I can confirm that she is super delightful. There were so many bits of the interview I didn’t get to use for this episode too, perhaps I’ll put them somewhere in some form as bonus material.
In the future, nothing is to scale.
Aha, you are correct, it seems to have disappeared. Should be back now! Let me know if it’s still not showing up for you.
Sure, people do tend to use revolving to describe the Earth and the Sun. We’ve updated the post.
I figured that had been done already plenty of times :)
I talk about that in the episode! You’ll have to listen to hear a little more about some of the challenges in making that actually work, both computer wise and legally.
Ooh I actually haven’t seen that movie, but yes, that’s what some of the designs look like!
We’ve done some optimistic episodes! Artificial wombs have some real upsides, and depending on who you are, not having the internet might be a utopian premise. But it’s true, a lot of these veer to the dark side. Read more
We talk about this a little bit in the podcast itself — Zook thinks that this would mean that those who travel home would wind up spending more time there each visit. So, instead of spending a week in Ireland, it might take you a week to get there and you might stay for a month at a time. He also pointed out that this… Read more
I’ve been thinking about doing an episode on food! Soylent grosses me out, I’m hoping we don’t all have to eat that in the future.
WHAT!? Please tell me more about this magic of which you speak.
Yep, it’s not the biggest emitter, for sure! But we’re not exactly in the business of realistic scenarios here. Episode two was about space pirates dragging a second moon to earth.
True! In the podcast we talk more about the time scales for this issue, and I also raise a few other things we should be more worried about. Have a listen!
True! I think though, maybe (yes, highly highly unlikely, but fun to think about), that it wouldn’t take the whole world converting to this new global whatever-it-is for people to perhaps feel like it’s worth it to intervene, right? The question is what percent of the world would have to be converted, and how bad… Read more
Yep! I talk about this a bit in the podcast, and it’s why it’s so hard to actually figure out a scenario in which “the Internet” goes away without it being a full on apocalypse, in which case nobody cares about the Internet because we’re all on fire. That’s why we focused on the “how could this possibly happen”… Read more
Yeah none of those drugs can really keep you awake, safely/reliably, for more than about 48 hours or so. There are some links in the post to studies on Modafinil use in soldiers/pilots. And in the podcast we talk about the biological issues that come up when you don’t sleep!
Yup, we address this in the podcast!
Oh neat! I hadn’t seen this before. Thanks for the link!