Noel Sharkey likes to build and study robots. Occasionally, he also likes to see them compete and get smashed. He sat down with Max Tholl to discuss the human fascination for robots, the dangers of autonomous war machines, and sex doll brothels.
John Lanchester has written two books about the debt crisis and its social consequences. He sat down with Martin Eiermann to talk about the securitization of social relationships and the value of money.
Over the course of several decades, Kenneth Binmore went from mathematician to economist to moral philosopher. He sat down with Martin Eiermann to talk about game theory, principles of justice, and unwanted praise from the political Right.
Natasha Vita-More is a committed transhumanist: She believes in the power of technology to alter human nature and, ultimately, human destiny. She talked to Lars Mensel about meta-brains, artificial limbs, and digitized memory.
Clay Shirky has been at the forefront of thinking about the future of journalism for the better part of a decade. He sat down with Martin Eiermann to discuss institutional inertia, censorship in the App Store, and what it means to be a journalist in 2013.
The British star violinist Charlie Siem has filled London’s Royal Albert Hall and has performed with Lady Gaga and Bryan Adams. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to discuss the importance of friendship and the Hebrew inscription inside his violin case.