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Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.

Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.
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Princeton, NJ

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Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.

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English


Episodes

Aliens: hyperlseep, how to terraform, and Blade Runner reconciliation w/ Josh from LSG media

8/14/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Josh from LSG Media Love Love! For James Cameron and Aliens. And the great utilitarian design of the spaceship interiors. Great world-building. Hypersleep Cryosleep? Ice sublimation and mummified Sigourney Weaver. Hibernation. How to shove pine cones up your butt, chug some Nyquil, and turn into a bear. Cryogenic specimen preservations: sperm! DIY […] The post Aliens: hyperlseep, how to terraform, and Blade Runner reconciliation w/ Josh from LSG media appeared first...

Duration:00:49:58

Wall-E: biodegradable plastics, waste management, and space cattle

8/7/2018
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Space settlement The economics of leaving Earth. Settling the inner and outer solar system. The Expanse. Space cattle and other space resources (water, mineral). Garbage – in spaaace! Garbage in space aka space junk. Cleaning up space junk. Giant nets as a major cleanup strategy. Garbage – on Eaaaarth! Modern waste management. What to do […] The post Wall-E: biodegradable plastics, waste management, and space cattle appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:35:00

Ready Player One: virtual reality haptics, digital economies, and optical trickery w/ Jolene Creighton

7/31/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Jolene Creighton Fandom Identity according to interests. Fiction as personal and social mirror. Cultures and subcultures and super-niches. The “Stacks” Ad-hoc city large-scale construction. Kowloon Walled City. Virtual Reality immersion technology VR treadmills vs slippy-feet (Virtuix Omni). Looking silly. Scaling and translation from real-world input to virtual worlds. Manual and body haptics. […] The post Ready Player One: virtual reality haptics, digital...

Duration:00:52:22

Man From Earth Holocene: hunter gatherer nostalgia and trading intestines for brains w/ Adrian Falcone

7/24/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Adrian Falcone The Man From Earth Our love for the original. Considering the sequel. People talking in a room. Nostalgia The coming-on of the bronze age. Grocking the rate of progress w/ Dominick Perry. “Free time” in hunter-gatherer societies. Nostalgia as a way to bridge from what was old and comfortable to […] The post Man From Earth Holocene: hunter gatherer nostalgia and trading intestines for brains w/ Adrian Falcone appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:34:40

Predator : preposterone, light manipulation, and Aliens vs Predator vs Blade Runner

7/17/2018
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Testosterone Preposterous amounts of testosterone. Preposterone. Ahhnold and Carl Weathers. The muscles from Brussels in spaaaaace. Invisibility Picking a chunk of the electromagnetic spectrum to be invisible within. Spatial light manipulation Temporal light manipulation Spectral light manipulation Predator vision Seeing in infrared! Interactions between optical camouflage and optical receivers. Why doesn’t all the life on […] The post Predator : preposterone, light manipulation, and...

Duration:00:44:17

Q&A #3: glacial surge, myth vs legend, and underground nukes

7/10/2018
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Episode: 150 A collection of responses to feedback and addenda from supporter Jeremy. Basically, a review of some things we missed in a few episodes and an expansion on others. 🙂 Volcano Fault types review. Flood basalts as hot spot lava spam. The Deccan Traps. Vulcanism as a possible explanation for dinsoaur extinction (Wargames). The […] The post Q&A #3: glacial surge, myth vs legend, and underground nukes appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:50:20

A Quiet Place: echolocation, cochlear implant vs hearing aid, and aliens

7/3/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon A Quiet Place Episode: 149 What: Be quiet or the monsters will kill you Recommended and Related Media Show Notes Surviving without sound Deafness. How loud is a fart? Cochlear implants. Alien defense engineering. Cochlear implants How cochlear implants differ from hearing aids. How a cochlear implant works. The […] The post A Quiet Place: echolocation, cochlear implant vs hearing aid, and aliens appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:40:39

Escape From New York: ultralight aircraft, escape pods, and fusion reactors

6/26/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Escape From New York What: are you a bad enough dude to save the president? Show Notes Dystopia New York city post WW3. Crime in the US in the early 80s. Airplane failure recovery The good old days when Presidents could be bald. Plane escape mechanisms. Parachutes vs ejection […] The post Escape From New York: ultralight aircraft, escape pods, and fusion reactors appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:34:17

Universal Soldier : face-kicking cyborg technologies and micro drone insects

6/19/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Universal Soldier The government turns sometimes-naked Jean-Claude into a cyborg sorta. And hijinx ensue! Recommended and Related Media Universal Soldier alternate ending Show Notes Cyborgification Remote-controlled cockroaches. Engineering cyborg cats with tape and servos. Search and rescue rats. What counts as a cyborg? Insects with eyebrows. Non-cyborgification Whirring servos […] The post Universal Soldier : face-kicking cyborg technologies and micro...

Duration:00:42:50

Enemy Mine : Episode 146

6/12/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Enemy Mine What: A human and an alien struggle to get past their differences. Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James Show Notes Old-school space dogfighting Stealth and the economics of close-distance space combat. Ship designs for different combat settings. Space vs atmosphere travel. […] The post Enemy Mine : Episode 146 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:41:06

Tron : Episode 145

6/5/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Tron What: People but with lasers and in a computer. And light bikes! Directed by: Steven Lisberger Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner Recommended and Related Media Mainframes and the Unix Revolution – Computerphile Show Notes Production Early 80s VFX. So much rotoscoping. The dawn of computer generated […] The post Tron : Episode 145 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:44:00

Superman (1978) : Episode 144

5/29/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Superman (1978) What: Superman! Directed by: Richard Donner Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman Recommended and Related Media “Does Light Experience Time?” Show Notes Krypton Where did the Superman “S” as family symbol come from? Kryptonian Planetary OSHA. Retroreflective materials. Planet-‘sploding backstories. Shifting orbits. Tidal forces. Planetary superstructures. […] The post Superman (1978) : Episode 144 appeared first on...

Duration:00:57:47

Annihilation : Episode 143

5/22/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Annihilation What: Natalie Portman in the shimmer Directed by: Alex Garland! Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson Recommended and Related Media The Girl With All the Gifts – Decipher SciFi A callback to cordyceps parasitic fungus. Listen Decipher SciFi Episode 96 Ex Machina – Decipher SciFi Ooooooooold […] The post Annihilation : Episode 143 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:44:01

Avengers Infinity War : Episode 142

5/15/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Avengers Infinity War What: Thanos goes glove-shopping Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Recommended and Related Media Megastructures 1.1: Dyson Spheres by Isaac Arthur Show Notes Thanos Josh Brolan was so good! And the character itself too! Coin purse chin. […] The post Avengers Infinity War : Episode 142 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:46:00

Zathura : Episode 141

5/8/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Zathura What: Jumanji in space. Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart Recommended and Related Media If Earth had Rings… Show Notes Science words Jumanji in space. Card-by-card science words. Light pollution The night sky “never looked that close before.” The majority of […] The post Zathura : Episode 141 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:48:22

Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140

5/1/2018
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Stream the thing: Netflix Lost in Space [2018] What: We cover the first two episode of Netflix’ rehash of the classic Lost in Space Directed by: Neil Marshall Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey Featuring guest co-host Adrian Falcone, nerd Recommended and Related Media “Video” from the comet 67p ahhhhh it’s so […] The post Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:50:10

Westworld : Episode 139

4/24/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Westworld [1973] What: Robots! And six shooters! you get the idea. Directed by: Michael Crichton Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin Recommended and Related Media The Lighthill Debate on Artificial Intelligence [1973] Westworld (the series) Hey it’s really good. It goes where you really wish this movie could […] The post Westworld : Episode 139 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:42:21

Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138

4/17/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Men in Black What: Will Smith punches aliens. Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino Featuring guest co-host Liam Ginty of Sandy Pug Games Recommended and Related Media A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage A great book about humans […] The post Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:43:16

Snowpiercer : Episode 137

4/10/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Snowpiercer What: Social commentary on a train with dreamy Chris Evans. Snowpiercer science. Directed by: Joon-ho Bong Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton Recommended and Related Media Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin […] The post Snowpiercer : Episode 137 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:42:05

Stargate (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 136

4/3/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Stargate What: Stargate science in the movie that spawned the sprawling franchise. Yay ancient Egypt! Directed by: Roland Emmerich Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, French Stewart Featuring guest co-host Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast Recommended and Related Media The History of Egypt Podcast A really well-written and […] The post Stargate (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 136 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:01:00:25