Monthly Archive: February 2017

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 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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