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

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.

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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.

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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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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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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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