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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, 96 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...



Visit our site and download our FREE Existential Risk Guide:



https://disruptors.fm/risk



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: 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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    • 48 min
    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
    184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

    Charlie Hartwell (@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a "Change Agent" focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world.



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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness

    * Why Charlie's afraid our collective ability to live together

    * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis

    * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health

    * Why meditation may just be the next best medic

    * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare

    * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world

    * Why we're treating patients and health all wrong

    * How investment dollars drive innovation

    * Why the psychedelic movement of today is much more than a fad

    * What's the future of wearable tech



























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    • 39 min
    183. Cory Doctorow on Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    183. Cory Doctorow on Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

    Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:



    * Little Brother

    * Homeland

    * Pirate Cinema



    Cory also co-founded the open-source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation.



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    In today's episode we discuss:



    * Possible geopolitical consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic

    * New ways to consider the role of economics and market forces post Corona

    * Why Cory thinks much of Europe will push further left after the world normalizes

    * The reason Cory isn't worried about a post-COVID new Patriot Act

    * Why today feels a lot like post-WWII oligarchy capitalism

    * The five new horsemen of the battle for individual privacy

    * How to avoid self-destructive late-stage capitalism

    * Why Coronavirus death and fallout may swing the future of US politics

    * Why the US is WAY more socialized than citizens think

    * How we could fund a successful Green New Deal

    * What were the true impacts of Edward Snowden

    * Are we headed toward a constant location-based tracking and surveillance

    * What worries Cory most about today's epidemic climate





















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    REPLAY: Douglas Rushkoff – Avoiding Apocalypse by Doubling Down on Team Human and Reinventing 21st Century Business

    REPLAY: Douglas Rushkoff – Avoiding Apocalypse by Doubling Down on Team Human and Reinventing 21st Century Business

    Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff) is an author, teacher, and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. He has been named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT.



    Douglas' work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice.



    Douglas is the author twenty books including bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus and is releasing his new book Team Human based off his podcast.



    He has written and hosted three award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries – The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance, and Digital Nation, about life on the virtual frontier. Most recently, he made Generation Like, an exploration of teens, marketers, and social media.



    Douglas is also a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. His novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen. Douglas also served as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture and regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Larry King to the Colbert Report and Bill Maher.







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



    * The reason billionaires are planning for the "inevitable" apocalypse and why that's a big problem

    * How broken the US political system is and how we can fix it

    * The big issue with the stock market and venture capital and how we can reinvent business for the 21st century

    * Why our future is in our hands and what we can do about it

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

    * The problems with social media and plans to fight back

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

    * Why people are pushing back against tech and how it impacts our world

    * What Google's walkout means for the future of tech

    * Why Douglas thinks companies are the key to changing our world

    * The reason Douglas is very worried about growing inequality

    * Why capital is the only thing that counts today

    * How to redesign our education system for the modern era



    









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    • 53 min
    181. The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    181. The Divergence of AR and VR and Connectivity, Collaboration and Entertainment in a Post COVID World | Tony Parisi

    Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe) is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He co-created several, 3D graphics standards, is Head of AR/VR Ad Innovation at Unity Technologies, and author several O'Reilly Media books on virtual reality and WebGL.

    Today, Tony is has a leading spokesman for the immersive industry and was recently named one of Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2019.



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    In today's episode we discuss:









    * Where are we on the AR and VR adoption cycle

    * What the future of AR/VR holds and why they will diverge

    * How COVID-19 is pushing us towards an immersive future

    * The big differences between consumer and enterprise VR adoption

    * Why Facebook and Oculus are well-placed to dominate virtual reality 

    * Which sci-fi inspirations are most realistic for augmented and virtual reality

    * What's the future look like for the entertainment industry

    * Why Tony isn't all that worried about any future tech

    * How tech life cycles are accelerating and what it all means

    * Why we have reached a tipping point in consumer VR adoption







     





















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    • 39 min

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