The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
The Future And You--Feb 3, 2016

Topics: the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots; the search for Planet Nine (again); the ASPCA has police powers; Pluto is covered with vast regions and mountain ranges of frozen water; Sonic Tweezers can grab a living cell without damaging it and then move the cell in 3D to build structures composed of cells; Google's project Skybender is testing providing 5G speed Internet with solar powered Titan drones; JP Morgan Chase ATM's to give cash using your smartphone; how to break into filmmaking; and unemployment will rise exponentially over the next few decades, which means we will probably all be living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee).

[Listener email:] from Extropia DaSilva (Her Blog)

[News Item:] Today, February 3, is my birthday.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 3, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_2_3.mp3
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The Future And You--Jan 27, 2016

Topics: DARPA announced a computer-brain interface project with the goal of creating a fully implantable device able to connect with one million neurons; (Another article about the computer-brain interface.); a biomedical sensor that can be inserted into the brain then dissolve when its job Is done; a device to motorize individual sperm to boost fertility; how lowering human body temperature --even into the 60 degree zone where the heart stops -- is saving lives; and a study which discovered that living high in a high-rise is linked to lower survival rates from cardiac arrest.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 27, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

The Future And You--Jan 20, 2016

The Longevity Book from the actress Cameron Diaz; Skype's new real time voice translation software is now live; an example of artificial intelligence; the brightest supernova ever detected; reasonably priced variable-focus eyeglasses; and the impressive value of a sister project of Wikipedia entitled Wikisource.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 20, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 23 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41pm EST

The Future And You--Jan 13, 2016

Topics from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that ended a few days ago--and some not. Such as: a real time language translating device you can wear on a necklace; self driving cars are shown to be less likely to crash that human driven cars; NASA has created a department for planetary defense against asteroids; L'Orial has created a wearable sticker that measures your UV exposure that sends its readings to you smart phone: a wearable sheet of material that makes electricity which can then be used by wearable electronic devices; and LG has a bendable computer display; Also shown at CES: New Virtual Reality displays, Augmented Reality displays, some interesting new drones, video cameras that record a full 360 degree panorama, and a sheet of material that can retain heat without insulation and then release it on command days later

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 13, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

The Future And You--Jan 6, 2016

Topics: a deceptive, albeit important, YouTube video about Space Junk; how and why the field of genetics is suddenly dominated by CRISPR Cas9 gene editing experiments; the remarkable Scio, a tiny handheld spectrometer for only $250; a new underwater sonar glove that lets you feel things without even touching them; how you can see part of the new "Star Wars Visual Dictionary" for free on Amazon; a little drone that flies in autonomous mode; and more news about the Oculus Rift.

As promised: here are the links to my past episodes about Space Junk in which Les Johnson (NASA physicist and manager) and Dr. Gregory L. Matloff (professor of astronomy) explain just how big a problem Space Junk is, and ways we might be able to remove the Space Junk.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the January 6, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2016_1_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

The Future And You--Dec 30, 2015

The Year in Science: several dozen of the countless scientific discoveries and achievements that occurred in 2015 which have joined together to forever alter the path of our future from what it otherwise would have been.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 30, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 24 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

The Future And You--Dec 23, 2015

Topics: Flaws in how Google News decides which headline to show you; yet again a dog has smelled that its owner had cancer before any symptoms could reveal the tumor; a nasal spray of glucagon has proven effective against hypoglycemia emergencies; Google's project Loon is working hard to bring wireless Internet to billions in the third world who have zero Internet access; Google's amazing project Fi; smelling peanut butter is being used as an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease; California is working on new laws that would limit self-driving cars; and virtual reality is still in its very early days but enthusiasm is strong.

[News Item] A news release on Dec 21, 2015 about the Oculus Rift virtual reality display headset specified that developers will begin getting the Oculus Rift starting this week, and expectations are that it will be available to consumers in the first quarter of 2016.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 23, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

The Future And You--Dec 16, 2015

Micro-spaceships of only a single gram could be propelled at a third the speed of light toward nearby stars. They would be shoved, as tiny lightsails, by powerful external lasers. Accelerating for only ten minutes each would allow tens of thousands to be launched every year. A great cloud of micro-spaceships could then expand in every direction from our solar system to explore all the nearby stars and their potential exoplanets. Arriving for their thousands of flybys after 13 to 20 years--what an astounding leap forward in scientific understanding they would provide.

Dr. Philip Lubin is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellow for his work on laser beamed energy micro-spaceships.

[News Item] This is the ten year anniversary episode of the Future And You. The very first episode went public on December 15, 2005.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 16, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 46 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on Dec 7, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am EST

The Future And You--Dec 9, 2015

Six different topics: (1)The growing number of cheap low-end eyeglass-style computer displays, and why they are good for privacy, but not resolution. (2) A poorly written article about an important topic: Life Extension. (3) NASA has released the clearest photos of Pluto ever, and they are impressive. (4) A groundbreaking new professional video camera that can take beautiful full-color, HD movies with nothing more than starlight for illumination. (5) Mozilla has announced that the FireFox browser will no longer have ads built into it. And (6) a new discovery about the chemicals the human nervous system uses to transmit pain signals. This discovery may lead to pain killers that are far more effective than anything existing today, such as morphine, and yet be non-addictive & produce "zero numbness."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 9, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

The Future And You--Dec 2, 2015

The biggest and most impossible to ignore of all the topics we discuss is the faction war raging within SF&F writing and publishing which is centered on the Hugo Awards. You can learn more about it on its Wikipedia page entitled "Sad Puppies." Each of my two guests were nominated for a Hugo award, and each agonized over what exactly they should do about it. Should they accept? should they decline? In this episode, they describe their thoughts and their decisions.

Edmund R. Schubert is editor-in-chief of Intergalactic Medicine Show (the popular online magazine of science fiction and fantasy which was created by Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game). A fiction author himself, Edmund has written over 35 short stories and one novel: Dreaming Creek.

Gray Rinehart writes short stories as well as songs. And he is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, been nominated for a major literary award, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show."

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 2, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 41 minutes] These interviews were recorded at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC, on May 29, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer, ghostwriter, and award-winning podcaster. A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot, H+, Grim Couture and Port Iris magazines; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of an ebook about the future entitled: Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_12_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm EST