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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Fiction Becomes Reality

It’s a (semi) Geekout as Phil and Stephen discuss scenarios from fiction (and from non-fictional speculation) that are coming true or that we hope to see come true soon. We begin with this story: Nanobots […]

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Yanny, Laurel, and the Mandela Effect

Why would the the Yanny-Laurel phenomenon tell us anything about the Mandela Effect? They have nothing in common! Or do they? Let’s start with a quick recap: Mandela Effect Yanny-Laurel Of course, Yanny-Laurel relates to […]

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What Can We NOT Rule Out?

Is humanity the first technological species to exist in this solar system (or even on this planet?) The quick and easy answer is yes, but maybe we don’t know that for sure. Prior Indigenous Technological […]

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Turn off the Fear

Flipping the emotional switches, Part 1 We are getting closer to identifying the individual emotional switches in the brain. What might this imply for future strategies for managing our emotions? Researchers Find Fear and Courage […]

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All Good Things…

Shifting Realities, Part 1 The end of two paranormal and conspiracy-affirming institutions from the 90’s may have something to say about how differently we shape our reality today than we did in years past. Radio […]

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50 Life-Saving Breakthroughs

Phil and Stephen take a look at The 50 Most Important Life-Saving Breakthroughs in History. Some of these a big medical breakthroughs that you would immediately think of like treatments for malaria, others are less expected […]

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Will Mind-Reading Computers Replace Human Speech?

Phil and Stephen discuss scenarios for the future of brain-computers interfaces and how they might alter human communication. Worldwide AI consciousness may replace human speech In just 32 years, humans won’t speak to each other […]

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Self-Driving Cars: Answering the Objections

We have covered the safety risks of autonomous vehicles as well as potential privacy risks and risks to our personal freedom. Now let’s answer some of those objections. It turns out that most of the […]

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Will Autonomous Vehicles End Our Way of Life?

Safety may not be the only problem with autonomous vehicles. Is it possible that they theaten our privacy and our way of life? And with what we’re learning about Facebook and others, do we really […]

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The Hidden Possible

We conclude our three-part series with a discussion of the Hidden Possible: possibilities both near and far that we haven’t thought of yet. We can generally only see the hidden possibilities through the rear-view mirror […]

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The Deep Possible

In Part 2 of our three-part series, we look at the deep possible: possibilities that are little more remote. Maybe two or three rooms over, instead of only one. Or maybe many more. The Universal […]

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The Adjacent Possible

This is the first of three parts as we explore possibilities that are just around the corner. Or, as we like to say, one room over. This is a follow-up to an earlier show on […]

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Welcoming Our Mutant Crayfish Overlords

Phil and Stephen discuss major disruptions in biotech — and in biology! New Pill Kills the Flu Virus in 24 Hours The Shionogi compound and Tamiflu take around the same time to entirely contain flu […]

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School Daze: Alternative Approaches to Education

Phil and Stephen discuss massive disruptions taking place in education. What students know that experts don’t: School is all about signaling, not skill-building Is it possible that students are on to something? There is a […]

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Keeping the Lights On

Stephen Pinker argues that the Enlightenment is the key driver behind massive improvement that is taking place in a number of different areas. He claims the enlightenment is working. Phil and Stephen discuss whether they […]

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Reality: and Now the Bad News

Phil and Stephen look at possibilities that arise — some fun, some dangerous — when the lines between reality and illusion are blurred. Reddit User Outperforms Disney With AI-generated Princess Leia I Made My Shed […]

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Whales, Rats, Salamanders, and Immortality

Phil and Stephen discuss three animals who might well show us how to live longer and healthier lives. Secrets of these 200-year-old whales who avoid cancer Why the bowhead whale lives 200 years and rarely […]

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Friday Grab Bag

Future news from a variety of angles. What ties them together? You decide. Scientists reverse genetic aging, memory decline in rats They injected rats with viral vectors that expressed FKBP1b, causing a rise in overall […]

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The Big Transition

Our economy is in the early stages of a major transition. For some time, automation has been pushing people out of the business of producing stuff (machines do it better, by and large). More recently, […]