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What Will $700 Billion Buy You? Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss better options for spending the $700 billion bailout money that went to “solving” the 2008 financial crisis.   Seven Apollo programs?  70…

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FastForward Radio Anniversary Special, Best of TWT

A rare glimpse into the earliest days of the podcast — with a small bit of audio from literally the very first day!

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A World Gone Right

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. review more “better all the time” news stories. Breaking News! About an hour-and-a-half prior to the show SpaceX put the Falcon 1 into orbit. The Chinese got into orbit and performed a space walk.

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Better All the Time! Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss future-facing news stories that are (almost) too good to be true: Who would have thought that study of a potato virus would…

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Weathering Storms, Best of TWT

Weathering Storms; The Power of Inclusiveness; The Future of Work Phil, Stephen, and Michael S. discuss the future of civil rights, the future of technology in government, and…

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Longshot Futures (Part 2), Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael S. discuss MORE unlikely scenarios that will pay off big if they pan out. Topics discussed: Compressed air cars. Cognitive Enhancement — all time…

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The Power of Openness, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D discuss how openness improves any system that tries it. Governments, workplaces, educational institutions — any organization or loose affiliation of individuals benefits from…

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Solving the World’s Problems — Part 2, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D set out to solve the world’s most challenging problems in the second of two podcasts. This time out they take on: Ending disease…

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Solving the World’s Problems — Part 1, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D set out to solve the world’s most challenging problems in back-to-back podcasts. First on the agenda: Eliminate crime Abolish hunger and poverty End…

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Isolating the Electron, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D discuss controlling quantum states of electrons for computing and other breakthroughs. Researchers have controlled the position of a single electron in a silicon…

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Electricity — the Ultimate Flex Fuel, Best of TWT

Special guests Tobias Buckell and Suraya Yahaya Bowermaster join Phil and Stephen to discuss a variety of technology and future-related topics. Suraya Yahaya on how to avoid being…

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The Future of Fit, Best of TWT

Panelists Brian Wang, PJ Manney, and Shawn Phillips discuss the future of fitness The future of nutrition: vertical farming, genetically modified foods, vat meat, and a computerized nutritionists that resides “onboard”…

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The Future of Fun, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. talk about the future of fun. Will our fun future be jeopardized by peak oil? Will we allow ourselves to enjoy the great future once…

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Our Future in Space with Rand Simberg, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. chat with aerospace engineer and blogger Rand Simberg. What is the future of the future of space travel? Are manned missions to Mars…

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Speculist Essentials, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss “Speculist Essentials.” What have been the key influences towards developing our unusual outlook on the future? Each host plus audience members named…

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Is Time Travel Possible? Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen discuss whether time travel is possible, including serious (?) efforts to achieve it. Memorial Day Weekend Will the LHC Enable Time Travel? Or end the…

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Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, Best of TWT

A Panel Discussion on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. Underpinning most discussions about nanotechnology are two driving questions: 1. When will we see widespread implementation of technologies…

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Ivan Kirigin and the Future of Money, Best of TWT

A discussion on the future of Money from 2008. Missing from the discussion back then? Bitcoin! Blockchain! Topics: Micropayments Payments via Social Networks The post-scarcity currency Whuffie in…

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The Speculist Manifesto, Best of TWT

The Speculist Manifesto (The Short Version): The Human Imperative is improvement of the human condition. Throughout human (and pre-human) history, we have worked to increase human intelligence and…

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Jim Elvidge, The Universe — Solved! Best of TWT

Jim discusses his book, The Universe — Solved! What if reality isn’t really what you think it is? What if our world was just a big video game?…

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Past Futures and Weird Futures, Best of TWT

[This show first aired April 21 2008. The live program experienced technical difficulties, some of which have been edited out.] Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and Michael Darling discuss…

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Mammal-Free Diets and Soylent Green: Future Ethics, Best of TWT

[This show first aired 4/14/2008] Topics Yuri’s night. [Correction: Gagarin was married to Valentina Goryacheva, not Valentina Tereshkova. ] Tales of the Paranormal: “Mutants live in the underworld of…

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Looking to the Far Future, Best of TWT

This program first aired April 7, 2008.] Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss the distant future. Listen close — this MAY be the first show ever to use the phrase “the world transformed” — or at least something like it!

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Wayne Radinsky and Future Salons, Best of TWT

[This show first aired March 30 2008.] Futurist Wayne Radinsky explains the importance of future salons. Wayne became a futurist in 1997 when he was working as a…

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What’s the Brain For? Best of TWT

[This show first aired March 24, 2008.] What’s the brain for? Why is the brain the way it is? What can we do with it that we haven’t…