Category Archive: Uncategorized

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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Nov
06

The End of Space Tourism?

In light of the recent Spaceship 2 disaster, Phil and Stephen discuss the past and future of space toursim. The discovery of the oldest map of the cosmos is a reminder that we have been pursuing the great Out There for a very long time. Some are now asking whether space tourism can survive. Have we reached …

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Jan
14

User’s Guide to the Future: Transformation Scenarios

Phil and Stephen continue to outline the kinds of radical change we can expect in coming years with a set of transformation scenarios, including: In the future, everything will be a coffeeshop. How dedicated infrastrucutre for business and education is disappearing, being replaced by multi-purpose infrastructure where needed. I just love my new toaster. The …

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Sep
18

World’s Longest Book

Phil and Stephen expand on their idea to publish a collection of world-transforming ideas written by people all over the world. How many great ideas can one book contain? A hundred? Ten thousand? A million? Tune in and find out! Current Technology Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The World Transformed on BlogTalkRadio (Book photo …

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Sep
11

The First Step

Sure, we talk a lot about transforming the world, but how does one actually make it happen? This week Phil and Stephen talk about the critical juncture between great idea and world transformation: the first step. Think of an idea that will fundamentally transform the world. It can be a brand new idea or a …

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Aug
28

Living with the Shocking Truth

Last week’s show about the Shocking Truth opened up some interesting discussion. Are things really getting better? This week we review the good news (or not so good news) concerning: Sexual assault statistics Forest growth The national debt Let’s say things are getting better. What does that tell us? Plus — Last Year in Space AND …

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Jun
19

The Once and Future Future WT020

Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century, and still no sign of a lot of cool future stuff: Moon colonies Underwater cities Rocket Airliners High-speed pneumatic trains Flying cities Phil  and Stephen discuss futures that could have occurred by now, but haven’t. Will any of these futures ever become our reality? …

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Aug
23

The Future Transformed

A convergence of emerging technologies and emerging possibilities lies at the heart of this, the greatest period of transformation in human history. Our world is changing in ways that are difficult to predict; sometimes even difficult to imagine. Accelerating technological change may soon alter our world beyond recognition…and maybe that’s a good thing.   Join …

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Aug
16

Our Fears Transformed

It is both exciting and daunting to live in an age in possessed of so much possibility as demonstrated by the wide array of topics discussed in this series. It’s exciting because our awareness of possibility is so much greater than it was even a generation or two ago. And it is daunting for exactly …

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Aug
09

Wealth Transformed

Throughout human history, material scarcity has been a constant driver of innovation and economic growth. Today the world knows material abundance far beyond what could have been imagined a few centuries ago, even while shortages, poverty and want remain a reality for many. But that may not always be the case. New technologies suggest that …

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Aug
02

Reality Transformed

There are some who seriously ask whether the universe we live in is the real universe or merely a simulation of some kind — something like the virtual world depicted in the Matrix. series of films. There are others who suggest that, even if we aren’t living in a simulation now, it might just be …

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Jul
27

Intelligence Transformed

A few years back, a computer won a chess match against the world’s most highly rated player. More recently, a computer beat a pair of highly skilled human competitors on the game show Jeopardy! IBM, the company responsible for building both of these remarkable machines, announced that Watson, the computer that won on Jeopardy!, is …

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Jul
20

Humanity Transformed

We can only imagine that, some 6 million years ago, when hominids began to stand upright, there was a tremendous controversy amongst the proto- australopithecines as to whether assuming this new posture was “natural.” Weren’t Lucy and her ilk simply violating their most basic nature? The debate has continued ever since, as humans have learned …

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Jul
13

The Material World Transformed

The World Transformed 2, Part 3 The digital age has fundamentally transformed humanity’s relationship with information. Through the advent of personal computer, Internet, smart phone, and social media technology, we have access to knowledge, to transactions, and to interpersonal communication that far transcends what was possible a few decades ago. The digitization of information has …

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