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Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome blogger, futurist, and fellow web broadcaster Nikola Danaylov (AKA "Socrates") to FastForward Radio. Nikola reports daily about major trends in science, technology, and society which indicate big changes to come. He also discusses these changes with some of the world's most fascinating people on his podcast, Singularity One on One.
About Our Guest
Philosopher, singularitarian, infopreneur and a fellow party animal Nikola Danaylov was born in Bulgaria.
In 1998 Nikola moved to Canada where he completed an HBA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Toronto plus an MA in Political Science at York University.
It was at York University that Nikola got deeply interested in the Technological Singularity and wrote a research paper titled “Hacking Destiny: Critical Security at the Intersection of Human and Machine Intelligence.” After university Danaylov started SingularityWeblog.com and the popular Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.
During the summer of 2011 Nikola completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and returned home to Toronto, Canada where he lives with his beloved wife Julie.
A decade and a half ago, WebVan, a same-day grocery delivery service, crashed and burned in what was probably the most spectacular failure of the original dot-com bust. Many lessons were learned from the Webvan story, but were they the right lessons? Today Amazon, Wal-Mart and others are scaling up same-day delivery while a company like Deliv might just be the next Uber.
What happened? What changed?
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore some of the possible differences between the world of WebVan and our world by looking at some interesting current news items:
Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss
How successful people work less—and get more done
Nest CEO Tony Fadell on the Future of the Internet
In 2025, IKEA Thinks Your Kitchen Will Include Drones
Wait, what does any of this have to do with same-day delivery? Tune in and explore.
Think you know the future? Well, think again.
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon present a list of 10 potentially startling, mystifying, and some downright shocking things that are in your future, or the world's future, that you may have not thought of or even heard about before.
So, granted, it should probably be called "10 things you PROBABLY" don't know about the future." But if you don't know even one of them...let's just say that any one item on the list has the potential to change everything.
Robots Are Everywhere
Yes it is our second robot-themed show in as many weeks. But there's no keeping up with them. We could do a robot-themed show every day and we still wouldn't be able to keep up. Where are the robots now?
They are in our kitchens.
They are in our workplaces.
They are running hotels (or will be soon)
The are on the battlefield (or will be soon)
They are on the scene in disaster sites where no human could survive.
They are swarming in the air.
And very soon -- they are headed for the great beyond?
Are you ready for a world that is ARATT (all robots, all the time?) Tune in and explore.
Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome futurist and transhumanist Giulio Prisco to FastForward Radio to discuss his new magazine Turing Church, which is all about the convergence of science, technology, religion, and spirituality.
Topics to be explored:
Technology Meets Spirituality -- Why Is This Important?
What's a Cosmist? What do they believe? (More here.)
The physics of miracles (and the problem of evil)
And other big questions. Don't Miss it.
About Our Guest:
Giulio Prisco is a writer, technology expert, futurist, cosmist, and transhumanist. A former manager in European science and technology centers, he writes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including science, information technology, emerging technologies, virtual worlds, space exploration and future studies. He is especially interested in the convergence of science, religion, technology, and spirituality. Prisco is a former senior manager in the European space administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Italian Transhumanist Association.
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon present a grab-bag of future-related topics, including:
Efforts to turn the corner in human / robot relations. How do we go from seeing robots as a threat to working collaboratively with them?
The lost "miracle material" that could have saved the world?
New entrants in private space exploration and development. Why is competition so important?
Closing in on the truly affordable vat-grown burger.
Who is up for a trip to Europa? Lots of water up there. What might we find if we go there?
In the future everything will be a coffeeshop. Especially college.
A full hour of futurifically good discussion. Join us!
Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon resume their discussion from last week about self-driving cars in light of the tragic news about Germanwings flight 9525.
Statistics show that pilot error has consistently caused between 50% and 60% of all airplane crashes over the decades. Deliberate sabotage accounts for another 3% to 10% annually. Then there's "other human error" accounting for another 6%. Large portions of the process of controlling a commercial aircraft have already been successfully automated. As with self-driving cars: fully self-flying airplanes could be substantially less than perfect and yet still out-perform humans by a signficant margin.
Is it time for the switch? How hard (or easy) will it be?
50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk
Seeing in Color
The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives