5 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.

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    • 4.2 • 254 Ratings

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.

    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
    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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    • 57 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
    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
    Introducing Brave New Planet

    Introducing Brave New Planet

    Introducing Brave New Planet, a seven-part series that delves deep into powerful technologies changing our world. They have amazing potential upsides, but we can’t ignore the serious risks. Hosted by Dr. Eric Lander, Brave New Planet is a partnership between the Broad Institute, Pushkin Industries, and the Boston Globe.
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Mockingjay216 ,

Amazing podcast - Very deep…

This podcast is just what we need. These problems are very real and very pressing, we need to act, and we need to do it fast. I’ve loved this podcast so far and can’t wait for more episodes!

DN4486 ,

Excellent

Looking forward to more episodes. Impeccably researched and informative. My new favorite podcast.

TX-936 ,

Great for the whole family

Always looking for good podcasts to listen to while in the car with the kids. Stumbled on this one and can’t wait for more episodes!

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