Phil

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Date registered: June 4, 2011

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  1. The Hoverboard Imperative: Why Some Technologies Insist on Coming into Being — October 30, 2014
  2. The Philosophy of Mind Uploading — October 21, 2014
  3. Is Technology Just Using Us? — October 16, 2014
  4. The Little Blue Light that Changed the World — October 16, 2014
  5. Fountain of Youth: Right in Front of Us? — October 3, 2014

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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.

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