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Far-reaching conversations with a worldwide network of scientists and mathematicians, philosophers and artists developing new frameworks to explain our universe's deepest mysteries. Join host Michael Garfield at the Santa Fe Institute each week to learn about your world and the people who have dedicated their lives to exploring its emergent order: their stories, research, and insights…
 
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 ...
 
Broadband Conversations is dedicated to highlighting women who are making an impact on our digital lives. Each episode, Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will talk to women who are breaking new ground and forging new paths in technology, media, and innovation about what they're working on, what's on their minds, what they think is the next for the future. Because there are just too few, it's time to amplify these women's voices.
 
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What is the economy? People used to tell stories about the exchange of goods and services in terms of flows and processes — but over the last few hundred years, economic theory veered toward measuring discrete amounts of objects. Why? The change has less to do with the objective nature of economies and more to do with what tools theorists had avail…
 
Whether in an ecosystem, an economy, a jazz ensemble, or a lone scholar thinking through a problem, critical transitions — breakdowns and breakthroughs — appear to follow universal patterns. Creative leaps that take place in how mathematicians “think out loud” with body, chalk, and board look much like changes in the movement through “music-space” …
 
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…
 
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…
 
We are all investors: we all make choices, all the time, about our allocation of time, calories, attention… Even our bodies, our behavior and anatomy, represent investment in specific strategies for navigating an evolving world. And yet most people treat the world of finance as if it is somehow separate from the rest of life — including people who …
 
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…
 
The popular conception of ants is that “anatomy is destiny”: an ant’s body type determines its role in the colony, for once and ever. But this is not the case; rather than forming rigid castes, ants act like a distributed computer in which tasks are re-allocated as the situation changes. “Division of labor” implies a constant “assembly line” enviro…
 
Seventy thousand years ago, humans migrated on foot across the ancient continent of Sahul — the landmass that has since split up into Australia and New Guinea. Mapping the journeys of these ancient voyagers is no small task: previous efforts to understand prehistoric migrations relied on coarse estimates based on genomic studies or on spotty record…
 
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…
 
This week we conclude our two-part discussion with ecologist Mark Ritchie of Syracuse University on how he and his SFI collaborators are starting to rethink the intersections of thermodynamics and biology to better fit our scientific models to the patterns we observe in nature. Most of what we know about the enzymatic processes of plant and animal …
 
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…
 
Deep inside your cells, the chemistry of life is hard at work to make the raw materials and channel the energy required for growth, maintenance, and reproduction. Few systems are as intricate or as mysterious. For this reason, how a cell does what it does remains a frontier for research — and, consequently, theory often grows unchecked by solid dat…
 
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…
 
The 19th Century saw many transformations: the origins of ecology and modern climatology, new unifying theories of the living world, the first Big Science projects, revolutions in the Spanish colonies, new information systems for the storage and representation of data… Many of these can be traced back to the influence of one singular explorer, Alex…
 
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…
 
When you hear the word “nature,” what comes to mind? Chances are, if you are listening to this in the 21st Century, the image is one of a vast, interconnected, living network — one in which you and your fellow human beings play a complicated part. And yet, this is a relatively recent way of thinking for the modern West. It takes a special kind of t…
 
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…
 
Complexity is all around us: in the paths we walk through pathless woods, the strategies we use to park our cars, the dynamics of an elevator as it cycles up and down a building. Zoom out far enough and the phenomena of everyday existence start revealing hidden links, suggesting underlying universal patterns. At great theoretic heights, it all yiel…
 
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 …
 
“More than the sum of its parts” is practically the slogan of systems thinking. One canonical example is a beehive: individually, a honeybee is not that clever, but together they can function like shapeshifting metamaterials or mesh networks — some of humankind’s most sophisticated innovations. Emergent collective behavior is common in the insect w…
 
Human relationships are often described in the language of “chemistry” — does that make the beliefs and attitudes of individuals a kind of “physics”? It is, at least, a fascinating avenue of inquiry. In particular, the field of statistical mechanics offers potent tools for understanding how exactly people form their views and change their minds. Fr…
 
Once upon a time at UC Santa Cruz, a group of renegade grad students started mixing physics with math and computers, determined to discover underlying patterns in the seeming-randomness of systems like the weather and roulette. Their research led to major insights in the emerging field of chaos theory, and eventually to the new discipline of comple…
 
In the 21st Century, science is a team sport played by humans and computers, both. Social science in particular is in the midst of a transition from the qualitative study of small groups of people to the quantitative and computer-aided study of enormous data sets created by the interactions of machines and people. In this new ecology, wanting AI to…
 
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…
 
Art history is a lot like archaeology — we here in the present day get artifacts and records, but the gaps between them are enormous, and the questions that they beg loom large. Historians need to be able to investigate and interpret, to unpack the meanings and the methods of a given work of art — but even for the best, the act of reconstruction is…
 
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 …
 
The consequence of living in a complex world: one tiny tweak can lead to massive transformation. Set the stage a slightly different way, and the entire play might unfold differently. This path-dependency shows up in both the science fiction premise and the hypothesis of scientific research: What can we learn about the hidden order of our cosmos by …
 
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…
 
Most maps of the world render landscapes in 2D — yet wherever we observe ecosystems, they stratify into a third dimension. The same geometries that describe the dizzying diversity of species in the canopies of forests also govern life in other living systems, from the oceans to the linings of our mouths. Behind the many forms, a hidden order shapes…
 
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 …
 
It’s tempting to believe that people can outsource decisions to machines — that algorithms are objective, and it’s easier and fairer to dump the burden on them. But convenience conceals the complicated truth: when lives are made or broken by AI, we need transparency about the way we ask computers questions, and we need to understand what kinds of p…
 
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