Podcast #48: Space Commerce with Tess Hatch

“I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.”–Elon Musk

 

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With the May 30 launch of two American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule, history was made.  This was not only the first launch of astronauts from American soil since 2011, it was the first ever launch of astronauts into orbit by a commercial enterprise.  Elon was right; the dawn is here.

Tess Hatch is a venture capitalist with an aerospace engineering background.  She has worked for SpaceX and interned at NASA.  She had better know space commerce–she invests in it.  From Starlink, to space tourism and asteroid mining, I discuss with her the very imminent future of space commerce, in Seeking Delphi™ episode #48.

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Episode #48: Space Commerce with Tess Hatch

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Podcast #47: Technology and The Brain, with Laura Cabrera

“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”–Thomas Edison

 

Richard Dawkins might disagree with Thomas Edison.  He’d likely say the purpose of our bodies and our brains is to carry around–and perpetuate– our genes.  Increasingly, though, the purpose of body is to carry around our technology and interface it with our brains.  Wearable electronics…VR goggles…smart phones…our devices are becoming more than tools.  They are merging with our being.  Add to this the onrush of emerging BCI (brain-computer interface) technologies and one thing becomes clear.  We are becoming what we build.

The IEEE brain initiative seeks to set standards for, and explore the ethics of, many of these technologies.  Laura Cabrera is a brain researcher working with the initiative.   In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ I talk to her about many issues surrounding the accelerating use of technology to diagnose, treat, and eventually enhance, the brain.

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Episode #47: Technology and The Brain with Laura Cabrera

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Podcast #46: The Post-Covid Future, Part 3: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness, with Shay Bahramirad

 “Without Electricity, the air would rot.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What might Ralph Waldo Emerson say if he lived in the age of “shelter-at-home?”   Perhaps he’d opine that without electricity, we all would rot.  At any rate, we’d all be a lot more miserable, if not in far greater danger.  The reliability of electricity has never been more important then it is now.  Can you imagine a major outage from natural disaster or cascading grid failure occurring while the world is still mostly locked down from the pandemic?   You probably don’t want to think about such things–but electric utilities must.  Shay Bahramirad is a vice president at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago.  She joins me to discuss just such scenarios and how they are being prepared for by our power providers.

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Episode #46,  The Post-Covid Future: The Electrical Grid and Emergency Preparedness

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Podcast #45: The Post Covid-19 Future, Part 2, Economics and Investing with Jim Lee

“The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.”–Bernard Baruch

 

For all the pain, suffering, sickness in death, all we have to look forward to if we survive the pandemic, is the worst global economy since the 1930’s.  Does one need a financial analyst or a psychoanalyst?  Many of us may need both.

I can’t recommend a psychoanalyst, but I can recommend an investment analyst.  Jim Lee stands out from the myriad of talking heads on cable business news channels, because he is also a professional futurist.  He’s a fellow member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and he joins me for episode #45 to take the long and short view of the post-COVID economic future, from next several months through the next several decades.

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Episode #45: The Post-Covid Future, Economics and Investing, with Jim Lee

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Podcast #44: The Post Covid-19 Future, Part 1, Urban and Social Issues with Cindy Frewen

“If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.”–Irwin Redlener

 

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There is no doubt about it.  The after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for many years into the future.  Healthcare. Economics. Social Interaction. Sports. Politics. Education.  Just about everything will feel the effects for the rest of most of our natural lives.

In this, the first of a series looking at various scenarios for a post-pandemic world, we look at urban and social issues.  Dr. Cindy Frewen is well qualified to discuss both of these areas. She is a fellow member of the Association of Professional Futurists–she served as its board chair for many years.  She is an architect, has a Ph. D. in communication, and teaches social change in the University of Houston’s graduate foresight program.  She also was a columnist for the Kansas City Star for many years.

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Episode #44:  Post-Covid19 Urban and Social Issues, with Cindy Frewen

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Podcast #43: The Future of Work 2050, with Jerome Glenn

“Automation is going to cause unemployment, and we need to prepare for it.”–Mark cuban

 

Unfortunately, mass unemployment has apparently hit us without any help from automation.  But if there is a silver lining in the COVID-19 pandemic–and it’s awfully hard to imagine one–it might be that this may prepare us for dealing with mass job losses from causes other than social distancing.

In this discussion of the Millennium Project’s Work/Tech 2050 study, Jerome Glenn joins me to describe three possible long-term scenarios, along with many of the sub-issues to be dealt with.

By the way, here is a link with background on Delphi studies, which were used extensively to create the report.  The Delphi study gets its name from the same place Seeking Delphi™ does–the ancient oracle of Delphi.

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Episode #43: The Future of Work, 2050, with Jerome Glenn

 

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