9 episodes

Exploring the facts of tomorrow in the fiction of today.

Fractopia Tod Foley

    • Technology

Exploring the facts of tomorrow in the fiction of today.

    Episode 8: The Food of the Future

    Episode 8: The Food of the Future

    What are the superfoods of tomorrow, and how will we produce a wide  variety of inexpensive food for an ever-growing population, on an  unforgiving earth?

    STORY EXCERPT:
    Excerpt from “Surrounded by Dolphins” by Adrian McCauley, from UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future.

    MUSIC:
    Accompanying story excerpt: “Morning Two” by David Szetszay
    https://www.youtube.com/user/szesztay/videos

    Throughout episode: Assorted selections by The Blue Dot Sessions
    https://www.sessions.blue/

    Fractopia Theme by Tod Foley

    SOURCES & LINKS:

    Combating plastic pollution with sustainable bio-based packaging
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgJ3et8KK_o

    EAT Talk: Cellular Agriculture Today: Opportunities and Realities
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqGuFS2aT34

    Edible, Biodegradable Food Packaging - Headline Science
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt32GgQGTcI

    Eyes of Nye - GMO Foods
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z_CqyB1dQo

    Is Algae the Food of the Future?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAdrNQNP8ew

    Is It Safe To Eat Genetically Modified Animals?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTqmTx26DhE

    Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet?
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-printed-steak-rice-peas-seaweed/

    The Future of Food: What We'll Eat in 2028
    https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/the-future-of-food-what-w...

    The Future of Food Goes Way Beyond Lab-Grown Meat
    https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/the-future-of-food-goes-way-beyond-lab-...

    The Rise of Vertical Farming
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCkqWI4xtQ

    What Is Hydroponics?
    http://www.simplyhydro.com/whatis.htm

    • 39 min
    Episode 7: Interview with Lauren Teffeau

    Episode 7: Interview with Lauren Teffeau

    A conversation with Lauren Teffeau, author of the recently-released near-future science fiction novel "Implanted." Topics covered include digital convergence, neural implant technology, online privacy, climate change, the law of digital recency, and the future of capitalism. Includes an excerpt from "Implanted," and occasional interjections by my attention-seeking cats.

    Fractopia Website:
    http://ThisIsFractopia.com

    Help Support the Fractopia Project:
    https://patreon.com/fractopia

    SOURCES AND LINKS

    Lauren Teffeau
    https://laurencteffeau.com/

    Implanted
    by Lauren Teffeau, published by Angry Robot
    https://www.angryrobotbooks.com/shop/sf/implanted/

    Implanted - at Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/Implanted-Lauren-C-Teffeau/dp/0857667998

    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    by Yuval Noah Harari, published by Jonathan Cape
    http://www.ynharari.com/book/21-lessons/

    Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
    by Mark Fisher, published by Zero Books
    http://www.zero-books.net/books/capitalist-realism

    New York 2140
    by Kim Stanley Robinson, published by Orbit
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031626234X/

    Zero Books
    http://www.zero-books.net/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyoQK-mZXr2ws4C0nXGCH1w

    MUSIC

    Theme from "Ghosts in the Machine" by Tod Foley

    • 57 min
    Episode 6: Augmented Reality

    Episode 6: Augmented Reality

    An Augmented Reality can be understood as a digitally-produced “layer” or “display screen” interposed by specialized hardware between you and the physical world. The potential of this emerging technology to enhance the ease and quality of life is enormous, and it will affect nearly everything in the coming informational age. Story excerpts from “Dork Knights of Harohbakh” by Shawn Koch, and “The Master Key” by L. Frank Baum.

    SOURCES & LINKS

    A Brief History of Augmented Reality
    http://adsreality.com/history-of-augmented-reality-infographic/

    The Challenges & Opportunities of Augmented Reality | Edward Miller
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=truf7fgJSww

    David A Smith (Lockheed Martin) - Extreme Augmented Reality: What the Future Really Looks Like
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1F2YZN5vDY

    The Dawn of the Age of Holograms | Alex Kipman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cQbMP3I5Sk

    Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous A.I.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wao3BGOl-zo

    The Future of Imagination: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and How We Shape Our World
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCpp_3bq0Ps

    The History of Information
    http://www.historyofinformation.com/index.php

    How Stuff Works
    https://computer.howstuffworks.com/augmented-reality.htm

    Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook F8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrBGHs-EThY

    NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612247/nasa-is-using-hololens-ar-head...

    Reality Technologies
    https://www.realitytechnologies.com/augmented-reality/

    What's Up with Augmented Reality Contact Lenses?
    https://www.inverse.com/article/31034-augmented-reality-contact-lenses

    Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

    MUSIC:

    Fractopia Theme by Tod Foley

    “Be Which One” by Captive Portal
    https://captiveportalmusic.com/

    • 47 min
    Episode 5: Futurecasting through Science Fiction

    Episode 5: Futurecasting through Science Fiction

    A look at the uses of Science Fiction to predict and influence the future, featuring insights from Yuval Harari, Berit Anderson, Douglas Rushkoff, Pat Cadigan and Stephen Oram. Story excerpt from "The World Set Free" by H.G. Wells.

    MUSIC
    "Canal Street Blues" - King Oliver w Louis Armstrong
    "Mister Really Loves You" - Captive Portal
    https://captiveportalmusic.com/

    SOURCES AND LINKS
    Yuval Harari
    https://www.wired.com/2018/09/geeks-guide-yuval-noah-harari/

    The Mundane Manifesto
    https://sfgenics.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/geoff-ryman-et-al-the-mundane-manifesto/

    Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy (Dan Koboldt)
    http://www.dankoboldt.com/science-in-scifi/

    A History of Books that Predicted the Future
    https://www.printerinks.com/a-history-of-books-that-forecast-the-future.html

    Berit Anderson
    https://www.geekwire.com/2018/science-fiction-can-predict-future-help-tech-innovators-make-better-decisions/

    Pat Cadigan & Douglas Rushkoff
    http://www.rushkoff.com/team-human-live-in-london-part-1/

    • 31 min
    Episode 4: Capitalist Realism ft. Michael Utvich

    Episode 4: Capitalist Realism ft. Michael Utvich

    A discussion with writer and interactive media consultant Michael Utvich, examining the future of labor, employment, identity, and Capitalist Realism in the age of advanced automation.

    SOURCES & LINKS

    Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
    by Mark Fisher, published by Zero Books
    http://www.zero-books.net/books/capitalist-realism

    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    by Yuval Noah Harari, published by Jonathan Cape
    http://www.ynharari.com/book/21-lessons/

    UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future
    https://www.amazon.com/UbiquiCity-Fractopian-Future-Tod-Foley/dp/0692985743/

    MUSIC:
    "Ghost Wave" by Tod Foley

    • 43 min
    Episode 3: 3D Printing

    Episode 3: 3D Printing

    A look at 3D Printing, examining its history, the current state of the art, and the far-reaching implications of its future in the coming century. Includes excerpt from Murray Leinster's "Things Pass By."

    • 26 min

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