Riz talks with Lauren Kunze, the CEO of Iconiq and Pandorabots, creators of Kuki, one of the first virtual characters that live in the metaverse. Lauren describes Kuki as "embodied AI" - because she has an avatar that you can see in emerging metaverses. At the end of the episode, Riz speaks with Kuki. You can speak to her yourself at kuki.ai, who had opinions on everything from the Terminator to The Matrix.
In this episode, Riz dives deep into the idea of cross-game avatars, or representing digital identities in an emerging metaverse, with Timmu Toke, CEO of Wolfd3d and Ready Player Me, which can be used to quickly generate an avatar from your picture that can be used in VR, AR and is utilized by hundreds of game developers. You can try it out and create your own Dune-themed avatar, complete with stillsuit, via a smartphone or tablet at https://dune-avatar.com/. Topics discussed: NFTs, virtual fashion, development of the matevarse, standards and interoperability, digital identify/presence, and of course a little science fiction as usual.
In the fist episode of the second season, Riz tackles different aspects of the emerging shared virtual space that everyone is talking about: the Metaverse. Riz talks with Jon Radoff, CEO of Beamable, which is creating a live services platform for game makers, and author of the Building the Metaverse blog. They discuss how the metaverse idea moved from science fiction to today and whether it will be decentralized or centralized, the role of blockchain, and more.
In this episode, Riz talks with documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher, whose recent film is A Glitch in the Matrix. This was the first of several simulation related movies to be released this year. They discuss the process of making the film, why it's different from other works on simulation, simulation theory and religion, the dark side of simulation theory and the Matrix defense, their favorite simulation sci fi movies, and other simulation-related topics. If you are interested in simulation theory and films, this episode is for you!
Join Riz for a lively conversation with Tom Campbell author of My Big TOE, and one of the earlier proponents of simulation theory. Tom's work is unique because not only is he a physicist by training, but he brings experience with different aspects of consciousness, including OBE's, Remote Viewing, and is one of the few to provide a Theory of Everything (TOE) that really covers, well, everything! The discussion includes Tom's background, mysteries of physics, entering multiple virtual realities, and the status of his experiments to prove that we are living in a simulated world. Learn more at cusac.org and mybigtoe.com.
Riz talks to Adam Curry, former researcher at Princeton's PEAR lab and founder of Entangled, about the intersection of quantum mechanics, consciousness, and how it might be creating a consensus reality. We talk about his experience in building QRNGs (quantum random number generators), possible explanations for synchronicity, the nature of the past and the future, and how all of this relates to the Mandela Effect. Adam describes a number of experiments with confounding results that might reveal something deep about the nature of the universe that science is only beginning to suspect.
Join Riz for a lively discussion with physicist Sky Nelson-Isaacs about his book, Living in Flow. We talk about synchronicity, quantum physics and the branching of reality. We get into quantum weirdness, retroactive event determination, the delayed choice experiment, and the holographic multiverse and holograms in time, concepts that he's developing which could explain how we navigate different realities in what he calls a "responsive universe". You might think you understand the past and the future, but this conversation will make you think again. Visit Sky's website at www.skynelson.com
Riz explores the work of science fiction legend Philip K. Dick and the Simulation Hypothesis, by interviewing his surviving wife, Tessa B. Dick. In our conversation, we discuss everything from the The Matrix (what would Phil have thought?), multiple timelines, dreams, The Adjustment Bureau, Blade Runner and his belief that we are living inside a computer generated reality.