Exploring Possibilities

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 […]

Podcasts

A New Kind of Space Race

What are the implications of Vladimir Putin’s recent statement that he wants Russia to make a big move in space? Vlad’s New Land Grab Vladimir Putin announces mission to MARS next year followed by manned […]

Podcasts

Should You Trust Your Computer?

Phil and Stephen discuss the  new film by Chris Paine, director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Do You Trust This Computer? This new documentary about the dangers and benefits of artificial intelligence (mostly the […]

Entertainment

Historical Fantasy (and Other Geeky Topics)

It’s a good old fashioned World Transformed Geekout as Phil explains how shows like Vikings and The Frankenstein Chronicles are blending history and fantasy in a new and fun way. (UPDATE: and you can add […]

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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 […]

Accelerating Tech

Time to Abandon Self-Driving Cars?

In Arizona, a pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car. What went wrong? Was it the Uber system? Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash Disgraceful Dashcam Video Proves Uber Is the Theranos […]

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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 […]

Accelerating Tech

How Old Are You, Really?

Phil and Stephen discuss how artificial intelligence might help to add years to our lives. AI Scientists Via Their ‘Aging Clock’ May Have Discovered How To Rewind Our Biological Clocks A group of scientists who […]

Podcasts

Outlawyering the Lawyers

Whose jobs are the robots going to take away? It doesn’t look like lawyers are safe… An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game Feb 25, 2018 A new study, conducted by legal […]

Entertainment

Black Panther and Other Geeky Stuff

Phil and Stephen doing some serious geeking out over Black Panther and other topics. It’s a smorgasbord of nerd! Black Panther — most awesome movie ever made? Belated thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume […]

Accelerating Tech

10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2018 Part 2

Phil and Stephen continue discussing the MIT Technology Review list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2018. In part 2, we look at: Babel Fish Earbuds Zero-Carbon Natural Gas Perfect Online Privacy Genetic Fortune-Telling Materials’ Quantum […]

Accelerating Tech

10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2018 Part 1

Phil and Stephen discuss the MIT Technology Review list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2018. In part 1, we look at: 3-D Metal Printing Artificial Embryos Sensing City AI for Everybody Dueling Neural Networks What […]

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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 […]

Accelerating Tech

Signs of the Times

Phil and Stephen ask whether current developments make the Singularity more plausible. The “Father of Artificial Intelligence” Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jürgen Schmidhuber, […]

Entertainment

The Cloverfield Paradigm

Phil and Stephen discuss the latest entry in the Cloverfield series. Is it a fun addition or a major disappointment? Plus we look at the whole movie franchise phenomenon. Someday soon will all movies be […]

Philosophy

The Renaissance Cyborg

Specialization Is for Insects, Part 2 (This is a follow-up to our discussion on Realizing Possibilities…Fast back in December. ) What kind of knowledge and skills will we need to thrive in a world where […]

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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 […]