15 episodes

Utopia or dystopia? It’s up to us.In the 21st century, powerful technologies have been appearing at a breathtaking pace—related to the internet, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and more. They have amazing potential upsides, but we can’t ignore the serious risks that come with them.Brave New Planet is a podcast that delves deep into the most exciting and challenging scientific frontiers, helping us understand them and grapple with their implications. Dr. Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician who was a leader of the Human Genome Project and for eight years served as a science advisor to the White House for President Obama. He’s also the host of Brave New Planet, and he’s talked to leading researchers, journalists, doctors, policy makers, activists, and legal experts to illuminate how this generation’s choices will shape the future as never before.Brave New Planet is a partnership between the Broad Institute, Pushkin Industries, and The Boston Globe's Opinion team.

Brave New Planet Pushkin

    • Science
    • 4.4 • 433 Ratings

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Utopia or dystopia? It’s up to us.In the 21st century, powerful technologies have been appearing at a breathtaking pace—related to the internet, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and more. They have amazing potential upsides, but we can’t ignore the serious risks that come with them.Brave New Planet is a podcast that delves deep into the most exciting and challenging scientific frontiers, helping us understand them and grapple with their implications. Dr. Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician who was a leader of the Human Genome Project and for eight years served as a science advisor to the White House for President Obama. He’s also the host of Brave New Planet, and he’s talked to leading researchers, journalists, doctors, policy makers, activists, and legal experts to illuminate how this generation’s choices will shape the future as never before.Brave New Planet is a partnership between the Broad Institute, Pushkin Industries, and The Boston Globe's Opinion team.

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    What’s at Stake

    What’s at Stake

    Malcolm Gladwell joins host Dr. Eric Lander for a conversation about science, society, and how the decisions we make today will impact generations to come. At a moment when science is becoming more important than ever for meeting the challenges ahead, can we solve the growing tensions between society and science?

    For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org. 

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    • 19 min
    Deepfakes and the Future of Truth

    Deepfakes and the Future of Truth

    It’s getting easy to create convincing—but false—videos through artificial intelligence. These “deepfakes” can have interesting applications in art and education, but they can also cause great harm—from ruining the reputation of an ex-partner to provoking international conflicts or swinging elections. When seeing is not believing, who can we trust, and can democracy and truth survive? 

    For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    From Revisionist History: Way to Go, Ohio

    From Revisionist History: Way to Go, Ohio

    Sharing a special episode from our friends at Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. On this brand new season, Malcolm’s obsessed with experiments – natural experiments, scientific experiments, thought experiments. In this preview, you’ll learn about a mysterious and disfiguring disease that plagued parts of the world. No one could find a remedy until a doctor in Ohio conducted a controversial experiment…with an everyday condiment. 

    You can hear more Revisionist History at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/rhs7?sid=planet.
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    • 39 min
    A Radical Approach to Climate Change

    A Radical Approach to Climate Change

    Could altering the Earth’s atmosphere to reflect back some of the sun’s rays be a solution to climate change? It would likely decrease global temperatures, but it might lead to climate wars. Humanity might become “addicted” to it for survival. And ultimately, would this technology only distract us from tackling the real problem of carbon emissions?
    For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org. 

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    • 58 min
    Killer Robots and the Future of War

    Killer Robots and the Future of War

    Fully autonomous lethal weapons—robots that can select and engage targets without human intervention—are fast becoming possible. They might minimize casualties and protect civilians in times of war. But is it morally wrong to put a computer in charge of life or death decisions? Could system errors lead to flash wars? But, as war gets faster and more complex, is it even feasible to keep humans in the loop?

    For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org. 

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    What Algorithms Say About You

    What Algorithms Say About You

    Artificial intelligence is letting us make predictive algorithms that translate languages and spot diseases as well or better than humans. But these systems are also being used to make decisions about hiring and criminal sentencing. Do computers trained on vast datasets of human experience learn human biases, like sexism and racism? Is it possible to create an algorithm that is fair for everyone? And should you have the right to know when these algorithms are being used and how they work?

    For links to materials referenced in the episode, suggestions for further learning, and guest bios, visit bravenewplanet.org. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
433 Ratings

433 Ratings

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An amazing podcast that will stir you to take ownership of this planet that we all share and want to leave behind as a healthy planet for the generations coming after us . Thank you for doing this .

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Probably be a really really really really good podcast.

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Interesting idea, but…

This podcast is an interesting idea and could be great. But the editing is not good and the hosting is hard to stand. Pleases get a voice coach or you should change the host. Very irritating and ruins the podcast.

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