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The Geographical Podcast – Caging a Star: Inside ITER, the world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment

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The Geographical Podcast – Caging a Star: Inside ITER, the world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment
22 Apr
2021
The April edition of The Geographical Podcast has arrived. This month, we take a look inside the world's biggest nuclear fusion experiment, and discuss the ethics of military spending, lethal robotics and autonomous weapons

Welcome to The Geographical Podcast, brought to you by Geographical, the official publication of the Royal Geographical Society.

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In The Geographical Podcast, you can listen to excerpts from Geographical’s monthly print magazine. Each month, we’ll be sharing a feature-length story, covering the issues that shape our ever-changing world. Plus, interviews with contributors will give you an audible glimpse of what’s inside the pages of the print magazine. 


Caging a Star: Inside the world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment; plus, lethal robotics and the artificial intelligence arms race

This month, we travel to the south of France, where the world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment is underway. Nuclear fusion, the reaction constantly taking place within the sun and the stars, is a potential source of safe, non-carbon emitting and virtually limitless energy. Harnessing it, however, is far from easy. Writer Boštjan Videmšek took a tour of the vast construction site and met the people determined to make nuclear fusion a reality.

In the second half of the podcast, we hear from Denise Garcia, professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Denise researches international law and the questions of lethal robotics and artificial intelligence in the arms sphere. She is also a member of the international panel for the regulation of autonomous weapons. Denise tells us why she thinks why increased military spending is not the answer to humanity’s biggest problems.

These stories feature in the April edition of Geographical Magazine. The long-read Caging a Star is narrated here by actor and voice artist Simon Paisley-Day.

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