What first appears to be a send-up of classic science fiction is in fact a thorough examination of the real-world science behind the sensationalism. In the pilot episode, the physics behind a hypothetical alien invasion are explained. With the help of scientists and engineers from NASA, JPL, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army, a major special effects studio, and various universities, the Sci-Fi Science crew explores force fields, lasers, lightning guns, rail guns, extrasolar planets and other "science fiction" concepts that are in fact, quite real. A campy, animation-rich alien invasion of Los Angeles provides the jumping-off point for real science demonstrations.
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Max Erik Tegmark (born Max Shapiro 5 May 1967) is a Swedish-American physicist and cosmologist. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute. He is also a co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, a supporter of the effective altruism movement, and has received donations from Elon Musk to investigate existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence.
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In 2006, Tegmark was one of fifty scientists interviewed by New Scientist about their predictions for the future. His prediction: “In 50 years, you may be able to buy T-shirts on which are printed equations describing the unified laws of our universes.” Tegmark appears in the documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives in which he is interviewed by Mark Oliver Everett, son of the founder of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, Hugh Everett. Tegmark also appears in “Who's afraid of a big black hole?”, “What time is it?”, “To Infinity and Beyond”, “Is Everything We Know About The Universe Wrong?”, “What is Reality?” and “Which Universe Are We In?”, all part of the BBC's Horizon scientific series of programmes. He appears in several episodes of Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible, an American documentary television series on Science which first aired in the United States on December 1, 2009. The series is hosted by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. Tegmark participated in the episode “Zooming Out” of BBC World Service's The Forum, which first aired on BBC Radio 4 on April 26, 2014. In 2014, Tegmark co-authored an op-ed in The Huffington Post with Stephen Hawking, Frank Wilczek and Stuart Russell on the movie Transcendence, “Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines”. In 2014, “The Perpetual Earth Program,” a play based on Tegmark's book Our Mathematical Universe, was mounted in New York City as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festival. In 2014, featured in “The Principle”, a documentary examining the Copernican Principle. In 2015, Tegmark participated in an episode of Sam Harris' the Waking Up podcast entitled “The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)” where they discussed topics such as artificial intelligence and Mathematical universe hypothesis. In 2017, Tegmark gave a talk entitled “Effective altruism, existential risk & existential hope” at the world's largest annual conference of the effective altruism movement. In 2017, Tegmark participated in an episode of Sam Harris' the Waking Up podcast entitled “The Future of Intelligence” where they discussed topics such as artificial intelligence and definitions of life.
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