The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 

Robert J. Sawyer--Part 3. Topics: Microsoft's new HoloLens eyeglass computer which beats Google glass by providing a head up display over your entire field-of-view; the latest DARPA Robot Challenge showed us that robots are still amazingly slow, clumsy and bumbling; why the future popularity of sex robots is perfectly reasonable; making the case for human augmentation; why human augmentation will probably, over time, alter an individual's personality; benefits of the new laser-based carbon-dioxide scrubber for space travel; ideas on how to increase fairness in the judicial system; and the idea that if there had been as many smartphone video cameras during the civil rights movement as there are today, it probably would have proceeded a lot more rapidly and a lot less violently.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 29, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Robert J. Sawyer--Part 2. Topics: indicators we might see if the Internet were to wake up and become conscious as an artificial intelligence; clever things such a web-mind might do to make the world a better place; why Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Super Intelligence is not likely to be dangerous; why it is likely that we will develop artificial intelligence; the future of 3-D printers of ordinary stuff, and of organs for transplant; features of a post-scarcity world; epigenetics; the astounding wealth of knowledge we all have at our keyboards; the free audio books available for download from LibriVox; the Neanderthal Genome Project; and the ethical problems with cloning a neanderthal.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 22, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Robert J. Sawyer (the award-winning author and science enthusiast) discusses: radical life extension; how mind uploading might be misused in horrific ways; his critique of the methods used by the SETI project in their search for extraterrestrial civilizations; the most reasonable answers to the the Fermi Paradox; and his expectations concerning quantum computers, and why the NSA is buying them.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. (The full list of includes: Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer, Arthur C. Clarke, Connie Willis, Paolo Bacigalupi.) Robert J. Sawyer  is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 15, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 37 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 22, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_15.mp3
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Nancy Kress--part 3. Topics: Cameras in intersections that photograph people violating traffic laws and then mail them a ticket, and the retro-reflecting plastic sheet that motorists can buy and mount on their license plate to make photographing it with a flash camera impossible. How laws are always one step behind technological innovations, such as custody laws for the baby with three genetic parents. Cameras in a pill that you can swallow, which may someday replace colonoscopies. 3D printing of organs for transplant. Global climate change. The Neanderthal Genome Project, and the ethical problems of creating and raising a Neanderthal child.

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin(Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress (Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 8, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 26 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_4_8.mp3
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Nancy Kress--part 2. Topics: Weaponized drones in the hands of terrorists; hobbyist drones flying near commercial airports; DARPA's project to mount tiny cameras on cockroaches; the future of controlled nuclear fusion; 3D Printing; some of the potential downsides of everyone in the world living forever; streaming TV shows and movies; her efforts to put up her backlist of books as ebooks; the new virtual-reality HoloLens from Microsoft.

Nancy Kress is theauthor of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin(Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress(Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the April 1, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Nancy Kress (award-winning author and science enthusiast) shares her ideas concerning: human genetic engineering; DARPA's latest human-like robot "Challenge;" genetic engineering of crops (GMO's); human level AI; self-driving vehicles; and the think-tank SIGMA.

NEWS ITEM: This is the 400th episode of The Future and You.

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-two books, including twenty-five novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on how to write better. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are Yesterday's Kin (Tachyon, 2014) and the forthcoming Best of Nancy Kress (Subterranean, autumn, 2015). In addition to writing, she often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 25, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 19, 2015.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Topic: Artificial Super Intelligence--Part 2. Why it may pose a catastrophic threat to your life and all of human civilization. This is the second half of my interview with James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

James Barrat has been a writer and producer of television documentaries for more than 20 years. His clients include National Geographic, Discovery, and PBS.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 18, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 28 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 9, 2015. The first half is available in last week's episode.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Topic: Artificial Super Intelligence: why it may pose a catastrophic threat to your life and all of human civilization. This is an interview with James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.

James Barrat has been a writer and producer of television documentaries for more than 20 years. His clients include National Geographic, Discovery, and PBS.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This interview was recorded using Skype on March 9, 2015. It will be presented in two consecutive episodes.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Topics: A laser-based method for "scrubbing" air for astronauts and scuba divers; the problems of making active armor for individual soldiers; firing a gun underwater in a swimming pool and the strange things the expelled gas does; how armor-piercing shells work against tanks; robots are in a boom-time of development but the major media finds this too boring to report; the rapid-fire bootlegging of TV shows & movies on Youtube; and 3D printing with metals.

James Daniel Ross is the author of the SF series of novels: The Radiation Angels. He shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad-Ass Faeries 2.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 4, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This panel was recorded on November 15, 2014 in front of an audience in Charleston SC at the SF&F convention Atomacon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

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Topics: How space elevator's work, how they can fail, and why the Europeans will never allow one to be built; a police drone that carries & fires a shotgun; free roaming surgical robots; someone in the audience asks about NASA's experiments with "anti-gravity"; focused plasma fusion; and lightning bolts produce gamma rays and anti-matter.

Speakers: James Daniel Ross and me.

James Daniel Ross is the author of the SF series of novels: The Radiation Angels. He shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad-Ass Faeries 2.

[News Item] All five of Stephen Euin Cobb's books will be available for FREE on Amazon in their Kindle versions on February 25 and 26, 2015. This includes his two nonfiction books about the future, and his three novels which are set in the future. In addition to the two days in which they are ALL free they will all be free again on various non-synchronous days which will be scattered randomly over the next three weeks. Please feel free to download them and tell your friends, colleagues, and complete strangers to download them too. Thanks.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the February 11, 2015 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes] This panel was recorded on November 15, 2014 in front of an audience in Charleston SC at the SF&F convention Atomacon.

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, futurist, magazine writer 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 an ebook about the future entitledIndistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science.

Direct download: TFAY_2015_2_25.mp3
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