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Should This Exist?


It's the question of our times: How is technology impacting our humanity? Coming February 21, 2019, Should This Exist? invites the creators of radical new technologies to set aside their business plan, and think through the human side: What is the in...Show More
How to hack your way out of aging

32:08 | Jun 27th

Imagine meeting your great-great-great-grandkids. Or going to law school in your 80s, learning to snowboard at 110, taking a gap decade instead of a gap year. Greg Bailey dreams of a world where everybody lives twice as long, and no one gets sick. Hi...Show More
Woebot: A virtual therapist powered by AI

35:56 | Feb 27th

Woebot is a mobile app that gives one-on-one therapy and gets 2 million messages a week. But Woebot isn't a person – it's a chatbot. It was invented and developed by psychologist Alison Darcy and it uses AI to guide users through a session, anytime, ...Show More
Halo: A headset that makes you learn faster

33:38 | Feb 21st

Neuroscientist Daniel Chao created a headset that hacks your brain with electricity so you can learn as fast as a kid again. It’s called Halo, and it helps you learn motor skills faster. Athletes use it; musicians too. But we’re not far from a future...Show More
Introducing Meditative Story

04:38 | Jul 30th

This short trailer offers a taste of a new podcast from the team that created Should This Exist? And just like STE, it's unlike anything you've heard before. In each episode of Meditative Story, you'll hear a storyteller who will transport you to a t...Show More
What went wrong with the world wide web – and how we can fix it

27:24 | Jul 16th

The web is broken. Data is mined, sold, and exploited. Social media is an endless and biased scroll through the worst of humanity. Nobody’s personal information is safe. And worst of all, it’s inescapable. The web is a cornerstone of our lives. It’s ...Show More
Want your voice heard on Should This Exist?

01:11 | Jun 5th

Want your voice heard on Should This Exist?  An upcoming episode explores gerontology, the science of aging, and new technologies being developed to help humans live longer and healthier lives. Host Caterina Fake and her panel of guests will exam...Show More
The next gen of meat will be grown in a lab

35:19 | May 30th

Imagine biting into a steak that didn’t come from a cow. Or a chicken breast that did not come from a chicken. Imagine if your favorite meat dish did not involve an animal getting killed. This is Isha Datar’s dream. She is a scientist on a mission to...Show More
What if you could Photoshop your voice?

37:52 | May 21st

Mike Pappas and Carter Huffman believe their invention fulfills the promise of the digital world: the complete freedom to design your identity. But what if we all used it? The human voice is a key marker of authenticity and individuality, and Modulat...Show More
We can change the DNA of an entire species — in the wild

45:53 | May 2nd

Kevin Esvelt knows the stakes are high. As a geneticist at the MIT Media Lab, Kevin discovered a technique called a gene drive, which gives humans a power we’ve never had before: to change the DNA of entire species in nature. This capacity is so new ...Show More
When your invention becomes a weapon

32:53 | Apr 11th

What do you do if your invention becomes a weapon? This happened to Chris Anderson, former editor of Wired Magazine, who launched DIY Drones, an open source community that helps anyone build their own flying machines. Chris and his community evolved ...Show More
The return of supersonic flight

33:27 | Mar 28th

Throughout human history, we’ve wanted to fly – and to fly fast. So it’s hard to resist Blake Scholl’s idea. His startup, Boom, is building a new supersonic jet, which will fly at twice the speed of sound. If he succeeds, it could be the biggest disr...Show More
Affectiva: Software that detects how you feel

42:34 | Mar 14th

What if your computer had an "emotion chip" — AI that could read the expression on your face (or the tone in your voice) and know how you’re feeling? Could online courses teach you better if they knew when you were bored or confused? Could your car h...Show More
Launching Feb. 21: Should This Exist?

01:54 | Jan 21st

In the trailer for Should This Exist?, you’ll get a sneak peek (err, listen!) into the first episodes: a wearable that hacks your brain with electric fields so you can learn like a kid again; an AI-driven tool that translates between human and animal...Show More