This week veteran technologist and former Fast Company writer Lynne D. Johnson joins the podcast to help us cover everything we learned from the big Oculus VR event in October including new VR headsets and new VR software, and then we take a deep dive into the sequel to the ‘80s sci-fi classic, the new film Blade Runner 2049 (31:15).
In this episode filmmaker and hacker John Threat joins us as we rewind a few weeks and look at the debut of the iPhone X and what it means for the future of Apple, biometric security, and a silicon valley without the magic of Steve Jobs, [20:20] and then, on the eve of its Season 3 premiere, we recap Season 1 of Mr. Robot and unpack what the show gets right and wrong about the real world of hackers.
Location-based virtual reality via IMAX VR, the future of Oculus Rift in the mainstream (5:28), the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s VR epic ‘Ready Player One’ (12:42), Apple’s big bet for augmented reality comes in the form of ARKit (19:20), StarVR global director of VR Brooks Brown on the future of VR and AR in Hollywood and beyond (26:32).
Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Paramount Pictures (Star Trek!), Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central, has decided to get serious about virtual reality. In this episode, Viacom's leadership team heading up Viacom NEXT (David Liu and Rob Ruffler) join the MARS Magazine pod to talk everything virtual reality, including IMAX VR and the rise of VR arcades, the viability of VR as a mainstream platform, what's going on with Facebook's stewardship of Oculus, and what massively successful VR...
Hacker and film maker John Threat joins us again to dive into the apocalypse survival strategies of the tech super rich as outlined in the New Yorker magazine (1:00), and a look into the largely unknown’70s film about the singularity (Colossus: The Forbin Project) recently shared in full on Twitter by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk (34:05). If you’ve been thinking about bunkers, apocalypse strategies and how to live in a world taken over by automation, this is the episode for you.
Hacker and film director John Threat joins us to talk about the new trailers for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (1:48), and the life on Mars film ‘Life’ (10:20), as well as the current science fiction boom in Hollywood (21:57). Then we dive into how operate your digital life in a world of email hacks and data leaks (37:08).
How Wikileaks is impacting the U.S. presidential election and normalizing the end of data privacy, an update on Edward Snowden via Vice films (18:10), Oliver Stone’s Snowden movie merges fact and fiction to document history in real time (32:16).
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 becomes a raging, international dumpster fire, Soylent goes from geek food to health disaster (9:10), 'Star Wars Rogue One' trailer reveals more secrets (15:32), and President Obama on his love of sci-fi, getting humans to Mars and the looming challenge of artificial intelligence (28:45).
Snapchat’s wearable tech Spectacles, the cast and crew of Star Trek versus presidential candidate Donald Trump (8:50), and space professional and astrophysicist Laura Forczyk joins us to unpack SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s newly announced plans to take humans to Mars in less than 10 years (29:07).
The SpaceX accident destroys Facebook's satellite, 'Stranger Things' Season 2 hints, the 'ARQ' time travel movie on Netflix, and Brian Volk-Weiss, executive producer of the History Channel's '50 Years of Star Trek' documentary, joins us to reveal how the film came together.
Astronomers discover Earth-like planet Proxima B, Neil deGrasse Tyson goes in on sexist science jokes on Twitter (5:29), protests over 'Jason Bourne' movie in 3D in China (13:06), the trailer for faked moon landing feature 'Operation Avalanche' (20:49), the Season 3 premiere of ‘80s tech drama ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ (23:46).
‘The Arrival’ puts a new spin on first contact films, Kernel brain chip implant offers a transhuman brain boost (3:24), ‘Hidden Figures’ film highlights NASA’s unheralded women (11:56), ‘No Man’s Sky’ game vs. Simulation Theory (18:53).
Why you need to see 'Stranger Things,' Comic-Con news on 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League,' 'Kong: Skull Island,' and 'Star Trek Discovery' (3:29), and the tech and science or lack thereof in 'Star Trek Beyond' (17:46).
How Pokémon Go might take augmented reality mainstream, Dallas police are the first to use a robot to kill a human assailant (15:51), Mr. Robot season 2 and bringing hacking culture to the masses (32:27).
Star Trek's George Takei disagrees with making Sulu gay in 'Star Trek Beyond,' the FDA debunks cryotherapy (20:26), Stanley Kubrick’s daughter attacks rumors of a faked NASA moon landing conspiracy (31:14), the new ‘BrainDead’ CBS series and the realities of parasite-powered mind control (39:58).
'The Girl With All the Gifts' trailer, 'Westworld' on HBO (4:20), Anti-aging drug testing (9:13), Sci-fi writers as commercial pitch men (10:51), Chris Pine vs. classic 'Star Trek' (15:02), The Singularity via Boston Dynamics and Softbank's CEO Masayoshi Son (26:57).
Scientists predict alien contact timeline, ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix (8:45), ‘Trekonomics’ book interview with Manu Saadia (13:13), Lucasfilm and Star Wars teams with Magic Leap to pioneer ‘mixed reality’ entertainment (43:54).