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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

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

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 Aliens...

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