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Podcast Profile: Bridging the Gaps: A Portal for Curious Minds

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76 episodes
2014 to 2024
Median: 56 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent

Description (podcaster-provided):

In-depth conversations with researchers, explorers and thought leaders from around the world, on cutting edge research and original ideas.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Interdisciplinary research and discussions • Ethical dilemmas in science and technology • AI and machine learning insights • Space exploration challenges • Historical perspectives on science • Neuroscience advancements and implications • Philosophy of technology and information

"Bridging the Gaps: A Portal for Curious Minds" is a podcast designed to deliver in-depth conversations and discussions on a myriad of scientific, technological, philosophical, and socio-political topics. Each episode hosts thought leaders, researchers, and explorers who are experts in their respective fields.

One central theme is the exploration of artificial intelligence—its current capabilities, future potential, and implications for society. Episodes dive into the developmental challenges of AI, including the quest for artificial general intelligence, machine learning deployment, and human-machine collaboration. The podcast frequently touches upon ethical considerations in using AI and data, probing questions around algorithmic surveillance and the unintended consequences of technological trends.

Another recurring subject is human innovation and how it intersects with the natural world. Episodes discuss the intricacies of cognitive control, the nature of human intelligence, and the biological aspects of human existence. Even the origins and impacts of fundamental aspects like time, space, and the nature of reality are probed through the lens of quantum theory and neuroscience. The podcast also delves into the history of scientific discoveries and theories, painting a vivid picture of how our understanding of the world has evolved.

The podcast offers a rich tapestry of discussions on space exploration, both human and robotic. It contemplates humanity’s efforts to explore and potentially inhabit other worlds, investigating the ethical, technological, and biological challenges associated with such endeavours. Another significant focus is the sense-making of humanity's place in the cosmic timeline—examining the formation and potential end of the universe.

By interweaving insights from various disciplines, this podcast aims to broaden listeners' perspective on both contemporary issues and timeless questions, encouraging a deep and nuanced understanding of the forces that shape our world and beyond.

Episode Image “The Secret Life of Data: Navigating Hype and Uncertainty” with Aram Sinnreich and Jesse Gilbert
67 minutes
Episode Image “Off-Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space” with Dr Erika Nesvold
48 minutes
Episode Image “Evolutionary Intelligence: How Technology Will Make Us Smarter” with Professor W. Russell Neuman
42 minutes
Episode Image “Design for a Better World: Meaningful, Sustainable, Humanity Centered” with Professor Don Norman
60 minutes
Episode Image “The AI Playbook: Mastering the Rare Art of Machine Learning Deployment” with Eric Siegel
45 minutes
Episode Image “Sharing Our Science: How to Write and Speak STEM” with Professor Brandon Brown
59 minutes
Episode Image “The Good-Enough Life” with Dr Avram Alpert
57 minutes
Episode Image “Sentience: The Invention of Consciousness” with Professor Nicholas Humphrey
69 minutes
Episode Image “The Smartness Mandate” with Professor Orit Halpern
56 minutes
Episode Image “Ending Epidemics: A History of Escape from Contagion” with Richard Conniff
56 minutes
Episode Image “Kendall Square and the Making of a Global Innovation Hub” with Robert Buderi
59 minutes
Episode Image “Worlds Without End: Exoplanets, Habitability, and the Future of Humanity” with Prof. Chris Impey
42 minutes
Episode Image Reclaiming Human Intelligence and “How to Stay Smart in a Smart World” with Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer
67 minutes
Episode Image “A Traveller’s Guide to the Stars” with Physicist, Author and Nasa Technologist Les Johnson
56 minutes
Episode Image “When Galaxies Were Born: The Quest for Cosmic Dawn” with Professor Richard Ellis
68 minutes
Episode Image Cloud Empires: Governing State-like Digital Platforms & Regaining Control with Prof Vili Lehdonvirta
81 minutes
Episode Image “The Exquisite Machine: The New Science of the Heart” with Professor Sian Harding
58 minutes
Episode Image “Working with AI”: Human-Machine Collaborations with Prof. Thomas Davenport and Prof. Steven Miller
71 minutes
Episode Image "Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built" with Professor William Harris
61 minutes
Episode Image “The Case Against Reality” and The Hard Problem of Consciousness with Professor Donald Hoffman
80 minutes
Episode Image Augmented Thinking: The New Convergence of Art, Technology, and Science with Professor Julio Ottino
61 minutes
Episode Image “Machines like Us: TOWARD AI WITH COMMON SENSE” with Professor Ronald Brachman
57 minutes
Episode Image “The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds” with Professor Christopher Mason
42 minutes
Episode Image "The Joy of Science" with Professor Jim Al-Khalili
42 minutes
Episode Image "Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans" with Professor Melanie Mitchell
49 minutes
Episode Image The End of Astronauts, Robotic Space Missions and Our Future on Earth & Beyond with Prof Martin Rees
48 minutes
Episode Image "Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life" with Professor Timothy Jorgensen
66 minutes
Episode Image Asking Better Questions for Problem Solving, Innovation and Effective Leadership with Hal Gregersen
59 minutes
Episode Image On Public Communication of Science and Technology with Professor Bruce Lewenstein
69 minutes
Episode Image "Forgetting: The Benefits of Not Remembering" with Dr Scott Small
57 minutes
Episode Image "Learning How to Learn": Techniques to Help You Learn with Dr Barbra Oakley (CLASSIC)
54 minutes
Episode Image "The Self-Assembling Brain" and Quest for Improved AI with Professor Peter Robin Hiesinger
68 minutes
Episode Image Quantum Computers: Building and Harnessing the Power of Quantum Machines with Prof. Andrea Morello
65 minutes
Episode Image "Nano Comes to Life": DNA NanoTech, Medicine and the Future of Biology with Professor Sonia Contera
46 minutes
Episode Image "Free Will" Through the Lenses of Philosophy and Neuroscience with Dr Alfred Mele
43 minutes
Episode Image Time, Space and Nature of Reality through the Lens of Quantum Theory with Dr Carlo Rovelli
60 minutes
Episode Image The Spike: Journey of Electric Signals in Brain from Perception to Action with Prof. Mark Humphries
63 minutes
Episode Image History of Information with Professor Paul Duguid
49 minutes
Episode Image "On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done" with Professor David Badre
54 minutes
Episode Image "Philosophy & Ethics of Technology" with Professor Peter-Paul Verbeek
59 minutes
Episode Image "A Passion for Ignorance" and for Denials and Negations with Professor Renata Salecl
41 minutes
Episode Image Intriguing Science of Sense of Smell with Professor Matthew Cobb
60 minutes
Episode Image "Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe's First Seconds" with Dr Dan Hooper
56 minutes
Episode Image "The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)" with Dr Katie Mack
53 minutes
Episode Image Artificial Intelligence: Fascinating Opportunities & Emerging Challenges with Professor Bart Selman
53 minutes
Episode Image "Philosophy of Information" and "Ethics of Information" with Professor Luciano Floridi
63 minutes
Episode Image "The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for The Anthropocene" with Professor Jürgen Renn
64 minutes
Episode Image "Dark Data: Why What You Don't Know Matters" with Professor David Hand
43 minutes
Episode Image Origin Of Mathematics and Mathematical Thinking with Dr Keith Devlin
56 minutes
Episode Image Timefulness: Thinking Like a Geologist with Professor Marcia Bjornerud
39 minutes
Episode Image "The Technology Trap" and the Future of Work with Dr Carl Frey
46 minutes
Episode Image How Cooking Made Us Human with Professor Richard Wrangham
43 minutes
Episode Image Spitzer Space Telescope: Discovering "More Things in the Heavens" with Michael Werner
54 minutes
Episode Image "Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason" with Justin Smith
52 minutes
Episode Image "2062: The World That AI Made" with Professor Toby Walsh
61 minutes
Episode Image Robots, Artificial Life and Technology Imagined by the Ancients with Adrienne Mayor
44 minutes
Episode Image Origin of Human Emotions and Underlying Neurophysiological Functions with Professor Joseph LeDoux
46 minutes
Episode Image A History of the Concept of Genius from Antiquity to the Modern Time with Professor Darrin McMohan
61 minutes
Episode Image Memory Slips, Ageing and Strategies For Keeping Brain Healthy with Dr Gary Small
36 minutes
Episode Image Phoenix Mars Mission with NASA's Peter Smith
30 minutes
Episode Image False Memories, Misinformation Effect and Eyewitness Testimony: Professor Elizabeth Loftus
42 minutes
Episode Image Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age with Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
52 minutes
Episode Image Why You Are Not Your Brain? A Conversation on Consciousness with Alva Noe
52 minutes
Episode Image Everything a Curious Mind Should Know About Planetary Ring Systems: Dr Mark Showalter @ BTG
45 minutes
Episode Image A Conversation with Dr Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut and Sixth Person to Walk on the Moon
46 minutes
Episode Image Giant Magellan Telescope: Past, Present and Future of Space Exploration with Ground Based Telescopes
54 minutes
Episode Image Education: What works and what does not, with Professor John Hattie
63 minutes
Episode Image Search for Exoplanets: A Discussion with Professor Sara Seager @ BTG
43 minutes
Episode Image New Horizons Spacecraft's Pluto Flyby with Dr Mark Showalter
25 minutes
Episode Image Multiple Intelligences and Future Minds with Dr Howard Gardner
67 minutes
Episode Image From Consciousness to Synthetic Consciousness: Prof. David Chalmers
43 minutes
Episode Image Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Dr Jill Tarter
52 minutes
Episode Image Growth Mindset: Professor Carol Dweck at BTG
47 minutes
Episode Image Memory: Professor Daniel Schacter at BTG
60 minutes
Episode Image Philosophy of Science: Professor Tim Maudlin at BTG
60 minutes
Episode Image Meta-awareness and Mind Wandering: Professor Jonathan Schooler at BTG
59 minutes