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A podcast for the future archeologists digging through our digital remains. Explore our totally weird moment in the universe through conversations of the unconventional, bizarre, free-roaming, fun, irreverent, and thoughtful kind...an auditory psychedelic to get you prepared for living in a wilder future than we can imagine. Provocative, profound discussions at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy with Michael Garfield, Evan Snyder, and a growing list of awesome guests... Join our discussion: http://facebook.com/groups/futurefossils Support our podcast: http://patreon.com/michaelgarfield

A podcast for the future archeologists digging through our digital remains. Explore our totally weird moment in the universe through conversations of the unconventional, bizarre, free-roaming, fun, irreverent, and thoughtful kind...an auditory psychedelic to get you prepared for living in a wilder future than we can imagine. Provocative, profound discussions at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy with Michael Garfield, Evan Snyder, and a growing list of awesome guests... Join our discussion: http://facebook.com/groups/futurefossils Support our podcast: http://patreon.com/michaelgarfield
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A podcast for the future archeologists digging through our digital remains. Explore our totally weird moment in the universe through conversations of the unconventional, bizarre, free-roaming, fun, irreverent, and thoughtful kind...an auditory psychedelic to get you prepared for living in a wilder future than we can imagine. Provocative, profound discussions at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy with Michael Garfield, Evan Snyder, and a growing list of awesome guests... Join our discussion: http://facebook.com/groups/futurefossils Support our podcast: http://patreon.com/michaelgarfield

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+1 512 773 3896


Episodes

93 - Virtuoso Guitarist Andreas Kapsalis on Travel, Life, and Music

10/14/2018
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This week’s guest is one of my favorite living musicians, acoustic guitarist Andreas Kapsalis. We linked up at the magical experimental city of Arcosanti, Arizona last year during their Convergence event, at which we both performed, and talked about life as itinerant musicians drawing on a wealth of world cultures and traditions. This is a humbler and more human episode of Future Fossils – hope that you enjoy...

Duration:01:19:37

92 - Panel: The Pre- and Post-History of VR, Surveillance, and Swarm Intelligence

9/29/2018
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This week’s a treat – not one, but FOUR amazing guests, in Future Fossils Podcast’s first live taping at EFF-Austin, 10 July 2017. Heather Barfield (Head of EFF-Austin Digital Arts Coalition and Director of Development, Vortex Theater); Maggie Duval (Chief Experience Liaison, 7th Generation Labs & Senior Developer, Polycot Associates, LLC); Paul Toprac (Associate Director of Game Development at UT, RTF Department, and Senior Lecturer); and Kevin Welch (President of EFF-Austin, Fullstack Web...

Duration:01:50:42

91 - An Oral History of The End of "Reality"

9/24/2018
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This week’s episode is an experiment in science fiction storytelling – the author-read short story “An Oral History of The End of ‘Reality.’” Originally released to Patreon supporters (without the intro or musical soundtrack) last November, this story brings together many of the core themes of Future Fossils: the challenges of navigating overwhelming and contradictory information online; the new literacies that will emerge in response to AI-assisted “deep fakes” that make conventional...

Duration:00:37:14

90 - Kate Greene on Humanizing Science & Cooking on Mars

9/14/2018
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This week we chat with science writer (and former laser physicist) Kate Greene, whose writing explores everything from Big Data to boredom to brain scans, and whose fascinating and eclectic life is brightly punctuated by the four months she spent living inside a Mars base simulation on Hawaii. http://www.kategreene.net/about/ We Discuss: How she became a scientist, and then a science writer. The importance of good teachers and mentorship and encouragement along a person’s developmental...

Duration:01:17:27

89 - Joanna Harcourt-Smith, José Soler, and Jacob Aman on Breakdowns & Breakthroughs

9/6/2018
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This week we have a roundtable discussion (which took place around an actual table in Santa Fe, New Mexico) with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, José Soler, and Jacob Aman, the hosts and producers of Future Primitive Podcast (600+ episodes and going strong!). Joanna, as you may remember from episode 0020, has been a psychedelic raconteur for her entire adult life, famously snuck LSD into prison for her lover Timothy Leary, and wears her age with an incomparable flair and zest that ought to be an...

Duration:01:25:48

88 - Dennis McKenna on Psychedelics as Scientific Instruments

8/31/2018
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This week we’re blessed to chat with living legend, ethnobotanist Dennis McKenna – one of the most rigorous scientific intellects working with psychedelics in the modern era, responsible with his late brother Terence for popularizing the techniques for cultivation of psilocybin (“magic”) mushrooms, co-author of numerous books on psychoactive plant and fungal medicines and their curious effects on consciousness, and an outspoken advocate for cognitive liberty psychedelic research. (Dennis...

Duration:01:27:56

87 - Onyx Ashanti (Part 2) on Open Source P2P Concrescence vs The Realm of Loud Dumb Sh*t

8/21/2018
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This week we continue the ecstatically futural mind-jazz duet with cyborg performance artist and body-machine interface master hacker Onyx Ashanti, exploring the frontiers of new meta-languages emerging at the intersection of the born and manufactured, and creative possibilities thereof. Onyx Online: http://onyx-ashanti.com http://youtube.com/onyxashanti http://twitter.com/onyxashanti Anyone who enjoys this episode will also like these essays from my upcoming book: “The Future is More...

Duration:00:56:39

86 - Onyx Ashanti on Surfing Exponential Change (Part 1)

8/14/2018
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This week’s guest is the one-of-a-kind, ever-evolving Onyx Ashanti, a cyborg performance artist of world renown, who is as busy as anyone I know (in the words of Terence McKenna) “immanentizing the Eschaton” with his intensely futuristic machine interfaces as an extension of his cymatic, fractal, exponentiating, indomitably cool and strange philosophy. Onyx is one of the most inspiring and creative people in my network and even though this episode was recorded in December 2017 – and is in...

Duration:01:17:45

85 - Charles Eisenstein on Living in the Space Between Stories

8/7/2018
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This week’s guest is Charles Eisenstein, author of five books that challenge our inherited stories of civilization and progress – but move beyond critique and into an articulation of the new paradigm emerging simultaneously through all fields of human inquiry and practice: new modes of inter-being in a living and intelligent world; humility and celebration of the mysteries that bridges science, art, and spirit; and new perspectives on how we determine value and how we can thrive amidst an...

Duration:01:09:57

84 - Armin Ellis on Organizing Visionary Projects

7/30/2018
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Former NASA-JPL Mission Architect and founder of the Exploration Institute, Armin Ellis helps people think big and execute visionary projects for a living. He’s also now the Mission Architect for the Arch Mission Project, a group committed to getting long-lasting civilizational archives carried into deep space by other missions. Armin is exactly the guy to talk to if you want to think the future’s somewhere you would like to live… Watch the entire uncut video on...

Duration:01:01:11

83 - Michael Strong on The Future of Education

7/23/2018
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One third of American adolescents are on medication – half of that number, on psychoactive prescriptions. We have an educational system that not only can’t prepare young people for the rapidly evolving future world we’re creating for them to inhabit – it traumatizes people by attempting to squeeze every kind of human through the same twelve-plus-year sentence of indoctrination and obedience training. Are damaged and addicted mind control slaves really who we hope we’re shaping? Obviously...

Duration:01:08:38

82 - Lydia Violet on Community, Ecology, and Music as Medicine

7/13/2018
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Lydia Violet Harutoonian is a badass Armenian-American violinist and folktronica artist who has played with some of today’s juiciest crossover acts, including Rising Appalachia and The Polish Ambassador, in addition to launching her own solo project this year. She also works with the supremely wise Buddhist deep ecologist Joanna Macy on The Work That Reconnects, and leads singing workshops in which she applies her lifetime of music and work with Macy to teach music as a form of collective...

Duration:01:11:02

81 - Arthur Brock of Holochain on Rethinking Currency & The Future of Distributed Systems

7/7/2018
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This episode’s guest is Arthur Brock, currency design expert and lead visionary behind the Holochain project – which just might be the basis for the truly free, encrypted, peer-to-peer, surveillance-resistant, voluntary, non-exploitative Web we’ve all been dreaming about since the 1990s. Described by many as a “blockchain killer,” Holochain offers users an endlessly scalable and secure decentralized platform for our lives online, inspired by the fractal branching flows and emergent order we...

Duration:01:07:03

80 - George Dvorsky on Strange Days Ahead: Ethics for Autonomous Machines

6/27/2018
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This week’s guest is George Dvorsky, futurist, science journalist, and long-time contributing editor at legendary sci/fi blog io9 at http://gizmodo.com. http://twitter.com/dvorsky http://kinja.com/georgedvorsky http://www.sentientdevelopments.com/ https://io9.gizmodo.com/20-crucial-terms-every-21st-century-futurist-should-kno-1545499202 We Discuss: • Today’s explosive evolution of AI personal assistants, and where it’s heading… • Will children today, immersed in a world of AI dolls...

Duration:00:59:12

79 - James Eggleston of Power Ledger on Decentralization & Resilience

6/19/2018
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This week’s guest is James Eggleston, research and business development at Power Ledger, a blockchain software company helping the world build a resilient decentralized electrical utilities networks that’s more resistant to the turbulence of our century – and lets all of us participate in and earn from distributed power production. Power Ledger: https://powerledger.io/ https://twitter.com/powerledger_io?lang=en James: https://twitter.com/jamesbychance?lang=en We Discuss: • The history...

Duration:01:08:43

78 - Archan Nair on Radical Nonduality & Living with Enthusiasm

6/13/2018
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Visionary artist Archan Nair joins Future Fossils this week for an infectiously fun conversation about the new creative opportunities of the digital age. http://www.archann.net/ • How learning to use new tools is a little like dying; • Archan’s history of using computers for art; • The feedback loop between evolving tools and evolving artists; • How to stay clear-eyed and full-hearted about the always-on awesomeness of the world, and not let the daily BS drag you down; • The role of...

Duration:01:22:33

77 - Dylan Curran on Life in the Panopticon and Privacy After Privacy

6/5/2018
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“The best anti-virus is common sense.” This episode’s guest is Dylan Curran, a cybersecurity specialist who recently went viral after his exposé tweets about the personal information Google and Facebook collected about him were shared by Edward Snowden. Strap in for an uncomfortable close look at just how little privacy we have online – it’s even worse than you already knew – but also, some straight, practical advice for how to navigate the “glass house” we all live in now, with safety,...

Duration:01:10:58

76 - Technology as Psychedelic Parenting (at Palenque Norte, Burning Man 2017)

6/2/2018
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Self-aware machines, organs on a chip, brain-entangled meta-human military units, smart-sensor-gridded coral reefs, drone flocks, DNA-based computing, robots having baby robots…the line between the “made” and “born” is getting blurrier and blurrier each day. What does it mean to be alive in a time when we already treat the corporation as a legal person, fall in love with chat bots, and “possess” telepresence robots in virtual reality for work? This talk is a three-part argument: 1 - The...

Duration:00:49:55

75 - David Krakauer (Thinking Interplanetary with The Santa Fe Institute)

5/29/2018
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This episode’s guest is David Krakauer, President of the Santa Fe Institute – the world’s pre-eminent research center for complexity science. We discuss SFI’s new Interplanetary Project and how they are weaving scientists, engineers, science fiction authors, concept artists, and musicians together into a new collaborative storytelling and visioning project about how we can sustainably scale human civilization beyond Earth – and help spark a renaissance of Big Picture thinking and Big...

Duration:01:06:42

74 - Terry Patten (A New Republic of the Heart)

5/24/2018
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Terry Patten is a lifelong practitioner of both contemplative spirituality and real-world activism whose new book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries–A Guide To Inner Work for Holistic Change, gives us lucid instructions for how we can start to ask the hardest questions and engage the toughest problems in our age of global transformation. https://www.terrypatten.com/a-new-republic-of-the-heart/ I met Terry in 2005 when he was teaching how to recognize and integrate...

Duration:01:15:57