Nov 3, 2014

Futurology Podcast Episode 16

Today Blinkergoesleft was once again joined by Futurology mods Bostoniaa and CaptainMeta4 for the monthly recap of links submitted to  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.

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Oct 10, 2014

Futurology Podcast Episode 15

This month's guests included fellow futurology mods Bostoniaa and Captainmeta4.  

5414 - 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 

4001 - Human DNA belongs to no one - it shouldn't be patented - Djandgo 

3832 - Google's self-driving cars are now allowed on all roads in California - theinternetism  

137 - The assault rifle you can make at home: Inventor of 3D printed plastic gun reveals $1200 ‘ghost gunner’ milling machine - Saki17  

63 - Oculus VR Unveils New Model of Rift ("Crescent Bay") - ninthway 

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Sep 2, 2014

Futurology Podcast Episode 14

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 

2511- Biohackers declare initial success in biologically extending the range of human vision into the near infrared - czottmann 
2475 - If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass'- ImLivingAmongYou 
2281 - 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
To discuss these stories hit us up on reddit/r/futurology, and YouTube.  You can also follow Bostoniaa @jasnonaz or Blinkergoesleft @Regretful,
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Mar 24, 2014

Futurology Podcast Episode 13

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

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Dec 12, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 12

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.

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Oct 10, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 11

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

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Aug 18, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 10

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.

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Jul 17, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 9

Greetings Futurists,

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

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Jun 27, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 8

Instead of running through the top 5 links, this episode is dedicated to interviewing Nikola Danaylov. His site ( is periodically discussed here and his podcast has featured some of the biggest names in technology.  Nikola has also studied at the Singularity University.  He now makes his living by blogging, podcasting, and attending singularity related events around the world.

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May 10, 2013

Futurology Podcast Episode 7

This episode of The Futurology podcast was recorded on April 22nd.  Daniel Yount joins Alex and Jason once again for a look at the futurology community's most popular links.

2312 - NASA is looking to place an ad in front of the new Star Trek movie to drum up more interest and support for space programs. They need our help! - Alonsonater

1586 - White House announces $100 million in funding to help map the human brain - c-r-u-x

1397 - Most Americans don't think robots will be fighting wars or driving cars by 2030, even though they already do. - cosmicreggae

1066 - Russian billionaire plans to make humans immortal by 2045. A Russian billionaire has unveiled plans to make humans immortal by converting them into 'Terminator-style' cyborgs - a creature that's part human and part machine. - malilla

950 - The Solar Cell That Turns 1 Photon into 2 Electrons: Scientific American - MIT researchers develop an organic solar cell that breaks 100 percent quantum efficiency - Buck-Nasty

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