Episode 04

Originally published on tumblr June 9, 2014. 

Our guest this episode is Anders Sandberg! He is a senior researcher for theFuture of Humanity Institute and is an all-around smart (and ridiculously sweet) person. Thanks for joining us, Anders! We hope to have him on again in the future, because he is really, really fun to chat with.

Here’s a list of books we covered, and a few fun topics of note:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernon Vinge
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
"The Aleph" by Jorge Luis Borges (full text here, or you can buy it in this collection—which we recommend, bc Borges is amazing. Lit kids and math kids alike love this man)
topics include: sci-fi and real world tech (ex: Google Earth and Oculus Rift); “hot” vs “cold” media; gender and identity; black holes; and Clippy (yes, thatClippy)

the little intro music clip is from Friska Viljor — “Bite Your Head Off” (total coincidence that we picked swedish indie music when we had a swedish guest—how serendipitous)