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Ep 63 - Interview with Dr. Kevin Folta
<p>This week features an interview with Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the <a title="Horticultural science" href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horticultural_science">horticultural sciences</a> department at the <a title= "University of Florida" href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Florida">University of Florida</a>, and host of the Talking Biotech podcast.</p> <p>Also, I beg for money the 21st century way.</p>
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Ep 62 - Nanotechnology pt2
<p>This week we further examine nanotech. How does one actually work at the nanoscale, and what might the far future bring?</p> <p>Also, Carl Sagan's sad prediction coming true. </p>
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Ep 61 - Nanotechnology: an introduction
<p>This week we enter the tiny world of nanotechnology. An introduction to what it is, and where it's being used in our lives right now. </p> <p>Also, gene editing breakthrough, and NASA asteroid tracking. </p> <p>Some links:</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">h<a href= "https://www.universetoday.com/136642/impending-asteroid-flyby-will-chance-test-nasas-planetary-defense-network/">ttps://www.universetoday.com/136642/impending-asteroid-flyby-will-chance-test-nasas-planetary-defense-network/</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/science/gene-editing-human-embryos.html"> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/science/gene-editing-human-embryos.html</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://singularityhub.com/2016/05/16/nanorobots-where-we-are-today-and-why-their-future-has-amazing-potential/"> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://singularityhub.com/2016/05/16/nanorobots-where-we-are-today-and-why-their-future-has-amazing-potential/</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "http://www.nanotech-now.com/current-uses.htm"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://www.nanotech-now.com/current-uses.htm</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "http://io9.gizmodo.com/5967198/8-incredible-nanotechnologies-that-actually-exist-in-the-real-world"> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://io9.gizmodo.com/5967198/8-incredible-nanotechnologies-that-actually-exist-in-the-real-world</span></a></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><a href= "https://www.livescience.com/694-nanotech-tiny-technology.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> https://www.livescience.com/694-nanotech-tiny-technology.html</span></a></li> </ul>
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Episode 60 - Making Contact
<p>This week, further contemplation about life in the universe, and what would happen if we made contact. </p> <p>Also, synthetic food and NASA deep space station plans. </p>
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Ep 59 - Are We Alone?
<p>This week I ponder our place in the universe and wonder if there is other life out there somewhere. Part philosophical essay, part science exploration.</p> <p>Also, words and their meanings matter. Inigo says so. </p>
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Ep 58 - In Defense Of Science
<p>This week I essay, rant, and ramble about science, politics, civilization, and our long-term needs. </p> <p>Also, Juno images, New nuclear fuel, and NASA budgets</p>
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Ep 57 - Arcologies
<p>This week, a look at the principles and ideas of arcology, the melding of architecture and ecology, as a way to shape the city of the future. </p> <p>Also, holographic phones and artificial intelligence in science research</p>
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Ep 56 - Energy pt4 - other generation methods
<p>This week we cover some less well known energy generation methods: Geothermal, biomass, biofuel, flywheel, and space based solar panels. </p> <p>Also, artificial intelligence in the operating room, and robo-snakes on Mars</p>
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Ep 55 - Energy pt 3: Sun, Wind, and Water
<p>This week we examine the more well-known renewables of solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy technology. </p> <p>Also, Chinese carbon sequestration and Chinese quantum entanglement. </p>
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Ep 54 - Energy pt2: Nuclear
<p class="p1">This week I speak at length with Oregon State University PhD candidate Josh Fishler. We talk all things nuclear including new tech and why it's not the bogeyman.Believe it or not, it will be needed for a carbon neutral future, and for a journey to the stars. And we talk about perspective and context and how humans are bad at it.</p>
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Ep 53 - Energy pt 1
<p>This week we look at energy and power production. A snapshot of the past, present and future. How much do we use? Oil, coal, gas, solar, wind, nuclear. What's out there that is better?</p> <p>Also, New instant charge battery, and Artificial Intelligence explains itself.</p>
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Ep 52 - Giant Space News Show
<p>This week I catch up on a ton of space news. Jupiter images from Juno, 3d printing in space, plasma drive, dark matter, black holes, psyche, and more.</p> <p>Also, I rant at the end of the show so you can skip it if you want. </p>
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Ep 51 - Essay on Civilization and Long-term thinking
<p>This week I ruminate on civilization and long-term thinking, including a segment from Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California.</p> <p>Also, zero-emission natural gas power plant, and 3d printed ovaries. </p>
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Ep 50 - Movie geek out with A.C. Hachem
<p class="p1">This week I geek out about movies with author A.C. Hachem. All about summer movies, Hollywood business choices and how do you avoid getting squashed by the 5 ton Disney movie beast. Strap in, it's a movie length show!</p> <p class="p1">Oh, and somehow I've made it to 50 episodes…</p>
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Ep 49 - Longevity pt 3
<p>This week we continue with longevity research. We examine some critiques against it, and consider what it will mean for society if more and more people live longer.</p> <p>Also, vertical farming in Shanghai, the ISS 200th spacewalk, and wandering black holes.</p>
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Ep 48 - Longevity pt 2
<p>More on longevity this week, with a peek into the worlds of Aubrey de Grey, Craig Venter, and Google's Calico. </p> <p>Also, the DNA of neurons, and the growing role of big data in the search for extraterrestrial life. </p>
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Ep 47 - Longevity pt 1
<p>This week is part one of a few shows on longevity. The history of living longer, areas of research, and more.</p> <p>Also - Artificial womb, artificial photosynthesis, and asteroid mining</p>
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Special Edition - March For Science
<p class="p1">I went to the local March for Science today in Eugene. The starting point was on the U of O campus, and there was a great turnout. There was also a good diversity in the crowd. I took my portable mic for my phone and talked to a few people, from students and teachers, to astronomers and parents. Science is for everyone, not just lab techs. Listen to the show for my interviews, and keep your eyes and ears open for more about what you can do in the future. Advocacy doesn't get done with one march, it's a sustained effort that will carry us through.</p>
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Ep 46 - All News Show #2
<p>This week, an all news show to catch up on some quick stories ahead of the March For Science. </p> <p>Comfy robot suits, Elon Musk (again), Negative Mass, Exoplanets, Water worlds, Accretion Discs, (lions tigers and bears oh my)</p>
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Ep. 45 - The Future of Flight
<p class="p1">This week we examine some of the ways we may be flying through the air in the near future, including drones, hypersonic jets, and (not in the air) the hyperloop.</p> <p class="p2">Also, a brick laying robot, and New Horizons takes a nap, and what I'll be doing at next week's March for Science.</p>
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Ep 44 - The Future of Musical Instruments
<p>This week we look at new manufacturing methods and materials like 3d printing and carbon fiber being used by instrument builders, and new ways that people are interfacing with their instruments to create with sound.</p> <p>Also, drilling to the Earth's mantle, and exoplanet atmospheres</p>
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Ep 43 - Pollution Solutions
<p>This week we go over a few of the ways people are tackling air pollution and excess carbon. Making ink from soot, making diamonds from CO2, and more.</p> <p>Also, mammal cells turned into computer circuits, and NASA's Cassini probe final mission.</p>
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Ep 42 - CRISPR and Gene Editing
<p class="p1">This week we dive into the world of CRISPR-Cas9 and gene editing with a hopefully easy to understand overview of the basics. What is CRISPR, what can and might it do, what are the concerns and roadblocks.</p> <p class="p2">Also, new nano metal techniques for improving hardness, and the Air Force X37 sets a record.</p>
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Ep 41 - Interview with Jamey Racer: Radiology past, present, and future
<p>This week I have a chat with guest Jamey Racer, radiographer and teacher. We talk about the past, present, and future of radiology and medical imaging. Types of scans, radiation exposure, and the changes that computers and artificial intelligence are bringing to the work. </p>
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Ep 40 - The Future of Food pt 5 - Cell Agriculture
<p>This week we explore the newest techniques in growing animal-free meat and other products using cell cultures. </p> <p>Also, 3d printed houses and exploring Titan in a flying machine</p>
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Ep 39 - The Future Of Food pt4 - high tech food
<p>In the continuing food series this week we talk about vertical, urban, and indoor farming, and 3d printed food. </p> <p>Also, GMO nutrition, fast food self-service, and NASA's next solar probe. </p>
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Ep 38 - The Future Of Food pt 3 - GMOs and Gene Editing
<p>This week I talk about a controversial topic, genetically modified organisms and gene editing, and how these aspects of modern science can feed us far into the future. I will have links to the science on the show's web page, for my part I focus on the basics and the benefits of GMOs and gene editing for food production. </p> <p>Also, metamaterial news, new planets, and the Hubble Constant</p>
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Ep 37 - The Future Of Food pt 2 - Interview with The Farm Babe
<p>This week I chat with the Farm Babe, Michelle Miller, about modern farming, farm technology, and myths about farmers (you know, the scant handful of people who feed us all). </p> <p>Also, Bill Gates on taxing robots, and the Icarus Project for interstellar travel. </p>
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Ep 36 - The Future Of Food pt 1
<p>This week I begin a run of shows on the future of food, food production, technology, and farming. Everything from self-driving tractors, drones, lab grown meat, vertical farming, and GMO seeds is on the table for discussion.</p> <p>Also, robots in China and NASA's Europa mission</p>
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Ep. 35 - Interview #2 with A.C. Hachem
<p>This week I have another long chat with science fiction author A.C. Hachem (achachem.com) about his recently released book Dawn Of Legaia (dawnoflegaia.com). We also touch on creativity and the process, the technology in his book (including AI, androids, and artificial gravity), the near future society he's imagined, comic cons, and then we nerd out about movies and video games for a while. </p> <p> </p>
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Ep 34 - Themes for 2017 - Communication
<p>This week I ramble about the need for level-headed communication for a functional society, and ponder why it's so hard to do, including science communication.</p> <p>Also, lots of medical news from Earth and space about stem cells and genetics. </p>
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Ep 33 - Themes for 2017 - Understanding Science - Consensus
<p>This week I offer an overview of scientific consensus - what it is, and why we should accept it. </p> <p>And in the news: Vantablack, and mud on Mars</p>
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Ep 32 - Interview with NeoShield-2
<p>This week I talk to Albert Falke and Line Drube of the European Commission's NeoShield-2 project (neoshield.net). We discuss the scope of the NeoShield project from technical challenges to the science of asteroids. </p>
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Ep 31 - Themes for 2017 - Jobs
<p>In a more philosophical tone I'll be bringing you a number of shows setting themes and things to think about in the upcoming year. This week, more thought on jobs and the future of work, and what it means to our own meaning. </p> <p>Also, new missions from NASA</p>
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Episode 30 - Libraries
<p>Do you go to the library? This week we ponder the meaning of libraries, long-term data storage, and the importance of access to good information. </p> <p> </p> <p>Also, diamond batteries and Proxima B. Plus, I will be off until the new year. </p>
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Ep. 29 - Threats From Space pt 3 - Flares and CMEs
<p>This week we continue with threats to our planet from outer space, this time from our own home star. Solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and more. </p> <p>Also, John Glenn, David Simons of project Manhigh, Magnets for bacteria, and new photos of Saturn. </p>
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Ep. 28 - Threats From Space pt. 2 - Interventions
<p>In this episode we continue with near earth objects and discuss what we might actually be able to do about them. </p> <p> </p> <p>Also, NASA's inflatable room on the ISS, and thoughts on suicide and civilization. </p>
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Ep. 27 - Threats From Space Pt 1
<p>This week we cover the basics of Near Earth Objects, how we know about them, how often they might hit us, and the damage they can do. </p> <p>Also, graphene bubbles and the EM Drive</p>
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Ep. 26 - Essay on the Universe No. 1
<p>This week we contemplate the universe from quarks to galaxies and everything in between. </p> <p> </p> <p>Also, better photosynthesis and maybe Pluto has a slushy ocean. </p>
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Ep. 25 - The Future Of Work pt3 - When There Are No Jobs
<p>This week we run down a few possibilities of what life might be like if we didn't need jobs at all (and didn't need money).</p> <p>Also, paralyzed monkeys walk, and the James Webb space telescope. And a few thoughts about Trump.</p> <p> </p>
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Ep. 24 - The Future Of Work pt 2 - What jobs might you do?
<p>This week we contemplate what you might actually do for a job in the future. Where will we turn when robots do more and more, and will there be enough jobs?</p> <p>Also, a new map of the Earth, and NASA's asteroid warning system. </p>
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Ep 23 - The Future of Work pt 1 - Technology, Scarcity, and Music
<p>This week we look at how technology can impact economic scarcity, and how my industry, music, was turned upside down by tech almost two decades ago. </p> <p>Also, a quote from the Outer Limits, Carbon sequestration, and Tabby's Star back in the news. </p>
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Ep 22 - Robots pt 2 - Japan
<p>In this episode we explore robots in use today in Japan, a country that probably has the most widespread use of robots in daily life. Also, a few more bots from China and South Korea</p> <p>In the news - MIT's Mars Robot and ESA's ExoMars lander. </p>
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Ep 21 - Robots pt 1 - In The Real World
<p>In the first of my robots series I give you a rundown of some of the many robots you might encounter today, right now. </p> <p>Also, trillions of galaxies and a bionic marathoner</p>
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Ep. 20 - Interview with Zoltan Istvan
<p>This week I have an interview with Transhumanist Party presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan. We talk about why transhumanism needs a politcal element, the environment, universal basic income, and the future of the arts in a transhumanist world. </p> <p>Also, news about a Chinese radio telescope larger than Arecibo. </p>
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Ep 19 - The All News Show
<p>This week there was so much cool news I had to do an all news show. Elon Musk's plan to go to Mars, Kepler and Rosetta, potential medical breakthroughs, and a movie shot by and starring drones. </p> <p>Also, your kid might see the 22nd century. Think about that!</p>
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Ep 18 - Artificial Intelligence pt 5 - AI concerns
<p>In this episode we discuss some of the fears and concerns over AI, such as those raised by Elon Musk and others. Also, issues AI might have with rewards systems, and the trolley problem. </p> <p>Also, Zoltan Istvan, the Transhumanist party presidential candidate. </p>
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Artificial Intelligence pt 4
<p>This week we explore some of the impact artificial intelligence is having on the arts, specifically in literature, visual art, and music. </p> <p>Also, transparent aluminum for space station windows, and twitterbot generated D&D maps. </p>
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Interview with A.C. Hachem
<p>In this episode I do my first interview, this with author A.C. Hachem (<a href="http://www.achachem.com/" target= "_blank">achachem.com</a>). His first book, Dawn of Legaia, a near future story set on Earth and in a station in near-earth orbit, will debut on November 11th 2016. We talked about the book, the creative process, realism in science fiction, The Matrix, and more.</p> <p> </p> <p>Also, quick news: Star Trek turns 50, and a great Mars panorama from Curiosity. </p>
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Artificial Intelligence pt 3
<p>This week we get into some of the core concepts and terminology behind current AI research. AI can be a rabbit hole of words that will make your head spin, I'll cover a few broad areas you'll hear most when people talk about AI.</p> <p> </p> <p>Also, what is happiness, and new battery tech and the EmDrive in the news. </p>
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Off for the week
<p>Hey, the show is off this week due to my busy schedule, we'll be back next week. Here's a song from my band Strange Land called 27 Miles Out to tide you over. </p>
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Artificial Intelligence pt 2
<p>In this episode I give you an overview of a number of examples of AI in use right now, and not just in scientific research. You've probably got an AI in your pocket right now. </p> <p>Also, reasoned discourse in the 21st century, and OSIRIS-REx</p>
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Artificial Intelligence pt1
<p>In the first of several shows we get an intro to artificial intelligence, a brief history of the field, and some examples of how AI affects our lives right now. </p> <p>Also, a poem written by an AI, and a mysteriously dimming star. </p>
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Space Colonies pt 3 - Other Solutions for Generation Ships
<p>In this episode we cover other ways we might travel the vastness of space using cryosleep, hibernation, and genetic manipulation with CRISPR.</p> <p>Also, Carl Sagan's day job, artificial wombs.</p>
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Generation Ships - Colonizing Space part 2
<p>This week we discuss various ideas, advantages, and challenges of generation ships, the most likely way humans will travel the interstellar vastness short of a breakthrough in warp drives or wormholes. </p> <p> </p> <p>In the news: more octopi, graphene. Also, be better today than you were yesterday. </p>
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Colonizing Space part 1
<p>In this first of I don't know how many parts, we take a look at some of the proposed designs for large space stations, as well as some of the hazards of living in space long-term. </p> <p>I also ruminate on the size of the universe</p> <p>In the news: new brain maps and no love for a unifying theory of everything. </p>
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Brain-Computer Interfaces
<p>In this episode we dive in to some computer-chip-in-the-brain ideas, including one that has allowed a man to control his own paralyzed arm. How far can we go with this technology?</p> <p>Also, construction bricks grown with microorganisms, and a quote from Commander Sinclair. </p>
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Bionics and Prosthetics
<p>An overview of prosthetics of the past, and current work on bionics and exoskeletons. Advanced medical treatment now, will we chose to have them in the future?</p> <p>Also, news of a tiny bio-robotic stingray, and will octopi take over the world?</p>
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Long-tem Musical Thinking
<p>In this episode we explore a performance of John Cage's As SLow aS Possible that will end in 2640. Also a piece by Jem Finer that will last for 1000 years. </p> <p>News - The Netherlands nationwide internet of things and The antarctic ozone hole is healing. </p>
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The Singularity and Ray Kurzweil
<p>In this episode we explore the basic ideas of the Singularity - learning machines, superintelligence, exponential technology advances, and the potential threat of self aware machines. We also talk about Ray Kurzweil. Not only a prominent futurist but also an inventor, first made familiar to your host by Kurzweil keyboards. </p> <p>News of the moment - the first steps in building a solar system-wide internet</p>
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Sci-fi Come True, pt 2
<p>In this episode we continue exploring fiction of the past, what has come to be reality, and what might yet be in the future. </p> <p> </p> <p>Also in the news, NASA's Juno mission</p>
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Sci-fi Come True, part 1
<p>In this first of two episodes we delve into the roots of science fiction, explore what ancient stories say to us today, and wonder what fiction might become reality. </p>
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Race Against The Machine and Technological Unemployment
<p>A discussion of the book Race Against the Machine, which opened my eyes to a growing need to deal with the coming changes in technology, and the general notion of Technological Unemployment. How will our society adjust to not needing to have jobs? </p>
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The Clock Of The Long Now
<p>One of my first "a-ha" moments in long-term thinking was reading about the Clock of the Long Now and the Long Now Foundation. </p>
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Welcome to the PanFuture podcast
<p>This is the first episode of a podcast series that aims to explore all aspect of the future. Near and far, technology to culture, and all points between. Welcome and thank you for tuning in. </p>
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