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A new InterPlanetary interview series from the Santa Fe Institute takes a page from the Strugatsky brothers' classic Soviet sci-fi novel, Roadside Picnic, to discuss a variety of transformative alien artifacts. Thirteen years ago, an alien civilization visited our planet, and left behind myriad, mysterious materials in their crash sites. These areas, Zones, behave very strangely, but the interplanetary items they contain could change the trajectory of our technological advancement. What appe ...
 
Origins are conversations with thought-leaders across an eclectic mix of disciplines (science, engineering, art, and design), crafted specifically for the category-defying society that we live in. We explore the thoughts, passions, and stories that defined these pioneers’ fascinating trajectories, arriving at the origins of the pivotal moments across their lives. Draw inspiration for your own trajectory from the intellectual and spiritual electricity of these eclectic conversations.
 
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Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: New School Policy and Design for Outer Space SFI’s InterPlanetary Project Aging, Adaptation, and the Arrow of Time - A James S. McDonnell Foundation funded research track on Complex Time Complex Time video playlist InterPlanetary 2019 panel on Complex Time, featurin…
 
This episode originally aired on June 4, 2020. There are new episodes coming to you soon, so stay tuned. But now is a good time to revisit wise words from one of my favorite previous guests, Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director of the MacArthur ('Genius') Fellows Program and the 100&Change program. The 2021 class of MacArthur Fellows was announced in …
 
To learn more about items mentioned in this podcast: Natalie's homepage Co-Ordination: On Time Between Worlds - An InterPlanetary Panel discussion on Complex Time Chris Kempes's Alien Crash Site Interview on life detection "Towards a more universal life detection strategy" as submitted to the Planetary and Astrobiology Decadal Survey Arrival Ted Ch…
 
Dr. and professor Jessica Flack has been a dream guest for Origins since the beginning - the kind of generous intellect and polymath whose words and work expand everyone around her. She also might be the person we can place our trust in to help us learn how to make sense of an increasingly complex world. Show Notes: Josh Epstein - agent-based model…
 
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer. But the music she writes is more than mere notes; it embraces art and science and engineering and finds new frontiers at the intersection of them all. Her 'music' is both song and her research into new modes of immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation. Through art as with science, her work seek…
 
Generalized Stoichiometry and Biogeochemistry for Astrobiological Applications Multiple Paths to Multiple Life Watch Chris Kempes and David Krakauer discuss multiple life in episode 2 of "Andromeda Strain and the Meaning of Life" Watch Sara Walker's critique of Multiple Life in episode 4 of "Andromeda Strain and the Meaning of Life" Allometric scal…
 
I have trouble wrapping any adequate labels around this episode’s guest, Paco Nathan. Paco is a technologist, data scientist and an evangelist of a brighter data and technology future. He has an uncommon ability to synthesize the gaps and trends in this complex and evolving space, and gives me hope that we can create a more flourishing future withi…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Identifying Molecules as Biosignatures with Assembly Theory and Mass Spectrometry. Generalized Stoichiometry and Biogeochemistry for Astrobiological Applications. Time Team Elemental Cycles DNA has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth Bennu Hayabusa Mission Alie…
 
Caitlin McShea is that special kind of curious that you cannot help but be inspired by, and she has the intellect to spread that curiosity over any domain. For the past ten years in roles varying from director of art galleries, curator and coordinator of exhibits, and now as a program manager at the Santa Fe Institute, she has been giving language,…
 
Learn more about things discussed in this episode, by clicking on the links below: Timiebi Aganaba's home page And LinkedIn And Twitter Global Space Treaty Artemis Accords Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University's InterPlanetary Project And the Psyche Mission The Court Case: Viasat, Inc (Appellant) Vs. Federal Co…
 
Professor Anima Anandkumar is a meteor in the field of artificial intelligence or AI. Her rise in the space has been a phenomenon to behold and her voice is a refreshing and inviting one that might just alter the trajectory of AI and society. Show Notes: Artificial Intelligence (AI) (01:00) Love of the liminal spaces (03:20) Philosophy and connecti…
 
To learn more about the items discussed in this interview, click through the links below. Ryan’s website Ryan on Twitter The Carrington Event Parker Solar Probe Mars MAVEN Ushering in a New Frontier in Geospace through Data Science Dictionary of Obscure sorrows What is an Individual? Jorge Luis Borges “Talk on Indolence” by the Avett Brothers "Mach…
 
Dan Goods is a leader among the community of creatives at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so he's an imaginer among imaginers. A creator among creators. He's one of the most innovative minds I've come across, and someone who embodies selflessness and that most wonderful and contagious quality that is an insatiable curiosity. Show Notes: How he de…
 
During two years spent at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, curiosity-driven coffee conversations every morning with people who surprised and inspired me sparked an endless fascination with the pivotal moments across a life. Travels to leading art, science, engineering, and design institutions around the world nourished my passion and blossomed int…
 
For more information on items mentioned in this interview, click through the links below. Vanessa’s Website InterPlanetary 2018 Festival panel "Intelligent Systems and Cognitive Assistance" featuring Vanessa, David Krakauer, Jonah Nolan, Graham Spencer & Kurt Squire. Dan Sperber Norman Rockwell's painting "The Gossips" Giant dragonfly - Meganeura A…
 
Learn more about the items discussed in this conversation by clicking on the links below. The paper discussed: "Identifying molecules as biosignatures with assembly theory and mass spectrometry" "Scientists develop new molecular tool to detect alien life" - news article "Chemists design alien life detector" - news article The essay discussed: ($$ p…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below:Herschel Moon History Natalie Elliot’s Homepage Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of Lock” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Hamlet Romeo and Juliet Claudius Ptolemy Nicolaus Copernicus Tycho Brahe Aristophanes’s Clouds Birds Fermilab Bison Antikythera Mechanism “Origin Story” fo…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: InterPlanetary 2018 - Planetary Policy, Law & Regulation Panel Earth Juijitsu Environment Now Ecuador’s recognition of Pachamama Slavoj Zizek Santa Monica’s sustainability ordinance, protecting the aquifers Brown v. Board of Education US Space Act (1958) Outer Space…
 
Learn more about the things we discuss in this episode by clicking through the links below: Honeybee Capital Ever-Widening Circles, by Rilke Zero sum game Tom Seeley's work on honeybees Suzanne Simard's work about tree communication networks Geoffrey West's lecture on Scaling I Dream a Highway - Gillian Welch Ode to Joy - Beethoven Final scene of S…
 
Peter Turchi takes the art and act of writing as an irresistible analog for the art and the act of living. His work is part of a long tradition of fascination with processes of writers and he is among the masters at relating that process in a way that reaches all domains of society. For anyone who has ever thought about writing - the craft of it, i…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Van’s homepage UCLA-led team of scientists discovers why we need sleep Watch Van on the “Time Design” Panel from #IPFest2018 Ted Chiang’s Seventy-Two Letters Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem “You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis “Welcome …
 
Ethan Zuckerman is a voice that you need to know. He’s a pioneer for the use of media as a tool for social change, for cultivating international development with technology, and for the activation of new media technologies by activists. Ethan is uncommonly insightful about the currents and trends of our society. In this conversation he helps us und…
 
We find ourselves in a world that feels incongruent and unfamiliar, changing socially and technologically at paces that expose conventional explanations as inadequate. Climate change, pandemics, political unrest have punctuated this new century and feel like clarion calls for new ways of being and being together. Enter Richard D. Bartlett — someone…
 
Tamara’s Website, Google Scholar Page & Twitter • InterPlanetary Festival Website • Alien Crash Site Podcast • In 72 hours of sci-fi, postdocs transmit parental model of alien civilization [video] • Greetings from a Triparental Planet 72 Hours of Science Pre-Printby Gizem Bacaksizlar, Stefani Crabtree, Joshua Garland, Natalie Grefenstette, Albert K…
 
Tomas Björkman transcends science, business, philosophy, and social and personal change. Founder of the Ekskäret Foundation and coauthor of The Nordic Secret, Tomas’ story is a guide for anyone thinking about the future of society - a confluence of physics, macroeconomics, and entrepreneurship. Show Notes: Ekskäret Foundation; Oak Island Foundation…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Theme song, "Stalker" by Tortilla The “Living in Space” InterPlanetary Panel from IP Fest 2018 ChemCam and SuperCam Recap of Nina’s time in Antartica Bradbury Museum panel of LANL scientists discussing Today’s Perseverance landing Joerael Numina’s art (The image of …
 
Show Notes: Storytelling (03:00) Wonder Collaborative (04:30) Jane Goodall (05:00) Human Nature (CRISPR documentary) Nobel Prize Winner Jennifer Doudna Ron Vale (06:00) "Cell Hell” - Cell Biology and Genetics course at Middlebury iBiology (09:00) The power of words (09:45) “Bringing good people to work with you” (10:30) How do you build a team? Cre…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Sasha’s website and work Sasha on “Visualization and Designing the Impossible” IPFest 2018 Panel Sasha at IPFest, on open-source space data Jet Propulsion Lab’s page of downloadable 360 and VR/AR videos Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History VITAL Ventilators Vir…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Exploration Institute Ocean Planet What Armin on the 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel “The End of the World?” with Annalee Newitz, and Lauren Oliver. Read Armin’s introduction to that ^ panel in IP Transmissions Volume One: Genesis Read up on Star Trek, if you’re …
 
Show Notes: Small Arcs of Larger Circles (02:00) Objectivity (05:45) Relationships and interdependencies (07:00) Smiling with your whole system (10:00) Flip side of delight and seeing connections (11:00) Language developed from your own frustration (13:30) Different kinds of teachers Esalen Institute (15:30) Diving more deeply into the arts and an …
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Visit David’s new website Learn more about SFI’s recent Complexity and Structure of Music Workshop. Watch the 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel, Autonomous Ecosystems, where David (and past guest, Kate Greene) contributes to the conversation. Listen to some of Davi…
 
Show Notes: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (02:00) Rachel Carson’s words (03:30) Scale of things and perspective Pioneers of oceanography: Rossby and Montgomery (07:30) Global conclusions from small data (09:30) World Ocean Circulation Experiment (10:00) Eye-opening expeditions (12:00) All kinds of ways of ’seeing’ (14:00) E…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival’s “Game Design Panel,” moderated by Frank InterPlanetary Transmissions. Volume 2: Stardust, featuring an introduction to the Game Design panel by Frank NYU Game Center Claude Shannon’s “A Mathematical Theory of Communication.” Alien Cras…
 
Show Notes: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (05:15) Mentors (07:20) Building and leading teams (13:15) Comfort with uncertainty (15:30) Waleed Abdalati Origins episode (18:30) What drew Nash to JPL (19:00) Trajectories to JPL (20:00) Why you need to read sociology books (22:00) Being a Renaissance Person - curiosity across human endeavors (22:40) T-…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Kate’s new book of essays, Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars. The 2017 InterPlanetary Panel, which launched the project. The 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel, “Autonomous Ecosystems.” All About Eggs, published by Lucky Peach. “Ova Easy” egg crystals, for your solo-…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Ashton’s 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Appearance, “Living in Space” Ashton’s 2019 InterPlanetary Festival Appearance, “Zen and the Art of Space Exploration” Sam Harris podcast interview with David Krakauer General Systems Theory - Ludwig von Bertalanffy Limits to Hu…
 
Show Notes: Spiritual background of his childhood (05:30) Discipline to do good work (06:10) Mentor: Albert-László Barabási (09:30) How do you demand excellence? Musing on the competitive mentality (11:45) Relevance of science is a very social dimension (12:30) What he tells his students (13:30) Adapting as an individual (14:45) MIT Media Lab Colle…
 
SFI President David Krakauer joins Caitlin McShea to consider the producers of an object, the receivers of said object, and the qualities of the object itself, in this first episode of Alien Crash Site...a sci-fi technology pod that pushes people out of their comfort Zones, and into Alien Crash Site Zones, in pursuit of a truly transformative objec…
 
Show Notes: Santa Fe Institute (2:00) Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow (4:30) The Universe and Dr. Einstein by Lincoln Barnett (5:45) Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter (7:30) Martin Gardner Scientific American “Mathematical Games" (8:30) Douglas Hofstadter (10:00) John Holland (14:30) Adaptation in Natura…
 
Show Notes: Data-driven design firm Accurat Data humanism When she realized design was going to be a part of her life (07:00) A ’new chapter’ in her life to fuse data and design (07:30) What teachers told her that changed her (08:00) Discovery of information design (09:00) Rules versus limitations (10:15) Rules as catalyzers of creativity Pushing y…
 
Show Notes: Marx Philosophic and Economic manuscript of 1844 (3:30) Changed by exposure to systematic class privilege (7:10) ‘Cubilcle’-ization revolution (8:10) Normative aspects of economics and markets (11:30) The American Economic Journal (15:00) Being intellectually curious (16:00) Hugh Lacey History of Philosophy and Science - Swarthmore (16:…
 
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) (06:00) One of ten people to be ’NASA Chief Scientist' Being led around by your curiosity ‘Pulls' from our earliest ages in life (07:30) The Arctic from space (10:00) The ’space-based perspective' ’No better compass than your emotions’ (11:30) Constructive emotions Opportunities t…
 
Show Notes: Privilege brings with it a sense of responsibility (4:00) Empowering others - "nurturing, supporting, and uplifting" (5:30) “Talent in unexpected locations" Levels of impact: individual and systems (7:45) Carrying people with you (8:20) POSSE Foundation (8:40) Compensatory and Distributive Justice (9:00) What she tells her students (10:…
 
Show Notes: Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) (1:40) The contagious nature of imprisonment paper (1:50) Value of community colleges (6:30) Professor Dan Balaguy at Sierra College (7:20) Professor Richard Stong at Rice University - Combinatorics (8:30) Coming to an understanding of one’s career and curiosity (10:20) How can we make the public…
 
Show Notes: Grew up knowing possibility and that people create things (8:30) Being around art, there was always another reality that could be made (9:00) How do you sit with tension? (10:00) The thing that allows me to maintain balance in the present - keep moving at the pace that feels most fulfilling and productive in the moment Find comfort in t…
 
Show Notes: Cultivate Wit (03:00) New Glarus Spotted Cow Beer (03:40) Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wisconsin (04:00) Pausing in your activities to recognize what it is you are actually drawing joy from (07:20) Surprising ways to learn about entrepreneurship (11:00) Common experience and connection (20:30) The Onion (21:00) Creative process at The Oni…
 
Show Notes: Institute for Learning Innovation (02:20) Those that have given language and expression to Martin in his life (15:00) Art - Die Brücke impressionists Art - Mid-century modernism Poetry and philosophy - Schopenhauer Poetry vs. Science as forms for expression (17:00) Rainer Maria Rilke (18:00) Questions are a mighty form of words Wellspri…
 
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