The After On Podcast
By Rob Reid
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We dive deep into the science, tech, and social issues explored in the novel "After On." It's NOT necessary to be an "After On" reader to listen, learn & enjoy this podcast!
||Clean45: Naval Ravikant (part 2) | End Games||A rampage killer with a knife can kill a few. With a gun, dozens. With a jetliner, way more. What might future tech enable? In Part Two of our conversation, Naval and I discuss "The Ender."And how to preclude this monstrosity.||21 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean44: Naval Ravikant (part 1) | End Games||Naval & I discuss a horrifying risk. We questioned whether to post this. Might it give someone ideas? Well, the bad guys already HAVE ideas. And cataclysms are only averted if we face them. There’s still time.||18 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean43: Ed Boyden | Synthetic Neurobiology||Not yet 40, Ed Boyden has already concocted a panoply of tools, which are revolutionizing neuroscience research. He tells us all about optogenetics, expansion microscopy, and more.||28 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42: Live from Gainesville + the 2019 Plan||We start with a review of this podcast's 2019 roadmap. Then – recorded before a live audience in Gainesville, Florida – I'M the interviewee for once!||29 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41: The Medical Potential of Video Games | Adam Gazzaley||Both a recap and extensive update of last summer's conversation about neuroscience, consciousness, and the medical potential of video games.||18 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40: Our Interstellar Visit | Avi Loeb||Did the product of an alien intelligence make a near-Earth approach last fall? Harvard Astronomy Department Chair Avi Loeb believes this is possible.||27 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean39: Restoring Sight to the Blind | EJ Chichinilsky||Amazing work at Stanford could restore vision to the blind. Then later become a gateway some mind-blowing neural augmentation! We discuss the astounding neuroscience and engineering behind all this, with the professor who's making it happen.||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38: Laurie Santos | The Science & Practice of Happiness||This spring, Yale evolutionary psychologist Laurie Santos debuted a course about happiness, almost as an experiment. It became the most popular course in the university's 300+ year history. Listen carefully, because this episode could make you happier!||23 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees | On the Future||Can humankind survive this century? Great Britain’s Astronomer Royal Martin Rees shares some of his profoundly original thinking on this fraught question.||30 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36. Priya Natarajan | Mapping the Heavens||Dark matter, dark energy, and black holes are the universe's three most massive mysteries. Literally! Yale astrophysicist Priya Natarajan takes us on a fascinating tour of them all.||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: Empowering the Acre | Andrew Youn||Andrew Youn's One Acre Found is bringing food security to hundreds of thousands of families throughout Central Africa. Now THAT'S an inspiring startup!||21 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Ancient DNA | David Reich||The genetic code of Neanderthals, archaic humans, and other elders is reconfiguring much of our understanding of human history. And it could just save hundreds of thousands of modern human lives per year.||30 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: The Evolution of Beauty | Richard Prum||A bold and brilliant refutation of the common wisdom about sexual attraction, aesthetics, and more. Rick Prum is an evolutionary heretic. And the wellspring of his unorthodox ideas is ... Charles Darwin himself.||15 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnouncement | On the Future of this Podcast||The full lowdown on where this podcast is going from here.||30 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Expanding DNA's Alphabet (by half!) | Floyd Romesberg||Floyd Romesberg added two letters to DNA's ancient four-letter alphabet. He got this running in cells. And coding proteins. His cell lines have passed it down hundreds of generations. Now what?||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Stewart Brand | De-extinction, The Whole Earth, and Way More||Over six consecutive decades, Stewart Brand has impacted society, tech and science in outlandishly diverse ways. This truly unhurried conversation explores the scope of his intensely original American life.||11 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJordan Harbinger | Bonus Episode||An examination of the science of psychopathy from my buddy Jordan Harbinger’s terrific podcast. This bonus episode is in addition to the two new original episodes I’m creating this month.||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Exponential Medicine | Daniel Kraft||Key aspects of medical technology are improving even faster than computers. What are the ramifications for our health? For our lifespans? Dr. Daniel Kraft has tremendous insights into all of this - particularly as it relates to cancer.||28 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Depression: The Psychedelic Cure? | Katya Malievskaia & George Goldsmith||The largest-ever clinical trial of a psychedelic drug will soon begin in Europe and North America. The drug is psilocybin - the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. The target is treatment-resistant depression.||14 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Reality Isn't (?) (!) | Don Hoffman||Quantitative Psychologist Don Hoffman has a head-spinning take on the true nature of reality vs. what our senses report to us. Is it the most counterintuitive insight since Pythagoras figured the Earth is round?||30 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. A Night at the Battery||In this very atypical episode, the tables turn and I'm the interviewee! We discuss all of my creative projects, including this podcast series. Recorded live at The Battery in San Francisco.||16 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: George Church | BioEngineering||George Church helped found 22 companies, and co-invented the paradigm-shattering gene editing technique CRISPR. In our interview, he delivers a sweeping survey of the world of synthetic biology, and makes some astounding predictions||2 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Rodney Brooks | AI & Robotics - Their Present and Future||Rodney Brooks is a founding luminary of TWO vital domains in tech: robotics and AI. He's the father of the Roomba, the long-time head of MIT's AI lab, and a serial entrepreneur. Few can rival his breadth & depth in technology.||19 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: David Eagleman | Creating the 6th, 7th & 8th Sense?||Neuroscientist David Eagleman has done groundbreaking work on how we perceive time. Now he hopes to radically expand the pantheon of human senses.||5 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Mary Lou Jepsen | Neural Imaging and ... TELEPATHY?!||After stints at Google and Facebook, serial entrepreneur Mary Lou Jepsen is ready to upend the worlds of medical imaging and ... telepathy. Yup, TELEPATHY. Give it a listen!||19 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Aubrey de Grey | Radical Life Extension||Aubrey de Grey is a highly credentialed scientist who believes it's within our grasp to REVERSE human aging in the next few decades. Dozens of scientists are now executing on his plan, funded by extremely smart backers like Peter Thiel.||17 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: A Lightning Tour of the After On Universe||A wide-ranging set of excerpts from the After On audiobook, read brilliant folks including John Hodgman, Felicia Day, Jesse Cox, Tom Merritt. Back to "normal" episodes next week, promise! :-)||1 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: It's Really After On||This week, Broadway's own January LaVoy and legendary fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss read/perform the the opening of the After On audiobook (plus quite a bit more). With some notes & observations from the author.||21 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Coinbase Co-Founder Fred Ehrsam | The Past Present & Future of Cryptocurrency||Whether you’re a cryptocurrency novice or expert, this episode will teach you a ton. My guest, Fred Ehrsam, founded the world’s largest platform for storing & trading Bitcoin and more. Just us for a full crypto education!||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Robert Green | The Promise & Peril in YOUR Genes||You will soon have access to a dizzying battery of facts about your health. Some could be life-changingly horrid or positive! But most will be wildly ambiguous. Should you peak? NOTE: This is NOT just hypothetical.||28 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Music Piracy | The Extraterrestrial Threat||A vast alien civilization is so into American pop music, it recently committed the biggest copyright violation since the dawn of time. Against us! How should humanity respond? A special (and rather playful) episode with John Hodgman.||20 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Andy McAfee | The Future (if any!) of Jobs||Andy McAfee of MIT is a leading thinker about how robotics and other automation will influence the future of work and jobs. We touch on some scary stuff - plus some delightful notes of optimism!||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Ev Williams | Medium, Twitter, and Networked Words||Ev Williams co-founded and ran both Twitter and Blogger.com, and is now the founder/CEO of Medium. He’s a deep thinker about ideas morph & travel, and is carving out a place for thoughtful, serious writing online.||30 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Chris Anderson | TED Talks + Organization||You've probably seen a TED Talk or two (or 500!) online. Chris runs the TED organization, and has some fascinating thoughts both on how we're wired to process oratory, and how we might build a better world.||24 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Sarah Parcak | Space Archaeology||Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in the emerging field of space archaeology. In 2016 she won the TED Prize to launch a “citizen science” platform, which is finding lost sites and fighting archaeological looting throughout the world.||16 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Tim O'Reilly | Tech's Past & Future||Technology’s pre-eminent publisher, Tim O’Reilly helped trigger the rise of the commercial Web, the open source community, the Web 2.0 era, and the maker movement. I discuss tech’s past and future with one of its most original thinkers.||10 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Chris Anderson of Wired & 3DR | Drones||Chris Anderson was Wired’s editor-in-chief for 12 years, then started one of the world’s great drone companies. We discuss all this – and his origins as a high school dropout living in a squat and playing bass for a band called REM (no, not that..||3 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Stephen Webb | Fermi's Paradox (or, where are all the aliens?)||Our universe’s vastness and age has given alien intelligence ample space and time in which to arise. Why can we detect no sign of it? This is actually a momentous and scientifically serious question. Yes, really! With British astronomer Stephen Webb||26 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. James Barrat | Dangers of Superintelligence||James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention” helped touch off a public debate about the possible dangers of superintelligence, which continues to this day. We discuss these dangers in depth in our interview.||18 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Sam Harris | On Terrorism||Sam Harris is one of the most visible and controversial commentators on terrorism and its roots. Our interview dives deep into this subject, as well the personal journey that made Sam into the public intellectual he has become.||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Steve Jurvetson | Quantum Computing||Quantum computers could be almost farcically powerful compared to classical computers. Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson and I discuss how & why this is – and whether this potential will ever be realized.||5 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Andy Hessel | Synthetic Biology||It took 13 years and $3 billion to read the first human genome in 2003. Now it's $999 a takes just hours. What happens when we can WRITE DNA as easily as we now read it?||24 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Cindy Cohn (EFF) | Privacy + Govt Intrusion||Patent trolls, government hacking, privacy in the digital age, and other issues are discussed with Cindy Cohn, who runs the Electronic Frontier Foundation.||17 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Adam Gazzaley | Consciousness & Neuroscience||UCSF Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley illuminates the roots of consciousness.||10 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Meron Gribetz|Augmented Reality||In this episode, we discuss augmented reality (AR) with the CEO of AR pioneer Meta, Inc. Meron Gribetz. For those who are reading the novel After On, Tom Merritt and I discuss pages 1-51 in the very last section of the podcast.||3 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amazing for anyone who wants to learn
Quite probably the very best series of podcasts I’ve ever listened to!
In depth, thoughtful, balanced. Endlessly fascinating.
If you want to know more about the universe, about yourself and the rest of humanity, these podcasts should not be missed.
Thanks so much Rob for the time and effort you’ve put in so far. I hope you are able to keep going.
This is a real gem! Every episode takes you on a journey deep intop an exciting topic. Rob is an incredibly adept interviewer, and his clarity of questioning expertly guides the conversation to very interesting places. Subcribe as soon as you can!
My favourite podcast
This is definitely my favourite podcast, and while there isn’t the frequency of interviews that I would love there to be, I go back and listen to old podcasts multiple times. Thought provoking and inspiring, thank you Rob for helping me understand the world and universe more and, at the same time letting my imagination grow.