Category Archive: Transformations

Apr
27

Amazing Stuff and More Amazing Stuff

Phil and Stephen  talk about cool gadgets and inventions and world-changing technologies. Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’ Molecular mechanical computer design 100 billion times more energy efficient than best conventional computer NASA feed ‘goes down as horseshoe UFO appears on ISS live cam’ sparking claims of alien cover up Solar Cells Will be Made Obsolete …

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Apr
26

It’s the End of the Job as We Know It

It’s past time to talk post-employment in a serious way. Is universal basic income the answer? Buckminster Fuller on Employment Rutger Bregman’s ‘Utopia for Realists’ Shows Us Why We Deserve Universal Basic Income VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People ‘Smoked Pot’ and Didn’t Work Related: privatizing our data leading to …

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Apr
22

Imagination: the Critical Future Skill?

Can imagination make the difference in terms of what kind of future we experience? What are the indications that imagination is THE critical skill for the future? Phil and Stephen discuss Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverished Scientists Are Using Stories To Teach Human Values To Computers 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding …

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Apr
20

Until It’s Yet — The Future Is Closing In Fast

Phil and Stepehn discuss changes that are happening sooner than many expected. 3-D Printers: now they are just another ad that show up in your search results. Photon Propulsion Could Launch Spacecraft To Mars In Days Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts Solar Industry Dominance In 12 Years –Trajectories Are Exponential “’It’s not true we’re running out of …

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Apr
19

The Universe Is Full of Surprises

Phil and Stephen discuss cosmic mysteries. The Perseus Signal — “What We Found Could Not Be Explained by Known Physics” We could be “looking at” dark matter here. A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just Appeared Out of Nowhere A while back we learned that there could be more planets — even big ones — …

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Apr
15

Zootopia and the Trouble with “Perfect” Futures

Phil and Stephen talk about perfect worlds and why we never seem to get to them. Or, when we do get to them, why they aren’t really perfect. First up, a future that people are more worried about than thinking will be perfect — a world where the robots do all the work. Automation may …

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Apr
13

Miracle Meds and Meat? Marvelous!

Phil and Stephen review some interesting developments in medical and biotechnology that point to an amazing future unfolding. They discuss: New stem cell treatment using fat cells could repair any tissue in the body So isn’t this pretty much a cure for all diseases? Could it also be a treatment for aging? The Fridge-sized machine …

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Apr
11

What Do We Do When Machines Start to Think?

Phil and Stephen discuss a major breakthrough in artificial intelligence: IBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic Brain From the linked story: Using chips densely packed with these RPU tiles, the researchers claim that, once built, a resistive-computing-based AI system can achieve performance improvements of up to …

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Apr
07

Brain Zapping (and Other Stories)

Phil and Stephen discuss several recent news stories that speak to disruptive changes occurring right now: Brain Zapping Can we really make ourselves faster, smarter, more productive, even happier by shooting electrical currents into our heads? Maybe. Uber’s Billions What does the massive Valuation of Uber tell us about the future of business (and more …

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Apr
05

It’s a Toy: Skepticism and New Technologies

In previous shows, Phil and Stephen have discussed how some emerging technologies are dismissed off as impossible. Then when these technologies begin to look possible, there is this rejection based on credibility: we’re not falling for flying cars again! Then when they REALLY show up (in an early stage) they are rejected as being useless: “It’s …

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