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Thomas Frey and the Future of Wealth

Thomas Frey joins Phil and Stephen in a discussion about the future of wealth. First off, a story with a provocative title You are Richer than John D. Rockefeller This raises some interesting questions: Would […]

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Is Time Travel Possible? Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen discuss whether time travel is possible, including serious (?) efforts to achieve it. Memorial Day Weekend Will the LHC Enable Time Travel? Or end the world?* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of […]

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Podcasts

Thomas Frey and the Future of Retail

World-renowned futurist Thomas Frey joins Phil and Stephen in a discussion of the future of retail. What comes after the shopping mall? Is transitory and even mobile retail the future of shopping? Will windshields and […]

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Ending Poverty: Multiple Approaches

Brian Wang joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to check in on his concept of basic power — a plan to provide solar energy to the world’s poorest people. Then the guys review some […]

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Ivan Kirigin and the Future of Money, Best of TWT

A discussion on the future of Money from 2008. Missing from the discussion back then? Bitcoin! Blockchain! Topics: Micropayments Payments via Social Networks The post-scarcity currency Whuffie in Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the […]

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Accelerating Tech

Elon Musk, Mars, and the Gravitron

Is Elon Musk working to build a colony on Mars that would provide earth-like gravity via massive spinning cities? At least one pundit believes that he is. Blogger David Kelly at transhumanity.net writes about how much […]

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The Speculist Manifesto, Best of TWT

The Speculist Manifesto (The Short Version): The Human Imperative is improvement of the human condition. Throughout human (and pre-human) history, we have worked to increase human intelligence and capability. The Human Imperative is working. We […]

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Accelerating Tech

World Transformed 600th Show: A Celebration

Phil and Stephen celebrate their 600th show with a roundup of amazing futuristic news. How the Ancient ‘Method of Loci’ Can Improve Your Long-Term Memory Nasa announces one of Saturn’s moons could support alien life […]

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Accelerating Tech

The Golden Age: Latest Developments

Phil and Stephen explore news stories that indicate we are, indeed, living in a golden age. Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is ‘more realistic than perceived’ Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with “asteroid-grabbing […]

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Exploring Possibilities

The Golden Age: Why Don’t We See It?

Phil and Stephen explore why negativity and pessimism not only persist but remain dominant in a time of tremendous technological and social progress. News stories discussed: Why can’t we see that we’re living in a […]

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Past Futures and Weird Futures, Best of TWT

[This show first aired April 21 2008. The live program experienced technical difficulties, some of which have been edited out.] Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and Michael Darling discuss weird ideas about the future… both past-futures […]

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Accelerating Tech

You Are Now Free to Move About the Solar System

Phil and Stephen ask the question: has the space age truly begun? SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocket After more than two years of landing its rockets after […]

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Looking to the Far Future, Best of TWT

This program first aired April 7, 2008.] Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss the distant future. Listen close — this MAY be the first show ever to use the phrase “the world transformed” — or at least something like it! […]

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Accelerating Tech

True Stories: News Not Dated April 1st

Phil and Stephen discuss news that is strange, but absolutely true.   Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report And it highlighted prediction that generation costs for large-scale solar […]

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Exploring Possibilities

Let Us Eat Cake: Time to Get Happy Again

Phil and Stephen offer remedies to the happiness shortage   Happiness is on the wane in the US, UN global report finds   Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise   Mayo Clinic […]

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Basic Power: an Alternative to Basic Income?

Brian Wang outlines a new idea that can accelerate the end of poverty worldwide. Brian’s Basic Power plan would bring inexpensive, off-the-grid electricity to the world’s poorest people, bringing obvious economic benefits to them and […]