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Podcast Profile: MULTIVERSES

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32 episodes
2023 to 2024
Median: 90 minutes
Collection: SciPhi-Adjacent


Description (podcaster-provided):

Coffee table conversations with people thinking about foundational issues.  Multiverses explores the limits of knowledge and technology.  Does quantum mechanics tell us that our world is one of many?  Will AI make us intellectually lazy, or expand our cognitive range? Is time a thing in itself or a measure of change? Join James Robinson as he tries to find out.


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

➤ Foundational issues in science and philosophy • Quantum mechanics • AI ethics and future • Philosophy of language • Empirical aesthetics in music • Astrobiology • Play in animals • Linguistics • Climate change solutions • Genomics ethics

Multiverses is a podcast featuring in-depth conversations that explore foundational questions and perspectives across science, philosophy, and technology. Hosted by James Robinson, the episodes delve into complex issues with a diverse array of expert guests. The range of topics covered includes the potential of artificial intelligence, the philosophical implications of scientific theories, and the convergence of different fields in addressing the mysteries of our universe.

The podcast often examines the limits of knowledge and technology, questioning whether our reality is just one among many, as suggested by interpretations of quantum mechanics. It also explores the ethical dimensions of emerging technologies, particularly the potential impact and risks associated with AI and genetic engineering. Conversations frequently touch on the intersection of traditional scientific inquiry and philosophical analysis, challenging listeners to consider how contemporary scientific advancements are reshaping our fundamental understanding of concepts like time, space, and consciousness.

In addition to addressing theoretical issues, the podcast also features practical discussions about the implications of new technologies. This includes dialogues about the future of cities, energy sustainability through innovations like natural hydrogen and carbon capture, and the evolving landscape of AI in programming and daily life.

Guests on the podcast range from physicists and philosophers to startup advisors and poets, each bringing a unique perspective to the table. The episodes aim to deconstruct complex ideas through thoughtful discourse, often integrating insights from various disciplines to provide a richer understanding of each topic.

Overall, Multiverses offers a platform for rigorous, interdisciplinary discussions that challenge conventional thought and push the boundaries of what we know about our world and beyond.


Episodes:
Episode Image AI Moonshot — Nell Watson on the Near & Not So Near Future of Intelligence
2024-Jun-21
71 minutes
Episode Image Do Electrons Exist? — Céline Henne: Physicist's Views on Scientific Realism & Instrumentalism
2024-Jun-04
98 minutes
Episode Image 30| Thinking Beyond Language — Anna Ivanova on what LLMs can learn from the brain
2024-May-15
99 minutes
Episode Image 29 | What are words good for? — Nikhil Krishnan on Ordinary Language Philosophy
2024-Apr-12
97 minutes
Episode Image 28| Music Evolution & Empirical Aesthetics — Manuel Anglada Tort
2024-Mar-28
96 minutes
Episode Image 27| Why Knowledge is Not Enough — Jessie Munton
2024-Mar-14
84 minutes
Episode Image 26| Networks, Heartbeats & the Pace of Cities — Geoffrey West
2024-Feb-29
114 minutes
Episode Image 25| Peter Nixey — AI: Disruption Ahead
2024-Feb-15
77 minutes
Episode Image 24| How Philosophy Serves Science — David Papineau
2024-Feb-01
76 minutes
Episode Image 23| Paulina Sliwa — Moral philosophy as puzzles of daily life
2024-Jan-18
71 minutes
Episode Image 22| Sean McMahon — Astrobiology: what is life & how to know it when we see it?
2024-Jan-04
80 minutes
Episode Image 21| How and why do animals play? — Gordon Burghardt
2023-Dec-21
72 minutes
Episode Image 20| Simon Kirby — Language Evolution & Emergence of Structure
2023-Dec-07
93 minutes
Episode Image 19| The Meaning of Net Zero — Myles Allen
2023-Nov-16
54 minutes
Episode Image 18| Feeling Right: Emotions & Ethics — James Hutton
2023-Nov-02
108 minutes
Episode Image 17| Santiago Bilinkis — Artificial Intelligence: Risks & Rewards
2023-Oct-19
93 minutes
Episode Image 16| Gábor Domokos — The Gömböc, a shape at the limit of possibility
2023-Oct-05
85 minutes
Episode Image 15 | Simon Critchley — Philosophical itches & how to scratch
2023-Sep-21
89 minutes
Episode Image 14| ChatGPT as a Glider — James Intriligator
2023-Sep-07
97 minutes
Episode Image 13| Phylogeny & The Canterbury Tales — Peter Robinson
2023-Aug-24
68 minutes
Episode Image 12 | The Long Now — Peter Schwartz
2023-Aug-10
87 minutes
Episode Image 11| AI, Risk, Fairness & Responsibility — John Zerilli
2023-Jul-20
100 minutes
Episode Image 10| Plants, Roots, Spirals and Palaeobotany — Sandy Hetherington
2023-Jul-13
82 minutes
Episode Image 9| The Hunt for Hydrogen — Rūta Karolytė
2023-Jul-06
112 minutes
Episode Image 8 | Harald Wiltsche — Thought Experiments, Mach, Galileo & Phenomenology
2023-Jun-29
99 minutes
Episode Image 7| Anna Lewis — Genomics, polygenic risk scores, genetic ancestry, race & ethics
2023-Jun-22
107 minutes
Episode Image 6| Christian Bök — Poetry, Constraints, DNA & The Xenotext
2023-Jun-15
111 minutes
Episode Image 5| QBism: The World is Unfinished — Ruediger Schack
2023-Jun-08
93 minutes
Episode Image 4| Science & Poetry — Sam Illingworth
2023-Jun-01
77 minutes
Episode Image 3| Julian Barbour — Relational Space and Time
2023-May-25
75 minutes
Episode Image 2 | David Wallace — The Emergent Multiverse
2023-May-18
87 minutes
Episode Image 1 | Casey Handmer — Mining the Air
2023-May-11
91 minutes