Category Archive: Transformations

May
27

Would You Marry a Robot? (And Other Geeky Questions)

There are some questions that only a geek would ask.  Phil  and Stephen review some of these and, being geeks, attempt to answer them. Why can’t dying patients have ANY drug they can get their hands on? More on “what do we do with all the old people?” But this one applies to adults of …

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May
23

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 us? Is it making our lives better or worse? China’s robot revolution This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives …

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May
20

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 much more efficient than conventional rockets A piece of uranium the size of a marble could get us to Mars Same technology may be used for deep-space …

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May
18

The Big, Fat Amazing: Fast Trains, Giant Robots, Universal Translator

Phil and Stephen provide a roundup of amazing news stories: We’re about to see a mind-blowing demographic shift unprecedented in human history MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots Hyperloop Technologies becomes Hyperloop One, pulls in $80 million and announces global partners Hyperloop One hits 116 mph in 1.1 seconds …

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May
17

The Robot Executive

Phil and Stephen discuss the tremendous career progress that robots seem to be making. Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator The world’s first artificially intelligent lawyer was just hired at a law firm ROSS is a piece of artificial intelligence software. It uses the supercomputing power of …

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May
13

The Great Unknown: Perplexing Cosmic Mysteries

Phil and Stephen discuss cosmic (and not-so-cosmic) puzzles that defy explanation. Parallel Universes:Theory and Evidence A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction Which is exactly what Russ Taylor, lead author of a forthcoming study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, thinks may be happening. As Science News …

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May
11

The Age of Awesomeness: Amazing Developments and Discoveries

Phil and Stephen discuss amazing developments and discoveries. Skin and Hair recoloring Stretchy Second Skin New headset allows the nonverbal to communicate using their brainwaves IBM wants everyone to try a quantum computer Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy MIT is raising $5 billion to make the world a better place The …

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May
09

What Will We Do with all the Old People?

Phil and Stephen discuss some interesting recent developments related to life extension. An anti-aging startup hopes to elude the U.S. Food and Drug The product contains a chemical precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD, a compound that cells use to carry out metabolic reactions like releasing energy from glucose. The compound is believed cause …

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May
06

Big Fixes: Solutions to Some of Humanity’s Most Daunting Challenges

Phil and Stephen discuss solutions, currently under development, to some of humanity’s biggest problems. Zuckerberg sees ‘better than human’ AI in next 10 years Computers will delve into your timeline and figure out even more about you What the bleep is an exocortex and why should we care? Scientists Use Nanoparticles to Create a ‘Universal …

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May
04

It’s the End of the World? Let’s Go to Mars!

Phil and Stephen discuss why the end may be near. Is it time to book passage to Mars? How virtual reality can save humanity Truc de Ouf’s Gentry Lane says society is losing its humanity, but a powerful storytelling tool like VR can help revive it. Panarchy 101, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying …

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