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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

Close Encounters: alien contact, debunking, and music communication

12/11/2018
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Special offers A special chance for us to use your name for something dumb in the upcoming scifi adventure show Decipher RPG :-). Anybody supporting this show by Fri Dec 21 2018 will get their name used for a character! 😀 Contact “Levels” of alien contact. Converting anal probes and sex bases to contact “levels.” […] The post Close Encounters: alien contact, debunking, and music communication appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:37:32

The Titan: adapting vs terraforming Titan, individual adaptations

12/4/2018
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Titan The most interesting moon ’round Saturn! Viewing the moon Titan by eye or by telescope. Protip: bincolulars are actually just two tiny telescopes. Saturn The Saturnian hexagonal storm vs the larger Jovian storm. Latitudinal wind gradients. Adaptation Adapting the world to our needs. The possibility of adapting ourselves to a world. Inhospitality. Ethiopian, Tibetan, […] The post The Titan: adapting vs terraforming Titan, individual adaptations appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:41:30

Blade: blood, colloidal silver aposematism, and scoville testing

11/27/2018
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Blade Silver Weaponizing silver. Colloidal silver. Papa Smurf. Blue anti-vampire aposematism. Spray defense Pepper spray. Garlic spray. The difference between bear spray and self-defense pepper spray. The positives and negatives of fog-mode sprays in vampire club fighting. Johnny Knoxville pain ratings. Scoville units Laboratory capsaicin measurement by high-performance liquid chromatography vs the organoleptic method. The […] The post Blade: blood, colloidal silver aposematism, and...

Duration:00:36:02

I Origins: rationality, eyeballs, and biometric ID w/ Daniel Barker

11/20/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Daniel James Barker of Uncertainty Principle the Podcast Eyeball anatomy All the important parts, wherever they are! Who really cares anyway we’re only here for two in particular: the iris and the retina. The retinal blind spot. Creationism And intelligent design. Are wrong. Reaching conclusions and working backwards for fun and profit. […] The post I Origins: rationality, eyeballs, and biometric ID w/ Daniel Barker appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:47:13

The Meg: claspers, megalodon teeth, and shark proponency w/ Melissa Marquez

11/13/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Melissa Márquez Website | Twitter Sharks A sharky public service message/pro-shark propaganda. Sharks get a bad wrap in the media. Eating weird stuff. The importance of sharks in the ocean and their roles in their particular ecosystems. Shark behaviour Biting the internet. Alternative shark species name suggestions. “Exploratory” biting. Claspers! The Megalodon’s […] The post The Meg: claspers, megalodon teeth, and shark proponency w/ Melissa Marquez appeared first...

Duration:00:43:29

Decipher SciFi State of the Union 2018

11/8/2018
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In which we look at your survey responses and reveal where we’re headed in the coming year Listening habits RPG experience Nerd gatherings and meeting listeners irl Creator support LSG Media appreciation party Guest co-hosts Suggestion box Future expansion recommendations (Decipher History!?) The post Decipher SciFi State of the Union 2018 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:28:46

Sorry to Bother You: code switching, indie media, and the power of scifi w/ Eliot Peper

11/6/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Eliot Peper, author of Borderless This movie It gets a bit weird! And we have a bit of a time summarizing it. Storytelling Adventure stories. Social allegory. The power of science fiction in particular to force you to reframe your perception by believably breaking your assumptions. HG Wells and Moreau. Science fiction […] The post Sorry to Bother You: code switching, indie media, and the power of scifi w/ Eliot Peper appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:43:36

eXistenZ: reality testing, biocomputing, and gross stuff

10/30/2018
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Cronenberg Creepy body horror. Fingers in holes. This is kinda hot. The video game industry Gaming in film. Brainscan. The video game bubble. E.T. The Video Game landfill debacle. AAA Game budgets before people took the industry seriously. AAA Auteur creators of the past. Auteur creators in indie games now. Meat guns Wooden cannons! Wow! […] The post eXistenZ: reality testing, biocomputing, and gross stuff appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:37:45

Pacific Rim Uprising: drone jamming, the aircraft boneyard, and cerebral organoids

10/23/2018
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Robot police Keeping the peace when independent operations can make their own giant robots. Staying somewhat prepared for returning existential threats. Jaeger graveyard Stowing expensive purpose-built machinery. Aircraft graveyards. The economics of storing and securing out-of-production technology for later use. Robotics Avoiding trouble with the square-cube law by building smaller robots. Boston Dynamics and the […] The post Pacific Rim Uprising: drone jamming, the aircraft boneyard, and...

Duration:00:41:27

Gravity: decompression sickness, orbital mechanics, and jet chairs

10/16/2018
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Criticism Sloppy orbital mechanics and the value of science-adjacent entertainment. Ed Harris Forever the voice of Mission Control. Space is dangerous Almost as scary as the ocean. EVA jet chairs NASA’s MMU. The new tiny one: SAFER! Giant rectal rectangle jet chairs? Where and how things orbit Earth-orbital distances. Where different kinds of man-made satellites […] The post Gravity: decompression sickness, orbital mechanics, and jet chairs appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:44:42

Skyscraper: vertical cities, holodecks, and personal Dyson clouds

10/9/2018
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Skyscrapers History. The industrialization at scale of steel. The state of things. Future heights. Arcologies. Vertical cities Hong Kong’s real estate problem. Urban verticality and resource efficiency. Living in coffin pods and sharing utilities. Holodeck IRL holodeck technology. Projecting images for multiple . Your own personal Dyson display cloud. Frickin lasers directly in your eyes. […] The post Skyscraper: vertical cities, holodecks, and personal Dyson clouds appeared first on...

Duration:00:40:58

Doom: moons of Mars, space marines, and telefragging w/ Josh Effengee of LSG Media

10/2/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Josh from LSG Media Doom Doom! Nostalgia. The Martian moons Crappy moons that can barely form a potato. Phobos and Deimos. Delineating between moons, planets, and all the other stuff. The likely origin of the Martian moons. Space marines Corporate space settlement and operations. Space Force. Josh reviews space marines; again. Martian […] The post Doom: moons of Mars, space marines, and telefragging w/ Josh Effengee of LSG Media appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:49:36

Upgrade: biohacking, AI containment, and paralyzation workarounds

9/25/2018
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Image enhancement Naive vs machine-intelligent image enhancement. “Photorealistic hallucination” and honest technical names. Reconsidering the absurdity of fictional image enhancement in the age of clever neural nets. Creative, artistic “enhancement” vs rigor. Paralyzation workarounds Well, breaking your spinal chord sure seems to suck. Spinal breaks and the autonomic nervous system. Bodily control via brain-machine interface. […] The post Upgrade: biohacking, AI containment, and...

Duration:00:47:18

Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #3 (the finale!)

9/19/2018
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Our heroes make a real mess of an airship or two, and FINALLY Bodyguard Chris manages to turn the tables and make something of his repeated failures. Emperor Colbert tries not to die before the end. (This podcast is the finale of our pilot series for Decipher RPG where we play Mirror by Sandy Pug […] The post Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #3 (the finale!) appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:30:03

Black Panther: rhino domestication, click languages, and Killmonger overheating

9/18/2018
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Afrofuturism Wishing there were more of this in popular media. Invisible cities A review of invisibility technology: spatial, temporal, and spectral light cloaking. Vibranium to the rescue. Vibranium Space impactors. Resource Armor Body armor, stationary armor. Avoiding concussive force. Reactive armor in tanks: shaped explosives that explode at the other thing that’s gonna explode! Molecular […] The post Black Panther: rhino domestication, click languages, and Killmonger overheating...

Duration:00:40:26

Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #2

9/12/2018
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Emperor Colbert dresses down and bodyguard Chris rediscovers the joy of the bidet and the German shelf toilet. Then: daring aerial maneuvers! (This podcast is the second part of our pilot series for Decipher RPG where we play Mirror by Sandy Pug Games with Liam Ginty. Previously: Part 1) The post Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #2 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:01:05:27

Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #1

9/11/2018
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This podcast is the first of three episodes of our pilot series for Decipher RPG where we play Mirror by Sandy Pug Games with Liam Ginty. Here is part 2! After some particular fun with character creation, Emperor Colbert’s coronation is interrupted by a sudden attack. With RPG-Colbert still entranced in his ceremonial mask, his […] The post Decipher RPG – Mirror Pilot #1 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:55:07

A-X-L: dogs as technology, domestication, and unpleasant sticky materials

9/4/2018
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Doggo Man’s best friend! And one of (many of?) our best technologies. The level to which we can handicap animals for aesthetics if we put our mind to it. Domesticated foxes. Domestication Domestication. Plants and animals. Bending chosen qualities to better human use. Warbot design Implicit and explicit communication channels. Dog human body language-reading. Data […] The post A-X-L: dogs as technology, domestication, and unpleasant sticky materials appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:29:49

Rampage: gorilla sign language, classic gaming, and the square cube law

8/28/2018
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Classic arcade gaming Memories of the arcade and the Sega Game Gear. Introduction of Larry the Rat in the Atari Lynx port. How to pick from current social fears for your lazy game plot. Zero-G research Genetics research in spaaaaaace. CRISPR. Bremen Drop Tower. Gorilla sign language Koko the gorilla. Gorilla sign language. Credulity and […] The post Rampage: gorilla sign language, classic gaming, and the square cube law appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:35:34

Extinction: space stealth, leaving Earth, and the evolution of consciousness

8/21/2018
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Spoiler alerts Special conditions requiring primary and secondary warnings. Robots How to tell if you are a robot? New Study Finds Best Way To Determine If You Are Android Still Cutting Open Forearm To Reveal Circuitry Within. Self-delusion and mass self-delusion. Earthvacuation Earth is really well-tuned for our needs (or is it the other way […] The post Extinction: space stealth, leaving Earth, and the evolution of consciousness appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:34:06