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Your big questions about the future answered. How science will influence and change our lives.
||CleanMeet the Personal Data Superheroes - GDPR and beyond||Britt Wray and Ellie Cosgrave take a deep dive into our data.||24 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs This the Real Life?||Could the world around us be a simulated reality?||1 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo We Need a New Internet?||Britt and Ellie explore what the internet of the future could (or should) look like.||14 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Wants to Live Forever?||Has the first person to live to 1,000-years-old already been born?||31 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutbreak!||Do more aggressive and unknown outbreaks lie in our future, and how can we contain them?||23 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElectric Sheep||What does the future hold for AI? Britt and Ellie follow Mary's story to find out...||8 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHope Floats||Could floating cities solve the problems raised by climate change and overpopulation?||25 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnter the Wizard||What does it mean to “download our brains”, and will we morph our own intellect with AI?||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Wizard's Hat||Britt and Ellie experience the cutting-edge technology making mind-melding a reality.||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Stop chopping up the sound
Would love to hear from these wonderful and interesting people but all this chop and repeat nonsense is awful!
It's distracting and ultimately makes it impossible to listen to it.
I have unsubscribed!
If this is tomorrow’s world then a time machine wouldn’t go amiss to help listeners return to a time that doesn’t have presenters with faux valley girl friendship dynamics and vocal fry. The original TV show was one of the BBC’s gems but this misses the mark. The content is great and if you can look past the previous issues, you’ll find a show with promise.
Try-hard imitation of Radiolab
This show imitates Radiolab without understanding what makes that show great.
Its sound design is slightly whizzy, but for no reason – it doesn’t contribute to the storytelling as Radiolab’s does.
And the first episode, at least, buries the lede – what’s the reason to listen? Oh, 26 mins in, it’s about the possibility of AI.
It’s co-hosted, but misses the whole point of why that works on Radiolab – Jad and Robert have a genuine friendship and play off each other as the head and the heart might.
And it fails to tell a story, although I’m sure somewhere in these topics there are fascinating tales to tell.
The BBC is facing stiff competition from US podcasts. It needs to understand why those shows work and adapt that for a British audience, rather than simply rip them off.