The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
The Future And You--Oct 26, 2016

The Transhumanism Panel from Concarolinas (in which we discuss some--but by no means all--aspects of transhumanism).

Speakers include: James Maxey, Ben Davis, and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Oct 12, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 56 minutes] This episode contains the entire one-hour panel, and was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 27, 2015 at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas. (This recording is from the summer of 2015. Somehow I overlooked including it in the show last year and so I'm including it now in its entirety.)

 

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_10_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

The Future And You--Oct 12, 2016

"The Year in Science." A panel discussion of discoveries and inventions made during the previous 12 months.

Speakers: James Maxey, Erin Penn, JT the Enginerd, and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy: Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

J.T. "the Enginerd"obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration, and constructing a platform to measure the force produced during an insect's jump. She teaches engineering and design. She also blogs about science fiction, video games, and photography at FrakinSpoilers.com.

Erin Penn is a writer and line-editor. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology, then completed a Masters of Business Administration. Her website is ErinPenn.com

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Oct 12, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 64 minutes] This episode contains the entire one-hour panel, and was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_10_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept. 28, 2016

Topics: Trends in agriculture and agricultural research, as well as Monsanto and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Gary Shelton has been a professional agronomist with the US Department of Agriculture for the past 25 years. He is currently working on genetic modifications of Soybeans in the Crop genetics Research Unit Stoneville, MS.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Sept. 28, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 25 minutes] This interview was recorded in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_9_28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 14, 2016

David B. Coe and Stuart Jaffe are our featured guests.

Topics include the continued rise of independent publishing and some of the ways the traditional publishing houses are changing how they treat authors so they can continue to profit in this new environment.

David B. Coe is the author of more than fifteen novels and a dozen short stories. His first series, the LonTobyn Chronicle won the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award.

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, and After The Crash as well as the short story collection, 10 Bits of My Brain. And many other short stories which have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Sept 14, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes] These two interviews were recorded in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_9_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 7, 2016

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit is our featured guest.

Topics include: trends in Education, Creativity, and getting and keeping a job.

Rich Sigfrit is widely known as a pioneer in the early days of Podcasting, and is one of the three people responsible for my starting this show, The Future And You, back in 2005. (The other two people being Mur Lafferty and Tee Morris.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Sept 7, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This interview was recorded in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_9_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

The Future And You--August 24, 2016

Hackers & Identity Theft (Part 2 of 2). Methods, vulnerabilities, countermeasures, and the TV show Mr. Robot.

Speakers: James McDonald, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 24, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This episode contains the second half of this panel. The first half is in last week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_8_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT

The Future And You--August 17, 2016

Hackers & Identity Theft (Part 1 of 2). Methods, vulnerabilities, countermeasures, and the TV show Mr. Robot.

Speakers: James McDonald, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 17, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes] This episode contains the first half of this panel. The second half will be in next week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_8_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

The Future And You--Aug. 10, 2016

SETI & the Fermi Paradox (Part 2 of 2). The search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the mysterious lack of evidence for any extraterrestrial intelligence.

Our speakers include Dr. Ben Davis, Erin Penn, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 10, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This episode contains the second half of this panel. The first half is in last week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_9_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

The Future And You--Aug 3, 2016

SETI & the Fermi Paradox (Part 1 of 2). The search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the mysterious lack of evidence for any extraterrestrial intelligence.

Our speakers include Dr. Ben Davis, Erin Penn, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 3, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This episode contains the first half of this panel. The second half will be in next week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_8_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Future And You--July 27, 2016

The Future of Robots (Part 2 of 2).

Speakers: Dr. Ben Davis, James McDonald, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, mathematics, astronomy, and physics. His main avocations now involve history, futurism, and skepticism.

James McDonald is a technologist and writer interested in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 27, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This episode contains the second half of this panel. The first half is in last week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: FTAY_2016_7_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

The Future And You--July 20, 2016

The Future of Robots (Part 1 of 2).

Speakers: Dr. Ben Davis, James McDonald, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, mathematics, astronomy, and physics. His main avocations now involve history, futurism, and skepticism.

James McDonald is a technologist and writer interested in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 20, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes] This episode contains the first half of this panel. The second half will be in next week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_7_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

The Future And You--July 7, 2016

The Technological Singularity (Part 2 of 2).

Subtopics: Superhuman Artificial Intelligence; radical life extension; friendly verses non-friendly AI; and the possibility that within decades all humans will be unemployable and living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee).

Speakers: James McDonald, Stephen Euin Cobb, and Dr. Ben Davis as the moderator.

Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, mathematics, astronomy, and physics. His main avocations now involve history, futurism, and skepticism.

James McDonald is a technologist and writer interested in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 7, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This episode contains the second half of this panel. The first half is in last week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_7_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

The Future And You--June 29, 2016

The Technological Singularity (Part 1 of 2).

Subtopics: Superhuman Artificial Intelligence; radical life extension; friendly verses non-friendly AI; and the possibility that within decades all humans will be unemployable and living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee).

Speakers: James McDonald, Stephen Euin Cobb, and Dr. Ben Davis as the moderator.

Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, mathematics, astronomy, and physics. His main avocations now involve history, futurism, and skepticism.

James McDonald is a technologist and writer interested in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 29, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This episode contains the first half of this panel. The second half will be in next week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_6_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

The Future And You--June 22, 2016

Life Extension (part 2 of 2).

Speakers include J.T. "the Enginerd," Erin Penn, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

J.T. "the Enginerd"obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration, and constructing a platform to measure the force produced during an insect's jump. She teaches engineering and design. She also blogs about science fiction, video games, and photography at FrakinSpoilers.com.

Erin Penn is a writer and line-editor. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology, then completed a Masters of Business Administration. Her website is ErinPenn.com

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 22, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This episode contains the second half of this panel. The first half is in last week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_6_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

The Future And You--June 15, 2016

Life Extension (part 1 of 2).

Speakers include J.T. "the Enginerd," Erin Penn, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator.

J.T. "the Enginerd" obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration, and constructing a platform to measure the force produced during an insect's jump. She teaches engineering and design. She also blogs about science fiction, video games, and photography at FrakinSpoilers.com.

Erin Penn is a writer and line-editor. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology, then completed a Masters of Business Administration. Her website is ErinPenn.com

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 15, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This episode contains the first half of this panel. The second half will be in next week's show. This panel was recorded in front of an audience in Charlotte NC on June 4, 2016 at the SF&F convention ConCaolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_6_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

The Future And You--June 8, 2016

Dr. Robin D. Hanson (in Part 2 of 2) describes the coming global dominance of billions of Artificial Intelligences which are software emulations of the human brain. This interview is based on Dr. Hanson's new book:The Age of EM, which describes how these brain emulations will function, and how they may radically transform civilization.

Dr. Robin D. Hansonis associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from California Institute of Technology, master's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA. He has 3100 citations, 60 publications, 420 media mentions, and he blogs atOvercomingBias.com.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 8, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This episode contains the second half of the interview, which was recorded through Skype on May 13, 2016. The first half is in next week's show.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_6_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

The Future And You--June 1, 2016

Dr. Robin D. Hanson describes the coming global dominance of billions of Artificial Intelligences which are software emulations of the human brain. This interview (Part 1 of 2) is based on Dr. Hanson's new book: The Age of EM, which describes how these brain emulations will function, and how they may radically transform civilization.

Dr. Robin D. Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from California Institute of Technology, master's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA. He has 3100 citations, 60 publications, 420 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias.com.

[News Item] The Kindle versions of all five of Stephen Euin Cobb's books will be available for FREE this weekend (June 3, 4, & 5, 2016). His two nonfiction books about the future, and all three science fiction novels. This fee offer is only for the Kindle editions, and only for the weekend of June 3, 4, & 5, 2016. Be sure to get your FREE copies.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 1, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes] This episode contains the first half of the interview, which was recorded through Skype on May 13, 2016. The second half will be in next week's show.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_6_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

The Future And You--May 25, 2016

Topics: we have begun building an understanding of what each of our genes do, this will transform our future long before it is complete because it will be combined with our growing ability to edit each of those genes.

Also, DARPA wants to accelerate training by using a tiny electrical current applied to the scalp, first during the training, and then again during sleep; a rework of the date labels and nutritional labels on 800,000 food containers has now been ordered; a busy schedule helps to keep our brains strong into old age; and Google has patented human fly-paper for self-driving cars.

Also, the Author Earnings Report is a complete analysis of the books sold on Amazon. How many are sold; how much money is being made; a breakdown by eBooks, physical books, and audio books; and a breakdown by traditionally published authors verses independent authors. And, yes, independent authors are now making more money than traditionally published authors, at least when treated as two groups. (Here's a YouTube video featuring one of its creators.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 25, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_5_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

The Future And You--May 18, 2016

Topics: origami robot unfolds in stomach and removes swallowed button battery; drones may replace $127 billion worth of human labor; confirmed exoplanets nearly double to a grand total of 3,406; second-skin material from MIT smooths wrinkles with remarkable effectiveness; Earth may be home to a staggering one trillion species; the 930 year old Domesday book is available online; with Pluto now behind it, the next target for the New Horizons spacecraft has been chosen for a flyby on new years day 2019; and your host may be followed on Twitter @BonesBurntBlack.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 18, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_5_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

The Future And You--May 11, 2016

Topics: rich and powerful warn that robots are coming for your jobs; jet powered hoverboard shatters world record; DNA testing for $99 will accurately identify and measure all of your ethnicities; medical errors are now the number 3 cause of death in the USA; a robot stitched up a pig gut all by itself; you can play with IBM's quantum computer online for free; humans have faster metabolisms than closely related primates enabling larger brains; and many shameful headlines such as "Biotech company to try bringing the dead back to life."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 11, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_5_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

The Future And You--May 4, 2016

Topics: a gene linked to a youthful appearance has been identified; the worlds first brain-wave controlled drone race; new nano-wire batteries can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times; CRISPR/Cas9 has gotten one step closer to editing human genes with ease; Google has just patented a computer designed to be implanted inside the human eye; Google Ford and Uber just created a giant Lobbying group for self-driving cars; Microsoft to buy 10 million strands of lab created DNA to research encoding of digital data on genetic material; and the Haystack Website which will evaluate the difficulty of breaking any password that you type into it.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 4, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_5_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The Future And You--April 27, 2016

Timothy Baughman (professional Network Security Analyst & Master of Information Security) is our featured guest.

Topics: if quantum computers become publicly available, and are as powerful as we are told they will be, all of everyone's past encrypted secrets will be revealed to anyone who wishes to read them--emails, banking transactions, Silk Road purchases, the entire Darknet, and any money laundering hidden within the bitcoin blockchain. Future encryptions will be secure (at least for a while) but every previously encrypted file and document that is findable on the Internet will be laid bare. If you have ever done something that you shouldn't, and you are counting on encryption to keep your secret forever, you need to think again.

Also, accuracy of the computer hacking on the TV show Mr. Robot; methods hackers use to get your password; how little protection is provided by a fully encrypted hard drive; and why the hardest part of the computer security profession is "securing the human."

Also, the browser named Opera has announced that it will include VPN (virtual private network) as a default feature, and so your host speculates that this may soon prompt ALL browsers to include VPN.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 27, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_4_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

The Future And You--April 20, 2016

Topics: Stephen Hawking and the Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, want to send hundreds of tiny space probes to solar systems around other stars (exactly as Dr. Philip Lubin described to me a few months ago in the December 16, 2015 episode.) The project is called Breakthrough Starshot.

Also: a Genetically Modified Mushroom will bypass GMO food rules through a regulatory loophole; IBM's Watson will advise and consult with cancer patients as well as with doctors; a British hospital live-streamed a surgery in virtual reality; insulin-making cells can be efficiently generated according to researchers at the Salk Institute; Blue CareOnDemand (from Blue Cross, Blue Shield) allows smartphone users access to a personal medical consultation with a doctor or nurse 24 hours a day any day of the year, for a price; Windows XP still powers 181 million computers around the world, which means it is more popular than all Apple computers combined. (Wake up, people. XP hasn't been supported for over two years. You are vulnerable to hackers. Upgrade to something.); and a listener email from Joseph.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 20, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_4_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

The Future And You--April 13, 2016

Topics: the free website, FlightRadar24 shows where on the map jetliners are in real-time all around the globe; scientists store digital data, including a photo of a cat, in DNA they created themselves; Samsung's patents reveal their plans for an augmented reality device built into contact lenses; giant whistle-blowing leaks like the Panama Papers are likely to grow progressively larger and more frequent in the future; the impact on your life and on civilization of the coming rise of self-driving big-rig trucks; and a new metal foam one inch thick disintegrates armor piercing bullets.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 13, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_4_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

The Future And You--April 6, 2016

Topics: how the arrival of quantum computers may reveal to the world all your past secrets, since anyone who owns one will be able to crack all of today's current encryptions; cloaking the earth from hostile aliens using lasers, not only will not work, it would actually broadcast our location instead; mind-transfer methods depicted in the recent movie Self/less; Microsoft is committed to AI and bots, despite the recent catastrophic failure of the chatbot named "Tay"; and Microsoft has created a Star Wars-style holographic communication.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 6, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_4_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

The Future And You--March 30, 2016

Topics: charred scrolls from Pompeii will finally be read using X-rays without unrolling them--since that would destroy them; media exaggerations about the possibility that a superflare from the sun could destroy all life on earth; researchers have figured how to use CRIPSR/Cas9 to edit HIV out of a human genome; at least 19 retroviruses have been discovered in the human genome, some dating back over 600,000 years; auto-braking is to become a standard feature in cars by 2022; Google may sell its recently purchased robotic company, Boston Dynamics; and View-Master is making their own Virtual Reality device for kids.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 30, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 25 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_3_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

The Future And You--March 23, 2016

Topics: DARPA is offering up to $130,000 to anyone who comes up with a great new improvised weapon; General Mills will begin labeling their many foods which contain GMOs; vehicles that talk to one another may eliminate the need for traffic lights; Amazon is trying to patent a payment method based on you taking a photo of your face; Americans think robots will take away human jobs, but not their job; ancient Humans interbred with other early hominids besides neanderthals; new discoveries about how remarkably dynamic Pluto is; and scientists have created stem cells with only one half the normal human genome.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 16, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_3_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

The Future And You--March 16, 2016

Topics: fighting cavities might become as easy as taking a pill; the Associated Press seems to be quietly fighting "Fair Use" laws; US health system performance has gotten dramatically better over the last 30 years; robotic exoskeleton gets FDA approval; the US military is experimenting with radar blimps to protect Washington DC from low-flying threats; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are still legal hurdles to overcome before self-driving cars can take to the road; and a bacteria has evolved that can eat the plastic called PET.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 16, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_3_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

The Future And You--March 9, 2016

Topics: a method that might improve the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence; Panasonic is developing a robot that can pick tomatoes; the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a research database containing the genome of one million patients; future statistics for Internet Connected & Driverless Cars; legitimate uses for Google's Project Tango indoor mapping tablet; and Wikipedia's article: List of Common Misconceptions.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 9, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_3_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

The Future And You--March 2, 2016

Topics: Sperm cells have been created from the skin cells of a mouse, and how this might someday allow a woman to provide sperm formed from her skin cells to make another woman pregnant, or even to make herself pregnant.

Also: Traveling to Mars in only 30 minutes; a solar cell so thin and light it can rest on a soap bubble; why roboticists are raving about Google's new Atlas Robot; the media's fear of robotic AI; why Mercedes is pulling robots from the factory floor; Google's neural network can tell where photos were taken just by looking at them; and my participation in a video series from the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop entitled "From Here to the Stars."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 2, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_3_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 24, 2016

Topics: scientists succeed in printing living tissues using stem cells in a 3D printer; a new cell phone attachment that can take thermal imaging photos in the infrared; Mattel's new 3D printer for kids, the ThingMaker, lets them print their own toys; my own commentary on how language changes over time; standing up against the sexual harassment of software--and perhaps other inanimate objects as well.

Also, two listener emails: Extropia DaSilva on cyborging, and Robert on my concern about the transition period, over the next few decades, which will precede the end of all human labor.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 24, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_2_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 17, 2016

Topics: rabbit brain survives cryonic suspension without damage at the microscopic level; media stories tell us we should "not freak out" about human gene editing; detecting prostate cancer by "smelling" it with gas chromatography; an artificial intelligence app can identify the breed of your dog; search drones outperform humans at following a difficult to see forest path; the US government is clearing the way for self driving cars; and an earthquake detecting app for smart phones can blanket the world with high resolution seismology.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 17, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last ten years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_2_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 10, 2016

Topics: Scientists boost life span of mice by 25% by deleting defective cells; Playboy magazine will no longer contain photos of naked women; Bacteria in men's beards found to be beneficial; a book (Thing Explainer by Randal Munroe) which explains complicated things using only the 1,000 most common words; McDonald's Kale Salad has more fat than their Double Big Mac; Amazon's Echo Speaker is a voice activated artificially intelligent personal assistant--well, sort of; and the "Swab and Send" project at University College London.

[Listener email:] from Extropia DaSilva (Her Blog)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 10, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_2_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 3, 2016

Topics: the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots; the search for Planet Nine (again); the ASPCA has police powers; Pluto is covered with vast regions and mountain ranges of frozen water; Sonic Tweezers can grab a living cell without damaging it and then move the cell in 3D to build structures composed of cells; Google's project Skybender is testing providing 5G speed Internet with solar powered Titan drones; JP Morgan Chase ATM's to give cash using your smartphone; how to break into filmmaking; and unemployment will rise exponentially over the next few decades, which means we will probably all be living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee).

[Listener email:] from Extropia DaSilva (Her Blog)

[News Item:] Today, February 3, is my birthday.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 3, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_2_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT

The Future And You--Jan 27, 2016

Topics: DARPA announced a computer-brain interface project with the goal of creating a fully implantable device able to connect with one million neurons; (Another article about the computer-brain interface.); a biomedical sensor that can be inserted into the brain then dissolve when its job Is done; a device to motorize individual sperm to boost fertility; how lowering human body temperature --even into the 60 degree zone where the heart stops -- is saving lives; and a study which discovered that living high in a high-rise is linked to lower survival rates from cardiac arrest.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 27, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48pm EDT

The Future And You--Jan 20, 2016

The Longevity Book from the actress Cameron Diaz; Skype's new real time voice translation software is now live; an example of artificial intelligence; the brightest supernova ever detected; reasonably priced variable-focus eyeglasses; and the impressive value of a sister project of Wikipedia entitled Wikisource.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 20, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 23 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

The Future And You--Jan 13, 2016

Topics from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that ended a few days ago--and some not. Such as: a real time language translating device you can wear on a necklace; self driving cars are shown to be less likely to crash that human driven cars; NASA has created a department for planetary defense against asteroids; L'Orial has created a wearable sticker that measures your UV exposure that sends its readings to you smart phone: a wearable sheet of material that makes electricity which can then be used by wearable electronic devices; and LG has a bendable computer display; Also shown at CES: New Virtual Reality displays, Augmented Reality displays, some interesting new drones, video cameras that record a full 360 degree panorama, and a sheet of material that can retain heat without insulation and then release it on command days later

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 13, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

The Future And You--Jan 6, 2016

Topics: a deceptive, albeit important, YouTube video about Space Junk; how and why the field of genetics is suddenly dominated by CRISPR Cas9 gene editing experiments; the remarkable Scio, a tiny handheld spectrometer for only $250; a new underwater sonar glove that lets you feel things without even touching them; how you can see part of the new "Star Wars Visual Dictionary" for free on Amazon; a little drone that flies in autonomous mode; and more news about the Oculus Rift.

As promised: here are the links to my past episodes about Space Junk in which Les Johnson (NASA physicist and manager) and Dr. Gregory L. Matloff (professor of astronomy) explain just how big a problem Space Junk is, and ways we might be able to remove the Space Junk.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 6, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec 30, 2015

The Year in Science: several dozen of the countless scientific discoveries and achievements that occurred in 2015 which have joined together to forever alter the path of our future from what it otherwise would have been.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 30, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 24 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec 23, 2015

Topics: Flaws in how Google News decides which headline to show you; yet again a dog has smelled that its owner had cancer before any symptoms could reveal the tumor; a nasal spray of glucagon has proven effective against hypoglycemia emergencies; Google's project Loon is working hard to bring wireless Internet to billions in the third world who have zero Internet access; Google's amazing project Fi; smelling peanut butter is being used as an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease; California is working on new laws that would limit self-driving cars; and virtual reality is still in its very early days but enthusiasm is strong.

[News Item] A news release on Dec 21, 2015 about the Oculus Rift virtual reality display headset specified that developers will begin getting the Oculus Rift starting this week, and expectations are that it will be available to consumers in the first quarter of 2016.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 23, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec 16, 2015

Micro-spaceships of only a single gram could be propelled at a third the speed of light toward nearby stars. They would be shoved, as tiny lightsails, by powerful external lasers. Accelerating for only ten minutes each would allow tens of thousands to be launched every year. A great cloud of micro-spaceships could then expand in every direction from our solar system to explore all the nearby stars and their potential exoplanets. Arriving for their thousands of flybys after 13 to 20 years--what an astounding leap forward in scientific understanding they would provide.

Dr. Philip Lubin is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellow for his work on laser beamed energy micro-spaceships.

[News Item] This is the ten year anniversary episode of the Future And You. The very first episode went public on December 15, 2005.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 16, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 46 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on Dec 7, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

The Future And You--Dec 9, 2015

Six different topics: (1)The growing number of cheap low-end eyeglass-style computer displays, and why they are good for privacy, but not resolution. (2) A poorly written article about an important topic: Life Extension. (3) NASA has released the clearest photos of Pluto ever, and they are impressive. (4) A groundbreaking new professional video camera that can take beautiful full-color, HD movies with nothing more than starlight for illumination. (5) Mozilla has announced that the FireFox browser will no longer have ads built into it. And (6) a new discovery about the chemicals the human nervous system uses to transmit pain signals. This discovery may lead to pain killers that are far more effective than anything existing today, such as morphine, and yet be non-addictive & produce "zero numbness."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 9, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec 2, 2015

The biggest and most impossible to ignore of all the topics we discuss is the faction war raging within SF&F writing and publishing which is centered on the Hugo Awards. You can learn more about it on its Wikipedia page entitled "Sad Puppies." Each of my two guests were nominated for a Hugo award, and each agonized over what exactly they should do about it. Should they accept? should they decline? In this episode, they describe their thoughts and their decisions.

Edmund R. Schubert is editor-in-chief of Intergalactic Medicine Show (the popular online magazine of science fiction and fantasy which was created by Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game). A fiction author himself, Edmund has written over 35 short stories and one novel: Dreaming Creek.

Gray Rinehart writes short stories as well as songs. And he is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, been nominated for a major literary award, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 2, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes] These interviews were recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_2.mp3
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The Future And You--Nov 25, 2015

Topics: how public libraries are transitioning from quiet rooms filled with books to embrace all forms of media and information, including the vastness of the Internet. Also: similarities between the current rise of ebooks and the rise of paperbacks in the 1960's and 1970's; the trend toward shrinking book lengths; the worlds-largest shared universe; and a back door method for breaking into becoming a writer for Baen Books, a back door which is still open and available to the entire online world.

Toni Weisskopf is an award-winning editor and the head of Baen Books, one of the largest publishers of SF&F in America.

Davey Beauchamp is an author, anthologist, voice actor, and professional librarian.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 25, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 25 minutes] These interviews were recorded at the science fiction and fantasy conventions LibertyCon in Chatanooga TN and ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_11_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

The Future And You--Nov 18, 2015

Topics: the rebirth of short fiction as a way for authors to make serious money; the growth of episodic fiction, as opposed to serialized; the sales ratios of physical books verses digital books; the rapidly growing ocean of ebooks, many of which are, unfortunately, amateurish in quality; and the upcoming independent film from Jaysen Buterin of Mad Ones Films which will be based on one of John G. Hartness' short stories.

John G. Hartness is today's guest. John G Hartness is the best-selling author of EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the creator and co-editor of the Big Bad series of horror anthologies from Dark Oak Press and Media. 2015 has seen John launch a new dark fantasy series featuring Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 18, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] This interview was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_11_18.mp3
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The Future And You--Nov 11, 2015

Topics: ethical problems in the Wizard of OZ; our copyright laws are out of whack and may not be working in the public's best interest; why the latest Kindle reading devices may be working against their best interest; and how the constant need for stimulus is altering our lives, our behaviour, and perhaps our future.

James Maxey is our guest. James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy: Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This panel was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_11_11.mp3
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The Future And You--Nov 4, 2015

Topic: Your Life is an Open Book [Part 2]: How the Internet and social media make our lives open to scrutiny by anyone with a computer.

Speakers: James Maxey (author), Stephen Euin Cobb (author and magazine writer), and Kelly Lockhart (AKA: radio personality, Gary Poole) as the moderator.

Kelly Lockhart started his DJ career in Key Largo Florida, when fresh out of the military and has worked at radio stations in Atlanta, Tallahassee and Chattanooga. He is a feature writer for The Chattanooga Pulse newspaper, is an award-winning advertising copywriter, is the lead guitarist for the popular 70’s style rock band Moccasin Bend, and for two decades worked in radio and television both on the air and behind the scenes.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy:Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush(2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 4, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This panel was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_11_4.mp3
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The Future And You--Oct 28, 2015

Topic: Your Life is an Open Book [Part 1]: How the Internet and social media make our lives open to scrutiny by anyone with a computer.

Speakers: James Maxey (author), Stephen Euin Cobb (author and magazine writer), and Kelly Lockhart (AKA: radio personality, Gary Poole) as the moderator.

Kelly Lockhart started his DJ career in Key Largo Florida, when fresh out of the military and has worked at radio stations in Atlanta, Tallahassee and Chattanooga. He is a feature writer for The Chattanooga Pulse newspaper, is an award-winning advertising copywriter, is the lead guitarist for the popular 70’s style rock band Moccasin Bend, and for two decades worked in radio and television both on the air and behind the scenes.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy:Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 28, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This panel was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_10_28.mp3
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The Future And You--Oct 20, 2015

Part Two: Consciousness: Exactly what is it? And can it be uploaded into a computer?

Speakers: Dr. Robert E. Hampson, Dr. Robert "Sam" Lightfoot, Julie Cochrane, Philip Wohlrab.

Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a researcher in the field of neuroscience-–the structure and function of the brain. He is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

Robert "Sam" Lightfoot, Ph.D. is an active social scientist, researching in archaeology, anthropology, and sociology. He also studies medieval weapons and teaches judo.

Julie Cochrane has degrees and training in chemistry, psychology and computer science. Her hobbies include pistol marksmanship, history, criminology and folk music. She is coauthor of three military SF novels with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Philip Wohlrab is pursuing a master's degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology; he is also a medic serving in the Virginia Army National Guard, currently as an instructor in combat medicine, basic lifesaving skills, and teaching the communicable diseases portion of field sanitation courses.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 20, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_10_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

The Future And You--Oct 14, 2015

Consciousness [Part One]: Exactly what is it? And can it be uploaded into a computer?

Speakers: Dr. Robert E. Hampson, Dr. Robert "Sam" Lightfoot, Julie Cochrane, Philip Wohlrab.

Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a researcher in the field of neuroscience-–the structure and function of the brain. He is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

Robert "Sam" Lightfoot, Ph.D. is an active social scientist, researching in archaeology, anthropology, and sociology. He also studies medieval weapons and teaches judo.

Julie Cochrane has degrees and training in chemistry, psychology and computer science. Her hobbies include pistol marksmanship, history, criminology and folk music. She is coauthor of three military SF novels with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Philip Wohlrab is pursuing a master's degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology; he is also a medic serving in the Virginia Army National Guard, currently as an instructor in combat medicine, basic lifesaving skills, and teaching the communicable diseases portion of field sanitation courses.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 14, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_10_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

The Future And You--Oct. 7, 2015

Topic: Will We Ever Go to Mars? (Part 2) Mars is currently on many people's minds because of the Matt Damon movie coming out this week: The Martian.

Speakers: James Maxey (author), Thomas A. Mays (author and naval officer), Rebecca Ledford (publisher at Phase 5), Manga Matt,Stephen Euin Cobb(author and magazine writer), and Jim Craig(planetarium director) as the moderator.

[Bonus] A recording of a fake computer technician who called my cell phone and tried to pull a scam. Normally, I'm a very poor liar, but I managed to tell a couple of whoppers. Scamming a scammer.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 7, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 27 minutes] This panel was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_10_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept. 30, 2015

Topic: Will We Ever Go to Mars? (Part 1) Mars is currently on many people's minds because of the Matt Damon movie coming out this week: The Martian.

Speakers: James Maxey (author), Thomas A. Mays (author and naval officer), Rebecca Ledford (publisher at Phase 5), Manga Matt, Stephen Euin Cobb (author and magazine writer), and Jim Craig (planetarium director) as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 30, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes] This panel was recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_9_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 23, 2015

Topic: Trends in Book Publishing.

Speakers: David B. Coe and A. J. Hartley.

David B. Coe is the author of more than fifteen novels and a dozen short stories. His first series, the LonTobyn Chronicle won the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award.

A. J. Hartley writes mystery/thrillers and fantasy adventures. His thrillers have been USA Today and New York Times bestsellers and his 5th novel, Will Power, was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 15 best fantasy/scifi books of 2010.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 23, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 25 minutes] These interviews were recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_9_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 16, 2015

Topic: The Next Carrington Event: How Catastrophic Might It Be?

The Carrington Event was a solar coronal mass ejection that hit the Earth in 1859. If a similar one hit today, Lloyd's of London estimates the damage might cost between $0.6 and $2.6 trillion in the USA alone.

Speakers: Stephanie Osborn and Tim Bolgeo.

Stephanie Osborn is a former NASA payload flight controller, with over twenty years experience in civilian and military space programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station. And she is the author of many science fiction novels based on her unique experience.

Tim Bolgeo is an electrical engineer, now retired after more than 30 years with the TVA (The Tennessee Valley Authority). He is also the founder and long-running board chairman of LibertyCon in Chattanooga, where he is affectionately known as Uncle Timmy.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 16, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_9_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 9, 2015

Topic: Fifty Years of SETI--Where is Everyone?

Our speaker is Robert Buetner, the award-winning author of more than ten novels, a former intelligence officer, paleontologist, and lawyer.

[News Item] Lifespan.io is a new crowdfunding platform dedicated specifically to research aimed at extending healthy human lifespan. Through centralizing such crowdfunding efforts, it can help create a powerful grassroots movement to overcome age-related disease—both by building a community of passionate donors who can fund research directly and by providing an accessible gateway for the public at large to be introduce to the idea of life extension. The first campaign, from the SENS Research Foundation, is already over 50% funded, and more projects will be launching soon. Please visit www.Lifespan.io to join the cause, and help #CrowdfundTheCure for aging.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 9, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_9_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

The Future And You--Sept 2, 2015

Topic: The Ethics of Human Augmentationthe pros, cons and conundrums.

Speakers: Kenneth I. Roy, Carol Johnson, Bill Thomasson, and Robert G. Kennedy.

Kenneth I. Roy is an engineer who has published technology speculation pieces in the Journal for the British Planetary Society, and the United States Naval Institute Proceedings. His current interests include terraforming and geoengineering.

Carol Johnson studied international terrorism, filled delegate positions for travel-seminars with Partners in Policy Making of Alabama for people with neurodeveopmental disabilities, and actively advocated school health for children with special needs.

Bill Thomasson helps biomedical researchers write their journal articles and grant applications, he serves as volunteer Treasurer for Chicago’s annual Disability Pride Parade (he has been legally blind since 2000) and has worked Accessibility Services for every WorldCon since 2011.

Robert G. Kennedy is a senior systems engineer, who does green energy policy and business development at the local, state, and national levels.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 2, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 54 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--August 26, 2015

Topic: Terraforming. Making planets that are not habitable into earth-like planets, where people can live, work, and play--even outside, in comfort, without a space suit.

Speakers: Kenneth I. Roy (author and engineer), Stephanie Osborn (author and space scientist), and Robert G. Kennedy (author and engineer).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 26, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This presentation was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--August 19, 2015

The Eventual Artificial Intelligence Uprising.

Speakers: James Maxey (author), Chris Kennedy (author), Thomas A. Mays (author and naval officer), Edward McKeown (author), Rebecca Ledford  (publisher Phase 5), and Jake Bible (author).

Also: an email from David Wilding, mentioning an article he wrote in which he makes the case that the worlds first science fiction convention was held in Leeds, England in 1937. Guests included a young Arthur C. Clarke. Philadelphia, in USA, also lays claim to the title of world's first science convention, and this controversy is discussed within the article.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 19, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_8_19.mp3
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The Future And You--August 12, 2015

Topic: Emerging Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance. What we are doing right, and what we are doing wrong.

Speakers: John Harp (scientist) and Phil Wohlrab (scientist).

John Harp is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying bacterial membrane physiology.

Phil Wohlrab is pursuing a master's degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology; he is also a medic serving in the Virginia Army National Guard, currently as an instructor in combat medicine, basic lifesaving skills, and teaching the communicable diseases portion of field sanitation courses.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 12, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This presentation was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_8_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

The Future And You--August 5, 2015

Topic: Intelligence: What is it, and where is my smart pill?

Speakers: Julie Cochrane (author), John Harp (bacterial scientist), Bill Thomasson (scientist), Cathe Smith (insect genetics scientist), and Dr. Robert E. Hampson (neuroscientist, writer, and public speaker).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 5, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--July 29, 2015

Topic: The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is a group of scientists, engineers, space advocates, and space enthusiasts who are all pulling together to promote the eventual exploration of planets beyond our solar system.

Les Johnson has described it this way: "The Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is an opportunity for relaxed sharing of ideas in directions that will stimulate and encourage Interstellar exploration including propulsion, communications, and research. The 'Workshop' theme suggests that the direction should go beyond that of a 'conference'. Attendees are encouraged to not only present intellectual concepts but to develop these concepts to suggest projects, collaboration, active research and mission planning. It should be a time for engaging discussions, thought-provoking ideas, and boundless optimism contemplating a future that may one day be within the reach of humanity."

Speakers include: Les Johnson (space scientist), Robert G. Kennedy (author, speaker and engineer), Yohon Lo (aerospace and system engineer), Kenneth I. Roy (author and engineer), and Martha Knowles.

Also: an email from Barry, in Australia, a long-time listener. He points out that the number of astronauts who have been beyond low Earth orbit is 24, not the oft quoted 27, and he explains why. He also describes a bit about the Kerbal Space Program, a game I look forward to playing. (Barry is a Statistician. One false move and you're a Statistic.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 29, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_7_29.mp3
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The Future And You--July 22, 2015

The Secret Life of the Human Brain. How Modafinil and Ritalin are being used by college students to improve their mental functioning; efforts to simulate the human brain in software; new imaging devices that are improving our view deep inside the brain; neural prosthesis to replace a damaged section of the brain; how does the brain encode information?; how will living in space effect the human brain?; how changes in federal funding have effected research; and what exactly is consciousness?

Dr. Robert E. Hampson (neuroscientist, writer, and public speaker) is today's featured guest.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 22, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This interview was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_7_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

The Future And You--July 15, 2015

Many uncomfortable secrets of publishing are revealed. Such as: just how little fact-checking is done by newspapers and magazines; an explanation of "white papers" along with who writes them, who pays for them, and a sneak peek into their darker side; how science is altered by the process of publishing it in peer-reviewed journals; how budgets at universities, government agencies, and nonprofits, grow or shrink because of the effectiveness of their press releases.

Speakers include: Jim Beall (nuclear engineer), Walt Boyes (magazine editor), Les Johnson (space scientist), Dr. Robert Lightfoot, Stephen Euin Cobb, and Dr. Robert Hampson (neuroscientist) as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 15, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This presentation was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_7_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

The Future And You--July 8, 2015

"Nuclear Follies" a presentation by Jim Beall (nuclear engineer).

There was a time in which the astounding power of nuclear reactions was expected to solve a wide variety of humanity's problems. So thousands of research projects were launched by businesses, governments, and universities to find all the ways it was surely going to be useful. Most all proved to be dead ends, and were abandoned. Today, many of them look ridiculous. The lesson of this presentation is the swiftness with which humanity can experience a global paradigm shift; in this case, falling in love, and then out of love, with everything nuclear. Or if you prefer, you can just focus on how simultaneously funny and scary some of these efforts were.

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years. His experience in engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover's infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, and assessment with a nuclear utility and an architect engineering firm before joining the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC included senior resident inspector (both for construction and operations), inspection team leader, and senior enforcement specialist before serving as the policy assistant for reactors to three different USNRC Commissioners and earning the agency's Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 8, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 48 minutes] This presentation was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--July 1, 2015

Les Johnson on space exploration and development: where we are exploring now, and where we will explore in the next few years. Also, plans for a future satellite-based Internet provider which will not only lower the cost of high-speed Internet and make it available everywhere on Earth, but also make it very difficult for governments to censor.

Also: the increasing need for leap-seconds to keep our clocks accurate, since the earth's rotation rate is less stable than we previously believed; NASA's plans for a Europa mission; America's dependence on Russian-made rocket engines; the value of nuclear thermal rockets to explore the solar system; a planned near pass of the sun to within 3 solar radii; an 85 meter solar sail will use the pressure of sunlight to travel to an asteroid; sending hair samples to the stars; a proposed electrodynamic propulsion; the first launch of the SLS is set for 2018; three flights of solar sails; the flyby of Pluto is still on track; the James Webb Space Telescope will be bigger and better than Hubble; Bigelow inflatable space habitats may be used on Mars; the "lunar flashlight" will look for water ice on the moon by reflecting sunlight into one of the craters at the lunar south pole which has been at 4 degrees absolute for over a billion years; and many other projects.

Les Johnson is Senior Technical Assistant for the Advanced Concepts Office at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is also a physicist, author of nonfiction books about space, and scientifically accurate science fiction novels.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 1, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This presentation was recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN, on June 27, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--June 24, 2015

Raising Scientifically-Minded Children (Part 2 of 2).

Speakers: Catherine Asaro (physicist, Nebula Award winning author, and SIGMA consultant);Terry W. Ervin II (author, and professional educator); James Maxey (author); Stephen Euin Cobb (your host); and the moderator is Jim Craig (planetarium director).

Books mentioned by the panelists include: Raptor Red, One Second After, and The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 24, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on May 29, 2015. The first half was in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--June 17, 2015

 

Raising Scientifically-Minded Children (Part 1 of 2). 

Speakers: Catherine Asaro (physicist, Nebula Award winning author, and SIGMA consultant); Terry W. Ervin II (author, and professional educator); James Maxey (author); Stephen Euin Cobb (your host); and the moderator is Jim Craig (planetarium director).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 17, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This is the first half of a discussion panel recorded in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on May 29, 2015. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_6_17.mp3
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The Future And You--June 10, 2015

"The Year in Science" Discussion Panel (Part 2 of 2).

Topics: the appropriateness of de-extinction of extinct species from woolly mammoths to Neanderthals; Harvard University's swarm of 1,000 self-organizing robots; a fire extinguisher that puts out fires with sound; Microsoft's augmented reality goggle-style computer, named HoloLens; the fastest known star; a surprisingly effective ancient herbal medicine; the first in-space test of a light sail; the Yellowstone supervolcano; and many other topics.

Speakers are James Maxey (Author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), and your host as moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 10, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel I moderated in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on May 29, 2015. The first half is available in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_6_10.mp3
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The Future And You--June 3, 2015

"The Year in Science" Discussion Panel (Part 1 of 2).

Topics: mind-uploading of a round worm which then successfully operated a Lego-robot; the world's first warm-blooded fish; a noninvasive treatment for Alzheimer's using ultrasound; the dangers of e-cigarettes; the Pluto flyby New Horizons Mission; landing a space probe on a comet (the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander); an earth-sized exoplanet located in a habitable zone; cryovulcanism on the moon Io; the dino-chicken; and many other topics.

Speakers are James Maxey (Author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), and your host as moderator.

 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 3, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes] This is the first half of a discussion panel I moderated in front of an audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_6_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Future And You--May 27, 2015

Topics: Green bullets (environmentally friendly death); The Internet of Things seems to be taking it's own sweet time; The European Union's Galileo (Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS) which will compete directly with the GPS created by the US Military.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 27, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] This monologue was recorded on May 25, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_5_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Future And You--May 20, 2015

Topics: Robocraft, a game which makes learning basic engineering both fun and exciting; a prototype of an octopus-inspired robotic surgical arm; laparoscopic surgery; minimally invasive surgery; The Da Vinci Surgical System; TransEnterix work in developing the SurgiBot™ System; and photonic computers which manipulate data in the form of light waves.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 20, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This monologue was recorded on May 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_5_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

The Future And You--May 13, 2015

Topics: New Study Results Could Lead to Reversal of Aging Process; Scientists have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles in existence; why 4D printing is even better than 3D printing; two methods for the de-extinction of extinct species; youtube videos by the Crazy Russian Hacker; and videos of levitating water droplets using sound waves at Smarter Every Day.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 6, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes] This monologue was recorded on May 9, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_5_13.mp3
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The Future And You-May 6, 2015

Topics: predictions 100 years into the future, which were made in 1931; Koko: the gorilla who communicates using sign language, and a critique of her paintings; how the extreme safety of self driving cars might become a major problem for the organ transplant industry; The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is a free, searchable, online database of criminal court proceedings that covers more than two centuries; Trove is a project run by The National Library of Australia to digitise and make available a wide range of historical content; and many other topics.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 6, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 24 minutes] This episode is devoted to listener email, and was recorded on May 3, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_5_6.mp3
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The Future And You--April 29, 2015

Robert J. Sawyer--Part 3. Topics: Microsoft's new HoloLens eyeglass computer which beats Google glass by providing a head up display over your entire field-of-view; the latest DARPA Robot Challenge showed us that robots are still amazingly slow, clumsy and bumbling; why the future popularity of sex robots is perfectly reasonable; making the case for human augmentation; why human augmentation will probably, over time, alter an individual's personality; benefits of the new laser-based carbon-dioxide scrubber for space travel; ideas on how to increase fairness in the judicial system; and the idea that if there had been as many smartphone video cameras during the civil rights movement as there are today, it probably would have proceeded a lot more rapidly and a lot less violently.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 29, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_29.mp3
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The Future And You--April 22, 2015

Robert J. Sawyer--Part 2. Topics: indicators we might see if the Internet were to wake up and become conscious as an artificial intelligence; clever things such a web-mind might do to make the world a better place; why Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Super Intelligence is not likely to be dangerous; why it is likely that we will develop artificial intelligence; the future of 3-D printers of ordinary stuff, and of organs for transplant; features of a post-scarcity world; epigenetics; the astounding wealth of knowledge we all have at our keyboards; the free audio books available for download from LibriVox; the Neanderthal Genome Project; and the ethical problems with cloning a neanderthal.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 22, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--April 15, 2015

Robert J. Sawyer (the award-winning author and science enthusiast) discusses: radical life extension; how mind uploading might be misused in horrific ways; his critique of the methods used by the SETI project in their search for extraterrestrial civilizations; the most reasonable answers to the the Fermi Paradox; and his expectations concerning quantum computers, and why the NSA is buying them.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 15, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

The Future And You--April 8, 2015

Nancy Kress--part 3. Topics: Cameras in intersections that photograph people violating traffic laws and then mail them a ticket, and the retro-reflecting plastic sheet that motorists can buy and mount on their license plate to make photographing it with a flash camera impossible. How laws are always one step behind technological innovations, such as custody laws for the baby with three genetic parents. Cameras in a pill that you can swallow, which may someday replace colonoscopies. 3D printing of organs for transplant. Global climate change. The Neanderthal Genome Project, and the ethical problems of creating and raising a Neanderthal child.

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin(Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress (Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 8, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_8.mp3
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The Future And You--April 1, 2015

Nancy Kress--part 2. Topics: Weaponized drones in the hands of terrorists; hobbyist drones flying near commercial airports; DARPA's project to mount tiny cameras on cockroaches; the future of controlled nuclear fusion; 3D Printing; some of the potential downsides of everyone in the world living forever; streaming TV shows and movies; her efforts to put up her backlist of books as ebooks; the new virtual-reality HoloLens from Microsoft.

Nancy Kress is theauthor of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin(Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress(Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 1, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_1.mp3
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The Future And You--Mar 25, 2015

Nancy Kress (award-winning author and science enthusiast) shares her ideas concerning: human genetic engineering; DARPA's latest human-like robot "Challenge;" genetic engineering of crops (GMO's); human level AI; self-driving vehicles; and the think-tank SIGMA.

NEWS ITEM: This is the 400th episode of The Future and You.

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin (Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress (Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 25, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_3_25.mp3
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The Future And You--Mar 18, 2015

Topic: Artificial Super Intelligence--Part 2. Why it may pose a catastrophic threat to your life and all of human civilization. This is the second half of my interview with James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

James Barrat has been a writer and producer of television documentaries for more than 20 years. His clients include National Geographic, Discovery, and PBS.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 18, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 9, 2015. The first half is available in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_3_18.mp3
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The Future And You--Mar 11, 2015

Topic: Artificial Super Intelligence: why it may pose a catastrophic threat to your life and all of human civilization. This is an interview with James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

James Barrat has been a writer and producer of television documentaries for more than 20 years. His clients include National Geographic, Discovery, and PBS.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 9, 2015. It will be presented in two consecutive episodes.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_3_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

The Future And You--Mar 4, 2015

Topics: A laser-based method for "scrubbing" air for astronauts and scuba divers; the problems of making active armor for individual soldiers; firing a gun underwater in a swimming pool and the strange things the expelled gas does; how armor-piercing shells work against tanks; robots are in a boom-time of development but the major media finds this too boring to report; the rapid-fire bootlegging of TV shows & movies on Youtube; and 3D printing with metals.

James Daniel Ross is the author of the SF series of novels: The Radiation Angels. He shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad-Ass Faeries 2.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 4, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This panel was recorded on November 15, 2014 in front of an audience in Charleston SC at the SF&F convention Atomacon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_3_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 25, 2015

Topics: How space elevator's work, how they can fail, and why the Europeans will never allow one to be built; a police drone that carries & fires a shotgun; free roaming surgical robots; someone in the audience asks about NASA's experiments with "anti-gravity"; focused plasma fusion; and lightning bolts produce gamma rays and anti-matter.

Speakers: James Daniel Ross and me.

James Daniel Ross is the author of the SF series of novels: The Radiation Angels. He shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad-Ass Faeries 2.

[News Item] All five of Stephen Euin Cobb's books will be available for FREE on Amazon in their Kindle versions on February 25 and 26, 2015. This includes his two nonfiction books about the future, and his three novels which are set in the future. In addition to the two days in which they are ALL free they will all be free again on various non-synchronous days which will be scattered randomly over the next three weeks. Please feel free to download them and tell your friends, colleagues, and complete strangers to download them too. Thanks.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This panel was recorded on November 15, 2014 in front of an audience in Charleston SC at the SF&F convention Atomacon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_2_25.mp3
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The Future And You--Feb. 18, 2015

Topics; the multiple impracticalities of the flying cars which have so far been invented and prototyped, a 3D printed 1911 service pistol (45 calibre) tested by firing 5,000 rounds, 3D printers which make their own parts, women's equality in India, the absorbing and spreading of culture, tempered steel automobiles verses what we drive now, and examples of methanol engines used in motor vehicles.

Speakers: James Daniel Ross and me.

James Daniel Ross is the author of the SF series of novels: The Radiation Angels. He shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad-Ass Faeries 2.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This panel was recorded on November 15, 2014 in front of an audience in Charleston SC at the SF&F convention Atomacon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_2_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

The Future And You--Feb 11, 2015

Three Topics:

[1] General Electric has greatly increased the resolution and speed of a CT scanner. Their new machine will likely save thousands of lives; improve the outcomes of hundreds of thousands of hospital patients; and, I suspect, become a valuable tool for additional research into human life-extension.

[2] A channel of free documentaries on YouTube--such as "Can we live forever?" hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

[3] BIG stands for Basic Income Guarantee. Under a BIG all citizens receive from their government enough money to live on, whether they need it or not. A town in Canada had a BIG for 40 years; how it affected the people in the town is being studied in detail. And the Swiss are going to vote this year on whether or not their nation should have a BIG of $2600 per month.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 27 minutes] This monologue was recorded on February 10, 2015 using the free Voice Recorder app on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--Feb. 4, 2015

Topics: Life-extension related research from Stanford University; Microsoft's new HoloLens eyeglass computer which is an improvement on Google Glass in that it's a full headup display instead of just a little image in the corner of your field of vision; and the differences between normal cells and cancer cells. I also talk about the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and the TV shows Agents of Shield and How the States got their shape.

Life-extension oriented past episodes of The Future And You which are mentioned in this episode include the July 18, 2012 episode which contains a full explanation of the final results of my "TA-65 Evaluation Project," in which my mother and I took TA-65 for six months.

For those who want to know more about TA-65, I've interviewed the president of the company that developed and sells it, Noel Patton.  He is in three episodes. The first was when I was introduced to him at the Singularity Summit in NYC. That's in the Nov. 4, 2009 episode. A couple of years later I interviewed him by Skype. That interview was much longer and provided a more thorough treatment of the process. I split it into two episodes: April 20 and 27 of 2011.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 4, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes] This monologue was recorded on February 1, 2015 using the free Voice Recorder app on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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The Future And You--Jan. 28, 2015

Topic: Information that was formerly unavailable in digital form, or was prohibitively expensive, is now being made available thought the Internet by the US Federal and State Governments for free--provided you live in the right state. (Technically it's not really free. Taxes are paying for it.)

This information includes the full text (THE FULL TEXT) of scientific papers from peer-reviewed journals, industrial and business reports which typically cost several thousand dollars each, US Government reports (which have always been relatively reasonable in price but used to be available only on paper), and most surprising: magazine articles from thousands of ordinary magazines such as Popular Science and Time.

I've discovered that I have access to this stuff. I'll admit, I'm a bit excited about it, but frankly I'm also a little confused about how it can be offered without violating copyright. I'm convinced that they are NOT violating copyright. They sound as though the tax dollars are paying for the copyrights, but if so I don't understand how it could be enough. Maybe you'll understand this stuff better than I do.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 28, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 27 minutes] This monologue was recorded on January 26, 2015 using the free Voice Recorder app on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_1_28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

The Future And You--Jan 21, 2015

Topic: Recovering from a Computer Crash. Backups don't always have your back.

Subtopics: Research on the life-expectancy of consumer hard drives; how to download a free (and completely legal) copy of the Windows 7 operating system; why the recovery disk you were told to make when you bought your computer is approximately worthless; awesome videos on youtube by computer experts such as Carey Holzman and Eli the Computer Guy; the value of bootable CDs and USB flash drives; free operating systems such as Ubuntu and Mint; and why having a ridiculously-outdated computer handy can be a lifesaver as an emergency way to get online to: research your problem, download recovery software, and order replacement parts.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 21, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This monologue was recorded on January 20, 2015 using the free Voice Recorder app on your host's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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This is not a normal episode of the show. My computer suffered a catastrophic crash on Sunday (Jan 11, 2015) when the hard drive which contains the operating system became unreadable. This little five minutes worth of audio simply provides an explanation and some clarity. I have backups, but nothing to restore them into at the moment. Next week, or at worst, the week after, the show should be back to normal. I hope.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_1_14.mp3
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The Future And You--Jan 7, 2015

Topic: Ghostwriting (Part 2): How to work with a ghostwriter, who most needs a ghostwriter, and how much ghostwriters typically cost.

Our guest is Claudia Suzanne. Claudia Suzanne has been a professional ghostwriter for decades and has participated in the creation of 132 books. She has watched firsthand how the negative trends in publishing have produced positive trends in ghostwriting. Based on her considerable experience, she has created, and teaches, a master's level college course called "Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program." This course offers the world's only ghostwriter certification. The course is taught at California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education. (California State University, Long Beach--also known as Cal State Long Beach--is the second largest campus of the 23 school California State University system, and one of the largest universities in the state of California as measured by enrollment.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 7, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes] This is the second half of my interview with Claudia Suzanne which was recorded using Skype on December 4, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_1_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec. 31, 2014

Topic: The Year in Review--2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb provides a wide variety of commentary on the wide variety of topics discussed on the show during this past year of 2014.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 31, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 50 minutes] This monologue was recorded on December 28, 2014 using the free "Voice Recorder" app on your host's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_12_31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec 24, 2014

Topic: "The World's First Robotic Psychiatrist" (Part 2)

Joanne Pransky has spent decades working to alert people to the impact that robots will eventually have on their lives. Dubbed "the real Susan Calvin" by Isaac Asimov in 1989, Joanne's lifelong mission has been to prepare the world for living and working with robots on a daily basis by humorously discussing these social issues at national and international conferences, and by appearing on numerous television shows and film documentaries with her robot 'patients'. Joanne served as the senior sales and marketing executive for Sankyo Robotics, a world-leading manufacturer of industrial robot systems, including the ROBODOC® Surgical Assistant, a computer-controlled surgical robot utilized in hip and knee replacement surgeries. She has been the U.S. Associate Editor for Emerald, publisher ofIndustrial Robot, Assembly Automation, and Sensor Review since 1996. Joanne was the Director of Marketing and one of the principals of the world's first medical robotics journal, The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, which was acquired by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Her present role with the Journal is Managing Editor. She also worked with The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show on a segment featuring the Chinese Twin Android. Joanne was an official judge on the TV series of live robotic combat, "Comedy Central Sports Presents BattleBots." She has also appeared on CNN, The Tonight Show, the Discovery Channel, MSN.com, and the NTV Russian Broadcasting Channel. She is known for her humor and unique ability to generate enthusiasm for the future of robotics.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 24, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 3, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_12_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec. 17, 2014

Topic: "The World's First Robotic Psychiatrist" (Part 1)

Joanne Pransky has spent decades working to alert people to the impact that robots will eventually have on their lives. Dubbed "the real Susan Calvin" by Isaac Asimov in 1989, Joanne's lifelong mission has been to prepare the world for living and working with robots on a daily basis by humorously discussing these social issues at national and international conferences, and by appearing on numerous television shows and film documentaries with her robot 'patients'. Joanne served as the senior sales and marketing executive for Sankyo Robotics, a world-leading manufacturer of industrial robot systems, including the ROBODOC® Surgical Assistant, a computer-controlled surgical robot utilized in hip and knee replacement surgeries. She has been the U.S. Associate Editor for Emerald, publisher of Industrial Robot, Assembly Automation, and Sensor Review since 1996. Joanne was the Director of Marketing and one of the principals of the world's first medical robotics journal, The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, which was acquired by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Her present role with the Journal is Managing Editor. She also worked with The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show on a segment featuring the Chinese Twin Android. Joanne was an official judge on the TV series of live robotic combat, "Comedy Central Sports Presents BattleBots." She has also appeared on CNN, The Tonight Show, the Discovery Channel, MSN.com, and the NTV Russian Broadcasting Channel. She is known for her humor and unique ability to generate enthusiasm for the future of robotics.

[News Item] This is the nine year anniversary episode of The Future And You. The first episode went public on December 15, 2005. The show's descriptive website www.TheFutureAndYou.com has been completely redesigned. In addition to information about the show, and some photos of your host interviewing people, it now features a very long--yet still very partial--list of the more than 350 people interviewed for the show during the last nine years.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 17, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 3, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_12_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

The Future And You--Dec. 10, 2014

Topic: Ghostwriting: how the process works, as well as it's limitations and benefits. Also: how ghostwriting has been affected by the powerful trends going on throughout the publishing industry. (A ghostwriter is a person hired to write for, with, or even instead of, the author of a book.)

Our guest is Claudia Suzanne. Claudia Suzanne has been a professional ghostwriter for decades and has participated in the creation of 132 books. She has watched firsthand how the negative trends in publishing have produced positive trends in ghostwriting. Based on her considerable experience, she has created, and teaches, a master's level college course called "Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program." This course offers the world's only ghostwriter certification. The course is taught at California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education. (California State University, Long Beach--also known as Cal State Long Beach--is the second largest campus of the 23 school California State University system, and one of the largest universities in the state of California as measured by enrollment.)

[News Item:] In this episode I announce that I am now available as a professional ghostwriter, and that I am accepting clients. If you have a book in mind that you want to write but you can't quite finesse the words into smoothly flowing sentences, or you don't have the one thousand hours needed to devote to the project, you can hire me to transform your ideas into a well-written book with your name on the cover. (My name would not appear.) Mind you, your project doesn't have to be a book. You might want your ideas transformed into one or more magazine articles. I've written over a hundred magazine articles, so naturally, I'm comfortable with that format. Just email me. I'll send you more information, including my fee schedule, and we can set up a time to talk about your project on the phone. My email address is: me@stevecobb.com.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 10, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 44 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 4, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_12_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:48am EDT

The Future And You--Dec. 3, 2014

Topic: Book Promotion and Marketing: methods, tips and useful advice [Part 2 of 2].

Our guest is Simone Pond.

Simone Pond is an advertising executive with a Los Angeles advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. She is the author of three novels (The City Center, The New Agenda, and The Mainframe) in which she explores transhumanist and cyberpunk themes, such as virtual reality and mind-uploading in a dystopian earth, three centuries in the future.

[Note] At your host's urging, Simone has also just released a short (99 cents) step-by-step guide to book marketing. It is based on her experience with, and results of, her first book launch. It is titled: How I Hit Amazon Kindle's Top 100: A (very) Short Guide to Marketing Your Book.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 3, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on October 27, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_12_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EDT

The Future And You--Nov. 26, 2014

Eight Interviews from Atomacon.

Guests include: Gregory French (actor from the TV show The Walking Dead), Randy Richards (author of novels in the "Hidden History" genre including "The League of Founding Fathers"), Winfield H. Strock (author of several novels including one involving a vampire inside a soviet submarine), Rob Hemelsbok (co-chair for CostumeCon 33), Ken Spivey (Atomacon's Musical Guest of Honor), T. Julian Bell (creator of Kromore, a table top roll playing game), Jada Diaz (conchair for ConCarolinas), and Janet Iannantuono (conchair for Atomacon).

This episode covers a wide variety of trends within various professions and areas of interest, because it contains eight short interviews I gathered while between my discussion panels at the science fiction and fantasy convention Atomacon. If Atomacon sounds NEW, it's because it is. This was only its second year. It was held in Charleston, South Carolina on the weekend of November 14, 15 and 16. Atomacon describes itself as "The Lowcountry's first sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology, gaming convention." I had a wonderful time. I always enjoy speaking on panels, as well as interviewing. And so, with thanks, this episode is dedicated to Atomacon. Those thanks are directed specifically to its many volunteers, its many participants, and especially to its conchair: Janet Iannantuono.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 26, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 86 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_11_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

The Future And You--Nov. 19, 2014

Topic: Book Promotion and Marketing: methods, tips and advice based on today's continually shifting trends.

Our guest is Simone Pond.

Simone Pond is an advertising executive with a Los Angeles advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. She is the author of three novels (The City Center, The New Agenda, and The Mainframe) in which she explores transhumanist and cyberpunk themes, such as virtual reality and mind-uploading in a dystopian earth, three centuries in the future.

[Note] At your host's urging, Simone has also just released a short (99 cents) step-by-step guide to book marketing. It is based on her experience with, and results of, her first book launch. It is titled: How I Hit Amazon Kindle's Top 100: A (very) Short Guide to Marketing Your Book.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 19, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on October 27, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_11_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

The Future And You--Nov. 12, 2014

Topic: What Would War in Space Really Be Like? (Part 2 of 2)

Speakers: John Ringo,Dr. Charles E. GannonTimonthy Zahn, and Dr. Travis S. Taylor as the moderator.

[Essay:] Your host describes his expectations concerning a dangerous form of AI which may propagate through the Internet long before the Singularity. An AI capable of aggressively hacking its way into millions of computer systems, though it has only the cleverness and intellectual capacity of a small animal, and no understanding of anything outside the internet, perhaps even no understanding that there is an outside. It might become the software equivalent of a billion rats, destroying all the world's precious data--and all of yours too--by replacing it with trillions of copies of itself.

Timothy Zahn is a New York Times best selling author. John Ringo is a New York Times best selling author. Dr. Charles E. Gannon is a New York Times bestselling author; and as a member of the think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies. Dr. Travis S. Taylor is an aerospace engineer, optical scientist, science fiction author, and star of National Geographic Channel's TV show Rocket City Rednecks. Dr. Taylor has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including the highly rated TV special When Aliens Attack.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 12, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F conventionLibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_11_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

The Future And You--Nov. 5, 2014

Topic: What Would War in Space Really Be Like? (Part 1 of 2)

Speakers: John Ringo, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Timonthy Zahn, and Dr. Travis S. Taylor as the moderator.

Timothy Zahn is a New York Times best selling author. John Ringo is a New York Times best selling author. Dr. Charles E. Gannon is a New York Times bestselling author; and as a member of the think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies. Dr. Travis S. Taylor is an aerospace engineer, optical scientist, science fiction author, and star of National Geographic Channel's TV show Rocket City Rednecks. Dr. Taylor has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including the highly rated TV special When Aliens Attack.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 5, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_11_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

The Future And You--October 29, 2014

Six Topics: (1) A new way the insurance companies are using clever software to trick 75% of their customers into paying a lot more money than the remaining 25%. (2) Two recently developed vision correction methods which may allow you to throw away your eyeglasses and contact lenses forever. (3) An interactive webpage which allows you to play at zooming into the microscopic world, from viewing a coffee bean to a carbon atom. (4) The free-to-play MMO game WarThunder, which allows you to participate in dogfights with a wide variety of historically accurate airplanes and jet fighters. (5) A little commentary on nootropics--also known as mind enhancing drugs--and the website gwern.net. (6) Thesaurus.com--a handy online tool.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 29, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes] This monologue was recorded on October 25, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_10_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

The Future And You--October 22, 2014

Topic: Science in the Classroom: the good, the bad and the ugly. (Part 2)

Speakers include: Jim CraigJames Maxey and your host. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek."Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought.

News Item: The Future And You is now available on Stitcher--the free app for listening to podcasts. For the show to be included in the Stitcher List Ranking" it will need to have at least five reviews. So, if you would, please review this show on the Stitcher website. Also, if you would, please share this show with your facebook friends and twitter followers (Stitcher provides handy icons for this). Sharing and reviewing are both important since they will greatly increase the show's visibility to other Stitcher users. Thank you for your help. --Steve

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 22, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas. This is the second half of the panel. The first half was in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of 

Direct download: TFAY_2014_10_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

The Future And You--October 15, 2014

Topic: Science in the Classroom: the good, the bad and the ugly. (Part 1)

Speakers include: Jim Craig, James Maxey and your host. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek." Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought.

This is the first half of the panel. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 15, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of 

Direct download: TFAY_2014_10_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

The Future And You--October 8, 2014

Topic: 3D Printing -- It's advantages, limitations, current abilities, and future possibilities.

Speakers: David L. Burkhead, Stephanie Osborn, Bart Kemper, Jeremy Levitt and Michael Z. Williamson as the moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 8, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_10_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57am EDT

The Future And You--October 1, 2014

Topic: Is War in Space Inevitable?

Speakers: John Ringo, Robert G. Kennedy, David L. Burkhead and Dr. Charles E. Gannon as the moderator.

John Ringo is a New York Times best selling novelist with over two million books in print. Robert G. Kennedy is an author, speaker and engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. David L. Burkhead is a physicist working in the nanotechnological field of surface science and Atomic Force Microscopy; and has published technical and popular science articles, as well as a number of SF&F stories. Dr. Charles E. Gannon is a New York Times bestselling author; and as a member of the think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies.

Your host also reviews the documentary series, The Planets. A brilliant, and visually dramatic, series about the struggles we went through to achieve our understanding of the planets, the sun, and the moon. Eight episodes of about 48 minutes each, filled with interviews and eyewitness accounts by those who were there when we made some of our most astounding discoveries. It covers space missions, both manned and unmanned, as well as ground-based observers. Though produced in 1999, this treasure trove of exploration history will never go out of date. It will be as fresh a century from now as it was the day it was released.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 1, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 44 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_10_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Future And You--September 24, 2014

Topic: Transhumanism: its vision, hopes and many concrete possibilities.

Speakers: James Maxey, Paula S. Jordan, Dr. Ben Davis and myself as moderator. Paula S. Jordan is a former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, and more recently a science fiction author. Dr. Ben Davis has a doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and is an IT professional. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as a Big Science Geek.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 24, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 61 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_9_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

The Future And You--September 17, 2014

Topic: The Technological Singularity.

Your host reveals his personal expectations concerning the Singularity: when; how; good or bad; methods; new technologies; weak points; warnings; alternate versions. He even delves into the specifics of what he thinks it will do if (or when) it stops obeying us.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 17, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 45 minutes] This monologue was recorded on September 12, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_9_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59am EDT

The Future And You--September 10, 2014

Three topics: our guest's experiences while in China, as well as his making a living in the old traditional book industry, and now in the new ebook industry.

Patrick Quinlan (best selling author) is our featured guest.

Patrick Quinlan is the author of seven novels, including six thrillers written under his own name. These books include the crime novels Smoked, The Takedown (renamed The Falling Man for ebook publication), The Drop Off, and The Hit.  Smoked made numerous bestseller lists in various parts of the world and was translated into four languages. He is the co-author, with legendary film actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Nighthawks, The Hitcher), of Rutger's memoir All Those Moments. Available in English and Dutch, All Those Moments was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Patrick is also the author of Thee Optimist, a blog about bad behavior, unintended consequences, and the absurdity of the human condition. He has been featured or reviewed in major media throughout the world, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the London Times, the Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, Maine Public Radio, BBC Radio News, and many others.  He divides his time between Maine and Florida.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 10, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 57 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on August 27, 2014.

 

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 300 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer and award-winning podcaster. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_9_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

The Future And You--September 3, 2014

Topics: controversies and possibilities concerning: mind-uploading, robotics, human-like androids, sexrobots, the sexdolls of today (which are not robotic) human level artificial intelligence, as well as far greater than human level artificial intelligence. We also talk about Patrick's new novel, Sexbot (a novel about uploading ones mind into a human-like robotic android).

Patrick Quinlan (best selling author) is our featured guest.

Patrick Quinlan is the author of seven novels, including six thrillers written under his own name. These books include the crime novels Smoked, The Takedown (renamed The Falling Man for ebook publication), The Drop Off, and The Hit. Smoked made numerous bestseller lists in various parts of the world and was translated into four languages. He is the co-author, with legendary film actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Nighthawks, The Hitcher), of Rutger's memoir All Those Moments. Available in English and Dutch, All Those Moments was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Patrick is also the author of Thee Optimist, a blog about bad behavior, unintended consequences, and the absurdity of the human condition. He has been featured or reviewed in major media throughout the world, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the London Times, the Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, Maine Public Radio, BBC Radio News, and many others. He divides his time between Maine and Florida.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 3, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on August 27, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_9_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

The Future And You--August 27, 2014

Topic: Trends in Filmmaking, both commercial and independent. Casting, shooting, editing, scriptwriting, fundraising, financing, distribution, promotion and camera technology are all discussed.

Three Interviews: Stephen L. Antczak (who works in commercial films); and two Indy filmmakers: Jesse Knight (of Jesse Knight Films) and Jason Buterin (of Mad Ones Films).

News Item: I landed on two "best seller" lists at Amazon.com.

My nonfiction book entitled Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science was #9 best seller on the "Science & Math" list, and #42 best seller on the "Astronomy" list. (And yes, I took a screen shot. Maybe I will frame it.) As you can imagine the number one spot on both of these lists was held by Stephen Hawking.

Here is my book's description from its page on Amazon.com: This 29-page collection of six articles--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes several of the far future scientific and technological innovations which will transform our civilization from what it is now into an exponentially larger, faster, stronger and more dynamic civilization than can be contained on this planet, or in this solar system, or within this universe. These technologies will allow us to expand through those boundaries and find new unimagined boundaries beyond them to break through. Article Titles -- We Will Transmute the Elements; We Will Develop Many Completely New Physics; My Father's Watch; Hidden-Life May be More Common on Planets than Non-Hidden: And Earth May be No Exception; The Universal Diagram; Engineering Space: Altering This Universe and Making New Ones.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 27, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 46 minutes] These three interviews were recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC, at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_8_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44am EDT

The Future And You--August 20, 2014

Topic: The Technological Future of War.

Speakers: Jim Beall, Charles E. Gannon, Mark Wandrey, Bart Kemper, and Michael Z. Williamson.

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the United States military after 25 years and is both a science fiction and military fiction author. He is also associate editor at SurvivalBlog where he does reviews of disaster preparedness products. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions. He tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. He is the author of at least ten military SF novels, one of which is a collaboration with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Jim Beall has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years. His experience in engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. After the USN he worked in design, construction, inspection, and assessment at a nuclear utility and at an architectural engineering firm before joining the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).

Dr. Charles E. Gannon was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). As a member of the think-tank SIGMA, he has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies. His earlier credits include film and TV writing & production in NYC. These days he is principally known as a New York Times bestselling author.

Mark Wandrey is a writer who has had a lifetime of diverse jobs, extensive travels, and living in most areas of the country. He is best known for his Earth Song series of novels.

Bart Kemper is a Professional Engineer who works as a consultant for the US military. He is also a writer, soldier, photographer, inventor, and problem solver. Based in Louisiana, he also works in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Washington State.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 20, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_8_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

The Future And You--August 13, 2014

Topic: Contrasting two brilliant documentary series against one another. The recently released Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, released in 2014 which was hosted by the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; verses its predecessor, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, released in 1980 which was hosted by the astrophysicist Carl Sagan.

Today's speakers: Jim Craig, Dr. Ben Davis and myself as moderator. Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. Dr. Ben Davis has a doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and is an IT professional.

BTW: Carl Sagan is one of my personal heroes. I produce The Future And You partly because of his contribution to altering the course of my life back when I was in my teens and twenties. I could probably write a list of perhaps two dozen people who helped to set my life on the path it has taken: Issac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Dale Carnegie, Ray Bradbury--even Johnny Carson whose interview style I try to use for my show--all spring to mind, though there are many others.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 13, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 50 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_8_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

The Future And You--August 6, 2014

Topic: How does the human brain work? How are memories stored in the brain? Why are memories so often full of errors? And, most especially, is there any evidence that quantum effects are involved in the brain's functioning?

Speakers: Dan Hoyt, Sebrina Chase, Sam Lightfoot and Tedd Roberts as the moderator.

News Item #1: Hulu.com is currently offering--for free--all 13 episodes of the brilliant documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." Yes, all of them! Complete episodes. Steaming for free!

News Item #2: For for those of you who subscribe to Netflix  The third season of Continuum  has just been released. It's about a police officer from the year 2077 who is accidentally sent back in time to 2012, along with a team of terrorists. The terrorists time-traveled on purpose to wreak even more havoc, and she is struggling to stop them. Once again, its called Continuum, and all three seasons are available for streaming on Netflix. If you would like to see 2 minute long clips from the show, you can do so for free on Hulu.com.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 6, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 47 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_8_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

The Future And You--July 30, 2014

Topic: The Past Twelve Months in Science. What new inventions, innovations, developments, and discoveries have changed things for human civilization in little ways and in big?

Today's speakers: Paula S. Jordan, Jim Craig, James Maxey, Drew Myer, myself, and the moderator is Micki Knop.

Paula S. Jordan is a former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, and more recently a science fiction author. Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC; he is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek." Drew Myer is a librarian and science educator. And Micki Knop is an organizer with the Charlotte Geeks.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 30, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_7_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

The Future And You--July 23, 2014

Topic: AntiMatter. How do we make it, store it, and use it--today, and in the future.

Antimatter may ultimately become a means of storing vast amounts of energy in a very compact form. Utilizing it in practical ways may take decades, maybe a century or more. Our speakers will describe what we have done already, what engineering difficulties lie ahead, and what the benefits may be if we succeed. Our speakers are: Jim Beall, David L. Burkhead, and Dr. Charles E. Gannon.

Jim Beall has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years. His experience in engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. After the USN he worked in design, construction, inspection, and assessment at a nuclear utility and at an architectural engineering firm before joining the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).

David L. Burkhead is a physicist working in surface science and Atomic Force Microscopy, which is a field of study within Nanotechnology. He has published a number of technical and popular science articles as well as a number of SF&F stories.

Dr. Charles E. Gannon was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). As a member of the think-tank SIGMA, he has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, and other agencies. His earlier credits include film and TV writing & production in NYC. These days he is principally known as a New York Times bestselling author.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 23, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 60 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_7_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

The Future And You--July 16, 2014

Topic: Space Exploration--Where should we explore next? And where have we explored so far?

Subtopics: mining the asteroids (the billionaire Peter Diamondis has announced the he will do it); nuclear propulsion systems (including one that uses a series of small nuclear warheads exploding against a giant pusher plate); looking for life in the ocean which sits under the ice on Europa; successful landings on Venus; colonizing the moon (the Chinese are going even if no one else will); colonizing Mars (including reasons to wait and not do it for many decades); manned missions verses unmanned missions--the pros and cons of each; looking for life on Titan; and the fact that we have verified to everyone's satisfaction that there is indeed water on earth's moon--frozen in valleys at the lunar south pole.

Today's speakers: Jim Craig, Paula S. Jordan, Dr. Ben Davis, James Maxey and myself as moderator. Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. Paula S. Jordan is a former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, and more recently a science fiction author. Dr. Ben Davis has a doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and is an IT professional. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 16, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 64 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_7_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

The Future And You--July 9, 2014

Topic: Memories can be Inherited. Shocking, yes, but the research seems solid. The mechanism by which this is done involves the rapidly expanding scientific field called Epigenetics.

The entire field of epigenetics will radically improve our understanding in many different areas of biology and medical science over the next few decades. In today's show we focus mostly on only one impact which it is having already. In January of this year a new research paper showed that fear-based memories can be inherited. This was a highly controversial result; especially in light of the longstanding rejection by the scientific community of the now infamous, and discredited, planarian memory experiments of the 1950s and 60s. For fifty years we have known absolutely that memories can not be inherited. In January we learned that we were wrong. To discuss this reversal of established fact, I am joined by two experts:

Robert A. Hoyt is a freshly graduated biologist and chemist (dual-major).  He is also an author and member of SFWA.

Dr. Tedd Roberts is a neuroscientist, writer and public speaker. His research includes the study of nerve cell function; behavioral mechanisms; and detection of the patterns of neural activity which underly learning and memory. He is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

BTW: Dr. Tedd Roberts has been on the show before. He was in three consecutive episodes in the summer of 2013 describing many facets of our growing understanding of how the brain works. Those episodes (like all past episodes of this show) are still available for your listening pleasure. His episodes are: May 29, 2013; June 5, 2013, and June 12, 2013.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 9, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 56 minutes] This panel was recorded in front of an audience on June 28, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_7_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

The Future And You--July 2, 2014

Dr. Travis S. Taylor (scientist, author and TV personality) is our featured guest.

Dr. Travis Taylor is an aerospace engineer, optical scientist, science fiction author, and star of National Geographic Channel's Rocket City Rednecks. He has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including the recent highly-rated special When Aliens Attack. He has consulted for NASA and DOD; has been awarded numerous patents; and has detected two exoplanets. He has three master degrees and two doctorates.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 2, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 57 minutes] This interview was recorded in front of an audience on June 27, 2014 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_7_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

The Future And You--June 25, 2014

Topic: Breakthroughs in Medical Science. New technologies which will help us live healthier and longer.

Subtopics: 3D printing of tissues and organs for surgical implant; wiping out cancer with a massive dose of measles vaccine; life extension with buckyballs; fecal transplants (yeah, that's right: poop); induced hypothermia as a lifesaving treatment in trauma and surgery; stem cells; causes of allergies, paleo diets; vegan diets; all-meat diets; and the fitness guru, Jack LaLanne, who lived to the age of 96 (he had a daily fitness and exercise TV show from 1953 all the way to 1985. A total of 32 years).

 

Today's speakers include: Dr. Ben Davis, Jonah Knight, myself, and James Maxey as moderator.  Dr. Ben Davis has a doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and is an IT professional. Jonah Knight is completing his certifications to be a Certified Personal Trainer, and to Teach DDP Yoga (both of which include nutritional components). James Maxey (the moderator) is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 25, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_6_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

The Future And You--June 18, 2014

Hank Pellissier--[Part 4]--(writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist).

Topics: Human Intelligence--is it a product of our culture or our genes? Are some of this world's cultures more effective, more useful...maybe even more valuable? Should having babies be licensed and regulated, and not a right given to everyone? Features of Confucianism. Artificial Intelligence and the Technological Singularity. Ideas in the movie Idiocracy--a lighthearted science fiction movie in which the entire population of the world, in the far future, becomes very stupid. And I ask Hank if I am accurate in sizing him up as "an activist who feels comfortable using people's negative emotions to get the word out on topics he feels are important." I tell him that I think he views argument and controversy as useful and important tools. And I ask him if I am wrong.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 11, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This is the third portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The final portion will be in next week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_6_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

The Future And You--June 11, 2014

Hank Pellissier--[Part 3]--(writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist).

Topics: Trends going on in education, especially online sources of education such as the Khan Academy, which I enjoy a great deal, and which is completely free to all users. (I've especially enjoyed their mathematics, history and biology.) We also talk about: the gamification of education; Hank's recent magazine article about learning through music videos; and the power of the Internet to reconnect people who, for decades, thought they would never see one another again. Somewhere in the middle of this episode, I describe, in some detail, the innovative and interactive method used by the Khan Academy to teach mathematics. Their method makes it easy, painless, and astoundingly more efficient than any traditional classroom.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 11, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This is the third portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The final portion will be in next week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_6_11.mp3
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The Future And You--June 4, 2014

Eight Interviews from ConCarolinas. (The SF&F convention that got me started podcasting.)

Guests include: Edmund R. Schubert (editor-in-chief of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show a poplar online magazine of science fiction and fantasy), Cheralyn Lambeth (a real ghostbuster & author of Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas), Janine K. Spendlove (author), Gail Z. Martin (author & podcaster), Ron Garner (promoter for Silence in the Library Publishing), Stuart Jaffe (author & podcaster), Jonah Knight (musical performer and composer), and Jada Diaz (the Con-Chair of ConCarolinas).

Various Topics discussed: ghostbusting in the real world, why travel by train is so much more fun than travel by air, ebooks, audiobooks, nuclear power, scified eggs, and one of my guests gets arrested by the Mandelorian Mercs when someone put a bounty on his head. (For those unfamiliar with the Mandelorian Mercs: Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who captured Han Solo in the second Star Wars movie, was also a Mandelorian Merc, and wore their familiar style of uniform, helmet and rocket-powered jet-pack.)

BTW: You can watch a video of me moderating a panel at this con on the topic of Transhumanism. Wesley Davis (one of my listeners) posted it on youtube.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 4, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 93 minutes] These interviews were recorded in Charlotte NC on May 30 and 31, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_6_4.mp3
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The Future And You--May 28, 2014

Simone Pond (advertising executive, author andblogger) is our featured guest.

Topic: Trends in The Advertising Industry.

Specific items discussed: The TV show Mad Men; the power of viral videos; the public backlash against giant digital billboards; the rise of human billboards; the continuing decline of newspapers; the recent loss of schmoozing; the shrinking number of advertisers willing to commit to three or five year advertising contracts; the overwhelming migration of advertisements from all traditional forms of media to the Internet; (because of) the astounding targetability of Internet ads. Simone also describes some of the ways advertising has earned its reputation for evil manipulation. I tried to defend advertising, but she insists that everytime she comes home from her advertising job she feels unclean. She quotes Sean Connery from the movie The Anderson Tapes. "What is advertising but a legalized con game?"

Simone Pond is an advertising executive with a Los Angeles advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. She is also the author of two novels which are set three hundred years in the future: The City Center, and its sequel: The New Agenda.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 28, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 1, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_5_28.mp3
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The Future And You--May 21, 2014

Simone Pond (advertising executive, author and blogger) is our featured guest.

Topics: Trends in book promotion, but also tips and pointers on how to do it better.

Specific items discussed: online book promotions, facebook and social marketing, websites which will promote book give-a-ways for free, countdown promotions, goodreads.com, Amazon's Kindle policies and the promotional options they offer to authors, the importance of creating a brand, GooglePlus, weaknesses of traditional advertising as compared to online, how she made the book trailer video which she put on youtube and the results has yielded, and which promotional method has given her the best results--for the effort and money she expended--out of everything she has tried. Also mentioned: Falling Stars: The Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven by Rich Everitt, and How to publish and sell your article on the kindle by Kate Harper.

Simone Pond is an advertising executive with a Los Angeles advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. She is also the author of two novels which are set three hundred years in the future: The City Center, and its sequel: The New Agenda.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 21, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 1, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_5_21.mp3
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The Future And You--May 14, 2014

Eric Lerner (President and Chief Scientist of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics) is our featured guest.

Topic: Plasma Focus Fusion: a form of clean fusion which might well become a game-changer for civilization. If the ongoing development is successful, it could completely re-write our future as compared to current expectations. It could do this for three reasons: it can provide us with more electricity than we currently use on this planet, it can provide it at only a fraction of a penny per kilowatt hour, and the third and bonus reason, it is clean energy. Clean in the sense that it does not produce any radioactive waste material at all. Being a small portable device, Focused Fusion would be ideal for space exploration within our solar system--possibly reducing travel time to Mars to under one month. As a secondary topic, Eric Lerner also talks about the growing body of evidence that the Big Bang Theory of the origin and large scale structure of the universe may be completely wrong. An uncomfortable thought to be sure.

Eric Lerner, President and Chief Scientist of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, has been active in dense plasma focus (DPF) research for 30 years. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space propulsion. Under a series of contracts with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he planned and participated in carrying out experiments that tested and confirmed this theory. In addition, he developed an original model of the role of the quantum magnetic field effect on DPF functioning, showing that this effect could have a large effect on increasing ion temperature and decreasing electron temperature, which would reduce unwanted X-ray cooling of the plasma.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 14, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 50 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 8, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_5_14.mp3
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The Future And You--May 7, 2014

Hank Pellissier--[Part 2]--(writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist).

Topics: A good bit of detail on the life-extension experiments using Carbon 60, Buckyballs dissolved in olive oil (and where you can buy it for yourself). And a bit of info on other anti-aging medicines and supplements such as: TA-65, Product-B, Stem Code, and from The Bullet-Proof Executive Upgrade Aging Formula. Also: biohacking, quantified-self, and some ideas on what to do with all that free-time if you live for centuries.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 30, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This is the first portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The next portion will be in next week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_5_7.mp3
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The Future And You--April 30, 2014

Hank Pellissier (writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist) is today's featured guest.

Topics: his book 225 ways to increase or harm IQ. Life-extension methods people are trying today; Peter Nygard's life-extension experiment in the Bahamas; life-extension experiments using C60 (Carbon 60, Buckyballs); and research into the molecule NAD which is fundamental to the mitochondrial theory of aging. Also mentioned are the experiments of a biohacker named Gwern Branwen into the mind-improving drugs called Nootropics.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 30, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This is the first portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The next portion will be in next week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_4_30.mp3
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The Future And You--April 23, 2014

Zoltan Istvan (journalist, entrepreneur, futurist) is today's featured guest.

Topics: life-extension and the elimination of death; his proposals for a transhumanist Olympics; and how transhumanist ideas mesh or conflict with the various religions of the world. Also, ways in which life-extension may change our cultural attitudes and behaviours--for example: marriage may not survive and having children may become less popular or just delayed until later in people's lives. Also just how strong should we let artificial intelligence become, and what actions might our government take to control a singularity. Also his work stopping the illegal poaching of endangered species in Southeast Asia, and how he pioneered the extreme sport of volcano boarding.

Zoltan Istvan is an American-Hungarian philosopher, journalist, entrepreneur, and futurist. He is best known as a leading transhumanist and the author of the controversial novel, The Transhumanist Wager, a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Science Fiction Visionary and Metaphysical on Amazon. At the age of 21 he began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 23, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This is the second half of my interview with Zoltan Istvan which was recorded using Skype on April 3, 2014. The first half is in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_4_23.mp3
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The Future And You--April 16, 2014

Zoltan Istvan (journalist, entrepreneur, futurist) is today's featured guest.

Topics: life-extension, transhumanism, augmenting the body and the mind, Ayn Rand's objectivism, several forms of atheism, and many of the other topics he has explored in his new novel, The Transhumanist Wager. We also discuss some of the articles he's written for the Huffington Post such as, Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?, A New Generation of Transhumanists is Emerging, and I'm and atheist therefore I'm a Transhumanist.

Zoltan Istvan is an American-Hungarian philosopher, journalist, entrepreneur, and futurist. He is best known as a leading transhumanist and the author of the controversial novel, The Transhumanist Wager, a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Science Fiction Visionary and Metaphysical on Amazon. At the age of 21 he began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 16, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This is the first half of my interview with Zoltan Istvan which was recorded using Skype on April 3, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_4_16.mp3
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The Future And You--April 9, 2014

Gennady Stolyarov II is today's featured guest.

Topics: Peter Nygard's new life extension project going on now in the Bahamas in which he is injecting himself with stem cells (here is my interview with him in 2009); goal setting and prioritizing within an extended life (in which I quote from one of my interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson); Gennady emphasizes that many traditions are built into our culture which are based on a universal expectation of death as a certainty; and we cover a number of the ideas within his many writings on life-extension such as those in his articles, essays, novel, theatrical play, and his many video-essays which are freely available on Youtube.

Gennady Stolyarov II is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Transhumanity, Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on theYahoo! Contributor Network to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and is one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 2 million views. Mr. Stolyarov regularly produces YouTube Videos discussing life extension, libertarianism, and related subjects.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 2, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on March 29, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_4_9.mp3
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The Future And You--April 2, 2014

Gennady Stolyarov II is today's featured speaker.

Topic: Life-Extension, and how to help the general public to embrace life-extension. Gennady Stolyarov II has written a new children's book entitled: Death is Wrong. He has also created a crowd-funding project (using Indiegogo) to put 1,000 copies of this book into the hands of children at no cost to them.

Gennady Stolyarov II is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Transhumanity, Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on the Yahoo! Contributor Network to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and is one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 2 million views. Mr. Stolyarov regularly produces YouTube Videos discussing life extension, libertarianism, and related subjects.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 2, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on March 29, 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_4_2.mp3
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The Future And You--March 26, 2014

Topic: Google Projects--the astounding variety of things Google is working on right now, many of which will change the future. Anti-aging research, healthcare, robotics, pushing the internet into places in the world where it does not yet reach, driving down the cost of smartphones, and much more. Your host reads selections from (and provides commentary on) a long and thorough article entitled "The 2014 Google tracker—Everything we know Google is working on this year" which was written by Ron Amadeo and published by Ars Technica.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 26, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_3_26.mp3
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The Future And You--March 19, 2014

Topic: Digital Life in 2025. A 61 page report from the Pew Research Center which is "based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the Internet of things, and net neutrality." Your host reads selections and provides some commentary. (BTW: Here is a link to Khan Academy. It's only mentioned in passing, but it's worth checking out.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 19, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_3_19.mp3
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The Future And You--March 12, 2014

Topics: Google hires lobbyists to keep it legal for people to wear Google Glass while driving a car; Nanotechnology takes one baby step closer to molecular assemblers now that scientists have succeeded in grabbing a single molecule and moving it around in 3-D; You can now edit the list of topics which online advertisers think are relevant to you; Solar power in Hawaii is now nearing saturation--because so many consumers and businesses have installed it on their roofs.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 12, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_3_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

The Future And You--March 5, 2014

Topics: Introduction to Hacking (an instructional video by Eli The Computer Guy); the ten strongest materials known to man; government online petitions; SureResponce, Verizon's Entry into Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS); how to make your computer run faster; how to remove spyware and malware from your computer; and nanotechnology engineers build first carbon nanotube computer.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 5, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_3_5.mp3
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The Future And You--February 26, 2014

Topic: Places where you can watch Streaming TV and movies for FREE, also some cool Apps, and a fascinatingly exploreable weather map which displays far more than just the weather.

Links to things mentioned in this episode: Hulu.com; CBS.com; Retrovision.tv; movietube.co; Youtube.com; Almost Human (TV show); The Big Bang Theory (TV show); CBS Evening News (TV news show); and The Wundermap.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 26, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_2_26.mp3
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The Future And You--February 19, 2014

Topic: Ten predictions for 2014, by Michael Liebreich (Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance) covering renewable energy, carbon, digital energy technology and storage, natural gas, conventional power and advanced transportation.

His tenth prediction may be his most important: "For over a hundred years the orthodox view of the energy system prevailed. Power generation was big, dirty and central. Grids were centralized and dumb. Reliability was provided by holding over-capacity. Vehicle fuels were oil-based. For some years now we have been saying that this orthodoxy is not going to hold in the future. I predict 2014 is going to be the year when this becomes starkly obvious to most people. Until now, it has been up to the proponents of a new system to argue that change is on its way. In 2014 the tables will turn. Change will be the default assumption, and it will be up to the proponents of orthodoxy to argue why they disagree.
 The orthodoxy that clean energy is an expensive luxury cannot be maintained when wind power can be sold for 5 cents/kWh and solar for 10 cents/kWh, before subsidies, in more and more parts of the world."

Michael Liebreich also provides predictions concerning: electric vehicles, the smart grid, natural gas prices, solar manufacturers, traditional electric utilities, wind power installations on land and on sea, clean energy investments including green bonds, and the US Production Tax Credit.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 19, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes] This episode contains selections from and commentary on Michael Liebreich's article: A Year of Cracking Ice: 10 Predictions for 2014.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_2_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

The Future And You--February 12, 2014

Many Topics: How the Nielsen Company, which has provided ratings for TV shows since 1950, is making some adjustments to our modern age of Streaming TV. A camera built into a pill which patients can swallow has been approved in the U.S. to help doctors screen the large intestine for polyps and other early signs of colon cancer. Mint (the widely-used personal finance app from Intuit) will now also include the virtual currency: Bitcoin. And some of the ways in which the power grid is beginning to mimic the Internet.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 12, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_2_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

The Future And You--February 5, 2014

Topic: The Twelve Most Disruptive Technologies of the Next Ten Years.

This episode presents an overview to a massive 180 page report from McKinsey Global Institute which is entitled "Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy." Though many of the twelve disruptive technologies are familiar to listeners of this show, this deeply thorough analysis can provide many new insights as well as a better understanding of these familiar topics. The full report (but not this episode) estimates dollar values for each technology as it disrupts the economy in addition to our lives.

The Twelve Technologies Are: Mobile Internet, Automation of knowledge work, The Internet of Things, Cloud technology, Advanced robotics, Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles, Next-generation genomics, Energy storage, 3D printing, Advanced materials, Advanced oil and gas exploration and recovery, Renewable energy (including wind and solar energy).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 5, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_2_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

The Future And You--January 29, 2014

Topic: 10 Important Trends for 2014 involving consumer actions and preferences when using their smartphones, laptops, and tablet computers to access the Internet. (From a report by Ericsson

For Example: People's desire for biometric alternatives to passwords; the growing popularity of apps and devices which constantly measure a users activity and or vital signs (for improved health or during exercise, and in some cases for life-logging); and the surprising fact that more than a third of all consumers already measure their smartphone's download speed at least twice per week. (Perhaps they have discovered the "unlimited" Internet they are paying for is not quite as unlimited as it once was.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 29, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_1_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

The Future And You--January 22, 2014

Topic: Many different Emerging Technologies.

Also: why millions of people whose credit card numbers were hacked recently from Target would have been protected, if Target had been allowing their online customers to pay for things using Bitcoin.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 22, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_1_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

The Future And You--January 15, 2014

Technological Innovations presented at the Consumer Electronic Show last weekend in Las Vegas.

Examples: the first Li-Fi smartphone; wearable computers; smart watches; HUD computerized eyeglasses by Lumus (a competitor to Google Glass); 5G; curved TVs; 4K Ultra HighDef TVs (UHD TV); smart LED lights; and PlayStation Now.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 15, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_1_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

The Future And You--January 8, 2014

Topic: 3D Printing of Human Organs and Tissues for Transplant Surgery.

Bioprinting: how it is done; how much progress has been made so far; and hints of what can be expected in the future. (Links to articles mentioned in this episode: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 8, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 27 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_1_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18am EDT

The Future And You--January 1, 2014

Topic: Celebrating the New Year with predictions limited to the year 2014.

Examples include: changes we may see in our jobs and in our schools when Google glass is finally available for purchase by the millions who are waiting to put them on; the ever-growing number of retailers who accept bitcoin (such as Overstock.com) and what this is likely to do to bitcoin price fluctuations; the constantly accelerating solar energy adoption rate and how this will affect stock price movements of solar companies; how fracking has lead to the USA becoming a net exporter of refined petroleum products; and a number of other predictions thrown in for good measure.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 1, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2014_1_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

The Future And You--December 25, 2013

Topic: Things Which, in the Future, Will Disappear.

Examples include: hand-held cell phones; the ability to get lost; not just privacy but also anonymity; paper (not just documents but also snail-mail, junk mail and personal checks); the physical versions of newspapers, magazines and greeting cards; and maybe even physical books. And a number of other things.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 25, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

The Future And You--December 18, 2013

The 8th Anniversary Episode.

Eight years ago (on December 15, 2005) the very first episode of The Future And You was made available to the global public. And so in today's episode I will talk a bit about those very early episodes; how the show started; that all past episodes remain freely downloadable; and why--after eight years--I'm still doing the show and have no intention of stopping.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 18, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Future And You--December 11, 2013

Topic: technological and scientific developments so far this year.

Examples include: a breathalyzer-style test can now detect stomach cancer; caffeine reduces the probability of suicide; a new form of lithium-ion battery is thousands of times more powerful than current battery technology; a tiny exoplanet is discovered about the size of the Earth's moon; the US Supreme Court decides that naturally occurring genes can not be patented by medical companies; and, for the first time, a robotic aircraft lands on an aircraft carrier on the high seas.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 11, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 18 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The Future And You--December 4, 2013

Topic: Future Predictions from Wikipedia and from Popular Mechanics.

Examples include: Solar powered drones which can fly for five years without coming down may take the place of more expensive satellites; Instantaneous translation for all languages as a cell phone app; Google's ongoing plan to digitize every book ever written in any language; and the soldiers of the United States Army being increasingly replaced by robots.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 4, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

The Future And You--November 6, 2013

Topic: Your host recommends a number of TV shows and movies which depict the future. 

These include: Almost Human, Ender's Game, Continuum, Prometheus, Firefly, Serenity, Timer, Time Traveler, Delete, The Social Network, Cloud Atlas, The Terminator, Terminator 2, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 6, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 23 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_11_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am EDT

The Future And You--October 30, 2013

Topic: The website FutureTimeLine.net.

FutureTimeLine.net is an impressive body of work which includes hundreds of predictions about the future, conveniently arranged by year, decade and century. Everything from next year to the ultimate heat-death at the end of the universe are covered with clear explanations and footnotes to the source material for the predictions. Your host reads sample predictions and critiques the website.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 30, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01am EDT

The Future And You--October 23, 2013
Topic: How the U.S. electric power grid will suffer and struggle economically due to the continued rise of electricity produced from sunlight.
This suffering has already begun in places where photovoltaics are in rapid adoption such as Hawaii and California. But this struggle has only just begun. During the next decade or two it's going to get ugly--really ugly. The slow agonizing death of an industry is not an easy thing to watch. Hundreds of thousands of jobs will be eliminated. And for those investors who cling endlessly to what was once a reliable source of prosperity, fortunes will be lost. The future is not always pretty, but we must face the trends which are measurable as they grow strong in front of our eyes. It's the only way we can decide how best to respond to the changes which are being dropped into our lap.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 23, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

The Future And You--October 16, 2013

Topic: Part TWO of our panel on Transhumanism.

Panelists include: Stephanie Osborn (space scientist and SF author), Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist), Lillian Price (microbiologist in the final months of her doctoral work), Daniel M. Hoyt (programmer and SF writer), Sarah A. Hoyt (author and polyglot), Robert Hoyt (SF writer with a fresh BS in biology), me (your host, Stephen Euin Cobb), and Dr. Tedd Roberts (neuroscientist and researcher) as the panel's moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 16, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel which was recorded before an audience on June 29, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN. The first half was in last week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16am EDT

The Future And You--October 9, 2013

Topic: Transhumanism. This is a panel discussion with eight participants--a mixture of scientists and science fiction writers.

Panelists include: Stephanie Osborn (space scientist and SF author), Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist), Lillian Price (microbiologist in the final months of her doctoral work), Daniel M. Hoyt (programmer and SF writer), Sarah A. Hoyt (author and polyglot), Robert Hoyt (SF writer with a fresh BS in biology), me (your host, Stephen Euin Cobb), and Dr. Tedd Roberts (neuroscientist and researcher) as the panel's moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 9, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is the first half of a discussion panel which was recorded before an audience on June 29, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

The Future And You--October 2, 2013

Anthony Thomas, M. Doc Geressy and Chuck Carte are our featured guests; with Stephen Euin Cobb as moderator.

Topic: Part TWO of New Media. The nature and effects of the many different newly-invented forms of media which have grown large thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Internet--without which they could not exist. This includes: streaming TV, wiki's, facebook, podcasts, blogs, twitter, pintrest, and many other tools for sharing information digitally.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 2, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel recorded before an audience on June 1, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC. The first half is in last week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

The Future And You--September 25, 2013

Anthony Thomas, M. Doc Geressy and Chuck Carte are our featured guests; with Stephen Euin Cobb as moderator.

Topic: "New Media" (as opposed to traditional media). An informal examination of the nature and effects of the many different newly-invented forms of media which have grown large thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Internet--without which they could not exist. This includes: streaming TV, wiki's, facebook, podcasts, blogs, twitter, pintrest, and many other tools for sharing information digitally.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 25, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This is the first half of a discussion panel recorded before an audience on June 1, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC. The second half of this panel will be in next week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_9_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The Future And You--September 18, 2013

Michael Nuschke (Retirement Futurist) is our featured guest.

Topic: Part TWO of Retirement planning in the age of the Singularity.

Michael Nuschke is a Professional Retirement Planner who is also a Futurist and Life-Extensionist. By combining his profession with his futurism he has written a report entitledThe End Of Retirement As We Know It. This report is available as a free pdf download from his website (www.retirementsingularity.com). I've read it and it's excellent. In my interview with Michael we discuss his report at length. We cover his assessment of how things are changing, and his advice which you can use to improve your personal future. As he says on his website: "I specialize in retirement income planning–how to ensure you don’t run out of money before you run out of life. This gets tricky if you live well past age 100 in good health."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 18, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on August 31, 2013. This is the second half of his interview; the first half was in last week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_9_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The Future And You--September 11, 2013

Michael Nuschke (Retirement Futurist) is our featured guest.

Topic: Retirement planning in the age of the Singularity (Part One).

Michael Nuschke is a Professional Retirement Planner who is also a Futurist and Life-Extensionist. By combining his profession with his futurism he has written a report entitled The End Of Retirement As We Know It. This report is available as a free pdf download from his website (www.retirementsingularity.com). I've read it and it's excellent. In my interview with Michael we discuss his report at length. We cover his assessment of how things are changing, and his advice which you can use to improve your personal future. As he says on his website: "I specialize in retirement income planning–how to ensure you don’t run out of money before you run out of life. This gets tricky if you live well past age 100 in good health."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 11, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on August 31, 2013. The first half will be presented in this week's episode, and the second half will be presented next week.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_9_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The Future And You--September 4, 2013

Frederik Pohl, one of the legends of science fiction, passed away just a few days ago on September 2, 2013. In memory of his life and work today's episode contains an interview he gave me back in 2010 shortly after he'd turned 90 years old.

Topics: How he and Arthur C. Clarke became friends many decades ago; and how in Arthur's declining years Arthur asked Fred to finish a book that he had started but could not complete. Fred's years working as a literary agent--during which he became Isaac Asimov's first agent, and sold Isaac's first novel: A Pebble in the Sky. His work as the editor of various magazines including Astonishing, Galaxy and If--which is when he bought Larry Niven's first few professional stories, and when he hired Judy-Lynn del Rey as his secretary at Galaxy Magazine even though she knew nothing about Science Fiction at the time. (This was long before she worked at Ballantine Books, married Lester del Rey, and became so influential at Ballantine that they put her in charge of an imprint and named it after her.) Miscellaneous topics include: how he came to write for Playboy Magazine; why he wrote under so many pseudonyms; his method of collaborating with other authors; and how he become Encyclopedia Britannica's first official authority on the Roman Emperor Tiberius; predicting the future using the Delphi Method; his co-founding ofThe Futurians; his nonfiction books: The Way the Future WasOur Angry Earth, and Science as a Spectator Sport; the Americanization of the world (which he has witnessed by traveling to more than 50 different nations); his modest contribution to democracy in Moscow; how he was excluded from attending the very first WorldCon; and a few insights about his long-term friends: Donald A. Wollheim (the creator of DAW Books), andIsaac Asimov.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 4, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 61 minutes] This interview was recorded on January 30, 2010.

Frederik Pohl is a science fiction writer, and has been a book and magazine editor, as well as a poet, critic, literary agent and teacher. He edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine If, winning the Hugo for If three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_9_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

The Future And You--August 28, 2013

Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist and professor) is our featured speaker.

Topic: The Singularity, and some of the things which might prevent it from occurring.

Dr. Ben Davis earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Notre Dame. For several years he then taught mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He now works in the biometrics industry. His personal interest include: futurism, skepticism, science fiction, and history.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 28, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This is a presentation recorded before an audience at the SF&F convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN on June 29, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_8_28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

The Future And You--August 21, 2013

Catherine Asaro (theoretical physicist, author and SIGMA consultant), Stephanie Osborn (former NASA payload specialist and author) David L. Burkhead (who works at a scanning electron microscopy facility, and writes science fiction as well) and your host: Stephen Euin Cobb.

Topic: Nanotechnology. What is being done today and what it may produce in the future.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 21, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before an audience at the SF&F convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN on June 29, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_8_21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

The Future And You--August 14, 2013

James Maxey (author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), Ben Davis (nuclear physicist) and myself are today's speakers.

Topic: A Timeline of Humanity's Future in Space.

Specifically: When are we likely to do each of the following: return to the Moon; put the first footsteps on an asteroid; land people on Mars; visit the outer planets (or the moons of the outer planets) such as those of Jupiter and Saturn; and, of course, when are we likely to send people to a solar system other than our own--which is to say... When will we travel to the stars?

A recurring side topic: Is it appropriate for us to make use of celestial objects, or should we preserve them in their original state? And if we preserve them, who exactly are we preserving them for?

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 14, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 60 minutes] This panel discussion (originally titled "Why Aren't We In Space?") was recorded before a live audience at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on June 1, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_8_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

The Future And You--August 7, 2013

James Maxey (author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), Gray Rinehart (writer and editor), Ben Davis (nuclear physicist) and myself are today's speakers.

Topic: Global Climate Change. Evaluating its possible solutions for effectiveness and political achieveability.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 7, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This panel discussion was recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on June 1, 2013.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_8_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The Future And You--July 31, 2013

John Ringo (best selling author), Larry Correa (best selling author), Catherine Asaro (theoretical physicist, author and SIGMA consultant), Les Johnson (author and NASA administrator), Tedd Roberts (brain scientist), Michael Z. Williamson (author), Julie Cochran (author), Patrick Vanner (author) and Lillian Price (microbiologist and medical student) are today's speakers.

Topic: "Ten Ways Civilization Might Die."

Ways discussed include: another Carrington Event, an eruption of the Yellowstone caldera, an asteroidal impact, The Singularity, a computer virus with unexpected catastrophic secondary and tertiary effects, a human engineered virus or bacteria, cyber attacks against infrastructure, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses), the vulnerabilities of digital patient medical records, the rise of artificial intelligence, universal apathy in a wired world, The Law of Unintended Consequences, and the obvious--Global Nuclear War.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 31, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 60 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN on June 29, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_7_31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:33am EDT

The Future And You--July 24, 2013

Seventeen diverse interviews from LibertyCon 2013.

Topics: Trends and insight into what is happening behind the scenes in a wide variety of professions, interests, enthusiasms and fields. This collection is partly intended give you a sense of the trends which are creating the future, but also to provide you with a bit of the flavor of the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon.

Our guests today in the order in which they appear:

Catherine Asaro (author, scientist, dancer, singer and LibertyCon's Science Guest of Honor).

Kevin J Anderson (best selling author and LibertyCon's Literary Guest of Honor) accompanied by his wife Rebecca Moesta.

Larry Correia (best selling author and LibertyCon's Master of Ceremonies).

John Ringo (bestselling author).

Toni Weisskopf (head of Baen Books).

Michael Z. Williamson (author of military SF).

Patrick Vanner (author).

Stuart Jaffe (author & podcaster).

Elayna Little Cook (volunteer working in the LibertyCon art room).

Melissa Gay (professional artist).

Brandy Spraker (LibertyCon's new chairperson).

Kennith I. Roy (engineer and space engineering researcher).

Gail Sanders (costume maker and vendor).

Warren Buff & Jeff Orth (SF&F convention organizers).

Cathe Smith (insect geneticist and LibertyCon volunteer).

Geoffrey Mandragora (author of The Thunderbolt Affair).

Lillian Price (author of Thin Places).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 24, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 133 minutes].

Direct download: TFAY_2013_7_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

The Future And You--July 17, 2013

Catherine Asaro (theoretical physicist, author and SIGMA consultant), Les Johnson (author and NASA administrator), Sarah Hoyt (author), Tedd Roberts (brain scientist), Ben Davis (nuclear physicist), Jeff Barnes (FAA safety engineer and SF writer), Lillian Price (microbiologist and medical student), Chuck Gannon (author and SIGMA consultant) and Jim Beall (nuclear engineer) are today's speakers.

Topic: "Where's My Flying Car?"  And other broken promises about the future from science fiction.

Subtopics: tricorders; jet packs; nuclear fusion; teleportation; faster than light travel; anti-matter; space tourism; foods that won't spoil; supersonic commercial airliners; and robot servants that do the laundry, wash the dishes and cook meals. Also all those cool things from the movie "Back to the Future" such as Doc Brown's time machine and Mister Fusion; Marty Mcfly's hover board, self-tying shoes and self-drying clothes; and the national weather service's right-on-time weather control.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 17, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 59 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN on June 29, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_7_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EDT

The Future And You--July 10, 2013

James Maxey (author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), Gray Rinehart (writer and editor), Ben Davis (nuclear physicist) and myself are today's speakers.

Topic: "The Year in Science" (Part 2).

Subtopics: grid parity; smart grids (verses the dumb grids we have now); photovoltaics and the rise of solar cells; solar panels on residential roofs; George Orwell; so called joule theives (such as the one that charges your cell phone with the stray radio waves around you, or charges it using the special T-shirt you are wearing which produces electricity from your body). Also: the promises and hopes of augmented reality verses the much talked about privacy fears; the BMW prototype of augmented reality (which is far better than Google Glass); and how augmented reality may very well produce new waves of unemployment.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 10, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This is the second half of a panel discussion recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on June 1, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_7_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

The Future And You--July 3, 2013

James Maxey (author), Jim Craig (planetarium director), Ben Davis (nuclear physicist) and myself are today's speakers.

Topic: "The Year in Science" (Part 1).

Subtopics: The good and bad of 3D printers. Such as the 3D printing of food for human consumption, of a mouse kidney for transplant, of replacement parts for US army weapons, of artificial limbs for amputees, and of impossible to find parts for antique cars. But also the unemployment which will likely be a byproduct of 3D printers.  Also discussed: the discovery of a transitional ancestor of turtles with only half-developed shells; and the universe taken as whole might not be elegant after all since the Higgs boson has turned out to be too light to bring balance to the universe. Dr. Adrian Bowyer's self-replicating rep-rap machine is also described. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 3, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This is the first half of a panel discussion recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on June 1, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_7_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

The Future And You--June 26, 2013

Twelve diverse interviews from ConCarolinas 2013.

Gathered from locations throughout the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte NC during the weekend of ConCarolinas, these interviews provide trends and insight into what is happening behind the scenes in a wide variety of professions, interests, enthusiasms and fields. This collection is partly intended give you a sense of what is likely to come in the future, but also to provide you with a feel for the flavor of the annual convention.

Our guests today in the order in which they appear:

Kandyse McClure (a regular on Battlestar Galactica for 4 years, she recently appeared as Dr. Clementine Chasseur in the original series Hemlock Grove).

Jason Carter (best known for his role as the Ranger Marcus Cole on the series Babylon 5, he has also appeared on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Angel, and Charmed).

Timithy Zahn (Hugo Award winning author of 10 Star Wars Extended Universe novels).

Stuart Jaffe (author and podcaster). 

John G. Hartness (author and poet). 

Logan (fan and performance artist).

Gale Z. Martin (author and podcaster).

Glenda Finkelstein (author and independent film-maker).

Stage Slave Gavin (a theatrical performer who was promoting the movie The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus. For the sake of promotion, he was in full-body hot-pink makeup as "Hot Pink Jesus").

Taylor Gibbson (an artist who was sitting under a sign which read "Cartoonify yourself").

Roy Mauritsen (writer and fine artist).

Sarah L. Covert (writer, editor, and publisher at SheNeverSlept.com).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 26, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 104 minutes].

ConCarolinas is one of the sources for the many science-oriented discussion panels which have graced this show over the last seven years. It is a multi-genre multi-media convention which covers all manner of speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy and horror. It hosts a variety of fandom related events and guests, including gaming, discussion panels, costume events, music events like Klingon Karaoke, a charity auction, SCA events, fan groups like the 501st Stormtroopers, Starfleet, and Klingon Assault Group, and something different every year.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_6_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

The Future And You--June 19, 2013

James Maxey (author), Anthony Thomas (programmer), Jim Craig (planetarium director) and myself are today's speakers.

Topic: Transhumanism.

Subtopics: is transhumanism inevitable?, computers hardwired into the human brain, artificial red blood cells, nootropics (smart drugs), augmentation as a personal choice verses as a product of social coercion, Marshal Brain's short story Manna, prenatal surgery, eugenics, should we slow down the rate of human augmentation?, life extension, google glass, the human connectome project, and having all of your organic cells replaced with artificial cells which accurately mimic living cell as described in your host's transhumanist novel Plague at Redhook.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 19, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 65 minutes] This panel discussion was recorded before a live audience at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC on June 1, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_6_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

The Future And You--June 12, 2013

Dr. Robert E. Hampson (neuroscientist, writer and public speaker) is today's featured guest.

Part 3 of our 3 part exploration of: How memories are stored in the human brain. 

Subtopics include: The Blue Brain Project, The Human Connectome Project, President Obama's BRAIN Initiative, Artificial Intelligence, Alzheimer's disease, Trends in Teaching Methods used in Colleges, Distance Learning, Prosthetics for the Brain, and the problem of obsolescence of brain prosthetics which might require replacement and thus suffering through a second session of brain surgery.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 12, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 44 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 26, 2013.

Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a researcher in the field of "neuroscience" –the structure and function of the brain.  After receiving his doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University in 1988, his research focus has been on the hippocampus (a brain area involved in the processing of short-term memory) and in the prefrontal cortex (an area responsible for behavior and decisions involving memory).  His laboratory work includes the study of: 1) nerve cell function, 2) behavioral mechanisms, and 3) detection of the patterns of neural activity, underlying learning and memory in rodents, nonhuman primates and humans.  These studies have required the development of computer models of neural activity patterns associated with processing of memory, investigation of drugs that alter memory function, examination of the effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on cognitive (memory) processing, and comparative studies of memory across different animal species.  Dr. Hampson is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

Dr. Hampson's interest in public education and brain awareness has also led him to serve as a member of the Science and Entertainment Exchange (a service of the National Academy of Science) which supplies subject matter experts to the entertainment industry, and from there to the field of Science Fiction.  Writing science fact and fiction blogs and articles as "Tedd Roberts," he also gives public talks on science fiction for SF conventions, student and civic groups, and writes nonfiction articles for Baen Books.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_6_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

The Future And You--June 5, 2013

Dr. Robert E. Hampson (neuroscientist, writer and public speaker) is today's featured guest.

Part 2 of our 3 part exploration of: How memories are stored in the human brain. 

Subtopics include: recording electrical activity deep inside a living human brain; common misinterpretations of the goals of brain research; deep brain stimulation (a treatment for Parkinson's disease); pharmaceuticals for brain research, and ways in which the Internet has forced peer-reviewed scientific journals to change. One such change has been the adoption of a new form of peer-review known as "open-review"--a wild and woolly free-for-all.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 5, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 26, 2013.

Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a researcher in the field of "neuroscience" –the structure and function of the brain.  After receiving his doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University in 1988, his research focus has been on the hippocampus (a brain area involved in the processing of short-term memory) and in the prefrontal cortex (an area responsible for behavior and decisions involving memory).  His laboratory work includes the study of: 1) nerve cell function, 2) behavioral mechanisms, and 3) detection of the patterns of neural activity, underlying learning and memory in rodents, nonhuman primates and humans.  These studies have required the development of computer models of neural activity patterns associated with processing of memory, investigation of drugs that alter memory function, examination of the effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on cognitive (memory) processing, and comparative studies of memory across different animal species.  Dr. Hampson is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

Dr. Hampson's interest in public education and brain awareness has also led him to serve as a member of the Science and Entertainment Exchange (a service of the National Academy of Science) which supplies subject matter experts to the entertainment industry, and from there to the field of Science Fiction.  Writing science fact and fiction blogs and articles as "Tedd Roberts," he also gives public talks on science fiction for SF conventions, student and civic groups, and writes nonfiction articles for Baen Books.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_6_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

The Future And You--May 29, 2013

Dr. Robert E. Hampson (neuroscientist, writer and public speaker) is today's featured guest.

Topic: How memories are stored in the human brain. As well as ways living neurons behave similarly to neural nets written in software; why holograms are a good metaphor for memory storage in the brain; and new tools and equipment which are opening the door to entirely new research. Such as Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Functional MRI) which is an MRI procedure that measures brain activity by detecting associated changes in blood flow; and Magnetoencephalography (MEG)--a technique for mapping brain activity by recording, from outside the brain, magnetic fields produced by electrical currents occurring inside the brain which are a physical manifestation of mental activity. We even take a moment to discuss the Alpha brain-wave bio-feedback machines which were a big fad back in the 1980s.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 29, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 48 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on May 26, 2013.

Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a researcher in the field of "neuroscience" –the structure and function of the brain.  After receiving his doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University in 1988, his research focus has been on the hippocampus (a brain area involved in the processing of short-term memory) and in the prefrontal cortex (an area responsible for behavior and decisions involving memory).  His laboratory work includes the study of: 1) nerve cell function, 2) behavioral mechanisms, and 3) detection of the patterns of neural activity, underlying learning and memory in rodents, nonhuman primates and humans.  These studies have required the development of computer models of neural activity patterns associated with processing of memory, investigation of drugs that alter memory function, examination of the effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on cognitive (memory) processing, and comparative studies of memory across different animal species.  Dr. Hampson is also part of a multi-university team working to develop a "neural prosthetic" capable of restoring memory by connecting between different regions within the brain.

Dr. Hampson's interest in public education and brain awareness has also led him to serve as a member of the Science and Entertainment Exchange (a service of the National Academy of Science) which supplies subject matter experts to the entertainment industry, and from there to the field of Science Fiction.  Writing science fact and fiction blogs and articles as "Tedd Roberts," he also gives public talks on science fiction for SF conventions, student and civic groups, and writes nonfiction articles for Baen Books.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_5_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

The Future And You--May 22, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topics: Future trends as depicted on the TV show Continuum; grid parity of photovoltaics across America as depicted on a Solar Equivalency Interactive Map; my intentions to Invest in Photovoltaics over the next two to four years; a warning that the price of stock in solar companies will likely suffer from a series bubbles of ever increasing size over the next few years, each one followed by a crash; a clever invention called Gravity Light; Oculus Rift (a Virtual Reality display device which will be available this summer) and its use by Jimmy Fallon; and a little robot with big gooey feet.

Also: a brief prediction from Jose Cordeiro (founder of the World Future Society's Venezuela Chapter, chair of The Millennium Project Venezuela Node, and faculty member of Singularity University).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 22, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_5_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EDT

The Future And You--May 15, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topic: Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies. Their rise; utility; strength; weakness; easy and difficult ways of aquiring them; their short and long term trends; and the scammers who cheat those who sell them on eBay.

Cryptocurrencies include: Bitcoin (BTC)Litecoin (LTC), PPCoin (PPC), Namecoin (NMC), FeatherCoin (FTC), NovaCoin (NVC), Devcoin (DEV), Freicoin (FRC), ChnCoin (CNC), Terracoin (TRC), Liquidcoin (LQC), IxCoin (IXC), I0coin (I0C), Tonal Bitcoin (TBC), and many others.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 15, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_5_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12am EDT

The Future And You--May 8, 2013

Les Johnson (author, speaker and NASA administrator) is today's featured guest.

Topic: Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail (Les Johnson's latest nonfiction book). Les describes how much we depend on our fragile network of satellites orbiting the earth, how vulnerable they are to various dangers, and how our day-to-day lives would suffer if they were destroyed.

Les Johnson serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was the technical consultant for the movie Lost in Space. And In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles--for example. In collaboration with C Bangs (an artist) and Greg Matloff (a professor of astronomy) he wrote:Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth (2009); Living Off the Land in Space (2007); and with Greg Matloff and Giovanni Vulpetti he wrote Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel (2008). And with Jack McDevitt Going Interstellar (2012).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 8, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on April 30, 2013.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_5_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58am EDT

The Future And You--May 1, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

News and commentary on a variety of topics, including: Google glass are not welcome in Brighton shop; Old age is the killer app for Google Glass; Regulation changes the US Post office have made recently in the hope of massively increasing the junk mail you receive; Nanosponges soak up toxins released by bacterial infections and venom; and An IT industry assessment of how many Google Glass are likely to sell between 2013 and 2016.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 1, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

And a prediction from Brandy Spraker (the new Chairperson of LibertyCon) which was just a few hours too late to be included in last week's big prediction fest.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_5_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EDT

The Future And You--April 24, 2013

This is the 300th episode of The Future And You.

A hundred new predictions about the future from dozens of past guests, a few possible future guests, several listeners and an assortment of people actively building the future we are all going to live in.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 24, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 48 minutes].

And If you enjoy the many predictions in this episode you may also enjoy the 200th episode (May 25, 2011) which also contains over 100 predictions from past guests.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_4_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:05am EDT

The Future And You--April 17, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topic: Google Glass. News, commentary and predictions of how Google Glass and other augmented reality glasses will alter our future.

Links: How Google Glass will Change Porn, 5 ways medics could use Google Glass, Google Glass for cops: How Taser plans to bring wearable, real-time tech to the police frontline, BMW “Augmented Reality” Glasses Show Mechanics How to Fix A Car, Anti-Google Glass Group Galvanize Masses Against Cyborgs, Most consumers won't pay $1,500 for a Google Glass, Watch the Google Glass SXSW Presentation.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 17, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 45 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Announcement: Next week (April 24) will be the 300th episode of The Future And You. To celebrate I will read many predictions by past guests--as well as some future guests. If you have a prediction that you would like for me to read into the 300th episode, please email it to me@stevecobb.com. Please keep it brief. I expect a lot of predictions, so I need to be able to read yours in under thirty seconds. And, If you would, please send in your prediction sometime this week. I'll be recording them on Friday night (April 19, 2013) and Saturday afternoon (April 20, 2013). If they arrive too late, I may still read them into the show, but not into the 300th episode. Thanks.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_4_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23am EDT

The Future And You--April 10, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topics: Life Extension and The Technological Singularity. (Stephen asks himself some of the many questions about the future he generally asks his guests.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 10, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_4_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:41am EDT

The Future And You--April 3, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Various Nanotechnology Topics: Nanotechnology in Furniture; Nano-particles are shown to kill the HIV virus using bee venom; assembling and dissembling nano-structures composed of DNA using a "programmable assembly" method has been demonstrated by nano-encrypting Morse code messages; gold nano-rods split water into hydrogen and oxygen when exposed to sunlight.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 3, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 19 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_4_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

The Future And You--March 27, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topics: News and commentary concerning: The first implanted brain-computer interface which is wireless (it's from Brown University); The Human Brain Project intends to simulate an entire human brain; A new Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope which takes adaptive optics to a whole new level; A 3-D Printer which creates microscopic objects; And the world’s smallest implant for monitoring blood chemistry can tell your smart phone when you’re about to have a heart attack. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 27, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] 

NOTE: In today's commentary about 3-D printers, the professor I mentioned interviewing some years ago was Dr. Adrian Bowyer (inventor of the RepRap Machine, an open-source 3-D printer any hobbyist can make). If you'd like to learn about Dr. Bowyer's pioneering work in open-source 3-D printers check out the September 17, 2008 episode. That episode is 83 minutes long because we went onto a lot of detail.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_3_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27am EDT

The Future And You--March 20, 2013

Robert G. Kennedy and Kenneth I. Roy (engineers and researchers) are today's featured guests.

Topic: Building Shell Worlds. Shell Worlds are a method of building comfortable biospheres over the entire surface of celestial bodies which are too small to retain an atmosphere by their natural gravitational attraction. Such objects include the moon, the planets Mercury and Mars, and the moons of Jupiter and other gas giant planets, perhaps even some asteroids. Sub-topics discussed include: the methods, benefits, difficulties and vast natural resources this would make available.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 20, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 57 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 in Chattanooga Tenn, at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon.

Robert G. Kennedy is an author, speaker, and engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Kenneth I. Roy is an author, speaker, and engineer with the US Department of Energy. (Neither is speaking for their respective agency in this discussion.)

Direct download: TFAY_2013_3_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:08am EDT

The Future And You--March 13, 2013

Robert G. Kennedy, Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, Les Johnson, Dr. Ben Davis and Phillip R. Cox are today's featured guests.

Topic: Building a Dyson Dot, which is a very small segment of a Dyson Sphere.  A Dyson Sphere is an object Freeman Dyson suggested we look for if we wish to discover alien civilizations in our galaxy. It is a spherical device which completely surrounds a star, and collects all the radiant energy from the star so the energy can be used by the civilization which built it.  Such objects would be large and glow brightly in the infrared. 

Sub-topics: Reasons we should build a Dyson Dot (it would solve for Global Climate Change and pay for itself by providing our civilization with more energy than we currently use); reasons we should not build a Dyson Dot (it may break space treaties and it's scary-big); and the engineering hurdles its construction would require us to overcome.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 13, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 in Chattanooga Tenn, at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon.

Robert G. Kennedy is an author, speaker, and engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Gregory L. Matloff is assistant professor of physics at New York City College of Technology. He has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, is a Hayden Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Les Johnson is the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dr. Ben Davis earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Notre Dame. For several years he then taught mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He now works in the biometrics industry.

Phillip R. Cox has been an engineer in the military-industrial complex for the last thirty years. His career has included the development of many fine spacecraft and weapons of mass destruction.

Past episodes which feature one or more of today's guests include: Space Law pt1 & pt2Space Junk pt1 & pt2Trends in Space Exploration pt1 & pt2, and What if we lose all our satellites and how might that occur?
Direct download: TFAY_2013_3_13.mp3
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The Future And You -- March 6, 2013

Dr. James K. Woosley (physicist and lecturer) is our featured guest.

Topic: Areas within particle physics which still offer the promise of discoveries in the near and distant future. Some of these discoveries may yield new energy sources to power our growing civilization, or the propulsion methods needed for interstellar travel to become reality. Some may even allow us to engineer our way around the light barrier and build faster-than-light spacecraft.

Sub-topics Dr. Woosley covers: Antimatter, Tachyons (particles that can only travel faster than light), Neutrinos, Quarks, Quantum Chromodynamics, String Theory (manifolds and membranes), higher and lower dimensions of space, Supersymmetry, Preons, the Rishon Model (by Haim Harari), and a bit about the Higgs Boson.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 6, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 66 minutes] These audio segments were recorded on June 21, 2012 in Chattanooga Tenn, at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon.

Dr. James K. Woosley received his bachelors in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics from Western Kentucky University. From Vanderbilt he received a masters in electromagnetic analysis of nerve impulses, and a doctorate in experimental particle physics. After which he went on to a career in the aerospace industry in Huntsville.

[Side note:] Dr. Woosley's description of preon theories surprised me because I had created a preon theory myself back in the 1980s and 1990s, though I did not call it a preon theory since I'd never heard of such a thing. I called my fundamental particle a pip, and described in detail how all the known subatomic particles were made of pips and nothing else; as well as how the fundamental forces of nature were created by the behaviour of pips and nothing else. In the mid 1990s I tried to get some attention for my theories by mailing them to a couple of scientific journals, but they were never published. Eventually I used my preon theory as backstory and local color in my novel Skinbrain. I did this by summarizing it into the rantings of an alien physicist being tortured by a human physicist who kidnapped him for his advanced scientific knowledge. If you're curious and wish to read MY version of a preon theory, Skinbrain is available from Amazon, in Kindle format, for just $2.99. The reviews have been excellent.   They average four and a half stars.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_3_6.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 27, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topics include: An update on Google Glass; Google's contest which will allow you to buy your own google glass for $1500 (your host has entered this contest); carbon nanotubes woven into conductive threads may replace copper for electrical wiring in aircraft and help wearable computers become woven into clothing; an impressive new antibacterial gel from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology; and the first bionic eye to get FDA approval is an implanted artificial retina which gets its image wirelessly from an external camera. Also: your host offers his own little contest which piggybacks on Google's contest.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 27, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_2_27.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 20, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topic: The Millennium Project. Its assessment of some of today's trends, and the likely changes to our future these trends may produce. Trends described include: robotics, surgery, medicine, computing, energy, education, automobiles, clothing, the Internet, smart phones, nanotechnology and nanorobotics, 3D printing and open source hardware, supercomputers, free online education, artificial intelligence, life extension, computational biology, smart dust, and CERN's achievement of containing 309 atoms of antimatter for an astonishing 17 minutes.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 20, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_2_20.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 13, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (author and futurist) is today's speaker.

Topics include: Entropia Universe--a huge online game somewhat like World of Warcraft but with an economy pegged to the US Dollar. (Players are allowed to put money into the game and to take money out. Apparently some people are making their real-world living by playing the game.) Also: A push to make more advanced robotic prosthetic arms for amputees; a pacemaker-like device which has been used to produce deep-brain stimulation which has shown good results in reducing the effects of Alzheimer's disease; and a website called GovTrack.us which allows any person to track what any member of congress is doing, saying and voting for.

Also: your host's recent guest-blog entry for the online magazine SF Signal (in which he makes some positive predictions about the future); his being interviewed for the online magazine Hofstra Pulse (about why movies, TV shows and novels so frequently depict an awful future no one would want to line in); comments on your host's experiences writing and training neural nets (a form of artificial intelligence); and his conviction that our "do-nothing" Congress is a direct product of our elected officials constantly squirming under the massive scrutiny of the voters watching them through the unblinking Internet.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 13, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_2_13.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 6, 2013

Stuart Jaffe (author and co-host of The Eclectic Review) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Google putting together a convention this month for app developers to come and write apps for Google's new eyeglass computer; Google calling for the end of passwords and pushing for some method which might be more secure than passwords; Casual terrorists verses Dedicated terrorists; the new 4K and 8K TVs (which have four times and 16 times the resolution of HD TVs); David Brin's prediction of a future without privacy (in his novel Earth) and the curious effects in Nancy Kress's novel A Beggar in Spain; the life-changing convenience of streaming TV shows and movies; ways Japanese and Korean movies are different from America movies; as well as Life extension and what Stuart might do differently if he knew he would probably live to be 300 years old.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 6, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, and After The Crash as well as the short story collection, 10 Bits of My Brain, and many other short stories which have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything. He also plays guitar, is active in the theater, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_2_6.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 30, 2013

Stuart Jaffe (author and co-host of The Eclectic Review) is today's featured guest.

Topics: the future of traditional publishing after the ebook revolution is over, Stuart's own efforts and experiences in book promotion, his results in podcasting, his expectations of the future, his impression of 3D movies, and his impression of Vocaloid (the popular software used to create the singing voice of the also popular animated Japanese performer Hatsune Miku).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 30, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, and After The Crash as well as the short story collection, 10 Bits of My Brain, and many other short stories which have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything. He also plays guitar, is active in the theater, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Listener Email: Brian J Piccioni wrote to point out that we are far deeper into the transition from film projectors to digital projectors in movie theaters. To support his statement he provided links to two articles: Difference Engine: Ne plus ultra and Movie Studios Are Forcing Hollywood to Abandon 35mm Film. But the Consequences of Going Digital Are Vast, and Troubling.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_1_30.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 23, 2013

Stuart Jaffe (author and co-host of The Eclectic Review) is today's featured guest.

Topics: trends in movies, TV and book publishing. Stuart's love hate relationship with CGI; will CGI ever completely replace actors?; and why George Lucas's long push for digital projectors in theaters still has yet to succeed. Also: Stuart's analysis of the ebook revolution based on his 20 years of personal experience in publishing.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 23, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]

Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series, and After The Crash as well as the short story collection, 10 Bits of My Brain, and many other short stories which have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He is the co-host of The Eclectic Review -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything. He also plays guitar, is active in the theater, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_1_23.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 16, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) is today's speaker.

Topics: Human augmentation, autonomous vehicles (both ground vehicles and aircraft), 3D printing, cyberwarfare, battles over fresh water, and the rising power of cities (compared to the stagnating power of nations). This is part 2 of my discussion of Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 16, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes]

News Items [1]: How impressively easy it is to help in the search for extrasolar planets. Your host uses and critiques the website www.planethunters.org. [2]: Scott Nicholson, a horror author, is one more concrete example of how Amazon's Kindle program is giving authors far more control over their own careers.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_1_16.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 9, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) is today's speaker.

Topic: Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds is a careful and thorough estimation of what the future holds for us all on a global scale. This document is created every four years and presented to the President of the United States of America in the weeks before he is sworn into office. Your host reads snippets from its pages and summarises some of its predictions.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 9, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

News Item #1: Newsweek has ceased publication as a print magazine and is now strictly an online magazine. December 31, 2012 was the last print issue of the magazine. If you didn't get a copy, check for it on eBay. It's bound to be a collectors item.

News Item #2: The entire run of Omni magazine is online and readable for free. Omni was a big beautiful glossy print magazine covering both science and science fiction which ran from 1978 to 1995. I used to subscribe to it myself--it was excellent. Its editor was the legendary science fiction author Ben Bova. I had the pleasure of interviewing him several times for past episodes of this show, as well as for a magazine feature article about his career. (You can listen to my interviews with Ben Bova in the following four episodes: August 26, 2009; September 2, 2009; October 20, 2010; October 27, 2010.)

Listener Email: Robert D. Edmonds, Jr. describes, in an unusually heartfelt email, why he is against autonomous cars: he enjoys driving at a fundamental level.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_1_9.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 2, 2013

Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) is today's speaker.

Topic: Autonomous Cars (also known as driverless cars and self-driving vehicles). What they are; how they will change our lives; and especially the powerful forces which may accelerate their dominance of all roads and highways by mandating the elimination of human-driven cars.

Google's work on autonomous cars, and their recent lobbying for laws making them legal in Nevada, Florida and California. It's beginning to look as though autonomous cars might become available and popular within this decade. 

Source material mentioned in today's episode: A Wall Street Journal article dated Sept. 24, 2012, written by Dan Niel, which provides an excellent analysis of what autonomous cars are all about, effects they will have on our lives and on civilization, and forces which may propel them to dominate the road at a surprising rate. The NOVA documentary, The Great Robot Race (available in DVD and streaming format from Netflix) which details the 2004 and 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge to create an autonomous vehicle for the US military. And the 1976 novel A World Out of Time, by Larry Niven, which described autonomous cars in the deep future.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 2, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

News Item: While at LibertyCon in Chattanooga a few months ago, I had the privilege of interviewing the convention's Literary Guest of Honor: the bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. This interview was different from the almost 400 I've done over the last seven years. This one was videotaped (in HD) by a professional. The professional, Derek Pearson who has been producing music videos for some time, was looking for a project to help him showcase his skills in videography as well as post production with the intention of moving his career into TV show production. The resulting video interview is now available online for your viewing pleasure, and at the traditional Internet price: Free.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_1_2.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 26, 2012

Jacob Krogsgaard (atmospheric scientist and project manager) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Possible ramifications of self-replicating 3-D printers, such as the RepRap Machine by Dr. Adrian Bowyer. Also: open-source designs, crowd-funding, the stock market micro-crash, the Augmented Reality glasses such as the Google Glass project, and computers wired directly into the human brain. As well as his observation that our current generation of technology seems to be super-empowering volunteer activities of every type such as Librivox and Wikipedia; and his notion that artificial intelligence may be more useful if it does NOT mimic human styles of thinking.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 26, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 1, 2012.

Jacob Krogsgaard is currently working (along with Tom Canton) to create a documentary film which will promote the idea of using of a mass driver as a space launch system to the general public (as well as to the scientific and political communities) as an alternative to rockets and space elevators. Jacob Krogsgaard is an atmospheric scientist and project manager. Tom Canton is a experienced director of business, training and music videos.

BTW: I interviewed Dr. Adrian Bowyer about his RepRap 3-D Printer Project on September 17, 2008 Episode. That episode--like all past episodes of this show--remains available for your listening pleasure. It can be found here.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_12_26.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 19, 2012

Jacob Krogsgaard (atmospheric scientist and project manager) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Driverless cars are legal in California and Nevada, why smartphones are not done changing the world, such as using a smartphone to give an EKG test, why high-frequency computerized stock trading is a problem, how journalism is being radically changed by the Internet, and police officers using tiny drones to take aerial photos of automotive traffic accidents. Also: examples of volunteer driven productivity; such as: the uncountable number of free tutorial videos on uTube, and the thousands of classic books which can be downloaded from Librivox.org and listened to as audiobooks for free. As well as: swallowing a camera in a pill, the Chinese going to the moon, the coming boom in space missions for profit, why cable companies are dinosaurs, and the problem of dieing newspapers.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 19, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 1, 2012.

Jacob Krogsgaard is currently working (along with Tom Canton) to create a documentary film entitled Mass Driver which will promote the idea of using of a mass driver as a space launch system to the general public (as well as to the scientific and political communities) as an alternative to rockets and space elevators. Jacob Krogsgaard is an atmospheric scientist and project manager. Tom Canton is a experienced director of business, training and music videos.

News Item: This is the seven year anniversary episode of The Future And You. Seven years ago (on December 15, 2005) the very first episode of The Future And You became globally available for public enjoyment. Back then it was in a magazine format in which each episode contained many guests. This made the show very long; usually about an hour and a half. Too long, some listeners said, which is why I changed it to the current shorter format. Sound quality back then was also less than it is today since I was doing phone interviews through a traditional land line telephone instead of through Skype or Google Talk. 

Despite their age, I am pleased to say that my decision to keep all past episodes up and available indefinitely has proven to be a good one. All the past episodes, even the very earliest, continue to be downloaded at a rate that I find pleasing. I'm also pleased at the global nature of the show's popularity. While the USA makes up about 60 percent of the audience, I have listeners in over 140 nations around the world. China tops the foreign countries, followed by all the English speaking nations (in order of population), then the developed countries in Europe and Asia and the Americas, followed finally by what seem to be all the nations that have access to the Internet.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped to make this show a success: both those who listen and those who have let me interview them. The desire to hear and the desire to share ideas and opinion about the future is what keeps this show going. Thank you all, I appreciate your help.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_12_19.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 12, 2012

Jacob Krogsgaard (atmospheric scientist and project manager) is today's featured guest.

Topics: adult stem cells harvested from human urine; 3D printing of organs; a new way of enriching uranium which may make it cheaper and easier, and therefore more common and more dangerous; solar cells which can split water into hydrogen and oxygen; why photovoltaics are wonderful, but why photovoltaics wont be enough to solve the climate change problem; and specifically why climate change may be catastrophic. Also: the two types of privacy; surveillance verses sousveillance; genetic therapies; regenerative medicine; and viruses used as targetable delivery methods for drugs which kill cancer.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 12, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on December 1, 2012.

Jacob Krogsgaard is currently working (along with Tom Canton) to create a documentary film entitled Mass Driver which will promote the idea of using of a mass driver as a space launch system to the general public (as well as to the scientific and political communities) as an alternative to rockets and space elevators. Jacob Krogsgaard is an atmospheric scientist and project manager. Tom Canton is a experienced director of business, training and music videos.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_12_12.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 5, 2012

Jacob Krogsgaard (atmospheric scientist and project manager) is today's featured guest.

Topic: the engineering difficulties which must be overcome in order to build a magnetic mass driver capable of safely launching into earth orbit both cargo and people.

Links for more info on things mentioned in this episode: Mass Driver, L5 Society, plasma window, and Mass Driver Up-Date By Henry Kolm From L5 News, September 1980.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 5, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes]

Jacob Krogsgaard is currently working (along with Tom Canton) to create a documentary film entitled Mass Driver which will promote the idea of using of a mass driver as a space launch system to the general public (as well as to the scientific and political communities) as an alternative to rockets and space elevators. Jacob Krogsgaard is an atmospheric scientist and project manager. Tom Canton is a experienced director of business, training and music videos.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_12_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

The Future And You -- November 28, 2012

Topic: Is America Still a Leader in Education? (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist, programmer, and former professor), Terry W. Erwin II (educator of English and Science at the High School level, who is also a science fiction writer) and Jim Craig (speaker, lecturer, and planetarium director) are our featured guests. Stephen Euin Cobb moderated this panel: asking questions and keeping everyone on topic.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 28, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before a live audience in Charlotte North Carolina on June 2, 2012 at the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention ConCarolinas. This is the second half of the panel discussion. The first half is in last next week's episode.

Dr. Ben Davis earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Notre Dame. For several years he then taught mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He now works in the biometrics industry. His personal interest include: futurism, skepticism, science fiction, and history.

Terry W. Erwin II writes novels, short stories and articles. His novels include: Blood Swordand Flank Hawk.

Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is a lifelong science fiction fan and has given presentations on the history of science fiction. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. In 2006 he was allowed to name a crater on Mars.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. He is also an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Three years a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine; he is a Contributing Editor at Space and Time Magazine; has become a regular contributor at Robot Magazine and H+ Magazine; and has written for Digit, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines. His novels include: Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook andSkinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_11_28.mp3
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The Future And You -- November 21, 2012

Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist, programmer, and former professor), Terry W. Erwin II (educator of English and Science at the High School level, who is also a science fiction writer) and Jim Craig (speaker, lecturer, and planetarium director) are our featured guests. Stephen Euin Cobb moderated this panel: asking questions and keeping everyone on topic.

Topic: Is America Still a Leader in Education? (Part 1 of 2)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 21, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before a live audience in Charlotte North Carolina on June 2, 2012 at the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention ConCarolinas. This is the first half of the panel discussion. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Dr. Ben Davis earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Notre Dame. For several years he then taught mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He now works in the biometrics industry. His personal interest include: futurism, skepticism, science fiction, and history. 

Terry W. Erwin II writes novels, short stories and articles. His novels include: Blood Swordand Flank Hawk.   

Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is a lifelong science fiction fan and has given presentations on the history of science fiction. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. In 2006 he was allowed to name a crater on Mars.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. He is also an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Three years a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine; he is a Contributing Editor at Space and Time Magazine; has become a regular contributor at Robot Magazine and H+ Magazine; and has written for Digit, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines. His novels include: Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook andSkinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_11_21.mp3
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The Future And You -- November 14, 2012

Ramez Naam (author, futurist and IT professional) is our featured guest.

Topic: Global Climate Change is just one of the many topics he covers in his book The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet. Looking beyond the arguments and hyperbole, in this interview we discuss what we know scientifically and what we don't know. We explore the problems and inconveniences which global warming will likely produce, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of some possible engineering methods of placing a thermostat on the Earth.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 14, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 40 minutes]

Ramez Naam is an IT professional, futurist and author. His background is in computer software and high scale web services. He held leadership roles on early versions of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer. He was one of the early employees on the Bing search engine and led all of Program Management for Bing for two years and the Relevance and Ranking Team for four years. He is a member of Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he teaches at Singularity University. He is the author of the nonfiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement which came out in 2005. And has a new book coming out in the spring of 2013 entitled The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_11_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

The Future And You -- November 7, 2012

Ramez Naam (author, futurist and IT professional) is today's featured guest.

Topics: good trends such as: poverty and hunger are down world-wide, while health and longevity are up; but also mixed trends such as in: education and the jobs of the future, the rising shortage of fresh water, how desalinization works and why it is increasingly important, the good and bad truth about fracking and natural gas, limits on agriculture--just how much food can we produce? the good and bad news about china, as well as other topics he covers in his book The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet which is due out in the spring of 2013.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 7, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes] 

Ramez Naam is an IT professional, futurist and author. His background is in computer software and high scale web services. He held leadership roles on early versions of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer. He was one of the early employees on the Bing search engine and led all of Program Management for Bing for two years and the Relevance and Ranking Team for four years. He is a member of Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he teaches at Singularity University. He is the author of the nonfiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement which came out in 2005. And has a new book coming out in the spring of 2013 entitled The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_11_7.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 31, 2012

Ramez Naam (author, futurist and IT professional) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Internet Search Algorithms (what they are and how they do what they do); what and why he teaches at Singularity University; why he joined Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; why he believes (as does your host) that all human beings are transhumanists by their fundamental nature; why he dislikes the term "Transhumanist" even though he is one. We also discuss his article in Scientific American which describes how photovoltaic cells (solar cells) are undergoing an exponential price change similar to Moore's Law; why the power grid is not ready for widespread use of photovoltaic cells, and what needs to be done to make it ready; and the difference between smart grids and dumb grids.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 31, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] 

Ramez Naam is an IT professional, futurist and author. His background is in computer software and high scale web services. He held leadership roles on early versions of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer. He was one of the early employees on the Bing search engine and led all of Program Management for Bing for two years and the Relevance and Ranking Team for four years. He is a member of Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he teaches at Singularity University. He is the author of the nonfiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement which came out in 2005. And has a new book coming out in the spring of 2013 entitled The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet.

News Item: As of Oct. 28, 2012, every observation from the extrasolar planet survey made by Kepler since its launch in 2009 through June 27, 2012, is available to scientists and the public. What's more, all future data will be no longer exclusive to the Kepler science team, its guest observers, and its asteroseismology consortium members and will be available immediately to the public. This treasure-trove contains more than 16 terabytes of data and is housed at the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes, or MAST, at the Space Telescope Science Institute. MAST is a huge data archive containing astronomical observations from 16 NASA space astronomy missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope. It is named in honor of Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. Over the past three years the Kepler science team has discovered 77 confirmed planets and 2,321 planet candidates.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_31.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 24, 2012

Jim Craig, Micki (of the Charlotte Geeks) and Stephen Euin Cobb are today's speakers.

Topic: Inventions which were Inspired by Science Fiction movies, books or TV. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 24, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 66 minutes] This panel discussion was recorded before a live audience on June 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention ConCarolinas.

News Items: 

[1] Japan's biggest mobile operator will launch a real-time translation service that lets people chat over the telephone in several different languages. The application for NTT DoCoMo subscribers will give two-way voice and text readouts of conversations between Japanese speakers and those talking in English, Chinese or Korean with a several-second delay, the firm said. Voice-to-text readouts will soon be available in French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.

[2] Starvation Hormone (fibroblast growth factor-21, FGF21 for short) Markedly Extends Mouse Life Span, Without Need for Calorie Restriction.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The Future And You -- October 17, 2012

John G. Hartness is today's featured guest.

Topic: An even deeper penetration into the secrets of self-publishing electronically.  As well as some frank advice about writing erotica; how Michael Stackpole made many traditionally-published authors angry; Books on the Knob; what NOT to do when designing ebook covers, and some insider tips on how to publish and promote using Kindle Direct Publishing which is amazon's website for all those who self-publish electronically. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 17, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 63 minutes] This was recorded on July 21, 2012 in a pizzeria in Chattanooga Tennessee during the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon

Also, a listener email from Ripley Maddock mentions two articles: Driverless Cars In California Approved By Governor Jerry Brown and Carnegie Mellon Using Cell Phones and Facebook to Identify, Map and Monitor Potholes.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12am EDT

The Future And You -- October 10, 2012

Sarah Hoyt, Daniel Hoyt, John G. Hartness, Charlotte Babb, Tamera Lowery and Dan Hollifield are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Self-Publishing as a Viable Career Option. How you can participate in the upheaval going on in the publishing industry by publishing your books, your short stories, and even your nonfiction articles for sale to the general public all by yourself. Mostly this means ebooks which have been outselling physical books for over a year, and which provide the author with a much larger royalty for each book sold than the traditional book publishers were ever able to offer--even if your name is Stephen King.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 10, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

The Future And You -- October 3, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Topics: Your host reads from, and comments on, an MIT report entitled The Future of the Electric Grid. Also: cybersecurity; wind energy; why electric cars may become a huge burden on the electric grid; and how the power industry's push-back against solar cells in Hawaii has now spread to California.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 3, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

The Future And You -- September 26, 2012

Jim Minz, Lee Martindale, Chris Morris, Janet Morris, Dan Hollifield, Holly McClure and Walt Boyes are today's featured guests.

Topic: ePublishing as viewed principally by various publishers and editors who have successfully transitioned into it without abandoning their traditional paper-based publishing business models.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 26, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52  minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this and many other panels for me.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_9_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

The Future And You -- September 19, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

A Variety of Topics Which Include: 11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100; An exhaustive Longevity Quiz I took recently; Forks Over Knives (a documentary about how foods affect our health); The first ever smart phone with a Geiger counter built into it; Deaf gerbils hear again after stem cell cure; Woolly Mammoth fragments from Siberia raise cloning hopes; Google News and Google Alerts (what they are and why they can be valuable to you); and online college courses from famous universities which you can take for free

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 19, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 49 minutes] 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science is a nonfiction article by Stephen Euin Cobb available in a Kindle Edition. This 27-page article--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes several of the far future scientific and technological innovations which will transform our civilization from what it is now into an exponentially larger, faster, stronger and more dynamic civilization than can be contained on this planet, or in this solar system, or within this universe. These technologies will allow us to expand through those boundaries and find new unimagined boundaries beyond them to break through. (Article: 7,498 Words) Chapter Titles -- We Will Transmute the Elements; We Will Develop Many Completely New Physics; My Father's Watch; Hidden-Life May be More Common on Planets than Non-Hidden: And Earth May be No Exception; The Universal Diagram; Engineering Space: Altering This Universe and Making New Ones.

A Brief History of Predicting the Future is a nonfiction article by Stephen Euin Cobb available in a Kindle Edition. This 21-page article--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes how predicting the future has changed many times through the centuries: from magic to science, and from science fiction to computation. This is a quick and lively romp designed to give the reader a taste of what futurology today is all about, and a feel for the long uphill climb it has made from its humble beginnings in the dawn of antiquity. (Article: 5,600 Words) Sections include: The Future is Deep; The Far Future; The Near Future; From Ancient Magic to Scientific Causality; Science Fiction made the Future Fun; But then the Future Got Serious; Yes, the Future does Compute; The Future may get Weird; Just before it becomes Unimaginable; Transhumanists want you to be Better than Healthy; Virtual Living; End of the World; But not all Futures are Deadly, or even Weird.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_9_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37am EDT

The Future And You -- September 12, 2012

Michael Z. Williamson,Philip R. Cox and Janet Morris are today's featured speakers.

Topic: (Second Half of discussion on) Future Weapons, including Post-Projectile weapons and "non-lethal" or "Less-than-lethal" weapons.

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the United States military after 25 years and is both a science fiction and military fiction author. He is also associate editor at SurvivalBlog where he does reviews of disaster preparedness products. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions. He tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. He is the author of at least ten military SF novels, one of which is a collaboration with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Janet Morris is President and CEO of M2 Technologies, Inc., a woman-owned corporation specializing in non-lethal weapons (NLW), novel technology applications, tactics and technology. Her seminal non-lethal concept and novel technology applications work has been used by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and was excerpted in the Army's Draft Operations Concept for Disabling Measures (920904). She has taught or provided course material to the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, National Defense University's (IRMC) School of Information Warfare and Strategy, and Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory's Non-Lethal Institute. She has provided and presented seminars and briefings to the Defense Science Board, the Congressional Research Service, Senate Armed Services Committee Staff, and the Center for Naval Analysis.

Philip R. Cox has been an engineer in the military-industrial complex for the last thirty years. His career has included the development of many fine spacecraft and weapons of mass destruction.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 12, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_9_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

The Future And You -- September 5, 2012

Michael Z. Williamson, Philip R. Cox and Janet Morris are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Future Weapons, including Post-Projectile weapons and "non-lethal" or "Less-than-lethal" weapons. (First of two parts.)

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the United States military after 25 years and is both a science fiction and military fiction author. He is also associate editor at SurvivalBlog where he does reviews of disaster preparedness products. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions. He tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. He is the author of at least ten military SF novels, one of which is a collaboration with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Janet Morris is President and CEO of M2 Technologies, Inc., a woman-owned corporation specializing in non-lethal weapons (NLW), novel technology applications, tactics and technology. Her seminal non-lethal concept and novel technology applications work has been used by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and was excerpted in the Army's Draft Operations Concept for Disabling Measures (920904). She has taught or provided course material to the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, National Defense University's (IRMC) School of Information Warfare and Strategy, and Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory's Non-Lethal Institute. She has provided and presented seminars and briefings to the Defense Science Board, the Congressional Research Service, Senate Armed Services Committee Staff, and the Center for Naval Analysis.

Philip R. Cox has been an engineer in the military-industrial complex for the last thirty years. His career has included the development of many fine spacecraft and weapons of mass destruction.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the September 5, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_9_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

The Future And You -- August 29, 2012

Eric FlintJanet MorrisLee MartindaleHolly McClureChris Morris and Daniel M. Hoyt are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Electronic Piracy of music, books, movies, software, etc. (This is the second of two parts.)

Eric Flint is the best selling author of more than 25 novels of science fiction and fantasy, as well as the former editor-in-chief of the online science fiction and fantasy magazine Jim Baen's Universe. Janet Morris is an author, publisher, editor and anthologist. Lee Martindale is a writer, editor and publisher. Chris Morris is an author, publisher and editor; as well as a singer and songwriter. Holly McClure is the president of Sullivan Maxx Literary agency and also is a writer. Daniel M. Hoyt is a science fiction writer and programmer in the field of rocket science.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 29, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_8_29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

The Future And You -- August 22, 2012

Eric Flint, Janet Morris, Lee Martindale, Holly McClure, Chris Morris and Daniel M. Hoyt are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Electronic Piracy of music, books, movies, software, etc. (This is the first of two parts.)

Eric Flint is the best selling author of more than 25 novels of science fiction and fantasy, as well as the former editor-in-chief of the online science fiction and fantasy magazine Jim Baen's Universe. Janet Morris is an author, publisher, editor and anthologist. Lee Martindale is a writer, editor and publisher. Chris Morris is an author, publisher and editor; as well as a singer and songwriter. Holly McClure is the president of Sullivan Maxx Literary agency and also is a writer. Daniel M. Hoyt is a science fiction writer and programmer in the field of rocket science.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 22, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_8_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

The Future And You -- August 15, 2012

Les Johnson, Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, Stephanie Osborn, and Phillip R. Cox are today's featured speakers.

Topic: (1) The ways in which we will all suffer if we lose all of our satellites, and (2) the well-researched dangers which could destroy or disable all of our satellites.

IE: Why it is that without satellites cell phones would not function, credit card transactions could not be processed, the Internet would shut down in many areas and be slow and unreliable in places which remain online, and all GPS navigation would go dead. Also, some of the many ways we might lose our satellites such as: a repeat of the Carrington Event (a devastating solar flair in 1859), the hundred thousand pieces of space junk in earth orbit today, a catastrophic chain reaction in which the existing space junk suddenly multiplies a thousand fold, and of course satellite destruction through terrorism and space war.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 15, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 58 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Les Johnson serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Stephanie Osborn is a former NASA payload flight controller, with over twenty years experience in civilian and military space programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station.

Dr. Gregory L. Matloff is assistant professor of physics at New York City College of Technology. He has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, is a Hayden Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Phillip R. Cox has been an engineer in the military-industrial complex for the last thirty years. His career has included the development of many fine spacecraft and weapons of mass destruction.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_8_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

The Future And You -- August 8, 2012

Eva Sawyer and Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Improving the Functioning of Your Brain (AKA: Cognitive Enhancement).  Discussion points include: recent developments in cognitive enhancement, what is desired and what is desirable, drugs known to increase mental capacity, why there is push-back and resistance, the benefits, the dangers, and trends in medical research which will affect the future of cognitive enhancement.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 8, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 57 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Eva Sawyer has a bachelors degree in neurobiology and behaviour, a masters degree in zoology, and is currently working on her doctorate in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. 

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_8_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

The Future And You -- August 1, 2012

Today's featured guests are: Dr. Tedd Roberts (a medical researcher with 30 years of experience who also blogs as Speaker-to-Lab-Animals); Cy Chase (a doctoral candidate in evolutionary biology at Vanderbilt); Cathe Smith (an insect molecular geneticist); Gary Shelton (an agronomist with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); and, as moderator, your host Stephen Euin Cobb.

Topic: Genetic Manipulation--what we can do today that we could not do as little as three years ago, the falling cost of sequencing, what is pushing some areas forward and holding other areas back, where the money is flowing, its success's so far, what some of the big goals are, the benefits, the dangers, and other trends which are transforming this field into what it is yet to become. Because Genetic Manipulation is so technology driven--and because there is still so much to learn--it is one of our most rapidly changing fields of science and engineering.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 1, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 59 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels, for me; and to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for having such a fine sound system.

Announcement: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science is a nonfiction article by Stephen Euin Cobb available in a Kindle Edition. This 27-page article--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes several of the far future scientific and technological innovations which will transform our civilization from what it is now into an exponentially larger, faster, stronger and more dynamic civilization than can be contained on this planet, or in this solar system, or within this universe. These technologies will allow us to expand through those boundaries and find new unimagined boundaries beyond them to break through. (Article: 7,498 Words) Chapter Titles -- We Will Transmute the Elements; We Will Develop Many Completely New Physics; My Father's Watch; Hidden-Life May be More Common on Planets than Non-Hidden: And Earth May be No Exception; The Universal Diagram; Engineering Space: Altering This Universe and Making New Ones.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_8_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

The Future And You -- July 25, 2012

New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Timothy Zahn, John Ringo, and Eric Flint are joined by Janet Morris, Patrick Vanner, Richard Groller, Michael H. Hanson and Phillip R. Cox; as well as three artists: Melissa Gay, Michael Bielaczyc, ~mel-mel; and several convention organizers: Warren Buff, Brandy Spraker, Derek Spraker, Elayna Little Cook, and LibertyCon's Founder, Uncle Timmy. Mentioned are: The Space Proletariat, and a writers club called The Fictioneers.

Dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon, this over-sized episode contains 17 short interviews gathered from around this year's con. This episode is intended to give you a little of the feel and flavor of the con.

LibertyCon's organizers have a strong science and engineering background, which manifests itself in the number of panels which are dedicated to science and engineering topics. This year alone, they had 17 hours of science panels; which I estimate to be about 20% of their total programming. Over the last nine years this con has given me many brilliant scientists and researchers to interview. People from NASA, DOD, DOE, even DARPA. As well as academicians, inventors and innovators.

LibertyCon has been so helpful to me that, last year when I could not attend because of my brother's wedding, they recorded more than ten hours worth of science for me to use in the show. This may sound like a minor thing; just someone flipping a switch somewhere, but it was not. They had to borrow a sound board and microphones from The Atlanta Radio Theater Company, set them up in the appropriate rooms, verify it was recording each panel properly, and then burn it all onto a DVD and snail-mail it to me. LibertyCon has been very good to me, and to this show.

This was a special LibertyCon in that Uncle Timmy (its founder and leader for the last 25 years) is stepping down after this one.  This was an emotional time for many because Uncle Timmy is such a big lovable man, full of modesty and kindness for everyone.  To me his is a man we can all love and admire. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 25, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 99 minutes] 

Announcement: For a limited time, one of my novels is on sale. The Kindle edition of Skinbrain (Cerebrodermus Fantastica), my most recent and most futuristic novel, has been reduced to just $2.99.  That's right, under three bucks for what I consider my best novel. Here is a description of some of its main characters:

Cast of Characters:

Leather -- A runaway teenage girl. Tough and bold, she is learning to scrape out a living in the alleys of the largest city on Big Sandy: one of several dozen human inhabited worlds. Sleeping under bridges and in the dusty basement of an abandoned church, she takes the name Leather because it makes her feel tough, and she is determined to survive. She falls for a con-man named Johnny Bopp, and runs off with him straight into an assorted gang of mostly alien criminals.

Peter -- An evil little physicist who lusts after Leather and dreams of securing her to his torture rack, which at the moment holds an alien physicist he'd kidnapped weeks earlier, and from whom he’s been extracting scientific secrets. Peter plots to kill all the other gang members and capture Leather alive and undamaged so that he can damage her slowly and repeatedly for his morbid sexual enjoyment.

Breensdil -- A large and gentle insect-bearing alien. His people are peace-loving and nonviolent, and he is their greatest living physicist. Unfortunately, he is being tortured for secrets of advanced physics by Peter who intends to use these secrets to create more powerful weapons he can then sell to his Neo-Nazi allies on the colony world of Ironfeld.

Pug -- An easy-going frog-like alien of vast power and wealth who secretly owns and manages this galaxy. Each of her people own and manage one galaxy; by their laws anyone not up this task is aborted even if they are an adult. She causally decides which civilizations within her galaxy will live and which must be destroyed. She likes this new human civilization, and has an odd fondness for Johnny Bopp.

Johnny Bopp -- A happy-go-lucky human con-man and jewel thief who enjoys the company of aliens. A xenophile, he is forever seeking new things to see and do and taste and experience.

Eve Adams -- A beautiful and voluptuous android containing, and controlled by, a pair of octopus-like aliens who think as one because they are permanently mated. Driven by their obsession to studying human beings, they attempt to seduce Johnny away from Leather using their sensuous android body.

Aristat Sookirat -- Johnny Bopp's loyal friend. A bright red alien criminal who has more than once killed to protect Johnny. And needs little provocation to do it again.

The situation they find themselves in:

On a planet far from Earth, remains of a long dead alien civilization have been found. But this news has not reached the authorities—nor will it. Fourteen murderers—a mixed bag of human and alien criminals—have seen to that by killing the team of forty scientists who discovered the remains. These professional criminals combine their talents to search through the rubble for a hypothetical alien super-weapon. Leather thinks she's got what it takes to rub shoulders with the worst of them but soon realizes she’s in way over her head. Worse, as conflicts struggle to tear it apart, she learns just how unstable a team of criminals can be. Call it anything you like: treachery, betrayal, or just reducing the number with whom one must share the final spoils. Here, as in all of life, cowards and the dead reap nothing.

Skinbrain (Cerebrodermus Fantastica). It's a fun read. Check it out. 

Direct download: TFAY_2012_7_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

The Future And You -- July 18, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Topic: A full explanation of the final results of my "TA-65 Evaluation Project" which I started nearly a year ago.

In this episode I describe in detail the immunology blood test results for my mother and myself which were taken at the end of the evaluation period, and compare them with the immunology blood test results taken at the start the evaluation period. To bring everyone up to speed on my TA-65 evaluation project, I provide a thorough summary of the project itself. And I explain the miscellaneous benefits I and my mother have observed. These benefits include changes in: arthritis pain, frequency and vividness of dreams, as well as fingernail thickness and growth rate.

TA-65 has been shown in clinical trials to successfully lengthen telomeres, which are fundamental to the health of cells. TA-65 is produced only by TASciences, Inc.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 18, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 40 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Announcement: For a limited time, one of my novels is on sale. The Kindle edition of Skinbrain (Cerebrodermus Fantastica), my most recent and most futuristic novel, has been reduced to just $2.99. That's right, under three bucks for what I consider my best novel.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_7_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

The Future And You -- July 11, 2012

Chris Phoenix (futurist, nanotechnologist and software engineer) is today's featured guest.

Topics: The probability of developing human-like General Artificial Intelligence; Sky City (China's modular skyscrapers which are planned to be the tallest in the world); how and why medical progress in the USA is dragging its feet; the hope and value of Life Extension; things to watch in the next decade; his worry that governance may not get better; and recent research about the people who once inhabited Easter Island.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 11, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 27 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on June 23, 2012.

Chris Phoenix is a tech geek and software engineer currently working on projects including a CubeSat, health-related electronic devices, and astronomy hardware and software. From Stanford University, he obtained his BS in Symbolic Systems and MS in Computer Science. Previous careers have included dyslexia correction and co-founding the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology. In his spare time, he sings in an internationally competitive barbershop chorus, pursues extreme sports, and theorizes on major world problems.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_7_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

The Future And You -- July 4, 2012

Chris Phoenix (futurist, nanotechnologist and software engineer) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Examples of major disasters and how they can be categorized using The Phoenix Scale; the current helium shortage; the singularity and artificial intelligence; general AI; conversational AI; and The AI named Watson which won on Jeopardy.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the July 4, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on June 23, 2012. 

Chris Phoenix is a tech geek and software engineer currently working on projects including a CubeSat, health-related electronic devices, and astronomy hardware and software. From Stanford University, he obtained his BS in Symbolic Systems and MS in Computer Science. Previous careers have included dyslexia correction and co-founding the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology. In his spare time, he sings in an internationally competitive barbershop chorus, pursues extreme sports, and theorizes on major world problems.

News Items: 

[1] MIT engineers have developed a fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers human cells: glucose. This glucose fuel cell could be used to drive highly efficient brain implants of the future, which could help paralyzed patients move their arms and legs again.

[2] To make identification possible, whotube.com provides a youtube-like website accessible to the general public which allows merchants to post their store camera video footage of shoplifters, thieves and vandals. It also gives merchants the opportunity to promote their store by attaching an advertisement to each piece of footage uploaded.

[3] Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science is a new nonfiction article by Stephen Euin Cobb available in a Kindle Edition. This 27-page article--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes several of the far future scientific and technological innovations which will transform our civilization from what it is now into an exponentially larger, faster, stronger and more dynamic civilization than can be contained on this planet, or in this solar system, or within this universe. These technologies will allow us to expand through those boundaries and find new unimagined boundaries beyond them to break through. (Article: 7,498 Words) Chapter Titles -- We Will Transmute the Elements; We Will Develop Many Completely New Physics; My Father's Watch; Hidden-Life May be More Common on Planets than Non-Hidden: And Earth May be No Exception; The Universal Diagram; Engineering Space: Altering This Universe and Making New Ones.

[4] A Brief History of Predicting the Future is a new nonfiction article by Stephen Euin Cobb available in a Kindle Edition. This 21-page article--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes how predicting the future has changed many times through the centuries: from magic to science, and from science fiction to computation. This is a quick and lively romp designed to give the reader a taste of what futurology today is all about, and a feel for the long uphill climb it has made from its humble beginnings in the dawn of antiquity. (Article: 5,600 Words) Sections include: The Future is Deep; The Far Future; The Near Future; From Ancient Magic to Scientific Causality; Science Fiction made the Future Fun; But then the Future Got Serious; Yes, the Future does Compute; The Future may get Weird; Just before it becomes Unimaginable; Transhumanists want you to be Better than Healthy; Virtual Living; End of the World; But not all Futures are Deadly, or even Weird.

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The Future And You -- June 27, 2012

Chris Phoenix (futurist, nanotechnologist and software engineer) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Trends in nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing; methods of getting to the nanoscale; the problem with MEMS (microelectromechanical systems); some of the benefits of "scaling down" to the nanoscale; benefits of molecular manufacturing; and medical benefits from nanotechnology. Also trends in fusion; the rise of space access; and his involvement with a satellite called SkyCube, which will be launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 27, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on June 23, 2012.

Chris Phoenix is a tech geek and software engineer currently working on projects including a CubeSat, health-related electronic devices, and astronomy hardware and software. From Stanford University, he obtained his BS in Symbolic Systems and MS in Computer Science. Previous careers have included dyslexia correction and co-founding the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology. In his spare time, he sings in an internationally competitive barbershop chorus, pursues extreme sports, and theorizes on major world problems.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_6_27.mp3
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The Future And You -- June 20, 2012

Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist and professor), Jim Craig (planetarium director), James Maxey (author), and Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) are today's featured guests.

Topic: Trends in higher education in the USA, with an emphasis on what is going right and what is going wrong. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 20, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 55 minutes] This is a panel discussion recorded before a live audience on June 2, 2012, at the science fiction and fantasy convention, ConCarolinas. 

Dr. Ben Davis earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Notre Dame. For several years he then taught mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He now works in the biometrics industry. His personal interest include: futurism, skepticism, science fiction, and history. 

Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is a lifelong science fiction fan and has given presentations on the history of science fiction. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. In 2006 he was allowed to name a crater on Mars.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novelsNobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy:Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) andWitchbreaker (2013).

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_6_20.mp3
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The Future And You -- June 13, 2012

James Maxey (author), Edmund R. Schubert (editor and author), and David B. Coe (author) are today's featured guests.

Topic: The upheaval in the traditional book publishing Industry as described by three people who rely on it to pay their bills.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy: Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. His multi-book epic, Dragon Apocalypse, is an enthusiastic blend of the superhero and fantasy genres. Its titles include Greatshadow (2012), Hush (2012) and Witchbreaker (2013).

Edmund R. Schubert is editor-in-chief of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (the poplar online magazine of science fiction and fantasy).  A fiction author himself, he has written over 35 short stories and one novel: Dreaming Creek.

David B. Coe is the award-winning, and critically acclaimed, author of twelve novels (some of which have been translated into no less than six languages, including Russian, German, Dutch, and French). David has a doctorate in American history from Stanford University, and he enjoys nature photography, bird and butterfly watching, and playing guitar. His latest novel, Thieftaker, is scheduled for release on July 3, 2012 under the pseudonym D.B. Jackson.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 13, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] These three interviews were recorded on June 2, 2012, at the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte NC during the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_6_13.mp3
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The Future And You -- June 6, 2012

Jonah Knight (singer, songwriter, performer); Jaysen Buterin (independent film maker); three popular authors: James Maxey, David Drake and Janine Spendlove; half of the Mon Frere Comedy Troupe (specifically Bob Bashir, Tom McCoy and Matt Shawn); and my favorite Klingon, Commander Keela Septaric, are today's featured guests.

Composed of seven interviews I gathered in the hallways of the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte NC, this episode is dedicated to the SF&F convention ConCarolinas. I spoke on a number of science and technology panels again this year, and I will be including some of those fascinating discussions in future episodes, but this episode is intended to give you a little of the feel and flavour of the convention. Naturally my obsession with the trends which are creating our future manifests itself in today's episode. The first two interviews contain the bulk of today's trends. The remaining five are included because they are interesting and fun. 

The first interview is twelve minutes with the singer/songwriter/performer Jonah Knight who talks about how the upheaval in the music industry over the last decade or more has played itself out, and what authors can learn from it since their industry (publishing) is now in a very similar upheaval. The second interview is ten minutes with the independent film maker Jaysen Buterin about the equally technology-driven upheaval going on in the independent film industry. This is followed by three interviews of about three minutes each with popular authors: James Maxey, David Drake, and Janine Spendlove. Then five minutes with half of the Mon Frere Comedy Troupe (specifically Bob Bashir, Tom McCoy, and Matt Shawn). And to close, I am told what my last name means in Klingon by my favorite Klingon -- Keela Septaric who runs the Klingon Karaoke every year at ConCarolinas. (BTW: Klingon Karaoke does not involve singing in Klingon. It's just a snappier sounding name.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 6, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 54 minutes]

ConCarolinas is a general multi-genre multi-media convention which is held every year in Charlotte NC. It's called a sci-fi convention, but in truth it covers all speculative fiction -- science fiction, fantasy and horror. It hosts a variety of fandom related events and guests, including gaming, discussion panels, costume events, music events like Klingon Karaoke, charity auction, SCA events, fan groups like the 501st Stormtroopers, Starfleet, and Klingon Assault Group, and something different every year.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_6_6.mp3
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The Future And You -- May 30, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Main Topic: A detailed description of a new form of Internet spam so cleverly disguised that you have probably read lots of it without even noticing. It's called Spintax (a contraction of the words spin and syntax).

Secondary Topics: A sampling of Forecasts for the next 25 years from the World Future Society; Nine Ways to Bias Open-Source Artificial General Intelligence Toward Friendliness (a new peer-review article by Ben Goertzel and Joel Pitt of Novamente); how to use Speakeasy Speedtest (a free website) to make sure you are getting all the Internet speed for which you are paying; the most popular free downloads at C/Net.com; a mention that your host recently switched from DSL (at 6.0 mbps) to cable modem (at 20.0 mbps).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 30, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Note: A listener named Rainer sent links to three lectures which are videos on YouTube. I watched the first one: a one hour lecture about the paleolithic diet by a medical biochemist. It was excellent: full of well-researched science. All three videos make a case for the paleolithic diet. Here are the second and third videos.

Announcement: For a limited time, one of my novels is on sale. The Kindle edition of Skinbrain (Cerebrodermus Fantastica), my most recent and most futuristic novel, has been reduced to just $2.99. That's right, under three bucks for what I consider my best novel.

Skinbrain description from Amazon.com: On an earth-like planet far from Earth the remains of a long dead alien civilization have been found, but this news has not reached the authorities—nor will it. Fourteen murderers—a mixed bag of human and alien criminals—have seen to that by killing the team of forty scientists who discovered the remains. These professional criminals combine their talents to search through the rubble for a hypothetical alien super-weapon. One under-age street-tough thinks she's got what it takes to rub shoulders and bump heads with the worst of them but soon realizes she’s in way over her head. Worse, as conflicts struggle to tear it apart, she learns just how unstable a team of criminals can be. Call it anything you like: treachery, betrayal, or just reducing the number with whom one must share the final spoils. Here, as in all of life, cowards and the dead reap nothing.

If you like science fiction, especially science fiction which involves strange alien worlds, strange alien species, strange alien cultures, and strange alien criminals. Check it out. If you enjoy reading Skinbrain a hundredth as much as I enjoyed writing it, you are in for wonderful experience.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_5_30.mp3
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The Future And You -- May 23, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Topics: Erotic novels are getting a sales boost from ebooks such as the Kindle and the Nook; Google's anticipated eyeglass computers; many (and possibly most) human beings are chimeras; the next big boom-time for programmers who write apps; how science fiction's vision of the future changes based on the decade in which it is written; sequencing each patient's personal exome; and the steadily falling price of sequencing a patient's personal genome. I also mention interviewing Ari Kiirikki (then Vice President of Knome Inc. The world's leading provider of personal DNA sequencing) several years ago at the Singularity Summit in New York City.

Mini Speculative Essay: The news article I read into this episode about Human Chimeras specifies that expectant mothers get a dose of stem cells from their fetus, and that these stem cells travel through the mother's body and become a permanent part of her various tissues, including the brain. It just struck me that this may be part of why women have a statistically longer lifespan than men, who of course never get this or any bonus dose of fresh cells during their adulthood. The obvious test of this as a correlation would be to compare the longevity of a population of women who had no pregnancies, verses those who had many pregnancies. It should also be mentioned that births in this case may not be relevant. Pregnancy alone, even if only temporary, may be sufficient to dose a woman with fresh stem cells. It should also be mentioned that, the amount of stem cells received by the mother may be trivial to her longevity, that this amount my vary widely from mother to mother, or even from pregnancy to pregnancy for the same mother. There are many possible interesting variables to explore. Some of them may be meaningful. Maybe. This is just a speculative idea. Right now I have no strong opinion on it either way. An opinion would be impossible without data.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 23, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture andPort Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_5_23.mp3
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The Future And You -- May 16, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Topic: A major photovoltaic problem will hit the United States, and many other nations, in about two or three years (in 2014 and 2015). There is no need to speculate as to how this photovoltaic problem will play out since it has already hit the state of Hawaii. We need only observe the existing problem to fully understand the problem that is to come, since the effects it is currently having on consumers and business and government are all available for scrutiny. Stephen Euin Cobb provides a description, assessment and commentary.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 16, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]

Additional sources of information: First and Second Maui News artcles read in this episode; PV-Magazine; Wikipedia article about Smart Grids 

BTW: A smart grid would solve some, or most, or possibly even all of the problems I've described in this episode. However, within the next three years, the United States is not going to replace all of its existing power grid network with a shiny new smart grid. Its just not going to happen that fast. We will need it, but we wont have it until after we have suffered.

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he is also a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. His novels include Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_5_16.mp3
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The Future And You -- May 9, 2012

Les Johnson (author, speaker and NASA deputy manager) is today's featured guest.

Topic: Part 2 of Trends in space exploration. What's going on now, and some of the missions which are planned for the future.

Les Johnson serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was the technical consultant for the movie Lost in Space. And In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles--for example. In collaboration with C Bangs (an artist) and Greg Matloff (a professor of astronomy) he wrote:Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth (2009); Living Off the Land in Space (2007); and with Greg Matloff and Giovanni Vulpetti he wrote Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel (2008). And with Jack McDevitt, he has a new book coming out this month called: Going Interstellar.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 9, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This is the second half of an interview recorded using Skype on April 27, 2012.

News item: This is the 250th episode of The Future And You.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_5_9.mp3
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The Future And You -- May 2, 2012

Les Johnson (author, speaker and NASA deputy manager) is today's featured guest.

Topic: Trends in space exploration. What's going on now, and some of the missions which are planned for the future.

Les Johnson serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was the technical consultant for the movie Lost in Space. And In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles--for example. In collaboration with C Bangs (an artist) and Greg Matloff (a professor of astronomy) he wrote:Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth (2009); Living Off the Land in Space (2007); and with Greg Matloff and Giovanni Vulpetti he wrote Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel (2008). And with Jack McDevitt, he has a new book coming out this month called: Going Interstellar.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the May 2, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on April 27, 2012.

News item: The BBC news website published an article describing research showing ways in which pacemakers and other medical implants can be attacked by hackers. Some of these attacks have potentially lethal results. And Listener Emails: Concerns with Marshall Brain's new book Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_5_2.mp3
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The Future And You -- April 25, 2012

Marshall Brain (founder of HowStuffWorks.com) is today's featured guest.

Topic: The remarkably GOOD future which we can create for ourselves using the robots which will dominate our economy during the next decade or two. (Last week Marshall explored the bad possibilities, this week he explores the good.)

This is a thorough examination of Marshall Brain's new book: Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future. One of his two visions is remarkably bad, and the other is remarkably good.  Both are completely different from any form of civilization we have seen before. Currently we are on track toward the future that is bad. In today's episode we will discuss the remarkably bad future, Next week we will discuss the remarkably good future.

Marshall Brain is best known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, which grew into one of the top Web sites in the country, and sold in 2007 to Discovery Communications for $250 million. He hosted the TV show "Factory Floor" which appeared on the National Geographic channel. And he has written a number of books, articles and essays, which -- just like the famous website he created -- explain in a no-nonsense way how stuff works. A perfect example is his article "How to make a million dollars."  Which can be read for free on his website: MarshallBrain.com.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 25, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This is the second half of an interview recorded using Skype on April 6, 2012.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_4_25.mp3
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The Future And You -- April 18, 2012

Marshall Brain (founder of HowStuffWorks.com) is today's featured guest.

Topic: The remarkably BAD side of what the rise of robots may do to our culture, civilization, economy, and lifestyles during the next decade or two. This is a thorough examination of Marshall Brain's new book: Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future. One of his two visions is remarkably bad, and the other is remarkably good. Both are completely different from any form of civilization we have seen before. Currently we are on track toward the future that is bad. In today's episode we will discuss the remarkably bad future, Next week we will discuss the remarkably good future.

Marshall Brain is best known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, which grew into one of the top Web sites in the country, and sold in 2007 to Discovery Communications for $250 million. He hosted the TV show "Factory Floor" which appeared on the National Geographic channel. And he has written a number of books, articles and essays, which--just like the famous website he created--explain in a no-nonsense way how stuff works. A perfect example is his article "How to make a million dollars," which can be read for free on his website: MarshallBrain.com.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 18, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on April 6, 2012.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_4_18.mp3
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The Future And You -- April 11, 2012

Paul Fischer (digital network engineer) is our featured guest.

Topics: Fun, Interesting and Cool Stuff (but no future or computer security). For example: Beer (especially high-end micro-brews), BaltiCon and the BaltiCon Podcast, The one time your host accidentally visited a Brothel, the time your host's high school chemistry teacher showed the class how to make wine, and the world's simplest method for distilling wine into hard liquor. 

Bonus: After you have listened to this episode you will know how to make all the wine you want at home using materials anyone can buy at any food store. You will also know how to distill any wine you make into hard liquor without effort over a period of eight hours using only devices you already own--a method which uses no heat, no fire and no evaporation.  

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 11, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes]. This is the final part of an interview recorded using Skype on March 3, 2012.

Paul Fischer is a digital network engineer. In his spare time (teamed with his wife, Martha Holloway) he organizes the new media track at the science fiction convention Balticon; produces the Balticon Podcast; and has several times served as judge for the annual Parsec Awards which are given for Excellence in Podcasting.

News Item: Google Glasses (augmented reality glasses) are scheduled to become publicly available before the end of 2012. (As per an article in the NY Times dated Feb 21, 2012 written by Nick Bilton.)

Announcement: Bones Burnt Black (the FREE audio book) took the #1 position on the list of "Today's Top Subscriptions" at Podiobooks.com on April 9, and simultaneously took the #2 position on their list of "Most Popular Books by Number of Subscriptions in the Last 30 Days."

Direct download: TFAY_2012_4_11.mp3
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The Future And You -- April 4, 2012

Paul Fischer (digital network engineer) is our featured guest.

Topics: Cyberwar: Several specific examples of computer hacking done by military forces around the world. How Iran's nuclear program was successfully cyber attacked. How the Chinese government successfully attacked a school in the USA (and bragged about it on their official TV news program). How a commercial airliner's onboard computer was accidentally infected with a virus which crashed the plane and killed all aboard. Also described: Why your car is now vulnerable to computer hacking, and how this can put your life in danger. And at least one incident without any hacking at all: how Fidel Castro cleverly tricked the Cubans into first giving up their ammunition, and then later (when they had no bullets) forced them to surrender all their guns.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 4, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes]. This is the third part of an interview recorded using Skype on March 3, 2012.

Paul Fischer is a digital network engineer. In his spare time (teamed with his wife, Martha Holloway) he organizes the new media track at the science fiction convention Balticon; produces the Balticon Podcast; and has several times served as judge for the annual Parsec Awards which are given for Excellence in Podcasting.

Announcement: J.C.Hutchins (author of the popular 7th Son trilogy) said this about the new audio book version of Bones Burnt Black which is available for Free at Podiobooks.com:  "A riveting and realistic portrayal of space travel gone wrong, and of a crew who must fight for their survival. Bones Burnt Black is exciting, and expertly told. A must-listen." Don't miss out. Listen to Bones Burnt Black today.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_4_4.mp3
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The Future And You -- March 28, 2012

Evo Terra (author, speaker and digital business strategist) is our featured guest.

Topic: Trends in New Media: Where we are now, how we got here, and some of the shifting trends which are changing the direction of New Media in our future.

Evo Terra is: co-founder of ePublish Unum; founder of Podiobooks.com; a professional public speaker at digital & social media events; and a digital Business strategist at ASW Consulting Services. Previously Evo was the host of Dragon Page Live Fire at 550 AM KFYI Radio, and was co-founder & show host at FarPoint Media. He is also co-author of the books Podcasting for Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 28, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 46 minutes]. This is the complete interview recorded using Skype on March 17, 2012.

News Item: The audio book of your host's novel Bones Burnt Black is now available on Podiobooks.com for FREE. Read by the author himself, this is an improved version of the audio book edition (cleaner sound, and with music added to the beginnings and ends). If you enjoy audio books (especially those that are Free) please give its first chapter a listen.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_3_28.mp3
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The Future And You -- March 21, 2012

Paul Fischer (digital network engineer) is our featured guest.

Topics: Even more examples of how your smart phone is vulnerable to viruses, trojans, worms, and other hacker software; some of which attacks your phone by way of blue-tooth, Wi-Fi, attached to the apps you download, or by tricking you into thinking the attacking software is actually an update for a trusted app you installed some time ago.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 24, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes]. This is the second part of an interview recorded using Skype on March 3, 2012.

Paul Fischer is a digital network engineer. In his spare time (teamed with his wife, Martha Holloway) he organizes the new media track at the science fiction convention Balticon; produces the Balticon Podcast; and has several times served as judge for the annual Parsec Awards which are given for Excellence in Podcasting.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_3_21.mp3
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The Future And You -- March 14, 2012
Paul Fischer (digital network engineer) is our featured guest.

Topics: specific examples of why your smart phone is even more vulnerable to viruses, trojans, worms, and other hacker software than is your computer, and why you can do pretty much nothing about it; how Corpus Christie's automated water meter-reading system caught a thief who'd stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of water, as well as allowed the city to lay-off every last one of their meter readers; and why cities and towns are scrambling to build their own wireless networks for their police, firefighters and other city employees.

Paul Fischer is a digital network engineer. In his spare time (teamed with his wife, Martha Holloway) he organizes the new media track at the science fiction convention Balticon; produces the Balticon Podcast; and has several times served as judge for the annual Parsec Awards which are given for Excellence in Podcasting. 
Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 14, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes]. This is the first part of an interview recorded using Skype on March 3, 2012.

News Item: Some of you may be wondering why there has not been a final update on my TA-65 evaluation project yet. Well, it turns out we still have more pills to take. My mother read somewhere that it was good to take a break one day each week when taking TA-65. And so she did. And so we aren't out of pills yet. Although I should mention that even when we run out we will still need to have blood drawn, sent to UCLA for testing, and the results returned before I do a final explanation of all the results; so this could still take another month or two. I ask for your continued patience.

Second News Item: I am pleased to announce that the audio version of my novel Bones Burnt Black will soon join the nearly 600 books available on Podiobooks.comAll of which are offered at everyone's favorite price: Free. If you haven't had a chance to listen to my novel, that opportunity will present itself beginning on March 28, 2012. And if you have heard it already, Podiobooks.com holds many other titles you can enjoy as well. (BTW: This is a new and improved version of Bones Burnt BlackThe audio has been cleaned a bit more; and to give it that professional touch, music has been added at the beginning and end of each episode, as well as in the breaks between scenes.)
Direct download: TFAY_2012_3_14.mp3
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The Future And You -- March 7, 2012

George Dvorsky (futurist and ethicist) is our featured guest.

Topics: Why he has changed from a Vegetarian Diet to a Paleolithic Diet (which is limited to the foods our species ate before the rise of farming and animal husbandry),  and his recent personal-record-breaking dead-lift of 400 pounds. Also, his expectations concerning: techlepathy (neurotechnologically-assisted telepathy); postgenderism; astrosociobiology (the speculative scientific study of extraterrestrial civilizations and their possible social characteristics and developmental tendencies); caloric restriction; the work of Matt Lalonde and Rob Wolfe; the Conscientious Carnivore; Ancestral Health; Primal Transhumanism; and his worry that the Fermi Paradox represents a "Great Filter" which may still lay ahead of us, and which our species might not survive.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 7, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes]. This is the final third of an interview recorded using Skype on February 17, 2012.

George Dvorsky is a Canadian futurist and ethicist. He has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is the Chairman of the Board at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is the program director for the Rights of Non-Human Persons program.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_3_7.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 29, 2012

George Dvorsky (futurist and ethicist) is our featured guest.

Topics: Is it wise to use our emotions (especially repugnance) as a guide to truth? Giving protective rights to intelligent animals (apes, whales, dolphins, and elephants), and eventually (when the time is right) to artificially intelligent software; augmenting animals to raise their IQ (animal uplifting); the new movie Planet of the Apes; the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey; better ways to conduct the search for extraterrestrials (SETI); Dyson Spheres; the Fermi Paradox; why your host hopes we will forever move to universes of ever increasing dimensionality; as well as artificially created universes and simulated universes.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 29, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 61 minutes]. This is the second third of an interview recorded using Skype on February 17, 2012.

George Dvorsky is a Canadian futurist and ethicist. He has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is the Chairman of the Board at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is the program director for the Rights of Non-Human Persons program.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_2_29.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 22, 2012

George Dvorsky (futurist and ethicist) is our featured guest.

Topics: the importance of studying history in order to extrapolate the future; how democratic transhumanism differs from other flavours of transhumanism; why he is a technogaian environmentalist and how that relates to Bright Green Environmentalism; the abolition of suffering in all species; political problems of putting a thermostat on the earth; as well as the good and bad of living an engineered blissful existence permanently.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 22, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 62 minutes]. This is the first third of an interview recorded using Skype on February 17, 2012.

George Dvorsky is a Canadian futurist and ethicist. He has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is the Chairman of the Board at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is the program director for the Rights of Non-Human Persons program.

News Item: Your host's most transhumanist novel is now available for purchase through Amazon's Kindle program. All the main characters in Plague at Redhook have augmentations which transhumanists look forward to possessing. Computers implanted in their bodies and hardwired into their brains, for example, such that they can share with one another their verbal thoughts, as well as images of what they are currently looking at, or what they remember seeing in the past. These augmentations are not new to them, this is how they live their normal lives. The plot is an action-adventure story combined with a medical-mystery story combined with an exploring-an-alien-world story.

And remember: you don't need a Kindle to purchase and read Kindle books. There is a free app that turns most smart phones into a Kindle reader. And there is a free downloadable program which will turn a PC or a Mac into a Kindle reader as well. So if you have $3.99 to burn, and want to see what your host thinks the future might be like in story form, consider buying a copy of Plague at Redhook.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_2_22.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 15, 2012

Wendy S. Delmater(editor, author and safety engineer), Joe Naff(author), and Myself (your host) are our featured guests.

Topic: Future disasters, and what you can do now to prepare for them. (Part 3)

The future will contain many bad events as well as many good. Your individual journey through your personal future will be less painful if you are prepared. Here are dozens of ways to greatly reduce your future suffering.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 15, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes]. This is the third and final part of a panel recorded before a live audience on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Wendy S. Delmater runs the critically acclaimed zine: Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction, and has a new non-fiction book coming out on Valentines Day, 2012 entitled Better Dating Through Engineering: A system For Finding Lasting Love After 45

Joe Naff is the author of the supernatural thriller: The Gospel of the Font, and the young-adult high-fantasy series: The Chronicles of Shyra.

News Item: A new and very brief update on my TA-65 Evaluation Project.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_2_15.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 8, 2012

Jonathan Mugan (author of The Curiosity Cycle, and computer science researcher) is our featured guest.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, online games, learning styles and methods, arguing to agree, errors in our thinking process, and many topics covered in his book The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion. (Part 2)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 8, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes]. This is the second half of an interview recorded on January 21, 2012 using a Skype-to-Skype connection. 

Jonathan Mugan is a computer science researcher specializing in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. He completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, and received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His book The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion is available in paperback and Kindle eBook editions.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_2_8.mp3
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The Future And You -- February 1, 2012

Jonathan Mugan (author of The Curiosity Cycle, and computer science researcher) is our featured guest.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cyber-security, human intelligence, human learning, errors in our thinking process, and many topics covered in his book The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 1, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes]. This is the first half of an interview recorded on January 21, 2012 using a Skype-to-Skype connection. 

Jonathan Mugan is a computer science researcher specializing in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. He completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, and received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His book The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion is available in paperback and Kindle eBook editions.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_2_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

The Future And You -- January 25, 2012

Wendy S. Delmater(editor, author and safety engineer), Joe Naff(author), and Myself (your host) are our featured guests.

Topic: Future disasters, and what you can do now to prepare for them. (Part 2)

The future will contain many bad events as well as many good. Your individual journey through your personal future will be less painful if you are prepared. Here are dozens of ways to greatly reduce your future suffering.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 25, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes]. This is the second part of a panel recorded before a live audience on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Wendy S. Delmater runs the critically acclaimed zine: Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction, and has a new non-fiction book coming out on Valentines Day, 2012 entitled Better Dating Through Engineering: A system For Finding Lasting Love After 45

Joe Naff is the author of the supernatural thriller: The Gospel of the Font, and the young-adult high-fantasy series: The Chronicles of Shyra.

News Item: A thorough update on the health benefits observed so far in my TA-65 Evaluation Project. (My mother and I are now 4-1/2 months into our six month evaluation.)

Direct download: TFAY_2012_1_25.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 18, 2012

Wendy S. Delmater (editor, author and safety engineer), Joe Naff (author), and Myself (your host) are our featured guests.

Topic: Future disasters, and what you can do now to prepare for them.

The future will contain many bad events as well as many good. Your individual journey through your personal future will be less painful if you are prepared. Here are dozens of ways to greatly reduce your future suffering.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 18, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 40 minutes]. This panel was recorded before a live audience on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Wendy S. Delmater runs the critically acclaimed zine: Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction, and has a new non-fiction book coming out on Valentines Day, 2012 entitled Better Dating Through Engineering: A system For Finding Lasting Love After 45

Joe Naff is the author of the supernatural thriller: The Gospel of the Font, and the young-adult high-fantasy series: The Chronicles of Shyra.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_1_18.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 11, 2012

Rebecca Ledford (manager and editor-in-chief of Phase 5 Publishing), Ken Gentile (Author), and the husband and wife team behind the pseudonym Brandy Wayne are our featured guests.

Topics: Trends churning within the publishing industry, including how the publishing industry is still being turned upside down by the rise of eBooks.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 11, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]. This is the complete interview recorded on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Rebecca Ledford is manager and editor-in-chief of Phase 5 Publishing.  Ken Gentile wrote The Tale-Seller's Night and Lil Red & The Baron.  The husband and wife team behind the pseudonym Brandy Wayne are the authors of Sheleasoun, Book 1 of the Beneath the Echoes of Memory series.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_1_11.mp3
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The Future And You -- January 4, 2012

Jim Craig (planetarium director), James Maxey(author), Chris Berman(author), Justin Chung(artist), Emlee Vassilos(actress), Terry W. Erwin II(author), and me: Stephen Euin Cobb (author, futurist and your host) are our featured guests. 

Topic:  When Did Science Become a Bad Word? (Part 2) 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 4, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]. This is the second halfof a panel recorded on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F conventionConCarolinas.

Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is a lifelong science fiction fan and has given presentations on the history of science fiction. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. In 2006 he was allowed to name a crater on Mars.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl as well as the Dragon Age fantasy series which includes the novels Bitterwood,Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. Set a thousand years in the future, after the fall of our modern civilization, in a world dominated by the intelligent dragons we created through genetic engineering. Humans are reduced to slaves, and the remnants of long forgotten nanotechnology make the world a wondrous place of magic.

Chris Berman is the author of Red Moon and Star Pirates.

Justin Chung is an artist, illustrator, and creative consultant. He was Artsit Guest of Honor for 2011 at ConCarolinas.

Emlee Vassilos is an actress who is co-staring (as Lily) in the soon to be released zombie horror movie A Few Brains More, which is the sequel to Fist Full of Brains. She has also performed in Destiny RoadRenee, and the TV movie Trinity Goodheart.

Terry W. Erwin II writes novels, short stories and articles. His novels include: Blood Swordand Flank Hawk.   

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. He is also an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Three years a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine; he is a Contributing Editor at Space and Time Magazine; has become a regular contributor at Robot Magazine and H+ Magazine; and has written for Digit, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines. His novels include: Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook andSkinbrain.

News Items: 

[1] PhysOrg.com reports that transistors made from cotton fibers are being explored at the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell University for use as clothing to collect, monitor and relay information. 

[2] Your host, Stephen Euin Cobb, has been promoted to Contributing Editor at Space and Time Magazine. During the last two years Stephen has contributed feature articles to Space and Time in which he interviewed Harry Turtledove, Ben Bova, Peter S. Beagle, and Frederik Pohl. This month he will turn in a feature interview with Kevin J. Anderson, which will appear in an upcoming issue. Hildy Silverman, editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine, was especially pleased Stephen got this interview because--back in 1982, long before he became a best selling author with an international fan base--Kevin J. Anderson made his very first professional sale to Space and Time Magazine.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_1_4.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 28, 2011

Natasha Vita-More (life extension and transhumanism pioneer, designer, spokesperson, writer and activist) is our featured guest. 

Topics: Life Extension and Human Augmentation--Part 3.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 28, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]. This is the final third of a three part interview recorded by Skype on December 10, 2011. 

Natasha Vita-More is a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Media, Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. She is Chair ofHumanity+, and may be best known for designingPrimo Posthuman a future human prototype. She is the co-editor of the 2012 bookThe Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology and Philosophy of the Human Future. She has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries on culture and the future; been featured on NPR Radio; and in Flaunt, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, and Teleopolis. She is currently producing and hosting Minds Matter a discussion and debate series.The New York Times called her "the first female philosopher of transhumanism" in 2008,  and Wired featured her as the "spokesperson for superlongevity" in 2000.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_12_28.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 21, 2011

Natasha Vita-More (life extension and transhumanism pioneer, designer, spokesperson, writer and activist) is our featured guest. 

Topics: Life Extension and Human Augmentation--Part 2.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 21, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 39 minutes]. This is the second third of an interview recorded by Skype on December 10, 2011. 

Natasha Vita-More is a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Media, Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. She is Chair ofHumanity+, and may be best known for designingPrimo Posthuman a future human prototype. She is the co-editor of the 2012 bookThe Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology and Philosophy of the Human Future. She has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries on culture and the future; been featured on NPR Radio; and in Flaunt, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, and Teleopolis. She is currently producing and hosting Minds Matter a discussion and debate series.The New York Times called her "the first female philosopher of transhumanism" in 2008,  and Wired featured her as the "spokesperson for superlongevity" in 2000.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_12_21.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 14, 2011

Natasha Vita-More (life extension and transhumanism pioneer, designer, spokesperson, writer and activist) is our featured guest. 

Topics: Life Extension and Human Augmentation.

Natasha Vita-More is a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Media, Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. She is Chair of Humanity+, and may be best known for designing Primo Posthuman a future human prototype. She is the co-editor of the 2012 book The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology and Philosophy of the Human Future. She has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries on culture and the future; been featured on NPR Radio; and in Flaunt, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, and Teleopolis. She is currently producing and hosting Minds Matter a discussion and debate series. The New York Times called her "the first female philosopher of transhumanism" in 2008,  and Wired featured her as the "spokesperson for superlongevity" in 2000. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 14, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 45 minutes]. This is the first third of an interview recorded by Skype on December 10, 2011. 

News Item: 

This is the six year anniversary episode of The Future And You.  Six years ago (on December 15, 2005) the very first episode of The Future And You became globally available for public enjoyment. Back then it was in a magazine format with many guests which made the show very long. Too long some listeners said, which is why I changed it to the current shorter format. Sound quality back then was also less than it is today, since I was doing phone interviews through a traditional land line telephone instead of Skype or Google Talk. 

Despite their age, I am pleased to say that my decision to keep all past episodes up and available indefinitely has proven to be a good one. All the past episodes, even the very earliest ones, continue to be downloaded at a rate that I find both surprising and pleasing. I'm also pleased at the global nature of the show's popularity. While the USA makes up about 60 percent of the audience, I have listeners in over 130 nations around the world. China tops the foreign countries, followed by all the English speaking nations (in order of population), then the developed countries in Europe and Asia and the Americas, followed finally by what seem to be all the nations that have access to the Internet. 

One nice thing about doing this show is that it gets my name in front of people I could never reach otherwise. For example: The largest English-Language Technology magazine in the nation of India emailed me unexpectedly and asked me to write a feature article for their tenth anniversary issue. Digit Magazine is a slick glossy technology monthly with a circulation of 250,000.  Yeah, a quarter of a million people read this magazine. The June 2011 issue contains my article entitled "When Diamonds are no longer Precious." The editors were kind enough to include (on the same page as the article) a three inch tall color photo of me. That was nice of them.

Another example: This year I was asked to contribute one of my articles to a college text book. The text book called About Philosophy (eleventh edition) by Robert Paul Wolff has just come out and contains my article "Real Discrimination against Digital People." The article could be classified as investigative journalism since I interviewed a dozen or more people to find incidents of discrimination inside virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft. The article was originally published in H+ Magazine and can still be read online.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped to make this show a success: both those who listen and those who have let me interview them. The desire to hear and the desire to share ideas and opinion about the future is what keeps this show going. Thank you all, I appreciate your help.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_12_14.mp3
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The Future And You -- December 7, 2011

Jim Craig (planetarium director), James Maxey (author), Chris Berman (author), Justin Chung (artist), Emlee Vassilos (actress), Terry W. Erwin II (author), and me: Stephen Euin Cobb (author, futurist and your host) are our featured guests. 

Topic:  When Did Science Become a Bad Word? 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 7, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]. This is the first half of a panel recorded on June 4, 2011 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is a lifelong science fiction fan and has given presentations on the history of science fiction. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought. In 2006 he was allowed to name a crater on Mars.

James Maxey is the author of the superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl as well as the Dragon Age fantasy series which includes the novels Bitterwood,Dragonforge, and Dragonseed. Set a thousand years in the future, after the fall of our modern civilization, in a world dominated by the intelligent dragons we created through genetic engineering. Humans are reduced to slaves, and the remnants of long forgotten nanotechnology make the world a wondrous place of magic.

Chris Berman is the author of Red Moon and Star Pirates.

Justin Chung is an artist, illustrator, and creative consultant. He was Artsit Guest of Honor for 2011 at ConCarolinas.

Emlee Vassilos is an actress who is co-staring (as Lily) in the soon to be released zombie horror movie A Few Brains More, which is the sequel to Fist Full of Brains. She has also performed in Destiny RoadRenee, and the TV movie Trinity Goodheart.

Terry W. Erwin II writes novels, short stories and articles. His novels include: Blood Sword and Flank Hawk.   

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. He is also a artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Three years a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine, he has also become a regular contributor at Robot MagazineH+ Magazine, Space and Time Magazine: and has written for Digit, Grim Couture and Port Irismagazines. His novels include: Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook andSkinbrain.

Special Announcement: Today, December 7th (aside from being "A date which will live in infamy," thanks to the bombing of Pearl Harbour) is my mother's 76th birthday. Happy Birthday mom!

News Item: The World Future Society has issued a call for inventions and innovations from breakthrough startups, who will compete in the second annual Futurists:BetaLaunch expo in Toronto next July. Futurists:BetaLaunch serves as a technology expo where engineers, designers, and others can present their inventions to the 1,000 futurists expected to gather for the Society’s annual conference. Also in attendance will be venture capitalists such as Moon Express founder Naveen Jain and Lightspeed Venture Partners. All inventors selected to present their inventions at F:BL will receive a complimentary registration to the WorldFuture 2012 conference ($750 value). Deadline for entry is March 15, 2012.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_12_7.mp3
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The Future And You -- November 30, 2011

Toni WeisskopfJulie CochraneMichael Z. Williamson, and Jason Cordova are our featured guests. 

Topic: The growing cultural divide between the military and civilians, as viewed by military personnel and military families. (Part 2)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 30, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]. This is the second half of a panel recorded on July 16, 2011 in Chattanooga TN, at the SF&F conventionLibertyCon.

Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books: one of the largest publishers of SF&F in America, and probably the number one publisher of Military SF.

Julie Cochrane has degrees and training in chemistry, psychology and computer science. Her hobbies include pistol marksmanship, history, criminology and folk music. She is coauthor of three military SF novels with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Jason Cordova served in the Navy, and is the author of the novel Corruptor.

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the United States military after 25 years and is both a science fiction and military fiction author. He is also associate editor at SurvivalBlog where he does reviews of disaster preparedness products. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions. He tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. He is the author of at least ten military SF novels, one of which is a collaboration with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_11_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:39am EDT

The Future And You -- November 23, 2011

Toni Weisskopf, Julie Cochrane, Michael Z. Williamson, and Jason Cordova are our featured guests. 

Topic: The growing cultural divide between the military and civilians, as viewed by military personnel and military families.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 23, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]. This panel was recorded on July 16, 2011 in Chattanooga TN, at the SF&F convention LibertyCon.

Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books: one of the largest publishers of SF&F in America, and probably the number one publisher of Military SF.

Julie Cochrane has degrees and training in chemistry, psychology and computer science. Her hobbies include pistol marksmanship, history, criminology and folk music. She is coauthor of three military SF novels with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Jason Cordova served in the Navy, and is the author of the novel Corruptor.

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the United States military after 25 years and is both a science fiction and military fiction author. He is also associate editor at SurvivalBlog where he does reviews of disaster preparedness products. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions. He tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. He is the author of at least ten military SF novels, one of which is a collaboration with the New York Times best-selling author John Ringo.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_11_23.mp3
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This week's episode will be two or three days late (due to tech problems). Sorry for the inconvenience.

This week's episode will be two or three days late (due to tech problems). Sorry for the inconvenience.

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The Future And You -- November 16, 2011

Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) gives his opinion on a variety of future topics.

Topics: how popular science fiction movies effect decision making within our civilization; immortality through nanotechnology; movies such as: Blade Runner, Terminator, Minority Report, and Gattica; virtual realities (such as Second Life and World of Warcraft); why human augmentation may be inevitable; the widespread resistance to human augmentation which exists already; the creation of human organs using 3D printers which print with living cells; the de Vinchi surgical machine; the novel Rollback (by Robert J. Sawyer); Life Extension and Age Reversing; measurable loss of function in the various organs of the body; the likely availability of life extension technologies, and the effect they may have on the future of civilization.

This is the November 16, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes]. This interview of Stephen Euin Cobb was recorded using Skype on October 15, 2011, and was conducted by Richard Buxton (a screenwriter and film student in London) as part of Richard's research for his thesis, which concerns the cumulative effect science fiction movies have on civilization.

Richard Buxton studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London, and completed an MA in Production Design for Film & TV at Kingston University. Currently he is working toward a Film Making Degree at SAE Institute London with an emphasis in screenwriting. Part of that work will be his thesis which concerns the effect which science fiction films have had on society. He writes for Tracksounds (a website dedicated to film scores) and has appeared on SoundCast (a podcast of interviews and commentary about film scores).

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. He is also a artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Three years a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine, he has also become a regular contributor at Robot Magazine, H+ Magazine, Space and Time Magazine: and has written for Digit, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines. His novels include: Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook and Skinbrain

News Item: CBS News reports that Ridding body of old "zombie" cells slows aging process, study shows. Mayo Clinic scientists may have hit upon a way to slow the aging process. The key, they report in a tantalizing new study, is purging the body of senescent cells - old "zombie" cells that no longer work as they should.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_11_16.mp3
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The Future And You -- November 9, 2011

Richard Buxton (a screenwriter and film student in London) is our featured guest.

Topic: Trends in movies and the movie making industry.

Richard Buxton studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London, and completed an MA in Production Design for Film & TV at Kingston University. Currently he is working toward a Film Making Degree at SAE Institute London with an emphasis in screenwriting. Part of that work will be his thesis which concerns the effect which science fiction films have had on society. He writes for Tracksounds (a website dedicated to film scores) and has appeared on Soundcast (a podcast of interviews and commentary about film scores).

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 9, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes]. This is the second half of an interview recorded using Skype on October 15, 2011.  

News Items: [1] DARPA plans to put 1,000 3-D printers (rapid fabrication devices) into high schools across the United States as a way to encourage American young people to go into engineering and particularly manufacturing, and to help high schoolers build STEM skills. [2] A Georgia Tech team has received a $3 million grant to explore how bacteria interact on a molecular level to form networks. The research may one day guide the design of nanodevices able to communicate with one another and accomplish tasks at the nanolevel of one billionth of a meter in size, which could lead to future breakthroughs in nanorobotics. [3] Military personal, academics, and diplomats met in Virginia October 25-28 for Unified Quest, a seminar war game to explore the geostrategic environment of the future. “The purpose of this symposium is about plausible strategic landscapes,” said Col. Kevin Felix, director of the Army’s Future Warfare Division. “The four working groups were given wide latitude to work towards 2028, and it was about bringing in the right folks.”

Direct download: TFAY_2011_11_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

The Future And You -- November 2, 2011

Richard Buxton (a screenwriter and film student in London) is our featured guest.

Topic: Trends in movies and the movie making industry.

Richard Buxton studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London, and completed an MA in Production Design for Film & TV at Kingston University. Currently he is working toward a Film Making Degree at SAE Institute London with an emphasis in screenwriting. Part of that work will be his thesis which concerns the effect which science fiction films have had on society.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 2, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes]. This is the first half of an interview, which was recorded using Skype on October 15, 2011.

News Item: Rocksmith is a new video game which trumps Guitar Hero by teaching the player how to play real music on a real guitar. This game is one more example of a growing assortment of software which harness the accelerated learning environment of video games to allow players to develop skills which can then be used in the world outside the game. Many futurists believe (and your host is one of them) that in the years and decades to come the variety of skills which will be learned in this way will become vast and uncountable.

Direct download: TFAY_2011_11_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

The Future And You -- October 26, 2011

Chris and Janet Morris (US military and government advisers on non-lethal weapons) are our featured guests.

Topic: Non-Lethal Weapons: How they change the future of military engagements (Part 3). Also Chris and Janet's fiction anthology series': Heroes in Hell and Lawyers in Hell.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 26, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 48 minutes]. This is the third and final portion of this interview which was recorded using Skype on October 1, 2011.

Janet Morris is President and CEO of M2 Technologies, Inc., a woman-owned corporation specializing in non-lethal weapons (NLW), novel technology applications, tactics and technology. Her seminal non-lethal concept and novel technology applications work has been used by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and was excerpted in the Army's Draft Operations Concept for Disabling Measures (920904). She has taught or provided course material to the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, National Defense University's (IRMC) School of Information Warfare and Strategy, and Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory's Non-Lethal Institute. She has provided and presented seminars and briefings to the Defense Science Board, the Congressional Research Service, Senate Armed Services Committee Staff, and the Center for Naval Analysis.

Chris Morris is Vice-President and Board Chairman of M2 Technologies, Inc., specializing in strategic planning, tactical support, and technology exploitation. His work on non-lethal, developmental, and foreign technology policy and implementation issues has been used by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, OSD Office of Munitions, OSD Net Assessment, and excerpted in the U.S. Army's Draft Operations Concept for Disabling Measures (920904). He has taught course elements and contributed papers to the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College and National Defense University's (IRMC) School of Information Warfare & Strategy. He has presented Strategic Planning papers and papers on technology exploitation to the Center for Naval Analysis, the Defense Science Board, Georgia Institute of Technology, Penn State University's Advanced Research Laboratory, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

News Item: A new cyber-threat warning issued by the United States National Cyber-Alert System in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. Unspecified vulnerability in Medtronic Paradigm wireless insulin pump 512, 522, 712, and 722 allows remote attackers to modify the delivery of an insulin bolus dose and cause a denial of service (adverse human health effects) via unspecified vectors involving wireless communications and knowledge of the device's serial number, as demonstrated by Jerome Radcliffe at the Black Hat USA conference in August 2011. NOTE: the vendor has disputed the severity of this issue, saying "we believe the risk of deliberate, malicious, or unauthorized manipulation of medical devices is extremely low... we strongly believe it would be extremely difficult for a third-party to wirelessly tamper with your insulin pump... you would be able to detect tones on the insulin pump that weren't intentionally programmed and could intervene accordingly." 

Special thanks go to Randal L. Schwartz for emailing me this news i