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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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Okay, so maybe there is nothing to the recent observation that a Pathfinder photo of a Martian rock has strange tube-like structures that could be fossils. But one of these days, one of these stories about life in the universe is going to be... more

Phil and Stephen discuss evidence that things might not be improving as quickly as we would like. And why we might tend to see things as getting worse even if that's not the case. The Toxoplasma of Rage Alibaba's Jack Ma Expects the... more

Phil, Stephen, and special guest Thomas Frey conclude their 3-part celebration of the 700th edition of the World Transformed. (Here's Part 1. Here's Part 2.) In Part 3, Phil, Stephen, and Thomas make predictions covering the next 200... more

Phil, Stephen, and special guest Thomas Frey continue their 3-part celebration of the 700th edition of the World Transformed. (Here's Part 1.) In part 2, the guys discuss predictions for the next 20 years. Are banks going to disappear? Will AI... more

Phil and Stephen review a year's worth of geekouts to compile their ultimate list of geeky goodness from the year 2017. Topics discussed include: Game of Thrones Season 7 Blade Runner 2049 All These Worlds Ready Player One Spider-Man... more

Why do we do the things we do? We like to think we have good reasons for the choices we make, but we may very well be fooling ourselves. In their intriguing new book, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, authors... more

The World Transformed is all about possibilities: amazing new possibilities that are being realized daily, frightening possibilities that we have to work to avoid, and tantalizing possibilities shimmering on the horizon that speak to a future... more

Not by a long shot. First off, there are major positive changes taking place that are getting only a tiny fraction of the attention they deserve. And then there is more good stuff to come. In part three of a four-part series (here's part... more

What kinds of things do we discuss on The World Transformed? Sending cars into orbit, curing horrible diseases, why kids are from a different planet, communists in space, super-antibiotics, machines that suck carbon from the... more

There was a lot of talk about what a strange year 2016 was, and now some are claiming that 2017 was even weirder. Phil and Stephen beg to differ. 2017 was an amazing year. Dare we say it? Almost magical. In part one of a four-part series,... more
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