The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
The Future And You--February 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

Direct download: TFAY_2014_2_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

The Future And You--February 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Future And You--February 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

The Future And You--February 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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