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Team Human is a weekly podcast and set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact. This is media as cultural resistance and a path to social change. Hosted by world-renowned media theorist Professor Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human is a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred engagement with the most important issues of our time: the relationship of human beings to the operating systems that usurp our autonomy – be they economic systems amplified by digital technology, or the digital technologies themselves.

Team Human is a weekly podcast and set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact. This is media as cultural resistance and a path to social change. Hosted by world-renowned media theorist Professor Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human is a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred engagement with the most important issues of our time: the relationship of human beings to the operating systems that usurp our autonomy – be they economic systems amplified by digital technology, or the digital technologies themselves.
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Team Human is a weekly podcast and set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact. This is media as cultural resistance and a path to social change. Hosted by world-renowned media theorist Professor Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human is a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred engagement with the most important issues of our time: the relationship of human beings to the operating systems that usurp our autonomy – be they economic systems amplified by digital technology, or the digital technologies themselves.

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Ep. 82 Brian Keating "Honey, I Shrunk the Cosmos"

4/18/2018
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“Everyone wants to be a cowboy, but no one wants to ride the range.” A dream of unraveling the mystery of the birth of universe led astrophysicist and author Brian Keating to "saddle up" and head to a frozen ocean of snow at the bottom of the world. Keating joins Rushkoff to talk about science, faith, questions that lead to more questions, and the "background noise” of the cosmos that may just be the key to understanding how this all began. Rushkoff begins todays show commemorating the 50th...

Duration:01:02:55

Ep. 81 Jeremy Lent "The Patterning Instinct"

4/11/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct. Lent’s expansive research looks at the variety of ways cultures throughout history have patterned meaning into the cosmos. In excavating these patterns, Lent shares how humans might retrieve those metaphors that amplify altruism and shared intentionality. Together, Rushkoff and Lent explore the question of what makes humans unique and how we might leverage our patterning instinct to foster a future characterized...

Duration:01:02:53

Ep. 80 Kenric McDowell "The Right Kind of AI"

4/4/2018
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What can artists, musicians, magical thinkers and "weirdos" bring to machine learning and neural networks? What do we need to make the right kind of AI? Exploring these questions and more is Kenric McDowell, leader of Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence program. In this conversation with Douglas, Kenric explains how his unique role at Google enables him to bring the artistic spirit into the very heart of technology development. Moving beyond the hype of AI, Kenric shares strategies...

Duration:01:07:30

Ep. 79 Suzanne Slomin "Feeding A Living Culture"

3/28/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is Suzanne Slomin, founder of Green Rabbit a small solar powered bakery located in the Mad River Valley of Vermont specializing in naturally leavened breads. Suzanne will share with us what it’s like being a “Real Person Doing Real Things;” an actual baker, farmer, employer and global citizen trying to operate as sustainably and humanly as possible across all the dimensions of her work. In this episode, we meet Suzanne having just “fed” her sourdough starter,...

Duration:01:13:10

Ep. 78 Live at Gray Area Night Two Pt. 2: Erik Davis and Josette Melchor

3/21/2018
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Today on Team Human we conclude our series of live shows recorded at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in the historic Mission district of San Francisco. Picking up where we left off last week and joining Douglas on stage are teammates Erik Davis and Josette Melchor. Erik Davis is the author of Techgnosis, Nomad Codes and host of The Expanding Mind podcast. Erik and Douglas start with the big question, “What the fuck is going on here?” What begins with a few laughs quickly digs into a...

Duration:01:15:13

Ep. 77 Live at Gray Area Night Two Pt. 1: Lauren McCarthy

3/14/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is interactive artist Lauren McCarthy. Lauren’s thought provoking work brings a unique and creative perspective on social interaction and the intersection of humans and technology. In this episode, Lauren’s app Crowdpilot becomes the first “advertisement” to be featured on Team Human. Crowdpilot is an app in which real time conversation advice is crowdsourced from online third-party monitors. In another crowdsourcing experiment titled Social Turkers, McCarthy...

Duration:00:43:49

Ep. 76 Live From Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Pt.2: Howard Rheingold

3/7/2018
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This week we continue with part two of our special live recording of Team Human at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Fransisco. Joining Douglas on stage is cyberculture pioneer, educator, artist, author, visionary, and shoe painter, Howard Rheingold. “Mind amplifiers,” “psychedelic signifiers,” and “the instrumental vs. the sacred” are just the tip of the iceberg in a conversation that explores how we got to this moment in technology and society... and ultimately where we hope to...

Duration:01:09:45

Ep. 75 Live From San Francisco at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Pt.1: Annalee Newitz

2/28/2018
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This week's Team Human comes to you recorded live at the historic Grand Theater in San Francisco's Mission District, home to Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. We'll be sharing four installments of this live event, kicking it off with a conversation with Annalee Newitz, author of the mind blowing sci-fi novel Autonomous, as well as prior work Scatter Adapt and Remember: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction, founder of I09, and journalist for outlets such as Ars Technica among many...

Duration:00:56:06

Ep. 74 Damien Williams "We Built It From Us"

2/21/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is interdisciplinary thinker and technology philosopher Damien Williams. In this episode, Williams and Rushkoff look at the embedded biases of technology and the values programed into our mediated lives. How has a conception of technology as “objective” blurred our vision to the biases normalized within these systems? What ethical interrogation might we apply to such technology? And finally, how might alternative modes of thinking, such as magick, the occult,...

Duration:00:56:31

Ep. 73 Eleanor Saitta "Is It Safe?"

2/14/2018
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Playing for Team Human today, cyber security expert Eleanor Saitta. Eleanor shares her deep knowledge on building secure and robust digital ecosystems. As Eleanor and Douglas converse on issues of privacy, encryption, and surveillance, a set of thought-provoking insights about online identity and human to human connection emerges. Does empathy scale across our cyber connections? Or is it confusion and distrust that is most apt to scale? Conversing over a shaky and intermittent VoIP...

Duration:01:06:02

Ep. 72 David Pescovitz "Music for Aliens"

2/7/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is journalist, Boing Boing editor, Institute for the Future research director and recent Grammy Award Winning record producer David Pescovitz. Douglas spoke to David just days before he won the Grammy, with collaborators Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad, for best boxed or special limited-edition package for The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition. The Voyager vinyl set is an incredible artifact to hold and hear. The original Voyager Golden Record are...

Duration:00:51:25

Ep. 71 Merrelyn Emery "Having a Role in Your World"

1/31/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is world renown social scientist and systems thinker, Merrelyn Emery. Emery, with her partner the late Fred Emery, advanced Open Systems Theory and applied it to management of organizations and government. Open Systems Theory, or OST is the idea that autocracies make for bad governments, companies, and organizations. In this conversation, Merrelyn and Douglas discuss the power of community and collective organizing. They also discuss the social environments...

Duration:00:51:41

Ep. 70 Danielle Butin "It Starts With Listening"

1/24/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is Danielle Butin, founder of the Afya Foundation. Afya collects and sends surplus medical supplies from the US to those who need them around the world. In today’s conversation with Douglas, Danielle shares not only stories of the good accomplished through Afya, but also a broader strategy for human intervention. How did Danielle, an occupational therapist and geriatric care provider, come to launch an organization that has shipped more than six million pounds...

Duration:00:59:09

Ep. 69 Ghislaine Boddington "Full Immersion"

1/17/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is immersion experience artist and pioneer, Ghislaine Boddington. Ghislaine joins Douglas for a conversation about the nature of immersive technologies and how we might bring our bodies with us into the digital realm. Rather than diminish the role of the physical body, Ghislaine’s work celebrates the body as an integral part of enhanced immersive experience. As Creative Director at body>data>space Ghislaine’s art and practice embraces technologies that amplify...

Duration:01:11:35

Ep. 68 Stacco Troncoso "The Commons Is The Glue"

1/10/2018
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Playing for Team Human today is Stacco Troncoso of the P2P Foundation. Stacco brings with him deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the power of the commons. Stacco and the Commons Transition team put their faith in people, believing in the potential of diverse, empowered communities to address complex problems. Far from a utopian fantasy, P2P offers a wealth of resources including models from groups who have already successfully transitioned to a commons approach in governance, finance, and...

Duration:00:54:45

Ep.67 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge "Weaponized Pleasure"

12/20/2017
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been one of my dearest and most human friends for the past few decades. Gen’s a musician, icon, cut-and-paste artist, occultist, and pandrogyne with whom I’ve worked and played in many ways over the years. Gen founded The Coum Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, with whom I played keyboards in the early 2000’s. Gen also embarked on a very personal cut-and-paste experiment with partner Jackie, where they both sought to break gender through psychic...

Duration:01:41:02

Ep. 66 Mitch Horowitz "Radical Optimism"

12/13/2017
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Playing for Team Human today, occult scholar and author Mitch Horowitz. Mitch, the author of Occult America (Bantam); One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life (Crown); and Mind As Builder: The Positive-Mind Metaphysics of Edgar Cayce(A.R.E. Press) joins Douglas for a conversation about the shared histories of magic, capitalism, and American political thought. It’s a conversation that asks questions about the nature of the mind and the power of enthusiasm. What about...

Duration:00:41:05

Ep. 65 Erin Barnes "In Our Backyards"

12/6/2017
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Playing for Team Human today is Erin Barnes co-founder of ioby. Ioby (in our backyards) is a “crowd-resourcing” platform for citizen-led, neighborhood-focused projects. Rather than just raise money, ioby mobilizes civic engagement by putting resources in the hands of local leaders who want to steward positive change in their neighborhoods. Erin shares with Douglas how ioby harnesses the power of solidarity and real world connection. In doing so, ioby not only ignites civic participation,...

Duration:00:39:56

Ep. 64 Nikki Silvestri "More Than Mere Dirt"

11/29/2017
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What can we learn from a mere handful of dirt? For Nikki Silvestri, soil is both a metaphor and the literal “fertile” ground through which complexity and diversity thrive. Having worked on issues of food systems, sustainability, and public health, Silvestri describes soil as the link through which to engage in the work of building community, resilience, and social equity. Today, in her conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, Silvestri offers a unique approach to systems thinking, grounded in a...

Duration:00:48:52

Ep. 63 Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen "The Thrill of Democracy"

11/15/2017
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Playing for Team Human today are Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen from the Small Planet Institute. Lappé and Eichen are out on the road with a mission to reinvigorate “civic courage” and inclusive participation in democracy. Their latest book Daring Democracy Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want offers a diagnosis of what has come to ail our democracy and recommends the necessary cures, offering concrete examples of ballot initiatives, reforms, and collective...

Duration:01:03:46

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