The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
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