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

Zoltan Istvan (journalist, entrepreneur, futurist) is today's featured guest.

Topics: life-extension, transhumanism, augmenting the body and the mind, Ayn Rand's objectivism, several forms of atheism, and many of the other topics he has explored in his new novel, The Transhumanist Wager. We also discuss some of the articles he's written for the Huffington Post such as, Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?, A New Generation of Transhumanists is Emerging, and I'm and atheist therefore I'm a Transhumanist.

Zoltan Istvan is an American-Hungarian philosopher, journalist, entrepreneur, and futurist. He is best known as a leading transhumanist and the author of the controversial novel, The Transhumanist Wager, a #1 bestseller in both Philosophy and Science Fiction Visionary and Metaphysical on Amazon. At the age of 21 he began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times Syndicate, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. He is a philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 16, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 35 minutes] This is the first half of my interview with Zoltan Istvan which was recorded using Skype on April 3, 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.

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Gennady Stolyarov II is today's featured guest.

Topics: Peter Nygard's new life extension project going on now in the Bahamas in which he is injecting himself with stem cells (here is my interview with him in 2009); goal setting and prioritizing within an extended life (in which I quote from one of my interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson); Gennady emphasizes that many traditions are built into our culture which are based on a universal expectation of death as a certainty; and we cover a number of the ideas within his many writings on life-extension such as those in his articles, essays, novel, theatrical play, and his many video-essays which are freely available on Youtube.

Gennady Stolyarov II is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Transhumanity, Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on theYahoo! Contributor Network to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and is one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 2 million views. Mr. Stolyarov regularly produces YouTube Videos discussing life extension, libertarianism, and related subjects.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 2, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on March 29, 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.

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Gennady Stolyarov II is today's featured speaker.

Topic: Life-Extension, and how to help the general public to embrace life-extension. Gennady Stolyarov II has written a new children's book entitled: Death is Wrong. He has also created a crowd-funding project (using Indiegogo) to put 1,000 copies of this book into the hands of children at no cost to them.

Gennady Stolyarov II is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Transhumanity, Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on the Yahoo! Contributor Network to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and is one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 2 million views. Mr. Stolyarov regularly produces YouTube Videos discussing life extension, libertarianism, and related subjects.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 2, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 52 minutes] This is the first half of an interview recorded using Skype on March 29, 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.

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Topic: Google Projects--the astounding variety of things Google is working on right now, many of which will change the future. Anti-aging research, healthcare, robotics, pushing the internet into places in the world where it does not yet reach, driving down the cost of smartphones, and much more. Your host reads selections from (and provides commentary on) a long and thorough article entitled "The 2014 Google tracker—Everything we know Google is working on this year" which was written by Ron Amadeo and published by Ars Technica.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 26, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 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.

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Topic: Digital Life in 2025. A 61 page report from the Pew Research Center which is "based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the Internet of things, and net neutrality." Your host reads selections and provides some commentary. (BTW: Here is a link to Khan Academy. It's only mentioned in passing, but it's worth checking out.)

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 19, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 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.

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Topics: Google hires lobbyists to keep it legal for people to wear Google Glass while driving a car; Nanotechnology takes one baby step closer to molecular assemblers now that scientists have succeeded in grabbing a single molecule and moving it around in 3-D; You can now edit the list of topics which online advertisers think are relevant to you; Solar power in Hawaii is now nearing saturation--because so many consumers and businesses have installed it on their roofs.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 12, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 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.

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Topics: Introduction to Hacking (an instructional video by Eli The Computer Guy); the ten strongest materials known to man; government online petitions; SureResponce, Verizon's Entry into Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS); how to make your computer run faster; how to remove spyware and malware from your computer; and nanotechnology engineers build first carbon nanotube computer.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 5, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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