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Talks at Google we fell for this fall

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Editor’s Note: Talks at Google is our regular speaker series that brings interesting speakers and brilliant minds from all industries and backgrounds to Google campuses. Each month, we select a few favorite talks from that month, or about a particular topic.


In November, we cracked the code on classical music, went deep on economics and history, and soared high with a talk about Mars (and that’s not even the science-fiction part). Check out a few of our favorite Talks at Google from November.

Former Googler Laura Lark shares what it was like to be on the fifth HI-SEAS (Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission. Designed to study human behavior and performance, the mission helps NASA determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions—including travel to Mars.

Laura Lark: "Mission to Mars"

Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Muhammad Yunus chats about his book, “A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions.” Yunus shares his thoughts on capitalism being broken, and ideas about a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest.

Muhammad Yunus

Podcaster and “hardcore historian” Dan Carlin describes how the future will be influenced by new forms of media and storytelling. Mediums like podcasts will give historians “nuggets of gold that they can mine later,” preserving stories that “would have died in a bar somewhere” for millions of people to hear.

Dan Carlin

Actor and comedian Seth MacFarlane and his creative team dish about the making of their FOX show “The Orville.” They cover their everything from their creative influences—when writing science fiction, Seth looks for something that "sits with him like a bad meal”—to how writing for “The Orville” differs from past shows like “Futurama.”

Seth MacFarlane

Members of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble join together with composer and programmer Elliot Cole, who reveals his imaginative process using custom code as a springboard for real-time music composition and discovery.

Metropolis Ensemble