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We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first. Join Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know for a 10-episode deep dive that explores the future of humanity and finds dangers we have never encountered before lurking just ahead. And if we humans are alone in the universe, if we don't survive intelligent life dies out with us too.
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Cody Buttron

This would make a great educational video for high schoolers or even a short television series to get the thought in more people's minds

Apr 9th
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NAZZ Watson

This reminds me of the book "Mount Dragon".

Apr 8th
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Honorio Lisboa Neto

This is an amazing podcast, with a lot of data and ideas to think about. But I'll take it with a pinch of salt after he said the Moon doesn't spin in its axis. Actually it does and it is incredibly easy to check this. What can I expect of the harder things to be checked?

Apr 7th
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Psychachu [ official ]

This episode's great.

Mar 19th
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Joni-Girl Gremillion

I have the heebies

Feb 18th
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keith rapley

Are comments closed?

Feb 12th
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keith rapley

re: EP10 Simulation Argument It would be good news indeed if we were living in a simulation. It would mean that humanity has successfully negotiated the great filter. This is because it would mean we actually "exist" within a game/history project/whatever within a computer created by our descendents in the future (and "living" alongside them in that future).  It would take our descendents hundreds or even thousands of years of computer development to reach a level to achieve such astonishing feats of "real worlds" simulation. This is far longer than the mere decades of years that the existential problems raised in the podcasts need to be solved within. As simulants therefore, existing at the time of our creative descendents (albeit within their incredible devices), we can relax, safe in the knowledge that, whatever happens in our "2019 game", humankind survived and can now go forth and populate the universe.

Feb 11th
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Joshua Laswell

keith rapley or it means that they created a simulation to figure out how to get passed The Great Filter.

Mar 7th
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keith rapley

Re: EP10 Simulation Argument It would be good news indeed if we were living in a simulation. It would mean that humanity has successfully negotiated the great filter. This is because it would mean we actually "exist" within a game/history project/whatever within a computer created by our descendents in the future (and "living" alongside them in that future).  It would take our descendents hundreds or even thousands of years of computer development to reach a level to achieve such astonishing feats of "real worlds" simulation. This is far longer than the mere decades of years that the existential problems raised in the podcasts need to be solved within. As simulants therefore, safely existing at the time of our creative descendents (albeit within their incredible devices), we can relax, safe in the knowledge that, whatever happens in our "2019 game", humankind can now go forth and populate the universe.

Feb 11th
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Aj Brown

Living in a scary world!!!!! We already have pushed things way too far and still going

Feb 11th
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Cole Brown

Yes, season fluctuation is from the tilt of the earth. No, it is not because of the change in distance from the sun. Think about how miniscule that change is. The tilt means that one hemisphere receives more solar radiation from the sun.

Feb 8th
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Calvin Leung Eriksson

These Imperial units are just meaningless gibberish. Most of the world uses metric, as does science, can we please get things in Celsius and metres as well, please?

Jan 30th
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Benjamin Jordan

This whole series is a masterpiece. Thank you for putting it together and giving me something to binge listen to. Also loved the score. I am studying computer science and hope to one day be part of a group of people who solve the problem of intellegence and create genuinely concious machines. From the looks of it, I'd say within the next few decades we will see the dawn of super intelligent machines. If anyone is interested, check out 'On Intelligence' by Jeff Hawkins and look at his resulting company Numenta and their quest to decode the algorithm of our neocortex! Very interesting stuff.

Jan 25th
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tomasz rogowicz

very interesting podcast.. highly recommended... pleasure to listen.. thank you... shared among friends...

Jan 24th
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Jeannette Sanchez

I'm really enjoying this podcast. Everything is explained so that a layperson like myself understands. Super interesting. I'm also hooked!

Jan 16th
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Cosmocide

God the part where the AI develops its own language is so unsettling

Jan 16th
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Brooks Patterson

3 minutes in already hooked

Jan 14th
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Jeff Allen

Excellent series. Couldn't stop listening, thanks for this terrific cast

Jan 9th
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NAZZ Watson

I love this podcast! this episode especially. I've always ponder the fermi paradox, and this show has made me think things I never even knew were possible. Love it!

Jan 7th
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Jaymes Moynihan

love this podcast!! Josh really likes reiterating that we could be alone in the universe, I wonder if this is his own person belief. to be fair he does highlight some pretty good arguments for it. but the notion just makes me feel worse about this planet. imagine if we are alone, alone in the universe and what do we do with our time??? war, and greed and intolerance and hatred and more greed. half the world worries about itself while the other half crumbles. our priorities are so God Damn disgustingly backwards it's depressing and shameful.

Jan 1st
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Saif Russell

@26:51 I think it's false to state the moon doesn't spin on its axis, it completes full rotation every 27 days, and rotates the earth during the same period. A Synchronous rotation

Dec 23rd
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Honorio Lisboa Neto

Saif Russell You are absolutely right! For the Moon to show us always the same side it HAS to spin in its axis!

Apr 7th
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