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Review the Future is a podcast that unapologetically speculates about the impact of near-future technologies on society and culture. Topics will include the Singularity and Transhumanism, Automation and Artificial Intelligence, and more. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@rtf_podcast) and follow hosts Ted Kupper (@tedkupper), a screenwriter, and Jon Perry, (@QuibbleGames), a game designer.

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Review the Future is a podcast that unapologetically speculates about the impact of near-future technologies on society and culture. Topics will include the Singularity and Transhumanism, Automation and Artificial Intelligence, and more. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@rtf_podcast) and follow hosts Ted Kupper (@tedkupper), a screenwriter, and Jon Perry, (@QuibbleGames), a game designer.

    098: Review of WALKAWAY

    098: Review of WALKAWAY

    Cory Doctorow's novel WALKAWAY is the subject of this episode. Ted and Jon discuss the novel's plot (and this one is full of spoilers, so if you haven't read it yet beware!) and the wild sci fi ideas inside: emulated brains, matter printers, post-capitalist visions of society, and a growing rift between 'default'-dwellers who live in a version of the world today and the walkaway movement, that embraces abundance by largely eschewing personal property. It's a fascinating world if not always a compelling read from a literary perspective.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    097: Review of I AM MOTHER

    097: Review of I AM MOTHER

    Jon and Ted review I AM MOTHER, a Netflix movie directed by Grant Sputore and written by Michael Lloyd Green. The story is about a robot that raises a human child. We cover the more and less believable aspects of the story, and consider whether the chain of events dramatized seems realistic. This one is full of spoilers, so watch the movie first if you'd rather not have the twists revealed.

    • 44 min
    096: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 3

    096: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 3

    This episode is about Smithereens, the second episode in season 5 of Black Mirror. The episode features a hostage situation caused in part by social media addiction. Jon and Ted use this episode to discuss the increasingly governmental role played by social media and other large tech companies, and speculate about the future of devolving government duties to private actors.

    • 52 min
    095: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 2

    095: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 2

    This episode is about "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too," the third episode in season 5 of Black Mirror. Sure, it's another story with emulated brain technology where it's only applied in one narrow way, but its fun fairytale tone helps forgive that and there are a few genuinely interesting speculations, including about how musical creativity works, extracting artistic concepts from either AIs or comatose brains, and what can be done with an artist's brand without their consent. In the end it's a little muddled what is being said, but it's an interestingly complex episode.

    • 37 min
    094: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 1

    094: Review of BLACK MIRROR Season 5, Part 1

    If you were waiting for an episode in which Jon says "shooting orgasmic fireballs," today's your lucky day. This episode we look at the STRIKING VIPERS episode of Black Mirror season 5. In it, two friends who are straight men in real life fall in love while playing avatars of differing gender (and race) in an immersive video game. We discuss the plausibility of such technology and the ways the episode depicts the wider world, and interrogate some of the interesting things that come up around sex and embodiment. 

    • 34 min
    093: Review of EXHALATION, Part 2

    093: Review of EXHALATION, Part 2

    In this episode we review the story The Lifecycle of Software Objects from the collection Exhalation by Ted Chiang. The story is about a pair of startup employees who train and bond with software beings created by the company they work for. It's a metaphor for parenting, but being a longer story with several breaks in time, it also contains a richly detailed speculative world. We use it as a jumping off point to discuss ovafusion, uploaded mammals, paths to AI, and more.

    • 58 min

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