Category Archive: Podcasts

Jun 08

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 transparency and free sharing of information.

Jun 07

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 of. Botnets of Things The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse. Reinforcement Learning By …

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Jun 06

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 Ending war Making the environment pristine [This show originally aired August 24, 2008.]

Jun 05

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 era in photography and changing the way people share stories. Hot Solar Cells By converting heat to focused beams of light, a new solar device could create …

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May 31

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 the freedom of movement that spinal cord injuries take away. Self-Driving Trucks Tractor-trailers without a human at the wheel will soon barrel onto highways near you. What …

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May 26

Unlocking the Goddess Code

Visions for a World Transformed co-author Radhaa Nilia joins Phil and Stephen to discuss global happiness, fMRI-generated mental super-powers, and how getting in touch with the goddess within might just be what each of us (and the world) really needs. Radhaa tells about her work with the Goddess Code Academy  and her new Quan Yin certification …

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May 25

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 terrorism

May 24

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 for 60,000 years, raising hopes of finding alien organisms in space Lifeforms which have been living inside crystals for up to 60,000 years have been revived by …

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May 23

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 circuit. An international team of researchers has shown that it can control the quantum state of a single electron in a silicon transistor–even putting the electron in …

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May 23

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 can possibly imagine. And yet here you are! Phil and Stephen discuss how vastly improbable events become reality, and what this tells us about the future. The …

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