Did it ever occur to you that J.S. Bach was a technology nerd? We’re talking with Dan Tepfer, a pianist and composer who improvises with algorithms and cowrites with computers. Dan tells us how he discovered that music would be his primary pursuit after studying astrophysics in college and gives great advice for figuring out what you want to do with your life.
Sasha Samochina has a really cool job. She’s an immersive visualization producer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she creates interactive experiences to help scientists and engineers share their work with the public. You’ll hear about Sasha’s last-minute choice to go to art school and the lightbulb moment that led her to merge her love of art and science. Get ready for inspiration, realness and a whole bunch of rad resources.
What happens when a debt-ridden opera singer launches a Kickstarter campaign that becomes the most funded app in Kickstarter history? Gabriel Wyner shares his journey from winning the Renaissance Scholar award at USC to singing opera in Vienna to founding Fluent Forever, a language-learning system that effectively leverages technology and memory research. Plus, Kickstarter tips!
What do you do if you don't have a clear passion? Or if you used to have one, but now... not so much? In this C&C episode, we discuss an alternative to all of that advice about passion, and it may just change the way you approach your work. We also address ambition and Tall Poppy Syndrome, embracing the unknown and a profound story about erasers. Trust us on this one.
If you think you can't dance with international ballet companies and make physics breakthroughs at the same time, you haven't met Merritt Moore. Merritt continually jumps from lab coats to leotards and tells us how she pulls it off with the grace and dedication of, well, a professional ballerina. Did we mention she also recently competed to become an astronaut candidate on a BBC reality show? Its an episode that truly raises the barre.