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!
||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.||10/16/2017||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...||10/3/2017||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.||9/26/2017||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.||9/18/2017||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.||9/12/2017||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.||9/5/2017||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?||8/24/2017||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.||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Adam Gazzaley | Consciousness & Neuroscience||UCSF Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley illuminates the roots of consciousness.||8/10/2017||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.||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this premise...a podcast to market for a novel, yet it's does more than that. Each episode includes an interview with a hi tech expert that lays the foundation to understand the technology used in the plot, a discussion between the hosts on how the technology was employed in the story, and then closes with a brief excerpt from the audiobook. As a tech geek, I enjoy the in-depth technology explanations and speculation on how the tech could slip into mainstream use. Keep up the great work and please keep going after the originally planned 8 episodes.
Give it a try!
I just listened to epsiode 4 (genome sequencing & synthesis) on a flight back form NYC and was blown away by the quality of the production and the depth of the interview & content.It is indeed very ortiented toward hi tech but you don't have to be a domain expert to enjoy the discussion. I need to go back to the first episodes now and crack open the book on my nightstand. I can't wait! Congratulations on a job well done, Rob.
Super deep dives with amazingly smart people!
I love this podcast because Rob gets some of the most amazing thinkers that you've almost never heard from before and goes really deep into their fields of expertise. Fascinating listen for sure!