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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:



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Love great podcasts? We curate the best of the best around the web. Get our Exclusive Top Notch Tuesday roundup:



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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: Ramez Naam – How Renewable Energy Killed Coal and Why Radical Life Extension Isn’t Going to Happen

    REPLAY: Ramez Naam – How Renewable Energy Killed Coal and Why Radical Life Extension Isn’t Going to Happen

    Ramez Naam (@ramez) is a computer scientist, futurist, angel investor and award-winning author best known for his Nexus Trilogy: Nexus, Crux and Apex







    His other (non-fiction) books include: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet and More than Human: Embracing the Promises of Biological Enhancement.







    He's currently co-chair of energy and the environment at Singularity University and earlier in his career led teams at Microsoft working on Outlook, Internet Explorer and Bing where he co-patented 20 inventions, many alongside Bill Gates.







    Ramez has appeared on Sunday morning MSNBC, Yahoo! Finance, The New York Times, WSJ, PopSci, Wired, and many more. Ramez holds more than 20 patents, and many of those are as a co-inventor with Bill Gates.

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * Why we're at a tipping point for carbon-emitting cars sold

    * What it was like working directly with Bill Gates

    * What is Ramez predicted about renewable energy and why it's better than even he thought

    * How technologists are solving global problems by fixing incentives and driving down costs

    * What it's like to be both a bestselling fiction and non-fiction author

    * Why Ramez is no longer a big believer in radical life extension

    * The brain2.0 movement and why we're becoming cyborgs

    * What Ramez thinks about CRISPR and genetically engineering people

    * The importance of sci-fi to shift societal attitudes

    * How to think about technological trends when tackling big problems

    * Why innovation often leaves behind a lot bodies

    * The reason Ramez is fundamentally optimist despite all the challenges we face

    * Why the secret to a better future is to create it









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    • 55 min
    Cynetic Wolf Excerpt – My Dystopian Sci-Fi Technothriller

    Cynetic Wolf Excerpt – My Dystopian Sci-Fi Technothriller

    Hey guys, my book is finally live! You can grab it FREE for two days (3/26-27) at mattwardwrites.com/cynetic



    After this Friday, it'll be $2.99 and up so I recommend getting it while the getting's good. Here's the blurb.



    It's 2096, sixty years after ninety percent died from a man-made Bioplague. Humanity has splintered into four unequal subspecies: immortals, cyborgs, enhancers, and subservient half-human, half-animal hybrids. 



    The world is anything but equal. Hybrids everywhere are suffering, but sixteen-year-old Raek Mekorian, a wolfish with a nose for trouble, doesn’t see an alternative. Except the Resistance, who don’t stand a chance against the world government. His mom always said, “Keep your head down.”



    And he does, until his sister is murdered by a pair of cyborgs. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, fracturing the rigid governmental caste as he is thrust into the dangerous world of superhuman hit squads, Resistance uprisings, and secrets better left unsaid.



    With only built-in blasters and the advice of a mysterious professor, Raek must navigate crushing betrayal, self-doubt, and a limitless enemy whose evil knows no bounds.



    The fate of mankind may rest in his hands.



    Cynetic Wolf is the first in the Wolfish YA sci-fi dystopian series that features bloody immortality, post-apocalyptic progress, and gene editing that splinters the very fabric of society. If you like dark technothrillers, fast-paced adventure, and surprising sci-fi, are a fan of Divergent, Red Rising, or the Hunger Games, or love classics like the Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and Ender’s Game, you’ll love this speculative fiction thriller.



    Get Cynetic Wolf today for a page-turning dystopian whirlwind… right up to its astonishing conclusion!



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    • 32 min
    My Post-Bioplague Dystopian Audiobook: Cynetic Wolf – 1st Two Chapters for your COVID-19 Quarantine

    My Post-Bioplague Dystopian Audiobook: Cynetic Wolf – 1st Two Chapters for your COVID-19 Quarantine

    Hey guys, my book is finally about to be published! You can grab it FREE for two days (3/26-27) at mattwardwrites.com/cynetic (link won't activate until 3/26).



    After this Friday, it'll be $2.99 and up so I recommend getting it while the getting's good. Here's the blurb.



    It's 2096, sixty years after ninety percent died from a man-made Bioplague. Humanity has splintered into four unequal subspecies: immortals, cyborgs, enhancers, and subservient half-human, half-animal hybrids. 



    The world is anything but equal. Hybrids everywhere are suffering, but sixteen-year-old Raek Mekorian, a wolfish with a nose for trouble, doesn’t see an alternative. Except the Resistance, who don’t stand a chance against the world government. His mom always said, “Keep your head down.”



    And he does, until his sister is murdered by a pair of cyborgs. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, fracturing the rigid governmental caste as he is thrust into the dangerous world of superhuman hit squads, Resistance uprisings, and secrets better left unsaid.



    With only built-in blasters and the advice of a mysterious professor, Raek must navigate crushing betrayal, self-doubt, and a limitless enemy whose evil knows no bounds.



    The fate of mankind may rest in his hands.



    Cynetic Wolf is the first in the Wolfish YA sci-fi dystopian series that features bloody immortality, post-apocalyptic progress, and gene editing that splinters the very fabric of society. If you like dark technothrillers, fast-paced adventure, and surprising sci-fi, are a fan of Divergent, Red Rising, or the Hunger Games, or love classics like the Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and Ender’s Game, you’ll love this speculative fiction thriller.



    Get Cynetic Wolf Thursday for a page-turning dystopian whirlwind… right up to its astonishing conclusion!



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    • 34 min
    REPLAY: Bruce Schneier – Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security, Privacy, Social Media and Politics

    REPLAY: Bruce Schneier – Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security, Privacy, Social Media and Politics

     Bruce Schneier (@schneierblog) is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books--including: Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World and Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World. This episode is a reairing of another we broadcast long ago which we thought was especially relevant and worth reiterating today. In addition to his books, Bruce has hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers, his influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" is read by over 250,000 people. Bruce has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org; and a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient.



    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:



    * The difference between the US, Europe, and Asia when it comes to privacy and data, and what it all means

    * Why IoT internet security is one of the biggest problems no one is talking about

    * Which tech giants will get broken up and which will reign

    * The problem with social media and ideas on how to solve it

    * How regulations affect business and monopolies and where we are headed

    * Why voting and elections are so susceptible to manipulation

    * How Bruce thinks about privacy in a surveillance capitalist economy

    * Why your car could kill you and your fridge won't feed you

    * The reason Bruce is optimistic and pessimistic about the future

    * Why things are going to get worse before they get better

    * The sad truth GDPR and data privacy

    * What you need to know about China, Huawei, and surveillance





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    175. Accelerated Climate Change, the Melt and Science Fiction’s Role in Saving Humanity | KE Lanning

    175. Accelerated Climate Change, the Melt and Science Fiction’s Role in Saving Humanity | KE Lanning

    KE Lanning (@kelanningauthor) is an geophysicist and sci-fi/speculative fiction author of The Melt Trilogy, a series of dystopian fiction novels set in in a world where climate came much faster than anticipated. She also interviews notable science fiction authors and futurists for FUTURISM magazine.



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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * How sci-fi helps humanity cope and prepare for big societal changes

    * What would happen if climate change happened in a generation

    * Advantages of self-funding startups

    * What would happen if Antarctica became a landgrab 

    * Why this will be the century of synthetic biology

    * How sci-fi futurists could help government anticipate unintended consequences

    * What technology is Karen most worried about and why

    * More about Matt's post-gene-editing dystopian sci-fi (get the 1st five chapters FREE here)

    * Why we need to build towards better harmony with the world fast

    * The enormous potential of fusion power

    * Why science and art are two sides of the same coin

    * Are we headed towards robot riots



























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    • 46 min
    174. Blockchain, Building Recycled Plastic Homes and Redistributing Wealth | Morten Bove

    174. Blockchain, Building Recycled Plastic Homes and Redistributing Wealth | Morten Bove

    Morten Bove (@mbove) is the founder and CEO of Wohn Homes, a Danish startup revolutionizing modular, eco-friendly affordable housing designed with tokenized ownership for students. Morten also runs Block21, a blockchain-focused tech podcast on the future of decentralization.



     

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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * How recycled plastic can be used to make sustainable housing

    * Why inequality is the driving factor in almost all social unrest

    * What does the future of cities look like

    * Why Morten is big on blockchain and tokenization

    * What happens now that the ICO bubble burst, and where crypto is headed

    * The big difference between European and US startups

    * Why smaller countries make things simpler

    * How to build better triple-bottom-line businesses (here's a free guide for founders)

    * How business can be used as a force for good

    * Why it's so hard for startups to raise funding (ps. here's a free pitch deck guide!)

    * The scary truth about surveillance and privacy

    * Why Trump pulling out of the Paris accord wasn't all bad



























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