Entertainment

Waiving the Flag

Phil and Stephen discuss First Man. Was “Waiving” the American flag the right choice? New Film About Neil Armstrong Omits  American Flag From Moon Landing Hollywood star Ryan Gosling, who portrays Armstrong in the movie, […]

Exploring Possibilities

The Man Who Saved the World

Phil and Stephen discuss the signficicance of one man’s action (or rather inaction) 35 years ago. Did Stanislav Petrov save the world Stanislav Petrov, ‘The Man Who Saved The World,’ Dies At 77 Stanislav Petrov […]

Abundance

Ready for a Great Future (Part 1)

Part 1 Amazing Improvements What kind of a future are we in for? So-So? Scary? Great? Superfantastic? Phil and Stephen talk with John Palmer about what recent trends tell us about what kind of future […]

Climate

Global Cooling

Phil and Stephen welcome special guest John Palmer to discuss unexpected solutions to climate change. John reviews some our-of-the-box ideas related to: Energy & transportation Land Use Materials Buildings and Cities Women and Girls For […]

Climate

Does Death Make Us Human?

Phil and Stephen discuss the question — is death integral to our humanity? They start with a look at a recent opinion piece at The New York Times: Life Is Short. That’s the Point. “Our […]

Uncategorized

Solving the Water Problem

The west is getting drier and Stephen Gordon has an intriguing idea about how to get the water where it is needed. Why couldn’t we pipe water from the Missouri River to the Colorado River […]

Space

Mysterious Universe

The more we learn about the universe, the stranger it gets. Phil and Stephen examine some recent headlines showing just how mysterious the universe is. Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Is a Comet After All First it […]

Cancer

Closing in on Cancer

Phil and Stephen review three recent news stories showing the remarkable rapid progress being made in treating (and curing?) cancer. New Australian drug puts cancer cells permanently to ‘sleep’ Scientists in Melbourne say they have […]

Transformations

Monsters — Never Tell Me the Odds

Phil spent some time at Loch Ness last week where he and his kids came up with little in the way of evidence in support of the existence of Nessie. In light of those disappointing […]

Exploring Possibilities

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Do we now live in the post-satire era? Phil and Stephen discuss whether the Onion can stay in business much longer. How do you write spoof headlines in a world that produces real ones like […]

Artificial Intelligence

Robots that Beg for their Lives

Phil and Stephen discuss new research that shows how people respond differently to robots based on what the robots say to them. Is this proof that humans are easily manipulated by robots or does it […]

Exploring Possibilities

The Future of Everything

So let’s get into it here. Aliens? Designer babies? Robo-apocalypse? Phil Bowermaster and Nate Gruendemann discuss. About our guest: Nate Gruendemann is not your typical 22-year-old. He’s young enough to still have high school senior […]

Business

The Future of Real Estate

Technology is changing every aspect of home purchase and home ownership.What will the suburbs look like when no one owns a car? What will the housing market look like when place no longer matters? Phil […]

Business

Home Ownership: Changing the Story

Nate Gruendemann, a founder of Board Private Bank, outlines a plan for leveling the playing field for potential home-buyers. In today’s market, cash buyers have a big advantage over those who need to secure financing. […]

Entertainment

All Time Great Summer Movies

What were the greatest summer movies ever made? Or maybe it’s better to ask, what was the greatest movie summer of all time? It’s a full-on geekout as Phil and Stephen explore answers to these […]

Life Extension

Young, Thin, and Healthy

Phil and Stephen discuss medical breakthroughs that promise to help us all stay young, thin, and healthy. The ‘Big Bang’ of Alzheimer’s: Scientists ID genesis of disease, focus efforts on shape-shifting tau Scientists have discovered […]

Fast Forward

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 […]

Aliens

Aliens and Uncertainty

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 […]

Exploring Possibilities

The Declaration of WTF

First, or course, comes the Declaration of Independence Then we had the Declaration of Singularity. The came the Declaration of Amazing. But maybe we’ve been doing our Declarations wrong. Are we putting the cart before […]

Exploring Possibilities

Mysteries, Paradoxes, and Uncertainty

Mysteries abound. Why does the word behave the way it does? Social Media — technology that should be making us happier and connecting us is making us miserable and driving us apart. What gives? More […]