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Join renowned visionary Thomas Frey and Trent Fowler as they explore artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, space exploration, quantum computing, biotechnology, and a variety of other topics of interest to futurists.

FUTURATI PODCAST Thomas Frey

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Join renowned visionary Thomas Frey and Trent Fowler as they explore artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, space exploration, quantum computing, biotechnology, and a variety of other topics of interest to futurists.

    Ep. 98: How humans came to see (and shape) the future. | Byron Reese

    Ep. 98: How humans came to see (and shape) the future. | Byron Reese

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    Whether it's pondering the mysteries of life while watching a sunrise or reasoning in great detail about how a new technology will change the world, there is something unique about the human capacity to imagine the future. But where does this capacity come from, what does it mean for us, and how can we use it more effectively? Tonight's guest has just written a book exploring these themes. Byron Reese is an Austin-based entrepreneur with a quarter-century of experience building and running technology companies. He is a recognized authority on AI and holds a number of technology patents. In addition, he is a futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity. He gives talks around the world about how technology is changing work, education, and culture.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep. 97: Could bitcoin mining fix climate change? | Troy Cross

    Ep. 97: Could bitcoin mining fix climate change? | Troy Cross

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    It's become commonplace to hear politicians and commentators bemoaning the energy expenditure of bitcoin mining, noting that it consumes more power than certain industries or countries and confidently proclaiming that the bitcoin network performs no useful work. But recently, an emerging group of scholars has pushed back on this narrative, arguing that in fact bitcoin mining has certain special properties that make it ideal for subsidizing renewable energies. If this is true, it could become an important part of mitigating the effects of climate change. Tonight we're joined by one of the original scholars advancing this thesis. Troy Cross is a professor of philosophy at Reed University, where he focuses on questions of knowledge and reality. In addition, he is a fellow at the Bitcoin Policy Institute, where you can find his work on energy economics, bitcoin mining, and the environment.

    #climatechange #crypto #bitcoin

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 96: How will bitcoin change the world? | Jack Ronaldi

    Ep. 96: How will bitcoin change the world? | Jack Ronaldi

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    Since the release of bitcoin there has been a great deal of ink spilled by people trying to imagine the ways in which it could change the world. One such person is tonight's guest, Jack Ronaldi. I met Jack through a bitcoin book club we're both a part of, and I was impressed with his command of the material and his ability to express himself. Like many others, Jack was originally dismissive of bitcoin because of his background in economics, finance, and banking. But gradually he became a true believer, and today he writes and thinks about bitcoin's transformative potential, as well as the ways in which its vulnerabilities can be fixed.
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    Ep. 95: Pandemics, population decline, and the Fermi Paradox. | Robin Hanson.

    Ep. 95: Pandemics, population decline, and the Fermi Paradox. | Robin Hanson.

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    As futurists, Thomas and Trent take a great interest in studying the disciplines which best elucidate the major trends shaping humanity's direction, disciplines like economics, physics, and computer science. It's rare to find anyone conversant in two of these fields, and rarer still to find a person conversant in all of them, and many more besides. Well, tonight's guest is someone who has done a remarkable job of uniting disparate ideas into compelling visions of the future, generating concepts like futures markets, the great filter, and grabby aliens which have shaped thinking on problems ranging from the Fermi Paradox to governance. 

    Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from the California Institute of Technology, master's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA.
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    Ep. 94: fiction, flow, and imagining the impossible. | Steven Kotler.

    Ep. 94: fiction, flow, and imagining the impossible. | Steven Kotler.

    Flow is a well-known and valuable psychological state in which time seems to drop away and you become completely immersed in the present moment. Though its usefulness in achieving individual excellence has been studied extensively, much less attention has been paid to how it can aid in cooperation. Well tonight we're joined by a guest who has tried to fill that gap by writing "The Devil's Dictionary", a fascinating novel which also explores topics around climate change, mass extinction, and the future of humanity. Steven Kotler is one of the world’s foremost experts on human peak performance and the New York Times bestselling author of “The Art of Impossible”, and “The Rise of Superman”. If you enjoy this interview please subscribe to the podcast and share it with your friends, it’s the best way to help us grow.
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    Ep. 93: NFTs and the art of the future. | Michael Maizels

    Ep. 93: NFTs and the art of the future. | Michael Maizels

    There has been a tremendous amount of chatter over the past year about NFTs--how they're a scam, how they'll usher in a new era of democratized web3 for the entire planet, and everything in between. Tonight we're joined by someone with an unusual background who is unusually well-placed to help us get to the bottom of this. Michael Maizels is a former professor of art history who made the somewhat non-traditional pivot into crypto. He is now the head of research at Abra, where he works on subjects like bitcoin mining and climate change and the security vulnerabilities of blockchain bridges. If you enjoy this interview please subscribe to the podcast and share it with your friends, and don't forget to check out our website, futuratipodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 6 min

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jmuzsik ,

a few episodes are brilliant

Really grounded and practical info - very reasonable and thoughtful predictions of the future

I definitely recommend episode 7 with Colin Hoy - absolutely brilliant overview of cutting edge neuroscience

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