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Anatomy of Next

Founders Fund

In the second season of Anatomy of Next, explore every aspect of going to Mars, transforming it into a habitable world, and building a new branch of human civilization. How do we bring a cold, dead planet back to life? Can we build an atmosphere on M...Show More
NEW WORLD #11 — Interstellar

59:12 | Feb 22nd

SEASON TWO FINALE: and we enter the galaxy. From an atmosphere and an ocean to genetically-modified flora, new AR construction paradigms, and the directed evolution of our second branch of human civilization, we’ve created a new world on Mars. But wh...Show More
Kai-Fu Lee // China

36:39 | Feb 18th

This season we've talked a lot about different ways of doing things. Now let's talk about a country that IS doing things differently — at least... differently than the United States. We sat down with Kai-Fu Lee, author of AI Superpowers, to talk abou...Show More
NEW WORLD #10 — Sex in Space, Part One

24:03 | Feb 12th

Sex, reproduction, and marriage have been linked for most of human history, but today that paradigm is evolving. This season of Anatomy of Next we've looked at every aspect of turning Mars into a habitable world. Now what about the changes in biology...Show More
NEW WORLD #10 — Sex in Space, Part Two

37:28 | Feb 12th

In our last episode, we looked at the technologies that are fundamentally changing biological reproduction. Now, we conclude that conversation with a look at the human relationship. What is a healthy relationship on Earth, and what might it look like...Show More
NEW WORLD # 9 — Multiplanar Humanity

53:30 | Feb 4th

Augmented and virtual realities are introducing a digital layering to the human experience that will dramatically impact every city of the future. In “Multiplanar Humanity” we explore the complications and potential of a multi-layered world, starting...Show More
Christina Lomasney // Material Advance, Part Two

22:45 | Feb 2nd

In our second episode on materials science, we take a look at metal. Christina Lomasney is the CEO of Modumetal, a company nanoscopically-engineering alloys. In a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about her work at Modumetal, the Martian applicati...Show More
Dan Widmaier // Material Advance, Part One

22:55 | Jan 31st

Dan Widmaier is the founder and CEO of Bolt Threads. They make materials from nature that are high performance, but hard to extract, and develop technology that makes the scaling of production on these materials possible. Today, they're making spider...Show More
Paul Dabrowski // Biological Factory

09:48 | Jan 30th

What if you could plant a seed, and grow a building? A few episodes ago we talked to Paul Dabrowski, CEO of Synthego, a company building tools that help biologists. Paul's hope for the field of synthetic biology is a path to curing all disease. But i...Show More
Adrian Aoun // Martian Sick Day

10:35 | Jan 26th

As we plan the shape of our future Martian capital, we continue our conversation with Adrian Aoun, founder of Forward, a company changing the way we think about the doctor. In our last episode we spoke broadly about the world — the way policy and des...Show More
NEW WORLD #8 — City in the Stars

53:50 | Jan 24th

What will the first city on Mars look like? From a brief history of urban planning and utopianism on Earth, to selecting the site for our first colony on Mars, and laying down a new philosophy of city planning with an expert at the intersection of te...Show More
Palmer Luckey // A New Defense

42:58 | Jan 21st

Technology has changed the nature of the threats our society is facing, but the defense industry is still mostly approaching these questions with a twentieth century mindset. Before we can make meaningful progress, we have to change our approach to t...Show More
Technology and Defense at Founders Fund HQ

41:05 | Jan 16th

Founders Fund recently hosted a panel on defense: a conversation at the intersection of the U.S. government and the technology industry, or D.C. vs. Silicon Valley. Moderated by Dan Primack, and featuring Chris Lynch, Heather Podesta, and Trae Stephe...Show More
Lewis Dartnell // The Knowledge

24:07 | Jan 15th

What if we had to rebuild human civilization from scratch — on Earth? Could you build a power plant with your own hands and some raw material? Let's start smaller: what about the printing press? We sat down with Lewis Dartnell, author of the Knowledg...Show More
NEW WORLD # 7 — Make Man Martian

36:42 | Jan 15th

What if instead of changing the Martian environment to better suit human life... we changed the human being — genetically? In conversation with Josiah Zayner, George Church, and Paul Dabrowski, we take a look at redesigning the human being into a spe...Show More
Gabriel Licina // Biohackers

14:33 | Jan 9th

In this supplemental episode we sit back down with biologist Gabriel Licina, founder of Sci-House, a small nonprofit running community education, outreach, and research in synthetic biology. Gabriel unpacks the term "biohacker," and expands on both h...Show More
NEW WORLD #6 — Alien Ecology

36:10 | Jan 4th

Anatomy of Next returns, and we design the Martian forests and fields. We've built an atmosphere on Mars, warmed the planet, and jumpstarted it's hydrologic cycle — from a frozen, irradiated desert to thunderstorms on a warm equator. Now, what about ...Show More
Jamie Hyneman // Eureka deconstructed

18:27 | Oct 21st, 2018

Invention proceeds from ideation, but where do ideas come from? Jamie Hyneman is best known for his work on the Discovery Channel TV show Mythbusters, which he hosted for 14 and a half years. Prior to that he ran a special effects shop in San Francis...Show More
Maisie Williams // Art, identity, and this is your brain on Twitter

18:57 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Separate from the question of how to build a world is the question of what makes a world worth living in. Let’s talk about art. Maisie Williams is an actor most commonly known for her performance in Game of Thrones, and cofounder of a new startup cal...Show More
Dan Kaminsky // Security

27:35 | Aug 29th, 2018

In an age of digital identity, how do we protect ourselves in an increasingly insecure world? In 2008, Dan Kaminsky identified a critical flaw in the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) and led the largest synchronized fix to the internet’s infrastru...Show More
Barbara Moreau // Raising astronauts

18:15 | Aug 13th, 2018

Nothing can be achieved without some convincing that it’s possible – we need to be inspired. Barbara Moreau was my third grade teacher, and one of the most decorated leaders of the Young Astronaut Council, a United States education initiative focused...Show More
Nick Bostrom // Superbrains and simulated worlds

18:02 | Jul 29th, 2018

What happens when the most intelligent being on earth is smarter than the average human by an order of magnitude? Dr. Nick Bostrom is Director of the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers,...Show More
George Church // Genetically modified everything

19:35 | Jul 16th, 2018

Dr. George Church leads Synthetic Biology at Harvard’s Wyss Institute. Author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, he is one of the foremost thinkers in biological self-determination. Could we take control of our ge...Show More
Stuart Armstrong // Dyson swarms and death rays

11:41 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Dr. Stuart Armstrong researches the potential for intelligent life across the universe. In this work, he’s speculated on the kinds of engineering we should expect from an advanced civilization, most commonly the Dyson structure. In our conversation w...Show More
Chris McKay // What if there’s life on Mars?

14:41 | Jun 17th, 2018

Let’s talk about the ethics of terraforming. Dr. Chris McKay is a Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center’s Planetary Systems Branch and is actively involved in the planning of future Mars missions. If we encounter alien life on another world, ...Show More
bonus: what's coming up

03:19 | Jun 17th, 2018

The AON team tells you what's up next for the podcast.
NEW WORLD #5 — Let's Build an Ocean

27:46 | Jun 10th, 2018

Mars is a frozen, irradiated desert world with almost no hope for life…but it doesn’t have to be. In this episode, we explore the mechanics of building a Martian atmosphere, warming the planet, thawing the ice caps, jump-starting a new hydrologic cyc...Show More
NEW WORLD #4 — How to Die in Outer Space

30:32 | Jun 3rd, 2018

Martian colonization is one of the most dangerous goals humanity has ever undertaken, and there are no shortage of ways to die in space. From radiation exposure to literally going crazy, let’s troubleshoot a couple of our greatest risks, and work out...Show More
NEW WORLD #3 — Strange Rockets

24:21 | May 28th, 2018

In Episode 2.3, we look at “strange” rockets: nuclear, antimatter, and ion thrust. The tremendous amount of time it takes to move through space has isolated humanity from the cosmos. But burning rocket fuel is not the only way to travel the stars.
NEW WORLD #2 — Malthus was Wrong

27:52 | May 19th, 2018

Why is Mars important? In Episode 2.2, we explore the philosophies that dominate our thinking on the subject of Mars — humanism and anti-humanism. Then, how do you build something with a time horizon of 100 years? Optimism is useful, but determinate ...Show More
NEW WORLD #1 — New World

32:12 | May 11th, 2018

Before we can approach the task of building humanity’s second home on Mars, we need to get there. In Episode 2.1, we explore the most likely shape of our first mission to the Red Planet.
TEASER: Fermi's Paradox

39:05 | Aug 21st, 2017

If it’s probable intelligent alien life exists, where’s the evidence? In our season two teaser – Episode 2.0 – we discuss Fermi’s paradox. This episode also introduces the topic of our second season: humanity building its first new world on Mars.
1.5 Reality

32:25 | Jul 12th, 2016

In Episode Five, our team, community and key players in the field discuss the present and future of virtual, actual, augmented and simulated reality.
1.4 Superintelligence

29:17 | Jul 5th, 2016

In Episode Four, we continue with robotics, facing commonly held fears regarding machine intelligence head-on. We discuss the future of AI and why we’re unlikely to see The Terminator in real life.
1.3 Robotics

36:09 | Jun 28th, 2016

In Episode Three, our first week on robotics, we look at the automation of jobs currently taking place and dig into how humans are and might be working and living alongside machines in the near future.
1.2 Biology

37:53 | Jun 17th, 2016

In Episode Two, we tackle the fears and possibilities of biotechnology. We speak with the FBI and biological engineers, and tell you why you shouldn’t be afraid of Jurassic Park.
1.1 Nuclear

31:10 | Jun 11th, 2016

In Episode One, we address and challenge popularly held concerns about nuclear technology, including safety, cost, waste and proliferation, and highlight promising innovations in the field.