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#48 Sam Vaknin
The psychology of the metaverse

This podcast is about digital technology and how it influences our lives. How will the metaverse influece our lives? Sam Vaknin has a very interesting theory about the transition from narcissistic cities to a psychopathic metaverse. Read more...
Released in: April 2024

#47 Annette Lykknes
Collaborative couples in science

Science is a human activity. Studying the professional and personal relationships of collaborative couples is a way to see science as properly "embedded in the social and political fabric of history." This interview is about men and women who work in science and who are partners, husband and wife, sometimes lovers, etc. Read more...
Released in: March 2022

#46 Maarten Van Dyck
Science & trust

Science as we know it today is an institutionalized social practice, with a mechanism designed to distribute trust and credibility. Trust IN science and trust WITHIN science are two dimentions of the same question that allow the process of investigation and discovery to keep moving forward. If you thought that science doesn't need trust, because it's all about the facts, think again. Read more...
Released in: October 2021

#45 Dmitry Kaminsky
Longevity and the digitization of health

Extending the human life with science and technology will re-shape society. It is not just a matter of living longer and healthier. We need to prepare for the consequences of longevity, from the job market to housing and banking, from politics to psychological well-being, Dmitry talks about his vision on the longevity that awatis humanity - very soon. Read more...
Released in: September 2021

#44 Jennifer Ngo-Anh (ESA)
Space 2.0: A spacefaring species

Space travel may not be an impossible dream anymore. Access to a diverse pool of talents is a great asset, and ESA's new cohort of astronauts reflects this, with the first parastronaut program. With this interview, I wanted to learn more about the selection process, how the requirements are evolving, but also to debunk some of the romanticized views that many of us may have of the astronaut's job. Read more...
Released in: July 2021

#43 Yaneer Bar-Yam
The science of complex systems and COVID-19

Society can be modeled as a complex system because of interdependencies. We have seen these interdependencies in action during the past year and a half, in the joint global effort that has been put in place to fight COVID-19. Yaneer Bar-Yam, expert in complex systems, explains why we are still stuck in the pandemic, what's wrong with the narrative about the future, and brings good news: complete elimination of the virus is possible. Page coming soon...
Released in: June 2021

#42 Peter Doell
Audio mastering

Mastering is a crucial step in the production of a music record, but not everybody knows what it is. What does a mastering engineer do? I asked the best of the best, in his studio in Hollywood. Peter explains what mastering entails and where it comes from. And we glance at the future of mastering, with Artificial Intelligence applications. Read more...
Released in: October 2020

#41 Toshi Anders Hoo (IFTF)
Who makes the future?

Consciousness is not in the equations of physics; scientists give a psueo-explanation for the existence of conscious beings. And yet we experience it every single moment of our lives. The man who invented the microprocessor puts his brains (and heart) into the scientific study of consciousness - and tells us what's wrong with AI and Virtual Reality. This is the first full video interview for Technoculture. Read more...
Released in: October 2020

#40 John Chowning
The artistic gesture: Research at CCRMA

John Chowning means FM synthesis to everyone in the audio community worldwide. But the man is no less extraordinary than his discovery. Co-founder of one of the most important centres for music research in the world, CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) at Stanford University, John speaks with great passion about his approach to composition, and a lifelong quest for the "artistic gesture." Read more...
Released in: October 2020

#39 José V. Siles (NASA JPL)
Scientific balloon missions

Many people associate NASA with space exploration, but they would be susprised to learn that much of NASA's research is actually applied on Earth. From early disease detection to monitoring climate change, the technology developed by José and his colleagues is extremely relevant to all of us and our planet. Read more...
Released in: October 2020

#38 Robert Margouleff
Music, technology, and social meaning

Robert Margouleff doesn't like to live in history, but "he knows he's made some." After a lifetime of achievements, he still looks ahead and experiments with audio spacialization, new artists, new sounds. An incredible privilege to hear Robert's opinion on technology, pop music, his collaborations, the industry, in his cozy studio on Hollywood. Read more...
Released in: September 2020

#36 Rick A. Ruth (US Dept. of State)
Fulbright and international exchange programs

"I have thought of everything I can think of, and the one thing that gives me some hope is the ethos that underlies the educational exchange program." This is Senator Fulbright speaking words of wisdom a couple of decades ago. Are they still true? With today's technology we can see the world on our screens: why travel? Why is it important to invest in exchange programs today? Read more...
Released in: November 2019

#37 Federico Faggin
Spirituality and quantum physics

Consciousness is not in the equations of physics; scientists give a psueo-explanation for the existence of conscious beings. And yet we experience it every single moment of our lives. The man who invented the microprocessor puts his brains (and heart) into the scientific study of consciousness - and tells us what's wrong with AI and Virtual Reality. This is the first full video interview for Technoculture. Read more...
Released in: June 2020

#34 Heidi Carine Brimi
Living history: Time travel to the Viking age

Ready for the first episode of the second season of Technoculture podcast? We travel back in time to the Vikige age, about 1000 years ago. Our guide is Heidi Carine Brimi, a Viking age archeologist and expert in "living history." Heidi rectifies some misconceptions about the Vikings while walking us through the beautiful Norwegian woods. Read more...
Released in: September 2019

#35 Bibhushan Shakya (CERN)
The big ideas of physics: Between what and why

When we ask questions about ourselves, our place in the universe... we are also asking questions about the universe: we are part of it and made of the same stuff. Conversely, to investigate the nature of the universe means also to ask questions about ourselves. That's why I went to CERN to talk to a particle physicist about life, research, and everything. Read more...
Released in: October 2019


From October 2019 to August 2020, a selection of Technoculture episodes has been re-published on EuroScientist, the communication platform of EuroScience. EuroScience is the grassroots organisation for the support and promotion of science and technology in Europe.
For each episode, I re-interviewed my guests on video. For more information, click on the links below, or visit the podcast page on EuroScientist: https://www.euroscientist.com/technoculture-podcast/

Episode #1 - Michael Matlosz (EuroScience)
See original Technoculture episode #1

Episode #2 - Robin Boast (UvA)
See original Technoculture episode #22

Episode #3 - Brigitte Van Tiggelen
See original Technoculture episode #30

Episode #4 - Harry Verwayen (Europeana)
See original Technoculture episode #9

Episode #5 - Zoltan Istvan (Transhumanism)
See original Technoculture episode #11

Episode #6 - Andrea Glorioso (Future of work)
See original Technoculture episode #31

Episode #7 - Steven Laureys (Consciousness)
See original Technoculture episode #15

Episode #8 - Patrick Wheeler (Cybersecurity)
See original Technoculture episode #26

Episode #9 - Sabina Leonelli (Open Science)
See original Technoculture episode #13

Technoculture season #1

Technoculture was launched in October 2018. The first season wrapped up in August 2019 after 33 episodes. The episodes are listed below in reverse chronological order.

#32 Serge Lemouton (IRCAM)
The preservation of electroacoustic music

Serge Lemouton is an expert in the preservation of the electroacoustic music produced at IRCAM, the renowned art and research center in Paris where he works as senior computer music designer. Read more...
Released in: May 2019

#33 Ward Peeters
Mixed reality and spatial computing

Do you know the difference between virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality? Hear Ward Peeters, pioneer of spatial computing, explain why he thinks we will soon no longer need street signs. (And how a cat can walk through a wall.) Read more...
Released in: August 2019

#30 Brigitte Van Tiggelen
The hero myth and the rhetoric of science

We need narratives about science, but we need to be careful with their implications. Are big discoveries really made by isolated individuals, who "receive" a "revelation"? How do the processes of science really work, and what is the role of people? Another brilliant conversation with historian of science Brigitte Van Tiggelen. Read more...
Released in: March 2019

#31 Andrea Glorioso
The future of work: Will robots steal our jobs?

Andrea Glorioso is a policy officer at the European Commission and an expert on the future of work, how it affects workers, training and retirement programs. What the world needs is more educated, informed, and intelligent leaders like Andrea. Read more...
Released in: May 2019

#28 Aleš Vaupotič
Digital Humanities

Aleš Vaupotič is a literary comparatist and a curator. His work is in the Digital Humanities and is concerned with the building, managing, and studying digital collections of cultural data. Read more...
Released in: March 2019

#29 Maxilimian Schich
Charting culture

"People like to die in the South of France." Did you know? What does it mean? Maximilian Schich is a multisciplinary scholar studying human migrations and culture using big data. Take a look at his video featured by Nature to see how it all comes beautifully together. Read more...
Released in: March 2019

#26 Patrick Wheeler

They are listening. They read your chat. They follow your every click. Eek! Please, don't panic. Patrick Wheeler offers you an informed and balanced view on cybersecurity. Not just for nerds! Read more...
Released in: March 2019

#27 Victor Lazzarini and Damián Keller
Ubiquitous music

Ubiquitous Music is a new area of research that encompasses ubiquitous computing, mobile and networked music, eco-composition and cooperative composition. Read more...
Released in: March 2019

#24 Giovanna Fossati
Film archiving and restoration

Giovanna Fossati is Chief Curator at the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam and Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam. I asked her about film preservation and restoration: how it is done, how much of the process is digital, what are the main challenges. Read more...
Released in: February 2019

#25 Mike Kestemont
Authorship attribution

Did you know that your writing style can give away your identity? Mike Kestemont is an expert in authorship attribution, a field of study that applies artificial intelligence algorithms to linguistics and text analysis. Read more...
Released in: February 2019

#22 Robin Boast
Digitality and its consequences

Everything has its consequences, including digitality. But what are they? Are they positive or negative? Robin Boast is Professor of Cultural Information Science at the University of Amsterdam, and has some answers to these questions. Read more...
Released in: February 2019

#23 Margaret Schedel
Ferociously interactive media

Margaret Schedel is Professor of Music at Stony Brook University in NY, and a creative force of nature. Meet a brilliant mind and let her lead you into her synaesthetic world of sounds. Read more...
Released in: February 2019

#20 Chris Salter
Technoscientifically motivated art

Chris Salter moves between high profile cultural venues, high profile scholarship, and a range of academic disciplines that bridge Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of the Senses, Computational Arts and Design, and Techno-cultural studies. Read more...
Released in: January 2019

#21 Mary Kidd (NY Public Library)
Podcast preservation

Some say we are in the golden age of podcasts. Their cultural significance and scholarly value is being increasingly recognised. But will they endure? Mary Kidd works at the New York Public Library and is involved in Preserve This Podcast, a new project that will help podcasters make sure their work doesn't disappear. Read more...
Released in: February 2019

#18 Richard Romaniello
The audio engineer of books

Richard Romaniello is a Grammy award-winning audio engineer and producer, with numerous nominations for engineering and producing audiobooks. Richard talks about the "behind the scenes" of audiobooks, with anecdotes of his recording sessions with Christopher Plummer, Michael Moore, JFK Jr. and many more. Read more...
Released in: January 2019

#19 Jürgen Hagler
Playful Interactive Environments

Jürgen Hagler is the head of the research group "Playful interactive environments" at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences. He studies Virtual and Augmented Reality installations, and is involved with Ars Electronica and expanded animation. Read more...
Released in: January 2019

#16 Bruno Jehle
From litography to digital imaging: Meaningful enterpreneurship

Bruno is the embodiment of an extraordinary range of talents: trained as a photo lithographer, he embraced and mastered the revolution in digital imaging, never losing a clear vision on where we should stand concerning cultural heritage and human values in the digital age. Read more...
Released in: January 2019

#17 Brent Lee
Installation or performance: The art of art making

Brent Lee is first and foremost a musician and an art maker. He has some of the most fascinating - and useful, which is important - theories on the boundary between installations and performances, the use of technology in music/multimedia. Read more...
Released in: January 2019

#14 Hans Tammen
The Endangered Guitar: An interactive hybrid between a guitar and a computer

Released in: December 2018 Hans Tammnen is a New York based artist and educator. His music performance has been called "A killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage". Why? Find out from Hans himself, as he talks about his experimentation with science data and different music genres, between three music intermezzi from his published compositions. Read more...

#15 Steven Laureys
Redefining death: The neurosciences understanding of human consciousness

What is consciousness? Are near death experiences "real"? I asked these questions to Steven Laureays, leader of the Coma Science Group at the University of Liège in Belgium. Learn how technology has redefined the concept of death only a few decades ago, and where state-of-the-art medical scientific research is going today. Read more...
Released in: December 2018

#12 Frederick Baker
Slow VR: Welcome to Dr. Baker's Magic Garden

Dr. Frederick Baker is a man of many talents: he is Research Associate at the Centre for Film Studies at Cambridge University. But he is also the author of the Virtual Reality Experience "Klimit's Magic Garden", created on the centenary of the death of G. Klimt. Enjoy your own VR tour into Dr. Baker's Magic Garden. Read more...
Released in: December 2018

#13 Sabina Leonelli
The Open Science movement

Sabina Leonelli is professor of philosophy and history of science at the university of Exeter in the UK. She is an expert in the Open Science movement, the goal of which is to make scientific research and data accessible to all. What does this mean? What are the challenges? Nobody says it better than Sabina. Read more...
Released in: December 2018

#10 Richard Hess
A lifelong engagement with sound recording and audio tape restoration

Richard Hess is a walking encyclopedia on everything related to sound and audio, from live recording to the restoration of historical magnetic tapes. Hear him talk about his remarkable career path and life stories: all about audio! Read more...
Released in: November 2018

#11 Zoltan Istvan
Immortality through science and technology: From transhumanism to quantum archeology

Zoltan Istvan is the "global leader of the transhumanist movement" (The Mirror). The "embodiment of the Californian, libertarian, start-up culture tech-utopian dream" (BBC), Zoltan talks about what transhumanism stands for today and what awaits us in the near future if the right money is put in the right place. Read more...
Released in: December 2018

#8 Mark Liberman
Speech and language technology: People are not dictionaries

A giant of computational linguistics, Mark Liberman has participated in the evolution of research in this field towards a model of quantitative, replicable studies based on published datasets. He is founder and director of the Linguistic Data Consortium since 1992. Read more...
Released in: November 2018

#9 Harry Verwayen (Europeana)
Creating value from cultural data in the age of digital transformation

Europeana is the largest digital repository of cultural data in the world. Listen to Harry Verwayen, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, talk about the vision behind Europeana, its services and initiatives, during the celebrations for Europeana's 10th anniversary. Read more...
Released in: November 2018

#6 Godfried-Willem Raes
Scientia vincere tenebras: The man behind the robot orchestra

Godfried-Willem Raes is a polymath of our times. He is the founder of the Logos Foundation based in Ghent, Belgium, which celebrate 50 years of activity this year. Logos is a unique research and production centre for experimental musics, musical robotics and sound art. Read more...
Released in: November 2018

#7 Brigitte Van Tiggelen
A long term affair with science: Happy birthday Marie Curie

Technoculture celebrates the legendary Madame Curie on her birthday (Nov. 7th, 1867) with a special episode on her life and her legacy with Brigitte Van Tiggelen, historian of science and delightful conversation partner. Read more...
Released in: November 2018

#4 Ray Edmondson
Audiovisual heritage

Few people can say that they have dedicated their life to audiovisual work more than Ray Edmondson. As a pioneer of film and sound archiving, Ray has been an international leader in preserving, restoring, interpreting and presenting audiovisual media. Read more...
Released in: October 2018

#5 Thorsten Ries
Digital forensics: A detective in the archive

Thorsten Ries is a Marie Sklodowska Curie program fellow at the Sussex Humanities Lab / HAHP at the University of Sussex, UK, and he is an expert in born-digital philology, digital forensics and preservation of personal digital archives. Read more...
Released in: October 2018

#2 Lorena Aldana (EYCH)
European Year of Cultural Heritage

Lorena Aldana is part of the task force in charge of the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). The aim of the Year is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. Read more...
Released in: October 2018

#3 Angelo Vermeulen
Computers and ecosystems

Angelo is a space systems researcher, biologist, artist, and keynote speaker. In 2009 he co-founded SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary collective of artists, scientists, engineers, and activists. Read more...
Released in: October 2018

#1 Michael Matlosz
EuroScience: Our Voice On Research in Europe

Welcome to the first episode of Technoculture! 
My first guest is Michael Matlosz, Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering at the University of Lorraine and a member of the National Academy of Technologies of France. Read more...
Released on: October, 27th 2018 (UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage)


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