Phil

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Date registered: June 4, 2011

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  1. Thomas Frey and Epiphany Z, Part 2 — March 24, 2017
  2. Thomas Frey and Epiphany Z, Part 1 — March 23, 2017
  3. The Singularity is Ever Nearer — March 21, 2017
  4. Lights in the Sky: Metal Asteroids, Big Rockets, and Aliens? — March 17, 2017
  5. Brain Weirdness: Knowledge Uploads, Quantum Consciousness, Back from the Dead — March 15, 2017

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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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