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AI is Overhyped as an Investment, Will Only Worsen Inequality (Season 5, Episode 14)

Feat Simon Johnson, co-author, ‘Power and Progress, Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity’

MIT Economist Simon Johnson joins the podcast to discuss his book, ‘Power and Progress, Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity’ and specifically why artificial intelligence is likely overhyped, and that not just from an investment perspective.

Content Highlights

  • Artificial intelligence’s default trajectory is about machine intelligence, code for replacing people with machines. Historically, this has not brought great things (1:21);
  • Indeed technological progress has not always benefited everybody, but just a small group at the top. Today’s advancements are no different (5:11);
  • Don’t expect a boost to business either. Productivity gains should be limited (9:17);
  • Some of the dangers of Chat GPT and Google’s Bard that is driving most business development around AI (20:12);
  • Background on the guest (24:26);
  • Thoughts on the current market environment and its potential to spill over into crisis (27:43).

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Author of ‘SBF’ on his Book’s Subject, What Undid FTX, Future of Cryptos (Season 5, Episode 11)

Brady Dale joins the podcast to discuss his book, ‘SBF: How the FTX bankruptcy unwound crypto’s very bad good guy’ and offer his thoughts on the present and future of cryptocurrencies.

Content Highlights

  • Who is Sam Bankman-Fried exactly? Is he a crook? (Yeah, probably) Misunderstood? The author has known SBF for awhile and states that his subject was initially motivated by effective altruism, or EA … (1:27);
  • FTX was undone by its special treatment of Alameda. If it wasn’t for that, “Sam would still be on the news all the time” today (10:54);
  • Bankman-Fried’s apparent misreading of crypto cycles led to ill-timed bets after Bitcoin hit an all-time high in November 2021 (14:26);
  • In one of SBF’s last conversations with the author, SBF claims he is unlikely to get a fair trial due to being proverbially hung already in the courts of opinion (17:59);
  • Where does SBF rank among other financial market fraudsters? Perhaps Long Term Capital Management is the closest comparison… (23:52);
  • Background on the guest, including what got him to write the book on SBF (34:03);
  • Cryptos should eventually become a normal part of the economy. In many ways the story of SBF vindicates this (38:26);
  • The world only really needs three blockchains: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin (44:28);
  • Crypto regulation was supposed to have happened already, but it all seems to be talk (49:58).

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Convertible Bonds Offer Protection Against Stagflation, Other Ills Facing Markets: Daniel Partlow (Szn 4, Ep23)

Daniel Partlow, chief risk officer at Advent Capital Management, joins the podcast to discuss convertible bonds. Partlow is a specialist in these securities, having written a book on the subject titled ‘Convertible Securities: A Complete Guide to Investment and Corporate Financing Strategies.’

Content Highlights

  • First, the basics: What are convertible bonds and how do they work? The asset class has actually been around for more than three centuries… (3:29);
  • Some of the characteristics of converts include a maturity of about four to five years but with low interest rate sensitivity of much shorter duration bonds (6:42);
  • A typical balanced convert will provide downside protection (via the bond floor) and upside potential through the equity participation (9:18);
  • Converts have done well in inflationary environments, with less volatility than stocks (11:44);
  • The default rate for converts is a fraction of high yield and leveraged loans (20:38);
  • Background on the guest (24:59);
  • The specter of stagflation and how converts can protect against that (27:50);
  • Where might there be particular opportunities in the converts market right now? (33:07);
  • Examples of individual securities that may be of interest (37:52).
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