12 episodes

The year is 2032, and the revolutionary tech company AD LUCEM O.I. has over 10 million subscribers. Their Corporeal Augmented Reality Assistant, or CARA for short, is a massive success. CARA isn’t just another listening device. It’s a virtual assistant, helmed by a live operator, who responds to the wants and needs of their clients in real time – the way only a human can. With an update to this game-changing technology on the horizon, the company’s CEO is poised to capture the fame and fortune she’s always dreamed of. But it is quickly revealed that her determination to “maintain the thread of human connection” might have unintended consequences… 

AD LUCEM is a nine-episode, socio-political thriller about the ethical dilemmas that surface when the pursuit of human connection blurs the lines between technology and reality.

All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus. 

Produced by QCODE, Barry Linen Motion Pictures, and SALT with Executive Producers Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Ian Gotler, Troian Bellisario, and Joshua Close. Written and directed by Troian Bellisario and Joshua Close. Starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, and Troian Bellisario with Fiona Shaw, Clancy Brown, and Joshua Close.

Ad Lucem QCODE

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    • 4.5 • 441 Ratings

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The year is 2032, and the revolutionary tech company AD LUCEM O.I. has over 10 million subscribers. Their Corporeal Augmented Reality Assistant, or CARA for short, is a massive success. CARA isn’t just another listening device. It’s a virtual assistant, helmed by a live operator, who responds to the wants and needs of their clients in real time – the way only a human can. With an update to this game-changing technology on the horizon, the company’s CEO is poised to capture the fame and fortune she’s always dreamed of. But it is quickly revealed that her determination to “maintain the thread of human connection” might have unintended consequences… 

AD LUCEM is a nine-episode, socio-political thriller about the ethical dilemmas that surface when the pursuit of human connection blurs the lines between technology and reality.

All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus. 

Produced by QCODE, Barry Linen Motion Pictures, and SALT with Executive Producers Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Ian Gotler, Troian Bellisario, and Joshua Close. Written and directed by Troian Bellisario and Joshua Close. Starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, and Troian Bellisario with Fiona Shaw, Clancy Brown, and Joshua Close.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Hive

    The Hive

    It’s 2032. A group of students tour the number one organic intelligence company in the world. They learn about CARA, a Corporeal Augmented Reality Assistant created by the company’s brilliant and enigmatic CEO, Miranda Sköll. Miranda is preparing to launch a game-changing update she calls Presence… but there’s a problem. There are interactions her CARAs are having on the dark web that cannot be accounted for. Welcome to Ad Lucem O.I.

    This episode contains adult content and graphic language. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close. From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 32 min
    The Interview

    The Interview

    Miranda gives her first interview in years, and it does not go as planned. Dominic tries to keep Miranda’s anxieties in check and discovers she might be hiding a secret about the company’s origins. Phil receives an intriguing invitation.

    This episode contains adult content and graphic language. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 32 min
    The Tapes

    The Tapes

    The year is 2020. The country has been hit by the Covid-19 virus and Miranda, a junior at Yale, is forced to quarantine at the Martha’s Vineyard estate of a family friend. As the pandemic intensifies, and a hurricane rocks this picturesque island paradise, a bond is formed between Miranda and her host.

    This episode contains adult content, graphic language, and sexual violence. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close. From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 32 min
    The Party

    The Party

    Phil witnesses the power of Presence first-hand. As protests escalate and pressure mounts, Miranda is forced to reckon with the consequences of her creation. Dominic enlists Phil to help him find a witness. An unlikely candidate for Miranda’s secretary settles in.

    This episode contains adult content and graphic language. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close. From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 26 min
    The Inmate

    The Inmate

    Miranda visits Vincent in prison. The two discuss the future of Ad Lucem O.I. and Vincent’s role in it. Dominic learns of the sudden and tragic death of a friend, sending him into uncharted territory with Cassidy and Phil.

    This episode contains adult content and graphic language. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close. From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 31 min
    The Church

    The Church

    The police interview the employees of Ad Lucem O.I. Miranda offers Phil a more active role in the company. Francis asks Phil to join her for “service.”
    This episode contains adult content, graphic language, violence, and self harm. All nine episodes will be available for free, but QCODE+ subscribers get early, uninterrupted access to new episodes. Learn more at https://qcodemedia.com/qcodeplus.

    Created by Troian Bellisario and Josh Close. From QCODE, makers of fantastic audio fiction. Visit QCODEMedia.com to learn more. And, check out some of our other shows including: From Now with Richard Madden and Brian Cox, The Left Right Game with Tessa Thompson, Borrasca with Cole Sprouse, Blackout with Rami Malek, and many more.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
441 Ratings

441 Ratings

Ms. Wolfy ,

CLANCY BROWN!!!

I listened to this riveting podcast to hear the performance of my favorite actor CLANCY BROWN! Unfortunately Clancy turns out not to be the main villain.

Honestly all the cast did an amazing job, I came to really like the character Phil while Damien held the story together. I felt like Miranda and Phil sounded too similar and it was hard to tell them apart.

The story is very relevant and intriguing in our current days of AI. Still, I felt it somehow didn’t push far enough in the way of intellectual discussion. It kind of switched genres in the middle and went from Sci-Fi to Thriller.

I don’t usually listen to podcasts, I’m an audiobook girl so I was pleasantly surprised with how gripping and suspenseful this was. It felt the same like watching a tv show. If you like Minority Report, 2001 or For All Mankind you might like this.

accessibilityforall ,

Content Warning Needed

This is a riveting story, but it needs to have a content warning included in each episode description. It deals with some very heavy content (SA, child endangerment, etc) that can be difficult for some people to unexpectedly listen to.

Joceyln91 ,

A Must-Listen Sci-Fi Podcast

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Ad Lucem" is an outstanding masterpiece of science fiction, captivating from start to finish with its innovative ideas, rich world-building, and gripping storytelling. One of the most impressive aspects of Ad Lucem is its exploration of the ethical dilemmas that arise when technology blurs the lines between reality and human connection. This podcast provides a fresh perspective on the subject matter, leaving listeners with plenty to ponder long after the episode has ended. Highly recommended for all sci-fi enthusiasts!👍👍👍👍👍

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