with @andersen @omnivorousread @smc90 On making a really wild (quite literally wild;) geo-engineering idea at massive scale real – specifically, bringing back lab-grown woolly mammoths, which was discussed in a 2017 feature by Andersen in The Atlantic (and also discussed in the 2020 documentary with Stewart Brand, We Are As Gods) -- and is still a relevant and active topic today. But the conversation is also about the evergreen power of narrative...
original episode notes and transcript here:
Longtime podcast showrunner (2014-2022), primary host, and editor Sonal Chokshi shares three best-of episodes as she shifts gears and the show goes on hiatus until relaunched with a new host.
The first of these three special rerun episodes is a conversation that originally took place in summer 2017, but both the work discussed in here – on making a really wild (quite literally wild;) geo-engineering idea at massive scale real – is still actively, relevant, and frequently discussed today (it’s on bringing back lab-grown woolly mammoths, which was also discussed in the 2020 documentary with Stewart Brand, We Are As Gods).
But it's also all about how we humans can and do use the power of narrative to drive great feats of change, including engineering. This has been a signature theme in forming the identity of the a16z Podcast, and the conversation that follows is one that takes place among three tech & science editors, including one of our former colleagues (who also was a host on this podcast for 4 years).