Author Safi Bahcall — EP005

What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? Why do traffic jams appear out of nowhere on highways? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water? On April 9th 2019 XLabs hosted a private evening with Safi Bahcall. Today we are happy to bring you behind closed doors to the fascinating Q&A from that event. Physicist and biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall, author of Loonshots, discusses with XLabs CEO Dr. Radhika Dirks a surprising new way of thinking about the...


Breaking the Code: Scale Engineering & Software Cultural Shifts with Kent Beck- EP004

“Don’t pretend like you have control over this situation, because you don’t.” – Kent Beck Welcome to the XLabs “Breaking the Code” series in which we interview key experts in moonshot technologies. Today we are happy to welcome Kent Beck, the creator of extreme programming and the first signator of the Agile Manifesto, the founding document for agile software development. A conversation with Kent is never boring. Stay on you toes! Enjoy this lively and entertaining podcast with Kent and...


Breaking the Code: Neurotech with Prof. Bharath Chandrasekaran

Welcome to the first episode in the XLabs "Breaking the Code" series in which we interview key experts in moonshot technologies. Today we are happy to welcome Professor Bharath Chandrasekaran, Associate Professor of Auditory Neuroscience at UT Austin and soon to be Vice Chair of Research at the University of Pittsburgh. We have known Bharath for over 15 years now and there has never been a dull conversation. Join us in today's episode to learn about: the future of Neurotech direct read and...


The Hidden Story of Problem 10 & Turing Machines – EP002

This is an Overheard@X short with Dr. Radhika Dirks, CEO of XLabs. It’s a brief dive into the deep roots of AI. David Hilbert in 1900 gave an address in Paris to the International Congress of Mathematicians that inspired much of the world we live in today. We believe that understanding the roots of the concepts others take for granted allows us to see new routes to technology. Jump on board an intellectual roller coaster as David Hilbert, Hermann Minkowski, Kurt Godel, Alan Turing,...


Moonshot Fuel: Mental Model Arbitrage – EP001

Mental Model Arbitrage(MMA) is an important fuel for Moonshots here at XLabs. By building in one field with assembled structures from elsewhere we are able to make fantastic leaps. At it's heart, MMA is about getting very good at making analogies, then using those analogies to transfer knowledge and know how from one place to another. Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of Godel Esher Bach argues that "analogies are the fuel and fire of thinking". We could not agree more. In fact we have been...