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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:
    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.

  • 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.

  • 01:03

    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)  

  • 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

    10 Things You Don't Know About the Future

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    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.

    Join us.

  • 01:01

    The Little Blue Light that Changed the World

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    Hosts Stephen Gordon and Phil Bowermaster discuss a wide variety of topics that show just how quickly, and completely botht he world and our understanding of it are changing.

    Why the inventors of the LED deserved a Nobel prize.

    How transparent solar cells will redefine what we do with windows.

    Why NASA is researching ways to make people sleep for a long time.

    How a berry discoverd in Autralia might be the cure for cancer.

    Why we care about skinny worms on a high-sugar diet.

    How a spacecraft and a lunar highway were discovered in a 1968 moon photo.

    Why Peter Thiel is wrong about the future.

    There's something there for everybody, we believe. Tune in and explore!

  • 01:00

    Robots That Won't Kill You (and Other Things to Look Forward to)

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    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!