Hidden Forces-logo

Hidden Forces

Media & Entertainment Podcasts >

More Information


Simon Winchester | a History of Precision Engineering and the Making of the Modern World

In Episode 52 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Simon Winchester about the value of precision (and imperfection) in the modern age. Few things are as responsible for the making of the modern world as precision engineering; yet, it is largely invisible to us. We live our lives in a customizable fashion, expecting the world to conform to our expectations, wants, and desires. And yet, below this surface layer of personalization and complexity exists a world of exactness so precise...


Mind-Body Philosophy: Can We Solve the Hard Problem of Consciousness? | Patrick Grim

In Episode 51 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Patrick Grim, a world-renowned philosopher, and bestselling author, about the roots of human consciousness. Recent advances in science and technology have allowed us to reveal — and in some cases even alter — the innermost workings of the human body. With electron microscopes, we can see our DNA, the source code of life itself. With nanobots, we can send cameras throughout our bodies and deliver drugs directly into the areas where...


The Hard Problem of Currency: Are Stablecoins Possible? | Nevin Freeman

In Episode 50 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nevin Freeman, the founder of a new stable-value cryptocurrency project, about the hard problem of currency. 2018 is the year of the stablecoin, or so says Nevin Freeman, the founder of a new stable-value cryptocurrency project based in the San Francisco Bay area. In order to understand what stablecoins and how they work, we first need to understand money. In order for something to qualify as money, it has traditionally needed...


Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir | The Ethereum Roadmap and Solving the Blockchain Scalability Problem

In Episode 49 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir about the future roadmap for Ethereum. If contracts are the foundation of modern civilization, then our record systems are the infrastructure that keep this foundation from falling apart. These features allow our society to establish and verify identities; give value to goods and services; create and enforce laws; govern interactions between individuals, organizations, and nations — in short, they...


Making a Sure Bet: Optionality, Decision Making, and How to Embrace Uncertainty | Annie Duke

In Episode 48 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Annie Duke and about how we can make smart decisions and ensure our long-term success. We make millions of decisions over the course of our lives. Most of these seem to be small and of little consequence, and so we make our choices and act with little care or thought. Other decisions require more care and consideration, as their significance will, for better or worse, have a lasting impact on our life: What job offer to accept,...


Claude Shannon: The Story of How One Man Created the Information Age | Jimmy Soni

In Episode 47 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jimmy Soni about the father of Information Theory, Claude Shannon, and Shannon’s foundational work, A Mathematical Theory of Communication. The 20th century is known as the information age, and for a good reason. It is a period that is dominated by knowledge and data. It’s an era in which the economy is no longer driven by traditional industries — such as construction, manufacturing, or agriculture — but by advanced information...


Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Search for the Origins of the Universe | Brian Keating

In Episode 46 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with astrophysicist and experimental cosmologist Brian Keating. Brian has devoted his career to developing and using scientific instrumentation to study the early universe and is the author of the recently published Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor, selected as one of Amazon’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Month and one of Nature Magazine’s Six Best Books of the...


How Can We Learn to Hack Our Chronobiology? Breaking down the Science of Perfect Timing. | Daniel H. Pink

In Episode 45 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Daniel Pink, the highly acclaimed author of numerous, best-selling books including his latest,When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In addition to his writing career, Pink was also the host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks. He has...


What is the Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams? An Exploration of Leadership in Sports | Sam Walker

In Episode 44 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sam Walker, the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise. In his capacity at the Journal, Sam directs the paper’s in-depth, page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the WSJ's prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. Sam is also the author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams. In addition to...


Are We Seeing the Emergence of a New Imperial China? Xi Jinping and the Third Revolution. | Elizabeth C. Economy

In Episode 43 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Elizabeth Economy about the emergence of a new imperial China and the rise of Xi Jingping. Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Economy is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy issues. She is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, a...


The Future of African Leadership and Education in the 21st Century | Fred Swaniker

In Episode 42 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Fred Swaniker, about the future of African leadership and education in the 21st century. Fred is a leader and innovator in the area of secondary education and higher education. He is ​the co-founder of three organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa: the African Leadership Academy, the African Leadership Network, and the African Leadership University. A passionate...


Why Does the World Exist? An Exploration of the Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics. | Jim Holt

In Episode 41 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with the philosopher and essayist Jim Holt, about the philosophy of science, ethics, and metaphysics. Jim is a longtime contributor to the New Yorker, where he has written on string theory, time, infinity, numbers, jokes, logic, and truth. He also writes regularly for the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books, and he is a former book-columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Jim Holt hosted a weekly...


New Power in the 21st Century. What are the Forces Reshaping Politics, Business and Society? | Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

In Episode 40 of Hidden Forces, Demetri speaks with Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, authors of “New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make It Work for You.” Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, an organization specializing in building social movements around the world. He has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and chaired the World Economic Forum’s global council on civic participation, among other notable...


Tesla and the Cult of Elon Musk. Are We Seeing a Bubble Bursting in Tech? | Mark Spiegel

In Episode 39 of Hidden Forces, Demetri speaks with Mark Spiegel, Managing Member & Portfolio Manager of Stanphyl Capital Partners, a New York-based equity investor who has been publicly short Tesla since 2013. Mark has also been openly critical of the company's CEO, Elon Musk, whom he believes is committing securities fraud by misleading investors about the capabilities of Tesla's present and future products and financial prospects. In our most recent episode with Charley Grant of the...


Tesla on a Crash Course Towards Bankruptcy. Has the Road to Profitability Closed down for Good? | Charley Grant

In this week's Market Forces segment of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri speaks with Charley Grant, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal who has been writing critically about Tesla since 2015. Tesla sits at the intersection of a number of powerful forces that we have covered on this program: the ready availability of cheap financing, the growing wealth and income gap, and the preponderance of technology in the popular culture. The first of these forces has already been showing...


Can We Learn to Invest in the Future? | Meditations on Passion, Randomness, and Optionality with Josh Wolfe

In Episode 37 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital. Lux Capital is a venture firm that specializes in the hard sciences, supporting scientists and entrepreneurs who pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time. Josh is also a founding investor and board member with Bill Gates in Kymeta, which makes cutting-edge antennas for high-speed global satellite and space communications. He is a Westinghouse...


Hedera Hashgraph Public Ledger and Governance Framework | My Conversation with Leemon Baird

In Episode 36 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas interviews Leemon Baird about the launch of Hedera, a public ledger built atop the hashgraph consensus protocol that aims to serve as the trust layer of the modern Internet. Hedera implements a suite of solutions that we have never seen before in a public ledger. Its method of governance is unique. Its open review approach to software development challenges the paradigm that has dominated the world of cryptoeconomics for the past...


Step-Function Education | a Model for Learning in the 21st Century

In this special release of Hidden Forces, Demetri updates listeners on two major developments. The first deals with the Hidden Forces Media Platform, scheduled for release at the end of this month or in early April 2018. This platform will offer multi-tiered subscriptions with access to interactive transcripts, show rundowns, and full-video service. The second piece of news deals with Demetri's involvement in Hashgraph and the company's big upcoming announcement on Tuesday, March 13th, at...


Borrowing with Bitcoin | Banking for the 21st Century with Alex Mashinsky

In Episode 35 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Alex Mashinsky. Alex is the founder, and CEO of Celsius, a next generation lending wallet that aims to be the ‘Killer App’ of the bitcoin and cryptocurrency revolution. Celsius attempts to overcome the limitations of a traditional banking system by leveraging technology and rethinking lending for the 21st century. A serial entrepreneur, Mashinsky is the founder of seven New York City-based startups with over three billion...


How to Invest in Cryptocurrency | a Financial Perspective on Bitcoin with Brian Kelly

In Episode 34 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Brian Kelly, CEO of BKCM LLC, a digital asset investment firm. He is an experienced Global Macro investor with over twenty-five years’ experience in financial markets and a CNBC contributor who appears regularly on Fast Money. Our most recent episodes with Chris Burniske on modeling cryptoassets and with Ari Paul on cryptocurrency trading methodologies introduced two foundational frameworks to our audience. This week's episode...