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  1. Alan Turing | Oxford DNB

    Oxford DNB biography podcast: Alan Turing (1912-1954), pioneer of computing

    “In 1944 Turing knew his own concept of the universal machine; the speed and reliability of electronics; and the inefficiency of building new machines for new logical processes. These provided the principle, the means, and the motivation for the modern computer, a single machine capable of any programmed task. He was spurred by a fourth idea that the universal machine should be able to acquire the faculties of the brain. Turing was captivated by the potential of the computer he had conceived. His thought became strongly determinist and atheistic in character, holding that the computer would offer unlimited scope for practical progress towards embodying intelligence in an artificial form.”

    http://oupacademic.tumblr.com/post/74936894519/odnb-alan-turing

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  2. Arthur C. Clarke

    A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford DNB - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain’s history.

    http://global.oup.com/oxforddnb/info/freeodnb/pod/

    —Huffduffed by adactio 4 days ago

  3. SciFi Tech Talk #000083 - Primer

    Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there’s something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they’ve built, wrestle over their new invention.

    http://www.scifitechtalk.com/primer/

    —Huffduffed by adactio 2 weeks ago

  4. Hip Pop and EDM

    From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/straight-outta-chevy-chase/#commentlist

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann 2 weeks ago

  5. Doctor Who: Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round 50 (March #10) - Podcasts - Big Finish

    It’s a new Who’s Round, Toby Hadoke’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary quest to get an anecdote about every single episode of Doctor Who to date. In this 50th instalment, Toby makes quite a big dent in his task…

    Frankly this guy has so little to do with Doctor Who he is barely worth talking to. It is, though, the only interview he gave about the show in its fiftieth year. The first sentence of this paragraph might also be a joke. Part one of a multi-part interview.

    http://bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/doctor-who-toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-50-march-10

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann 4 weeks ago

  6. The Partially Examined Life: Sci-Fi and Philiosophy with David Brin

    Discussing David Brin’s novel Existence (2012) with the author.

    What’s the point of thinking? Brin sees the future as a pressing threat, and Existence speculates that the reason we don’t see evidence of life on other planets is that no species survives its technological adolescence. The solution? We need to be smarter than our parents and work to give our kids the tools to be smarter than we are. In the book, the ultimate hope comes from a concerted effort to develop and diversify the coalition of Earth’s intelligent life, to make “humanity” encompass more than just the biological humans that we currently are.

    In our present political difficulties, Brin sees the solution as positive-sum games: institutions like science and markets that (are supposed to) result in everybody benefiting overall. We need to keep elites (whether corporate or governmental) from screwing these games up, and to use technology to foster reciprocal accountability. The government is illicitly spying on people? Spy back and call them out when power is abused! Instead of vainly trying to hold back technology, just make sure that it’s not restricted to elites, that there can be effective debate re. its uses.

    The point of thinking for Brin is to “be a good ancestor.” Philosophy and science fiction can help through thought experiments that visualize the outcomes of our ideas and can help in developing scientific theories. Philosophy’s most Brin-approved task is to promote the critical argumentation needed for reciprocal accountability. The “examined life” is not just for navel-gazers, but for societies prone to catastrophic mistakes.

    http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/2014/03/26/ep90-david-brin/

    —Huffduffed by adactio 4 weeks ago

  7. The 2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Selling Space

    Space exploration is entering a new era. Dozens of aerospace companies have emerged in recent years, all with the goal of commercializing space as never before. From serving NASA’s cargo needs to sending tourists on space vacations to mining asteroids for profit, this next generation of entrepreneurs, and not NASA, may be the ones who transform space into our backyard, possibly creating the first-ever trillionaires.

    In this podcast, listen in on this discussion between a panel of entrepreneurs and space historians, including panelists Wanda M. Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation; Michael Gold, director of DC operations and Business Growth at Bigelow Aerospace; John Logsdon, professor emeritus of Space Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University; Elliot Pulham, chief executive officer of the Space Foundation; Tom Shelley, president of Space Adventures Ltd; and Robert Walker, executive chairman of Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates. Host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, led this lively conversation on what may be our real future in space.

    The 2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate took place at the Museum on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/the-2014-isaac-asimov-memorial-debate-selling-space-podcast

    —Huffduffed by adactio 4 weeks ago

  8. Radiolab: Pop Music

    Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of …

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/91629-pop-music/

    —Huffduffed by merlinmann one month ago

  9. Cosmic Queries: Time Travel

    In this Cosmic Queries episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson gets all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey as he answers fan questions about time travel with Colin Jost, Saturday Night Live’s new Weekend Update anchor.

    —Huffduffed by adactio one month ago

  10. Astronomers discover echoes from Big Bang

    Professor Richard Easther is head of physics at Auckland University, his work focuses on the physics of the very early universe.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2589351/astronomers-discover-echoes-from-big-bang

    —Huffduffed by adactio one month ago

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