The World Transformed

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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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

How awesome can it get? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the best of the best-case scenarios for the future of humanity. What are the components of a truly awesome future? Material abundance? Longevity?... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss the limitations that can most seriously impact the future: Resources -- We've been warned about these limits many times. Capability -- Do we have what it takes? Lifespan -- Will... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon review various dystopic visions of the future. Nuclear holocaust, environmental disaster, alien invasion, robot takeover. What's the worst that can happen. How do we avoid it? (WT 075)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon take a close look at the reading revolution that is currently taking place. Books are being replaced by electronic devices at a rapid clip. Is this good news or bad news? Some research shows... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss new developments that promise to extend human life and to revive previously extinct species. (WT 073)

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss two promising, if somewhat offbeat, energy sources: Genetically modified plants Solar power collected in outer space Will our future energy demands be met by trees or a huge reflective strip... more

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss novel solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems. Monitoring the wrold's oceans -- with a fleet of drone sailboats. Treating migraines -- with an electronic headband.... more
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