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Released in: June 2020

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: November 2019

"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: October 2019

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: September 2019

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...


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.

#33 Ward Peeters
Mixed reality and spatial computing

Released in: August 2019

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...

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

Released in: May 2019

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...

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

Released in: May 2019

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...

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

Released in: March 2019

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...

#29 Maxilimian Schich
Charting culture

Released in: March 2019

"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...

#28 Aleš Vaupotič
Digital Humanities

Released in: March 2019

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...

#27 Victor Lazzarini and Damián Keller
Ubiquitous music

Released in: March 2019

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

#26 Patrick Wheeler

Released in: March 2019

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...

#25 Mike Kestemont
Authorship attribution

Released in: February 2019

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...

#24 Giovanna Fossati
Film archiving and restoration

Released in: February 2019

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...

#23 Margaret Schedel
The ferociously interactive media of a creative force of nature

Released in: February 2019

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...

#22 Robin Boast
Digitality and its consequences

Released in: February 2019

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...

#21 Mary Kidd (NY Public Library)
Podcast preservation

Released in: February 2019

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...

#20 Chris Salter
Exploring the limits of knowing: Technoscientifically motivated art

Released in: January 2019

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...

#19 Jürgen Hagler
Playful Interactive Environments

Released in: January 2019

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...

#18 Richard Romaniello
The audio engineer of books: It helps not to know him well

Released in: January 2019

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...

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

Released in: January 2019

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...

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

Released in: January 2019

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...


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

Released in: December 2018

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...

#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...

#13 Sabina Leonelli
The Open Science movement

Released in: December 2018

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...

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

Released in: December 2018

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...

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

Released in: December 2018

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...

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

Released in: November 2018

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...

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

Released in: November 2018

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...

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

Released in: November 2018

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...

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

Released in: November 2018

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...

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

Released in: November 2018

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...

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

Released in: October 2018

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...

#4 Ray Edmondson
Audiovisual heritage

Released in: October 2018

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...

#3 Angelo Vermeulen
Computers and ecosystems: The art of supporting life in outer space

Released in: October 2018

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...

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

Released in: October 2018

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...

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

Released on: October, 27th 2018 (UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage)

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...

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