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Citizen Robot

Phil and Stephen review recent developments related to robotics and artificial intelligence. Meet the first-ever robot citizen — a humanoid named Sophia that once said it would ‘destroy humans’ https://goo.gl/qHBNXS Sophia the robot might not […]

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DIY Gene Editing and Other Health News

Phil and Stephen discuss surprising medical developments.   After 15 Years in a Vegetative State, Nerve Stimulation Restores Consciousness Researchers have been able to restore consciousness to a patient who has been in a vegetative […]

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Peak Electricity and the Future of Power

Futurist Thomas Frey joins Stephen Gordon in a discussion of issues related to the future of power. We seem to consuming less electricity than we were before. Will the trend hold up? And where will […]

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Unexpected (and Amazing) Breakthroughs

Phil and Stephen review some truly surprising developments in science and technology. Google Brain chief: AI tops humans in computer vision, and healthcare will never be the same “In 2011 their error rate was 26 […]

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Becoming the Gods We Once Feared

What’s next for humanity and artificial intelligence? Will we be the AI, and effective cogs in a machine? Will we be the owners of the intelligence — which won’t exactly be us? Or will we […]

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The Smartphone and Beyond

Phil and Stephen discuss the near, not-so-near, and distant future of the smartphone. Topics: The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy Related: No beer goggles required: […]

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Beyond the Twitter Decade

10 years ago Twitter was barely a thing used by a very small group of geeks. Today it’s a cornerstone of how our society communicates. (The President’s tweets alone…) Phil and Stephen discuss early-stage technologies […]

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The Trouble with AI

Phil and Stephen discuss the chances that super-smart AI might be upon us and the risks we face even if it isn’t. Plus what do we do about the fact that when it comes to […]

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Living Forever (If They Let Us)

Phil and Stephen discuss progress in anti-aging treatments and the role that regulations play in making treatments available. Can Science Reverse Aging? Jose Cordeiro: In 30 years, I will be younger than today Telomere shortening: […]

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Anywhere in Four Hours

Phil and Stephen discuss the eclipse, the top scientific discoveries of the year, a new spacesuit from SpaceX, and the airplane that may take us anywhere we want to go…in just four hours. The 10 […]

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Exploring the Hype Cycle

Phil and Stephen explore emerging technologies using the 2017 Gartner Hype Cycle as a frame of reference. What’s new? What’s long gone but due for a comeback? And what’s so new it’s not yet even […]

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Energy Unlimited with J Storrs Hall, Part 2

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with J. Storrs (Josh) Hall. How do nuclear power, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence hold the key to a future of unlimited energy? Josh is an independent scientist and author. […]

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Energy Unlimited with J Storrs Hall, Part 1

J. Storrs (Josh) Hall joins Phil and Stephen for a discussion of his contribution to Visions for a World Transformed, “Let’s Get Back on the Henry Adams Curve.” How do nuclear power, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence […]

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Dispatches from the Robo-Wars

Phil and Stephen discuss the good-new / bad-news of the robotics revolution. Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them Harris is a former product manager at Google who […]

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Wow. History-Making News

Phil and Stephen review news stories that may change history. And they all broke this week. In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos (Related) Ethical concerns over dawn of the designer […]

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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]