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R. Buckminster Fuller famously predicted that technological advancement will allow us to do "more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing."
So how is that working out for us? Are we doing more and more with less and less? And when do we reach that end point?
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon examine how Fuller’s concept of ephemeralization is showing up in numerous current developments:
Getting the world to go solar using this one weird trick
Beating cancer the easy way
Cutting costs on going to Mars
Redefining the human body as a computer programming project
Where are the possibilities? Everywhere. All around us.
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore a grab-bag of possibilities:
Finding success through enabling failure.
Creating the roadmap for post-scarcity.
Awarding a prize for the biggest contribution to the datafication of our world.
Do hallucinogens have a role to play in getting us to the future?
Is there more value in data or in our tools for understanding it?
Should there be some reward just for efforts to make things happen faster?
Looking for ways to get a 10-20% brain boost.
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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.
Last Week Business Insider ran a story calculating what an iPhone would have cost if one had been assembled in 1991. Once you add up the 1991 prices for the processing power, memory, and communication speed that an iPhone delivers today, you're looking at an iPhone that would have cost $3.5 million!
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss how technological advancement and the process of ephemeralization have made an everyday object out of an item only the wealthiest could have afforded not that long ago. if we project these trends forward, what amazing capabilities that only the wealthy can afford today will be commonplace tomorrow?
Plus, the most crucial question: what good would an iPhone have done you back in 1991?