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The Future of War: AI + Autonomous Warfare with “Army of None” Author Paul Scharre

My guest today is Paul Scharre, author of the book "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War" — which Bill Gates recently featured in his top five book recommendations of the year. Paul is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security — a think tank based in Washinton D.C. Previously, Paul worked for the U.S. Secretary of Defense where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned...


AI Documentary “Do You Trust This Computer” Director Chris Paine on Artificial Intelligence

My guest today is Chris Pain, director of the AI documentary film "Do You Trust This Computer?" and previously the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?". The new film is a powerful examination of artificial intelligence centered around insights from the most high-profile thinkers on the subject, including Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew Ng, Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan and many more. Chris set out to ask these leaders in the field "what scares smart...


Dyson Spheres & Space Megastructures – Inhabiting Space with Isaac Arthur

My guest is Isaac Arthur — a theoretical space scientist, physicist, futurist and bold visionary of human expansion. He brings a mind-blowing level of research and storytelling to his series . While the subject matter sounds like science fiction and is certainly inspired by it, his exploration is framed within the known laws of physics. We will focus on space megastructures, a form of future world-building on a scale that's almost unimaginable. From Dyson Spheres and Ringworlds to Shell...


AI Avatars and Virtual Human Digital Twins with ObEN CEO Nikhil Jain

As artificial intelligence evolves, it will present itself to us in a variety of ways. One of the most intriguing manifestations of AI will be when it assumes our own faces — forming an autonomous double of ourselves. My guest today is Nikhil Jain, founder and CEO of ObEN which creates AI-driven digital humans in the likeness of its users to perform tasks when they cannot be there in person. These digital avatars simulate a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling...


"CRISPR Babies" Gene Editing Incident Explained as the Biotech Drama Unfolds

Gene Editing Milestone: Exploring the remarkable series of events that have led to the first "CRISPR babies" being born, twins whose DNA were modified by a rogue scientist that has sparked universal condemnation from the scientific community and from national and university leaders. This is a remarkable point in human history and deserves great ethical and practical care and consideration. The path toward gene editing is inevitable, but given its unprecedented dangers to transform the...


Asteroid Mining & Interplanetary Economies with J.L. Galache, CTO of Asteroid Mining Company Aten Engineering

My guest today is J.L. Galache, an asteroid astronomer turned new-space entrepreneur. J.L. is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Aten Engineering, a pioneering space mining company. He has designed and directed asteroid data projects with NASA’s Frontier Development Lab and Oracle. At the Minor Planet Center (part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), J.L. was Acting Deputy Director, where he helped keep the world safe from killer asteroids. We discuss space...


Genomics, Genomic Sequencing and Genome Medicine with Lisa Alderson

Today we explore genomics and how it will transform medicine. My guest is Lisa Alderson, the CEO and co-founder of Genome Medical — a fast growing company in the emerging field of genomics. Genome Medical provides expertise to both individuals wanting to explore their DNA, and to health care providers wanting to offer genomic medicine. We explore how genomic medicine will transform health care. Lisa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaa?lang=en Genome Medical:...


Tech & Artificial Intelligence Ethics with Silicon Valley Ethicist Shannon Vallor

My guest today is Shannon Vallor, a technology and A.I. Ethicist. I was introduced to Shannon by Karina Montilla Edmonds at Google Cloud AI — we did an episode with Karina a few ago months focused on Google's A.I. efforts. Shannon works with the Google Cloud AI team on a regular basis helping them shape and frame difficult issues in the development of this emerging technology. Shannon is a Philosophy Professor specializing in the Philosophy of Science & Technology at Santa Clara...


Facebook & Social Media – Impact on Our World with Siva Vaidhyanathan

My guest today is Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of the book Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. His previous book was "The Googlization of Everything". Siva is a Cultural Historian and Media Scholar at the University of Virginia. We explore the impact of Facebook and how it will continue to shape our world, and we discuss the mechanics of how social media influences human behavior and societies. Siva on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sivavaid Book:...


Future of Personalized Medicine via Microbiomes with Naveen Jain

My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two exceptionally ambitious ventures underway. We're addressing his two ventures in two separate episodes. In today's episode we discuss Naveen's effort to as he puts it "make illness optional" by establishing personalized medical care, prevention, and treatment through gut microbiome research and related medical advancements. His company, Viome, is understanding and eliminating human health problems arising from microbiome...


Inhabiting the Moon & Beyond via Moon Express with Naveen Jain

My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two insanely ambitious ventures underway. He’s on the boards of the X-Prize and Singularity University, and has written a book called Moonshots about extreme entrepreneurship efforts. We're going to address his two moonshot ventures in two separate episodes. Since they address different topics and challenges, I wanted to go deep into each and do a full discussion around both topics. The first, in this episode, is Moon...


Life Extension & Human Longevity with Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Today we explore human longevity and life extension efforts focused on adding healthy years to a person's lifespan, and even reversing the aging process. My guest is Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a leading voice in the field and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation which is doing pioneering work on significantly extending healthy, active lifespans. Aubrey is a biomedical gerontologist with a degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Biology. He is author of the book "Ending...


Future Cities with Kent Kresa, former Chairman of GM, Caltech, Northrop Grumman

My guest today is Kent Kresa, who has had an extraordinary career in advanced technology fields. Kent has been the Chairman of General Motors, the chairman of Caltech's board of directors, the chairman and chief executive of Northrop Grumman (the global aerospace and defense technology company), and Chairman of the biotech company MannKind Corporation. Earlier, he was with the top-secret defense research agency DARPA. How's that for a resume! We focus on the future of transportation...


Space Exploration with the Everyday Astronaut, Tim Dodd

My guest today is Tim Dodd, better known as the Everyday Astronaut. Tim has become a prominent educator on space exploration through his various media platforms and live presentations – he's amassed a sizable audience eager to learn more about Space X, NASA and the growing field. We're in there midst of a renewal in space programs, and Tim digs deep into the ecosystem. Our discussion covers the various players in the space race, looks at each sector across civilian space travel,...


Technology Influencer Austin Evans on Future Tech & Media Changes

My guest today is Austin Evans. With well over 3 million subscribers, Austin produces and hosts one of the top technology channels on YouTube. He reviews the leading edge of consumer products, often with early access to releases from the most influential manufactures. We explore how media is changing , how he as an individual content creator has built a show with viewership rivaling leading cable channels, and we discuss what he sees on the technological horizon across AI, AR/VR,...


Google AI and Machine Learning with Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds

Today we take a look at Google's work in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. My guest is Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds. Karina works at Google Cloud AI & Machine Learning as the bridge between the Google Cloud AI team and leading university research labs in artificial Intelligence. Prior to this she worked at Caltech as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships. She has a PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech, and worked for many years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We explore...


Technology = Nature with Futurist Gray Scott

This week we explore a broad range of high-concept futurist frameworks and future technologies. My guest is Gray Scott, a visionary futurist and creator of both the Serious Wonder digital magazine and the Futuristic Now video series. Gray takes fragments of modern life and extrapolates a wholistic framework of how technology, humanity and universal physics will intertwine. We explore technology as a natural phenomenon, how the future is inside of us, recording dreams, sharing brain...


Mental Health & Wellbeing Transformative Technologies with Nichol Bradford

Mental health and wellness are not areas you typically think of along with cutting edge exponential technology. However, that is about to change. My guest today is Nichol Bradford. Nichol is building the future of human possibility by facilitating bold new technologies for mental health and well-being. Nichol is the executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab, Transtech Conference, and the Transformative Technology Academy. We explore how technology can be...


John Underkoffler: Sci-Fi Interface Design in the Real World

My guest today is John Underkoffler. As an early member of the MIT Media Lab, John was approached by Steven Spielberg and legendary world-builder Alex McDowell to help design the interface of the future for the film Minority Report. The system John and the team designed became legendary for its vision and conceptual innovation. He’s gone on to help design many sci-fi computer interfaces including Iron Man’s JARVIS. Building on these fictional computer interfaces, John has founded the...


UBI: Universal Basic Income? Build the Floor Founder Larry Cohen

Today we look at Universal Basic Income, or UBI. With increasingly advanced artificial intelligence and robotics, we face the threat of job loss on an unprecedented scale — by many estimates well into double digits and some forecasting a majority of the workforce will at some point not be needed. Others look at current poverty rates and the difficulty of escaping a downward economic spiral and ask if we are doing enough to give members of our society the chance to invest in their own...