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Idea Machines

Feb 26, 2020

In this episode I talk to Anna Goldstein about how the ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) model works and what makes it unique. We focus on ARPA-E: the department of Energy’s version of DARPA that funds breakthrough energy research.

Anna is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and...

Feb 16, 2020

In this episode I talk to Jason Crawford about his work on the history of progress, funding and incentivizing inventions, ideas behind their time, and more. Jason is the author of the Roots of Progress blog, where he focuses on telling the story of human progress in an amazingly accessible way.

 Key Takeaways

  • Funding...