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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

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Idaho’s Blockchain Won’t Be Small Potatoes

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 9, 2018

Phil Haunschild joins us to discuss how blockchain technology could potentially eliminate the governments’ presence in welfare and charity. 

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Hedging Against Skynet

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 13, 2018

Artificial intelligence is here and changing our daily lives, but should we be concerned about the prospect of a hostile and hyper-intelligent AI?

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Micro-Targeting Voters with Big Data

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 29, 2018

John Aristotle Phillips joins us to discuss how important it is to have detailed voter data in order to run a successful political campaign. 

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Place Your Political Bets

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 6, 2018

Continuing our discussion with John Aristotle Phillips, we discuss how PredictIt may actually inspire more people to seek out the truth in politics.

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How Online Games Shape Our Real Lives

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 7, 2019

Video games have extensive compelling narratives that gives the player a degree of agency that is not present in watching movies or reading books. 

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The Brave New World of DNA Databases

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 16, 2018

This week we discuss the implications of law enforecement’s ability to access genetic information from DNA databases like Ancestry and 23&Me. 

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Debunking Overpopulation

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Ibbitson on Apr 11, 2019

John Ibbitson joins our show to discuss how around mid-century our population will no longer be growing, but declining. 

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The Right to Print Arms?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Aug 2, 2018

Mark McDaniel joins us to discuss homemade gun technology in response to a recent court case involving gun ownership activist, Cody Wilson. 

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Is China Beating the U.S. at Innovation?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Aug 23, 2018

A tale of two Chinas, the country leapfrogs the US in tech adoption when activists use blockchain to undermine the “Great Firewall of China”

 

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Augur(ing) Assassinations

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Sep 6, 2018

Does Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform, represent the future of the world of betting? Does it serve as a valuable market for knowledge?

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Killer Drones or Delivery Drones?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 11, 2018

Matthew Feeney joins us to discuss how the rapid advancement of drone technology has both promising and threatening applications. 

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Crypto for College

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Neal McCluskey on Oct 31, 2018

Neal McCluskey joins us to talk about how our current education system does not effectively use existing technology to help students learn.

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Has Your Phone Hacked Your Brain?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Dec 27, 2018

We don’t know the consequences of the infinite scroll yet, but in order to actually live, it may be wise to be mindful of your screen time. 

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Artificial You (with Susan Schneider)

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Susan Schneider on Sep 19, 2019

Susan Schneider joins the show to challenge our preconceived notions of consciousness and whether machines can achieve it. 

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Welcome to Building Tomorrow!

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Will Duffield on Jul 3, 2018

Welcome to Building Tomorrow! A new podcast by Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute.

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What’s in Your (Crypto) Wallet?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Will Duffield on Jul 5, 2018

This week, we discuss cryptocurrency and security.

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We Got Your Black Friday Shopping List

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Will Duffield, & Matthew Feeney on Nov 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Look no further for the most (arguably) useful and live-changing technology to put under the tree this holiday season.