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Uplifting Animal & Aliens, Part 1 of 2

The concept of enhancing and augmenting animal minds & bodies to be able to use and understand human technology, known as Uplifting, has long fascinated us. Today in this two-part collaboration with John Michael Godier, we will explore this concept as well as the possibility of using such technology with alien races, the polar opposite of the classic Star Trek Prime Directive.

Watch Part 2:
https://youtu.be/wfDHt68-ANU

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Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland
Misho Yordanov
Murat Mamkegh
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Dexter Britain, “Seeing the Future”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”
Markus Junnikkala, “A Memory of Earth”
Sergey Cheremisinov, “Labyrinth”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
Markus Junnikkala, “We Roam the Stars”

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Megastructures: Ringworlds

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Ringworlds are a type of megastructure that engulf an entire star, first popularized in Larry Niven’s classic novel Ringworld. These constructs a million times larger than Earth have captivated minds for nearly half a century but been considered impossible to build under known science. Today, we will attempt to show otherwise.

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Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
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Misho Yordanov
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero: https://www.artstation.com/sboterod?fref=gc
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Markus Junnikkala, “We Roam the Stars”
Kai Engel, “Endless Story About Sun And Moon”
Markus Junnikkala, “A Memory of Earth”
Kai Engel, “Periculum”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
Dexter Britain, “Going Under”
AJ Prasad, “Aether”

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Smug Aliens

We continue our look at hypothetical Alien Civilizations by examining concepts such as Zoo Hypothesis – that aliens may be keeping us secluded from the rest of the galaxy – and the motivation for non-interference, such as the Star Trek Prime Directive.

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Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland of Mafic Stufios: www.maficstudios.com
Misho Yordanov
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero: https://www.artstation.com/sboterod?fref=gc
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Martin Rezny, “Lifelight”
Markus Junnikkala, “A Memory of Earth”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”
Sergey Cheremisinov, “Labyrinth”
Lombus, “Time Slip”

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Outward Bound: Colonizing Venus

We continue our look at colonizing the solar system by visiting Venus, and exploring both the options for vast floating habitats in the upper atmosphere as well as full terraforming of the planet.

To pickup a copy of Ringworlds, our Book of the Month, use my link http://www.audible.com/isaac and get a free audio book with a 30 day trial!

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Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland of Mafic Stufios: www.maficstudios.com
Misho Yordanov
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero: https://www.artstation.com/sboterod?fref=gc
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Markus Junnikkala, “Hail the Victorious Dead”
Dan McLeod, “Vacuum”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”

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Interplanetary Warfare

Following on our look at Space Warfare concepts, we look at popular ideas from science and science fiction for war between planets, or inside a fully colonized solar system or Dyson Swarm.

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Graphics Team:
Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland of Mafic Stufios: www.maficstudios.com
Misho Yordanov
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero: https://www.artstation.com/sboterod?fref=gc
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Markus Junnikkala, “Leaving the Galaxy”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”
Lombus, “Amino”

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Fermi Paradox Great Filters: Rare Intelligence

We conclude our look at possible explanations why life may be very rare in the Universe by looking at the evolutionary pathway to intelligence and the hurdles between life starting on a planet and migrating off of it.

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Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland of Mafic Stufios: www.maficstudios.com
Misho Yordanov
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero: https://www.artstation.com/sboterod?fref=gc
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Lombus, “Cosmic Soup”
Markus Junnikkala, “A Memory of Earth”
AJ Prasad, “Aether”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
Dan McLeod, NeptuneUK,
“Mysterious Universe”
AJ Prasad,
“Staring Through”

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Outward Bound: Colonizing Mars

We begin the new Outward Bound series by discussing the Colonization of Mars, and survey all the colonizing and terraforming options from the early settlement days to the far future and a Green Mars.

We will also look at alternatives to terraforming which might make more sense for Mars, like bioforming the people to the environment, rather than terraforming it to our environment.

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Graphics Team:
Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Kris Holland of Mafic Stufios: www.maficstudios.com
Misho Yordanov
Murat Mamkegh
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Markus Junnikkala, “Hail the Victorious Dead”
Dan McLeod, “Vacuum”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”
Markus Junnikkala, “A Memory of Earth”

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Quiet Revolution: Technologies that will change the World

Many technologies are greaty anticipated and predicted, and promise to change our lives. Today we will be looking at some that get less fanfare, but hold the promise to change our lives in profound ways.

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Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Misho Yordanov
Murat Mamkegh
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero
Stefan Blandin

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Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Mark Warburton
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Dexter Britain, “Seeing the Future”
Kai Engel, “Endless story about Sun and Moon”
Frank Dorittke, “Morninglight”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
AJ Prasad, “Aether”
Kevin MacLeod, “Spacial Winds”

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Hidden Aliens

It is often suggested that the reason we don’t hear from alien civilizations is that they are in hiding. In this episode, we will explore that notion, and examine why a civilization might hide and how they would go about doing it.

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Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Misho Yordanov
Murat Mamkegh
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music:
Martin Rezny, “Life Light”
Markus Junnikkala, “Memory of Earth”
Lombus, “Hydrogen Sonata”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”

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Force Fields

Force fields are a staple of science fiction, but usually regarded as only science fiction, not science fact. Today we’ll examine the notion and see what options we might have inside known science, as well as what alternatives might achieve similar effects.

See Hydrodynamic levitation at Cody’s Lab:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4kTF0xw3y8

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Graphics Team:
Edward Nardella
Jarred Eagley
Justin Dixon
Katie Byrne
Misho Yordanov
Murat Mamkegh
Pierre Demet
Sergio Botero
Stefan Blandin

Script Editing:
Andy Popescu
Connor Hogan
Edward Nardella
Eustratius Graham
Gregory Leal
Jefferson Eagley
Luca de Rosa
Michael Gusevsky
Mitch Armstrong
MolbOrg
Naomi Kern
Philip Baldock
Sigmund Kopperud
Steve Cardon
Tiffany Penner

Music
Markus Junnikkala, “Leaving the Galaxy”
AJ Prasad, “Staring Through”
Lombus, “Amino”

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