Change is hard – people have been trying and failing to reform society for generations. But what if we had to? This is a show about rebuilding the world from scratch and reimagining everything from first principles. How should we design cities? What about schools? Power grids? Prisons? Money? Or the Internet? If we were starting over, what would we do differently? Because in the aftermath of 2020, we are. This is Hard Reset.
Hard Reset Podcast: Wildfires | Episode #12
49:16Wildfires have been growing in severity and intensity since the 1980’s. As climate change encourages hotter, drier seasons, fire is able to catch and spread rapidly, destroying the homes and ecosystems in its path. To fight these megafires, fire scientists, machine learning experts, and data science researchers have come together at San Diego’s WIFIRE Lab in an effort to reduce these natural disasters. By utilizing new AI computer detection technologies in tandem with indigenous practices like prescribed burns, WIFIRE is able to reduce the likelihood of wildfires before they even start.
Hard Reset Podcast: Oil Spills | Episode #11
40:14Following an oil spill, in-situ burning is commonly used to burn oil from the surface of ocean water. But could a tiny magnetic sponge be a cheaper, more environmentally friendly solution to clean the millions of gallons of oil spilled into the ocean yearly? Scientists have created a special material by modifying polyurethane foam that can suck oil out of water to be reused. So, how far could this tech go in solving environmental disasters? The Hard Reset Podcast hosts sit down to discuss the potential this small sponge has to create enormous ripple effects.
Hard Reset Podcast: Maps | Episode #10
56:43What if we had real-time access to everything that’s happening across the globe? Planet Labs is launching tiny satellites into space en masse to photograph our Earth at all angles, multiple times each day. This tech could lead to a shift in the way we monitor the health of the planet and the activities of the global population. Whereas we have previously had to wait weeks or months for photographs of specific parts of the planet, we could have instant insights into the land and environmental happenings on it. So, how could these satellites affect maps, surveillance, and the future of our planet’s climate? The Hard Reset Podcast hosts sit down to discuss.
Hard Reset Podcast: Sidewalks | Episode #9
1:07:58If it feels like you need a car to get around the U.S., it's because our streets seem to prioritize the flow of traffic over people. With pedestrian deaths at a 40-year high in 2023, it’s past time to reevaluate how we structure our sidewalks. So, how can we make our streets less dangerous, more accessible, and reclaim the hours we would’ve been sitting in traffic? The Hard Reset Podcast hosts discuss some pretty brilliant ideas to take back our streets and build stronger, safer communities.
Hard Reset Podcast: Cars | Episode #8
56:57Could this robot completely change the way the world gets around? Zoox wants to build a future where its autonomous vehicles (ahem, NOT cars) are ubiquitous. For all of the recent advancements in autonomous tech and the hype surrounding brands like TESLA and its self-driving cars, many are still skeptical of vehicles with no human pilot. So, is it safe? Is it really the future of transportation? The Hard Reset Podcast hosts get together to discuss how these vehicles could change the world.
Hard Reset Podcast: Leather | Episode #7
37:07What if we swapped PVC for a leather substitute that’s actually sustainable and long-lasting? That’s the idea behind MycoWorks, a company producing an innovative leather alternative from an unlikely source: Mushrooms. More specifically, mycelium, the spindly network of fungal threads that reside underneath the soil. So, is this new textile a truly viable alternative to cow leather, or is it just a trendy greenwashed idea? Nick Tucker and the Hard Reset Podcast hosts sit down to discuss.
Hard Reset Podcast: Franchising | Episode #6
49:56There’s not much that’s radical about a fast food meal, unless it’s healthy, affordable, accessible, and can lead to generational wealth. That’s the idea behind Everytable, a social equity franchise program born out of Southern California. Everytable’s model keeps costs low, making it easier to expand and reach more customers who live in food deserts. Everytable also has also lowered barriers for franchisees, taking a crowdsourcing approach so that many investors at once can benefit from the success of each location. The Hard Reset podcast hosts weigh in on this new restaurant model, which may just be the exact kind of solution the US is hungry for.
Hard Reset Podcast: Theme Parks | Episode #5
56:57Virtual reality technology is presenting new opportunities to create unique, immersive attractions while pushing the boundaries of theme park experiences. This tech will elevate the quality of in-park experiences while simultaneously allowing people to experience attractions remotely, opening park accessibility to a broader audience. With ongoing advancements in VR, AR, and 5G connectivity, theme parks are set to continue innovating and immersing visitors in new worlds. In this episode of the Hard Reset Podcast, the hosts explore the latest in entertainment technology and discuss how it will usher in a new wave of theme parks.
Hard Reset Podcast: Chicken | Episode #4
1:08:02What if we could produce clean, cruelty-free protein without the enormous carbon footprint associated with traditional animal agriculture? Cell-based chicken has just received FDA clearance in the U.S., and while this food technology is seemingly a solution for many current limitations within the food system, there are just as many skeptics as there are evangelists. Nick Tucker and the Hard Reset hosts sit down for a conversation about lab-grown chicken: The pros, the cons, and the question on everyone’s mind––would you eat it?
Hard Reset Podcast: Heliogen | Episode #3
43:08What if renewable energy were more efficient and accessible? A company called Heliogen is hacking solar power to make climate-friendly energy more ubiquitous and drive fossil fuels out. The scalability of Heliogen’s tech offers opportunities for powering industrial processes, such as desalination plants and vertical farming, which require substantial energy inputs. This technology has the capacity to unlock new possibilities for sustainable development and enhance global efforts towards a greener future. By utilizing the power of the sun in an advanced and efficient manner, Heliogen has the potential to revolutionize energy systems, mitigate environmental impacts, and pave the way for a more sustainable and renewable energy landscape.