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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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    • 4.7, 23 Ratings

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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    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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    * 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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    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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    • 49 min
    REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

    REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

    Byron Reese (@byronreese) is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-leading technology research company. Byron's also an award-winning author, speaker and futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity. Byron holds a number of technology patents and hosts two podcasts about artificial intelligence. He gives talks around the world about how technology is changing work, education, and culture to combined audiences well in excess of 100,000. His newest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity tackles the issues of artificial intelligence, robots, automation, and the future of work. Byron is also the author of Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War. Bloomberg Businessweek credits Byron with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head.” Byron and his work have been featured in hundreds of news outlets, including New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, NPR, and the LA Times Magazine. “The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.” – byronreese.com Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:



    * Why the world is fundamentally improving and Byron is an optimistic realist

    * How AI will transform the labor market and economy, leading to better jobs

    * The reason optimism and pessimism are incredibly important to humanity's survival, and evolution

    * Why forecasting artificial general intelligence is just silly

    * Will AI become conscious

    * Why we're entering a fourth era of humanity

    * The reason Byron is a little worried about the prospect of bioterrorism

    * How 25 years in the internet industry has evolved Byron's view of the future

    * Why the news drives fear and separation among us

    * What to say to naysayers about technological progress

    * Why social media will ultimately be a net positive to society



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    REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

    REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

    Garry Golden (@garrygolden) is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on complex issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and the US Army on issues related to transportation and mobility, food safety and health, the future of portable power, financial services  and much more.



    Garry teaches an online course on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Futures Studies program, and was Founding Editor of The Energy Roadmap.com Garry is co-author of Designing Your Future (2008) a Fast Futures / ASAE publication, and has co-written several business white papers including the Future of the Social Web and the Future of Green as a Business Strategy published by Future Think.



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



    * The future of energy consumption and the grid

    * Why Garry isn't sold on electric vehicles and battery technology

    * The 4 types of futures and what they mean for society

    * How we save the planet while still using fuel

    * Why consciousness could be a problem with AI

    * The reason politicians pull progress backward

    * How futurists help society evolve

    * Why Garry is quite enthusiastic about automation and AI

    * Where the US is falling behind the rest of the world















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    REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

    REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

    Ben Hammersley (@benhammersley) is a technologist, futurist author and Editor-at-Large of UK’s WIRED magazine.







     

    Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book, 64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. He's the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley that was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet for The Times and The Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast.’







     

    Ben's been called upon to advise three governments and countless tech organizations, including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. He has a private pilot’s license, is a Rescue Diver, and is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician in the USA, with an additional wilderness medicine diploma, and he holds qualifications in genomic science, disaster response, and advanced cardiac life support



     

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * How societal norms and social media breakdown without problem guidance

    * The future of publishing and media in an age of outreach

    * Why Ben thinks we can change politics and we're both excited about the future for Millenials

    * What it's like as a futurist and why most companies are living in the past

    * The effect of GDPR and Europe's rules and regulations

    * Why internet censorship is important and key to democracy

    * Is democracy or authoritarianism a better model going forward

    * Why Ben isn't worried about AI and thinks blockchain is overrated

    * What happens when China becomes THE economic powerhouse of the world

    * How Ben accidentally invented the term podcast and why it's haunted him ever since

    * What it's like working with Netflix and the future of solo-media companies

    * Why Ben believes digital advertising is an enormous bubble

















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    • 57 min

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