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  • 01:28

    Singularity Network Meets the World Transformed

    in Technology

    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

    Happiness Is Solving the World's problems

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    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon welcome philosopher and artificial intelligence reseracher Andrés Gómez Emilsson to discuss the Hedonistic Imperative and Andres' recent piece on Solving the World's Problems which lays out four scenarios for how we might do so:


    1) Homogeneous world ideology
    2) Widespread social reform (full justice, rights and healthcare)
    3) Universally accessible on-demand mystical experiences
    4) Globally available inexpensive hedonic tone recalibration


    Which of the four would achieve the best results? Join us as we discuss.


    Our guest:


    Andrés Gómez Emilsson was born in México city in 1990. From an early age he developed an interest in philosophy, mathematics and science, leading him to compete nationally and internationally in Math and Science Olympiads. At 16 his main interest was mathematics, but a so-called mystical experience made him turn his attention to consciousness and the philosophical problems that it poses. He studied Symbolic Systems (with an Artificial Intelligence concentration) at Stanford, and later finished a masters in computational psychology at the same university. During his time at Stanford he co-founded the Stanford Transhumanist Association and became good friends with David Pearce, taking on the flag of the Hedonistic Imperative. Thus his ongoing interest in the functional, biochemical and quantum substrates of pure bliss. He is currently working at a Natural Language Processing startup in San Francisco, and in his free time he develops psychophysical tools to study the computational properties of consciousness (for more see qualiacomputing.com).


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  • 01:02

    Falling to Earth: David Bowie, Transhumanism, and the Philip K. Dick Award

    in Technology

    World Transformed favorite PJ Manney joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss the life and legacy of musician / artist / polymath David Bowie. Beyond the world of the arts, how did he help to shape the future?


    Plus PJ talks about her recent experience discussing transhumanism with college students.


    BONUS: PJ's thoughts on being nominated for the Philip K. Dick award and (if we're lucky) the inside scoop on her next book!


    Join us!


    About Our Guest


    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 podcasts including 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). She also cofounded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and creating pilot scripts for television. PJ is a culture vulture and SF geek, and the daughter and mother of them, too. When not contemplating the future of humanity, she is a mother, wife, PTA volunteer and education activist in California. Her Novel (R)evolution was recently nominated for the 2016 Philip K. Dick award.


    WT 136

  • 01:04

    FastForward Radio -- The World Transformed 2 Preview

    in Technology

    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

    The Best Time Ever to Be Alive

    in Technology

    Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss a recent article in the Atlantic claiming that 2015 was The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being.


    A few highlights:


    In the US, 600,000 fewer than violent crimes in 2014  in 1995—that’s a 35 percent decline over the period


    6.7 million fewer kids under the age of five are dying each year compared to 1990


    The number of kids not in school has fallen from 100 million in 2000 to a projected 57 million in 2015.


    The World Bank declared in September that, for the first time ever, less than 10 percent of the global population lived in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 per day.



    What Does it All Mean?


    Why doesn’t it feel like the best time to be alive?


    Why is everyone so upset all the time? 


    What is the likelihood that these trends will continue / accelerate?


     


    Plus:


    Phil and Stephen provide a list of 25 more things that it is the  best time ever to to do.


     


    Join us.


     


    WT 134

  • 01:07

    Doing Everything with Nothing: Ephemeralization and the Future of the Future

    in Technology

     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


    Virtualizing everything


    Redefining the human body as a computer programming project


    Join us.


    WT 131

  • 00:14

    WT 1.5 -- Ideas Towards the World Transformed 2

    in Technology

    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.