Jan 6, 2015
Futurology Podcast - Episode 18
/u/Blinkergoesleft, /u/Bostoniaa, and /u/captainmeta4 return for another installment of the Futurology Podcast, running down December's top posts and hashing out some futurist philosophy.
Top Links of December
This question was sent to us by /u/Architect101:
This is an idea/topic you might find interesting to discuss on the podcast.
Similarities between the faith of a Religious person and the confidence in a better tomorrow of a Futurist.
I recently spoke with a skeptical friend who saw my view of the future (including ideas of transhumanism, singularity, and general futurology) unlikely to come to fruition. He humorously compared my confidence in a better future to the faith of a Southern Baptist.
Anyway, thanks for the work you do for the podcast, it is appreciated.
P.S. I started reading "Rainbows End" by Vernor Vinge after hearing you guys talk about the fiction and nonfiction recommendations; "Abundance: the future is better than you think" is already sitting next to my Kurzweil books.
Dec 9, 2014
Last week /u/Bostoniaa and /u/Blinkergoesleft ran down /r/Futurology's highest rated links. We also gave out two Futurist reading recommendations, Non-fiction and SciFi.
- Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
- Rainbows End
- The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
- The Transhumanist Wager
The links we covered are as follows:
4525 - Elon Musk's SpaceX working on hundreds of advanced micro-satellites to bring 'unfettered' global internet access. Announcement in 2-3 months. - /u/EchoLogic
3811 - Scientists reverse ageing process in mice; early human trials showing 'promising results' - /u/key95
2975 ‘Imagination gap’: We need more radical science fiction to inspire future technology - /u/xperia3310
1364 Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition - /u/DaveBowman
1363 Are we on the brink of creating artificial life? Scientists digitise the brain of a WORM and place it inside a robot - /u/IntelligenceIsReal
You can listen on Podbean, YouTube, iTunes, and Stitcher. If you review us on iTunes, we'll quote you in the next episode.
Send a Tweet or message to myself or Bostoniaa if you want to come on as a guest!
Nov 3, 2014
Today Blinkergoesleft was once again joined by Futurology mods Bostoniaa and CaptainMeta4 for the monthly recap of links submitted to reddit.com/r/futurology. The top three links are the highest voted and the last two were chosen by the mods.
3848 - Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance Policy Against Extinction - Mooraell
3422 - World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska - dirk_bruere
3142 - American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist - gari-soflo
68 - The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World - OmegaBiT
3 - How Four Technologies Will Carry The Weight Of War - gari-soflo
If you'd like to be a guest please msg Blinkergoesleft on reddit or Twitter. This podcast is also available on YouTube.
Oct 10, 2014
This month's guests included fellow futurology mods Bostoniaa and Captainmeta4.
- Over 100,000 people in Hong Kong downloaded FireChat, a messaging app that works even when internet or mobile coverage has been shut down... by bluetooth-spreading across nearby phones - Philipp
- Human DNA belongs to no one - it shouldn't be patented - Djandgo
- Google's self-driving cars are now allowed on all roads in California - theinternetism
- The assault rifle you can make at home: Inventor of 3D printed plastic gun reveals $1200 ‘ghost gunner’ milling machine - Saki17
- Oculus VR Unveils New Model of Rift ("Crescent Bay") - ninthway
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Sep 2, 2014
This month we had special guest Jason Ganz aka Bostoniaa on the show to recap the top 5 links. We also talked about the journey this subreddit has taken and how it went from a few hundred subscribers to 1 million + in two years.
2724 - Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK) - czottmann
- Biohackers declare initial success in biologically extending the range of human vision into the near infrared - czottmann
- If driverless cars save lives, where will we get organs? It's a dark thought, and the sort of thing only a futurist would think of. - es-335
192 - Google's New A.I. Ethics Board Might Save Humanity From Extinction - elonc
Mar 24, 2014
In this episode, Alex and Jason were joined by Tom (moderator Ion-Tom) to talk about his time at the Seattle Futurist meetup. For those of you following nuclear fusion, this will be interesting. As far as the top links go, here they are in order. We took out a story about UBI (universal basic income) due to the fact that we'd like to have a full debate without the same old circle jerk. We need one volunteer to represent the pros of UBI and one who is against it. On the next podcast we'll hopefully get some solid points from each side.
1823 - This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood - aeo1003
1448 - Mind-controlled robotic suit exoskeleton will allow a paralyzed teen to kick off the first ball in this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil - _trendspotter
1269 - Michio Kaku blew everyone's minds on the Daily Show last night - creativeembassy
1142 - Power-Generating Nanoribbons Implanted on the Heart - bob_toe_nail
961 - Clerics Issue Fatwa: Muslims Can't Live On Mars - Simcurious
Blinkergoesleft - @Regretful
SpeakMouthWords - @SpeakMouthWords
Ion-Tom - @TomRiecken
Dec 12, 2013
This week I spoke with William Hertling who is a programmer and the author of the singularity series which starts of with Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears
David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence.
David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers. But excitement turns to fear as the team realizes that they are being manipulated by an A.I. who is redirecting corporate funds, reassigning personnel and arming itself in pursuit of its own agenda.
Avogadro Corp is followed by A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. While we will get back to the top 5 format next month, I thought William would be a great guest to have on since his books cover a lot of what we discuss. Naturally AI is the main topic but his books also touch on the singularity and also topics like UBI (universal basic income). Have a listen right here, iTunes, or YouTube. If you would like to read more about William Hertling check out his site here.
Oct 10, 2013
We're back with another installment of Futurology's top 5 links of the month. We also through in a self post which we may start doing more based on the discussions they generate.
2105 - Physicists
have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically
simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the
notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. - marrek
2034 - A
‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of
urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption,
high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the
lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to
enjoy life. - erwgv3g34
1417 - The march of progress in solar continues - World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency - Buck-Nasty
1214 - Is
the general populace oblivious to the tremendous scientific and
technological changes that are happening, and are about to happen? - Halcyon_Red
1029 - $6 Billion Floating City “Freedom” to Dwarf World’s Largest Ships Ever Built - SmileLouder
Aug 18, 2013
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the inventor, designer, and CEO of the Samson Motorworks Switchblade Flying Car. This interview was done AMA style. In other words, I asked questions that were presented by reddit's futurology community. That thread can be seen here. YouTube version of this podcast is here.
Jul 17, 2013
Today Alex returned and we were able to crank another top 5 format podcast. We also noted a few stories. One being Glen Beck's rant on the ethics of transhumanism. We also mentioned Ben Goertzel's AMA and last but not least, ask your questions here about the Switchblade Flying Car.
949 - Remember the super hydrophobic coating that we all heard about couple years ago? Well it's finally hitting the shelves! And it's only $20! - uxl
862 - 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s - Trickish
716 - Cost Of Solar Panels To Drop To $0.36 Per Watt By 2017. - A 1,000 watt panel to cost $360 (not counting installation), but last about 6 times longer than batteries. ... "Suddenly, that $360 sounds good." - aluminio
649 - Scientists use new engineered virus to restore sight: `we have now created a virus that you just inject into the liquid vitreous humor inside the eye and it delivers genes to a very difficult-to-reach population of delicate cells. It's a 15-minute procedure, and you can likely go home that day` - pateras
558 - Marijuana vending machines are the future of recreational drug use - troglozyte