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The Speculist Manifesto, Best of TWT

The Speculist Manifesto (The Short Version): The Human Imperative is improvement of the human condition. Throughout human (and pre-human) history, we have worked to increase human intelligence and capability. The Human Imperative is working. We […]

Accelerating Tech

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 […]

Exploring Possibilities

The Universe Is Full of Surprises

Phil and Stephen discuss cosmic mysteries. The Perseus Signal — “What We Found Could Not Be Explained by Known Physics” We could be “looking at” dark matter here. A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just […]

Exploring Possibilities

The End of Space Tourism?

In light of the recent Spaceship 2 disaster, Phil and Stephen discuss the past and future of space toursim. The discovery of the oldest map of the cosmos is a reminder that we have been pursuing […]


World’s Longest Book

Phil and Stephen expand on their idea to publish a collection of world-transforming ideas written by people all over the world. How many great ideas can one book contain? A hundred? Ten thousand? A million? […]

Exploring Possibilities

The First Step

Sure, we talk a lot about transforming the world, but how does one actually make it happen? This week Phil and Stephen talk about the critical juncture between great idea and world transformation: the first […]

Exploring Possibilities

Living with the Shocking Truth

Last week’s show about the Shocking Truth opened up some interesting discussion. Are things really getting better? This week we review the good news (or not so good news) concerning: Sexual assault statistics Forest growth […]

Exploring Possibilities

The Once and Future Future WT020

Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century, and still no sign of a lot of cool future stuff: Moon colonies Underwater cities Rocket Airliners High-speed pneumatic trains Flying cities Phil  and […]

Thought Leadership

The Future Transformed

A convergence of emerging technologies and emerging possibilities lies at the heart of this, the greatest period of transformation in human history. Our world is changing in ways that are difficult to predict; sometimes even […]

Thought Leadership

Our Fears Transformed

It is both exciting and daunting to live in an age in possessed of so much possibility as demonstrated by the wide array of topics discussed in this series. It’s exciting because our awareness of […]

Thought Leadership

Wealth Transformed

Throughout human history, material scarcity has been a constant driver of innovation and economic growth. Today the world knows material abundance far beyond what could have been imagined a few centuries ago, even while shortages, […]

Thought Leadership

Reality Transformed

There are some who seriously ask whether the universe we live in is the real universe or merely a simulation of some kind — something like the virtual world depicted in the Matrix. series of […]

Thought Leadership

Intelligence Transformed

A few years back, a computer won a chess match against the world’s most highly rated player. More recently, a computer beat a pair of highly skilled human competitors on the game show Jeopardy! IBM, […]

Thought Leadership

Humanity Transformed

We can only imagine that, some 6 million years ago, when hominids began to stand upright, there was a tremendous controversy amongst the proto- australopithecines as to whether assuming this new posture was “natural.” Weren’t […]

Thought Leadership

The Material World Transformed

The World Transformed 2, Part 3 The digital age has fundamentally transformed humanity’s relationship with information. Through the advent of personal computer, Internet, smart phone, and social media technology, we have access to knowledge, to […]