The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
The Future And You--June 25, 2014

Topic: Breakthroughs in Medical Science. New technologies which will help us live healthier and longer.

Subtopics: 3D printing of tissues and organs for surgical implant; wiping out cancer with a massive dose of measles vaccine; life extension with buckyballs; fecal transplants (yeah, that's right: poop); induced hypothermia as a lifesaving treatment in trauma and surgery; stem cells; causes of allergies, paleo diets; vegan diets; all-meat diets; and the fitness guru, Jack LaLanne, who lived to the age of 96 (he had a daily fitness and exercise TV show from 1953 all the way to 1985. A total of 32 years).

 

Today's speakers include: Dr. Ben Davis, Jonah Knight, myself, and James Maxey as moderator.  Dr. Ben Davis has a doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and is an IT professional. Jonah Knight is completing his certifications to be a Certified Personal Trainer, and to Teach DDP Yoga (both of which include nutritional components). James Maxey (the moderator) is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 25, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 51 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

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_6_25.mp3
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The Future And You--June 18, 2014

Hank Pellissier--[Part 4]--(writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist).

Topics: Human Intelligence--is it a product of our culture or our genes? Are some of this world's cultures more effective, more useful...maybe even more valuable? Should having babies be licensed and regulated, and not a right given to everyone? Features of Confucianism. Artificial Intelligence and the Technological Singularity. Ideas in the movie Idiocracy--a lighthearted science fiction movie in which the entire population of the world, in the far future, becomes very stupid. And I ask Hank if I am accurate in sizing him up as "an activist who feels comfortable using people's negative emotions to get the word out on topics he feels are important." I tell him that I think he views argument and controversy as useful and important tools. And I ask him if I am wrong.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 11, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This is the third portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The final portion will be in next week's episode.

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_6_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

The Future And You--June 11, 2014

Hank Pellissier--[Part 3]--(writer, editor, speaker, producer, futurist and transhumanist).

Topics: Trends going on in education, especially online sources of education such as the Khan Academy, which I enjoy a great deal, and which is completely free to all users. (I've especially enjoyed their mathematics, history and biology.) We also talk about: the gamification of education; Hank's recent magazine article about learning through music videos; and the power of the Internet to reconnect people who, for decades, thought they would never see one another again. Somewhere in the middle of this episode, I describe, in some detail, the innovative and interactive method used by the Khan Academy to teach mathematics. Their method makes it easy, painless, and astoundingly more efficient than any traditional classroom.

Hank Pellissier is a writer, editor, speaker and producer, especially on futurist and transhumanist topics. He has written 22 articles for HplusMagazine, and 30 articles for IEET.org - the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Seven of his articles placed in the Top 12 in 2011 hits. In 2012 he was appointed the Managing Director of IEET. He continued to write for the site, finishing the year with 4 articles in the Top 12. He left IEET in October 2012 to start Transhumanity.net. He gave that site to Zero State in February 2013, and started ImmortalLife.info. He sold that site to Giovanni Santostasi in June 2013, and started the website BrighterBrains.org. At this site he started producing the TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conferences in the San Fransico Bay Area. He is the author of three e-books, Brighter Brains-225 Ways to Elevate or Injure IQ, Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High?, and Invent Utopia Now. As a journalist, he was the "Local Intelligence" columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he's a frequent contributor to GreatSchools.org. Past work includes a daily column for Salon.com titled "Naked World," two columns for SfGate.com titled "Urban Animal" and "Odd Barkings," and dozens of articles for other publications like San Fransisco Bay Guardian, World Future Society, and Acceler8or. He has also performed as a solo performance artist and Slam Poet, under his nom de plume, "Hank Hyena."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 11, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes] This is the third portion of my interview with Hank Pellissier which was recorded using Skype on April 24, 2014. The final portion will be in next week's episode.

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_6_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04am EST

The Future And You--June 4, 2014

Eight Interviews from ConCarolinas. (The SF&F convention that got me started podcasting.)

Guests include: Edmund R. Schubert (editor-in-chief of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show a poplar online magazine of science fiction and fantasy), Cheralyn Lambeth (a real ghostbuster & author of Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas), Janine K. Spendlove (author), Gail Z. Martin (author & podcaster), Ron Garner (promoter for Silence in the Library Publishing), Stuart Jaffe (author & podcaster), Jonah Knight (musical performer and composer), and Jada Diaz (the Con-Chair of ConCarolinas).

Various Topics discussed: ghostbusting in the real world, why travel by train is so much more fun than travel by air, ebooks, audiobooks, nuclear power, scified eggs, and one of my guests gets arrested by the Mandelorian Mercs when someone put a bounty on his head. (For those unfamiliar with the Mandelorian Mercs: Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who captured Han Solo in the second Star Wars movie, was also a Mandelorian Merc, and wore their familiar style of uniform, helmet and rocket-powered jet-pack.)

BTW: You can watch a video of me moderating a panel at this con on the topic of Transhumanism. Wesley Davis (one of my listeners) posted it on youtube.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the June 4, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 93 minutes] These interviews were recorded in Charlotte NC on May 30 and 31, 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_6_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06am EST