Monthly Archive: April 2017

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 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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