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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

Total Recall 2012: falling through the planet, 3d scanning, and lasers in your eyes

1/15/2019
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Philip K Dick Giving’em the old Philip K Dick joint. Cyberpunk. Adaptation fidelity. Even though it looks like it’s the future… Luminescent tattoos! Bioluminescence, electroluminescence, phosphorescence, and maybe some other -escences too! A world with three boobs. Well, maybe more than that in the whole world. Hand phones. Ubiquitous smart glass. Neck-mounted face-replacing direct-eye laser […] The post Total Recall 2012: falling through the planet, 3d scanning, and lasers in your eyes...

Duration:00:36:38

The Predator: glistening biceps, savant syndrome, and first contact w/ Josh Effengee

1/8/2019
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Action heroes Glistening, rippling man-meat. Sweaty pecs. Aggressive handshakes with biceps the size of coconuts. Longing for the good old days. Feeling unjustified disappointment when our heroes aren’t giant walking meat monsters. The inapplicability of the bodybuilder physique to actually getting hero stuff done. Bodylifting. Savantism “Savant syndrome is a condition in which someone with […] The post The Predator: glistening biceps, savant syndrome, and first contact w/ Josh Effengee...

Duration:00:45:25

Doctor Who: the Y2K scare, supernumerary hearts, and the utility of atomic clocks

12/31/2018
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Doctor Who Not a lot of Doctor Who experience at the table here. Recognition of the Moffat era. Finding a single, self-contained Who unit to use as an entrée. James McAvoy. Millenium Pedantic note: the millenium wouldn’t really start until 2001. Colbert gets to be the jerk for once. Y2K Numeronyms. Alternate terms: CDC, FADL. […] The post Doctor Who: the Y2K scare, supernumerary hearts, and the utility of atomic clocks appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:31:02

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Dolphin communication, the babelfish, and bad AI

12/24/2018
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Adaptations Appreciating the book(s). Bigtime. Adapting Douglas Adams. Remembering the text adventure video game exists. Dolphins Dolphin intelligence. It’s not about how smart they are, it’s about how they’re smart. Mammalian sameness as an avenue into better understanding life in the sea. Dolphin communication. Dolphin “language” and the possibility of translation. The Dolphin C.H.A.T. interface. […] The post Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Dolphin communication, the babelfish, and bad...

Duration:00:40:21

Akira: mind bullets, evolution, and odd horsepower calculations w/ Jolene Creighton

12/18/2018
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Featuring guest co-host Jolene Creighton, the science queen Akira Hey this movie was really important! Time and place. Budgets. Omg so pretty. Subtitles Subtitling adult anime for the west. Translation vs localization. Different industries and approaches to localization. Software localization in comparison to film localization. Fansubs online before the likes of Crunchyroll. Motorcycles Horsepower! Sweet […] The post Akira: mind bullets, evolution, and odd horsepower calculations w/ Jolene...

Duration:00:54:29

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