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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time. So whether you're trying to seduce a physicist, or you're a physicist that needs help with seduction, we're here for you. Submit questions on Twitter to @physicspod

Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time. So whether you're trying to seduce a physicist, or you're a physicist that needs help with seduction, we're here for you. Submit questions on Twitter to @physicspod

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United Kingdom

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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time. So whether you're trying to seduce a physicist, or you're a physicist that needs help with seduction, we're here for you. Submit questions on Twitter to @physicspod

Twitter:

@physicspod

Language:

English


Episodes

Technology, Inequality, and Global Catastrophic Risks II: Does Technology Help or Harm?

4/5/2020
N/B: This series of episodes was written before the coronavirus pandemic. I've decided the best thing to do is to present them as was and maybe have another episode reflecting on what the pandemic means for their conclusions later on. ====================================== Inequality tends to increase unless there's a catastrophe. Does technology help us - either in addressing catastrophes, or in reducing inequalities?

Duration:00:37:54

Technology, Inequality, and Global Catastrophic Risks I: The Great Leveller

3/31/2020
N/B: This series of episodes was written before the coronavirus pandemic. I've decided the best thing to do is to present them as was and maybe have another episode reflecting on what the pandemic means for their conclusions later on. ====================================================== Walter Schiedel's book The Great Leveller posits that in societies, economic inequality tends to inexorably increase over time until some catastrophe comes along that levels the entire...

Duration:00:45:45

Coronavirus: The Next 18 Months

3/25/2020
In this new episode, we do a deep dive into the Imperial College London paper that models the coronavirus epidemic in the UK and the effectiveness of mitigation and suppression measures, and we speculate wildly and prematurely on what the next 18 months might look like as we do battle with coronavirus globally. Also an update on the expected future of the show at the end.

Duration:00:57:14

Coronavirus: Serology, Misinformation, Uncertainty

3/25/2020
A quick update on some news surrounding the coronavirus, including why some of the headlines you may have read recently are unlikely to be true, some public service announcements about what you can do to help, and a general urge to read scientific literature and pre-prints with a skeptical eye - especially when they've been digested by headline writers.

Duration:00:39:09

The Coronavirus Pandemic

3/17/2020
For weeks I've been debating in my mind whether or not to do an episode on the coronavirus pandemic, since it's essentially been all I have been able to think about for the last few weeks as my friends and relatives, long-suffering as they are, will attest. For someone who spent so long thinking about existential risks and catastrophes, both in my day job as a doomy climate scientist and in researching the TEOTWAWKI specials for this show where it all kicked off a few years ago, it's...

Duration:01:41:12

Hiatus until the New Year

12/18/2019
Apologies everyone... a quick note to explain why (due to illness and general exhaustion) I am putting the show on hiatus until the New Year. Watch this show for updates on future releases - we will return. Thanks for understanding + enjoy the holidays if you've got them!

Duration:00:01:42

Interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher (Boundless AI)

11/14/2019
Hi all - something a little different this week. I was recently interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher, of the Boundless AI podcast, on topics as varied as artificial intelligence, nuclear fusion, and self-driving cars. As a bonus for those that just can't get enough, this is the full, unedited interview, where you can hear just how good I am at responding to questions spontaneously...

Duration:02:02:01

Who Wants to Live Forever?

11/7/2019
On this episode of Physical Attraction, we take a massively tangential dive into wild philosophical speculation. If I offered you the choice of immortality - but with no possibility of reversing the decision once you made it - would you? Answers on a postcard to www.physicspodcast.com

Duration:00:59:39

Bonus: Google Investigates Cold Fusion?

11/2/2019
A recent review paper in Nature showed some Google-backed academic research, conducted across several institutions, which investigated the claims made by the Cold Fusion community. Agonisingly, it came out a day or two after I'd taped the Cold Fusion episode for our fusion series. But I decided to talk about it anyway. In this bonus episode, we'll discuss what they found (spoilers: not cold fusion) and describe the experiments in more detail.

Duration:00:30:35

Drexler and Xiaoice: Tales from AI

10/24/2019
In this episode, we discuss Eric Drexler's model of "Comprehensive AI Services" as an alternative route towards artificial general intelligence, and Xiaoice, Microsoft's incredibly popular chatbot software. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:01:07:52

Fusion Conclusion: Building Cathedrals

10/12/2019
27 episodes, spanning a hundred years of history and many months of this show, some wonderful plasma physics, some truly amazing machines, and a dream that's captivated thousands across the world for decades. The fusion series is over. And while it's hard to conclude something this monumental, I tried my best. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:01:10:30

Fusion's Dark Horses, Episode II

9/26/2019
In this double-header, we examine the various startups that are trying to make commercial nuclear fusion a reality. What technologies are they using? Who's backing them? And do any of them have a prayer of beating ITER to the punch? Comments, questions, concerns? Find the contact form on the website, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:01:10:09

Nuclear Fusion: Fusion's Dark Horses, I

9/13/2019
In this double-header, we examine the various startups that are trying to make commercial nuclear fusion a reality. What technologies are they using? Who's backing them? And do any of them have a prayer of beating ITER to the punch? Comments, questions, concerns? Find the contact form on the website, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:00:58:00

TT: What Can Four-Year-Olds Do that AI Can't?

9/5/2019
What Can Four-Year-Olds Do that AI Can't? ==> Children are the greatest learners on the planet. As machine learning comes more and more into focus, and ambitious AI types are aiming to simulate the human brain in its entirety, there is a question to ask: how can our machine-learning algorithms learn from the curiosity and adaptability of children? @physicspod www.physicspodcast.com

Duration:00:39:02

Justin Ball and Jason Parisi on The Future of Fusion Energy - Part II

8/29/2019
Hello and welcome to this episode of Physical Attraction. I’ve been excited about this for a while. Today, on the show, for the first time ever, we have not one but TWO guests, who have co-written an excellent book together. They are both currently researching nuclear fusion, and they have written a book about the future of fusion energy called… well, the Future of Fusion Energy. Dr Justin Ball is currently studying plasma theory at Lausanne, and Jason Parisi works on turbulent transport...

Duration:01:51:05

Justin Ball and Jason Parisi on The Future of Fusion Energy - Part I

8/21/2019
Hello and welcome to this episode of Physical Attraction. I’ve been excited about this for a while. Today, on the show, for the first time ever, we have not one but TWO guests, who have co-written an excellent book together. They are both currently researching nuclear fusion, and they have written a book about the future of fusion energy called… well, the Future of Fusion Energy. Dr Justin Ball is currently studying plasma theory at Lausanne, and Jason Parisi works on turbulent transport...

Duration:01:09:56

Nuclear Fusion XXIV: Is ITER "The Way"?

8/6/2019
In this episode, we examine some of the chaotic politics and causes of delay to the ITER project - and the perils of trying to collaborate across multiple countries on a multi-billion-dollar, multi-decade enterprise. After all this, is ITER still "The Way"? www.physicspodcast.com for comments, questions, concerns. @physicspod

Duration:00:45:32

Nuclear Fusion XXIII: ITER's Challenges

7/25/2019
Many would argue that the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), currently under construction, is now 'The Way' to achieving power from nuclear fusion. But it faces extraordinary challenges. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:00:48:50

Thermonuclear Takes: Tech Giants Move Into Healthcare - and Outer Space

7/18/2019
On this week's edition of TT, we take a brief break from the fusion series to look at two recent news stories about giant tech companies expanding their markets: both into healthcare, and into providing internet via satellites. www.physicspodcast.com for any comments, questions, concerns

Duration:00:49:39

Nuclear Fusion XXII: The National Almost-Ignition Facility

7/11/2019
The National Ignition Facility poured the heart and soul of the first few years of their work into achieving ignition - a plasma that would heat itself by thermonuclear reactions by as much as it was heated externally. Ultimately, it was close, but no cigar. www.physicspodcast.com @physicspod

Duration:00:52:00