In this episode of Tor.com’s podcast Rocket Talk, Justin Landon is joined by Tor.com’s own Stormlight Archive maven Carl Engle-Laird to talk about Brandon Sanderon’s latest release in that series.
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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.
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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.
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.
Episode 171 :: Moogfest Bound with YACHT & Omni’s Claire Evans
Posted by NerdyShow on March 25, 2014
Sci-tech, sci-fi, and synths collide as our Moogfest interview series continues!
Moogfest is a festival focused around electronic music with symposiums on futurism, art, and technology (April 23rd-27th, in Asheville, NC) and leading up to it, Nerdy Show is speaking with some of the incredible talent that’s been culled for this year’s event. In this episode, Cap and Jon talk with renaissance woman, Claire Evans – performer in the band YACHT, and Editor At-Large of Omni Reboot, the digital reincarnation of the legendary science and science fiction magazine, Omni.
She’s not only performing at Moogfest, she’s putting on a panel called “Xenomusic: Science Fiction and the Synthesized Sound” where artists, musicians, and scientists will muse on what music will sound like in the future and what it might sound like on other worlds. Join us as we tiptoe the thin line between possible futures and the future present, discuss bringing Omni back from the dead, Philip K. Dick, what’s new with YACHT, growing up with computers, genetically engineering bacteria, and a slew of sciency subjects.
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Plastic Soul :: YACHT
Monsters of the Cosmos :: Symphony of Science
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Claire’s articles on Motherboard
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Buy Claire’s book of essays High Frontiers
Read Alan Moore’s Green Lantern stories
The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
Read about BBC America’s Real History of Science Fiction
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HUVr’s fake hoverboard commercial
Self-lacing shoes for 2015
Engineered E. Coli
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Episode 1 of Rocket Talk, the Tor.com podcast, talks about hero’s journeys and gender in the LEGO Movie.
New adventures for the heroes of your favourite shows in full cast audio dramas, producing Doctor Who, 2000 AD characters Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, Dark Shadows, Sapphire & Steel, Luther Arkwright, Stargate and now the Phantom of the Opera.
For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.
The Future of the Mind gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.
One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.
Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.
With Dr. Kaku’s deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, The Future of the Mind is a scientific tour de force—an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.