Phil

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Date registered: June 4, 2011

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  1. Ninth Planet, Extinct Aliens, and Dimming Stars — February 1, 2016
  2. Best Days Behind Us? Or Before Us? — January 25, 2016
  3. Falling to Earth: David Bowie’s Legacy for SF and the Future — January 16, 2016
  4. Happiness Is Solving the World’s Problems — January 10, 2016
  5. The Best Time Ever to Be Alive — January 4, 2016

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Nov
11

Another Week, Another Cure for Cancer

Last time out, we talked about how some clever researchers had essentially figured out a way to get malaria to fight with cancer. Now the Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first cancer-killing virus. Yes, it sounds a little too much the premise for I Am Legend, but could this be a game changer? …

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Oct
21

Amazing Things

Phil and Stephen  discuss some of the amazing things that might happen in the future. For example, We might do experiments that put us in touch with parallel universes. Or we might accidentally find a cure for cancer. Maybe we will have printers that can create whole buildings in 24 hours. Perhaps we will start taking seriously our moral …

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Oct
14

Under Construction

Somewhere between Cygnus the Swan and Lyra the Harp sits a star with a big secret. A whole lot of something is orbiting that star, and it is unlike anything astronomers have seen before. Is it possible that we have stumbled upon the ruins of a  Dyson Sphere — or one that’s under construction? Hosts Phil Bowermaster …

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Oct
07

Good News, Bad News: Getting the Balance Right

Phil and Stephen demonstrate the World Transformed Pareto Optimism Principle with four stories that speak to an amazingly bright future and one that goes in a very different direction. The Good News: Vertical Pink Farms and the coming urban agricultural revolution Extreme Poverty Falls Below 10% Robot doctors are on their way. The real solution for healthcare? …

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Sep
23

The Tower of Possibility

Phil  and Stephen   return to one of their favorite topics – The Adjacent Possible — “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” How do the plans of Thoth, a Canadian aerospace firm, to construct …

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Sep
16

Nuke Mars! (and Other Reasonable Ideas)

How do we know whether an idea is so crazy that it just might work or so crazy that we shouldn’t go near it with a 10-foot pole? Phil and Stephen discuss a wide variety of crazy ideas that just might work, including: Terraforming Mars — do we go big or take a quieter approach? Geoengineering …

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Aug
27

Shifting Realities

There are those who believe that they are not living in the same universe they used to. They have moved from one reality to another. Their evidence for this fundamental shift in reality? The spelling of the name of some fictional bears. (Others look at what might be considered somewhat more serious alternate timelines.) Phil and Stephen …

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Jul
16

Declaration of Awesomeness

Phil and Stephen missed their annual Fourth of July Declaration of Singularity show this year, so instead in honor of Bastille Day they present the Declaration of Awesomeness. Not all roads lead to awesomeness, but there has never been a better time to create or experienc the awesome than right now. A few examples of …

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Jul
09

Mission to Pluto

First it was a planet that wasn’t there. Then it was a planet. Then it got demoted. Some people were okay with that; some were kind of ticked. But whatever it is — planet, dwarf planet, planetoid, round rocky thing out there past Neptune — the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) is closing in …

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Jun
25

You Can’t Handle the Truth!

My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. J. B. S. Haldane Phil and Stephen take you on a ride through time to a future that you weren’t expecting and probably won’t believe. How weird can it get? (And how fast?) Plus — how …

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