The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
The Future And You--December 25, 2013

Topic: Things Which, in the Future, Will Disappear.

Examples include: hand-held cell phones; the ability to get lost; not just privacy but also anonymity; paper (not just documents but also snail-mail, junk mail and personal checks); the physical versions of newspapers, magazines and greeting cards; and maybe even physical books. And a number of other things.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 25, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 34 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

The Future And You--December 18, 2013

The 8th Anniversary Episode.

Eight years ago (on December 15, 2005) the very first episode of The Future And You was made available to the global public. And so in today's episode I will talk a bit about those very early episodes; how the show started; that all past episodes remain freely downloadable; and why--after eight years--I'm still doing the show and have no intention of stopping.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 18, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EST

The Future And You--December 11, 2013

Topic: technological and scientific developments so far this year.

Examples include: a breathalyzer-style test can now detect stomach cancer; caffeine reduces the probability of suicide; a new form of lithium-ion battery is thousands of times more powerful than current battery technology; a tiny exoplanet is discovered about the size of the Earth's moon; the US Supreme Court decides that naturally occurring genes can not be patented by medical companies; and, for the first time, a robotic aircraft lands on an aircraft carrier on the high seas.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 11, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 18 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am EST

The Future And You--December 4, 2013

Topic: Future Predictions from Wikipedia and from Popular Mechanics.

Examples include: Solar powered drones which can fly for five years without coming down may take the place of more expensive satellites; Instantaneous translation for all languages as a cell phone app; Google's ongoing plan to digitize every book ever written in any language; and the soldiers of the United States Army being increasingly replaced by robots.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the December 4, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_12_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am EST

The Future And You--November 6, 2013

Topic: Your host recommends a number of TV shows and movies which depict the future. 

These include: Almost Human, Ender's Game, Continuum, Prometheus, Firefly, Serenity, Timer, Time Traveler, Delete, The Social Network, Cloud Atlas, The Terminator, Terminator 2, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 6, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 23 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_11_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am EST

The Future And You--October 30, 2013

Topic: The website FutureTimeLine.net.

FutureTimeLine.net is an impressive body of work which includes hundreds of predictions about the future, conveniently arranged by year, decade and century. Everything from next year to the ultimate heat-death at the end of the universe are covered with clear explanations and footnotes to the source material for the predictions. Your host reads sample predictions and critiques the website.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 30, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 29 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01am EST

The Future And You--October 23, 2013
Topic: How the U.S. electric power grid will suffer and struggle economically due to the continued rise of electricity produced from sunlight.
This suffering has already begun in places where photovoltaics are in rapid adoption such as Hawaii and California. But this struggle has only just begun. During the next decade or two it's going to get ugly--really ugly. The slow agonizing death of an industry is not an easy thing to watch. Hundreds of thousands of jobs will be eliminated. And for those investors who cling endlessly to what was once a reliable source of prosperity, fortunes will be lost. The future is not always pretty, but we must face the trends which are measurable as they grow strong in front of our eyes. It's the only way we can decide how best to respond to the changes which are being dropped into our lap.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 23, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is an author, futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future And You. 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. He is an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation. Stephen is the author of Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science as well as A Brief History of Predicting the Future

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

The Future And You--October 16, 2013

Topic: Part TWO of our panel on Transhumanism.

Panelists include: Stephanie Osborn (space scientist and SF author), Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist), Lillian Price (microbiologist in the final months of her doctoral work), Daniel M. Hoyt (programmer and SF writer), Sarah A. Hoyt (author and polyglot), Robert Hoyt (SF writer with a fresh BS in biology), me (your host, Stephen Euin Cobb), and Dr. Tedd Roberts (neuroscientist and researcher) as the panel's moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 16, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel which was recorded before an audience on June 29, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN. The first half was in last week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16am EST

The Future And You--October 9, 2013

Topic: Transhumanism. This is a panel discussion with eight participants--a mixture of scientists and science fiction writers.

Panelists include: Stephanie Osborn (space scientist and SF author), Dr. Ben Davis (nuclear physicist), Lillian Price (microbiologist in the final months of her doctoral work), Daniel M. Hoyt (programmer and SF writer), Sarah A. Hoyt (author and polyglot), Robert Hoyt (SF writer with a fresh BS in biology), me (your host, Stephen Euin Cobb), and Dr. Tedd Roberts (neuroscientist and researcher) as the panel's moderator.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 9, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This is the first half of a discussion panel which was recorded before an audience on June 29, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention LibertyCon in Chattanooga TN. The second half will be in next week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31am EST

The Future And You--October 2, 2013

Anthony Thomas, M. Doc Geressy and Chuck Carte are our featured guests; with Stephen Euin Cobb as moderator.

Topic: Part TWO of New Media. The nature and effects of the many different newly-invented forms of media which have grown large thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Internet--without which they could not exist. This includes: streaming TV, wiki's, facebook, podcasts, blogs, twitter, pintrest, and many other tools for sharing information digitally.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 2, 2013 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] This is the second half of a discussion panel recorded before an audience on June 1, 2013 at the science fiction and fantasy convention ConCarolinas in Charlotte NC. The first half is in last week's episode.

Direct download: TFAY_2013_10_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28am EST