“It is not in our stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”–Willaim Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene III
Got foresight? Do you even need it? Hell yes, you do. The consequences of lack of foresight have never been more evident than they are in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. But just how can the long view be fostered in a human society that doesn’t often look beyond the next pay check, the next quarter, or most notably, the next election? Peter Hayward is a fellow futurist podcaster. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ Peter joins me to discuss his approach to very much the same podcasting end that I have. .
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.
“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.