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Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is a podcast that lets you explore alien landscapes and extra-terrestrial terrain - all from the comfort of your headphones. From the freezing hydrocarbon oceans of Titan, to the scorched, and suffocating wastes of Venus – we’ll take you on an educational and immersive audio tour to all the places you’d die to see… and places you’d die if you saw. You’ll j ...
 
This award-winning series explores The Future of Everything. What can we expect of next week, next year, next century? What will we eat, drive, wear, live in, vote for, want to buy, and want to avoid? What mistakes of the past will we make again, and which ones have we learned from? From the next tick of the clock to the ultimate end of the universe, every subject is fair game. Composed of interviews and essays, it's hosted by the author and futurist Stephen Euin Cobb. Guests include: famous ...
 
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Jeff Greason is today's featured guest. Topic: The transition from space as a series of government supported projects to space as a series of business ventures--a transition we are in now. But also, space as a place where millions of people will someday live and work permanently. And the profound changes this will bring in our ability to build out …
 
In the last episode, we left a doomed Sarah, David and Dr. Cellarius as they plunged helplessly into the sun. But their inevitable deaths will not be in vain. We’ll still have some time on this episode to learn about the structure of our main star before they reach the core and get burned to crispy cinders. This is part two of our guest-written epi…
 
Our lives literally revolve around it. That big yellow ball in the sky - The Sun. But what do we really know about El Sol? Is it just a big ball of gas and flame? Or is there more to it than that? On this episode, Sarah and David venture into the Sun's corona, to meet with Dr. Andrea Cellarius. A very bright and flame-boyant scientist. This is the …
 
The Brown Dwarf. Is it a star? Is it a planet? Is it a tabletop war gaming miniature? Is it an obscure Red Dwarf fan fiction series? We need speculate no more, as observational astronomer Dr. Aleks Scholz of St. Andrews Observatory returns to the podcast with a detailed answer for us. We also announce details of our brand new Hostile Worlds merchan…
 
Welcome to Venus, the second planet from the sun and the closest other planet to Earth. So, why do we always think of Mars as the closest and likeliest candidate for off-world exploration and habitation? On this episode, Sarah and David head to the only planet named after a female deity. With Sarah at the controls, David explores the surface of a p…
 
As the crew of The Tardigrade prepare to land on Venus, Matthew heads back down to Earth to get some supplies. Whilst back on the home planet, he pays a visit to St. Andrews Observatory to have a look at the James Gregory Telescope - the biggest telescope in Scotland. The custodian of this fine piece of equipment is Dr. Aleks Scholz, an observation…
 
The solar system is a big place, and while Colin's testing the shuttle, Sarah and Matthew have a visitor. David drops by to explain a bit about relativity and distance within the solar system and the universe in general. And watch out for mighty Zordon of the Orcs. Things to Learn What happens when you're travelling close to the speed of light? Wha…
 
Since leaving Titan last month we’ve been doing a bit of deep space exploration in The Tardigrade. And although space can look a bit… empty, it’s actually as hostile an environment as you’re ever likely to find. Out here we’re totally reliant on some pretty fragile materials and equipment keeping us alive. I’m sure everything will be fine of course…
 
Welcome to Titan, the biggest moon of Saturn, and the only known cosmic body other than Earth, that we know for certain has actual lakes and seas on its surface. But that isn’t the only reason that makes this frozen moon such an interesting and fascinating place. On this episode, our crew leave the comfort and warmth of our ship, The Tardigrade, to…
 
The Tardigrade is on its way to Titan, the biggest moon of Saturn. We're about to break through its hazy orange atmosphere and land on its surface. Our ship won't be the first human-built device to land on Titan though. The Huygens probe made this place its home back in 2005, when it was dropped off here by the Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini-Huyge…
 
Would you like to go on an audio tour around some of the most fascinating yet deadly places in the universe? Of course you would. Well, consider this inaugural episode of Hostile Worlds to be your invitation and boarding pass. I say boarding pass, because we'd like you to join us on board The Tardigrade. An all-purpose exploration vehicle that can …
 
Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is podcast that lets you explore alien landscapes and extra-terrestrial terrain – all from the comfort of your headphones. From the freezing hydrocarbon oceans of Titan, to the scorched, and suffocating wastes of…
 
The Transhumanism Panel from Concarolinas (in which we discuss some--but by no means all--aspects of transhumanism). Speakers include: James Maxey, Ben Davis, and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the Oct 12, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 56 minutes] This episode contains the entire o…
 
"The Year in Science." A panel discussion of discoveries and inventions made during the previous 12 months. Speakers: James Maxey, Erin Penn, JT the Enginerd, and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator. James Maxey is the author of the superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn; as well as the Dragon Age trilogy: Bitterwood, Dragonfo…
 
Topics: Trends in agriculture and agricultural research, as well as Monsanto and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Gary Shelton has been a professional agronomist with the US Department of Agriculture for the past 25 years. He is currently working on genetic modifications of Soybeans in the Crop genetics Research Unit Stoneville, MS. Hosted by…
 
David B. Coe and Stuart Jaffe are our featured guests. Topics include the continued rise of independent publishing and some of the ways the traditional publishing houses are changing how they treat authors so they can continue to profit in this new environment. David B. Coe is the author of more than fifteen novels and a dozen short stories. His fi…
 
Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit is our featured guest. Topics include: trends in Education, Creativity, and getting and keeping a job. Rich Sigfrit is widely known as a pioneer in the early days of Podcasting, and is one of the three people responsible for my starting this show, The Future And You, back in 2005. (The other two people being Mur Lafferty a…
 
Hackers & Identity Theft (Part 2 of 2). Methods, vulnerabilities, countermeasures, and the TV show Mr. Robot. Speakers: James McDonald, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 24, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 30 minutes] This episode contains the second…
 
Hackers & Identity Theft (Part 1 of 2). Methods, vulnerabilities, countermeasures, and the TV show Mr. Robot. Speakers: James McDonald, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 17, 2016 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes] This episode contains the first …
 
SETI & the Fermi Paradox (Part 2 of 2). The search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the mysterious lack of evidence for any extraterrestrial intelligence. Our speakers include Dr. Ben Davis, Erin Penn, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 10, 2016 episode of The…
 
SETI & the Fermi Paradox (Part 1 of 2). The search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the mysterious lack of evidence for any extraterrestrial intelligence. Our speakers include Dr. Ben Davis, Erin Penn, DL Leonine (Leo the Lion), and me, Stephen Euin Cobb, as the moderator. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the August 3, 2016 episode of The …
 
The Future of Robots (Part 2 of 2). Speakers: Dr. Ben Davis, James McDonald, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, m…
 
The Future of Robots (Part 1 of 2). Speakers: Dr. Ben Davis, James McDonald, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. Dr. Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects including: computer programming, m…
 
The Technological Singularity (Part 2 of 2). Subtopics: Superhuman Artificial Intelligence; radical life extension; friendly verses non-friendly AI; and the possibility that within decades all humans will be unemployable and living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee). Speakers: James McDonald, Stephen Euin Cobb, and Dr. Ben Davis as the moderator. …
 
The Technological Singularity (Part 1 of 2). Subtopics: Superhuman Artificial Intelligence; radical life extension; friendly verses non-friendly AI; and the possibility that within decades all humans will be unemployable and living on the BIG (Basic Income Guarantee). Speakers: James McDonald, Stephen Euin Cobb, and Dr. Ben Davis as the moderator. …
 
Life Extension (part 2 of 2). Speakers include J.T. "the Enginerd," Erin Penn, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. J.T. "the Enginerd"obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration, and constructin…
 
Life Extension (part 1 of 2). Speakers include J.T. "the Enginerd," Erin Penn, and Stephen Euin Cobb as the moderator. J.T. "the Enginerd" obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration, and constructi…
 
Dr. Robin D. Hanson (in Part 2 of 2) describes the coming global dominance of billions of Artificial Intelligences which are software emulations of the human brain. This interview is based on Dr. Hanson's new book:The Age of EM, which describes how these brain emulations will function, and how they may radically transform civilization. Dr. Robin D.…
 
Dr. Robin D. Hanson describes the coming global dominance of billions of Artificial Intelligences which are software emulations of the human brain. This interview (Part 1 of 2) is based on Dr. Hanson's new book: The Age of EM, which describes how these brain emulations will function, and how they may radically transform civilization. Dr. Robin D. H…
 
Topics: we have begun building an understanding of what each of our genes do, this will transform our future long before it is complete because it will be combined with our growing ability to edit each of those genes. Also, DARPA wants to accelerate training by using a tiny electrical current applied to the scalp, first during the training, and the…
 
Topics: origami robot unfolds in stomach and removes swallowed button battery; drones may replace $127 billion worth of human labor; confirmed exoplanets nearly double to a grand total of 3,406; second-skin material from MIT smooths wrinkles with remarkable effectiveness; Earth may be home to a staggering one trillion species; the 930 year old Dome…
 
Topics: rich and powerful warn that robots are coming for your jobs; jet powered hoverboard shatters world record; DNA testing for $99 will accurately identify and measure all of your ethnicities; medical errors are now the number 3 cause of death in the USA; a robot stitched up a pig gut all by itself; you can play with IBM's quantum computer onli…
 
Topics: a gene linked to a youthful appearance has been identified;the worlds first brain-wave controlled drone race; new nano-wire batteries can be recharged hundreds of thousands oftimes; CRISPR/Cas9 has gotten one step closer to editing human genes withease; Google has just patented a computer designed to be implanted insidethe human eye; Google…
 
Timothy Baughman(professional Network Security Analyst & Master of InformationSecurity) is our featured guest. Topics: if quantumcomputers become publicly available, and are as powerful as we aretold they will be, all of everyone's past encrypted secrets will berevealed to anyone who wishes to read them--emails, bankingtransactions, SilkRoad purcha…
 
Topics: Stephen Hawking and the Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, want to send hundreds of tiny space probes to solar systems around other stars (exactly as Dr. Philip Lubin described to me a few months ago in the December 16, 2015 episode.) The project is called Breakthrough Starshot. Also: a Genetically Modified Mushroom will bypass GMO food rule…
 
Topics: the free website, FlightRadar24 shows where on the map jetliners are in real-time all around the globe; scientists store digital data, including a photo of a cat, in DNA they created themselves; Samsung's patents reveal their plans for an augmented reality device built into contact lenses; giant whistle-blowing leaks like the Panama Papers …
 
Topics: how the arrival of quantum computers may reveal to the world all your past secrets, since anyone who owns one will be able to crack all of today's current encryptions; cloaking the earth from hostile aliens using lasers, not only will not work, it would actually broadcast our location instead; mind-transfer methods depicted in the recent mo…
 
Topics: charred scrolls from Pompeii will finally be read using X-rays without unrolling them--since that would destroy them; media exaggerations about the possibility that a superflare from the sun could destroy all life on earth; researchers have figured how to use CRIPSR/Cas9 to edit HIV out of a human genome; at least 19 retroviruses have been …
 
Topics: DARPA is offering up to $130,000 to anyone who comes up with a great new improvised weapon; General Mills will begin labeling their many foods which contain GMOs; vehicles that talk to one another may eliminate the need for traffic lights; Amazon is trying to patent a payment method based on you taking a photo of your face; Americans think …
 
Topics: fighting cavities might become as easy as taking a pill; the Associated Press seems to be quietly fighting "Fair Use" laws; US health system performance has gotten dramatically better over the last 30 years; robotic exoskeleton gets FDA approval; the US military is experimenting with radar blimps to protect Washington DC from low-flying thr…
 
Topics: a method that might improve the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence; Panasonic is developing a robot that can pick tomatoes; the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a research database containing the genome of one million patients; future statistics for Internet Connected & Driverless Cars; legitimate uses for Google's Project Ta…
 
Topics: Sperm cells have been created from the skin cells of a mouse, and how this might someday allow a woman to provide sperm formed from her skin cells to make another woman pregnant, or even to make herself pregnant. Also: Traveling to Mars in only 30 minutes; a solar cell so thin and light it can rest on a soap bubble; why roboticists are ravi…
 
Topics: scientists succeed in printing living tissues using stem cells in a 3D printer; a new cell phone attachment that can take thermal imaging photos in the infrared; Mattel's new 3D printer for kids, the ThingMaker, lets them print their own toys; my own commentary on how language changes over time; standing up against the sexual harassment of …
 
Topics: rabbit brain survives cryonic suspension without damage at the microscopic level; media stories tell us we should "not freak out" about human gene editing; detecting prostate cancer by "smelling" it with gas chromatography; an artificial intelligence app can identify the breed of your dog; search drones outperform humans at following a diff…
 
Topics: Scientists boost life span of mice by 25% by deleting defective cells; Playboy magazine will no longer contain photos of naked women; Bacteria in men's beards found to be beneficial; a book (Thing Explainer by Randal Munroe) which explains complicated things using only the 1,000 most common words; McDonald's Kale Salad has more fat than the…
 
Topics: the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots; the search for Planet Nine (again); the ASPCA has police powers; Pluto is covered with vast regions and mountain ranges of frozen water; Sonic Tweezers can grab a living cell without damaging it and then move the cell in 3D to build structures composed of cells; Google's project Skybender is testing provi…
 
Topics: DARPA announced a computer-brain interface project with the goal of creating a fully implantable device able to connect with one million neurons; (Another article about the computer-brain interface.); a biomedical sensor that can be inserted into the brain then dissolve when its job Is done; a device to motorize individual sperm to boost fe…
 
The Longevity Book from the actress Cameron Diaz; Skype's new real time voice translation software is now live; an example of artificial intelligence; the brightest supernova ever detected; reasonably priced variable-focus eyeglasses; and the impressive value of a sister project of Wikipedia entitled Wikisource. Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is…
 
Topics from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that ended a few days ago--and some not. Such as: a real time language translating device you can wear on a necklace; self driving cars are shown to be less likely to crash that human driven cars; NASA has created a department for planetary defense against asteroids; L'Orial has created a weara…
 
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