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Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon present a new series that carries on the exploration begun on FastForward Radio.
The world is changing in ways that are difficult to predict, sometimes even dificult to imagine.
Forget about THE future. Let's talk about YOUR future.
If this truly is the greatest period of transformation in human history, what does that mean to each of us?
How will our lives be different?
What should we each be doing to prepare?
Phil and Stephen discuss the three major drivers of change we all need to be aware of and the one change that is crucial to making the future happen
Let the journey begin. Today is the day.
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.
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.
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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)
This program originally aired Septmeber 8, 2009. Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review their epic 11-week, 10-part series, The World Transformed.
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
(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.
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
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.
The Internet revolution is the story of an explosion of information and connectivity. We are all producers and consumers of vastly growing datasets. Our lives and our very identities have to a large extent moved online. Much of who we are is now defined by the intricate and complex connections we have with other individuals, with organizations, and with social structures unlike any that have existed before in human history.
And yet there are many who argue that all of that is prelude, that the real revolution is yet to come. The phenomenon aptly named the Internet of Things describes the growing reach of the online world. The world itself is coming to life, with more and more of what once would have ben called "inanimate" objects producing and consuming information right along with the rest of us.
The year 2014 has been named the Year of the Smart Watch...and the Toothbrush, to name just two of the hundreds or thousands of everyday objects now participating in this endless high-speed exchange of information.
But is this a matter of the Internet moving out into the world or the Internet drawing the world into its realm? What do our growing data footprints and R. Buckminster Fuller's notion of ephemeralization have to tell us about this tremendous shift? Will we soon live in a world made primarily out of data -- or are we already there?
Tune in and explore.
Maybe transforming the world doesn't have to be so much work. Maybe we can make some of the biggest and most sweeping changes with the flip of a switch.
Is India flipping the switch on space travel with its on-the-cheap Mars mission?
Can we flip a switch and do away with unhappiness?
Is there a switch we can flip to turn off the aging process?
And the big one, can we flip the switch on ourselves as a species?
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore a future that may just be one flip of the switch away. Join us.
The first show in our 10-part series explores how our thinking must change in order to prepare for the massive changes which are heading our way. Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome Futurists Natasha Vita-More, Reichart Von Wolfsheild, ad Alvis brigis to discuss the need for a new kind of thinking in the face of accelerating change. Together they will explore the role that education, imagination, and creativity have to play in coming to grips with a world in a state of transformation.
Phil provides additional commentary on how these issues will be addressed in the World Transformed 2.
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