“Mining asteroids will ultimately benefit humanity on and off the Earth in a multitude of ways.”- Peter Diamandis
Peter Diamandis might be right, but asteroid mining is probably not imminent–at least not in the way that lunar mining is.
With both the NASA and the Chinese National Space Agency having designs on establishing permanent lunar bases within the next 5 to 10 years, mining on the moon will be a necessity. It’s just too expensive to supply all the needed resources to maintain the outposts from earth.
Daniel Sax is the cofounder and CEO of the Canadian Space Mining Corporation. His route to that post is, in itself, a fascinating tale. In this episode of Seeking Delphi,™ he explains both his personal journey and that of the company.
“We have created science and technology to extend our life, but we haven’t created life we want to extend.”–Sergey Young, Seeking Delphi™ episode #55, explaining why he believes more people do not support radical life extension.
Few individuals have done more, from an advocacy standpoint, to promote breakthroughs in human longevity, than Sergey Young. Seeking Delphi™ returns with a fascinating interview with Sergey on the occasion of the release of his new book, The Science and Technology of Growing Young. The book provides a comprehensive overview of where longevity research is now, where it could be going in the future, and what you can do, in the meantime, to get the most health and vigor out of your own life. We also discuss the current state of the soon to be announced longevity XPrize. You can subscribe to Seeking Delphi™ on Apple podcasts , PlayerFM, MyTuner,Listen Notes, and YouTube. You can also follow us on twitter @Seeking_Delphi andFacebook.
In the popular HBO series Westworld, robotic hosts are depicted as being placed into a kind of psychiatric analysis by their creators. Could this actually happen one day? Joanne Pransky thinks it will. She bills herself as the World’s First Robotic Psychiatrist® (yes, she even registered that title!). She was dubbed the real life Susan Calvin by Isaac Asimov, after the robot psychologist he created in his classic 1950 short story anthology, I, Robot. In this episode of the Seeking Delphi™ podcast, host Mark Sackler talks to her about this and other significant issues in the man/machine relationships to come.
“There’s a lot of automation that can happen that isn’t a replacement of humans but of mind-numbing behavior.” –Stewart Butterworth
“Automation is going to cause unemployment, and we better prepare for it.”–Mark Cuban
In an early standup routine, Woody Allen once joked that when his father came home to announce that his job on an assembly line was replaced by a 50-dollar part, what was really disturbing was that his mother immediately ran out and bought one of those parts. As funny as that may be, the potential loss of millions of jobs to automation is no joking matter. The fears of such abound as automation, robotics and artificial intelligence continue to invade the world of work. But the scenarios for the future of human employment may be far more nuanced than you might expect. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ entrepreneur and author Jeff Wald discusses his view of the future of work, as outlined in his book The End of Jobs:The Rise of On-demand Workers and the Agile Corporation.You can subscribe to Seeking Delphi™ on Apple podcasts , PlayerFM, MyTuner,Listen Notes, and YouTube. You can also follow us on twitter @Seeking_Delphi andFacebook
For Seeking Delphi’s™ fiftieth** episode, we return to visit with one of our earliest guests, professional futurist and author Richard Yonck. Three years ago, he joined me to discuss his first book, Heart of the Machine. He returns now for a conversation about his second book, Future Minds. In it, he has taken a broad look at intelligence–human and otherwise. It’s a sweeping review of how intelligence evolved since the start of the universe, and a preview of where it may be going as we tweak both our biology and our intelligent machines.
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.