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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…

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Nature: It’s Out to Kill You and Your Children

Is it true that nature wants five of your seven children dead and wants YOU dead by age 50? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate the proposition that nature is hostile to life.

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72 Reasons to be Excited About the Future

Phil and Stephen explore futurist Thomas Frey’s 72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today Working their way more or…

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We Aren’t Saying It’s Aliens…

Phil and Stephen discuss how we might find aliens via astronomical observation. The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious By carefully examining all the full-frame images…

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Amazingly Wrong: the Future is Not What We Expect

Phil and Stephen provide examples of just how wrong we can be in our thinking about the future (as well as the present and the past.) While a…

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500 Shows and Going Strong

Phil and Stephen reflect on 11 years of podcasting with their 500th show. Questions to be addressed: Why do you do this show? Some possible answers: We’re going…

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Why You’re Wrong About the Universe

Phil and Stephen discuss recent perspective-changing discoveries in astronomy. How Many Suns Can a Planet Have? So far three is the most we’ve found for any, but there…

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Another Fine Mess

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss why big problems call on us to get better at thinking. We’ll Only Have a Year to Prepare For a Cataclysmic…

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Strange New Worlds: Stranger and Newer

Phil and Stephen discuss big developments in astronomy. We’re learning more about new worlds every day. Saturn’s biggest moon could support a new kind of alien life Researchers…

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Changing Our Minds: Rethinking How We Think

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon look at why we aren’t just changing our thinking — we’re changing HOW we think. The End of Theory: The Data Deluge…

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The (Amazing) 16-Year Leap: The Immortality Paradox Part 2

Phil and Stephen discuss some “serious” ideas for life extension — including Ray Kurzweils’ upgrade on when immortality starts — which are somehow more aggressive than the “crazy”…

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Head Transplants and Frozen Brains: The Immortality Paradox Part 1

If we are going to achieve immortality — and how exactly do we define that? — do we need extreme interventions or a more modest approach? Phil and Stephen…

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The Declaration of Amazing 2016

Phil and Stephen review the Declaration of Singularity and amazing stories that indicate we will probably be making it sooner than some might expect. The Declaration of Singularity A…

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The Future and Unlimited Possibility

Phil and Stephen discuss three varieties of possibility and list examples of each: 1. The Adjacent Possible The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the…

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Why Dumb Ideas Matter (and Can Be Amazingly Powerful)

Phil and Stephen talk about the surprising usefulness of dumb ideas. The 10 Craziest Startup Ideas Of All Time Blippy LayoffSpace Gamecrush Audioo Honestly.com Agester Chat With a…

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Arguing (and Agreeing) with Elon

Phil and Stephen provide a reality check on some recent seemingly outrageous statements about the future by Elon Musk. Will we really be on Mars in less than a…

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Is Technology Out to Get Us?

…or out to save us? Phil and Stephen review some recent news stories to confront the hard question of the overall value of technology. Is it good for…

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Outshining the Milky Way: Big Developments in the Final Frontier

Phil and Stephen discuss recent developments in space. Boeing TV Spot, ‘You Just Wait Nuclear Power Can Make Rocket Engines Twice As Fast Nuclear thermal rockets could be…