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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.

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    • 4.9 • 547 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
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    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
547 Ratings

547 Ratings

narellef ,

The best podcast I’ve ever heard

Please listen.

testbook ,

Best way to prepare for Covid-19

I came across this podcast very early after it had been released.
I enjoyed all the episodes from an intellectual point of view and in a way that didn’t fell like it would have any impact on my life.
EXCEPT for the episode on Bio-technology. That one gave me cause to pause and consider the impact on our daily lives.
It messed with my head. I had additional information come across my information intake, talking about epidemics raging across Europe in the Middle Ages, the New World we it was colonised by the Europeans and the way Small pox own Polio rage across the globe.
It prepared me for 2020 and gave me a health respect for the current situation in late 2020.
I just wish more people would be interested in getting some good information to deale with reality instead of being sucked in by propaganda of one sort or another.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this with a critical but open mind.

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 :-)

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