Category Archive: Podcasts

Apr 10

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 humans who are sexier, stronger and smarter will arrive by 2029 as brains begin to fuse with machines, Google expert claims Kurzweil says when we live in …

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Apr 07

Engines of Disruption: How Data Is Changing Everything

What does it mean to say that data is changing everything? Is the world really turning into data? Or maybe it’s better to ask whether we are turning the world into data. And if we are…is it a good idea? How will we like living in a world that is more “bit” than “it?” Today …

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Apr 06

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 Moscow.” Phil is six months into his “No Mammals” diet. This is an ethical decision on his part. Stephen points out that low carb dieting would be …

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Apr 05

You Are Now Free to Move About the Solar System

Phil and Stephen ask the question: has the space age truly begun? SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocket After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, …

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Apr 05

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!

Apr 04

True Stories: News Not Dated April 1st

Phil and Stephen discuss news that is strange, but absolutely true.   Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report And it highlighted prediction that generation costs for large-scale solar power plants were expected to drop by a massive 57 per cent by 2025, with onshore and offshore wind expected …

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Apr 04

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 effective as regular exercise   Mayo Clinic discovers high-intensity aerobic training can reverse aging   Being Lazy Is the Key to Success, According to the Best-Selling Author …

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Mar 30

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 software developer and asked the question, “Why does Moore’s Law happen?” Wayne was part of the Bay Area Future Salon in Silicon Valley for five years before …

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Mar 29

Big Future Now! (It’s Really Happening)

Phil and Stephen discuss world-transforming changes that are occurring right now Ray Kurzweil claims singularity will happen by 2045 (An update to last week’s confusion about whether Kurzweil has changed his prediction.) Future ‘lightwave’ computers could run 100,000 times faster Using extremely short pulses of teraHertz (THz) radiation instead of electrical currents could lead to …

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Mar 28

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 thought about before? Stephen Gordon and Michael Darling discuss all things brain: The Adult brain cells stop growing myth New findings about the brain lead to treatment …

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