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Attack of the Fembots!

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with bestselling author PJ Manney about her new book (ID)entity. (Listen to Part 1 here.) Topics include: Equifax and security Would anyone believe this story if it were fiction? What consideration […]

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PJ Manney and (ID)entity

Bestselling author PJ Manney joins Phil and Stephen for part one of a three-part interview discussing her new novel (ID)entity. In the guise of political revolutionary Thomas Paine, bioengineer Peter Bernhardt brought down the corrupt and […]

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Older Than the Universe: Mysteries Big and Small

Phil and Stephen discuss mysteries both cosmic and small-scale. The Greatest Cosmic Puzzle: Astronomers Find Stars That Appear Older Than The Universe The oldest stars we’ve found in the Universe are nearly pristine, where almost […]

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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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Where No Fanboy Has Gone Before

Phil and Stephen present a full Geek Out! show discussing the current state of big space and superhero movie franchises. What should we see from upcoming Star Wars, Star Trek, superhero and other geeky film […]

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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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Recalibrating the Possible

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss new technologies (and ideas for new technologies) that push the limits of the possible. A good example of something that’s possible: Sequencing the Woolly Mammoth genome. Examples of technologies […]

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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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“Live” from Convergence 08 Part 2, Best of TWT

Phil and Stephen interview participants at Convergence 08, an “unconference” gathering of people interested in cognitive tech, nanotech, biotech, and artificial intelligence. The event was held in 2008 (obviously) at the History of Computing museum […]

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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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“Live” from Convergence 08 Part 1, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. interview participants at Convergence 08, an “unconference” gathering of people interested in cognitive tech, nanotech, biotech, and artificial intelligence. The event was held in 2008 (obviously) at the History of […]

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On the Other Hand…

Phil and Stephen revisit ideas from recent shows. Should we keep kids off their electronic devices? Does VR make us more vulnerable or stronger when it comes to discerning the world around us? Let them […]

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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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Hot Topics! Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. discuss fast trains, future pets, global warming, cosmic mysteries, and solar energy. The future of dogs as pets. Will they be the only acceptable pets in the future? Remembering Michael […]

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The Semi-Automated Economy

Phil and Stephen continue their discussion with strategy expert Will Brown, exploring what role there might be for human workers in an increasingly automated world. Topics: Neanderpundit — selected readings: Watch This Space  Next And […]

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Should Jeff Bezos “Hire” Humanity?

Will Brown joins Phil and Stephen to outline an intriguing scenario for the future: how Jeff Bezos can hire humanity. Topics covered: Jeff Bezos is already having trouble finding places to put his cash. Jeff […]

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Convergence 08, Best of TWT

Phil, Stephen, and Michael D. welcome PJ Manney and Christine Peterson to discuss Convergence ’08 an unconference that evolved from the Foresight Nanotech Institute’s Topics for the unconference: nanotech, biotech, cogtech, and infotech. The gang […]