Alien Crash Site

Alien Crash Site

A new InterPlanetary interview series from the Santa Fe Institute takes a page from the Strugatsky brothers' classic Soviet sci-fi novel, Roadside Picnic, to discuss a variety of transformative alien artifacts. Thirteen years ago, an alien civilization visited our planet, and left behind myriad, mysterious materials in their crash sites. These areas, Zones, behave very strangely, but the interplanetary items they contain could change the trajectory of our technological advancement. What appears as a hoop might actually be a perpetual-motion machine. What appears as a slime might alter space-time. Spend too much time in the Zone and your genes might mutate, your bones might dissolve, your body might be ground into meat. If you’re lucky enough to make it out alive, you’ll likely be imprisoned. But a successful trip in and out of the Zone could alter human history. Do you dare? And for what? Hosted by Caitlin McShea.

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June 10, 2021 50 min

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  • Natalie Elliot’s Homepage
  • Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of Lock
  • Shakespeare’s
  • Julius Caesar
  • Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Claudius Ptolemy
  • Nicolaus Copernicus
  • Tycho Brahe
  • Aristophanes’s
  • Clouds
  • Birds
  • Fermilab Bison
  • Antikythera Mechanism
  • Origin Story” for Aeon
  • And two recently published papers on universal life detection that we are WAY TOO EXCITED abou...
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    InterPlanetary 2018 - Planetary Policy, Law & Regulation Panel

    Earth Juijitsu

    Environment Now

    Ecuador’s recognition of Pachamama

    Slavoj Zizek

    Santa Monica’s sustainability ordinance, protecting the aquifers

    Brown v. Board of Education

    US Space Act (1958)

    Outer Space Treaty (1966)

    Moon Agreement (1979)

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    May 13, 2021 45 min

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    Honeybee Capital

    Ever-Widening Circles, by Rilke

    Zero sum game

    Tom Seeley's work on honeybees

    Suzanne Simard's work about tree communication networks

    Geoffrey West's lecture on Scaling

    I Dream a Highway - Gillian Welch

    Ode to Joy - Beethoven

    Final scene of Stalker

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    April 29, 2021 48 min

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    Van’s homepage

    UCLA-led team of scientists discovers why we need sleep

    Watch Van on the “Time Design” Panel from #IPFest2018

    Ted Chiang’s Seventy-Two Letters

    Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem

    You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer

    Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis

    Welcome to the Jungle” and “You Could Be Mine

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    April 1, 2021 59 min

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    Michael’s webpage

    Lauren Ancel Meyers

    Carl Bergstrom’s Calling Bullshit

    Michael’s work on the Neandertal genome

    Information’s impact on fitness

    Michael, Sara Walker, Chris Kempes and Lee Cronin, herein the #OriginsOfLifeLeague

    Life Alive

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    March 18, 2021 54 min

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    Philosophy of Werner Herzog

    Adam and Eve

    Kant’s aesthetics

    Oedipus Rex

    Pandora Myth

    Beatrice Han-Pile

    Diego Velázquéz’s Las Meninas

    Rothko’s Tate Collection

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    March 4, 2021 54 min

     Tamara’s Website, Google Scholar Page & Twitter
    • InterPlanetary Festival Website
    • Alien Crash Site Podcast

    In 72 hours of sci-fi, postdocs transmit parental model of alien civilization [video]
    • Greetings from a Triparental Planet 72 Hours of Science Pre-Printby Gizem Bacaksizlar, Stefani Crabtree, Joshua Garland, Natalie Grefenstette, Albert Kao, David Kinney, Artemy Kolchinsky, Tyler Marghetis, Michael Price, Maria Riolo, Ha...

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    February 18, 2021 54 min

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    Theme song, "Stalker" by Tortilla

    The “Living in Space” InterPlanetary Panel from IP Fest 2018

    ChemCam and SuperCam

    Recap of Nina’s time in Antartica

    Bradbury Museum panel of LANL scientists discussing Today’s Perseverance landing

    Joerael Numina’s art (The image of the Curiosity Rover behind me is one example of his work)

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    February 4, 2021 52 min

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    Sasha’s website and work

    Sasha on “Visualization and Designing the Impossible” IPFest 2018 Panel

    Sasha at IPFest, on open-source space data

    Jet Propulsion Lab’s page of downloadable 360 and VR/AR videos

    Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History

    VITAL Ventilators

    Virtual tour of the Jet Propulsion Lab

    Kin Dza Dza

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    January 21, 2021 52 min

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    Exploration Institute

    Ocean Planet

    What Armin on the 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel “The End of the World?” with Annalee Newitz, and Lauren Oliver.

    Read Armin’s introduction to that ^ panel in IP Transmissions Volume One: Genesis

    Read up on Star Trek, if you’re unfamiliar for some reason...

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    December 30, 2020 59 min

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    Visit David’s new website

    Learn more about SFI’s recent Complexity and Structure of Music Workshop.

    Watch the 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel, Autonomous Ecosystems, where David (and past guest, Kate Greene) contributes to the conversation.

    Listen to some of David’s Sonic work.

    Watch David’s Hypnomancy performance from the 2020 Currents New Media fest...

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    December 2, 2020 63 min

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    2019 InterPlanetary Festival’s “Game Design Panel,” moderated by Frank

    InterPlanetary Transmissions. Volume 2: Stardust, featuring an introduction to the Game Design panel by Frank

    NYU Game Center

    Claude Shannon’s “A Mathematical Theory of Communication.”

    Alien Crash Site interviews with GPT-3

    Frank’s Universal Paperclips

    David Chapman

    Marcel Duchamp

    Caitlin...

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    November 18, 2020 66 min

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    Kate’s new book of essays, Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars.

    The 2017 InterPlanetary Panel, which launched the project.

    The 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Panel, “Autonomous Ecosystems.”

    All About Eggs, published by Lucky Peach.

    Ova Easy” egg crystals, for your solo-Sunday omelettes.

    “The Aleph” by Jorge Borges

    Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin.

    Hey, Elon ...

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    November 4, 2020 54 min

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    Ashton’s 2018 InterPlanetary Festival Appearance, “Living in Space

    Ashton’s 2019 InterPlanetary Festival Appearance, “Zen and the Art of Space Exploration

    Sam Harris podcast interview with David Krakauer

    General Systems Theory - Ludwig von Bertalanffy

    Limits to Human Performance Research at the Santa Fe Institute

    Ursula LeGuin’s Rocannon’s World (pdf)

    Or...

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    October 12, 2020 50 min

    SFI President David Krakauer joins Caitlin McShea to consider the producers of an object, the receivers of said object, and the qualities of the object itself, in this first episode of Alien Crash Site...a sci-fi technology pod that pushes people out of their comfort Zones, and into Alien Crash Site Zones, in pursuit of a truly transformative object.

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