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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. The World Transformed is your guide to an astounding future that lies ahead -- and that will be here sooner than you think!

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Data industry guru and analyst John Myers joins Phil Bowermaster for a discussion about the future of big data. Is big data, and Apache Hadoop in particular, experiencing some kind of existential crisis? Has Hadoop "failed us?"... more

Brian Wang joins hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to check in on his concept of basic power -- a plan to provide solar energy to the world's poorest people. Then the guys review some other potential anti-poverty programs to see... more

Is Elon Musk working to build a colony on Mars that would provide earth-like gravity via massive spinning cities? At least one pundit believes that he is. Blogger David Kelly at transhumanity.net writes about how much of the... more

The Human Imperative is improvement of the human condition. Throughout human (and pre-human) history, we have worked to increase human intelligence and capability. The Human Imperative is working. We have... more

Phil and Stephen explore news stories that indicate we are, indeed, living in a golden age. Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is 'more realistic than perceived' Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with "asteroid-grabbing... more

Jim discusses his book, The Universe — Solved! What if reality isn't really what you think it is? What if our world was just a big video game? It's actually not as far-fetched as it seems, says Jim Elvidge. Within 30 years, we will be able... more

Phil and Stephen explore why negativity and pessimism not only persist but remain dominant in a time of tremendous technological and social progress. News stories discussed: Why can't we see that we're living in a golden age?... more

[This show first aired April 21 2008. The live program experienced technical difficulties, some of which have been edited out.] Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and Michael Darling discuss weird ideas about the future... both... more

Phil and Stephen review negative reactions to the idea of Sexy Immortal Billionaires with Superpowers story and discuss what it means and why it's probably it's right. Super humans who are sexier, stronger and smarter will... more
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