12 episodes

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.

The End Of The World with Josh Clark iHeartRadio

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    • 4.9, 524 Ratings

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.

    Simulation Argument (Epilogue)

    Simulation Argument (Epilogue)

    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
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    • 53 min
    End

    End

    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
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    • 47 min
    Embracing Catastrophe

    Embracing Catastrophe

    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 
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    • 51 min
    Physics Experiments

    Physics Experiments

    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 
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Biotechnology

    Biotechnology

    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.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence

    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.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
524 Ratings

524 Ratings

sumi3wow ,

A jolt to reality

This podcast is both mesmerising, in that it sends me to a sci-fi world, and chilling, to know that that world is this one that I’m in.

What Josh and his team have done is to give an overview of existential risk in a way that is not jargony and full of academic speak, but is credible and rigorously-researched.

I know I’ll be coming back to this one often, and sharing it around. Thanks :-)

Reverend Doctor Hubbard ,

This is The End

This Crisis isn’t the end, but this podcast explores if and why the end is inevitable.

woody from tassie ,

Amazing on so many levels

Have just found this series in April 2020
And literally stood still reeling from your predictions in the biotechnology episode, great subject matter that I had no idea I was so into

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