In today’s episode I welcome you to the Museum of Non-Human Art, a brand new gallery full of art made entirely by machines, computers, algorithms, robots and other non-human entities. I hope your enjoy your visit! To see pictures of any of the artworks we talked about on this show head to the website! Guests:Elizabeth Stephens, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of QueenslandMichael Noll, computer artist, professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern CaliforniaAhmed Elgammel, director of the The Art & Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers UniversityOrit Gat, art critic & writerXiaoyu Weng, Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Further Reading:Do Androids Dream of Electric Bananas?Machines in the GardenAutomata by Jacquet-DrozThe Story of Jacquet-DrozWhen the Machine Made Art “Incredible Machine” (1968) — main-title animation sequence for award-winning movie by Owen Murphy Productions for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.“Patterns by 7090,” by Michael Noll“Computer Generated Ballet” by Michael Noll Human or Machine: A Subjective Comparison of Piet Mondrian’s ‘Composition with Lines’ and a Computer–Generated PictureCAN: Creative Adversarial Networks Generating “Art” by Learning […]
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Meanwhile in the Future is a brand new podcast from Gizmodo in which we try to really overthink what the future has in store for us. Every episode will tackle one potential future scenario — everything from a sudden ice age, to the end of antibiotic effectiveness, to a world in which contact sports are banned due to head injury — and try to work out how that future would really go down.
In 1918, the Spanish flu killed four to five percent of the entire global population. Infectious disease experts all agree that another pandemic is coming. It’s when, not if. But are we ready for it? Today’s episode explores what happens when a pandemic strikes, what the most likely candidates are, and whether or not the world is ready. Guests:Ed Yong, science writer at The AtlanticNahid Bhadelia, assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit (SPU) at Boston Medical CenterLaura Spinney, science writer and author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the WorldNicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and author of a forthcoming book on quarantine Further Reading:The Next Plague is Coming. Is America Ready?Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the WorldYuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being by Harold NapoleonStrengthening Health Systems While Responding to a Health Crisis: Lessons Learned by a Nongovernmental Organization During the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Sierra Leone Medicine’s Long, Thin Supply ChainWhat Bill Gates Fears MostPredicting virus emergence amid evolutionary noiseNebraska’s Biocontainment UnitThe Terrifying Lessons of a Pandemic SimulationClade X LivestreamCDC Director: Why I Don’t Support […]
This episode we take on a future where space junk has gotten so bad, that active spacecraft are constantly having to maneuver around it, which wastes fuel and cuts down on operation time. And humans decide to finally do something about it. But what? Guests:Loren Grush, science reporter at The Verge Lisa Ruth Rand, historian of science technology and the environment.Tiago Soares, systems engineer for ESA’s Clean Space programAndrew Wolahan, systems engineer for ESA’s e.deorbit program Alice Gorman, space archaeologist at Flinders University Jill Stuart, space policy & law expert at the London School of Economics Further Reading:Tracking Space JunkHow can humans clean up our space junk? The Space Junk Problem is About to get a Whole Lots GnarlierOrbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of Earth’s Planetary BorderlandsThe Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put A Ring Of Copper Around The Earth Project West Ford, NASA RepositoryJapanese mission to clear up space junk ends in failureThis is what happens when a tiny piece of flying space debris hits the ISSESA Envisat ESA Clean SpaceESA e.deorbitSpace Age Archaeology What is Space Archaeology?The Outer Space Treaty has been remarkably successful – but is it fit for the modern age? Flash Forward […]
With the rise in consumer DNA tests and online genealogy, people might soon have a pretty good idea where their families came from for generations. But are we putting too much faith in DNA? Can our genetic ancestry really tell us anything about ourselves? And what happens when DNA databases become playgrounds for true crime sleuths? Guests: Carl Zimmer, science journalist and author of She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of HeredityKristen V. Brown, biotechnology reporter at BloombergKim Tallbear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic ScienceClan_McCrimmon, moderator of the Lyle Stevik subreddit Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press, cofounders of DNA Doe Kelly Hills, cofounder of Rogue Bioethics Further Reading: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of HeredityNative American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic ScienceThe Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean? How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too DNA testing is like the ‘Wild West’; should it be more tightly regulated? DNA test kits: Consider the privacy implications The ingenious and […]
Guests:Susan Quinn, author of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times and other books.Monet Noelle Marshall, playwright, consultant, artist, director, founder of JOCOAA.Monica Byrne, novelist, playwright, futurist, activist. Further Reading: Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times by Susan Quinn The New Deal Art Projects, An Anthology of Memoirs by Francis V. O’ConnorEngendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood In New Deal Public Art and Theater by Barbara Medosh American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA:When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick TaylorThe Subsidized Muse: Public Support for the Arts in the United States by Dick Netzer The American Guide to the New Vermont After the Curtain Calls Creator of the Week with Monica ByrneWhat if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts? Global Trends in Art Funding How the United States Funds the Arts Culturally Impoverished: US NEA Spends 1/40th of What Germany Doles Out for Arts Per CapitaWhy Are Americans So Hostile to State-Funded Art? Orson Welles’ Voodoo Macbeth: A forgotten diversity landmark Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura […]