Sun, 7 February 2016
I've been curious about AI, or Artificial Intelligence, for a few years now. I read with interest the opposing points of view in Pedro Domingos The Master Algorithm and Nick Bostrum's Superintelligence regarding how quickly machines are approaching human capacities for general intelligence vs what's called "narrow learning", or the ability to operate in one very small segment of a problem but to do it exceedingly quickly.
This show brings an industry insider in the person of Chris Nicholson to talk about what's going on with AI right now, what it can do, and what it can't.
Chris is a co-founder of Skymind, a company built to help organizations who are not particularly "geeky" build their own AI for their tasks using the well known and very popular computer language Java. There are many flavors of AI, but Skymind is focused on what's called "deep learning", or the ability for a machine to teach itself to get better.
Sounds scary, but after hearing Chris walk you through the state of AI I think you'll be much more excited and hopeful than worried about our future.
In this conversation we talk about machine learning, hadoop, smal data, intrepretability, and dimensions of intelligence. All interesting stuff for those of us relatively unversed in the world of AI, enjoy the show!
Tue, 22 September 2015
Peter Defty from Vespa Power rejoins us and shares the life that brought him to be on the leading edge of fat burning performance. From his early days hunting and butchering animals on the farm to flying a biplane all over Guatemala as a young man to his current day job working to bring Vespa & OFM to performance driven athletes, this is a deep dive into a fascinating life. Enjoy!
Wed, 9 September 2015
David Easton builds "museum quality, visual masterpiece walls that happen to support the roof." His medium is rammed earth, he's been doing this for 40 years, and if you've ever loved any kind of architecture or building you'll dig this show.
This is closer to Paleo than many of our other podcasts in the sense that rammed earth building is a "locavore" (or loca-building) method. Typically you'll use what's on site (the earth) to pour into forms, tamp into rock, remove the forms and enjoy the heck out of one of the most beautiful walls you'll ever see.
I was introduced to David Easton through his book, The Rammed Earth House, many moons ago, even going so far as to build a rammed earth wall for a garden in our backyard back in '09. As a long time fan of rammed earth & Easton's work, I'm super stoked to have him on the show to talk about one of our mutually favorite subjects: Rammed earth.
Listen for this quote, it's one of my favorite from any of these podcasts:
"Every day in some form or another, I touch earth. I don't mean I walk on it, everybody does that. I mean the earth that you pick up and touch, it's all different, you know. Some of it's granular and coarse, and some of it's silky and soft. It comes in all these different colors, it can be gold, red, brown, grey. It has an aroma. You can build things with it, you can grow things in it. It's remarkable stuff, and it's everywhere. If I were blind, I would still feel the earth."
Easton talks about starting out as an earth builder, his progression from building for hippies to building for billionaires, and his latest venture, Watershed Materials.
Mon, 27 July 2015
Charlie Glass is an American journalist who has covered some of the most fascinating and horrific stories of our time.
While you might not think a journalist has any connection to Paleo, these story tellers are vital to one of what we believe are the 7 Pillars of Paleo, and that's Community. Without someone to tell our stories we remain individuals only aware of those we know personally; people like Charlie allow us to know and come to understand other communities living in wildly different worlds.
He is one of very few Western journalists to have been kidnapped AND escaped from terrorist hands, and while he doesn't tell the story in this podcast (it's been extensively covered elsewhere), you understand while listening to him the immense power that his practical and analytical mind brings to bear on any problem, from escaping confinement to tracking down the essence of a story.
Charlie has that most basic requirement of journalism, "a curiosity to find things out", and as you listen to this podcast you begin to understand what it takes to delve deep into a story, suss out and untangle the various threads, and then package it in a form that most of the rest of us can understand.
His journalist odyssey began under the tutelage of Peter Jennings, and he covered the Arab-Israeli war while working out of Beirut throughout the 1970s. Charlie's experiences portray a man with a finger on the pulse of Arab unrest.
He interviewed the hostage crew of TWA 847 in Beirut Airport in 1986, exposed Saddam Hussein's secret biological weapons program in '88, covered the Kurdish rebellion in Iraq in '91, the '03 invasion of Iraq, and has worked for over 30 years to find and deliver the stories that follow all the tangled and connected threads of complex situations.
Charlie credits some of his fascination with journalism to his time working at The Observer (the world's oldest Sunday paper), where he says "to walk into that newsroom was to walk in to the University of Life."
Tune in and absorb the lessons of a well read, brave, and deeply thoughtful journalist. Enjoy the show!
Fri, 10 July 2015
Of all the paths to excellence, perhaps the most reliable is one based on the importance of personal responsibility. In this podcast, Brian Mackenzie from CrossFit Endurance shares with us what drove him from being a broken down ex-swimmer getting crushed on the run sections of the triathlon to one of the foremost minds in cross training for endurance.
From running technique to eating habits to mindset and the importance of raw strength, Brian goes through the various and winding paths that brought him to being one of the most well respected coaches in CrossFit and the endurance world.
Whether it's the way you breathe, pick up your foot when you run, or what you spear with your fork, Brian's mantra of personal responsibility for one's own actions comes through loud and clear in this podcast.
If you'd like to learn more about Brian and what he does please pop on over to CrossFit Endurance, or follow him on Twitter or fuel up with 3FU3L (primal, not paleo) for more on his approach and coaching strategy.
Enjoy the show!
Thu, 2 July 2015
Peter Defty of VespaPower goes through the OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism) pyramid in this fact-packed podcast. Peter is a long time student of endurance performance and specifically the effects of nutrition and goes through the whole process of transitioning from being a carb burner to a fat burner.
Whether he's talking about who OFM is for (everybody) or "not being held hostage by food", Peter is a wealth of information on returning to our evolutionary roots in the nutrition game.
Listen in to learn why ruminants are actually fat burners, what animal humans are closest to when it comes to digestive tract similarities (nope, not pigs), and why it's likely you're eating too much muscle meat.
This is a long show, so settle in for some serious learning!
Nik @ PT
Tue, 23 June 2015
Ian Dunican joins us today to talk about one of his favorite subjects (other than jiu-jitsu and ultra running), which is sleep. He's currently working on a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA) focused on the question, "Can you use sleep as a performance enhancer?"
Starting off in the Irish Army as an infantryman, after five years he left the military and moved into personal training, eventually following his wife to Western Australia where he settled down and ended up working for the mining industry as a Human Performance and Health & Safety project manager. He has a Master's Degree in Mining Engineering, an MBA, and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science from UWA.
A well traveled man, Ian has lots of experience and education about sleep on this podcast, from the basics of sleep hygiene to how much sleep you need as an athlete to the difference between chronotypes such as larks and owls, how to beat jetlag and the best way to adjust to sleeping at altitude.
Ian discusses the best times to schedule meetings and make decisions, the worst times to quit, and everything in between. A finisher of the Leadville Trail 100 (in 2013) and a BJJ blue belt, Ian backs up his academic knowledge with a lifetime of practical application with elite athletes, the military, and the corporate world.
Wed, 3 June 2015
Tue, 26 May 2015
Greg Skomal is the classic adventurous scientist; driven to discover all he can about his subject and willing to go anywhere to slake his thirst for knowledge.
"Not all science is boring."
He is the Senior Scientist at the Massachusetts Shark Research Program and works closely with both the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and OCEARCH to study Great White Sharks. He literally wrote the book on sharks (The Shark Handbook) and is very enthusiastic about translating the science literature for the lay public to learn about and enjoy this fascinating family of animals.
“It’s one thing to really like sharks, it’s another thing to really study them. I think it’s great to love Shark Week, but that doesn’t make you a scientist.”
Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, an awful long time to perfect the glorious evolution evident in every sweep of their tail and gnash of teeth, and in this podcast Greg shares his fascination with this most amazing of creatures along with stories of his experiences diving with sharks in the Arctic, the Caribbean, and Pacific.
Studying sharks has shaped Greg's world, and he talks about how the science has shifted dramatically from only being able to access dead sharks to now being able to track in real time the peregrinations and through that the individual personalities of one of the most well traveled species on the planet, the Great White Shark.
“A good scientist needs commitment, curiosity, and passion for their subject."
Greg talks about the importance of shark scientists and shark aficionados, what it takes to make a difference, and how you can help sharks tremendously from either path. Enjoy!
Fri, 15 May 2015
"I never thought I would look forward to getting an email again."
Dave is a news junkie and the author of daily email newsletter NextDraft, which he describes as a "modern day news column". He organizes the newsletter into the 10 most fascinating news items of the day, works on it for 3-4 hours in the morning and blasts it out around 1 pm PST. Dave is famous for having 75 tabs open at any one time as he scours the net for news every day.
"I lock in pretty hard and open up my laptop, not moving a ton other than getting coffee or water for about 3 or 4 hours."
The NextDraft perspective comes from being very well read along with being both curious and horrified by humanity, as well as offering varying perspectives on any given story. If you're looking for a daily wrap up of the most day's most fascinating stories, NextDraft is a fantastic place to start.
The real power of NextDraft comes from Dave's personality; when you read it every day it feels like Dave wrote the email just for you and not for the 75,000 email subscribers on his list plus the 120,000 NextDraft app users. Among those users are counted some of the most powerful and plugged in journalists out there, making NextDraft not just a "repeater station" but much more of a high signal to noise operation than you'd normally find.
"What NextDraft does is slow the news down and deliver news from a perspective you can learn to trust."
Having always wanted to be part of the news business and the media industry, Dave says NextDraft is a joy to write and that shows in every word he types in.
In this interview, Dave talks about the genesis of one of the most popular email newsletters on the net, how much feedback he gets, and what he's proudest of.
Not only is this podcast well worth a listen, this is an email newsletter worth signing up for.
Nik & the PT Crew
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