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Love On The Brain

July 5, 2017

This episode, we travel to a future where your romantic partners aren’t chosen by questions or swipes, but rather by your brainwaves.

This future is based on an idea from Shelly Ronan and Ernesto D. Morales and their project Object Solutions. If you liked what you heard about Object Solutions you should check out their other work, and their Patreon page.

I also talked to Suzanne Dikker, who has used EEG headsets to study everything from education, to Marina Abramovic’s art, to compatability.

And to get a true expert position on dating apps, I talked to Andrea Silenzi from the podcast Why Oh Why. If you’re interested in the intersection between sex, dating, relationships and technology, check out her show.

Other things to read:

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. By the way, check out Matt’s new animated web series over at Topic

If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.

And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.

That’s all for this future, come back next month and we’ll travel to a new one.

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Amy Endrizal July 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

I’m thinking about how this idea might play out in the area of employment. Employers talk about the difficulty finding a “good fit” with prospective employees. Candidates complain about the protracted hiring process, going through multiple hoops and endless waits to find out whether they are the “right” person for the job. And even then it doesn’t always work out: witness the epidemic of toxic employees and bosses from hell. Also, “incompatibility” can be hidden shorthand for race/age/gender discrimination. From the viewpoint of an employer or a candidate, I’d be all for a NeurAlign interview–after, of course, meeting the basic qualifications for performing the job.

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Podcast: Would you let a neuro-dating device determine your romantic future? • Object Solutions Blog July 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

[…] Visit a future where machines make couples fall in love faster: Our NeurAlign invention is the subject of the excellent podcast Flash Forward, where host Rose Eveleth interviews us, and asks experts (a neuroscientist-artist and a dating podcaster) how feasible this future really is. The burning question: Would you try it? LISTEN HERE […]

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James Arthurs July 19, 2017 at 10:32 am

I’m unable to pay this episode in my podcast addict which gets the feed from http://fastforwardpod.com/feed/podcast

Did the file format change?

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Rose August 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Hi James,

Interesting, it shouldn’t have changed at all. Let me look into it!

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