43 episodes

In the second season of Anatomy of Next, explore every aspect of going to Mars, transforming it into a habitable world, and building a new branch of human civilization. How do we bring a cold, dead planet back to life? Can we build an atmosphere on Mars, thaw the frozen plains, and build an ocean? How do we seed a barren land with life, and make a red Mars green? Then, it’s everything from politics and education to money, music, and architecture. What does it mean to be human on an alien world?

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    • 4.9, 235 Ratings

In the second season of Anatomy of Next, explore every aspect of going to Mars, transforming it into a habitable world, and building a new branch of human civilization. How do we bring a cold, dead planet back to life? Can we build an atmosphere on Mars, thaw the frozen plains, and build an ocean? How do we seed a barren land with life, and make a red Mars green? Then, it’s everything from politics and education to money, music, and architecture. What does it mean to be human on an alien world?

    ASYLUM #2 — Legalize Housing

    ASYLUM #2 — Legalize Housing

    The housing crisis is the root of almost every serious challenge San Francisco faces. From property to construction to regulation, when it’s possible to build at all it’s too expensive to meaningfully increase supply. Because it’s too expensive to build here, most people can’t afford to live here. So let’s get into it: why does the housing crisis exist, in what ways is it unique to the Bay Area, and how do we fix this? How do we finally start building again?

    Featuring: Keith Rabois (Founders Fund), Trisha Thadani (San Francisco Chronicle), River Davis (Wall Street Journal), and Kim-Mai Cutler (Initialized Capital)

    • 52 min
    Andrew Farah // Density

    Andrew Farah // Density

    Almost every infrastructural challenge our cities face begins with the question of density. How many people are actually in the city? Where are they spending their time? Which trains are overcrowded? What about parks? Sidewalk traffic? San Francisco has one of the worst housing crises in history. Which of our buildings are being used at capacity? Without an answer to these questions it's impossible to effectively build. So how do we measure these things?

    I talked with Andrew Farah, CEO of Density, about the work his company has done in the space, and the now essential work they're doing to help our businesses and cities fight back against the pandemic.

    • 24 min
    Ryan Delk // School is Not a Place

    Ryan Delk // School is Not a Place

    Ryan Delk is the founder and CEO of Primer, a company rethinking the way we educate our children, beginning with tools to help out homeschoolers.

    If we started over today, with today's technology, with today's educational research, and with everything we’ve learned about learning this past century — if you could start our approach to education over, from scratch — what would you build?

    • 31 min
    Joshua Browder // An Army of Robotic Lawyers

    Joshua Browder // An Army of Robotic Lawyers

    Overcomplicated bureaucracy has been a plague on human productivity, with a disproportionately adverse affect on the poor and poorly connected, for hundreds of years, and with each year that passes it gets worse. Enter: your personal army of robotic lawyers.

    I sat down with Joshua Browder to talk about his company DoNotPay, and his mission to empower everyday citizens caught in some manner of bureaucratic nightmare with no friends in local politics to help them out of it.

    How do we fight back against a thoughtless system? Why is our legal framework so confusing that we need a lawyer in the first place? And how do we build something that makes sense?

    • 19 min
    Delian Asparouhov // Machines That Drive

    Delian Asparouhov // Machines That Drive

    As we continue our conversation on the city, we turn to traffic and begin with the big related tech story — what happened to self-driving cars? In this episode, my colleague Delian provides a lay of the land for the space, and we talk about a world of perfect self-driving cars. What does that look like? Would it have any impact on traffic? If not, what? Why is this important? We also talk about tech risk broadly, shortening the feedback loops of human decision making, collecting data for self-driving cars, different approaches to this, and artificial intelligence, why it seems like all of this has gone a little slower, frankly, than folks were hoping a few years ago, and how it’s shaping up today.

    • 35 min
    Ryan Petersen // Global Trade and Civilization

    Ryan Petersen // Global Trade and Civilization

    How do we get our stuff? Ryan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Flexport, a freight forwarding and customs brokerage company. We sat down to talk about the nature of trade, a literally ancient system that has been the lifeblood of global commerce, and by extension human civilization, since the dawn of time. How is technology changing that system? How *should* that system change? And how do we apply some of the logistical lessons we've learned from our success in modernizing ancient trade to the improvement of our cities?

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

ricolv15 ,

This podcast rocks!

If you’re a futurist and you like thinking about improving our future then you’ll love this podcast. I’ve listened to a lot of stinkers that promised the same, but this is the real deal.

Ahonen1 ,

One big commercial

I was really hoping the last episode would be, well, anything other than a commercial for Primer. Shame on you for promoting a single product rather than looking for what types of homeschool products are out there and reflecting on the fact that for many single parents or those in poverty this isn’t the “future of education”.

MikeNCat ,

Bittersweet

Season 1 was incredible. Season 2 is much less so. Especially The second episode about transportation. It was a painful 36 minutes having to listen to a “expert “who is a good 10 to 12 years behind state of the art. A five minute Google search would have provided our host more info than the “expert” had. He talked about taking decades to collect real world driving and how that would get paid for. And concludes that it likely won’t happen. And yet in the very town this episode comes from, a large and public company has been collecting this very data coast to coast. And getting the collectors to pay for the privilege. And they have released many of the features using many of the techniques the expert said was years away. I’d call this episode Anatomy of Last.

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