“As far as I’m concerned, aging is humanity’s worst problem, by some serious distance.”–Aubrey de Grey
Keith Comito, president of Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, joins me for a discussion to preview the 2020 Eding Age Related Diseases conference, to be held online, August 20-21, 2020. Go HEREto register for the conference, and use discount code SeekingDelphiEARD
Even as the pandemic-struck U.S. economy shrunk by 32% in the first quarter of this year, veterinary medicine saw a different story. Pet ownership soared at a record pace, and public pet supply companies, like Petco, registered increases in sales.
Donna Harris and Karen Rosenthal are both doctors of veterinary medicine and members of The Association of Professional Futurists. They join me for a wide ranging discussion of the future of veterinary medicine and how Covid-19 may be accelerating change in the field.
“I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.”–Elon Musk
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.
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.
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.
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.