The emerging technologies of the future will comprise the manipulation of four major categories: Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. In other words, FutureBANG!
info_outline Episode 13 - Blockchain 10/01/2017
Episode 13 - Blockchain Ian and Jesse discuss blockchain technology, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Will the currencies of the future be based on distributed, decentralized computational algorithms that don't rely on putting all of our trust in governments and banking institutions? Links to topics discussed: "Verbal confirmation" for Hyperloop Solar batteries for Australia Tesla roof tiles sold out What is the Blockchain? Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto - Inventor of Blockchain Ethereum Radiolab episode - The Ceremony Bitcoin block real time explorer "19 Industries the Blockchain Will Disrupt" Kanye Cryptocurrency - Coinye "Bitcoin Security: Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat" Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.
info_outline Short - Svalbard Seed Vault 07/17/2017
Short - Svalbard Seed Vault Ian tells Jesse about the Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, as well as some other genetic backup projects around the world. If our civilization collapses, have we done everything we can to give the next one a chance to thrive? Links to topics discussed: Svalbard Seed Vault On Google Maps Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Frozen Zoos Original Svalbard 'flood' report Followup on report Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.
info_outline Episode 12 - De-Extinction 05/09/2017
Episode 12 - De-Extinction Ian and Jesse discuss the idea of bringing extinct species back into existence. Should we forget about extinct species and focus exclusively on preserving what's alive today, or could we see the return of dodos, mammoths, and even dinosaurs? Links to topics discussed: The 6th Extinction Long Now's Revive and Restore project Candidates for de-extinction The Passenger Pigeon Project George Church defends de-extinction The Harvard Mammoth project The Chicken-Saurus Pleistocene Park article Pleistocene Park documentary Unsponsored Ad: AVA Byte - Foolproof indoor gardening. Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.
info_outline Episode 11 - Driverless Cars 01/01/2017
Episode 11 - Driverless Cars Ian and Jesse discuss the future of autonomous, self-driving vehicles. They're coming faster than anyone imagined, and they will have many large effects on society, both good and bad. What are some of the more creative ways we can find to use driverless cars, and how can we best deal with the loss of driving jobs? Links to topics discussed: Fully self driving Teslas Interplanetary Transport System - full video with Q&A Tesla's solar roof tiles Wired article on self-driving car levels Google cars Brad Templeton UBC talk CGP Grey video on traffic jams Google self driving promo video Otto beer delivery Most common jobs by state Udacity degree on self driving cars Cracked podcast - the 11 nations of America Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.
info_outline Episode 10 - Genetically Modified Organisms 09/09/2016
Episode 10 - Genetically Modified Organisms Ian and Jesse discuss the current state of genetic modification of agricultural products, and where the technology might lead in the future. If we could add, subtract, and combine any traits we want in our crops, what wondrous things could we create? Links to topics discussed: FlavrSavr tomato Golden Rice Aquadvantage salmon Norman Borlaug NYT article on GMO products CRISPR Gene guns Civil War urban legend Craig Venter Enviropig C3 vs C4 photosynthesis Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.
info_outline Episode 09 - Toilets 04/17/2016
Episode 09 - Toilets Ian and Jesse discuss the future of toilets, plumbing, and sanitation. Modern sanitation has allowed us to build large cities with healthy populations, but how can we bring the same advances to the rest of the world, and what does the toilet of tomorrow look like?
info_outline Short - Long Now Foundation 03/24/2016
Short - Long Now Foundation Jesse tells Ian about the Long Now Foundation, an organization that encourages thinking and planning on the scale of centuries and millenia. What kinds of issues do we need to plan for if we're designing a clock to last 10,000 years?
info_outline Episode 08 - Aliens 02/28/2016
Episode 08 - Aliens Ian and Jesse discuss the possibility of contact with alien civilizations and what it would mean for the future of humanity. If we received a clear signal from an extra terrestrial intelligence, how would we react, and what should our response be?
info_outline Episode 07 - Brain-Computer Interface 11/04/2015
Episode 07 - Brain-Computer Interface Ian and Jesse discuss using a brain to directly control a computer. It's happening now, and the future of brain-computer interfaces has a lot of promise, but there may be a dark side. How could we benefit from things like telepathic communication, literally combining brains to work on a problem, or even feeling the emotions of others far away?
info_outline Short - Back to the Future II 10/21/2015
Short - Back to the Future II Ian and Jesse compare the future portrayed in Back to the Future II to our actual 2015. October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty and Doc Brown traveled to in the movie. Is the real future better or worse than the film predicted?
info_outline Episode 06 - Vertical Farming - Part 2 09/13/2015
Episode 06 - Vertical Farming - Part 2 Ian and Jesse return to the topic of Vertical Farming to discuss the present and near-future of the industry and movement. Ian gives his account of working in the world's first commercial vertical farm: what worked, what didn't, and how the problems might be solved in the future!
info_outline Episode 05 - Vertical Farming - Part 1 08/04/2015
Episode 05 - Vertical Farming - Part 1 Ian and Jesse discuss the history and possible future of agriculture, and the concept of growing crops indoors, without soil, stacked in vertical levels. Will vertical farming be the solution to our growing challenges of pollution, population, and land and water use?
info_outline Short - EPCOT 07/17/2015
Short - EPCOT In this bonus short episode Ian and Jesse discuss EPCOT, Walt Disney's vision for a planned futuristic society, not to be confused with the existing theme park, Epcot. The movie (and Disneyland attraction) Tomorrowland was based on a real idea! What might a true "city of tomorrow" have looked like, and would living in such a place be worth the tradeoffs?
info_outline Episode 04 - Future in Fiction 07/02/2015
Episode 04 - Future in Fiction Ian and Jesse discuss how humanity's future is treated in popular fiction (mostly movies). Why do so many of our favourite stories have such a pessimistic outlook on our ability to build a better tomorrow, and what are some of the best works of fiction that present a positive view of the future? Don't forget to share your favourite pro-future works on our Facebook page!
info_outline Episode 03 - Apple Watch and Wearable Tech 05/18/2015
Episode 03 - Apple Watch and Wearable Tech Ian and Jesse discuss wearable technologies like the Apple Watch and Google Glass. These devices are the next step in our continuing trend to integrate technology into our lives and bodies. What do wearable devices offer that traditional gadgets don't, and are they leading towards implanted cybernetic devices?
info_outline Episode 02 - Interstellar Travel 04/22/2015
Episode 02 - Interstellar Travel Ian and Jesse discuss life on an interstellar starship. When humanity begins to spread throughout the cosmos to explore and colonize new star systems, it will likely take many generations to travel the vast distances. What will it be like for those whose entire lives take place in transit between solar systems?
info_outline Episode 01 - Hyperloop 03/21/2015
Episode 01 - Hyperloop Ian and Jesse discuss Elon Musk and his proposal for a new high speed inter-city transportation technology, Hyperloop. If you could travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes (fully powered by solar panels), how would that affect your life?