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Becoming the Gods We Once Feared

What’s next for humanity and artificial intelligence? Will we be the AI, and effective cogs in a machine? Will we be the owners of the intelligence — which…

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The Smartphone and Beyond

Phil and Stephen discuss the near, not-so-near, and distant future of the smartphone. Topics: The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get…

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Beyond the Twitter Decade

10 years ago Twitter was barely a thing used by a very small group of geeks. Today it’s a cornerstone of how our society communicates. (The President’s tweets…

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The Trouble with AI

Phil and Stephen discuss the chances that super-smart AI might be upon us and the risks we face even if it isn’t. Plus what do we do about…

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Living Forever (If They Let Us)

Phil and Stephen discuss progress in anti-aging treatments and the role that regulations play in making treatments available. Can Science Reverse Aging? Jose Cordeiro: In 30 years, I…

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Anywhere in Four Hours

Phil and Stephen discuss the eclipse, the top scientific discoveries of the year, a new spacesuit from SpaceX, and the airplane that may take us anywhere we want…

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Exploring the Hype Cycle

Phil and Stephen explore emerging technologies using the 2017 Gartner Hype Cycle as a frame of reference. What’s new? What’s long gone but due for a comeback? And…

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Energy Unlimited with J Storrs Hall, Part 2

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with J. Storrs (Josh) Hall. How do nuclear power, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence hold the key to a future of unlimited energy?…

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Energy Unlimited with J Storrs Hall, Part 1

J. Storrs (Josh) Hall joins Phil and Stephen for a discussion of his contribution to Visions for a World Transformed, “Let’s Get Back on the Henry Adams Curve.” How…

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Dispatches from the Robo-Wars

Phil and Stephen discuss the good-new / bad-news of the robotics revolution. Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them Harris is…

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Emergent Magic: Why Ideas Are Becoming More Valuable

Phil and Stephen discuss why ideas are becoming more valuable, along with other news from the future. Emergent Magic: Why Ideas Are Becoming More Valuable Is the value…

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Wow. History-Making News

Phil and Stephen review news stories that may change history. And they all broke this week. In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos…

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The Comeback of Nanotechnology

Phil and Stephen discuss recent progress towards the original model of Nanotechnology as described by K. Eric Drexler in his book Engines of Creation. Eric Drexler’s Vision of Nanotechnology…

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Hyperloop Coming Soon?

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval”…

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Breakthroughs in Life Extension (with Aubrey de Grey)

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, reviewing some of the very encouraging life extension research currently taking place How does the treatment of…

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Living to 1,000 (with Aubrey de Grey)

Phil and Stephen welcome life extension researcher and visionary Dr. Aubrey de Grey to discuss the sometimes puzzlingly negative views much of the public seem to have about…

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Checking in on the Future

Phil and Stephen check in on some positive future-related stories that we’ve been tracking for a while now. Good News, Despite What You’ve Heard Just since 1990, more…

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Barely Distinguishable from Magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke Phil and Stephen review technologies so advanced they border on the magical. Craig Venter’s ‘Digital-to-Biological Converter’ Is…

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Disruptive Technologies: Bringing in the Big Bucks

Phil and Stephen review seven big-money disruptive technologies as described in this piece on Singularity Hub. These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars 1. Deep…

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All Stars Are Born in Pairs

Phil and Stephen review future-facing news on a variety of topics. Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it When the…

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Amazing Engineering Means Business

Phil and Stephen review stories about big engineering breakthroughs — and the big economic changes they may lead to. Engineer Creates Green Oasis by Growing Glaciers in the…

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A Cure for Multiple Sclerosis?

Phil and Stephen discuss recent positive developments in science and technology. Chinese Experiment Reaches Space Station in Historic First A Chinese experiment is now on the International Space…

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The Cell Atlas (and Other Breakthrough Technologies)

Phil and Stephen review the final three of MIT Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2017. The Cell Atlas Biology’s next mega-project will find out what we’re really made…

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360° Selfies, Hot Solar Power, and Gene Therapy 2.0

Phil and Stephen review the next three of MIT Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2017 The 360-Degree Selfie Inexpensive cameras that make spherical images are opening a new…

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Paying with Your Face, Spinal Repair, Self-Driving Trucks, Quantum Computing

Phil and Stephen review the first three of MIT Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2017. Reversing Paralysis Scientists are making remarkable progress at using brain implants to restore…