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Ep. 43 - David Pearce on Ending Suffering

10/4/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with David Pearce, the British philosopher best known for his 1995 manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative. Pearce argues that should work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. This sounds great, but when you explore the details of how this might be possible, including genetic modification of humans, population-level gene drive technology, and the elimination of predator species, things can get pretty...

Duration:01:02:47

Ep. 42 - The Magic of Biohacking with Anastasia Synn

8/27/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Anastasia Synn, a Las Vegas-based magician who uses her over two dozen implants both in her live performances and in her daily life. Anastasia is a pioneer in the biohacking and transhumanist communities, using her network and creativity to think up incredible new uses for implanted technology. Anastasia has been prominently featured in national and international media, and she has testified in support of...

Duration:00:41:50

Ep. 41 - DIY Gene Engineering with Josiah Zayner

7/30/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Dr. Josiah Zayner, the former NASA scientist who in 2017 became the first known human to attempt to modify themselves using CRISPR gene editing technology. Josiah's controversial company, The ODIN, provides educational courses and sells DIY gene editing kits for everything from bacteria to frogs, and soon plans to offer kits for the DIY modification of human cells. They discuss his experiments in human...

Duration:00:51:15

Ep. 40 - Creating Exponential Tech Communities with Singularity University

7/19/2019
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Host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Adam Hofmann, the Vice President of Marketing for Singularity University. Singularity University describes itself as a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, and currently offerers online and in-person educational programs for individuals, incubator programs for startups, and leadership and...

Duration:00:48:48

Ep. 39 - XPRIZE and Collaborative Innovation with Amir Banifatemi

7/12/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by Amir Banifatemi, the General Manager of Innovation and Growth at XPRIZE. XPRIZE is a nonprofit organization that offers cash prizes to encourage teams to create technology capable of solving humanity’s grand challenges and bring us closer to a better, safer, more sustainable world. In this role Amir is directly involved with prizes including the $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and the $10 Million ANA Avatar...

Duration:00:47:12

Ep. 38 - The Future of Hiring with Anessa Fike

6/21/2019
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Host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Anessa Fike, the CEO & Founder of Fike + Co. Fike + Co. has been doing talent and people operations differently for the last decade. They are not your typical consulting firm, and they are not a staffing firm or agency. They help businesses at all stages of development - whether they are just starting out or need help scaling or growing into the next stage. Fike + Co. is focused on connecting people and culture. Anessa is here to discuss the future of hiring -...

Duration:00:48:27

Ep. 37 - AI, Aliens, and Existential Risk with Anders Sandberg

5/20/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Dr. Anders Sandberg. Anders is currently a research fellow with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on global catastrophic risk, cognitive enhancement, collective intelligence, neuroethics, public policy, and much more. Anders serves as an advisor to Humanity Plus, and has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in...

Duration:01:09:14

Ep. 36 - Amanda Plimpton on Livestock Labs and the Biohacking Community

4/7/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Amanda Plimpton, the Chief Operations Officer for Livestock Labs. Livestock Labs is a tech startup that is creating implantable devices to track the health and wellness of cattle. They spun out of the work of Grindhouse Wetware, a collective focused on human enhancement, and they hope to soon return to the human augmentation space. Amanda has previously spoken DEF CON’s Biohacking Village and is well known for her...

Duration:00:41:50

Ep. 35 - AI for Good with Anna Bethke

3/26/2019
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Anna Bethke, the head of AI for Social Good at Intel. In this role she is responsible for establishing partnerships with social impact organizations, and for using Intel’s technologies and artificial intelligence to help them achieve their goals. She is also actively involved in the AI ethics discussion and collaborates on research surrounding the design of fair, transparent, ethical, and accessible AI systems. In...

Duration:00:43:12

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