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FutureBANG!

The emerging technologies of the future will comprise the manipulation of four major categories: Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. In other words, FutureBANG!
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Oct 1, 2017

Ian and Jesse discuss blockchain technology, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Will the currencies of the future be based on distributed, decentralized computational algorithms that don't rely on putting all of our trust in governments and banking institutions?

 

Links to topics discussed:

"Verbal confirmation" for Hyperloop

Solar batteries for Australia

Tesla roof tiles sold out

What is the Blockchain?

Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto - Inventor of Blockchain

Ethereum

Radiolab episode - The Ceremony

Bitcoin block real time explorer

"19 Industries the Blockchain Will Disrupt"

Kanye Cryptocurrency - Coinye

"Bitcoin Security: Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat"

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Jul 17, 2017

Ian tells Jesse about the Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, as well as some other genetic backup projects around the world. If our civilization collapses, have we done everything we can to give the next one a chance to thrive?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Svalbard Seed Vault

On Google Maps

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Frozen Zoos

Original Svalbard 'flood' report

Followup on report

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

May 9, 2017

Ian and Jesse discuss the idea of bringing extinct species back into existence. Should we forget about extinct species and focus exclusively on preserving what's alive today, or could we see the return of dodos, mammoths, and even dinosaurs?

 

Links to topics discussed:

The 6th Extinction

Long Now's Revive and Restore project

Candidates for de-extinction

The Passenger Pigeon Project

George Church defends de-extinction

The Harvard Mammoth project

The Chicken-Saurus

Pleistocene Park article

Pleistocene Park documentary

 

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Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Jan 1, 2017

Ian and Jesse discuss the future of autonomous, self-driving vehicles. They're coming faster than anyone imagined, and they will have many large effects on society, both good and bad. What are some of the more creative ways we can find to use driverless cars, and how can we best deal with the loss of driving jobs?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Fully self driving Teslas

Interplanetary Transport System - full video with Q&A

Tesla's solar roof tiles

Wired article on self-driving car levels

Google cars

Brad Templeton UBC talk

CGP Grey video on traffic jams

Google self driving promo video

Otto beer delivery

Most common jobs by state

Udacity degree on self driving cars

Cracked podcast - the 11 nations of America

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

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