The Simulated Universe with Riz Virk
AI and Virtual Characters in the Metaverse with Lauren and Kuki

AI and Virtual Characters in the Metaverse with Lauren and Kuki

October 10, 2021

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.

Avatars Across The Metaverse with Timmu Toke

Avatars Across The Metaverse with Timmu Toke

October 3, 2021

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.

Enter the Metaverse with Jon Radoff

Enter the Metaverse with Jon Radoff

September 27, 2021

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.  

The Case Against Reality with Donald Hoffman

The Case Against Reality with Donald Hoffman

April 4, 2021
 
Join Riz as he talks with Donald Hoffman, professor emeritus at University of California-Irvine,and the  author of The Case Against Reality:Why Evolution Hid the Truth From Our Eyes.  They discuss his idea of conscious agents, why spacetime is dead, why reality is like being in a virtual headset, and why all three of the fundamental theories our scientists subscribe to - general relativity, quantum mechanics and evolution - all point to the idea that what we think of as "reality" is not really reality.  Moreover, Hoffman talks about the limits of scientific theories and why most of our theories are probably wrong.  This is a lively discussion you'll not want to miss!
 
A Glitch in the Matrix with Rodney Ascher

A Glitch in the Matrix with Rodney Ascher

March 6, 2021

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!

 
Follow Rodney @Rodney_Ascher on twitter, or find a screening at: https://www.aglitchinthematrixfilm.com/

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OpenBCI - Brain Computer Interfaces with Joe Artuso

OpenBCI - Brain Computer Interfaces with Joe Artuso

February 19, 2021
In this episode, Riz talks with Joe Artuso, Director  of Marketing at OpenBCI, about the state of the industry when it comes to interfacing computers with your brain.  Riz asks Joe about OpenBCI's initiatives to get an open source low cost headset out to the market, and talks about how far away we are from sci fi BCIs, exploring scenarios ranging from the Matrix to Total Recall to Ready Player Two.  
 
Learn more about OpenBCI at https://openbci.com/
 
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Tom Campbell: Simulated Realities, Possible Futures, OBEs & Experiments

Tom Campbell: Simulated Realities, Possible Futures, OBEs & Experiments

May 3, 2020

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.

Adam Curry: Quantum Randomness, Synchronicity and the Mandela Effect

Adam Curry: Quantum Randomness, Synchronicity and the Mandela Effect

February 16, 2020

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.  

Synchronicity and the Holographic Multiverse with Sky Isaacs

Synchronicity and the Holographic Multiverse with Sky Isaacs

February 2, 2020

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

Philip K Dick, Multiple Timelines and the Matrix with Tessa Dick

Philip K Dick, Multiple Timelines and the Matrix with Tessa Dick

September 2, 2019

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.  

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