Technology is overhauling society before our very eyes! Does that trend scare you, excite you, or something in between? Well, same here. We Are Here Tomorrow explores how the world is changing around us, and where those changes might take us. Through this podcast and fun explainer blog, we’ll investigate the intersection where science meets society, and how we mold the technology that will in turn shape our future.
Researched, written, and hosted by (real) engineers and (armchair) researchers Zach Foust and John Mundahl, We Are Here Tomorrow discusses innovations, technology, and society in relatable and approachable ways. Visit us at WeAreHereTomorrow.com, or search “We Are Here Tomorrow” on your favorite social media platform. 'Til then, Peace out!
#22 - Hardware Security & The Future of Personal Privacy, Part 1
HELLO & WELCOME back! Today on the pod, we are talking about HARDWARE SECURITY, and what that means for the future of personal privacy. Even though hardware pervades every nook and cranny of our lives, most people (us included) have no idea what those little devices can do, and what someone else can do when they secretly control them. We talk backdoors and exploits, Apple and Huawei, Snowden and the NSA, and so much more! (PS in case the title isn't clear, these is a TWO-PARTER! Next week, we will be delving into the software and mass-privacy side of this story, so stay tuned!)
#21 - Carbon Capture - The (Hopeful) Future of CO2 Emissions
SEASON 3 IS HERE!!! John and Zach could not be more excited to be back on the airwaves. This week, we are talking CARBON CAPTURE, maybe the only true way for us to fix our CO2 emission problems at scale. We delve into the promising methods of how to capture the carbon (CO2), what to do with the CO2 once capture is complete, what Silicon Valley and the governments of the world have to say about it, and much more!
#20 - mRNA Vaccine Innovations - The COVID Present and Beyond!
The FDA has approved two mRNA vaccines for mass-distribution, a milestone for the "new" type of vaccine tech. So, John and Zach want to know more! We run through the history of vaccination tech in the US, as well as the state of distrust in vaccines. After that, we work through how a virus invades the body, how vaccines are used to combat it, and how mRNA is used specifically. Then, we hop over to Today, and highlight the advantages and nuances of mRNA vaccines; how it affects manufacturing, how it might scale, and what incremental improvements are being worked on right now! This gives us a perfect launchpad to ponder our future with mRNA vaccines, including Tesla-made mRNA microfactories and universal vaccines! Lastly, we discuss how this tech might impact our society, before saying "au revoir" to We Are Here Tomorrow Season 2!!
#19 - All Aboard! Our Future with Trains
Zach and John ride the rails of train technology. Societies rarely abandon a technology only to readopt it decades later. City-to-city trains might be one of these outliers in America! But why? How have trains changed? Or how has society changed? What might be the downstream effects of trains? And, of course, what about other communities around the world? We attempt to answer these questions and help you navigate our future better!
#18 - What is the Best Way to Vote? - How Tech Can Help (or Hurt) the Democratic Process
The U.S. Presidential election has dominated the news cycle. With the politicized pandemic and the prevalence of multiple ways of voting, John and Zach needed to ask: what IS the best way to vote? What have we done in the past, where are we heading in the future, and does cutting-edge technology play a role?
#17 - When Robots Care for Grandma - Assisted Living in 2040
The world had a population boom after World War II. Now, that age wave is crashing into retirement and projected to need daily living care in the next couple of decades. Elder and disabled care seems bound for a care crunch! No surprise, some think technology is poised to address this problem. But can it?
John and Zach discuss this situation, our technology projections, and how “carebots” might impact our world and culture.
We Are Here Tomorrow: Genius yet Approachable
Having listened to several podcasts in the tech / philosophy space, one hurdle is always regarding how approachable the content truly is. It’s hard with some of those more brainy podcasts and think “I can recommend this to anyone!” As such, a lot of people get left behind on the cutting edge of technology and the future of our world. NOT with We Are Here Tomorrow!
The way John and Zach break down the concepts is both high brow yet approachable to the masses. They provide enough detail to teach you what you (everyone) should know / be aware of, and they provide you with resources to dive deeper should you choose.
I enjoy their sound effects, humor and bits as well. I have a feeling Zach is really funny in real life!