Phil

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Date registered: June 4, 2011

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  1. Turning into God’s What? — April 28, 2016
  2. Amazing Stuff and More Amazing Stuff — April 27, 2016
  3. It’s the End of the Job as We Know It — April 26, 2016
  4. Imagination: the Critical Future Skill? — April 22, 2016
  5. Until It’s Yet — The Future Is Closing In Fast — April 20, 2016

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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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