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Exploring Possibilities

The Non-Zero Probability

What are the chances that you would ever have existed? That any of this would be happening right now? The odds against you and your life were worse than you can possibly imagine. And yet here you […]

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Space Colonization Made Affordable

Brian Wang joins Phil and Stephen to talk about building relatively low-cost human settlements in low earth orbit. Spacex will begin deploying low cost mass produced internet satellites starting in 2019 SpaceX said it plans […]

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The Golden Age: Why Don’t We See It?

Phil and Stephen explore why negativity and pessimism not only persist but remain dominant in a time of tremendous technological and social progress. News stories discussed: Why can’t we see that we’re living in a […]

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Let Us Eat Cake: Time to Get Happy Again

Phil and Stephen offer remedies to the happiness shortage   Happiness is on the wane in the US, UN global report finds   Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise   Mayo Clinic […]

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Risky Business: Watching Your Step in the Digital Age

Phil and Stephen examine different kinds of risks that technology enables.   A Lithuanian phisher tricked two big US tech companies into wiring him $100 million The scammer, 48-year-old Evaldas Rimasauskas, did so by masquerading […]

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The Singularity is Ever Nearer

Phil and Stephen consider whether humanity is about to enter a new historical epoch. Quick recap, singularity defined: The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times […]

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Lights in the Sky: Metal Asteroids, Big Rockets, and Aliens?

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review interesting developments in space exploration and development. Scientists claim to have found language of ancient Indus civilisation Blue Origin releases details of its monster orbital rocket After months […]

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Back to the Moon (and on to the Stars)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss recent big news touching on space exploration. Is a return to the moon imminent?   Nasa discovers new solar system TRAPPIST-1 – where life may have evolved on […]

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Preventing the Economic Robot Apocalypse

Phil and Stephen discus the economic consequences of rampant automation. Chinese factory replaces 90% of human workers with robots. Production rises by 250%, defects drop by 80% Also here  According to Monetary Watch, the Changying […]

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Affordable Health Care: What Will REALLY Work

Phil and Stephen explore the role technology may play in making healthcare more abundant and affordable. Scientists May Have Found A Way To Regenerate Our Teeth The King’s College researchers put the enzyme inhibitoron biodegradable collagen […]

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72 Reasons to be Excited About the Future

Phil and Stephen explore futurist Thomas Frey’s 72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today Working their way more or less backwars through the list, the guys […]

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We Aren’t Saying It’s Aliens…

Phil and Stephen discuss how we might find aliens via astronomical observation. The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious By carefully examining all the full-frame images collected during Kepler’s observational campaign, Montet and […]

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500 Shows and Going Strong

Phil and Stephen reflect on 11 years of podcasting with their 500th show. Questions to be addressed: Why do you do this show? Some possible answers: We’re going to track this stuff anyway It’s fun […]