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  • Data Technology

    The End of Data Modeling?

    When it comes to managing data for modern, agile environments, is data modeling a roadblock? Or is it, in fact, one of the keys to achieving agility? If traditional data modeling will no longer support [...]
  • Exploring Possibilities

    Flat Earth — Are People Getting Dumber?

    Are more people subscribing to the idea that the Earth is flat? How does flat Earth relate to other conspiracies: 9/11 Lizardoid aliens controlling the earth Mandela Effect Have these all been enabled by the [...]
  • Entertainment

    When Everybody Is Super

    Thoughts on the Incredibles and the Incredibles 2: do these movies value being “naturally” super over technological advancement? The Incredibles movies have a weird relationship with technology But there’s another, subtler thread running through the [...]
  • Exploring Possibilities

    Reopening the Web

    Does the Web ned reopening? Let’s start with one more thought from Survival of the Richest: Of course, it wasn’t always this way. There was a brief moment, in the early 1990s, when the digital [...]
  • Exploring Possibilities

    Save the Billionaires!

    A futurist thinks he’s speaking at a conference only to realize that he’s been asked to advise a secret meeting of billionaires. Survival of the Richest They are looking for ways to pretoct themselves fro [...]
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Aliens and Uncertainty

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Here’s a case in point on radical uncertainty. Do we believe this? Are we alone? The question is worthy of serious scientific study Declassified information from covert studies is interesting, but not scientifically helpful. This [...]
  • Universal Basic Reality

    Universal Basic Happiness, Part 2 As we continue our discussion of possible solutions to various inequalities, Phil outlines one possible way e could make everybody — that’s EVERYBODY — completely happy. Wireheading: This Strange Experiment from [...]
  • Universal Basic Sex

    Universal Basic Happiness, Part 1 Last Weekend, Robin Hanson stirred things up by inquiring why the people concerned about income inequality aren’t worried about other forms of inequality: Those w/ less access to sex plausibly [...]
  • Immortality: So Far So Good

    Who Wants to Live Forever? Part 3 We conclude our three-part discussion with futurist Thomas Frey by looking into when and how a cure for aging might be found. Is immortality just around the bend? [...]
  • Live Long and Prosper

    Who Wants to Live Forever? Part 2 This time out we look at the upside of not dying. (Shouldn’t be too hard to find now, should it?) Is Death Our Only Option? 1.) Improved Health [...]
  • The Trouble with Immortality

    Who Wants to Live Forever? Part 1 If we could extend human life indefinitely, would it be a good idea? What are the downsides? Futurist Thomas Frey joins us for part 1 of a 3-part [...]
  • Shifting Stories, Shifting Realities

    Shifting Realities, Part 3. Phil and Stephen attempt to reverse-engineer the Mandela effect by looking at news stories and trying to figure out which narrative best explains them. Can we change our reality by changing [...]
  • Does this Podcast Make You Angry?

    Shifting Realities, Part 2. Like it our not, our “reality” goes on mostly in our brains. If you contract a physical brain disease it can greatly shift your reality. But in recent years we have [...]