A new science podcast series has been added to the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World season. This science and technology podcast delves into the most urgent questions the world is currently facing, and uses cutting-edge science to explore how we may live our lives in the future - and how we can help shape that future through the decisions we make now.
Over the next 12 weeks, new presenters Britt Wray and Dr Ellie Cosgrave will take science out of the lab and into people’s homes through exciting debate and expert opinion. Cutting-edge inventors, scientists and leading experts from the likes of NASA, The Francis Crick Institute, and many others, will provide captivating insight into the latest scientific and technological developments, helping us understand just how science is changing our lives.
Dr Ellie Cosgrave (above) is an engineer and lecturer in Urban Innovation at University College London. Ellie is passionate about supporting women in engineering and is the Director and Co-founder of ScienceGrrl - an organisation that supports women in science and engineering careers.
Britt Wray trained as a biologist, currently completing a PhD at the University of Copenhagen, with a focus on science communication and synthetic biology, she is “a science storyteller who writes, hosts, makes radio, and directs interactive documentaries”.
The podcast investigates how science can help solve some of the biggest issues we’re living with right now, including:
- Should robots have human rights?
- How would we combat even more aggressive and unknown outbreaks of disease that could be imminent?
- What does the future of the internet look like? And to what extent could the world around us be a simulated reality?
The podcast series includes episodes such as:
The Wizard’s Hat - unravelling the concept of brain-machine interfacing, in which inventors and scientists are exploring how to create seamless communication between the human brain and computers. Can humans transmit ideas and information directly to someone else’s brain?
Enter The Wizard - exploring what it means when Elon Musk says he wants to “download our brain” and asking - can we morph our own intelligence with artificial intelligence?
Hope Floats - investigating the possibility that our current cities may one day become uninhabitable. Would floating cities be a solution and, if so, what might they look like? What if we needed to leave Earth altogether? Britt and Ellie meet an “out of this world” team of scientists who are devising a mystery floater to hover in Venus’ atmosphere as a potential alternative habitat to Earth.
They are available from bbc.co.uk/podcasts, BBC iPlayer Radio, iTunes, YouTube, or your regular podcast provider.
To find out more, visit bbc.co.uk/tomorrowsworld
The trailer is available here
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Tomorrow’s World is a season of science and technology programming, created in partnership between Science Museum Group, Wellcome, The Open University, the Royal Society, and the BBC. The season takes science out of the lab and into people’s homes, as we explore how science is changing people’s lives, reshaping the world, and rewriting the future.