Category Archive: Transformations

Apr 20

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 Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.” [This show first aired May 12, 2008.]

Apr 19

Elon Musk, Mars, and the Gravitron

Is Elon Musk working to build a colony on Mars that would provide earth-like gravity via massive spinning cities? At least one pundit believes that he is. Blogger David Kelly at writes about how much of the prerequisite tech for Mars is being developed: Musk has the Fundamental Technology for a 1G Colony on Mars …

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Apr 17

World Transformed 600th Show: A Celebration

Phil and Stephen celebrate their 600th show with a roundup of amazing futuristic news. How the Ancient ‘Method of Loci’ Can Improve Your Long-Term Memory Nasa announces one of Saturn’s moons could support alien life in our solar system Engineers Just Submitted an Incredible Proposal to Turn the US Border Wall Into a Hyperloop Inmates …

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Apr 14

The Golden Age: Latest Developments

Phil and Stephen explore news stories that indicate we are, indeed, living in a golden age. Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is ‘more realistic than perceived’ Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with “asteroid-grabbing spacecraft.” In a 98-page note for clients seen by Business Insider, analyst Noah Poponak and his team argue that platinum …

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Apr 13

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? It’s actually not as far-fetched as it seems, says Jim Elvidge. Within 30 years, we will be able to create virtual environments indistinguishable from our reality. Within …

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Apr 12

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 we see that we’re living in a golden age? Pessimism resonates. A YouGov poll found that just 5 per cent of Britons think that the world, all …

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Apr 11

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 weird ideas about the future… both past-futures that turned out to be bizarrely wrong and very strange futures that may turn out to be right. Topics: The …

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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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