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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 […]

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Barely Distinguishable from Magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke Phil and Stephen review technologies so advanced they border on the magical. Craig Venter’s ‘Digital-to-Biological Converter’ Is Real Right now, it prints proteins. In […]

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Disruptive Technologies: Bringing in the Big Bucks

Phil and Stephen review seven big-money disruptive technologies as described in this piece on Singularity Hub. These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars 1. Deep Learning Could Be Worth 35 Amazons 2. […]

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All Stars Are Born in Pairs

Phil and Stephen review future-facing news on a variety of topics. Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it When the tumor reaches a certain density, the study […]

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Amazing Engineering Means Business

Phil and Stephen review stories about big engineering breakthroughs — and the big economic changes they may lead to. Engineer Creates Green Oasis by Growing Glaciers in the Desert Sonam Wangchuck is an engineer who […]

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A Cure for Multiple Sclerosis?

Phil and Stephen discuss recent positive developments in science and technology. Chinese Experiment Reaches Space Station in Historic First A Chinese experiment is now on the International Space Station (ISS), having reached the orbiting lab […]

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The Cell Atlas (and Other Breakthrough Technologies)

Phil and Stephen review the final three of MIT Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2017. The Cell Atlas Biology’s next mega-project will find out what we’re really made of. Botnets of Things The relentless push […]

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360° Selfies, Hot Solar Power, and Gene Therapy 2.0

Phil and Stephen review the next three of MIT Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2017 The 360-Degree Selfie Inexpensive cameras that make spherical images are opening a new era in photography and changing the way […]

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Anti-Aging Gets Real

Phil and Stephen discuss encouraging trends in developing treatments to combat aging One of China’s Top Investors Just Put $25 Million Into a US Anti-Aging Company ChromaDex, the natural products company behind an anti-aging compound […]

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CRISPR and the New Biotech Revolution

Phil and Stephen discuss medical breakthroughs enabled by the new gene “word processor,’ CRISPR CRISPR and the Dawn of the New Biotech Revolution CRISPR genome editing will transform biotechnology and our lives in the next […]

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Airships to Orbit

Phil and Stephen discuss sending lighter than air craft into orbit via slow acceleration Can Giant Airships Accelerate To Orbit (JP Aerospace’s Idea)? Their airships would be constructed and inflated at an altitude of 140,000 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Big Future Now! (It’s Really Happening)

Phil and Stephen discuss world-transforming changes that are occurring right now Ray Kurzweil claims singularity will happen by 2045 (An update to last week’s confusion about whether Kurzweil has changed his prediction.) Future ‘lightwave’ computers […]

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Revisiting the Robot Good News / Bad News

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate whether AI and automation represent a coming economic boom or meltdown Which story gets ir right? Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even […]

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Don’t Fear the Robots (or Should We?)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss positive and worrying trends related to artificial intelligence Reinforcement Learning Related: Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning Fear Not the Robots – Jobs Aren’t Scarce The flip-side of […]

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Human Lifespan X 10 (and Other Amazing Stories)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon celebrate Amazing Wednesday — and Future Day! — with some very encouraging developments Endless nuclear power can be found in the seas A new technique makes it more feasible […]