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Physical Attraction

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We are a physics podcast. But not just a physics podcast - interviews with scientists, scholars, authors and reflections on the history and future of science and technology are all in the wheelhouse.

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Dec 18, 2019

Apologies everyone... a quick note to explain why (due to illness and general exhaustion) I am putting the show on hiatus until the New Year.

Watch this show for updates on future releases - we will return.

Thanks for understanding + enjoy the holidays if you've got them!

Nov 14, 2019

Hi all - something a little different this week.

I was recently interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher, of the Boundless AI podcast, on topics as varied as artificial intelligence, nuclear fusion, and self-driving cars.

As a bonus for those that just can't get enough, this is the full, unedited interview, where you...

Nov 7, 2019

On this episode of Physical Attraction, we take a massively tangential dive into wild philosophical speculation.

If I offered you the choice of immortality - but with no possibility of reversing the decision once you made it - would you?

Answers on a postcard to

Nov 2, 2019

A recent review paper in Nature showed some Google-backed academic research, conducted across several institutions, which investigated the claims made by the Cold Fusion community. Agonisingly, it came out a day or two after I'd taped the Cold Fusion episode for our fusion series. But I decided to talk about it...

Oct 24, 2019

In this episode, we discuss Eric Drexler's model of "Comprehensive AI Services" as an alternative route towards artificial general intelligence, and Xiaoice, Microsoft's incredibly popular chatbot software.