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Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson of Mighty Trains with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of our most popular What If videos.

Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.

“What if?” These two simple words are the spark that has ignited countless theories, discoveries, and inventions. Most of what we know about ourselves and the universe is because someone, somewhere, at some time asked themselves “what if?” The What If Show, produced by Underknown, makes science accessible to everyone by using hypothetical questions as an entry point to explain science.

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What If, discussed. What If, discussed.

    • Earth Sciences

Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson of Mighty Trains with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of our most popular What If videos.

Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.

“What if?” These two simple words are the spark that has ignited countless theories, discoveries, and inventions. Most of what we know about ourselves and the universe is because someone, somewhere, at some time asked themselves “what if?” The What If Show, produced by Underknown, makes science accessible to everyone by using hypothetical questions as an entry point to explain science.

Join us online:
Web: https://whatifshow.com/podcast
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    What If We Lived 50 Years Into the Future? - Guest: Steven Kotler

    What If We Lived 50 Years Into the Future? - Guest: Steven Kotler

    Mark Twain once said...Well, Mark Twain said a lot of things but in this particular context, his "it's difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future" is as apropos as it is yogi Berra-ish. But these days, futurism is not only harder than it's probably ever been, but also not for the faint of heart. Everything from AI to quantum computing to epigenetic and nanotechnology have some people excited (and many people terrified) about just what exactly does the future hold. 10 years from now feels like an eternity, let alone 50!!! Award winning and best selling author of smash hits like "The Rise of Superman", "Stealing Fire" and co-author of a new book "The Future is Faster Than You Think" along X-Prize Founder Peter Diamonds, Steven Kotler would be in the "excited" category when it comes to what the future holds 50 years from now. But he also very much sees the challenges ahead as well. Join Teddy and Richard and Steven Kotler for a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring conversation around the question, "What If you lived 50 years into the future?".

    Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Website https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

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    • 54 min
    What If We Discovered Alien Life? - Guest: Jill Tarter

    What If We Discovered Alien Life? - Guest: Jill Tarter

    There's perhaps no bigger "What If" that will ever be asked. As long as we have been able to look up at the stars and understand the vastness of space, humans have pondered whether we are indeed alone in the universe. But perhaps no one has "been on the case" in a more serious way and for as long as the former Director of SETI - Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence - Dr. Jill Tarter. Dr. Tarter was also the inspiration for the character of "Ellie Arroway" played by Jodie Foster in the award winning blockbuster "Contact". But unlike in the movie, Dr. Tarter and SETI are still yet to make contact with intelligent alien life...but they feel they're closer than ever. Join Teddy, Richard and Dr. Tarter as they discuss exoplanets, extremophiles and when she thinks we will finally make first contact.

    Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Website https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    What If We Became Cyborgs? - Guest: Neil Harbisson

    What If We Became Cyborgs? - Guest: Neil Harbisson

    What has long been explored in science-fiction as well as prophesied as the next step in the evolution of human beings by "Singularity" proponents like Ray Kurzweil is now not only predicted as an eventuality...it's already happening!!! In fact you could argue with things like pacemakers and prosthetics, we have been meeting the technical definition of "cyborg" for years which essentially just means the enhancement of human capabilities but the integration of mechanical elements built into our biology. But We are joined by someone who has taken things a step further - Neil Harbission is the President of the "Cyborg Foundation" which exists to help people become cyborgs...and one of the world's first officially recognized "cyborgs." We talk AS (artificial senses) vs. AI (artificial intelligence) and why he believes he and others like him are "collaborating with God."

    Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Website https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

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    • 51 min
    What If We Settled on the Moon? - Guest: Alex Hall

    What If We Settled on the Moon? - Guest: Alex Hall

    Do you consider yourself a pioneer? An explorer perhaps? Would you "go boldly where no one has gone before" - well, almost no one. And would you stay? With everything from the financial incentives of mining to contingency planning for problems here on Earth to creating a jumping off point to get to Mars, settling on the moon seems to be no longer a matter of "What IF", but rather "When will we?" As "Space Race 2.0" heats up not between governments as much as billionaires like Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the expectation of many is that we will not only return to the moon in the not too distant future, but we will stay there. Alexandra Hall, the former Senior Director of Google's Lunar X-Prize blasts off with Teddy and Richard and shares everything she's learned about the possibilities, the challenges and the timelines for returning to the moon...and lets us know whether she'd take a one way ticket to settle on the moon.

    Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Website https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

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    • 50 min
    What If We Are Living in a Simulation? - Guest: Nick Bostrom

    What If We Are Living in a Simulation? - Guest: Nick Bostrom

    "What Is Real?" Many remember the now famous quote from Lawrence Fishburne's character "Morpheus" in the smash hit phenomenon "The Matrix" to the Keanu Reeves' character NEO when pondering whether they might be living in a computer simulation. But "simulation theory" is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. It has become all the rage of the world's top technology minds across Silicon Valley, including most famously Elon Musk who has proposed this as a very real...and likely possibility. But when Musk talks about this subject, he cites Swedish Philosopher, Oxford professor and the world's leading expert on simulation theory, Nick Bostrom. Nick joins "What IF Discussed" today as we all take the red pill and go for a mind blowing journey of pondering "what If we are living in a simulation."

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Web site https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

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    • 39 min
    What If Half the Earth’s Population Was Wiped Out? - Guest: Paul Ehrlich

    What If Half the Earth’s Population Was Wiped Out? - Guest: Paul Ehrlich

    What has most recently became known in some circles as "Thanos Theory", many people have wondered, especially in times of serious concerns about climate change and the scarcity of resources just how long this planet can support us...especially as the world's population is about to eclipse 8 billion people!!! Is this too many? What about estimates of 10 billion by the year 2050?!?! Is wiping out half the population at the snap of a finger the only way to save everyone else? Some people believe Thanos might have been onto something. There's got to be another way, no? We are joined by the man who literally started the conversation on overpopulation with his seminal book "The Population Bomb" in 1968!!! Dr. Paul Ehrlich helps us break down "how many is too many" and whether the problem might not be "how many" at all, but instead "how we live".

    Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast

    Join hosts Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos.
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities.
     
    Join us online:
    Website https://whatifshow.com/podcast
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShow
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.science
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show

    Hosts: Richard Garner and Teddy Wilson
    Voice of What If: Peter Schmiedchen
    Executive producer: Steve Hulford
    Supervising producer: Richard Garner
    Producers: Ira Haberman and Stephen Henrik
    Technical producers: Adam Karch and Antosia Fiedur
    Channel supervisor: Raphael Faeh 
    Social media: Saida Mirzalimova
    Research: Jay Moon
    Trailer: Evan Yue
    Artwork: Alex Griffith
    Production: Underknown

    Support the show.

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