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Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world.



If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher, a16z and Joe Rogan Experience type no-holds-barred interview show is your cup of tea you’ve come to the right place. Some episodes feature Intelligence Squared esque lively debates and Planet Money like in-depth discussions on health and intermittent fasting, automation and unemployment, healthcare, the economy, etc... while others would fit right in with a Kevin Rose or Jason Calacanis casual fireside chat.



We cover EVERYTHING, from artificial intelligence, the ethics, economics and leadership of our coming century, futurism, combatting climate change, fixing blockchain and redesigning democracy and politics from the ground up. Longevity, virtual reality, surveillance capitalism and social media... we got it all.



Past guests including Douglas Rushkoff of Team Human, Isaac Arthur of SFiA, Cory Doctorow, Nikola Danaylov of SingularityFM, Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast, Aubrey de Grey, presidential advisors, top economists, venture capital investors and more...



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About the host: Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur, investor, futurist, startup advisor and business consultant whose built and sold 3 companies, created multiple top podcasts and is focused on building a better world through innovation and entrepreneurship.



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Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world.



If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher, a16z and Joe Rogan Experience type no-holds-barred interview show is your cup of tea you’ve come to the right place. Some episodes feature Intelligence Squared esque lively debates and Planet Money like in-depth discussions on health and intermittent fasting, automation and unemployment, healthcare, the economy, etc... while others would fit right in with a Kevin Rose or Jason Calacanis casual fireside chat.



We cover EVERYTHING, from artificial intelligence, the ethics, economics and leadership of our coming century, futurism, combatting climate change, fixing blockchain and redesigning democracy and politics from the ground up. Longevity, virtual reality, surveillance capitalism and social media... we got it all.



Past guests including Douglas Rushkoff of Team Human, Isaac Arthur of SFiA, Cory Doctorow, Nikola Danaylov of SingularityFM, Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast, Aubrey de Grey, presidential advisors, top economists, venture capital investors and more...



Visit our site and download our FREE Existential Risk Guide:



https://disruptors.fm/risk



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About the host: Matt Ward is a serial entrepreneur, investor, futurist, startup advisor and business consultant whose built and sold 3 companies, created multiple top podcasts and is focused on building a better world through innovation and entrepreneurship.



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    REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

    REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

    Fraser Cain (@fcain) is the founder of Universe Today, one of the most popular spaces and astronomy sites online with over 3 million space focused visitors a month. In addition to Universe Today, Fraser co-hosts Astronomy Cast, a fact-based weekly journey through the cosmos which offers discussions about astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology Fraser has been working in the software/Internet industry for the more than 15 years and was a partner in two software companies that are now traded publicly. He studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in computer science. Visit Fraser’s site at Universe Today.







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    In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * What's been happening in space since the space race

    * How advances in reusable rockets, materials science and hardware have revolutionized the future of space

    * Why Fraser thinks Earth is far and away from the best place in the solar system to live

    * How the new space race may unfold and the political implications

    * The health problems associated with living in space and living in low gravity

    * Why asteroid mining and space manufacturing may hold humanity's key to the stars

    * The changes in space technology since the space race

    * How space exploration may impact our evolution

    * Why Earth should be focused as only our home

    * Why space is a possible answer to our climate change and pollution problems

    * The reason the economics of space are starting to become viable

    * What is really the future for life in space

    * Why space is key to overcoming the existential risk



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    REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

    REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

    George Dvorsky (@dvorsky) is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist that has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is also a senior staff reporter at the popular tech blog Gizmodo, a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism and blogs at sentientdevelopments.com



    George is a founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program. In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms.



    George's work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. Outside of work, he is also an avid CrossFitter, an ancestral health enthusiast, and an accomplished music performer, composer, and recording engineer.







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    In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * How life extension and longevity affect society and the technologies ending aging

    * The dangers of AI and problems with containment

    * Why consciousness is such a hard problem and what it means for all of us

    * How George's study of the past influences his views on the future

    * Why mutually assured destruction could become a thing again

    * The reason AI regulation is harder than it seems

    * Which technologies have George most excited today and why

    * Why tech ethics are so important going forward

    * What happens if and when we invent AGI

    * The problems and possibilities of exponential technology in today's world











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    • 56 min
    REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

    REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

    Andrew Maynard (@2020science) is the Director of the Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University, a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. Andrew's research focuses on risk innovation and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. He is especially interested in effective approaches to developing socially responsive, responsible and beneficial technologies; understanding and responding to the technology and society dynamic; and effective science communication and engagement – particularly through social media.



    Andrew is widely published in the academic press and in public media and stretch from physics and nanotechnology to toxicology, risk perception, governance, and policy. He writes regularly for the journal Nature Nanotechnology and is a frequent contributor to The Conversation. He also directs and produces the YouTube science education channel “Risk Bites” and blogs at 2020science.org.



    Andrew’s science training is in nanoparticle analysis – and for many years he conducted and led research on aerosol exposure in occupational settings. In the early 2000’s he became increasingly involved in guiding US federal initiatives supporting nanotechnology research and development, and in addressing potential risks. In 2005 he became Chief Science Advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (and later the Synthetic Biology Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and for five years helped inform national and global initiatives addressing the responsible development of nanotechnology. Over this period, he became increasingly interested in science communication and science policy and began working closely with academics, policymakers, industry, non-government organizations, and journalists, on science-informed decision making. This interest continued between 2010 - 2015 as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department. In 2015 he joined the faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University to continue his work and collaborations on socially responsible, responsible and beneficial research and development.



    In the course of his work, Andrew has testified before congressional committees, has served on National Academy panels, and has worked closely with organizations such as the World Economic Forum and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) that promote public-private partnerships.







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    In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * The biggest risks to humanity's future

    * Why Andrew is excited and terrified about AI and synthetic biology

    * Which areas of technology are most susceptible to negative consequences

    * The reason Ex Machina is such a terrifying example of artificial intelligence

    * How we can use science fiction to ask deep philosophical questions about society

    * Why Andrew is that worried about the killer AI scenario

    * The big difference between corporations and universities when it comes to technological innovation

    • 52 min
    REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

    REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

    Isaac Arthur (@isaac_a_arthur) is a physicist and futurist who runs popular YouTube channel Featured Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur.



    Isaac's popular channel has over 270k subscribers and 20M+ views and a legion of loyal, insightful fans, including his own sub-Reddit. Arthur covers a wide range of futurist and science fiction ideas including cyborgs, androids and artificial intelligence, the Fermi paradox and interstellar warfare, Dyson spheres and megascale engineering, quantum teleportation and faster-than-light travel—typically exploring hypothetical scenarios extending to the distant future.







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    In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * The future of interplanetary travel

    * What you didn't know about the Fermi paradox

    * How humanity will likely evolve as we explore space

    * The reason we probably won't terraform planets and where we'll live instead

    * Why material science and meta-materials may be the most important technology of this decade

    * The effects of genetic engineering on society

    * Two paths to free energy for all

    * The reason Isaac thinks we are close to a post-scarcity world

    * Why Isaac thinks cybernetics/mechanical human enhancement is more likely than gene editing

    * How Isaac build the top Science channel on Youtube

    * The reason manmade structures are the habitats of the future

    * How AI is likely to evolve and play out in society

    * Why our education system is failing and how we can fix it











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    Isaac: My usual philosophy on the simulation hypothesis is that the question isn't whether or not we live in a simulation but whether or not it matters. Now I tend to think that the rules for simulation will likely be self-consistent you would have physical laws in that simulation that you would expect the simulation to tend to follow because otherwise kind of gives away the game and you know you divorce the rules we observe whether this is the view of us or not we probably should be assuming that me most about how likely life is to evolve, to begin with, and to get to intelligence and technology. Oh, we're just a lot less probable than we think they are and I I don't see us trying to tell from all as much you know forming and people think of it as oh we take this planet make it livable this process that is inherently destructive and I mean seriously. Mountain changing type of procedures that takes centuries to take place whereas while it sounds strange building your own habitats building giant orbital habitats like an O sound or might turn out to be much cheaper than trying to tear form an equal amount of space and then most importantly you've got the entire planet moaning.

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    190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

    190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

    Majora Carter (@MajoraCarter) is an American urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer/host from the South Bronx in New York whose career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development.

    Majora's work has won major awards including a MacArthur 'genius' Grant, a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary doctorates, and is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.”



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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * Black Lives Matter and the big issue with housing inequality

    * Why owning communities is such a big part of improving them

    * Majora's work with greenification and better urban areas

    * The role of investment in changing a city's culture

    * What steps can the US take to righting past racial wrongs

    * Why the future of cities and urbanization is a bit more local

    * Which narratives around health and wealth contribute most to racial inequality

    * Why inner city brain drain makes everything all the worse

    * How to use triple bottom line businesses to better the world

    * What systemic racism looks like from a successful black woman's perspective



























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    • 48 min
    189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

    Charles Arthur (@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world's biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK's Free Our Data campaign to persuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse.

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism

    * A deeper dive into social media's ability to influence us, and democracy

    * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years

    * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing

    * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world

    * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes

    * How to avoid heading towards 1984

    * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today

    * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why

    * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing





     





















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