Category Archives: Scenarios

The Big Fork — FastForward Radio

Increasingly two models for the near future compete for our attention. We’ll call one model Abundance and the otherLimits to Growth. The former tells us that circumstances are improving and are likely to continue to improve; the latter says that a big reckoning is on its way. A recent debate at TED between Paul Gilding and Peter Diamandis captures the […]

Whose Awesome Future? — FastForward Radio

How do we get from here to the technological singularity? And once we’re there, who benefits? Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon discuss whether there are winners and losers in the game of accelerating change and (if so) who they are.   Join us. Listen to internet radio with The Speculist on Blog Talk Radio […]

It’s Time We Stopped Dancing Around this Thing

The headline over at InfoWars says it all: 78 percent increase in autism rates over past decade coincides with new vaccination schedules Alex Jones elucidates: And yet the mainstream medical system and its allies in the government and media are willfully ignoring this glaring fact, blaming “unknown” causes and “genetics” for causing autism, which are […]

Teleportation in the News

Yesterday was an interesting anniversary. Wired News reports: March 29, 1993: Teleportation Beams From Sci-Fi to Real Science 1993: Scientists show teleportation is possible, at least theoretically. The downsides: The original teleported object must be destroyed, and it can’t happen instantaneously. The story goes on to flesh out some of the milestones that have occurred […]

The Headless Chicken Solution

In the not-too-distant future meat products will be grown in vats. Meat, fish, and poultry produced in this way will be much healthier than meat taken from slaughtered animals, and all the ethical concerns about humane farm conditions and animal suffering will be removed. These processes will also be much more environmentally sound than current […]

In the Future Everything Will Be A Coffee Shop

Phil and I ended last week’s FastForward Radio show discussing how higher education will change in the coming years. My conclusion: Universities Will Become Coffee Shops We’re faced with an education bubble. Tuition and other costs associated with a college education have been outpacing inflation for decades. It’s a trend that simply cannot continue. It […]

Why Airplanes Don't Exist

There’s a great piece currently running on Pajamas Media from physicist Frank J. Tipler on the subject of whether our current society any longer has any interest in  pursuing big ideas. Not surprisingly, the author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle opines that there are still some big ideas out there, and that people are still actively […]

Why Airplanes Don’t Exist

There’s a great piece currently running on Pajamas Media from physicist Frank J. Tipler on the subject of whether our current society any longer has any interest in  pursuing big ideas. Not surprisingly, the author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle opines that there are still some big ideas out there, and that people are still actively […]

H Plus Trailer

Trailer for Bryan Singer’s new web series H Plus: More H+ Videos The was enthusiastically received by a large audience (more than 1,000 people at this particular panel.) Participating in the panel was great fun — I got to explain that warnings about existential risk do not necessarily make one a technophobe. And Michael Anissimov […]

My Top 5 iPhone Apps

Timothy Ferriss (@tferriss), author of “The 4-Hour Work Week” and “The 4-Hour Body” recently Tweeted:  Just bought the iPhone to learn the ropes. What are your top 5 must-have apps? #5apps Good question. I’m an app pack-rat. I’ve got apps strictly for work – Dropbox and Fastcase. I use Recorder Pro when I want to compose […]