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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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Sep 13, 2015

Ian and Jesse return to the topic of Vertical Farming to discuss the present and near-future of the industry and movement. Ian gives his account of working in the world's first commercial vertical farm: what worked, what didn't, and how the problems might be solved in the future!

 

Links to topics discussed:

Association for Vertical Farming

Urban Agriculture podcast

The Plant in Chicago

The Plant's amazing diagram

News of Local Garden opening

News of Local Garden closing (more details)

Indoor Agriculure Conference

Vertical Harvest in Wyoming

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Aug 4, 2015

Ian and Jesse discuss the history and possible future of agriculture, and the concept of growing crops indoors, without soil, stacked in vertical levels. Will vertical farming be the solution to our growing challenges of pollution, population, and land and water use?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Vertical Farming

Dickson Despommiers

Vertical Farm (book)

Urban Agriculture (podcast)

Plato's Dialogues
(this one is recommended)

Socratic Method

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Jul 17, 2015

In this bonus short episode Ian and Jesse discuss EPCOT, Walt Disney's vision for a planned futuristic society, not to be confused with the existing theme park, Epcot. The movie (and Disneyland attraction) Tomorrowland was based on a real idea! What might a true "city of tomorrow" have looked like, and would living in such a place be worth the tradeoffs?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow concept

Epcot Theme Park

Tomorrowland movie

Disney World

Walt Disney

 

The audio quality in this episode, while perfectly listenable, is not to the standard we hope to keep. We apologize! The issue has been resolved since this episode's recording, so look forward to a quick return to a top quality podcast listening experience.

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

Jul 2, 2015

Ian and Jesse discuss how humanity's future is treated in popular fiction (mostly movies). Why do so many of our favourite stories have such a pessimistic outlook on our ability to build a better tomorrow, and what are some of the best works of fiction that present a positive view of the future? Don't forget to share your favourite pro-future works on our Facebook page!

 

Links to topics discussed:

Movies and Shows:
Tomorrowland
The Martian
Her
The Fifth Element
The Jetsons
Star Trek
Firefly
Back To The Future II
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Battlestar Galactica

 

JFK Speech at Rice University

Real Life Hoverboards

Mormonism in Battlestar Galactica

 

Theme music, by Jonathan Coulton, is used with permission.

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