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
Jun 27, 2013
Instead of running through the top 5 links, this episode is dedicated to interviewing Nikola Danaylov. His site (singularityweblog.com) 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.
Jan 22, 2013
This week we interviewed Alex aka SpeakMouthWords. Alex runs a popular YouTube Channel which exploded after he started a monthly series called "nobodypayingattention." Alex has a degree in physics and weighs in on several interesting topics including the singularity, the venus project, AI, and the collapse debate. You can message speakmouthwords on reddit, or subscribe to his YouTube channel.