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Explore the world’s biggest ideas and the people making them happen. Are you ready for self-driving cars, jetpacks, 3D printed food, or a trip to Mars? Moonshot talks to the people who are at the forefront of all this rapid change to find out what the future of humanity might actually look like. Hosted by Kristofor Lawson and Andrew Moon.


No Goal!
Mar 26 • 23 min
One of the most visible examples of technology in sports is its increasing use in officiating. American sports were the first to experiment with instant replay, while systems like Hawk-Eye have been widely implemented in professional cricket and tennis…
Alphafly
Mar 19 • 23 min
Technology and sports have always been closely intertwined. From advancements in equipment, like tennis racquets and golf clubs, to the evolution of sports science and data analysis. But not all developments in the field have been well received in the…
Why Boosted Failed
Mar 6 • 35 min
Electric skateboard manufacturer Boosted has sacked the majority of their staff. So what led to their demise? In this episode we revisit our interview with Boosted CEO Jeff Russakow and explore some of the issues that created problems for the company.
Deepfakes
Feb 28 • 36 min
Who are the real victims of the Deepfake trend? And how can we tell when the media we consume is deliberately trying to mislead us? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a friend, or if you’re able, consider…
Face Match
Feb 19 • 26 min
Facial recognition technology is becoming widespread as technology companies look to use biometrics to secure information. However when used by law enforcement it raises a bunch of ethical concerns. So should we be scared of facial recognition?
Supercharged: Mission Critical
Feb 14 • 49 min
Elon Musk’s vision of a sustainable future is an inspiring one, and it’s not unachievable. But if they’re going to help get us there, Tesla must become a sustainable company. So what does the future hold for Tesla? Listen to Supercharged in your favourite…
Supercharged: Insane Mode
Feb 4 • 39 min
Elon Musk has been compared to Ironman’s Tony Stark, and he’s perhaps the most prominent leader and public figure of all car companies today. But how did Elon become the person he is today, and how has his personality shaped Tesla as a company? Listen to…
Supercharged: Autopilot
Jan 24 • 47 min
The rise of electric vehicles is set to go hand in hand with the introduction of autonomous technology. Whilst most manufacturers are holding off on releasing self-driving features in their cars, Tesla is enabling their cars now so they can make them…
Supercharged: Production Hell
Jan 14 • 58 min
Since the original Roadster, Tesla has struggled to produce enough cars to meet the demand from customers. Building a car manufacturer from scratch is hard, and if there was any car to highlight that difficulty it was the popular Model 3. As Elon would…
Supercharged: Tesla’s Vision
Dec 19, 2019 • 36 min
Nikola Tesla invented everything from the AC induction motor to the Tesla coil. He is one of the most underrated geniuses from history. Tesla’s inventions completely changed the way we perceive the world, and 60 years after his death, inspired a small car…
Supercharged: The Apple of Cars
Dec 12, 2019 • 36 min
Tesla inspires brand loyalty that other vehicle manufacturers can only dream of. Some are inspired by their performance, others are touting the green credentials. It’s a loyalty that is somewhat similar to Apple. So is Tesla the Apple of the motoring…
Introducing Supercharged
Nov 30, 2019 • 2 min
Supercharged is a new podcast from Lawson Media that explores power, conflict, and the people who are driving change. Season one dives into the electric vehicle market and how Tesla, and CEO Elon Musk, are forcing the entire automotive industry to adapt…
NASA is going back to the Moon (Part 3)
Nov 24, 2019 • 34 min
As NASA prepares to send astronauts into deep space for extended missions there is a growing concern over how we’ll be able to provide enough food for these missions. Sure we can take some food with us, but once we go to the Moon and on to Mars, we won’t…
NASA is going back to the Moon (Part 2)
Nov 8, 2019 • 23 min
NASA is going back to the Moon, and preparations are well underway for the Artemis missions. The Artemis missions will see a new generation of rocket called the SLS that will enable humans to head to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. If you love Moonshot then…
πŸš€ NASA is going back to the Moon (Part 1) πŸŒ™
Oct 18, 2019 • 23 min
50 years ago, NASA landed humans on the Moon, and that moment in history inspired generations. But in 1972, just a couple years later, the Apollo program ended and we haven’t been back since. However, NASA is once again planning to take humans to the Moon…
The Future of Ageing
Sep 25, 2019 • 26 min
Nobody can escape getting old. In fact, generations of people are living to a much older age thanks to modern healthcare. But how will technology make the experience of ageing easier, and what innovations will allow you to stay in your own home for…
β›‘Helmets of the Future
Sep 13, 2019 • 23 min
For generations the humble helmet has looked basically the same. However as technology and materials improve we’re starting to see an evolution in their design. So what will the helmet of the future look like? If you love Moonshot then the best way to…
We started a Patreon!
Sep 7, 2019 • 3 min
Moonshot started as a passion project between myself and my co-host Andrew Moon back in 2017, and since then we’ve published around 50 episodes of content. Every episode of the podcast takes around 40 hours of work to put together. We spend a lot of time…
Building immersive stories with Nonny de la Peña, CEO of Emblematic
Aug 29, 2019 • 25 min
Virtual and mixed reality headsets are now hitting a critical point where the technology is good enough at a price point that’s affordable to see mass market adoption. But once you have a VR device, what do you do with it? Nonny de la Peña, is the CEO and…
Trading Coins with Carylyne Chan, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinMarketCap
Aug 16, 2019 • 25 min
What does the future of cryptocurrencies look like? Carylyne Chan is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Marketing at CoinMarketCap - one of the most important cryptocurrency websites used for tracking the market position of various coins. In this…
Storing Data in DNA 🧬
Aug 9, 2019 • 22 min
As our access to information continues to increase, so does the amount of data humanity is generating. Our current storage systems have a shelf-life, but there are researchers out there trying to use DNA to store and archive all the world’s information.…
Nick Halla, SVP of International at Impossible Foods
Aug 2, 2019 • 24 min
Nick Halla was the first employee at plant-based meat startup Impossible Foods. Now as SVP of International he’s in charge of their global rollout and shares their vision for a meat-free future.
πŸ‘Ά A Baby In A Bag
Jul 24, 2019 • 22 min
Ectogenesis, or an artificial womb, has long been discussed in science fiction, but when will humans be able to grow a baby in a bag? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a friend, or if you’re able, consider…
πŸš‘ Custom Printed Organs
Jun 23, 2019 • 24 min
Ever since organ transplants first occurred in the 1950s there’s been a supply shortage which currently results in around 20 deaths per day just in the United States. Even if you’re lucky enough to receive a transplant there’s no guarantee that your body…
πŸ” Print Your Own Meal
Jun 7, 2019 • 30 min
3D printing has taken the world by storm - we can print everything from the tiniest parts for a model robot, to jet engines, and even entire buildings. But one of the biggest revolutions in 3D printing is only just starting to take shape, and that’s the…
🧨 Handling Explosive Growth with Lucy Liu, Co-Founder of Airwallex
May 24, 2019 • 68 min
We live in a global market. It’s no longer good enough for startups to just focus on their local consumers - we have to think globally if we ever want to hit our market potential. And in the process of thinking global you might find yourself needing to…
πŸ„ Tastes Like Milk: Updating The Future Of Food
May 19, 2019 • 22 min
2019 is quickly becoming the year of plant-based protein with many companies heavily pushing to distribute their alternative products to the mass market. So what is the current state of the plant-based protein market and what does that mean for new…
🧬 Finding The Next Einstein with Daniel Gross, Founder of Pioneer
May 10, 2019 • 55 min
When you think about the individuals who really shaped humanity over the past few centuries - your mind probably wanders to people like Albert Einstein, Picasso, Henry Ford, or Steve Jobs. These are the people who dared to dream about the future, to…
πŸ›°When Space Companies Go Rogue
Apr 19, 2019 • 24 min
In January 2018 four small satellites made their way into orbit. The problem - the company behind them ignored an FCC ruling and launched the satellites without permission. So what happens when companies and countries decide to ignore the rules of space,…
🎧 Soundtracking The Internet with Oscar Höglund, CEO of Epidemic Sound
Mar 24, 2019 • 61 min
Sweden has become a powerhouse in digital music, and one of the companies leading the charge is Epidemic Sound. The company has quickly become the go-to source for creators looking to find music, with many YouTubers turning to their service to avoid the…
Introducing Building A Unicorn πŸ¦„
Mar 17, 2019 • 2 min
90 per cent of startups fail, but what does it take to build a business that succeeds? That defies all expectations? That could one-day become a unicorn? Hosted by Kristofor Lawson this series dives into the heart of entrepreneurship, bringing you…
Drone Delivery πŸ“¦
Feb 24, 2019 • 24 min
Tech companies have been promising the idea of drone delivery for several years now - but where is the technology at and how are they dealing with some of the potential problems? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode…
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Feb 11, 2019 • 34 min
Cloning has long been a fixture in sci-fi films but there’s a real industry that’s been developing over the past 20 years with many people now choosing to clone their prized animals. So what actually happens in the cloning process and does the rise of…
πŸ›’Amazon Go and The Future of Retail
Feb 3, 2019 • 27 min
As more and more shopping moves to digital platforms, does the traditional retail store have a place? And why is online retailer Amazon making moves into the physical retail space. If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode…
Moving to Mars (Part 2)
Dec 23, 2018 • 27 min
Assuming the plans to send people to Mars actually happen and we do make it to the red planet, what will life be like for those first explorers? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a friend, or if you’re able,…
Moving to Mars (Part 1)
Dec 16, 2018 • 28 min
There’s an increasing focus on sending humans to Mars, both from private companies and from government agencies such as NASA. But how do we get to Mars, will we survive the journey, and what will life be like when we get there? If you love Moonshot then…
Hyperloop
Dec 7, 2018 • 32 min
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. no it’s another brainchild of billionaire ideas man Elon Musk. But just what is the hyperloop and how close are we to seeing a hyperloop system realised? Featured in this episode:Gabriele Semino - Project Lead, Warr…
Universal Basic Income
Nov 28, 2018 • 31 min
Universal Basic Income is an idea that many people have thought about for centuries, but are we any closer to seeing people receive a base level of financial support? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a…
Self-Driving Cars: Building An Autonomous Vehicle (Part 2)
Nov 21, 2018 • 29 min
Uber was the first company to ever experience a fatal accident with a self-driving car, and in just a few years autonomous vehicles will start flooding the market. So what went wrong with Uber’s driverless car, and how do companies rebuild trust with the…
Self-Driving Cars: Building An Autonomous Vehicle (Part 1)
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
Most cars these days have some level of automation such as cruise control or lane guidance, but as technology advances the experience of owning a car and even driving one is about to change drastically. In just a few years autonomous vehicles will start…
Designing A Driverless City
Nov 2, 2018 • 25 min
We know self-driving cars are coming - everyone is talking about them. But what impact will these autonomous vehicles have on our cities and how will they integrate with our existing city space? (This episode was first broadcast in November 2017). If you…
Quantum Leap: How Quantum Computers Could Solve The World’s Biggest Problems
Oct 25, 2018 • 29 min
From weather forecasting to artificial intelligence, chemical engineering, and drug design, quantum computers have the potential to completely change the way we think about solving complex problems. But how far away are we from seeing quantum computers…
The Star Wars Hologram
Oct 19, 2018 • 22 min
The idea of having holograms has captured the attention of generations of people through sci-fi films, and this week on Moonshot we are diving into the people who are right now working to make hologram displays a reality. Featured in this episode:Scott…
Will Supersonic Travel Ever Make A Comeback?
Oct 11, 2018 • 29 min
The Concorde was one of the most beautiful aircraft ever created and it really set the bar for supersonic transport. However since the Concorde was retired in 2003 - the world hasn’t seen another supersonic transport aircraft. So this week on Moonshot…
Augmenting Reality: How AR and VR Are Changing The Future of Entertainment
Oct 3, 2018 • 28 min
Pokemon Go brought Augmented Reality to the public on an unprecedented scale, becoming many people’s first experience using the technology. But while most people have moved on from playing Pokemon Go, there is still plenty of development happening in the…
Using Animals to Design Better Robots
Sep 26, 2018 • 24 min
For years, scientists have been studying animals and their behaviours. We’ve tracked animals using cameras, GPS and radio sensors. But as the age of technology progresses, scientists have found a much better way to interact with and learn from the animal…
Cleaning Up Space
Sep 19, 2018 • 21 min
Ever since humans started sending satellites into space we’ve always neglected one very big issue - what happens when these man-made objects reach the end of their useful life? Some of the satellites will fall out of orbit, but many have remained in space…
Moonshot - A New Season
Sep 12, 2018 • 1 min
Moonshot is exploring the world’s biggest ideas and the people making them happen. Make sure you’re subscribed to get the latest updates from Season Two, publishing weekly on Wednesday’s.
Can AI be used to detect cancer?
Sep 12, 2018 • 23 min
This year 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and for around 600,000 people, that will be a death sentence. But as technology improves companies are turning their artificial intelligence networks towards cancer detection…
Let’s Mine an Asteroid!
Sep 5, 2018 • 28 min
Years ago, people believed space travel was impossible. But now that we’ve ‘been there, done that’, the next crazy idea is mining space for the resources that will save Earth’s ecosystem, our global economies, and enable our species to keep growing. But…
The Age of the Robot (Rebroadcast)
Aug 24, 2018 • 24 min
There’s no more visible display of artificial intelligence than in the field of robotics. But when will we all have our own robots? In this episode of Moonshot we meet people who are actively building robots that are set to change our future. (This…
The Future of Personal Flight (Rebroadcast)
Aug 17, 2018 • 29 min
For more than a century, people have been dreaming of one day being able to build a personal flying machine. In this episode of Moonshot we meet people working on flying vehicles and jetpacks to see where the technology is headed and when we might be able…
Hacking Humans (Rebroadcast)
Aug 8, 2018 • 28 min
What would be possible if the human body was integrated with technology? In this episode of Moonshot we meet the people who are actively trying to augment the human body and improve our own abilities. Featured in this episode:Bryan Johnson - KernelMoon…
Designing safer and smarter robots with Rosanna Myers
Jul 26, 2018 • 35 min
One of the topics that always comes up when looking at robots is what will actually happen to humans…. Will robots just take all our jobs? Also how can we create systems that allows humans to work in tandem with robots? In this episode of Moonshot…
Inside Careem - The Uber of the Middle East
Jul 11, 2018 • 32 min
Ride-hailing services have received a lot of attention in recent years as they disrupt traditional transport industries. Uber might be the most well known of these companies, but there are many other startups that are competing in the ride-hailing space.…
Last mile transportation with Boosted CEO Jeff Russakow
Jun 26, 2018 • 30 min
As cities expand and more people are encouraged to use public transport, there’s an increasing need for technology that can help people travel the ‘last mile’ to their destination. One of the companies that is really defining this category is Boosted -…
Square Roots and the Future of Farming with Tobias Peggs
Jun 13, 2018 • 25 min
The global population is predicted to grow to more than nine billion people by 2050, and with all those extra people will come a need to find more sustainable ways of producing our foods. Square Roots was founded by Tobias Peggs and Kimbal Musk in 2016,…
Creating Electronic Skin
May 28, 2018 • 26 min
Wearables are a huge market in technology. People are buying all kinds of devices to measure their steps, track their location, or even keep tabs on their heart rate. But what if these wearables could be made smaller and attached to the body with a patch…
The Future of Meat
May 14, 2018 • 24 min
The world is on the brink of a global food crisis due to an increasing population and climate change. So how will we combat these issues to make sure every person has access to the calories they require? Would you be willing to swap your regular steak for…
Print Your Own Food
Apr 30, 2018 • 30 min
3D printing has taken the world by storm - we can print everything from the tiniest parts for a model robot, to jet engines, and even entire buildings. But one of the biggest revolutions in 3D printing is only just starting to take shape, and that’s the…
Rocket Lab with Peter Beck
Apr 16, 2018 • 19 min
There are many startups building technology for the small satellite market, but there actually aren’t many places where you can launch them. In this episode we meet Peter Beck, the Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab - a company building launch vehicles (i.e…
Building on Blockchain
Apr 2, 2018 • 32 min
The technology behind cryptocurrencies, blockchain, is proving to be a revolutionary technology for many industries. From cryptokitties, to the stock market, and even digital music rights, there are decentralised applications being built that have the…
Digital Gold - Part 2
Mar 19, 2018 • 25 min
Continuing our look at digital gold we ask how you actually create a cryptocurrency? To answer that question we speak with Jackson Palmer, the founder of Dogecoin - a cryptocurrency that was meant to be a joke but started 2018 with a market cap of almost…
Digital Gold - Part 1
Mar 6, 2018 • 36 min
In recent months there’s been an awful lot of hype surrounding the cryptocurrency market with currencies like Bitcoin reaching record highs. However almost as quickly as the price goes up, the price comes back down with many investors wondering whether…
New Space: The Nanosat Fleet
Feb 19, 2018 • 23 min
Satellites have changed the way people live and communicate - we use them for everything from accessing the internet, to television, and even GPS. While traditional satellites are big and expensive, there are many new companies embracing the small…
New Space: Small Rockets
Feb 5, 2018 • 25 min
A wave of investment and interest in space has inspired a new breed of entrepreneurs across the globe to find ways to do space on the cheap. We chat with Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmour Space Technologies, a company trying to get in on the space race by…
Designing a Driverless City
Dec 20, 2017 • 25 min
We know self-driving cars are coming - everyone is talking about them. But what impact will these autonomous vehicles have on our cities and how will they integrate with our existing city space? If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to…
Changing the Future at Web Summit
Nov 23, 2017 • 26 min
There is nothing more inspiring than being in the room with entrepreneurs and innovators who are actively changing the future. In this episode of Moonshot we take you to Web Summit in Portugal - a gathering of 60,000 of the brightest minds in tech who are…
The XPrize with Marcus Shingles
Nov 13, 2017 • 27 min
Often moonshot ideas are pursued by large companies with lots of money but how can tools like AI be used to democratise the problem solving process? Marcus Shingles is the CEO of XPrize - a global competition encouraging anyone with a creative mind to…
Electric Dreams
Nov 5, 2017 • 32 min
The world is slowly moving towards one powered by renewable energy. Currently renewable energy largely means hydro, wind, solar, or geothermal, but what forms of clean energy will we see in the future? And how will we store that energy for use in electric…
Robot Ethics with Nell Watson
Oct 24, 2017 • 20 min
Artificial Intelligence systems are becoming increasingly prominent in our society. They power everything from robots, to self driving cars, and even many websites. But how do humans make sure we stay in control of these robotic systems? In this episode…
The Age of the Robot
Oct 17, 2017 • 28 min
There’s no more visible display of artificial intelligence than in the field of robotics. But when will we all have our own robots? In this episode of Moonshot we meet people who are actively building robots that are set to change our future. If you love…
Flying into the Future with François Chopard
Sep 13, 2017 • 18 min
François Chopard is the CEO and founder of Starburst Ventures - a French aerospace accelerator that is investing in new technologies that are about to change our skies and make space more accessible. If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to…
The Future of Personal Flight
Sep 5, 2017 • 32 min
For more than a century, people have been dreaming of one day being able to build a personal flying machine. In this episode of Moonshot we meet people working on flying vehicles and jetpacks to see where the technology is headed and when we might be able…
Investing in the Future with Kevin Rose
Aug 9, 2017 • 25 min
What new products and technologies are going to take off? And which ideas are worth investing in? Kevin Rose is a serial entrepreneur and currently an investor with True Ventures. Kevin was an early investor in Twitter and Foursquare, and previously…
Hacking the Brain with Bryan Johnson
Aug 2, 2017 • 23 min
What does it mean to be human? And what would be possible if you had technology hardwired into your mind? Bryan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Kernel - a company building chips to implant in your brain to fix problems and improve human potential. Bryan…
Moonquakes
Jul 25, 2017 • 7 min
Moon Ribas is a Cyborg Artist and Co-Founder of Cyborg Foundation. In this special bonus episode we speak with Moon about her plan to get an implant to feel the seismic vibrations of the Moon. If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share…
Hacking Humans
Jul 19, 2017 • 26 min
What would be possible if the human body was integrated with technology? In this episode of Moonshot we meet the people who are actively trying to augment the human body and improve our own abilities. Featured in this episode:Bryan Johnson - KernelMoon…
Building Trello with Michael Pryor
Jun 14, 2017 • 16 min
Entrepreneur Michael Pryor shares the story behind Trello - the visual productivity app that’s changing the way people organise their businesses and their lives. If you love Moonshot then the best way to help us is to share this episode with a friend, or…
AI: The Rise of Intelligent Machines
May 31, 2017 • 24 min
This week on Moonshot: Researchers have spent decades trying to build machines that have the ability to think and reason like humans. But how close are we from reaching the point of Artificial General Intelligence? You can find Liza Daly’s article on AI…
THE RACE TO MARS!
Mar 22, 2017 • 17 min
If you’re a billionaire with lots of money there’s no better way to spend that cash then to try and send other humans to Mars. But is Mars space travel really something that could be a reality in less than a decade? Moonshot explores the race to Mars and…