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  • 01:28

    Singularity Network Meets the World Transformed

    in Technology

    The World Transformed presents the November Singularity Network video hangout. PJ Manney, Jason Xu, Stephen Gordon, Philippe Van Nedervelde, Nikola Danaylov and others will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics including accelerating technologies, transhumanism, nanotechnology, biotechnology, anti-aging, robotics, and post-scarcity.

    (WT 042)

  • 01:31

    WT2: The Material World Transformed

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    The digital age has fundamentally transformed humanity's relationship with information. Through the advent of personal computer, Internet, smart phone, and social media technology, we have access to knowledge, to transactions, and to interpersonal communication that far transcends what was possible a few decades ago. The digitization of information has radically transformed almost every aspect of society -- from education to careers, from entertainment to personal relationships, rom child rearing to high finance.

    And yet the truly radical digital transformation has yet to come. Information was made digital through systems that arrange and precisely order patterns of electrons. What are the implications of coming systems that can can arrange and precisely order patterns of molecules?

    Nanotechnology promises to migrate the benefits of the digital age from information to material goods. The possibilities raised by this migration are enormous -- both the benefits and risks. The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology says:
    The next Industrial Revolution is right around the corner. Fourth generation nanotechnology — molecular manufacturing — will radically transform the world, and the people, of the early 21st century. Although nanotechnology carries great promise, unwise or malicious use could seriously threaten the survival of the human race.

    A panel of nanotechnology experts outline the opportunities, benefits, and risks that nanotechnology represents.

    Our panel:

    Christine Peterson
    J. Storrs Hall

  • 02:29

    WT Archives: The World Transformed Recap

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    This program originally aired Septmeber 8, 2009. Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review their epic 11-week, 10-part series, The World Transformed.

    Original Description:

    Futurists Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review the transformations that are changing our world:

    Our Thinking Transformed: Imagination, Creativity, and a World Transformed
    The End of Aging and the Coming Era of Indefinite Lifespan
    The Nanotech Revolution
    Risks, Dystopia, and Unsettling Futures
    Reworking the Human Architecture
    Achieving Friendly Artificial Intelligence
    Virtual Worlds and Personality Uploading
    The End of Scarcity and the Age of Abundance
    The Technological Singularity
    Acceleration, Convergence, and Human Destiny

  • 01:23

    WT Archives, Countdown to A World Transformed

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    (First aired 6/14/2009)
    We're reviewing FastForward Radio's landmark special series, the World Transformed.
    Original description:A sneak preview of our upcoming breakthrough series, The World Transformed.
    This show featured Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and Michael Darling setting the agenda for the upcoming series, The world Transformed.
    New commentary includes Phil's reflections on how well these expectations were met and what they are hoping to achieve with the new special series starting in early 2011.

  • Good News, Bad News: Getting the Balance Right

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    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon demonstrate the World Transformed Pareto Optimism Principle with four stories that speak to an amazingly bright future and one that goes in a very different direction.

    The Good News:

    Vertical Pink Farms and the coming urban agricultural revolution

    Extreme Poverty Falls Below 10%

     Robot doctors are on their way. The real solution for healthcare?

    Can a Lucid Dreaming Mask mark the beginning of full-immersion VR? 


    The Bad News:

    A scary theory about why we've not yet found any aliens



    Phil and Stephen give their review of Limitless, the series.


    Join us!

  • 01:04

    FastForward Radio -- The World Transformed 2 Preview

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    Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon set the stage for The World Transformed 2, beginning next week on FastForward radio.  A series of panel discussions and individual interviews dedicated to the major transformations occurring in our world. One major transformation per week.

    Our Thinking Transformed, June 29

    Mortality Transformed, July 6

    The Material World Transformed, July 13

    Humanity Transformed, July 20

    Intelligence Transformed, July 27

    Reality Transformed, August 3

    Wealth Transformed, August 10

    Our Fears Transformed, August 17

    The Future Transformed, August 24

    Human Destiny Transformed, August 31


  • 00:15

    Wt 1.5 Questions for a World Transformed

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    Phil Bowermaster outlines the questions that will guide discussions in the upcoming special series, The World Transformed 2.

  • 01:04

    Nuke Mars! (And Other Reasonable Ideas)

    in Technology

    How do we know whether an idea is so crazy that it just might work or so crazy that we shouldn't go near it with a 10-foot pole? 

    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss a wide variety of crazy ideas that just might work, including:

    Terraforming Mars -- do we go big or take a quieter approach?

    Geoengineering -- it it time to try to terraform Earth?

    Teleportation -- who's in?

    On Being Limitless -- are we all ready to start taking smart pills?

    Deep Learning -- can we solve the world's problems with it?


    Plus, time eprmitting: an all-new Tales of the Paranormal!

    Tune in and explore.

  • Shifting Reality: Berenstain Bears and Other Mysteries

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    There are those who believe that they are not living in the same universe they used to.They have moved from one reality to another. Their evidence for this fundamental shift in reality? The spelling of the name of some fictional bears. (Others look at what might be considered somewhat more serious alternate timelines.)

    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore some major reality shifts that are occurring now or are likely to occur in the near future, including:

    The advent of the self-driving car and the end of the human era?
    The artificial Rhino horn and the test-tube brain:are we moving away from anything being produced naturally?
    The recent controversy over working conditions at Amazon: signpost on the road to a post-employment world?

    Reality is changing all around. Can you keep up? Join us and explore.


  • 01:03

    The Great World Transformed Debate

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    The future is on its way. What will it be like? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon debate some pivotal questions about what may unfold in the years to come.
    Resolved: The discovery of extraterrestrial life is inevitable, as is the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence.     Resolved: Newly discovered oil reserves will go largely untapped; the future belongs to alternative sources of energy.   Resolved: Within a decade, bitcoin -- or something like it -- will be one of the world's leading currencies.   Resolved: Humanity's fate is summarized in the title of R. Buckminster Fuller's book: Utopia or Oblivion. One or the other is inevitable.   (WT011)  

  • 00:14

    WT 1.5 -- Ideas Towards the World Transformed 2

    in Technology

    Having completed our rebroadcast of the original World Transformed, and in preparation for the World Transformed 2 coming up later this year, Phil Bowermaster begins a series of short podcasts exploring what life will be like in a world utterly different from the one we live in today.