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world of weird things podcast: how absolute power corrupts absolutely
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world of weird things podcast: how absolute power corrupts absolutely

As we’ve been told for decades, the wealthy and powerful are not like the rest of us. Not only do they enjoy things we can only dream of, their very mental wiring is altered.

world of weird things podcast: the realistic hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy
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world of weird things podcast: the realistic hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

In sci-fi movies, explorers arrive on alien worlds in the blink of an eye using warp drives, or cheat time with cryogenic sleep chambers. But how would interstellar travel actually work in the real world?

world of weird things podcast: is technology ruining millennials’ sex lives?
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world of weird things podcast: is technology ruining millennials’ sex lives?

Millennials are suffering from what’s been called “the sex recession,” and a number of researchers and pundits have been blaming technology. They might not be completely off base for a change...

world of weird things podcast: the nerd rapture
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world of weird things podcast: the nerd rapture

The Singularity is the event in which humanity changes from sacks of meat to immortal AIs. It's also about as realistic as getting an admission letter to Hogwarts.

world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe
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world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe

Humans have spent millenia looking for a fountain of youth or a recipe for immortality. Why have we been failing? And is there anything we can do to make death optional?

world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping
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world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping

Just because the universe is dying doesn’t mean you and your civilization have to die with it, at least not if you’re ready to go stellar grave robbing.

world of weird things podcast: artificial untelligence
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world of weird things podcast: artificial untelligence

Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence, but what do they actually mean by that? Turns out nailing down the meaning of the term is a lot harder that it seems at first glance.

world of weird things podcast: why robots are coming for your job and education is the only way to stop them
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world of weird things podcast: why robots are coming for your job and education is the only way to stop them

Futurists have long predicted a time when tens of millions of jobs are done by machines, out of sight and out of mind. Now, this moment is here and we’re far from ready...

world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders
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world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders

Particle colliders seem like an ideal example of esoteric, purely curiosity-driven science. But we’ve actually been enjoying the fruits of their discoveries for decades now.

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby
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world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby

The CRISPR babies scandal has unlocked old fears about the power of gene editing in the wrong hands and created new concerns about rogue operators who refuse to play it safe, even when there are literally lives on the line.

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