Monthly Archives: December 2012

We’re Moving

After nearly ten years of blogging here at The Speculist and more than five years of podcasting under the name FastForward Radio, we will be moving both the blog and the radio show to and, going forward, The World Transformed will be the name both of this blog and our radio show.

Why the change?

For a long time we’ve wanted to get the blog and the show under a common banner, but we never thought “The Speculist” was a particularly good name for  a radio show. On the other hand, “FastForward Radio” is a good name for a blog only if it exists just to support the show, but that was never the idea. The blog and the site are both here to support a common set of ideas.

Anyway, we don’t own the domain FastForward Radio and we’re old fashioned about wanting to own our domain.

Of course, as long-time FFR listeners know, our two landmark special series (in 2009 and 2011) went by the name The World Transformed. That’s a domain we DO own, and frankly it’s just too good a name and domain to let sit around for months or years at a time.

Thus the change.

This doesn’t mean that The Speculist name is gone. The World Transformed will be both a publication and audio production of Speculist Media. And that isn’t just a sentimental thing. We’ll be doing some interesting things under that name in the months to come. Stay tuned.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

UPDATE: We have put the show announcement up for Thursday’s End of the World Special on FastForward Radio.

As we all know, the last day on the ancient Mayan calendar is December 21, 2012. To commemorate this historic landmark, FastForward Radio will be doing a special Countdown to the End of the World show starting at 11 PM EST Thursday, December 20.

We’ll be sharing more details about the show over the next couple of weeks, but for now we can tell you that our good friend science comedian Brian Malow will be joining us to ring in the apocalypse, along with special guest host P.J. Manney.

On the show, we will announce the winners of the What are your plans for the end of the world? contest, which you can enter by leaving a comment below telling us…what your plans are for the end of the world. We will be sharing some of the most creative answers on the show. There will be several prize winners with a very special grand prize: an Apple iPod fully loaded with the entire FastForward Radio series — all 250+ shows!

Entries must be received by 3:00 PM PST on Thursday December 21 2012

Also, we’ll be making a huge announcement about the future of The Speculist and FastForward Radio.

Don’t miss out. The end of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of a deal. (At best!)

UPDATE: Reader Barbara Riggs points out that we were inadvertently showing an Aztec calendar. How embarrassing! Corrected.

Into the Nexus — FastForward Radio

In the near future, cyber culture meets counter culture with the introduction of Nexus, a drug that integrates human minds with machines…and with each other. Does this capability represent the next step in human evolution or the end of humanity as we know it? Or both?

Author Ramez Naam joins Phil and Stephen to discuss his new transhuman thriller, Nexus. How plausible is such a technology, and how real are the opportunities (and threats) it might represent? Tune in and find out.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 7:00 PM PST / 10 PM EST

About Our Guest:

Ramez Naam is an H.G. Wells Award-winning speaker, writer, and futurist on the impact of the rapid changes happening in technology, science, and the world all around us. Ramez was trained as a computer scientist and spent 13 years at Microsoft, leading teams working on email, web browsing, search, and artificial intelligence.

Ramez teaches at Singularity University on innovation, energy, and environment. He writes award-winning non-fiction about the future of humanity and the planet, and science fiction that explores the same. His work has appeared or been discussed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, the New Yorker, Scientific American, Popular Science, and PBS.

Speaking of the Future

You, too, can be a Speculist! Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon provide a quick introduction to putting together your own group dedicated to talking about accelerating change, abundance, the Technological Singularity, and related topics. They will discuss:

The Top 10 Hot Topics About the Future

The Three Big Changes Everybody Wants to Discuss

Finding Resources to Support Your New Group

Finding Members and Getting Started

Be there:

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 7:00 PM PST / 10 PM EST

Joining us for this discussion will be Stuart Seligman, who is currently organizing a local discussion group inspired by FastForward Radio. A long time listener to Fast Forward  Radio, Stuart has had an abiding interest in Science and technology since as a kid he propped a telescope up in his backyard with his father, scanned the night sky and tried to figure out how he could get up there. Stuart started his career as a wall street economic analyst and wound up in structured finance. He developed an expertise in using neural networks and genetic algorithms to solve financial problems. After working for money center banks and small investment firms, Stuart became an entrepreneur and was involved in starting several startups. His new group will be meeting at the Monmouth County Library , Monmouth  County, New Jersey and will discuss the scientific and technological changes that are occurring, the opportunities that they represent, and how perhaps to take advantage of them.

Socrates on the Future

Phil and Stephen  welcome blogger, futurist, and fellow web broadcaster Nikola Danaylov (AKA “Socrates”) to FastForward Radio. Nikola reports daily about major trends in science, technology, and society which indicate big changes to come. He also discusses these changes with some of the world’s most fascinating people on his podcast, Singularity One on One.

Join us

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 7:00 PM PST / 10 PM EST


About Our Guest

Philosopher, singularitarian, infopreneur and a fellow party animal Nikola Danaylov was born in Bulgaria.

In 1998 Nikola moved to Canada where he completed an HBA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Toronto plus an MA in Political Science at York University.

It was at York University that Nikola got deeply interested in the Technological Singularity and wrote a research paper titled “Hacking Destiny: Critical Security at the Intersection of Human and Machine Intelligence.” After university Danaylov started and the popular Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.

During the summer of 2011 Nikola completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and returned home to Toronto, Canada where he lives with his beloved wife Julie.