Aug 18, 2015

Futurology Podcast Episode 20

We’re back! In this episode, Jason P & Jason G get together to discuss the latest news in futurology. We had a great chat this week including the books we’d read since our last show, the effects of autonomous cars and the massive power of virtual reality.

Book recommendations

The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Scrum - Jeff Sutherland

Leviathon Wakes - James SA Corey

Avagadro Corp (and series) - William Hertling

Links discussed:

5727: Uber CEO To Tesla: Sell Me Half A Million Autonomous Electric Cars In 2020( - /u/Arzu1982

5407: China sets up first unmanned factory. Workforced decreased from 650 to 60. As a result productivity has nearly tripled and product quality up by 20%. ( - /u/enl1l

5339 Stephen hawking is doing an AMA Monday July 27 at 8am ET through Tuesday, August 4 ( - ./u/Stark_Warg

3630 Kepler-452b: Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin -- Briefing Materials ( /u/SomaPavamana

111 ( - /u/bostoniaa


Feb 19, 2015

Futurology Podcast Episode 19

/u/Blinkergoesleft/u/Bostoniaa, and /u/captainmeta4 return for another installment of the Futurology Podcast. This month, rather than discuss top subreddit links, we teamed up with Ted Kupper and Jon Perry from Review the Futureto discuss the acceleration of technological progress, why it matters, and what it means to be living in a time of rapid technological development.

Listen on:


Jan 6, 2015

Futurology Podcast Episode 18

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.

Reading recommendations:

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

Futurology Podcast Episode 17

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.

Bostoniaa's Recommendations:

  1. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
  2. Rainbows End

Blinker's Recommendations:

  1. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
  2. The Transhumanist Wager

The links we covered are as follows:

  1. 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

  2. 3811 - Scientists reverse ageing process in mice; early human trials showing 'promising results' - /u/key95

  3. 2975 ‘Imagination gap’: We need more radical science fiction to inspire future technology - /u/xperia3310

  4. 1364 Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition - /u/DaveBowman

  5. 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 PodbeanYouTubeiTunes, 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

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.


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 

YouTube mirror here, iTunes here.

If you want to come on the podcast, let me know.


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,

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


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.


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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