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Who’s a Technoprogressive?

Are you a technoprogressive? The answer might surprise you! James Hughes joins Phil and Stephen for a discussion of the meaning of technoprogressivism. How does it differ not…

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The Multi-Dimensional Brain

Phil and Stephen explore some wacky and practical implications of research suggesting that our brains may operate in up to 11 dimensions. Human Brain Discovered to Operate in…

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Getting Reality Wrong

Phil and Stephen discuss why “reality” is a trickier proposition than we think. A neuroscientist says your ‘reality’ could be entirely different from the person sitting next to…

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Universes Colliding (and Other Stories)

Phil and Stephen review review a variety of future-related news items Could cold spot in the sky be a bruise from a collision with a parallel universe? Universal…

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Hidden Mysteries: Dark Matter Worlds, Life in Crystals, Lost Civilizations

Phil and Stephen explore hidden mysteries that may change our understanding of the history and our place in the universe. Nasa revives ‘weird life forms’ trapped inside crystals…

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The Non-Zero Probability

What are the chances that you would ever have existed? That any of this would be happening right now? The odds against you and your life were worse than you…

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Space Colonization Made Affordable

Brian Wang joins Phil and Stephen to talk about building relatively low-cost human settlements in low earth orbit. Spacex will begin deploying low cost mass produced internet satellites…

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Coffee, Cheese, and VR Chickens: the Need for Something More

Phil and Stephen discuss hard-wired behavior — including our efforts to make the world a better place. Cheese triggers same part of brain as hard drugs, study finds…

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Super Projects: A Voyage to Saturn, Computer-Brain Interfaces, and Optimistic TV

Phil and Stephen discuss more super projects, including the Cassini mission, plans to connect human brains directly with computers, and new tech-positive version of Black Mirror. Cassini beams…

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Super Projects: Airships, Bugs that Eat Plastic, Robot Overlords

Phil and Stephen explore more super projects, including building airships and saving the planet with a caterpillar that eats plastic bags. Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working…

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Super Projects: A Billion Oysters, a Time Machine, and a Cure for Aging

Phil and Stephen discuss world-transforming projects including restoring the oysters to New York Harbor, building a time machine, and curing aging.   The Billion Oyster Project The Billion…

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The Golden Age: Why Don’t We See It?

Phil and Stephen explore why negativity and pessimism not only persist but remain dominant in a time of tremendous technological and social progress. News stories discussed: Why can’t…

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The Return of the Sexy Immortal Billionaires with Superpowers

Phil and Stephen review negative reactions to the idea of Sexy Immortal Billionaires with Superpowers story and discuss what it means and why it’s probably it’s right. Super…

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Let Us Eat Cake: Time to Get Happy Again

Phil and Stephen offer remedies to the happiness shortage   Happiness is on the wane in the US, UN global report finds   Whole-body vibration may be as…

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Risky Business: Watching Your Step in the Digital Age

Phil and Stephen examine different kinds of risks that technology enables.   A Lithuanian phisher tricked two big US tech companies into wiring him $100 million The scammer,…

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The Singularity is Ever Nearer

Phil and Stephen consider whether humanity is about to enter a new historical epoch. Quick recap, singularity defined: The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will…

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Lights in the Sky: Metal Asteroids, Big Rockets, and Aliens?

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review interesting developments in space exploration and development. Scientists claim to have found language of ancient Indus civilisation Blue Origin releases details…

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Brain Weirdness: Knowledge Uploads, Quantum Consciousness, Back from the Dead

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore a collection of brain stories that are just this side of “Tales of the Paranormal.” Brain activity appears to continue after…

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The Chinese Super-Fleet: a World That Might Have Been

Phil and Stephen imagine a what-if world in which 15th-century China did not abandon its naval dominance. 500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political…

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Ancient Martian Fossils, Self-Growing Computers, and Flowers that Cure Cancer

Phil and Stephen  review amazing developments in a variety of scientific and technological fields Oldest Fossil Ever Found on Earth Shows that Alien Life on Mars “Likely” It’s life,…

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Back to the Moon (and on to the Stars)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss recent big news touching on space exploration. Is a return to the moon imminent?   Nasa discovers new solar system TRAPPIST-1…

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World Transformed Book Update

Big news: at long last, the World Transformed Book is finished and will be available soon as a kindle eBook via Amazon.

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Preventing the Economic Robot Apocalypse

Phil and Stephen discus the economic consequences of rampant automation. Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80% Also…

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What Will Things Be Like in Five Years?

Phil and Stephen review predictions for the year 2022 and make a few of their own. IBM just posted 5 predictions about what life will be like in 2022…

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Affordable Health Care: What Will REALLY Work

Phil and Stephen explore the role technology may play in making healthcare more abundant and affordable. Scientists May Have Found A Way To Regenerate Our Teeth The King’s College…