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The Ars Technicast is the official podcast from Ars Technica, where we bring you you the latest in the worlds of computing, technology, science, and everything else in between. Ars publishes original news and reviews, analysis of tech trends, and expert advice on the most fundamental aspects of tech and the many ways it's helping us enjoy our world.

The Ars Technicast is the official podcast from Ars Technica, where we bring you you the latest in the worlds of computing, technology, science, and everything else in between. Ars publishes original news and reviews, analysis of tech trends, and expert advice on the most fundamental aspects of tech and the many ways it's helping us enjoy our world.
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The Ars Technicast is the official podcast from Ars Technica, where we bring you you the latest in the worlds of computing, technology, science, and everything else in between. Ars publishes original news and reviews, analysis of tech trends, and expert advice on the most fundamental aspects of tech and the many ways it's helping us enjoy our world.

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Ars Technicast Experimental #12.3: Rob Reid and Sarah Parcak, 3 of 3

11/2/2018
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Today we present the third and final installment of my interview with Sarah Parcak, a prominent founding figuring the emerging field of astroarchaeology. Most of today’s installment concerns a crowd-enabled detection project Sarah created with proceeds from the TED Prize. It’s called GlobalXplorer. Partly inspired by Galaxy Zoo, it let armies of “citizen scientists” scan twelve million quadrants of Peruvian satellite imagery for hints of archaeological remains.

Duration:00:33:16

Ars Technicast Experimental #12.2: Rob Reid and Sarah Parcak, 2 of 3

11/1/2018
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Today we’re presenting the second installment of my interview with Sarah Parcak, a prominent founding figuring the emerging field of astroarchaeology. Sarah’s team may just have pinpointed a long-lost (and eagerly-sought) pharaonic capital. Satellite data helped them establish the Nile’s approximate course during the capital’s heyday—as well as the locations of settlement-friendly highlands.

Duration:00:33:46

Ars Technicast Experimental #12.1: Rob Reid and Sarah Parcak, 1 of 3

10/31/2018
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This week my guest is Sarah Parcak, a co-founder of the emerging field of astroarchaeology, which enlists satellite imagery to identify ancient, undiscovered sites on our home planet. Sarah’s work in this field won her the 2016 TED prize—which came with a million-dollar check to advance her work.

Duration:00:34:54

Ars Technicast Experimental #11.3: Rob Reid and Chris Anderson, 3 of 3

10/25/2018
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Today we present the third and final installment of my interview with Chris Anderson. Today’s episode starts in the greener pastures that Chris’s startup, 3DR, found after Chinese behemoth DJI annihilated its drone manufacturing business. 3DR is now all about construction. We then explore Chris’s nuanced take on China as a competitive force. He’s extremely fair-minded, and even generous toward the company that all but liquidated his startup.

Duration:00:30:07

Ars Technicast Experimental #11.2: Rob Reid and Chris Anderson, 2 of 3

10/24/2018
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Today we’re presenting the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with Chris Anderson. He was Wired magazine’s editor-in-chief for twelve years, and then started one of the most influential companies in the brief history of consumer drones: 3D Robotics. Chris all but invented both the term and the concept of open source hardware—and we have a fascinating discussion about it in today’s installment.

Duration:00:27:12

Ars Technicast Experimental #11.1: Rob Reid and Chris Anderson, 1 of 3

10/23/2018
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Our guest is Chris Anderson, who was the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine for twelve years—until he did something quite unusual for an editor and started a high-profile, venture-backed startup, 3D Robotics. Chris Anderson doesn’t have the background you might expect from someone with his resume. For one thing, he dropped or failed out of multiple schools when he was young. For another, he played bass for R.E.M. (and there’s something of a twist to this fact—but you’ll need to hear to our...

Duration:00:27:05

Ars Technicast Experimental #10.4: Rob Reid and Sam Harris, 4 of 4

10/19/2018
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We open today’s conversation talking about bioterrorism. Because that’s not uplifting enough, we then move on the dangers a super AI could present in certain worst-case scenarios. The final part of the podcast is a conversation between me and podcasting superstar Tom Merritt. In it, Tom and I discuss my interview with Sam—as well as a chunk of the novel After On.

Duration:00:30:53

Ars Technicast Experimental #10.3: Rob Reid and Sam Harris, 3 of 4

10/18/2018
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Today, we start off discussing Sam’s first bestselling book, The End of Faith. It was inspired by September 11th attacks. Having recently spent ten years on his own self-styled spiritual journey, “I immediately recognized the spiritual intensity of that enterprise,” he recalls. Of Osama Bin Laden, Sam says, “He was not faking his belief. He believed what he said he believed, and it was only rational to take his stated beliefs at face value.”

Duration:00:40:19

Ars Technicast Experimental #10.2: Rob Reid and Sam Harris, 2 of 4

10/17/2018
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In today’s installment, we discuss some of the experiences that shaped Sam's perspectives. As a freshman at Stanford (where he and I happened to overlap as undergraduates), he recalls being irked by the special treatment he felt the Bible received in a required course on western culture. However, he didn’t label himself an “atheist” at the time – although in retrospect, he essentially was one. Everything changed when he tried the drug MDMA (which is more commonly known to its friends as...

Duration:00:38:58

Ars Technicast Experimental #10.1: Rob Reid and Sam Harris, 1 of 4

10/16/2018
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This week my guest is Sam Harris: a neuroscientist turned bestselling author turned podcasting colossus. Sam has described his job as “thinking in public.” The uniqueness of Sam’s perspective is evidenced by his ability to trigger comparable gusts of outrage from both the left and the right (generally from the extremes of each camp). Also, he made Ben Affleck really angry on Bill Maher's show this one time.

Duration:00:33:11

Ars Technicast Experimental #9.3: Rob Reid and Adam Gazzaley, 3 of 3

10/12/2018
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The main topic today is consciousness. Adam has his own rather eclectic take on this mysterious force and presence. The final chunk of the podcast is a conversation between me and podcasting superstar Tom Merritt. In it, Tom and I discuss my interview with Adam—as well as a chunk of the novel After On.

Duration:00:31:14

Ars Technicast Experimental #9.2: Rob Reid and Adam Gazzaley, 2 of 3

10/11/2018
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Adam and I open today’s installment discussing techniques that mad scientists like him can use thwack the brain (legally, and safely, of course), so as to increase its neuroplasticity. We then talk about the limits of medical imaging—and the lamentable fact that this technology isn’t rocketing down a Moore’s Law-like curve. In closing, we discuss some of the newer things Adam’s lab is exploring. There’s some intriguing work connected to meditation.

Duration:00:36:29

Ars Technicast Experimental #9.1: Rob Reid and Adam Gazzaley, 1 of 3

10/10/2018
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This week, we’re serializing another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. Our guest is UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, who runs one of the largest academic neuroscience labs on the West Coast and researches tuning videogames to combat neurological aliments. At the heart of today’s conversation is Adam’s take on neuroplasticity. I’ve known this term for years, and long thought I understood it. But this interview (which was first recorded a bit more than a year ago) brought me a...

Duration:00:30:26

Ars Technicast Experimental #8.1: Rob Reid and Don Hoffman, 3 of 3

10/4/2018
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UC Irvine quantitative psychologist Don Hoffman presents his wildly counterintuitive theory on the nature of reality. We kick off today talking about what’s widely referred to as "the hard problem of consciousness." Don takes a highly contrarian approach to it. Next we discuss the eerie results of several hundred brain-splitting surgeries, which were performed a few decades back. We close by discussing of "panpsychism."

Duration:00:25:06

Ars Technicast Experimental #8.1: Rob Reid and Don Hoffman, 2 of 3

10/3/2018
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Don and I open this episode by discussing his take on space-time. He refutes that the notion that space itself existed at all before consciousness. Don essentially believes that if you’re alone in a room and look at a chair, that chair ceases to exist when you look away from it. Almost inevitably, we get into quantum physics. But rest assured, Don isn’t some New Age guru citing spooky physics as part of a healing crystal sales pitch. He’s a serious thinker who understands this stuff cold.

Duration:00:28:08

Ars Technicast Experimental #8.1: Rob Reid and Don Hoffman, 1 of 3

10/2/2018
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Today’s guest is UC Irvine quantitative psychologist Don Hoffman. Don has spent the last few decades honing an extraordinary theory about the nature of reality. In today’s installment, he lays the foundation of this wildly contrarian worldview. An ardent Darwinist, Don argues that evolutionary forces will almost always favor perceptive systems that present a simplified, even dumbed-down take on reality. This is the start of a pretty wild ride, which I believe any curious mind will enjoy—even...

Duration:00:27:38

Ars Technicast Experimental #7.3: Rob Reid and Tim O’Reilly, 3 of 3

8/2/2018
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In today’s installment, Tim rejects the fashionable forecast that automation will eradicate all human jobs next week. Being closer than most of us to Jeff Bezos, he knows a thing or three about operations at Amazon, which presents a fascinating case in point. Then Tim goes a bit dark. With reference to Facebook and Google, he compares the world economy to an optimizing algorithm that’s gone off the rails. Tim closes with a nuanced take on our future.

Duration:00:28:36

Ars Technicast Experimental #7.2: Rob Reid and Tim O’Reilly, 2 of 3

8/1/2018
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Tim and I start off today talking about "The Whole Internet User’s Guide & Catalog," which he published in 1992. And yup—that’s a two at the end of that number. Jumping forward many years, Tim tells us about convening a small summit of tech honchos, which quite literally named open-source software. This launches a tour of Tim’s thoughts about platforms & tech ecosystems, and their abusers. This leads us to his very nuanced takes on Uber, AirBnB, and others—all of which surprised me on one or...

Duration:00:26:53

Ars Technicast Experimental #7.1: Rob Reid and Tim O’Reilly, 1 of 3

7/31/2018
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Our guest is tech’s preeminent publisher and top prognosticator Tim O’Reilly. O’Reilly Media has published a huge share of our world’s top books for as long as I’ve been around – even as it led the charge with ebooks, digital training, and other disruptions to its ink-on-paper legacy. But Tim’s real mojo comes from being the industry’s convener-in-chief.

Duration:00:25:51

Ars Technicast Experimental #6.2: Rob Reid and Daniel Kraft, 2 of 2

7/25/2018
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Today, we build on the amazing results Google attained with its experimental eye scan study, and consider the unlikely things that might one day be meaningful early-warning markers for health problems. We close by talking about the Cancer X Prize, which Daniel is overseeing. It’s all about early detection.

Duration:00:35:05