SciFi-preneurship Episode 4: Snow Crash

In the Metaverse, a shared virtual reality space, a character wrestles with a computer-crashing virus that also causes harm in the real world. Thus begins Snow Crash, a Neal Stephenson novel that, when written in 1992, described futuristic systems that eventually became reality. Snow Crash’s impact is so significant that this episode has a record number of guests who wanted to discuss it: Dr. Christine Corbett Moran, Veronica Belmont, Peter Eckersley, Joe Betts-LaCroix, and Sophia Brueckner.

Show notes

Intro with Phil Libin and Brittney Gallagher 

Brittney Gallagher hosts Digital Culture LA, a show about future science and technology. 

Snow Crash is a novel by Neal Stephenson that takes us into the Metaverse, where a computer virus also has the capacity to harm people in the physical world.


Conversation with Dr. Christine Corbett Moran

Dr. Moran is a cybersecurity engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.


Conversation with Veronica Belmont

Veronica is a Product Manager at Adobe Spark and host of the Sword and Laser podcast.


Conversation with Peter Eckersley

Peter is the Director of Research at the Partnership on AI.


Conversation with Joe Betts-LaCroix

Joe is the inventor of the world’s smallest computer, and his work in biophysics aims to optimize medical research priorities in the U.S.


Conversation with Sophia Brueckner

Sophia is artist and computer scientist. She is also a professor at the University of Michigan where she teaches Sci-Fi Prototyping, a class on building prototypes inspired by sci-fi and technology ethics.   


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