(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail Leveling Up in the Game of Life The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF12) The Clock is Ticking

Your days are numbered—let that alone be the only inspiration you need to live a life of pure satisfaction, one failure at a time. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Ten) (EF12)

(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail Leveling Up in the Game of Life The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF12) What Level Are You On?

If we lived our lives more like playing a video game, where we embraced failure and fighting through all the tough levels on our own, maybe we’d all master life more quickly. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Ten)

Hideo Kojima

DEDICATION: Episode EF12 is dedicated to Hideo Kojima, a revolutionary game designer who literally changed the game and whose work defines the gaming industry to this very day. Kojima’s work is characterized by constantly raising the bar and bringing video games to new, unmapped territories.

EF12 Show Notes

This episode is dedicated to Hideo Kojima. See the EF12 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail Leveling Up in the Game of Life The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

EF12 (S1-E10): Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life

Infuriated by the risk-averse approach of his company, Vihaan Raid decides to design his latest game on his own. A widely renowned game developer known to the gaming world as “Koji,” believes he can entirely change how humans see life with his radical new video game concept. He teams up with a respected psychologist to make sure his vision will manipulate the human psyche as he suspects it will—a critical factor to the game’s potential. As Koji slowly reveals secretive details of his mysterious concept, Isaac becomes more and more suspicious of the game’s true intentions. Fear is engrained in all of us, but as Erich Fromm described, there are two main types. First are sadomasochistic characters who kill the fear by being dependent on either controlling or being controlled. Second is the revolutionary character who embraces the fear of being a free human. Similarly, the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought there is little to no difference between success and failure when it comes to their functionality. Human mind is engraved with a false belief that success is heaven and failure is hell. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sigmund Freud believed our unconscious thoughts and desires define us. So maybe, heaven is a place where the unconscious desires define us, but not control us and hell… well, just look at the commercials.

(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail Leveling Up in the Game of Life The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF12) Season One, Episode Ten Teaser

Failing in a video game usually leads to a desire to overcome the obstacle the next time. So why do we so often live our lives desiring a comfortable bubble where we hand the controller to someone else? Because aren’t these failures what most defines us anyway?

(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF11) Choices, Choices

Kill the Christian, Muslim, or the Jewish driver? Which decision will the unlucky AI-driven car make? And the poor computer doesn’t even know how much its situation is like a Woody Allen joke. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Nine)

(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF11) It’s a Choice

Humans have all the potential to think creatively; that’s how we evolved. So why in this day and age an average human is having trouble with being creative? — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Nine)