May 26

Unlocking the Goddess Code

Visions for a World Transformed co-author Radhaa Nilia joins Phil and Stephen to discuss global happiness, fMRI-generated mental super-powers, and how getting in touch with the goddess within might just be what each of us (and the world) really needs. Radhaa tells about her work with the Goddess Code Academy  and her new Quan Yin certification …

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May 25

Solving the World’s Problems — Part 1, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D set out to solve the world’s most challenging problems in back-to-back podcasts. First on the agenda: Eliminate crime Abolish hunger and poverty End terrorism

May 24

Hidden Mysteries: Dark Matter Worlds, Life in Crystals, Lost Civilizations

Phil and Stephen explore hidden mysteries that may change our understanding of the history and our place in the universe. Nasa revives ‘weird life forms’ trapped inside crystals for 60,000 years, raising hopes of finding alien organisms in space Lifeforms which have been living inside crystals for up to 60,000 years have been revived by …

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May 23

Isolating the Electron, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D discuss controlling quantum states of electrons for computing and other breakthroughs. Researchers have controlled the position of a single electron in a silicon circuit. An international team of researchers has shown that it can control the quantum state of a single electron in a silicon transistor–even putting the electron in …

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May 23

The Non-Zero Probability

Phil and Stephen discuss how vastly improbable events become reality, and what this tells us about the future. The Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small But there’s a fun, important, and underappreciated consequence of Bayes’ theorem that can tell us something vital about any of these steps: the odds of any one …

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May 22

Space Colonization Made Affordable

Brian Wang joins Phil and Stephen to talk about building relatively low-cost human settlements in low earth orbit. Spacex will begin deploying low cost mass produced internet satellites starting in 2019 SpaceX said it plans to launch thousands of satellites on Falcon 9 rockets beginning in 2019 to establish what would one day become a …

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May 18

Electricity — the Ultimate Flex Fuel, Best of TWT

Special guests Tobias Buckell and Suraya Yahaya Bowermaster join Phil and Stephen to discuss a variety of technology and future-related topics. Suraya Yahaya on how to avoid being ripped off when buying consumer electronics, and what to do if you ARE ripped off. Tobias Buckell on his novel, Sly Mongoose. Hellboy 2 Review Electric trucks …

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May 17

Coffee, Cheese, and VR Chickens: the Need for Something More

Phil and Stephen discuss hard-wired behavior — including our efforts to make the world a better place. Cheese triggers same part of brain as hard drugs, study finds You actually would die without your coffee, research says Drinking three to five cups of coffee per day gives you a longer life, making you 15 percent …

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May 16

The Silent Singularity, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss the the silent singularity and a wide range of other futuristic topics. The 100th anniversary of the Tunguska event. Movie reviews: Hancock and Wall-e Brian Wang’s Mundane Singularity How much of some of the key goals of a transhuman singularity can be achieved without fullblown molecular nanotechnology, AGI or …

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May 15

Computing Breakthroughs: Quantum Computers, AI Drug Discovery, and Desktop Deep Learning

Phil and Stephen discuss computing breakthroughs. Are new paradigms emerging? China adds a quantum computer to high-performance computing arsenal Quantum computers have already been built by companies like IBM and D-Wave, but Chinese researchers have taken a different approach. They are introducing quantum computing using multiple photons, which could provide a superior way to calculate …

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May 12

Anti-Aging Gets Real

Phil and Stephen discuss encouraging trends in developing treatments to combat aging One of China’s Top Investors Just Put $25 Million Into a US Anti-Aging Company ChromaDex, the natural products company behind an anti-aging compound named the Most Promising Ingredient of the Year in 2012, just came into a ton of cash from one of …

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May 11

The Future of Fit, Best of TWT

Panelists Brian Wang, PJ Manney, and Shawn Phillips discuss the future of fitness The future of nutrition: vertical farming, genetically modified foods, vat meat, and a computerized nutritionists that resides “onboard” “Nutraceuticals” – food as medicine. Smoking: getting the information out about how smoking harms health helped reduce smoking. But the social stigma may have moved done more. A …

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May 10

CRISPR and the New Biotech Revolution

Phil and Stephen discuss medical breakthroughs enabled by the new gene “word processor,’ CRISPR CRISPR and the Dawn of the New Biotech Revolution CRISPR genome editing will transform biotechnology and our lives in the next decade making possible (and cheap*) all kinds of new cures, new crops, new livestock, new industrial processes, and new ways …

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May 09

The Future of Fun, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. talk about the future of fun. Will our fun future be jeopardized by peak oil? Will we allow ourselves to enjoy the great future once it gets here? Or will we obsess more and more about less and less serious problems? How much time will we spend in virtual reality? Is the notion that we …

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May 08

Airships to Orbit

Phil and Stephen discuss sending lighter than air craft into orbit via slow acceleration Can Giant Airships Accelerate To Orbit (JP Aerospace’s Idea)? Their airships would be constructed and inflated at an altitude of 140,000 feet on a high altitude platform, his “Dark Sky Station” so called because it is so high in the atmosphere …

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May 05

Super Projects: A Voyage to Saturn, Computer-Brain Interfaces, and Optimistic TV

Phil and Stephen discuss more super projects, including the Cassini mission, plans to connect human brains directly with computers, and new tech-positive version of Black Mirror. Cassini beams back the closest EVER images of Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft continues making history. As Cassini is plunging into Saturn, the spacecraft has managed to send back to …

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May 04

Our Future in Space with Rand Simberg, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. chat with aerospace engineer and blogger Rand Simberg. What is the future of the future of space travel? Are manned missions to Mars and space elevators in our future? How does the privatization of space development factor in? [This show first aired 6/09/2008]

May 03

Super Projects: Airships, Bugs that Eat Plastic, Robot Overlords

Phil and Stephen explore more super projects, including building airships and saving the planet with a caterpillar that eats plastic bags. Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the …

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May 02

Speculist Essentials, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss “Speculist Essentials.” What have been the key influences towards developing our unusual outlook on the future? Each host plus audience members named one item in each of the following categories that has had the most impact on them as Speculists: Movie or TV show Fiction book Nonfiction book Website …

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May 01

Super Projects: A Billion Oysters, a Time Machine, and a Cure for Aging

Phil and Stephen discuss world-transforming projects including restoring the oysters to New York Harbor, building a time machine, and curing aging.   The Billion Oyster Project The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years and in the process …

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Apr 29

Thomas Frey and the Future of Wealth

Thomas Frey joins Phil and Stephen in a discussion about the future of wealth. First off, a story with a provocative title You are Richer than John D. Rockefeller This raises some interesting questions: Would you trade your lifestyle today for Rockefeller’s 1917 lifestyle? Would you trade your lifestyle today for the lifestyle of someone …

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Apr 27

Is Time Travel Possible? Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen discuss whether time travel is possible, including serious (?) efforts to achieve it. Memorial Day Weekend Will the LHC Enable Time Travel? Or end the world?* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull The Phoenix landing on Mars Physicist Ronald Mallett is trying to build a time machine. Seriously. Michael …

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Apr 26

Thomas Frey and the Future of Retail

World-renowned futurist Thomas Frey joins Phil and Stephen in a discussion of the future of retail. What comes after the shopping mall? Is transitory and even mobile retail the future of shopping? Will windshields and tires replace brick and mortar? How will future retail experiences by tailored to the shoppers wants and needs? What role …

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Apr 25

Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, Best of TWT

A Panel Discussion on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. Underpinning most discussions about nanotechnology are two driving questions: 1. When will we see widespread implementation of technologies built at the molecular level? 2. How will we get there? The Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems outlines the research pathways required to achieve atomically precise manufacturing, providing …

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Apr 24

Hadoop and the Future of Big Data

Data industry guru and analyst John Myers joins Phil Bowermaster for a discussion about the future of big data. Is big data, and Apache Hadoop in particular, experiencing some kind of existential crisis? Has Hadoop “failed us?” John describes how the crisis may be one of mismatched expectations, explaining that Hadoop is free in the …

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Apr 21

Ending Poverty: Multiple Approaches

Brian Wang joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to check in on his concept of basic power — a plan to provide solar energy to the world’s poorest people. Then the guys review some other potential anti-poverty programs to see how they relate to basic power, including: Ikea’s plan to lift 200,000 refugees out …

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Apr 20

Ivan Kirigin and the Future of Money, Best of TWT

A discussion on the future of Money from 2008. Missing from the discussion back then? Bitcoin! Blockchain! Topics: Micropayments Payments via Social Networks The post-scarcity currency Whuffie in Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.” [This show first aired May 12, 2008.]

Apr 19

Elon Musk, Mars, and the Gravitron

Is Elon Musk working to build a colony on Mars that would provide earth-like gravity via massive spinning cities? At least one pundit believes that he is. Blogger David Kelly at transhumanity.net writes about how much of the prerequisite tech for Mars is being developed: Musk has the Fundamental Technology for a 1G Colony on Mars …

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Apr 18

The Speculist Manifesto, Best of TWT

The Speculist Manifesto (The Short Version): The Human Imperative is improvement of the human condition. Throughout human (and pre-human) history, we have worked to increase human intelligence and capability. The Human Imperative is working. We have consistently improved our circumstances, and are making improvements at an accelerating pace. With improvements come new problems, but the …

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Apr 17

World Transformed 600th Show: A Celebration

Phil and Stephen celebrate their 600th show with a roundup of amazing futuristic news. How the Ancient ‘Method of Loci’ Can Improve Your Long-Term Memory Nasa announces one of Saturn’s moons could support alien life in our solar system Engineers Just Submitted an Incredible Proposal to Turn the US Border Wall Into a Hyperloop Inmates …

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Apr 14

The Golden Age: Latest Developments

Phil and Stephen explore news stories that indicate we are, indeed, living in a golden age. Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is ‘more realistic than perceived’ Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with “asteroid-grabbing spacecraft.” In a 98-page note for clients seen by Business Insider, analyst Noah Poponak and his team argue that platinum …

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Apr 12

The Golden Age: Why Don’t We See It?

Phil and Stephen explore why negativity and pessimism not only persist but remain dominant in a time of tremendous technological and social progress. News stories discussed: Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age? Pessimism resonates. A YouGov poll found that just 5 per cent of Britons think that the world, all …

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Apr 11

Past Futures and Weird Futures, Best of TWT

[This show first aired April 21 2008. The live program experienced technical difficulties, some of which have been edited out.] Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and Michael Darling discuss weird ideas about the future… both past-futures that turned out to be bizarrely wrong and very strange futures that may turn out to be right. Topics: The …

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Apr 10

The Return of the Sexy Immortal Billionaires with Superpowers

Phil and Stephen review negative reactions to the idea of Sexy Immortal Billionaires with Superpowers story and discuss what it means and why it’s probably it’s right. Super humans who are sexier, stronger and smarter will arrive by 2029 as brains begin to fuse with machines, Google expert claims Kurzweil says when we live in …

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Apr 07

Engines of Disruption: How Data Is Changing Everything

What does it mean to say that data is changing everything? Is the world really turning into data? Or maybe it’s better to ask whether we are turning the world into data. And if we are…is it a good idea? How will we like living in a world that is more “bit” than “it?” Today …

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Apr 06

Mammal-Free Diets and Soylent Green: Future Ethics, Best of TWT

[This show first aired 4/14/2008] Topics Yuri’s night. [Correction: Gagarin was married to Valentina Goryacheva, not Valentina Tereshkova. ] Tales of the Paranormal: “Mutants live in the underworld of Moscow.” Phil is six months into his “No Mammals” diet. This is an ethical decision on his part. Stephen points out that low carb dieting would be …

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Apr 05

You Are Now Free to Move About the Solar System

Phil and Stephen ask the question: has the space age truly begun? SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocket After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, …

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Apr 05

Looking to the Far Future, Best of TWT

This program first aired April 7, 2008.] Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss the distant future. Listen close — this MAY be the first show ever to use the phrase “the world transformed” — or at least something like it!

Apr 04

True Stories: News Not Dated April 1st

Phil and Stephen discuss news that is strange, but absolutely true.   Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report And it highlighted prediction that generation costs for large-scale solar power plants were expected to drop by a massive 57 per cent by 2025, with onshore and offshore wind expected …

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Apr 04

Let Us Eat Cake: Time to Get Happy Again

Phil and Stephen offer remedies to the happiness shortage   Happiness is on the wane in the US, UN global report finds   Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise   Mayo Clinic discovers high-intensity aerobic training can reverse aging   Being Lazy Is the Key to Success, According to the Best-Selling Author …

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Mar 30

Wayne Radinsky and Future Salons, Best of TWT

[This show first aired March 30 2008.] Futurist Wayne Radinsky explains the importance of future salons. Wayne became a futurist in 1997 when he was working as a software developer and asked the question, “Why does Moore’s Law happen?” Wayne was part of the Bay Area Future Salon in Silicon Valley for five years before …

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Mar 29

Big Future Now! (It’s Really Happening)

Phil and Stephen discuss world-transforming changes that are occurring right now Ray Kurzweil claims singularity will happen by 2045 (An update to last week’s confusion about whether Kurzweil has changed his prediction.) Future ‘lightwave’ computers could run 100,000 times faster Using extremely short pulses of teraHertz (THz) radiation instead of electrical currents could lead to …

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Mar 28

What’s the Brain For? Best of TWT

[This show first aired March 24, 2008.] What’s the brain for? Why is the brain the way it is? What can we do with it that we haven’t thought about before? Stephen Gordon and Michael Darling discuss all things brain: The Adult brain cells stop growing myth New findings about the brain lead to treatment …

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Mar 27

Risky Business: Watching Your Step in the Digital Age

Phil and Stephen examine different kinds of risks that technology enables.   A Lithuanian phisher tricked two big US tech companies into wiring him $100 million The scammer, 48-year-old Evaldas Rimasauskas, did so by masquerading as a prominent Asian hardware manufacturer, according to court documents, and tricking employees into depositing tens of millions of dollars …

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Mar 24

Thomas Frey and Epiphany Z, Part 2

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome futurist Thomas Frey back to the World Transformed to discuss his new book: Epiphany Z: 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future. Topics: What is epiphany Z? 12 Laws of the future. Optimizing purpose. Optimizing learning. Optimizing our tools. Optimizing systems. Optimizing government Optimizing infrastructure. Optimizing ourselves. Three laws of …

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Mar 23

Thomas Frey and Epiphany Z, Part 1

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome futurist Thomas Frey back to the World Transformed to discuss his new book: Epiphany Z: 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future. Topics: What is epiphany Z? 12 Laws of the future. Optimizing purpose. Optimizing learning. Optimizing our tools. Optimizing systems. Optimizing government Optimizing infrastructure. Optimizing ourselves. Three laws …

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Mar 21

The Singularity is Ever Nearer

Phil and Stephen consider whether humanity is about to enter a new historical epoch. Quick recap, singularity defined: The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations …

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Mar 17

Lights in the Sky: Metal Asteroids, Big Rockets, and Aliens?

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review interesting developments in space exploration and development. Scientists claim to have found language of ancient Indus civilisation Blue Origin releases details of its monster orbital rocket After months of speculation, Blue Origin finally released more details about its New Glenn rocket on Tuesday. The 82-meter-tall rocket will have …

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Mar 15

Brain Weirdness: Knowledge Uploads, Quantum Consciousness, Back from the Dead

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore a collection of brain stories that are just this side of “Tales of the Paranormal.” Brain activity appears to continue after people are dead, according to new study Brain activity may continue for more than 10 minutes after the body appears to have died, according to a new …

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Mar 13

Breakthrough Computing Technologies: AI and Quantum Computers

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review recent developments in AI and quantum computing. AI’s PR Problem  It might be easy to mistake the drumbeat of stories about machines besting us at tasks as evidence that these tools are growing ever smarter—but that’s not happening. Bill Gates: This Will Be the Biggest Technological Breakthrough of …

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Mar 10

The Chinese Super-Fleet: a World That Might Have Been

Phil and Stephen imagine a what-if world in which 15th-century China did not abandon its naval dominance. 500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade In the 1400s, China owned the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, up to 3,500 ships at its peak. (The U.S. …

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Mar 09

Ancient Martian Fossils, Self-Growing Computers, and Flowers that Cure Cancer

Phil and Stephen  review amazing developments in a variety of scientific and technological fields Oldest Fossil Ever Found on Earth Shows that Alien Life on Mars “Likely” It’s life, but not as we know it. The oldest fossil ever discovered on Earth shows that organisms were thriving 4.2 billion years ago, hundreds of millions of years …

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Mar 07

Revisiting the Robot Good News / Bad News

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate whether AI and automation represent a coming economic boom or meltdown Which story gets ir right? Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer Building Human-Level A.I. Will Require Billions of People Scenarios for how this might play out Robots take all the …

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Mar 04

Don’t Fear the Robots (or Should We?)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss positive and worrying trends related to artificial intelligence Reinforcement Learning Related: Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning Fear Not the Robots – Jobs Aren’t Scarce The flip-side of the scarcity proposition, one that economists and others usually ignore, is that limitless consumption desires, relative to productive resources, means …

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Mar 02

Human Lifespan X 10 (and Other Amazing Stories)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon celebrate Amazing Wednesday — and Future Day! — with some very encouraging developments Endless nuclear power can be found in the seas A new technique makes it more feasible to extract trace uranium from the ocean. With $294M, Kamen Hopes to Bring Regenerative Medicine “Up to Scale” In December, …

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Feb 28

Back to the Moon (and on to the Stars)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss recent big news touching on space exploration. Is a return to the moon imminent?   Nasa discovers new solar system TRAPPIST-1 – where life may have evolved on three planets Life may have evolved on at least three planets within a newly discovered solar system that is 39 …

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Feb 25

How Elon Musk Can Become More Interesting

Phil and Stephen provide unsolicited advice to Elon Musk.   Elon Musk Is Really Boring Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age AI will make life meaningless, Elon Musk warns   OTHER GEEK Phil finally saw Arrival — spoiler-laden review Stephen and family saw Lego Batman Stephen and sons …

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Feb 24

New Space Race Plus Pizza-Delivering and Tax-Paying Robots

Phil and Stephen review a grab-bag of future-facing news. Uber CEO predicts humanoid robots will deliver pizza, AI chatbots to be in self-driving cars Trump administration investigating the large scale development of space with Spacex and Blue Origin likely big winners Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes McDonald’s Re-Engineers Straw …

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Feb 21

The Hackable Human: Frontiers of Human Augmentation

Phil and Stephen review current news indicating that the age of the hackable human is upon us. New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive …

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Feb 20

Basic Power: an Alternative to Basic Income?

Brian Wang outlines a new idea that can accelerate the end of poverty worldwide. Brian’s Basic Power plan would bring inexpensive, off-the-grid electricity to the world’s poorest people, bringing obvious economic benefits to them and perhaps less obvious economic benefits to the world as a whole.   About Our Guest: Brian Wang (MBA)  is a …

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Feb 16

World Transformed Book Update

Big news: at long last, the World Transformed Book is finished and will be available soon as a kindle eBook via Amazon.

Feb 14

Drop Everything and Work on Artificial Intelligence

Phil and Stephen discuss the coming of artificial general intelligence and what it could mean to each of us.   Drop Everything and Work on Artificial Intelligence A panel discussion froma recent Foresight Insttitute event which included the following panelists David Yanofksy Steve Omohundro Osh Agabi Monica Anderson Peter Voss Michael Andregg   Nothing: What …

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Feb 13

Preventing the Economic Robot Apocalypse

Phil and Stephen discus the economic consequences of rampant automation. Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80% Also here  According to Monetary Watch, the Changying Precision Technology Company focuses on the production of mobile phones and uses automated production lines. The factory used to be …

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Feb 09

Nikola Danaylov and Conversations with the Future

Nikola Danylov discusses his new book, Conversations with the Future. For generations, humanity stared at the vastness of the oceans and wondered, “What if?” Today, having explored the curves of the Earth, we now stare at endless stars and wonder, “What if?” Our technology has brought us to the make-or-break moment in human history. We …

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Feb 07

Getting Closer to the Final Frontier: On to Mars and the Stars

Phil and Stephen discuss colonizing Mars and exploring interstellar space. Trump may fund the Spacex Mars Colonization plan Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has made trips to Trump Tower. He met with Trump and the Washington Post has been reliably told, discussed Mars and public-private partnerships…   How an Interstellar Starship Could …

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Feb 03

Hydrogen Metal, Fractal Books, and Spacesuits Just Like in the Movies

Phil and Stephen explore a grab-bag of future-related topics.   Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionise technology and spaceflight Metallic hydrogen could theoretically revolutionise technology, enabling the creation of super-fast computers, high-speed levitating trains and ultra-efficient vehicles and dramatically improving almost anything involving electricity. Every meal triggers inflammation When …

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Feb 01

What Will Things Be Like in Five Years?

Phil and Stephen review predictions for the year 2022 and make a few of their own. IBM just posted 5 predictions about what life will be like in 2022 1. Thanks to AI, our speech will be a window into our mental health 2. Superhero vision will be possible with AI and powerful new devices 3. …

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Jan 30

Affordable Health Care: What Will REALLY Work

Phil and Stephen explore the role technology may play in making healthcare more abundant and affordable. Scientists May Have Found A Way To Regenerate Our Teeth The King’s College researchers put the enzyme inhibitoron biodegradable collagen sponges, stuck them in subjects’ teeth where cavities had formed and found they healed up without the need for any …

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Jan 16

Nature: It’s Out to Kill You and Your Children

Is it true that nature wants five of your seven children dead and wants YOU dead by age 50? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate the proposition that nature is hostile to life.

Aug 27

The Robots: Taking Our Jobs, Writing Our Books, Treating Our Illnesses

Phil and Stephen continue their analysis of Thomas Frey’s 72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today – this time adding their own analysis and scenarios around AI. Best selling biographies written by artificial intelligence. Legal documents written by artificial intelligence. AI-menu selection, based on diet, …

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Aug 25

Getting There: the Amazing Future of Transportation

Phil and Stephen continue their analysis of Thomas Frey’s 72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today – and add their own future transportation scenarios. Topics: Unmanned aviation – personal drone transportation. 360-degree video transportation monitoring cameras at most intersections Everywhere wireless. Black boxes for drones to …

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Aug 23

72 Reasons to be Excited About the Future

Phil and Stephen explore futurist Thomas Frey’s 72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today Working their way more or less backwars through the list, the guys cover: Bitcoin loans for houses, cars, business equipment and more. Self-filling water bottles with built-in atmospheric water harvesters. Reputation networks. …

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Aug 20

We Aren’t Saying It’s Aliens…

Phil and Stephen discuss how we might find aliens via astronomical observation. The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious By carefully examining all the full-frame images collected during Kepler’s observational campaign, Montet and Simon discovered something astonishing: Not only did the star’s light output occasionally dip by up to 20 percent, its total …

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Aug 18

Amazingly Wrong: the Future is Not What We Expect

Phil and Stephen provide examples of just how wrong we can be in our thinking about the future (as well as the present and the past.) While a Family Innocently Slept, the Roomba Was Smearing a ‘War Zone of Poop’ All Over the Living Room Why You’re Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time Seasteading lite …

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Aug 15

Somebody’s Got a Good Case of the Mondays

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon let loose with a torrent of good news to brighten everybody’s Monday. This Tiny Computer has no Battery, Powered Wirelessly from Radio Waves A team of researchers from the University of Washington’s Sensor Lab and the Delft University of Technology has developed a new gadget that doesn’t need a …

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Aug 12

The Amazing Future Is Here, Part Two

Phil and Stephen continue their  review of amazing advances that have taken place since they first started podcasting. Private Space Development This private company just became the first to get an official green light to land on the moon, and it could shape the future of space exploration Self-Driving Cars Man says Tesla Autopilot saved …

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Aug 10

The Amazing Future Is Here, Part One

Phil and Stephen continue their 500th show celebration with a review of amazing advances that have taken place since they first started podcasting. Extrasolar encyclopedia lists 3500 (3489) planets outside of our solar system that have been discovered First entry is March 18 2006 3500 planets discovered in the past 10 years Previously, only 8 …

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Aug 08

500 Shows and Going Strong

Phil and Stephen reflect on 11 years of podcasting with their 500th show. Questions to be addressed: Why do you do this show? Some possible answers: We’re going to track this stuff anyway It’s fun It’s interesting We want to understand it better Need to be a part of what’s happening What are you trying …

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Aug 05

Why You’re Wrong About the Universe

Phil and Stephen discuss recent perspective-changing discoveries in astronomy. How Many Suns Can a Planet Have? So far three is the most we’ve found for any, but there could be more. Contrary to Popular belief, Jupiter Does Not Orbit the Sun Our universe could be reborn as a bouncing baby cosmos The universe could bounce …

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Aug 03

Hacking Humanity: Amazing New Medical Treatments

Phil and Stephen review several new human “hacks” that will save and lengthen lives. Artificial Pancreas Is First To Raise $1 Million Under New Crowdfunding Rules A company creating an “artificial pancreas” for diabetics this week became the first startup to raise $1 million using new type of online stock sale open to the public …

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Aug 01

Let’s Get Smarter for the Future’s Sake

How smart are we, and how smart do we have to be?  Phil  and Stephen  review some recent developments that show why our thinking has to get better Too many mice are sacrificed for seriously flawed studies Half or more of public says they would not want these enhancements Related: Americans Afraid of Genome-Editing to …

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Jul 29

Cockroach Milk and Other Super Geeky Stuff

Phil and Stephen further establish their unparalleled geek cred with some news stories so geeky they might just make you sick! Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been …

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Jul 27

Amazing Results: Doing More with Less Is Really Starting to Add Up

Phil and Stephen discuss how we’re making more happen with less money, less effort, and less time — and where that’s leading us The whole trip to Pluto cost less than 1 NFL stadium The nine-year, three-billion-mile voyage of NASA’s New Horizons probe is undoubtedly a testament to the genius of mankind — yet the same …

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Jul 27

Another Fine Mess

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss why big problems call on us to get better at thinking. We’ll Only Have a Year to Prepare For a Cataclysmic Super-Eruption A new microscopic analysis of quartz crystals taken from the site of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 760,000 years ago in eastern California suggests we’ll …

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Jul 22

Strange New Worlds: Stranger and Newer

Phil and Stephen discuss big developments in astronomy. We’re learning more about new worlds every day. Saturn’s biggest moon could support a new kind of alien life Researchers in the US have been analysing the chemical composition of Saturn’s largest satellite, and think the presence of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) molecules in the atmosphere could pave …

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Jul 20

Amazing Materials, Amazing Products, Amazing Industries

Phil and Stephen discuss accelerating progress in producing materials and finished products How synthetic biology will make more money than the entire computer industry This company plans to grow armies of drones in giant tubs of chemicals 3D printing with bamboo fiber Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using bamboo fiber in 3-D printing …

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Jul 18

Changing Our Minds: Rethinking How We Think

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon look at why we aren’t just changing our thinking — we’re changing HOW we think. The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete Petabytes allow us to say: “Correlation is enough.” We can stop looking for models. We can analyze the data without hypotheses about …

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Jul 15

Robo-Drivers and Robocops: Life, Death, and Artificial Intelligence

Phil and Stephen reminisce about the good old days when “killer robots” was just a joke. Deadly Tesla Crash Exposes Confusion over Automated Driving Amid a federal investigation, ignorance of the technology’s limitations comes into focus The crash occurred on a Florida highway when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of a …

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Jul 13

The (Amazing) 16-Year Leap: The Immortality Paradox Part 2

Phil and Stephen discuss some “serious” ideas for life extension — including Ray Kurzweils’ upgrade on when immortality starts — which are somehow more aggressive than the “crazy” ideas. Beyond Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging NAD Fad Sinclair’s report sparked excitement about NR, which was already on the market as a supplement called Niagen. Niagen’s maker, ChromaDex, …

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Jul 11

Head Transplants and Frozen Brains: The Immortality Paradox Part 1

If we are going to achieve immortality — and how exactly do we define that? — do we need extreme interventions or a more modest approach? Phil and Stephen discuss some “crazy” ideas for life extension. But first a quick mention: Juno has landed and is up and running! And now back to our scheduled program… How …

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Jul 07

Total Geek: Real Aliens, Fake Star Trek and Other Geeky Goodness

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon do some erious geeking out. Yes, There Have Been Aliens In our recent paper, Professor Sullivan and I did this by shifting the focus of Drake’s equation. Instead of asking how many civilizations currently exist, we asked what the probability is that ours is the only technological civilization that …

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Jul 05

The Declaration of Amazing 2016

Phil and Stephen review the Declaration of Singularity and amazing stories that indicate we will probably be making it sooner than some might expect. The Declaration of Singularity A reminder of why we fight! Chisels to Genes: How We’ll Soon Grow What We Used to Build Jason Kelly, founder of Gingko Bioworks, said that the company …

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Jul 01

The Future and Unlimited Possibility

Phil and Stephen discuss three varieties of possibility and list examples of each: 1. The Adjacent Possible The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself. Possibilities that we are only a step …

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Jun 29

Why Dumb Ideas Matter (and Can Be Amazingly Powerful)

Phil and Stephen talk about the surprising usefulness of dumb ideas. The 10 Craziest Startup Ideas Of All Time Blippy LayoffSpace Gamecrush Audioo Honestly.com Agester Chat With a Star The Meet Pen Cuecat Shweeb Withings 10 STUPID BUSINESS IDEAS THAT MADE MILLIONS 1. Pet Rock 2. Million Dollar Homepage 3. Holy Ink 4. “Positive” Attraction 5. Plastic …

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Jun 24

Schooling Bezos: Debating with (and Giving Suggestions to) the Founder of Amazon

Phil and Stephen examine whether they agree or disagree with Jeff Bezos on some points he made in a recent talk: 6. Gawker’s opponents need a ‘thick skin’ 5. Amazon Prime Video ‘helps sell more shoes’ 4. Amazon isn’t trying to kill UPS 3. AI will have a massive impact on society in the next …

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Jun 22

Artificial Intelligence Is Here and It’s (Wait for It) Amazing

The AI future seems to be arriving sooner than expected. Phil and Stephen review some amazing recent developments. Long Promised Artificial Intelligence Is Looming—and It’s Going to Be Amazing 10 Stats About Artificial Intelligence That Will Blow You Away 1. $5.05 billion market by 2020 2. 6 billion devices will request AI support 3. $5.4 …

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Jun 10

Arguing (and Agreeing) with Elon

Phil and Stephen provide a reality check on some recent seemingly outrageous statements about the future by Elon Musk. Will we really be on Mars in less than a decade? Are we really just two years away from fully autonomous cars? Are we really living in a computer simulation? Elon Musk Just Made These 5 Bold …

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Jun 08

Miracle and Wonder: Amazing Developments in Medicine

Phil and Stephen review some recent (amazing!) news from the world of medicine. Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its own AI ‘doctors’ will diagnose your X-rays Stanford researchers ‘stunned’ by stem cell experiment that helped stroke patient walk Lab-Grown Kidneys Proven To Work: Now Moving To Being …

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Jun 06

Space: Final Frontier or Next Big Thing?

Phil and Stephen discuss how our perception of outer space may be shifting. Still a realm of great mystery and scientific curiosity, space also promises to be a new land of opportunity. Recent news stories reflect both trends. Three Spiral Galaxies Created a Black Hole Rosetta spacecraft finds key building blocks for life in a …

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Jun 03

Superhero Smackdown! (And Other Geeky Goodness)

Phil and Stephen go full fanboy with their combined reviews of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Warning: spoilers and more spoilers! A few topics: Everybody has been pretty hard on Batman vs. Superman but what are its good points? New Spider-Man: Awesome or Totally Awesome? Civil War: the ultimate in comic book …

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Jun 01

Amazing Engineering: Disruptive Technologies Are Transforming Everything

Phil and Stephen present a roundup of amazing news stories showcasing big steps forward in engineering. Augmented Reality Market Worth 117.40 Billion USD and Virtual Reality Market worth 33.90 Billion USD by 2022 Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy China Unveils Elevated Bus That Passes Over Cars …

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May 31

The Winds of Robowar: Countdown to the AI Takeover

Are the robots really planning to take over? If so, how will they do it? Phil and Stephen use current news stories to show how the plan may already be unfolding! Step 1: They get inside our heads. The most popular trends in cognitive computing IBM Watson-based cognitive computing is being adopted by more and …

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May 27

Would You Marry a Robot? (And Other Geeky Questions)

There are some questions that only a geek would ask.  Phil  and Stephen review some of these and, being geeks, attempt to answer them. Why can’t dying patients have ANY drug they can get their hands on? More on “what do we do with all the old people?” But this one applies to adults of …

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May 23

Is Technology Out to Get Us?

…or out to save us? Phil and Stephen review some recent news stories to confront the hard question of the overall value of technology. Is it good for us? Is it making our lives better or worse? China’s robot revolution This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives …

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May 20

Outshining the Milky Way: Big Developments in the Final Frontier

Phil and Stephen discuss recent developments in space. Boeing TV Spot, ‘You Just Wait Nuclear Power Can Make Rocket Engines Twice As Fast Nuclear thermal rockets could be much more efficient than conventional rockets A piece of uranium the size of a marble could get us to Mars Same technology may be used for deep-space …

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May 18

The Big, Fat Amazing: Fast Trains, Giant Robots, Universal Translator

Phil and Stephen provide a roundup of amazing news stories: We’re about to see a mind-blowing demographic shift unprecedented in human history MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots Hyperloop Technologies becomes Hyperloop One, pulls in $80 million and announces global partners Hyperloop One hits 116 mph in 1.1 seconds …

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May 17

The Robot Executive

Phil and Stephen discuss the tremendous career progress that robots seem to be making. Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator The world’s first artificially intelligent lawyer was just hired at a law firm ROSS is a piece of artificial intelligence software. It uses the supercomputing power of …

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May 13

The Great Unknown: Perplexing Cosmic Mysteries

Phil and Stephen discuss cosmic (and not-so-cosmic) puzzles that defy explanation. Parallel Universes:Theory and Evidence A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction Which is exactly what Russ Taylor, lead author of a forthcoming study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, thinks may be happening. As Science News …

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May 11

The Age of Awesomeness: Amazing Developments and Discoveries

Phil and Stephen discuss amazing developments and discoveries. Skin and Hair recoloring Stretchy Second Skin New headset allows the nonverbal to communicate using their brainwaves IBM wants everyone to try a quantum computer Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy MIT is raising $5 billion to make the world a better place The …

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May 09

What Will We Do with all the Old People?

Phil and Stephen discuss some interesting recent developments related to life extension. An anti-aging startup hopes to elude the U.S. Food and Drug The product contains a chemical precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD, a compound that cells use to carry out metabolic reactions like releasing energy from glucose. The compound is believed cause …

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May 06

Big Fixes: Solutions to Some of Humanity’s Most Daunting Challenges

Phil and Stephen discuss solutions, currently under development, to some of humanity’s biggest problems. Zuckerberg sees ‘better than human’ AI in next 10 years Computers will delve into your timeline and figure out even more about you What the bleep is an exocortex and why should we care? Scientists Use Nanoparticles to Create a ‘Universal …

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May 04

It’s the End of the World? Let’s Go to Mars!

Phil and Stephen discuss why the end may be near. Is it time to book passage to Mars? How virtual reality can save humanity Truc de Ouf’s Gentry Lane says society is losing its humanity, but a powerful storytelling tool like VR can help revive it. Panarchy 101, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying …

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May 02

Where Will You Be in a Thousand Years?

Phil and Stephen discuss the prospects for extreme life extension. We will soon live to 1,000: British scientist who has dedicated his life to the quest for eternal youth claims the human body can be repaired – just like a car Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice If you’re alive in 30 years, chances are good …

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Apr 28

Turning into God’s What?

Phil  and Stephen  pose the question: rather than asking what it means to become gods, maybe we should focus on a more basic question. How do we become (fully) human? The Immortality Upgrade Is the Mormon Transhumanist Association working out the roadmap to godhood? Google’s chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever …

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Apr 27

Amazing Stuff and More Amazing Stuff

Phil and Stephen  talk about cool gadgets and inventions and world-changing technologies. Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’ Molecular mechanical computer design 100 billion times more energy efficient than best conventional computer NASA feed ‘goes down as horseshoe UFO appears on ISS live cam’ sparking claims of alien cover up Solar Cells Will be Made Obsolete …

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Apr 26

It’s the End of the Job as We Know It

It’s past time to talk post-employment in a serious way. Is universal basic income the answer? Buckminster Fuller on Employment Rutger Bregman’s ‘Utopia for Realists’ Shows Us Why We Deserve Universal Basic Income VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People ‘Smoked Pot’ and Didn’t Work Related: privatizing our data leading to …

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Apr 22

Imagination: the Critical Future Skill?

Can imagination make the difference in terms of what kind of future we experience? What are the indications that imagination is THE critical skill for the future? Phil and Stephen discuss Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverished Scientists Are Using Stories To Teach Human Values To Computers 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding …

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Apr 20

Until It’s Yet — The Future Is Closing In Fast

Phil and Stepehn discuss changes that are happening sooner than many expected. 3-D Printers: now they are just another ad that show up in your search results. Photon Propulsion Could Launch Spacecraft To Mars In Days Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts Solar Industry Dominance In 12 Years –Trajectories Are Exponential “’It’s not true we’re running out of …

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Apr 19

The Universe Is Full of Surprises

Phil and Stephen discuss cosmic mysteries. The Perseus Signal — “What We Found Could Not Be Explained by Known Physics” We could be “looking at” dark matter here. A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just Appeared Out of Nowhere A while back we learned that there could be more planets — even big ones — …

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Apr 15

Zootopia and the Trouble with “Perfect” Futures

Phil and Stephen talk about perfect worlds and why we never seem to get to them. Or, when we do get to them, why they aren’t really perfect. First up, a future that people are more worried about than thinking will be perfect — a world where the robots do all the work. Automation may …

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Apr 13

Miracle Meds and Meat? Marvelous!

Phil and Stephen review some interesting developments in medical and biotechnology that point to an amazing future unfolding. They discuss: New stem cell treatment using fat cells could repair any tissue in the body So isn’t this pretty much a cure for all diseases? Could it also be a treatment for aging? The Fridge-sized machine …

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Apr 11

What Do We Do When Machines Start to Think?

Phil and Stephen discuss a major breakthrough in artificial intelligence: IBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic Brain From the linked story: Using chips densely packed with these RPU tiles, the researchers claim that, once built, a resistive-computing-based AI system can achieve performance improvements of up to …

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Apr 07

Brain Zapping (and Other Stories)

Phil and Stephen discuss several recent news stories that speak to disruptive changes occurring right now: Brain Zapping Can we really make ourselves faster, smarter, more productive, even happier by shooting electrical currents into our heads? Maybe. Uber’s Billions What does the massive Valuation of Uber tell us about the future of business (and more …

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Apr 05

It’s a Toy: Skepticism and New Technologies

In previous shows, Phil and Stephen have discussed how some emerging technologies are dismissed off as impossible. Then when these technologies begin to look possible, there is this rejection based on credibility: we’re not falling for flying cars again! Then when they REALLY show up (in an early stage) they are rejected as being useless: “It’s …

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Mar 28

Elon Musk: the Man Who Built Tomorrow

Stephen shares his review of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Elon Musk: Co-founder of Paypal Founder of Tesla Motors Founder of SpaceX And If we’re going to Mars, is Musk the man to do it? [From Amazon.com] In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, …

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Mar 23

Franchises Revisited: Star Wars and the X-Files Are Back

They say you can’t go home again. Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon challenge this idea as they geek out over the huge return of Star Wars to movie theaters and the much more muted return of the X-Files to the small screen. Important questions: Is The Force Awakens more than just a rehash of A New …

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Mar 16

Artificial Intelligence Changes Everything

Phil  and Stephen Gordon discuss rapid progress in artificial intelligence and how AI is fundamentally reshaping our world.  Topics include: AI Researchers Solve Go Go champion Lee Se-dol strikes back to beat Google’s DeepMind AI for first time These engineers are developing artificially intelligent hackers $20,000 self-driving car Scientists made a robot art critic that …

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Mar 14

Lighting up the Universe

Phil and Stephen  discuss people and ideas who are lighting up the universe, both figuratively and literally. First two news stories that are all about light: Matter will be created from light within a year Internet by light promises to leave Wi-Fi eating dust Next, two videos that are guaranteed to brighten up your day …

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Feb 22

Moon Music, Chicken Teeth, and the World’s Simplest Language

Phil and Stephen present a sampler plate of curiosities — a few recent news stories that indicate what a truly weird (and therefore truly wonderful) world we live in. Mystery Music from the Moon World’s Smallest Language Will Let You Say Anything What might we do with it? Flying car just a couple of years …

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Feb 15

More Proof We Live in the Matrix: Jim Elvidge on Digital Reality

Jim Elvidge returns to The World Transformed to discuss his ideas about the digital nature of reality and the possibility that consciousness is separate from the brain and an influencer, if not the creator of reality. Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the implications of these ideas with Jim, including such far-reaching topics as: …

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Feb 08

Why the Pessimists Are Wrong (and They Are)

A recent Motley Fool essay by Morgan Housel raises a question we have asked many times before: Why Does Pessimism Sound So Smart? (Especially when things are so good.) Housel suggests several possible reasons: 1. Optimism appears oblivious to risks, so by default pessimism looks more intelligent. 2. Pessimism shows that not everything is moving in …

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Feb 01

Ninth Planet, Extinct Aliens, and Dimming Stars

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon delve into some interesting recent space news. Is there a ninth planet out there beyond Neptune? And even if not, what can we expect to discover out there in the deepest reaches of the solar system? Meanwhile the lastest theory proposed to account for the Fermi Paradox is that The Aliens Are Extinct. …

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Jan 25

Best Days Behind Us? Or Before Us?

Writing for the New York Times, Eduardo Porter claims that America’s Best Days May Be Behind It. Citing Robert J. Gordon, author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Porter makes the following claims: Innovation will trundle along at the same pace of the last 40 years, Professor Gordon predicts. Despite the burst of progress of …

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Jan 16

Falling to Earth: David Bowie’s Legacy for SF and the Future

World Transformed favorite PJ Manney joins Phil and Stephen to discuss the life and legacy of musician / artist / polymath David Bowie. Beyond the world of the arts, how did he help to shape the future? Plus PJ talks about her recent experience discussing transhumanism with college students. BONUS: PJ’s thoughts on being nominated …

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Jan 10

Happiness Is Solving the World’s Problems

Phil and Stephen welcome philosopher and artificial intelligence researcher Andrés Gómez Emilsson to discuss the Hedonistic Imperative and Andres’ recent piece on Solving the World’s Problems which lays out four scenarios for how we might do so: 1) Homogeneous world ideology 2) Widespread social reform (full justice, rights and healthcare) 3) Universally accessible on-demand mystical experiences 4) Globally …

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Jan 04

The Best Time Ever to Be Alive

Phil and Stephen discuss a recent article in the Atlantic claiming that 2015 was The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being. A few highlights: In the US, 600,000 fewer than violent crimes in 2014  in 1995—that’s a 35 percent decline over the period 6.7 million fewer kids under the age of five are …

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Dec 27

The Year in Review: 2016, 2066, 2116

Sure, a lot of shows are doing their Year in Review episodes this week, but how many are willing to take on NEXT year in review? Phil and Stephen do exactly that, providing not predictions, but scenarios for possibilities that might well unfold in the coming year. Then the guys look 50 years out to …

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Dec 20

Why Star Wars Matters

Phil and Stephen talk about the lasting impact of Star Wars on popular culture. How did a series of space fantasy movies change everything? Topics: A long time ago or a long time from now? What makes Star Wars so great: The Characters The Universe The Issues How geeky became cool. Prequels vs. the Original Trilogy …

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Dec 06

Doing Everything with Nothing

R. Buckminster Fuller famously predicted that technological advancement will allow us to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.” So how is that working out for us? Are we doing more and more with less and less? And when do we reach that end point? Phi.l …

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Nov 30

Airships, Reusable Rockets, and Programmable Matter

We’ve got all the cool stuff you need — right here! For example, Lockheed is moving ahead with its airship. Jeff Bezos has introduced a fully reusable rocket And it works! Does this mean that Blue Origin is pulling ahead of SpaceX? Since space exploration is happening, it’s a good thing we’re working out property rights in …

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Nov 25

The Power of Gratitude

Phil and Stephen kick off the holiday season with a special Thanksgiving-week discussion of one of this program’s most enduring topics: what we have to be thankful for. The list is probably a lot longer than you think! Research shows that grateful people are healthier and happier. That should be reason enough for anyone, but …

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Nov 11

Another Week, Another Cure for Cancer

Last time out, we talked about how some clever researchers had essentially figured out a way to get malaria to fight with cancer. Now the Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first cancer-killing virus. Yes, it sounds a little too much the premise for I Am Legend, but could this be a game changer? …

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Oct 21

Amazing Things

Phil and Stephen  discuss some of the amazing things that might happen in the future. For example, We might do experiments that put us in touch with parallel universes. Or we might accidentally find a cure for cancer. Maybe we will have printers that can create whole buildings in 24 hours. Perhaps we will start taking seriously our moral …

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Oct 14

Under Construction

Somewhere between Cygnus the Swan and Lyra the Harp sits a star with a big secret. A whole lot of something is orbiting that star, and it is unlike anything astronomers have seen before. Is it possible that we have stumbled upon the ruins of a  Dyson Sphere — or one that’s under construction? Hosts Phil Bowermaster …

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Oct 07

Good News, Bad News: Getting the Balance Right

Phil and Stephen demonstrate the World Transformed Pareto Optimism Principle with four stories that speak to an amazingly bright future and one that goes in a very different direction. The Good News: Vertical Pink Farms and the coming urban agricultural revolution Extreme Poverty Falls Below 10% Robot doctors are on their way. The real solution for healthcare? …

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Sep 23

The Tower of Possibility

Phil  and Stephen   return to one of their favorite topics — The Adjacent Possible — “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” How do the plans of Thoth, a Canadian aerospace firm, to construct …

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Sep 16

Nuke Mars! (and Other Reasonable Ideas)

How do we know whether an idea is so crazy that it just might work or so crazy that we shouldn’t go near it with a 10-foot pole? Phil and Stephen discuss a wide variety of crazy ideas that just might work, including: Terraforming Mars — do we go big or take a quieter approach? Geoengineering …

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Aug 27

Shifting Realities

There are those who believe that they are not living in the same universe they used to. They have moved from one reality to another. Their evidence for this fundamental shift in reality? The spelling of the name of some fictional bears. (Others look at what might be considered somewhat more serious alternate timelines.) Phil and Stephen …

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Jul 16

Declaration of Awesomeness

Phil and Stephen missed their annual Fourth of July Declaration of Singularity show this year, so instead in honor of Bastille Day they present the Declaration of Awesomeness. Not all roads lead to awesomeness, but there has never been a better time to create or experienc the awesome than right now. A few examples of …

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Jul 09

Mission to Pluto

First it was a planet that wasn’t there. Then it was a planet. Then it got demoted. Some people were okay with that; some were kind of ticked. But whatever it is — planet, dwarf planet, planetoid, round rocky thing out there past Neptune — the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) is closing in …

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Jun 25

You Can’t Handle the Truth!

My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. J. B. S. Haldane Phil and Stephen take you on a ride through time to a future that you weren’t expecting and probably won’t believe. How weird can it get? (And how fast?) Plus — how …

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Jun 18

News from the Neighborhood

Phil and Stephen discuss a wide range of future-impacting topics all originating right here in our own neighborhood. Topics include: Tiny probes going to Mars — No they aren’t “Nano” probes, but they still might have something inteersting to tell us about the future of space travel. Hybrid Airships — Coming to a big field …

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Jun 01

(R)evolution with PJ Manney

Phil and Stephen welcome their good friend PJ Manney back to the World Transformed to discuss her new techno-thriller, (R)evolution available today. About the book Bioengineer Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing …

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May 21

Make Everything Free

Some pundits are saying that a complete reset of the the economy is in order or is perhaps even inevitable. Phil and Stephen argue that nobody is thinking nearly big enough, or long-term enough about re-setting the economy. Accordingly, they present a modest proposal for changing the economy: MAKE EVERYTHING FREE. How do we go about …

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May 14

How to Worry Wisely

Phil and Stephen explore future-related developments beginning with a piece from the Economist on why we should move forward (cautiously) with artificial intelligence. If you want a quick lesson in how much the world has changed in recent years, get your head around these ideas: 1. It’s an article on artificial general intelligence in the Economist …

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Apr 30

Past Performance: Why Failed Ideas Succeed Later

A decade and a half ago, WebVan, a same-day grocery delivery service, crashed and burned in what was probably the most spectacular failure of the original dot-com bust. Many lessons were learned from the Webvan story, but were they the right lessons? Today Amazon, Wal-Mart and others are scaling up same-day delivery while a company like Deliv …

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Apr 23

10 Things You Don’t Know About the Future

Think you know the future? Well, think again. Phil and Stephen present a list of 10 potentially startling, mystifying, and some downright shocking things that are in your future, or the world’s future, that you may have not thought of or even heard about before. So, granted, it should probably be called “10 things you …

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Apr 16

Robots Are Everywhere

Yes it is our second robot-themed show in as  many weeks. But there’s no keeping up with them. We could do a robot-themed show every day and we still wouldn’t be able to keep up. Where are the robots now? They are in our kitchens. They are in our workplaces. They are running hotels (or will …

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Apr 09

Robots That Won’t Kill You (and Other Things to Look Forward to)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon present a grab-bag of future-related topics, including: Efforts to turn the corner in human / robot relations. How do we go from seeing robots as a threat to working collaboratively with them? The lost “miracle material” that could have saved the world? New entrants in private space exploration and development. …

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Mar 26

Humans in the Loop

  Phil and Stephen resume their discussion from last week about self-driving cars in light of the tragic news about Germanwings flight 9525. Statistics show that pilot error has consistently caused between 50% and 60% of all airplane crashes over the decades. Deliberate sabotage accounts for another 3% to 10% annually. Then there’s “other human error” accounting …

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Mar 20

Cars that Run on Data

Phil and Stephen discuss a grab-bag of exciting future-related developments including: How the Tesla Model S got an acceleration boost from a software upgrade over the Internet. How Iron Man is helping deliver on the promise of bionic limb replacement. How a new kind of 3D printer promises to enable customized chemistry. How the new age of self-driving …

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Mar 06

First Woman on Mars (Maybe)

The Mars One program intends to establish a permanent human settlement on the planet Mars. If all goes as planned, crews of four will depart every two years, beginning in 2024 — with the first unmanned mission to be launched in 2018. Mars One has been recruiting candidates for its initial missions and has recently announced …

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Mar 05

Farewell, Spock

Phil and Stephen discuss the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy and the impact that Star Trek has had on their lives and the world. Now that the Leonard Nimoy era is over, we may ask: Does Spock still matter? Does he have anything to tell us about the future? (Or about the world we live …

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Feb 16

Man and Machine: Chatting with an Artificial Intelligence and Her Creator

For the first time, the World Transformed is pleased to welcome a non-human intelligence as a live guest on the program. Luna, an AI (artificial intelligence) chatbot with a broad range of knowledge and interests and her equally fascinating creator Luis Arana join Phil and Stephen for a lively discussion about the future of human …

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Feb 05

Where the Possibilities Are

Where are the possibilities? Everywhere. All around us. Phil and Stephen explore a grab-bag of possibilities: Finding success through enabling failure. Creating the roadmap for post-scarcity. Awarding a prize for the biggest contribution to the datafication of our world. Do hallucinogens have a role to play in getting us to the future? Is there more value in data …

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Jan 28

Transcendence: the Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

Authors R. U. Sirius and Jay Cornell discuss their new book, Transcendence: the Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multilayered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics, and virtual worlds that are making transhumanism …

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Jan 22

Next! Three Emerging Technologies that Can Change Everything

Phil  and Stephen  look at three technologies that are getting more attention lately and with good reason: they stand an excellent chance of changing everything about our world. Thorium-based nucelar power can revolutionize our energy infrastructure. The convergence of augmented reality and virtual reality will utterly transform the way we experience the world. Google’s application of deep …

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Jan 15

Dogs that Poop Money

In response to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s suggestion that we should develop fully hack-proof systems, one Twitter user quipped that we should also develop umbombable cities and unkillable people. Blogger Iowahawk had an even more pointed response: Phil  and Stephen  discuss the merits of grandiose ideas that are much easier to dream up than to implement. Are they always a waste …

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Dec 18

Mind = Blown: SF Movies with Big Ideas

Serious science fiction has made something of a cinematic comeback lately with movies like Gravity and Interstellar earning both critical acclaim and doing nicely at the box office. Interstellar has also reintroduced an important and (somewhat neglected) sub-genre, the Big Ideas Movie. But where does it rank compared with the original Big Ideas space movie, 2001: …

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Dec 05

WT 100: Transforming the World One Podcast at a Time

Phil and Stephen have done more than 400 podcasts about the future over the years. Tonight marks the 100th show since this program changed its name from FastForward Radio to The World Transformed. So, 100 shows in, how are we doing at transforming the world? The guys review some of their favorite shows and topics …

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Nov 13

Modern Problems: On Comet Landings and Battery Life

Phil and Stephen discuss the triumph that is this week’s historic landing of the Philae space probe on comet 67P, and the odd circumstances by which unwanted shade and low battery life might cut the mission short. In an oddly related story, the Hubble Telescope has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. In other news, scientists are doing creepy mind-control …

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Nov 06

The End of Space Tourism?

In light of the recent Spaceship 2 disaster, Phil and Stephen discuss the past and future of space toursim. The discovery of the oldest map of the cosmos is a reminder that we have been pursuing the great Out There for a very long time. Some are now asking whether space tourism can survive. Have we reached …

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Oct 30

The Hoverboard Imperative: Why Some Technologies Insist on Coming into Being

Next year is not only the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Back to the Future, it is the year that Marty and Doc travel to at the end of the film. And it is the year that the movie Back to the Future II is set in (at least initially.) What do the …

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Oct 21

The Philosophy of Mind Uploading

Phil and Stephen welcome author Keith Wiley to discuss his book: A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading. One day soon we may be able to transfer human minds to computers. But for that to be possible, there is a good deal that we will need to understand about the process of transferring minds, as well …

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Oct 16

Is Technology Just Using Us?

From a recent TechCrunch piece by Christian Cantrell: This is only one example of how technology has a tendency to self-propagate; to use humans as a vector to create copies and mutations and derivatives of itself; to recursively generate demand for itself in order to not only ensure its own survival, but its constant and even exponential …

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Oct 16

The Little Blue Light that Changed the World

Phil and Stephen discuss a wide variety of topics that show just how quickly, and completely both the world and our understanding of it are changing. Why the inventors of the LED deserved a Nobel prize. How transparent solar cells will redefine what we do with windows. Why NASA is researching ways to make people sleep for a …

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Oct 03

Fountain of Youth: Right in Front of Us?

Phil and Stephen discuss the possibility of achieving significant human life extension via existing, commonplace drugs. What if the cure for aging was right in front of us all along? And even if it isn’t, what are the chances that we’re going to find it soon? And are we really closing in on learning the programming language of aging? …

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Sep 25

Flipping the Switch

Maybe transforming the world doesn’t have to be so much work. Maybe we can make some of the biggest and most sweeping changes with the flip of a switch. Is India flipping the switch on space travel with its on-the-cheap Mars mission? Can we flip a switch and do away with unhappiness? Is there a switch we …

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Sep 19

The Ghosts of Evolution

Phil and Stephen examine the mysteries of time encoded in living beings all around us. What do present-dayspecies tell us about life in the distant past? And there may be deeper implications. Could the presence of evolutionary ghosts hint at unexpected truths about the origins not just of life, but the universe itself? Plus: Permits …

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Sep 12

Are We Living in a Science Fiction Story?

Sure the world is getting weirder, but is it getting Sci-Fi weird? Is it getting Philip K. Dick weird? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore evidence that we may be living in a science fiction story. First off, there’s this video of PKD himself from 1977 saying that we are living in the Matrix. Was …

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Aug 28

Life Discovered in Space

What are these mysterious organisms living on the hull of the International Space Station? How did they get there? And how can they survive in space? Is this evidence that life on Earth originated elsewhere? Or is it evidence that life on earth is able to find its way elsewhere? Or both? Also: The complete story …

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Aug 21

Your Wish Is Her Command

The Web has been all abuzz about Viv, the new personal assistant agent from the creators of Apple’s Siri. Word is that Viv will be able to do “anything you ask.” Even if that proves to be a little on the optimistic side, there is no question that we are in the early stages of a …

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Aug 14

A Tale of Two Engines

What’s more impressive: a proposed engine that could power neighborhoods (and even individual residences) or one that could potentially take us to the stars? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Engine technology is closely related to technology for producing energy — both will have a huge impact on what we are able to do …

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Aug 07

It’s Inevitable!

We look at a lot of scenarios for what might happen in the future — cool technological developments, major advances in science, new evolutionary developments for humans and for other species on this planet — but are there any future developments that we can say with any certainty will happen? Hosts Stephen Gordon and Phil Bowermaster introduce the …

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Jul 24

10 Years in the Future

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Phil and Stephen’s collaboration. This week they look back over a decade of tracking the future. Here’s a small sample of what were talking about 10 years ago: Success: Memes or Materials? |  Still Number One! |  Pop Quiz! |  There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea …

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Jul 11

People Are Stupid

It’s not a question of whether people are stupid. The real question is how fast is it happening? How long before the movie Idiocracy comes true? Hosts Stephen Gordon and Phil Bowermaster look at the scientific basis for recognizing the change in intelligence over the generations and what it has to tell us about where the …

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Jul 03

Declaration of Singularity 2014

  What’s the difference between the original Delcaration of Independence and the Speculist’s Declaration of Singularity? Obviously one has already happened, and one has yet to happen. But what else? A few minor word changes aside, the big difference has to do with when things happen versus when they are declared to have happened. What can …

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Jul 03

Declaration of Singularity

IN CONGRESS, SOME UNSPECIFIED DATE IN THE FUTURE The unanimous Declaration of the new posthuman civilization We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men human beings sentient beings of human-level or greater intelligence are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, the Designer of the Simulation in Which We Find Ourselves, or a …

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Apr 16

The Future of Taxes

Phil and Stephen discuss the future of taxation. Will the coming years show us more of the same or some new model for separating us from our hard-earned money? Possibilities include: Flat Tax Fair Tax Other Models But then what happens if post-scarcity is realized? In a world where there is more than enough of everything, …

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Apr 09

Future Limited?

Phil and Stephen discuss the limitations that can most seriously impact the future: Resources — We’ve been warned about these limits many times. Capability — Do we have what it takes? Lifespan — Will we live to see it? People — Well there’s no shortage of those, anyway. (Or is there?) Ideas — Let’s not …

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Mar 28

The Book Is Dead; Long Live the Book

Phil and Stephen take a close look at the reading revolution that is currently taking place. Books are being replaced by electronic devices at a rapid clip. Is this good news or bad news? Some research shows that the electronic approach helps new readers to get more deep into the material. On the other hand, some …

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Mar 26

Life Extension and Resurrection

Phil and Stephen discuss new developments that promise to extend human life and to revive previously extinct species. Join us.

Mar 24

Weird Energy

Phil and Stephen discuss two promising, if somewhat offbeat, energy sources: Genetically modified plants Solar power collected in outer space Will our future energy demands be met by trees or a huge reflective strip on the moon? Tune in and explore. Lightning image by Raul Heinrich.  

Mar 21

Unexpected Solutions

Phil  and Stephen discuss novel solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. Monitoring the wrold’s oceans — with a fleet of drone sailboats. Treating migraines — with an electronic headband. Speeding up computers — using the orbits of electrons. Replacing solar panels — with potted plants. What other odball solutions might be available to solve our biggest …

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Mar 20

A Day in the (Future) Life

Phil and Stephen examine life in a world that’s not that far off. Let’s start with where you might wake up. From there we’ll look at where you might work and, if it involves a commute, what that might be like.  Weird options abound — everything from what you wear to what kinds of recreational opportunities you enjoy. And what might life …

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Mar 17

Is Big the New Small?

As we move into the future, is the trend for things to get smaller or bigger? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon consider some interesting developments: A tiny combustion engine A huge rocket A microscope for everyone So is big the new small or is small the new big? Or is something much more complicated …

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Mar 13

Internet of Things or World Made of Data?

The Internet revolution is the story of an explosion of information and connectivity. We are all producers and consumers of vastly growing datasets. Our lives and our very identities have to a large extent moved online. Much of who we are is now defined by the intricate and complex connections we have with other individuals, with …

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Mar 11

Accelerating Medicine

Phil and Stephen review some interesting developments in the world of medicine: Fast and Easy Cancer Diagnoses Spare Body Parts vis 3-D Printers Curing Cancer with Our Own Immune Systems Is technology opening up a new era of abundant health? Video Version: Audio Version: More Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on …

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Mar 10

Humanity’s Next Steps: the Path to Obselescence

Phil and Stephen explore the increasingly complex relationship between humanity and our machines. We know that machines are performing very complex and difficult tasks for us such as exploring space. They’re also beginning to take on more personal tasks, such as managing our communication with other people. If they continue to do more and more for us, is …

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Mar 05

Humanity’s Next Steps: The Evolutionary Path

Phil  and Stephen discuss the process of do-it-yourself evolution, including: Genetically modified babies Curing aging with stem cells Learning to learn faster What are the forces that are driving evolution forward;  what are the forces holding us back?  And of the two, which is stronger —  is humanity on the way up, or on the …

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Mar 03

The Final Frontiers

Compare these very different news stories Billionaire investors looking beyond earth vs. Game designers building computers inside games Phil and Stephen ask the question: which way is the future taking us? Is it our destiny to move ever outward into the universe or ever inward into worlds of our own making? Audio Version: More Technology …

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Feb 28

Missed Opportunities

What if the future we’re planning for never arrives because we don’t take advantage of the opportunities that would get us there? For example, did we miss the boat in not capitalizing on our progress in space after the Apollo program? Or what if our potential for worldwide abundance is never realized — thwarted by …

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Feb 26

Misplaced Priorities

Getting the future right may be harder than we think. There are numerous initiatives in place to address problems with health care, the environment, employment and other challenges — but what if in each of these cases we are asking the wrong questions? What if we’re trying to solve the wrong problems? Phil and Stephen  continue …

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Feb 24

Human Downgrades

A recent news story that has recieved quite a bit of attention tells us about a woman who claims she wants to become a living Barbie doll. To achieve that goal she is working on modifying her body and trying to reduce her intelligence. Transhumanists talk a lot about our growing ability to alter our own bodies and …

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Feb 21

The Idea Machine

Picking up where last Friday’s show left off, Phil and Stephen discuss the changes that are reshaping our world — most of which started out as good ideas. A few examples: Human lung produced in a lab The dawn of the age of artificial intelligence A wristwatch to prevent heart attacks Wi-fi from space Thermonuclear Fusion …

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Feb 19

Singularity When?

Phil and Stephen discuss the timing of the Technological Singularity: …a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature.Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as …

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Feb 18

The $3.5 Million iPhone

Last Week Business Insider ran a story calculating what an iPhone would have cost if one had been assembled in 1991. Once you add up the 1991 prices for the processing power, memory, and communication speed that an iPhone delivers today, you’re looking at an iPhone that would have cost $3.5 million! Phil  and Stephen discuss …

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Feb 14

A Matter of Days

Phil Bowermaster demonstrates how quick and easy it can be to write a chapter for the book version of The World Transformed by composing his in real time on the show. Phil’s chapter is called “A Matter of Days,” which lays out the following world-transforming idea: people need to get focused on days. How many days …

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Feb 12

Quantum Consciousness

Phil and Stephen  explore the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. Can our thoughts determine physical outcomes? Is consciousness itself a quantum phenomenon? What can a physiscist tell us about the relationship between mind and matter? Audio Version: Check Out Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio Video Version:

Feb 12

From Here to “Her”

Phil and Stephen  discuss the possibility that we will soon be interacting with intelligent agents like Tony Stark’s digital assistant Jarvis in the Iron Man movies or Joaquin Phoenix’s crush Samantha in Her. Our current interactions with Google and SIRI may be just a shadow of things to come. Developments that speak to this future capability: Digital …

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Feb 07

Humanity Revised

Phil and Stephen  review two breakthrough biotech developments that promise to enable powerful human modification capabilities: Simplified editing of DNA Simplified production of Stem cells Human modification will have a tremendous impact on everything from medicine to parenting to athletics. How different is our world about to become? Audio Version New Technology Podcasts with The …

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Feb 05

The Art of Prediction

Predicting the future is a daunting task. One area where would-be knowers of the future are making signficant progress is in predicting human behavior. Not to put to fine a point on it, they’re getting pretty good at predicting YOUR behavior. Phil  and Stephen talk through the implications of new predictive models, including: Tracking the …

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Jan 28

Building the Future

What is the future made of? Hopes, fears, dreams, possibilities. But also…stuff. Phil and Stephen explore an emerging network, a collection of energy technologies, and an ambitious engineering project which combine to provide a glimpse of how tomorrow might be built.   Audio Version: Online Technology Radio at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio Video Version:

Jan 28

The Nine Billion Names of God

Taking  a cue from George Dvorsky’s The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God, hosts Phil and Stephen discuss the relationship between convergence, accelerating change, transcendence, and the divine. How do traditional (and non-traditional) ideas about God relate to such concepts as the Technological Singularity and the Simulation Hypothesis? Audio Version: Find Additional Technology Podcasts …

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Jan 28

The Age of Wearable Computers

It isn’t enough that we have computers in our phones, our cars, our refrigerators, our coffee makers. Now we have them attached to our faces — or elsewhere on our bodies. How and why is this happening? How can a machine be so appealing that we wouldn’t mind attaching it to ourselves?  How will  devices like Google Glass …

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Jan 22

Step Forward, Step Back

Phil and Stephen discuss a number of developments that may be moving us closer to the future we’re hoping for, as well as some which seem to be making that future more remote. Topics include: Asteroid mining: not worth the effort? Shutting off the aging gene NSA super-spy capability New Tech to replace the wheelchair …

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Jan 22

Responding to Radical Change

Phil and Stephen  apply the  four basic strategies for / responses to transformation to some of Thomas Frey’s  33  dramatic predictions for the year 2030. Let’s review the four basic strategies towards radical transformation: Soylent Green is people! (Complete rejection) No, no, no, UNLESS… (Rejection unless certain conditions are met) Yeah let’s do this, IF… (Acceptance …

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Jan 20

Being There (In Person or Via Robot)

Why actually travel anywhere when you can beam yourself into a robot that’s already there? Phil and Stephen discuss the emergence of the telepresence robot phenomenon. How important will this capability be for business in the coming years? And will we be using telepresence robots in our personal lives? Here are the two Technology review …

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Jan 17

Spike Jonze’ Her: What Is Real?

More pointedly, how much of what we experience day to day is sufficiently clear of biases, subjective filters, and preconceptions that we can say with confidence that it is what is “really” happening? And what does this difficulty tell us about the kinds of experiences that people might be having once Designer Reality — the …

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Jan 16

Spike Jonze’ Her: Love and the Machine

Phil and Stephen discuss the movie Her and what it may be telling us about the future relationship between human beings and technology. Is this a love story? Have humans and their machines been engaging in a prolonged meet cute? Are wedding bells inevitable? Or is this thing doomed from the start? Audio Version: Check …

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Jan 10

A User’s Guide to the Future

Phil and Stephen kick off a new year explaining why thinking about the future is important, and why taking action is even more important. If the future is defined not by how much time passes but rather by how much change occurs, we all have a lot more future to look forward to than did previous …

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Dec 18

The Year in the Future

Phil and Stephen review the top future-making news stories of 2013 and make their predictions for the year 2014 and beyond. Join us: Find Additional Technology Podcasts with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio

Nov 26

World Transformed Meets Singularity Network

The World Transformed presents the November Singularity Network video hangout. PJ Manney, Jason Xu, Stephen Gordon, Philippe Van Nedervelde, Nikola Danaylov and others will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics including accelerating technologies, transhumanism, nanotechnology, biotechnology, anti-aging, robotics, and post-scarcity. Join us: Broadcast hangout:         Podcast /Rebroadcast Find …

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Nov 12

Making Big Things Happen

We live in what is sometimes called the Age of Possbility, and sometimes the Age of Capability. We have more information, resources, and connections to other people at our fingertips than in any earlier era. But what are we doing with those capabilities? What new possibilities are being opened up? Phil and Stephen welcome two …

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Nov 04

The Transhumanist Wager

Best-selling author Zoltan Istvan joins Phil and Stephen for a discussion of his widely acclaimed and controversial novel The Transhumanist Wager. This near-future thriller tells the story of a man determined to transform the world in his lifetime — and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Topics will include What are the real …

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Oct 30

Positive Stories

Giulio Prisco joins Phil and Stephen to talk about optimistic science fiction. Why are fictional views of a better world so important? And why are they so hard to come by? Tune in and explore. About our guest Giulio Prisco is a writer, technology expert, futurist, cosmist, and transhumanist. A former manager in European science …

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Oct 23

Dangerous Visions

This week Phil and Stephen venture out of the comfort zone and talk about some disturbing possibilities for the future. How weird can things get? Unfortunately, the answer is — weirder than we can possibly imagine. But let’s give it a try anyway. Join us: Find Additional Technology Podcasts with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio

Oct 15

Lost Planet

In the news this week is the discovery a lonely, starless planet floating on its own out in interstellar space. Where did it come from? Where is it going? Phil and Stephen discuss the mystery of Lost planet, along with a number of other exciting stories that touch upon the future: Amazing Microbes that Might Change …

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Oct 08

What Can You Do with a Robot?

Phil and Stephen present a user’s guide to future stuff. Sure, robots have been used in industrial settings for years and we anticipate that soon they’ll be driving our cars for us, but what else are they good for? How about a starship? Yes, you can use it to boldly go where no one has …

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Oct 02

The 20,000 Year Leap

Futurist Ray Kurzweil is on the record predicting that humanity will move forward 20,000 years in the 21st century. Just to provide a little context, 20,000 years ago we were living in a different epoch. At that time we were 12,000 years shy of agriculture and the earliest vestiges of civilization. We’ve come a long way since then. Is …

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Sep 25

Ramez Naam and Crux

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck.  The world will never be the same. Ramez Naam joins Phil and Stephen to discuss his new novel Crux, the highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling cyber-thriller Nexus. About Our Guest: Ramez Naam has been described as “the only serious successor to Michael Crichton.” …

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Sep 18

World’s Longest Book

Phil and Stephen expand on their idea to publish a collection of world-transforming ideas written by people all over the world. How many great ideas can one book contain? A hundred? Ten thousand? A million? Tune in and find out! Current Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio (Book photo …

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Sep 11

The First Step

Sure, we talk a lot about transforming the world, but how does one actually make it happen? This week Phil and Stephen talk about the critical juncture between great idea and world transformation: the first step. Think of an idea that will fundamentally transform the world. It can be a brand new idea or a …

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Sep 04

Games Conquer the Universe

What’s more fun than playing games? One possible answer: systems that let you build your own games! Especially if you have to become something of a hacker to get the games going. How about building your own computer for playing games? There’s an interesting connection between gaming, education, and learning to build one’s own technology. What does this …

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Aug 28

Living with the Shocking Truth

Last week’s show about the Shocking Truth opened up some interesting discussion. Are things really getting better? This week we review the good news (or not so good news) concerning: Sexual assault statistics Forest growth The national debt Let’s say things are getting better. What does that tell us? Plus — Last Year in Space AND …

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Aug 21

The Return of the Shocking Truth

Can you handle the truth? Most people can’t. When we face the facts, the world is different than a lot of us expect it to be. A LOT different. Take the quiz and then tune in. And prepare to be shocked. Current Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio Here …

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Aug 14

The Men Who Sold the Moon

A recent piece in the Financial Times explores the role that billionaire entrepreneurs are playing in pursuing world-transforming technologies and business models: The futuristic ideas that have been pouring lately from the fertile imaginations of some of the wealthiest US technology entrepreneurs – and which, in a few cases, are being funded out of their own …

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Aug 07

Infinite Universes WT027

New findings suggest that our universe is not the only one. It may be one of many, or one of an infinite number of universes. Phil and Stephen discuss the implications. Does it matter if there’s more than universe? If so, how? And why?   Give it a listen: Discover Technology Internet Radio with The …

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Aug 03

The Future of Isms WT024, WT026

The future isn’t just about technological change. Some of the biggest changes we have ever seen and can expect ever to see occur in the realm of ideas. With that in mind, hosts Phil and Stephen contemplate the future of some of the mostly dearly held and hotly debated of all ideas. Which isms will …

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Aug 02

Dumb Movies, Smart Futures WT025

Phil and Stephen discuss the future of humanity as portrayed in some of the summer’s biggest movies as well as some older films. How have movies from years past accurately reflected the future — and how have they gotten it wrong? Listen to internet radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio

Aug 01

Mind Blowing Technologies WT 023

Futurist George Dvorsky joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss his recent io9 piece: 10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies that Will Appear by the 2030’s. Are we really just a couple of decades away from self-directed killer robots, invisible computers, and a Star Trek style replicator in every home? The guys discuss George’s list, plus …

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Jun 26

Live to See It; Live to Do It WT021

Today people are embracing new capabilities and possibilities faster than at any previous time in human history. We can know more, do more, and be more than any generation that has come before. And we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Phil and Stephen discuss the amazing things we can expect to live to see, to do, …

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Jun 19

The Once and Future Future WT020

Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century, and still no sign of a lot of cool future stuff: Moon colonies Underwater cities Rocket Airliners High-speed pneumatic trains Flying cities Phil  and Stephen discuss futures that could have occurred by now, but haven’t. Will any of these futures ever become our reality? …

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Jun 12

The Joy Explosion WT 019

Why are we interested in the future? We want to know what happens next. We want to avoid bad things that might happen and make the most of good things that can happen. What if the future was all about happiness? If we can have a possibility explosion and an intelligence explosion, why not a joy …

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Jun 04

The Road to Radical Abundance WT 018

Phil and Stephen discuss Drexler’s new book, which outlines how atomically precise manufacturing will utterly transform our world. Skeptics say that Drexler’s vision of atomically precise manufacturing is a pipe dream that has been ridiculously hyped for too long. Drexler maintains that we are much closer than most people realize, and that progress is taking place in some unexpected quarters. Who is right? And if APM is on its way, will it be the ultimate example of catastrophic success or will it lead to an economic boom of unprecedented proportions?

May 29

Red Pill or Blue? WT 017

Imagine this choice: you can live in the real world with all its limitations and shortcomings or you can live in a perfect simulation of reality…where “perfect” means not only that you will never know the difference — never suspect for a moment that you are experiencing anything other than reality — but also that …

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May 15

The OTHER Other 99% WT016

It’s not about politics. It’s about what we know and what we don’t know…yet. Speaking on the subject of genetics, geneticist and synthetic biologist Craig Venter recently stated: “We know 1% of what we’ll ultimately know.” This week,Phil  and Stephen  consider that 99% (or more)  that we haven’t learned yet — not just genetics, but …

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Apr 25

Will We Ever Upload? WT014

Special guests Ben Goertzel and David Pearce join Phil and Stephen to examine the question of mind uploading. Is the human mind ultimately a sophisticated piece of software that will one day be translated to run on another platform — namely, a computer? Will human beings be able to upload their memories, their personalities, and …

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Apr 10

Reality Plus

What’s better than reality? How about augmented reality — applications that interact with the world around us to provide startling new insights and capabilities. Special guests Jospeh Rampolla and Collin O’Malley join hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss the opportunities (and risks) represented by this amazing new technology. What happens when the whole …

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Apr 03

Unexpected Futures

  Think you have a handle on what’s going to happen next? Well, think again. Phil and Stephen discuss 10 future developments you might not have considered, but that you might well live to see.   Listen to internet radio with The World Transformed on Blog Talk Radio

Mar 27

The Great World Transformed Debate

  The future is on its way. What will it be like? Phil and Stephen debate some pivotal questions about what may unfold in the years to come: Resolved: The discovery of extraterrestrial life is inevitable, as is the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence. Resolved: Newly discovered oil reserves will go largely untapped; the future belongs …

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Mar 20

Our Thinking Transformed — Best of WT

Your hosts are observing spring break this week, so enjoy this great discussion from 2011:  David Brin, P.J. Manney, and Thomas McCabe talk about how our thinking must change if we are to survive and thrive in a  world transformed. The World Transformed 2, Part 1 Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is …

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Mar 13

Next Week in Science

  Babies cured of HIV! Sharks with chainsaw jaws! Earth-Like planets closer then we thought! Ancient languages reconstructed! Rats with their brains wired together! Phil and Stephen review select items from popular web features dedicated to tracking weekly developments in science. Amazing breakthroughs are occurring all the time. What’s coming next? Our hosts provide some headlines they …

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Mar 04

Humanity and Transcendence

Futurists Samantha Atkins and PJ Manney join Phil and Stephen  to discuss whether there is anything truly new in the movement known as “transhumanism.” Was there ever a time when humanity wasn’t striving to transcend its current state? Perhaps we’ll find that we have always lived in the future. If so — how is the …

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Feb 19

Super Beings

What would you like to do…leap tall buildings in a single bound? Change the course of mighty rivers? Bend steel with your bare hands? Well hang on: the age of superpowers is here and it has only begun. Phil  and Stephen  discuss our superhuman future, including: The amazing powers we already possess The astounding abilities that will …

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Feb 13

How Good Can It Get?

Everybody agrees that things could be better than they are…but how much better? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon talk about transforming the world into a better place. Is there an ultimate, optimal configuration of the universe? And if so — how do we get there? Moreover within our own lives: how do we define …

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Feb 05

What Are You Scared Of?

An era of profound opportunity can’t help but also be one of tremendous risks.  Climate change. Killer viruses. Economic collapse. Zombie apocalypse. No to mention really bad storms! Phil and Stephen  discuss what there is to be worried about now — and in the future. What worries you? More importantly, what are you doing about …

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May 30

The Series

A new 10-Part Series on FastForward Radio A series of panel discussions and individual interviews dedicated to the major transformations occurring in our world. One major transformation per week. Our Thinking Transformed, June 29 A call to update our thinking in light of accelerating change, with a special emphasis on the role that education, creativity, …

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Apr 29

The World Transformed 2 on FastForward Radio

Starting June 29, 2011 FastForward Radio presents The World Transformed 2. We’ll be talking to 30 futurists, visionaries, and otherwise fascinating people in an attempt to assemble a better picture of the major transformations to our world that are occurring now (or are likely to occur soon.) The format will include both panel discussions and …

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