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This is The Down to Mars Podcast, where we break out of our life loops to discuss thought-provoking topics in philosophy, culture, science and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
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Introversion on Demand

Introversion on Demand

2019-01-0900:35:01

Welcome to Season 2! In this episode, we discuss the distinction between being an introvert and being lonely. Introverts are celebrated and accepted more now than ever, but when is that just an excuse for antisocial tendencies?We reflect on all of the technologies and services at our disposal that make isolation easier and more harmful. Why leave the house when you can have your food, clothes and entertainment delivered to you with minimal human interaction? Companies like Netflix and Amazon aim to offer us convenience, but are some of us abusing them and forgetting how to socialize and take part in society?Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @downtomarspod ! Plus, subscribe and give us some stars on Apple Podcasts. Happy New Year!References:https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-05-01/study-many-americans-report-feeling-lonely-younger-generations-more-so--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Intents & Purposes

Intents & Purposes

2018-12-3100:32:54

2018 is a wrap! In our Season 1 Finale episode, we reflect on the ups and downs of the past year and some of the valuable lessons we learned. We list our intention words for the upcoming new year and how we plan on making 2019 the best year yet. Thanks to everyone who supported the launch of our podcast this year! See ya in 2019!!What are your intentions for the New Year? Let us know by tweeting us @downtomarspod--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
'Preciate It

'Preciate It

2018-11-2100:33:51

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! This week's episode is short and sweet, as we do a quick gratitude check in the spirit of the holiday. We talk about the technology, people, gifts and experiences we're thankful for. Of course, we're also so grateful for YOU, our listeners!Tell us what you're grateful for this year by tweeting us @downtomarspod. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Labor of Love

Labor of Love

2018-11-1400:52:57

Getting paid for your creativity sounds like the dream, but there are some side effects. Money can often muddy the waters, taking a toll on the creative process and making the experience of your work less authentic. On this episode, we talk about doing what you love - for free. We reminisce about our Burning Man experience, discuss the principle of decommodification, and question the pros and cons of turning your passion into your profession.Plus, we share some of the YouTubers currently on our watch list (shoutout to Josh Yeo and Becki & Chris), and how their channels differ from influencers who share #sponsored content - sometimes without saying so. How can creators keep their work as authentic as possible when money is involved? Is the experience of creating something heartfelt and free even better than doing it for a paycheck? We dive into all this and more!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Virtual Death Café

Virtual Death Café

2018-10-2801:17:44

The subject of death tends to make a lot of people uncomfortable or afraid, despite it being the one inevitable experience we are all sure to have. In this episode, we talk about our personal relationships with death - how it influences our lives in subtle and obvious ways, the ways we have had to cope with it, and how we hope to be honored when our time comes. We explore the colorful ways that cultures around the world "celebrate" or honor those that have passed, and how we can use death as a means of motivation, positivity and peace. We consider ideas of an afterlife, or how our energy may live on after our bodies have passed. Death Cafés are real-life meetups for people who are interested and eager to discuss death with other curious minds, in a comfortable and non-morbid way. Join us in this "virtual death café" episode and share your thoughts with us on Twitter @downtomarspodLinkshttps://ideas.ted.com/11-fascinating-funeral-traditions-from-around-the-globe/https://deathcafe.com/--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Artificial Relationships

Artificial Relationships

2018-10-2501:02:20

We're talking love, friendships, and...robots. In this episode, we discuss what the future of emotionally intelligent technology and machines could look like, and how we feel about relationships between humans and AI. If it talks like a person and acts like a person... is it date-worthy? Could you be BFFs with a machine? Would you trust them with your baby?Movies and TV shows like Her, Ex Machina, Westworld, and Black Mirror have all posed these questions and scenarios. Could you really feel authentic love with something artificial? This could become a reality as companies like Vinclu in Japan are already developing AI "companions".Dive in with us and let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @downtomarspodLinkshttps://www.businessinsider.com/gatebox-ai-the-japanese-amazon-echo-photos-2016-12--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Freelance Work Shift

Freelance Work Shift

2018-10-2401:03:48

In this episode, we discuss the rise in the creative freelance market and the ways modern technology is making it a more accessible option. Cloud-based programs and services like Adobe Creative Cloud are putting the tools within just about anyone's reach - from hobbyists to seasoned experts. With this pool getting bigger and more crowded, how do the professionals compete with the undercutting of newbies and amateurs? How much do clients really value quality vs. price?We also provide some insight into our own experiences as relatively new freelancers, and the struggles and triumphs we deal with on a daily basis. Tune in and share your thoughts, stories (and advice!) with us on Twitter @downtomarspod--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
I Create, Therefore I Am

I Create, Therefore I Am

2018-10-0300:59:50

In this week's episode, we talk about what it truly means to consider yourself an artist. How much of an artists' credibility is due to natural talent vs. developing technical skill? Do you need an audience to be considered a legitimate creator? Is social media diluting the prestige of the title "artist"? We tackle these questions and talk about some artists we believe don't get enough credit, plus some who get too much.Jump in on the discuss and tweet us @downtomarspod--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Dear Moon: Love, Artists

Dear Moon: Love, Artists

2018-09-1900:55:55

In 2023, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to take 8 artists and cultural influencers with him around the moon in a huge SpaceX rocket. His mission? Hope and world peace. In this episode, we discuss the #dearMoon project, and how empowering artists can heal and move the world forward in unity. What could the leading artists of today create when inspired by an up-close look at this beautiful celestial body? Just how important is art in the evolution of humanity? Which artists would you choose to represent our society in this world-changing mission? Tweet us @downtomarspodDive Deeper:The #dearMoon Project:https://dearmoon.earth/Meet Yusaku Maezawa:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FwpRn-jaSo--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
Welcome to Mars

Welcome to Mars

2018-09-0500:53:55

Finally...we've arrived on Mars. In this episode, we're switching things up as Rashielle asks GJ a series of questions to establish what moving to Mars would really be like. Is anti-gravity yoga on the table? What would we do with the extra 37 minutes in a day? What movies are playing?Play along with us and tweet your answers to @downtomarspod Dive Deeper:Zero Gravity Violin Concerto:http://bit.ly/2oGZxWa--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/downtomars/support
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