- Interview special: meet the scientists
Exclusive interviews! Meet the people behind the DxtER Tricorder, the frontline of artificial womb technology, the pioneer behind avian drones, and behind the scenes of predictive crime technology in British policing.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin in one-to-one interviews with four of the pioneers whose incredible work we showcased over the season.
Supt. Iain Donnelly - Led first predictive crime trials in the UK (through the National Data Analytic Solution), former Superintendent of West Midlands Police, Digital Intelligence Expert
Professor Matthew Kemp - Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Western Australia, Deputy Director at the Women and Infants Research Foundation, Honorary Associate Professor at Tohoku University Japan
Dr. Matej Karasek - Doctor of bio-inspired mechatronics, co-founder of Flapper Drones & creator of the Delfly Nimble
CEO Neil Singer - CEO of Basil Leaf Technologies (winners of the X-Prize Tricorder competition)
Support the show:1h 3m | May 2, 2021
- Warp travel
Faster-than-light travel (FTL) is every space-farer's dream. Are we there yet?
Discover the incredible progress we're making, and how interstellar travel would work.
Join international bestselling author Marcus Martin and his two fellow nerds in a journey to the stars.
Patricia Jacob – Oxford physicist and astrological researcher, worked on the ESA HARMONI spectrograph
Jack Lewars – Executive Director at the evidence-led charity One for the World, former Edinburgh Fringe comedy veteran
Support the show:1h 0m | Apr 25, 2021
- Organoids and brains in jars
3D-printed organs and brains in jars are here, but are they more alive than we think?
If brains can be grown in labs, could we be living in the Matrix already? Let's see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his fellow nerds as they explore the cutting edge of synthetic organs and organoids.
Silvia Benito Kwiecinski – Neuroscientist, PhD finalist at Cambridge University
Freya Berry – Author and former journalist for the Guardian, the Independent, and Reuters
Support the show:54m | Apr 18, 2021
- Sci-Fi bugs vs insects IRL
Can mother nature really out-weird sci-fi?
From bugs living in outer space to ants that farm other insects, we're pitting real life against sci-fi in a battle of the bizarre.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his brilliant guests as they explore classic sci-fi bugs, and their astonishing terrestrial counterparts.
Eleanor Drinkwater – Insectologist and PhD finalist at University of York
Haydn Belfield - Artificial Intelligence specialist at CSER: the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for future intelligence
Support the show:1h 3m | Apr 11, 2021
- Neuralyzers and Human Memory Wipes
Remember that time the feds wiped your memory?
Don't worry, we're here to talk you through all the ways they could have done it.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his fellow nerds as they unpick the crazy world of memory modification.
Dr. Alex Bryant – Oxbridge psychologist and YA fantasy author of The Identity Thief
Lucy Wark – Strategy consultant and analyst, Healthcare and Biotech expert, former Cantab and McKinsey Women in Leadership scholar
Support the show:1h 0m | Apr 4, 2021
- Tricorders (Pilot Episode)
Tricorders are one of sci-fi's greatest inventions, but they're from the 24th century, right? Wrong!
Discover the scientists developing them right now, in real life.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his guests as they explore the origins, challenges, and future of this incredible device.
Dr. Christopher A. Powell – Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Kimberly Jarvis – writer, actor, and musician
Support the show:1h 2m | Mar 30, 2021
- Predictive Crime AI
You're guilty because an algorithm said so. Is this the future of justice?
Discover the courts and police forces around the world who are already using artificial intelligence to predict crimes before they happen.
Minority Report could soon be a reality. Luckily, there are people working to avert an AI disaster. Meet the pioneers on both sides.
Join international bestselling author Marcus Martin and his brilliant guests as they discuss the algorithms that are already calling the shots.
Cody Coleman – Computing consultant and entrepreneur, PhD finalist at Stanford University, TedX presenter
Alys Williams – Actor and writer, founder of Sardines Theatre
Support the show:1h 13m | Mar 28, 2021
- Artificial Wombs
If you could grow your child in lab, would you? Should you?
With artificial wombs fast becoming a reality, discover the amazing pros and terrifying cons.
Join bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his two expert guests as they uncover ways scientists are growing fetuses in laboratories right now.
Dr. Hannah Copley - Medical doctor and clinical research training fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge
Sally Patterson – Journalist and co-founder of ethical brand She Shirts
Support the show:56m | Mar 22, 2021
- Droids and drones
Would you kick a pizza droid if your dinner arrived late?
Everyone loves R2D2 on-screen, but with non-humanoid drones set to change our cities forever, how we treat robots, and what we build them for, could shape society.
Join international bestselling sci-fi author Marcus Martin and his two expert guests as they bring you the cutting edge droids that are already among us.
Charlie Houseago – PhD finalist at Dyson Robotics Lab, Imperial College London
Charlee New – Science Fiction writer and scholar
Support the show:53m | Mar 21, 2021