The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
The Future And You -- October 31, 2012

Ramez Naam (author, futurist and IT professional) is today's featured guest.

Topics: Internet Search Algorithms (what they are and how they do what they do); what and why he teaches at Singularity University; why he joined Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; why he believes (as does your host) that all human beings are transhumanists by their fundamental nature; why he dislikes the term "Transhumanist" even though he is one. We also discuss his article in Scientific American which describes how photovoltaic cells (solar cells) are undergoing an exponential price change similar to Moore's Law; why the power grid is not ready for widespread use of photovoltaic cells, and what needs to be done to make it ready; and the difference between smart grids and dumb grids.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 31, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 38 minutes] 

Ramez Naam is an IT professional, futurist and author. His background is in computer software and high scale web services. He held leadership roles on early versions of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer. He was one of the early employees on the Bing search engine and led all of Program Management for Bing for two years and the Relevance and Ranking Team for four years. He is a member of Humanity Plus and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and he teaches at Singularity University. He is the author of the nonfiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement which came out in 2005. And has a new book coming out in the spring of 2013 entitled The Infinite Resource: The Power of Innovation on a Finite Planet.

News Item: As of Oct. 28, 2012, every observation from the extrasolar planet survey made by Kepler since its launch in 2009 through June 27, 2012, is available to scientists and the public. What's more, all future data will be no longer exclusive to the Kepler science team, its guest observers, and its asteroseismology consortium members and will be available immediately to the public. This treasure-trove contains more than 16 terabytes of data and is housed at the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes, or MAST, at the Space Telescope Science Institute. MAST is a huge data archive containing astronomical observations from 16 NASA space astronomy missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope. It is named in honor of Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. Over the past three years the Kepler science team has discovered 77 confirmed planets and 2,321 planet candidates.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_31.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 24, 2012

Jim Craig, Micki (of the Charlotte Geeks) and Stephen Euin Cobb are today's speakers.

Topic: Inventions which were Inspired by Science Fiction movies, books or TV. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 24, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 66 minutes] This panel discussion was recorded before a live audience on June 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention ConCarolinas.

News Items: 

[1] Japan's biggest mobile operator will launch a real-time translation service that lets people chat over the telephone in several different languages. The application for NTT DoCoMo subscribers will give two-way voice and text readouts of conversations between Japanese speakers and those talking in English, Chinese or Korean with a several-second delay, the firm said. Voice-to-text readouts will soon be available in French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.

[2] Starvation Hormone (fibroblast growth factor-21, FGF21 for short) Markedly Extends Mouse Life Span, Without Need for Calorie Restriction.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_24.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 17, 2012

John G. Hartness is today's featured guest.

Topic: An even deeper penetration into the secrets of self-publishing electronically.  As well as some frank advice about writing erotica; how Michael Stackpole made many traditionally-published authors angry; Books on the Knob; what NOT to do when designing ebook covers, and some insider tips on how to publish and promote using Kindle Direct Publishing which is amazon's website for all those who self-publish electronically. 

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 17, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 63 minutes] This was recorded on July 21, 2012 in a pizzeria in Chattanooga Tennessee during the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon

Also, a listener email from Ripley Maddock mentions two articles: Driverless Cars In California Approved By Governor Jerry Brown and Carnegie Mellon Using Cell Phones and Facebook to Identify, Map and Monitor Potholes.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_17.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 10, 2012

Sarah Hoyt, Daniel Hoyt, John G. Hartness, Charlotte Babb, Tamera Lowery and Dan Hollifield are today's featured speakers.

Topic: Self-Publishing as a Viable Career Option. How you can participate in the upheaval going on in the publishing industry by publishing your books, your short stories, and even your nonfiction articles for sale to the general public all by yourself. Mostly this means ebooks which have been outselling physical books for over a year, and which provide the author with a much larger royalty for each book sold than the traditional book publishers were ever able to offer--even if your name is Stephen King.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 10, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 53 minutes] This panel was recorded on July 21, 2012 before a live audience in Chattanooga Tennessee at the science fiction and fantasy convention: LibertyCon. Special thanks go to Derek Spraker and John Trieber of LibertyCon who recorded this, and many other panels for me.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_10.mp3
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The Future And You -- October 3, 2012

Stephen Euin Cobb is today's featured speaker.

Topics: Your host reads from, and comments on, an MIT report entitled The Future of the Electric Grid. Also: cybersecurity; wind energy; why electric cars may become a huge burden on the electric grid; and how the power industry's push-back against solar cells in Hawaii has now spread to California.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the October 3, 2012 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 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 is also 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. His novels include Bones Burnt BlackPlague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

Direct download: TFAY_2012_10_3.mp3
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