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Mars

One day all humanity is going to be wiped off the face of the planet. What do we do when it does? In this episode, Sam and Simon talk about getting to Mars, doomsday scenarios and the things we want to learn about the world before we all die.

Physics. It will happen to you.
— Simon Dingle

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Vikings

When we're less afraid to fail, we end up doing more radical stuff. Simon and Sam have a conversation about badassery, Mad Max, lady vikings, and what we can learn from companies that made giant epic failures. Also, you can find out what Simon would do if he had powers of invisibility.

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Robotic

We've reached the point where our technology speaks to us. But does that software have enough to say? When will we be able to build artificial intelligence with personality? And is everything getting more bland because the teams who make things are too big?

These and many other questions go completely unanswered when Simon and Sam have a conversation about robotic personalities and constraints on our creativity. 

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Twitter can fuck off.
— Sam

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Workspace

Is the space you're working in making you dumber? Or is that just one of many other excuses we tell ourselves about why we're not getting stuff done? Sam and Simon discuss workspaces and serendipity this week. Also, why Sam secretly wants to join the German navy (her reason involves existentialism, not seamen). 

Stuff mentioned in this episode:

  • The magic of Prestik
  • Does having more light in a room make you more productive? Apparently it might make you more productive, but less creative.
  • Shingy, AOL's ridiculous digital "visionary" who took the desk out of the CEO's office at AOL
  • Why Steve Jobs obsessed about where to build the bathrooms at Pixar
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree on why having other people around might make you more productive
  • The secret lives of bored German navy offices
  • Mike Rowe in a fascinating Ted Talk about Dirty Jobs
  • Amy Wrzesniewski's research indicating that how you feel whether your job is meaningful is probably more about you than about the actual job you're doing
  • Brent Schlender's Becoming Steve Jobs and the cargo cult of Steve
  • Data-driven decision making versus following your gut
  • The incredible story about how one man became an accidental celebrity in China, which led to a chat about Sino Weibo and how social networks have lost the ability to foster serendipitous connections
You don’t follow your passion, you bring it with you.
— Lakey Peterson

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Shared

A weird Meerkat experiment in which Sam and Simon try live-streaming their conversation, and discuss how we act differently when we're being observed. It's all very meta.

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It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.
— Terry Pratchett
 Yet another picture of a naked mole rat. You know you wanted it. 

Yet another picture of a naked mole rat. You know you wanted it. 

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Transparent

We all believe honesty is generally a good thing, right? But we all agree to keep secrets, whether for our country or for the company we work for. Sam and Simon think this is bullshit. Honesty surfaces data, and helps people to make better decisions.

Except if there's an axe murderer coming to kill a member of your family. Then we think maybe lying isn't a terrible idea.

In other news: hey, we launched a Patreon page! If you like what we do, we'd be grateful if you could support us. This will help us to create more betterer podcasts, and one day move into a room without a taxidermied duck in it.

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 Alfred the Goose of Terror. Look at the CLAWS on his WINGS.

Alfred the Goose of Terror. Look at the CLAWS on his WINGS.

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Resolution

This week we cast our doubts in the direction of resolutions and the underwhelming challenges that humans set themselves. Can we stick to our plans and what are ways to game our psychology and do the right things when we really have to? Part of the secret, we decide, is being disagreeable…

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Mindful

Sam and Simon get together in one of South Africa’s oldest theatres to discuss mindfulness and being present in the shit that you’re doing while you’re doing it.

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Oxytocin

Why do we trust people and what makes them trust us? Is it a magical process of magicness or a flow of chemicals we can control once we understand it? After a long hiatus, Sam and Simon decided to have another conversation on the internet about the things that make us trust and how to work with or against them…

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Connections

Sam is in the USA. She met Barack Obama. Yes, that one. And we’re not even joking. In this episode we look at the connections people share with other people and how astonishingly useful they can be.

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