After exploring the health of the planet and it’s people on day 1, The Association of Professional Futurists turned toward the heavens on day 2. Recorded live at the Boeing Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA, July 29,2017. Here is a brief overview of what we heard, from the visionaries we heard it from: Brian Tillotson and Marna Kagele, both scientists at Boeing; Jeff Roberts, director of launch programs for Space Flight Industries; and Chris Lewicki, president and CEO of Planetary Resources.
Today’s sessions at the Association of Professional Futurist’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, consisted of morning sessions on efforts to improve human health in the third world. It included talks from Brian Arbogast of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on transforming sanitation; Sarah Chesemore, also of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, on the future of vaccine delivery; and Jan Flowers, research scientist and clinical faculty member at the University of Washington, on dissemination of health informatics programs in resource constrained settings. They provide brief summaries of their work in today’s mini-cast.
APF 2017 mini-cast #2: Global Health Futures
2017 APF minicast#2 (YouTube): Global Health Futures
The most common question that I get asked, when I tell somebody I’m a futurist, is “what is a futurist?” From now on, I’ll tell them to listen to this podcast. From the Association of Professional Futurists annual meeting, Seattle, Washington, July 27, 2017.
“I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.” –William Clay Ford
Hydrogen fuel cells have long been touted as a possible replacement for the internal combustion engine. But progress has been slow, and the emergence of this technology seems not much closer than it was 20 years ago. In episode #3 of Seeking Delphi, I explore the world of Hydrogen Fuel Cells with William Smith, the CEO of Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Inc. The oil companies may not want you to hear this, but this technology is not dead yet. Links to Infinity’s web site and this weeks news stories are below. Seeking Delphi is now available on iTunes.Now also on YouTube.
Podcast episode 3: Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells , running time 22:13.
In episode one of Seeking Delphi, the podcast, I spoke with David Wood, chair of London Futurists, about his book The Abolition of Aging. Specifically, we talked about his bold forecast of a 50% probability of widely available, affordable rejuvenation therapy being available by 2040. In part two of my interview with David, we discuss a few of the wide ranging implications for society, should radical longevity extension become a reality. Retirement, work, sustainability and the meaning of life itself are all in play.
“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment.”–Woody Allen
In episode one of Seeking Delphi, the podcast, I talk with David Wood, chair of London Futurists, about his book The Abolition of Aging. Relevant links to this weeks’ show below the audio track. This is part 1 of a two part program. This week: can we do it? Next week: Should we do it, and if we do it, what are the implications? These podcasts are now available for subscription on YouTubeand iTunes.
Episode #1: The Abolition of Aging, Part 1; running time 26:9
It’s not likely that Thomas Jefferson meant to disparage study of the past, it’s just, like Albert Einstein’s missive that imagination is more important than knowledge, he meant that it is our dreams of the future that enable us to build a better world.
I’ve been dreaming about the future since I was a kid. Daydreaming, my parents would have said, and my wife certainly would say. But that’s OK. Somebody has to do it. If humankind is going to survive the the challenges that lie ahead, somebody needs to be thinking further ahead than the next pay check, the next quarter’s profit, and the next election. Let’s do it together.
On Seeking Delphi, the podcast, I’ll address many of the myriad uncertainties that lie ahead, some of them with existential consequences. Some of them just for fun. But all of them the stuff that imagination–and dreams–are made of.