Podcast #26 Redux: Future Driving Part 1, Interconnectivity and Self-Driving Cars with Alex Wyglinski

This podcast was originally recorded and aired in November of 2018.

 “The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles is Great.”–Dan Lipinski

“My opinion is that it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous vehicles.”–Elon Musk

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There’s no shortage of opinions on the viability of self-driving cars.  Be you a bull or a bear, though, there is no denying that there is a plethora of big players banking on them with R&D spending.

The issues surrounding the technology are too many and complex to deal with all of them in a single podcast.  And while things like collision avoidance, navigation, regulation, liability and public acceptance take up much of the debate over the technology, one key element has not so often been discussed.  That would be connectivity.  To assure safety and efficiency, to any degree greater than currently exists with manually driven cars, they need to be able to talk to each other.

In episode #26 of Seeking Delphi™ host Mark Sackler talks with Alex Wyglinski, president of IEEE’s Vehicle Technology Society and co-chair of the Community Development Working Group for IEEE Future Networks,  on how wireless connectivity might enable the technology.

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Episode #26 Redux: Future Driving Part 1, Interconnectivity and Self-Driving Cars

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#54: The End of Jobs, with Jeff Wald

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 and Facebook 

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#54–The End of Jobs, with Jeff Wald

The Future of Work, 2050, with Jerome Glenn (From March 2020)

Automation vs. Jobs, the Long and the Short of It. (From February 2020)

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Podcast #50: Future Minds, with Richard Yonck

“I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.”–Stephen Hawking

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.

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 **Actually, including un-numbered special editions, there have been over 60.  But who’s counting?

 

 

 

 

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Episode #50:  Future Minds, with Richard Yonck

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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 #42: Going to Mars, featuring Moriba Jah

“I want to die on Mars–just not on impact.”–Elon Musk

“I am convinced that humans need to leave earth.”–Stephen Hawking

Mars One–not as good an idea as some thought.

Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking are not alone in their calls for humanity to become a multi-planetary species.  But they certainly are the most  visible advocates for space colonization.  And while the moon might be the most obvious jumping off point to the solar system and beyond, nothing stands out as a potential site for long term settlement more than Mars.

But just how realistic is sending astronauts to the Red Planet anytime soon–let alone colonizing it permanently?  The obstacles are many, and aerospace engineering may well be the least of them.  The human biological, psychological tolls and survival strategies–radiation, low gravity, isolation and the marshalling air, water, and food resources–all stand in the way.   And then there is the economic cost and the political and public will.  In this edition of Seeking Delphi,™ I talk to former NASA Mars mission navigator, Moriba Jah, about the many challenges of leaving of our home planet.

 

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Episode #42:  Going to Mars, with Moriba Jah

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Podcast #41: After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler, with Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry

“Future shock is a sickness that comes from too much change in too short a time.”–Alvin Toffler

 

The newly released volume, After Shock, features 50 of the world’s most renowned futurists reflecting on the 50-year legacy of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, and looking ahead to the next 50 years.  In this episode recorded just a few days after the book’s release, two of the contributing essayists, Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry, discuss with me their views on the legacy of Toffler and Future Shock.   Below are links to the audio podcast as well as to the unedited YouTube video of the original webinar.

The day I read Future Shock, just a couple of years after it came out, was the day that started me on the course to becoming a futurist.  Here’s what I wrote on this blog when Toffler died in July of 2016.

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episode #41,  After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler

 

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