The World Transformed 2 was the second of two special series we did on FastForward Radio using the named “World Transformed,” and the first hosted at this site. It ran over the summer of 2011. The first series, produced in 2009, was simply called The World Transformed — it was a ten-part series covering the same topics as are listed here and involving guest panels featuring many of the same guests listed here.

A new 10-Part Series on FastForward Radio

A series of panel discussions and individual interviews dedicated to the major transformations occurring in our world. One major transformation per week.

Our Thinking Transformed, June 29

A call to update our thinking in light of accelerating change, with a special emphasis on the role that education, creativity, and imagination have to play.

Mortality Transformed, July 6

A reality-check on the prospect for indefinite human lifespan and some thoughts on the roadmap for those who wish to achieve it.

The Material World Transformed, July 13

Exploring the possibility of programmable matter, the ability to assert the same kind of control over items in the physical world as we currently have over items in the digital world.

Humanity Transformed, July 20

Redefining “human” through enhancements and revisions to the human organism; redefining “humanity” through expanding the what is included within the human family.

Intelligence Transformed, July 27

Evolving machine intelligence to the level of human intelligence; evolving human intelligence far beyond anything seen or imagined before.

Reality Transformed, August 3

Accessing infinite possibilities through worlds we create ourselves.

Wealth Transformed, August 10

Achieving a world of complete abundance, a world that knows neither material need nor want.

Our Fears Transformed, August 17

Avoiding, mitigating, and eliminating the risks that represent the greatest dangers to our civilization and our world.

The Future Transformed, August 24

The future that lies beyond our plans, visions, or expectations — the future that lies beyond our ability to reasonably assess what might happen.

Human Destiny Transformed, August 31

Exploring the nexus of the future of humanity and the future of the universe.


Our Thinking Transformed

The World Transformed 2, Part 1 Some of it is evolutionary, some of it is cultural, and a small portion of it is original to us as individuals. It is our way of thinking. Our thinking is  always subject to scrutiny and inspection, but perhaps never more urgently than now. If profound change truly is upon …

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Mortality Transformed

Over the ages, humanity has faced its share of adversaries: ignorance, poverty, disease, predation to name just a few. No enemy has been more persistent than our own individual temporal finiteness. Our mortality has been such a relentless foe that many have attempted to make their peace, claiming that the temporary and transitory nature of our existence …

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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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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 new skills …

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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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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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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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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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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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Human Destiny Transformed

We know what we are, but not what we may be. — William Shakespeare And I want to know the same thing Everyone wants to know How’s it going to end? –Tom Waits   Join us: Wednesday, August 31 2011 7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT Our Panelists:

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FastForward Radio thanks to our partners who who support us in presenting The World Transformed: Humanity+ is an international nonprofit organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. We support the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In …

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The Team

FastForward Radio is a collaborative effort between the hosts, the guests, the blog readers, and the listeners. Over the past five years (the past three on Blog Talk Radio), the show has evolved and grown thanks to the contributions of each. The World Transformed 2 takes this program to a new level of collaboration. The …

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