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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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There’s one last thing. Maybe the reason why we don’t see other intelligent life, maybe the reason we are in the astoundingly unique position of having to save the future of the human race, is because we are simulated human beings. It would explain a lot. (Original score by Point Lobo.)Interviewees: Nick Bostrom, Oxford University philosopher and founder of the Future of Humanity Institute; Anders Sandberg, Oxford University philosopher; Seth Shostak, director of SETI Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP09: End

EP09: End

2018-11-3000:45:2029

Josh explains that to survive the next century or two – to navigate our existential threats – all of us will have to become informed and involved. It will take a movement that gets behind science done right to make it through the Great Filter. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher; Sebastian Farquahar, Oxford University philosopher Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP08: Embracing Catastrophe

EP08: Embracing Catastrophe

2018-11-2800:49:1923

We humans are our own worst enemies when it comes to what it will take to deal with existential risks. We are loaded with cognitive biases, can’t coordinate on a global scale, and see future generations as freeloaders. Seriously, are we going to survive? (Original score by Point Lobo.)Interviewees: Nick Bostrom, Oxford University philosopher and founder of the Future of Humanity Institute; Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher; Anders Sandberg, Oxford University philosopher; Sebastian Farquahar, Oxford University philosopher; Eric Johnson, University of Oklahoma professor of law  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP07: Physics Experiments

EP07: Physics Experiments

2018-11-2301:16:5855

Surprisingly the field of particle physics poses a handful of existential threats, not just for us humans, but for everything alive on Earth – and in some cases, the entire universe. Poking around on the frontier of scientific understanding has its risks. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Don Lincoln, Fermi National Laboratory senior experimental particle physicist; Ben Shlaer, University of Auckland cosmologist University of Auckland; Daniel Whiteson, University of California, Irvine astrophysicist; Eric Johnson, University of Oklahoma professor of law  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP06: Biotechnology

EP06: Biotechnology

2018-11-2101:00:1740

Natural viruses and bacteria can be deadly enough; the 1918 Spanish Flu killed 50 million people in four months. But risky new research, carried out in an unknown number of labs around the world, are creating even more dangerous humanmade pathogens. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Beth Willis, former chair, Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee; Dr Lynn Klotz, senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP05: Artificial Intelligence

EP05: Artificial Intelligence

2018-11-1600:44:5048

An artificial intelligence capable of improving itself runs the risk of growing intelligent beyond any human capacity and outside of our control. Josh explains why a superintelligent AI that we haven’t planned for would be extremely bad for humankind. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Nick Bostrom, Oxford University philosopher and founder of the Future of Humanity Institute; David Pearce, philosopher and co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+); Sebastian Farquahar, Oxford University philosopher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP04: Natural Risks

EP04: Natural Risks

2018-11-1400:40:2030

Humans have faced existential risks since our species was born. Because we are Earthbound, what happens to Earth happens to us. Josh points out that there’s a lot that can happen to Earth - like gamma ray bursts, supernovae, and runaway greenhouse effect. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Robin Hanson, George Mason University economist (creator of the Great Filter hypothesis); Ian O’Neill, astrophysicist and science writer; Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP03: X Risks

EP03: X Risks

2018-11-0700:42:0643

Humanity could have a future billions of years long – or we might not make it past the next century. If we have a trip through the Great Filter ahead of us, then we appear to be entering it now. It looks like existential risks will be our filter. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Nick Bostrom, Oxford University philosopher and founder of the Future of Humanity Institute; David Pearce, philosopher and co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+); Robin Hanson, George Mason University economist (creator of the Great Filter hypothesis); Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher; Sebastian Farquahar, Oxford University philosopher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP02: Great Filter

EP02: Great Filter

2018-11-0700:45:5556

The Great Filter hypothesis says we’re alone in the universe because the process of evolution contains some filter that prevents life from spreading into the universe. Have we passed it or is it in our future? Humanity’s survival may depend on the answer. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Robin Hanson, George Mason University economist (creator of the Great Filter hypothesis); Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher; Donald Brownlee, University of Washington astrobiologist (co-creator of the Rare Earth hypothesis); Phoebe Cohen, Williams College paleontologist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
EP01: Fermi Paradox

EP01: Fermi Paradox

2018-11-0700:39:5697

Ever wondered where all the aliens are? It’s actually very weird that, as big and old as the universe is, we seem to be the only intelligent life. In this episode, Josh examines the Fermi paradox, and what it says about humanity’s place in the universe. (Original score by Point Lobo.) Interviewees: Anders Sandberg, Oxford University philosopher and co-creator of the Aestivation hypothesis; Seth Shostak, director of SETI; Toby Ord, Oxford University philosopher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Marissa Smith

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Jun 4th
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dok dicer

It is absolutely possible that we all live inside my butt. Every conceivable objection to this thesis betrays either a lack of imagination or an unnecessary time constraint. There is no reason not to assume that our ancestors at one point in time are able to recreate my butt from traces of my until then hopelessly destroyed DNA and proceed to create a small universe inside my recreated butt in which we are living now. Indeed, I maintain that it is not only possible, but, given enough time and imagination, an absolute necessity.

Apr 27th
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DheavyMetal

Great podcast!!! Need more

Apr 25th
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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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Calvin Leung Eriksson

gregorior Yeah, because doing conversions while driving is such an excellent idea.

May 6th
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gregorior

Calvin Leung Eriksson Hey Snob, Do the conversions yourself. Talk about entitlement...

May 4th
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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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