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The emerging technologies of the future will comprise the manipulation of four major categories: Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. In other words, FutureBANG!
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Feb 28, 2016

Ian and Jesse discuss the possibility of contact with alien civilizations and what it would mean for the future of humanity. If we received a clear signal from an extra terrestrial intelligence, how would we react, and what should our response be?

This is a big topic, and we missed a lot of important stuff (we left out SETI!). We'll definitely come back to it in another episode some time, so let us know what else to include!

 

Links to topics discussed:

Drake Equation

Fermi Paradox

Definition of Life

Maxwell Hunter's Memo

The Brookings Report

Post Detection Policy

Possible Alien Megastructure

Voyager Records

Arecibo Signal

A Message From Earth

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Apr 22, 2015

Ian and Jesse discuss life on an interstellar starship. When humanity begins to spread throughout the cosmos to explore and colonize new star systems, it will likely take many generations to travel the vast distances. What will it be like for those whose entire lives take place in transit between solar systems?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Interstellar's black hole breakthrough:
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/

Project Orion:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_%28nuclear_propulsion%29

100 Year Starship: 
http://100yss.org/

Freeman Dyson:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Dyson

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

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