Phil

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Date registered: June 4, 2011

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  1. VR and AR: Getting Real Gets Complicated — September 7, 2016
  2. Future of Transportation: Attack of the Drones — September 6, 2016
  3. Self-Driving Cars: Life in the Fast Lane — September 3, 2016
  4. The Internet of Everything, All the Time — August 31, 2016
  5. Health Tech Breakthroughs: Super Pills and Robo Doctors — August 30, 2016

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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
14

User’s Guide to the Future: Transformation Scenarios

Phil and Stephen continue to outline the kinds of radical change we can expect in coming years with a set of transformation scenarios, including: In the future, everything will be a coffeeshop. How dedicated infrastrucutre for business and education is disappearing, being replaced by multi-purpose infrastructure where needed. I just love my new toaster. The …

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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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Jul
02

Declaration of Singularity WT 022

Like the Founding Fathers, transhumanists and singularitarians believe that we are subject to an oppressive regime with no legitimate claim on our lives or our futures. Has the time come to declare our independence from a world of pain, scarcity, and limitations? Phil and Stephen review The Declaration of Singularity.   Tuesday, 7/2/2013 7 PM PST …

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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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May
08

Catastrophic Success WT015

I’m reading K. Eric Drexler’s new book Radical Abundance, which explores the impact of atomically precise manufacturing (APM). Drexler predicts that APM will be with us soon and that it will transform the global economy in ways that can be compared to the industrial revolution of the 18th century or the advent of agriculture some …

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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

Apr
03

Why Airplanes Don’t Exist

(Cross-posted from The Speculist.) There’s a great piece currently running on Pajamas Media from physicist Frank J. Tipler on the subject of whether our current society any longer has any interest in  pursuing big ideas. Not surprisingly, the author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle opines that there are still some big ideas out there, and that …

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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
11

Classical Time Travel Isn’t Practical

Practical Time Travel for Beginners, Part 1 To begin with — for the sake of clarity — I want to distinguish my subject from a related topic with which it might easily be confused. So let me be clear from the start that I’m going to be writing about practical time travel, not standard or …

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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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Jan
29

I Want to Be a Producer!

I have a secret desire Hiding deep in my soul It sets my heart afire To see me in this role I wanna be a producer Lunch at Sardi’s every day I wanna be a producer Sport a top hat and a cane I wanna be a producer And drive those chorus girls insane! I …

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Jan
23

Changes That Will Change Your Life

NOTE: Due to Technical Difficulties, this week’s show is postponed one day and will air on Thursday. The world really is changing in ways that are difficult to predict, sometimes even difficult to imagine. Phil and Stephen list some powerful transformations that are underway that will pretty much change everything — forever: Coffeeshopification The Post-Jobs …

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