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