The World Transformed

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A convergence of emerging technologies and emerging possibilities is at the heart of this, the greatest period of transformation in human history. Our world is changing in ways that are hard to predict...sometimes even hard to imagine. FastForward Radio is your guide to an astounding future that lies ahead -- and that will be here sooner than you think!

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The Web has been all abuzz about Viv, the new personal assistant agent from the creators of Apple's Siri. Word is that Viv will be able to do "anything you ask." Even if that proves to be a little on the optimistic side, there is no question that we are in the early stages of a new era of persoanl digital assistants. What are we currently doing for ourselves that we soon won't have to? And what will our new assistants provide to us that was never available before? Tune in and explore. PLUS (Time permitting): Dystopias. Who needs 'em?
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What's more impressive: a proposed engine that could power neighborhoods (and even individual residences) or one that could potentially take us to the stars? The answer isn't as simple as you might think. Engine technology is closely related to... more

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon's collaboration. This week they look back over a decade of tracking the future. Here's a small sample of what were talking about 10 years... more

It's not a question of whether people are stupid. The real question is how fast is it happening? How long before the movie Idiocracy comes true? Hosts Stephen Gordon and Phil Bowermaster look at the scientific basis for recognizing the... more

What's the difference between the original Delcaration of Independence and the Speculist's Declaration of Singularity? Obviously one has already happened, and one has yet to happen. But what else? A few minor word changes aside, the... more

The World Transformed returns after a brief hiatus. Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss two recent news stories that indicate tremendous progress in treating cancer by building human immune response. Most... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the amazing material that has helped shape the last 100 years and that may have a lot to tell us about what our world will be like in the future. From its unexpected origins to the major... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss what may be a major breakthrough by Navy reaserachers -- a method for creating fuel using nothing but sea water. Looks like oil platforms aren't the only way to get energy from the... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the future of taxation. Will the coming years show us more of the same or some new model for separating us from our hard-earned money? Possibilities include: Flat Tax Fair Tax... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon dare to take on a subject that others won't touch: are comic superheroes plausible? Are some more plausible than others? What are the chances now or in the future that we will see anyone... more
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