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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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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.

Sep 9, 2016

Ian and Jesse discuss the current state of genetic modification of agricultural products, and where the technology might lead in the future. If we could add, subtract, and combine any traits we want in our crops, what wondrous things could we create?

 

Links to topics discussed:

FlavrSavr tomato

Golden Rice

Aquadvantage salmon

Norman Borlaug

NYT article on GMO products

CRISPR

Gene guns

Civil War urban legend

Craig Venter

Enviropig

C3 vs C4 photosynthesis

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

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