60 episodes

We dive deep into the science, tech, and social issues explored in the novel "After On." It's NOT necessary to be an "After On" reader to listen, learn & enjoy this podcast!

The After On Podcast Rob Reid

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 1.8K Ratings

We dive deep into the science, tech, and social issues explored in the novel "After On." It's NOT necessary to be an "After On" reader to listen, learn & enjoy this podcast!

    Deep Fakes | Sam Harris and Zohaib Ahmed

    Deep Fakes | Sam Harris and Zohaib Ahmed

    Will the glittering dawn of the genai era be accompanied by a dark tsunami of pixel-perfect deep fakes? I discuss this prospect with Sam Harris, as well as the CEO of synthetic audio pioneer Resemble.ai.
     

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Generative AI | What’s New & What’s Next

    Generative AI | What’s New & What’s Next

    My thoughts on what's happening in the mad world of generative AI, announcing my new home online at robreid.substack.com, and more.

    • 32 min
    Recipes for Future Plagues | Kevin Esvelt

    Recipes for Future Plagues | Kevin Esvelt

    USAID’s new “DEEP VZN” program aims to discover new pandemic-grade viruses, then broadcast their genomes to the world, according to MIT evolutionary engineer Kevin Esvelt. He estimates that 30,000 people in dozens of countries could then easily assemble them.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Octopus Intelligence (and more!) | Roger Hanlon

    Octopus Intelligence (and more!) | Roger Hanlon

    A wide-ranging discussion of cognition in octopuses & cuttlefish, plus many, many other topics with globally renowned sensory ecologist Roger Hanlon.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    A Massive Future for an Old Vaccine? | Megan Murray

    A Massive Future for an Old Vaccine? | Megan Murray

    Harvard epidemiologist Megan Murray tells us all about the anti-tuberculosis vaccine “BCG,” and the astonishing protection it may provide against Covid -- as well as looming future pandemics.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Detecting Disease Outbreaks from Internet Traffic | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

    Detecting Disease Outbreaks from Internet Traffic | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

    This is closely tied to a 4-hour collaboration between Sam Harris and me, which Sam is posting to his podcast's feed. I strongly recommend that episode too! But it's not "required" for you to get everything out of this fascinating conversation with Seth.

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

AppReviewTT ,

Excellent

Others have said it better, but will add my applause. Just found this podcast. After hearing the fabulous interview with Donald Hoffman (entitled The Case Against Reality) I will definitely be listening to more After On. I’ve heard quality interviews with Hoffman several times before. This one is the best of them by far.

Sufiboys ,

Very engaging

Love Ron’s voice. Both his actual voice and the sensibilities that animate his topics and their coverage. A little gem in podcastverse!

OG Bucco ,

Glad I found this - thanks to EGS

Consistently impressed with Mr Reid’s ability to keep up on some really challenging topics. Can’t wait for the new season!

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