Is transformation the key to immortality? A better question is: will radical life extension–the end of aging–in itself be transformative? I believe the answer to that second question is a resounding yes.
In this special Seeking Delphi™ podcast, four of the world’s biggest thought leaders and advocates for ending aging discuss implications and issues involved in achieving human rejuvenation therapy, and begin the discussion of what a post-ageing world might look like. We only scratched the very surface on the latter issues–there will be more to come on the subject.
As one of America’s leading technologists, when whurley speaks, people listen. Lots of them. We first heard from him on Seeking Delphi in an exclusive interview after his SXSW 2018 Intelligent Future keynote, titled The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing. He was just about to announce the launch of Strangeworks, a quantum computing software company. In this episode, we follow up with whurley to assess the progress of Strangeworks and the state of the art in quantum computing;
Science fiction pervades our culture. Movies, television, books, even stage productions. It’s rich history, and its significance in shaping our views of the future–or for that matter, inspiring us to invent the future–is the subject of this wide ranging discussion with author Tom Lombardo. Among the subjects we cover:
Science Fiction as a pervasive view of the future; all aspects of human experience, not just technology and science.
Parallels between mythology and science fiction
Science Fiction as social satire and even humor (think Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, for instance).
The danger of Hollywood’s apocalyptic future visions becoming self-fullfilling prophecies
“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” ―Jochen Zeitz
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In January of 2017 the first two episodes of Seeking Delphi™ featured David Wood, chair of the London Futurists, on his book The Abolition of Aging. Wood’s newest effort, Sustainable Superabundance: A Universal Transhumanist Invitation, is an apt follow-up. It deals with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead; it maps out his preferred scenarios for a better world, while warning about the dangers of making a worse one. David joins me in this episode for a discussion of some the key ideas in his new book.
Artificial Intelligence–it seems there is no hotter topic in the tech world these days. Economists try to calculate its potential effects on jobs, car companies aim to tame it for autonomous driving, and big thinkers ala Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking espouse existential worries. But the effects potentially dig down deeper, broader, and perhaps with more subtlety in many other areas of human experience. One sometimes overlooked area of artificial intelligence influence is the effects it may have specifically on women’s issues–both in the workplace and in the home. Alexandra Whittington, of Fast Future Publishing, joins host Mark Sackler for a discussion of these issues on episode #25 of Seeking Delphi.™
Alexandra Whittington is a futurist, writer, foresight director of Fast Future, and faculty member on the Futures program at the University of Houston. She has a particular expertise in future visioning and scenario planning. Alexandra is a contributor to The Future of Business, Beyond Genuine Stupidity—Ensuring AI Serves Humanity, and The Future Reinvented—Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, and a co-editor for forthcoming books Unleashing Human Potential—The Future of AI in Business and 50:50—Scenarios for the Next 50 Years.
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Episode #25: Women and The Future of A.I. with Alexandra Whittington
This special edition of the Seeking Delphi™ podcast provides a preview of the 2018 IEEE Technology Time Machine, to be held October 31-November 1, at the Hilton Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA. Joining host Mark Sackler to discuss the upcoming program is Roberto Saracco, who heads the IEEE initiative on Symbiotic Autonomous Systems and is one of the conference organizers. He was previously interviewed on Seeking Delphi Podcast #22. See links below the embedded podcast audio and YouTube slide show to access event information and registration.