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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_9_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_8_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

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 EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_8_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_7_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12am EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_7_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_6_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_22.mp3
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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 EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50pm EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_2_11.mp3
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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 EST

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.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_1_21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:10am EST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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 EST

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
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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 EST

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
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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 EST