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Ep. 34 - Bio and the FBI with Supervisory Special Agent Edward You

3/13/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Supervisory Special Agent Edward You of the FBI’s Biological Countermeasures Unit. This unit falls within the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, and is focused on identifying existing and emerging biological threats, and ultimately on preventing acts of bio-terrorism. Because of this focus, SSA You spends much of his time examining the possible risks posed by synthetic biology, gene editing, and other...

Duration:00:52:35

Ep. 33 - Sustainable Superabundance with David Wood

2/19/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with entrepreneur and author David Wood. David was one of the early pioneers of the smartphone industry, and in 1998 he co-founded Symbian and worked to launch their mobile operating system, which was used by Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and more. Today David serves as Chair of the London Futurists, which hosts educational events dedicated to exploring the potential upsides, and the potential downsides of accelerating...

Duration:01:01:26

Ep. 32 - Designing the Future with Natasha Vita-More

1/15/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. Natasha has done a lot - she’s an artist, designer, author, and speaker. She is co-editor of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology and Philosophy of the Human Future, and is the author of the brand new book TRANSHUMANISM: What is it?. In 2015 she served as the lead scientist on published research into the memory retention of C. elegans...

Duration:00:50:13

Ep. 31 - The Chemistry of Self-Driving Cars with Covestro

11/26/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Paul Platte, Senior Marketing Manager at Covestro! Covestro is a Bayer spinout and one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers. Their products can be found almost everywhere, and they are a major supplier to the automotive, electronics, and healthcare industries. Now, however, self-driving cars are taking up much of Covestro’s attention attention. On December 3rd, 2018, they’ll be holding a summit,...

Duration:01:08:35

Ep. 30 - Ethics and Emerging Technologies with Dr. James Hughes

11/11/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Dr. James Hughes. James is a bioethicist and serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, which he founded alongside Nick Bostrom in 2004. Dr. Hughes is the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future, and has previously served as the Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association, which is now known...

Duration:01:00:48

Ep. 29 - Biosafety and Biosecurity in DIYbio with Todd Kuiken

10/12/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Todd Kuiken, Senior Research Scholar at the Genetic Engineering & Society Center at North Carolina State University. In this role Todd travels the world to study biosafety and biosecurity within the do-it-yourself biology community. Todd previously spent time in Washington D.C., leading both the Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project, and their the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. They discuss his...

Duration:00:45:19

Ep. 28 - The State of Transhumanist Politics with Gennady Stolyarov II

10/8/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Gennady Stolyarov II, Chairman of the U.S. Transhumanist Party. Gennady took the reins of the Transhumanist Party when the organization’s founder, Zoltan Istvan, stepped down after his campaign for President in 2016. In addition to his work work with the Party, Gennady is a published author and composer, and he has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Brighter Brains...

Duration:01:23:42

Ep. 27 - Rejuvenation Roundup Podcast Launch

8/2/2018
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We're excited to announce that we have partnered with the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation to produce the Rejuvenation Roundup Podcast, hosted by Ryan O'Shea! To celebrate, this special installment of Future Grind features the full first episode of the Rejuvenation Roundup Podcast. Explore the latest in life extension and anti-aging science with a dive into a month's worth of scientific insights and new breakthroughs. More at lifespan.io/roundup! Show Notes:...

Duration:00:19:36

Ep. 26 - The Future of eSports with Rob Lee

7/28/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Rob Lee, the CEO & owner of the Pittsburgh Knights. The Knights participate in the growing world of eSports, where competitors battle in virtual environments with very real stakes. These may be video games, but according to some metrics, eSports leagues already have audience numbers that surpass those of some major sports, and it’s popularity continues to grow. Investors and sponsors are clamoring to get in on...

Duration:00:48:04

Ep. 25 - Robots Saving Lives with Jorgen Pedersen

7/15/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Jorgen Pedersen, the Founder and CEO of RE2 Robotics! RE2 has developed what are perhaps the most advanced humanlike robotic arms in the world, which are currently used by the United States military to diffuse bombs. They also have applications in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and more. Before starting RE2, Jorgen was a part of the founding team of Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious National Robotics Engineering...

Duration:00:48:26

Ep. 24 - De-Extinction: Tomorrow's World of Yesterday with Britt Wray

7/4/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast Ryan O’Shea speaks with Britt Wray, a host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow's World and the author of the book Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction. Her book focuses on the idea of resurrecting extinct animals, such as the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon, and whether or not this is possible, ethical, and safe. It also includes a foreword written by famed Harvard geneticist George Church. Throughout her...

Duration:00:53:05

Ep. 23 - Implanted Identity with Amal Graafstra

6/19/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Amal Graafstra, the author of RFID Toys and one of the early pioneers of RFID implants! Amal created the first implantable NFC tag, the xNT, in 2013, and he sells these implants through his website, Dangerous Things. His new venture, VivoKey Technologies, promises to implant a cryptographically secure digital identify authentication and payment solution - which could change everything. Amal recently caused a stir...

Duration:01:06:17

Ep. 22 - The Science of Life Extension with Oliver Medvedik

5/13/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea talks life extension, CRISPR, DIYbio, and more with Oliver Medvedik, co-founder of both the Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn and the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation. Oliver is a molecular biologist with a Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, and in addition to his work on life extension, Oliver is the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center at The Cooper Union. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:57:57

Ep. 21 - Experiments in Human Augmentation with Rich Lee

5/4/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with well known biohacker and transhumanist Rich Lee. Rich first came to the public eye in 2013, when he had magnets that served as headphones implanted into his ears - meaning that he could listen to music or receive data wirelessly directly to his head. Rich has also experimented with implanted armor, and is known for his work on the aptly named Lovetron9000. Recently Rich has begun using CRISPR in an effort to modify...

Duration:00:44:42

Ep. 20 - Conversations with the Future with Nikola Danaylov

4/26/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by bestselling author and futurist speaker Nikola Danalov. Nikola writes about the future at his website Singularity Weblog and hosts the Singularity.FM podcast. His 2017 book Conversations with the Future features highlights from his interviews with some of this field’s most noteworthy individuals, including Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly, Verner Vinge, and more. They discuss the importance of ethics and the influence of...

Duration:01:09:18

Ep. 19 - The Science of Orphan Black with Cosima Herter

4/5/2018
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The acclaimed television series Orphan Black explores the ethics and implications of transhumanism, cloning, life extension, cybernetic enhancements, gene therapy, and more. Much of the development of these themes was guided by science consultant Cosima Herter, so Ryan O'Shea sat down with her for a behind the scenes look at science of Orphan Black. Even if you're not in #CloneClub, you'll get a lot from this episode! Cosima has an advanced degree in the history and philosophy of science,...

Duration:00:46:10

Ep. 18 - Homebrew Healthcare with Michael Laufer

3/31/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by Michael Laufer. Michael is a mathematician and university professor who has turned his attention to do-it-yourself pharmaceuticals, creating and disseminating open-source plans for low-cost alternatives to expensive medical treatment. He is the chief spokesperson for the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, and he received a lot of media attention in 2016 after creating a $30 DIY alternative to the EpiPen, which is...

Duration:00:50:15

Ep. 17 - William Gillis on Anarcho-Transhumanism

3/7/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by anarcho-transhumanist William Gillis. William currently serves as Coordinating Director of the Center for a Stateless Society and an editor of “Anarcho-Transhuman - A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving”. They discuss the concept of anarcho-transhumanism, William’s past as a primitivist, existential risk, AI, and more. Show Notes: https://futuregrind.org Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:38:35

Ep. 16 - Ben Cooper on IoClothes & Smart Apparel

3/2/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea discusses the future of wearable tech, smart apparel, & internet of things technology with Ben Cooper, the Founder & Managing Director of IoClothes! IoClothes is an industry platform focused on fusing technology and textiles, which you may be familiar with from the IoClothes Podcast. Before that, Ben was the co-founder and CEO of Sensible Baby, a startup focused on incorporating potentially life-saving sensors into infant...

Duration:00:40:19

Ep. 15 - Aaron Traywick of Ascendance Biomedical

2/15/2018
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Ascendance Biomedical CEO Aaron Traywick. Aaron is a controversial figure that seeks to democratize access to unregulated, experimental, and some would say potentially dangerous medical treatments and enhancements. An experimental HIV treatment that his company created is currently being tested in a human, and Aaron recently made headlines when he injected himself with an experimental herpes treatment while one...

Duration:00:51:23