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  • 01:28

    Singularity Network Meets the World Transformed

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    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:
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    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.
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    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.

  • 01:02

    WT 100: Transforming the World One Podcast at a Time

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    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon have done more than 400 podcasts over the years. Tonight marks the 100th show since this program changed its name from FastForward radio to The World Transformed.


    So, 100 shows in, how are we doing at transforming the world? The guys review some of their favorite shows and topics from the past two years, review subjects that require further exploration, and give some thoughts on where the next 100 shows might take us. 


    Join us for our 100th trip into the future as The World Transformed.

  • 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


     

  • 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)  

  • 00:15

    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.

  • 00:59

    (R)evolution with PJ Manney

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    Author PJ Manney discusses her new techno-thriller (R)evolution with hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon. 


    Bioengineer Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. This catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.


    Desperate, Peter turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful men in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.


    As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?


    PJ Manney is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy," and a frequent guest host and guest on  The World Transformed. She has worked in motion-picture PR at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, story development and production for independent film production companies (Hook, Universal Soldier, It Could Happen to You), and writing for television (Hercules--The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess). 

  • 01:02

    Past Performance: Why Failed Ideas Succeed Later

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    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.


    (WT 114)

  • 01:02

    How to Worry Wisely: And What Not to Worry About

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    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon explore future-related developments beginning with a piece from the Economist on why we should move forward (cautiously) with artificial intelligence. If you want a quick lesson in how much the world has changed in recent years, get your head around these ideas: 


    1. It's an article on aritificial general intelligence in the Economist


    2. It takes the idea of AI seriously and points out the risks


    3. It says we should go ahead with it.


    Welcome to the future, folks!


    Other topics:


    Tesla's home battery business goes viral 


    NASA's Impossible Drive


    IBM's Watson supercomputer to speed up cancer care 


    Cars without Windows?
     


    Join us!


     


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