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Convergence 08, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. welcome PJ Manney and Christine Peterson to discuss Convergence ’08 an unconference that evolved from the Foresight Nanotech Institute’s Topics for the unconference: nanotech, biotech, cogtech, and infotech. The gang […]

Exploring Possibilities

Is This the Real Life?

Phil and Stephen explore the increasingly blurry line between fantasy and reality. Are we on the verge of a reality crisis? Where Does Reality End and Imagination Begin? In the Future, We Might Not Know […]

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Alternative Energy and the Future, Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen discuss the role that alternative energy sources will play in shaping the future. Topics: Unlocking the secret of how green plants efficiently split water to make hydrogen and oxygen Development of a […]

Exploring Possibilities

Youth: Wasted on the Wrong People

Phil and Stephen review  recent anbti-aging news from the standpoint of the elderly. Is This the Anti-Aging Pill We’ve All Been Waiting For? A drug derived from an Easter Island bacterium extends the life of […]

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The Social Singularity, Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen discuss the role that Internet technologies have played in changing society and speculate about what is coming next. Are we in for a Social Singularity? Future currency for everyone will be credibility and […]

Accelerating Tech

The Comeback of Nanotechnology

Phil and Stephen discuss recent progress towards the original model of Nanotechnology as described by K. Eric Drexler in his book Engines of Creation. Eric Drexler’s Vision of Nanotechnology is Making a Comeback In 2016 the […]

Accelerating Tech

Hyperloop Coming Soon?

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York […]

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What Will $700 Billion Buy You? Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss better options for spending the $700 billion bailout money that went to “solving” the 2008 financial crisis.   Seven Apollo programs?  70 Large Hadron Colliders?  Nuclear fusion? Cure for […]

Accelerating Tech

Breakthroughs in Life Extension (with Aubrey de Grey)

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, reviewing some of the very encouraging life extension research currently taking place How does the treatment of other conditions (cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, […]

Accelerating Tech

Living to 1,000 (with Aubrey de Grey)

Phil and Stephen welcome life extension researcher and visionary Dr. Aubrey de Grey to discuss the sometimes puzzlingly negative views much of the public seem to have about efforts to fight aging. Topics: A question […]

Accelerating Tech

Checking in on the Future

Phil and Stephen check in on some positive future-related stories that we’ve been tracking for a while now. Good News, Despite What You’ve Heard Just since 1990, more than 100 million children’s lives have been […]

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A World Gone Right

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. review more “better all the time” news stories. Breaking News! About an hour-and-a-half prior to the show SpaceX put the Falcon 1 into orbit. The Chinese got into orbit and performed a space walk. […]

Exploring Possibilities

Who’s a Technoprogressive?

Are you a technoprogressive? The answer might surprise you! James Hughes joins Phil and Stephen for a discussion of the meaning of technoprogressivism. How does it differ not only from mainstream porgressivism but also from […]

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Better All the Time! Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss future-facing news stories that are (almost) too good to be true: Who would have thought that study of a potato virus would lead to a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease? […]


The Virtues Control Panel (with James Hughes)

Can we program ourselves to be better people? Phil and Stephen welcome James Hughes to discuss his concept of a Virtues Control Panel: “What I imagine is a virtues control panel with sliders that determine […]


Nikola Danaylov and Conversations with the Future

Nikola Danylov discusses his new book, Conversations with the Future. For generations, humanity stared at the vastness of the oceans and wondered, “What if?” Today, having explored the curves of the Earth, we now stare […]

Data Technology

Hadoop and the Future of Big Data

Data industry guru and analyst John Myers joins Phil Bowermaster for a discussion about the future of big data. Is big data, and Apache Hadoop in particular, experiencing some kind of existential crisis? Has Hadoop […]


Going Full Geek (with PJ Manney)

Phil, Stephen, and PJ geek out, big time. Topics: Are science fiction conventions the key to solving all of the world’s problems? What surprises await us in PJ’s next book? Tune in and find out! (Well, […]


Whatever Happened to the Future?

PJ Manney joins Phil and Stephen for a special Fourth of July edition of the World Transformed. Topics: The Declaration of Singularity PJ’s contribution to Visions for a World Transformed, “Only Connect.” A History of […]