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

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.

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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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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.

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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
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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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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
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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.

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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
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Topic: Science in the Classroom: the good, the bad and the ugly. (Part 2)

Speakers include: Jim CraigJames Maxey and your host. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek."Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought.

News Item: The Future And You is now available on Stitcher--the free app for listening to podcasts. For the show to be included in the Stitcher List Ranking" it will need to have at least five reviews. So, if you would, please review this show on the Stitcher website. Also, if you would, please share this show with your facebook friends and twitter followers (Stitcher provides handy icons for this). Sharing and reviewing are both important since they will greatly increase the show's visibility to other Stitcher users. Thank you for your help. --Steve

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 22, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas. This is the second half of the panel. The first half was in last week's episode.

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 

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Topic: Science in the Classroom: the good, the bad and the ugly. (Part 1)

Speakers include: Jim Craig, James Maxey and your host. James Maxey is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels, and often introduces himself as "a big science geek." Jim Craig is the director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia NC. He is an outspoken activist for science education, critical thinking, skepticism and free thought.

This is the first half of the panel. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 15, 2014 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] This panel was recorded on May 31, 2014 in Charlotte NC at the SF&F convention ConCarolinas.

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 

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