#65 David Sax On Psychedelics, The Singularity & His Book 'The Future Is Analog'

November 15, 2022
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For decades, we had envisioned our future as a digital utopia in which technology would solve all of our problems and create a perfect world.

Yet, with the pandemic, we got a taste of what this promised future would be like - and it was awful. So, are we doomed to live in a digital dystopia?

David Sax is an award-winning writer and speaker whose journalistic writings have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Bloomberg.

Today, David joins Ronan to discuss his book 'The Future Is Analog' in which he explains why the promised digital utopia never arrived, how we got here, and whether we can build a future that serves us as humans, first and foremost. Tune in to learn more!

Ronan and David also discuss the potential of psychedelics as a way to reconnect with ourselves, Jewish culture, The Singularity, and more.

Key Takeaways 

  • Are we doomed to live in a digital dystopia? (00:00)
  • The rediscovery of the Jewish deli (08:59)
  • Paper books vs. ebooks (26:07)
  • What to expect from the future of digital technology (39:11)
  • Why the analog world is better than the digital world (42:13)
  • Why the psychedelic experience is so powerful (48:48)
  • Ray Kurzweil's prediction of The Singularity (57:13)
  • The importance of getting back to authentic human connection (1:01:56)


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