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The Disruptors

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Long-form TED level conversations with top thinkers, founders and scientists on how advances in biotech & genomics, space travel, IoT, AI and other exponential tech converge to create our collective future and what we can do, from a research and policy perspective to shape the technology, trends and societal norms for a better world. If in-depth, unscripted conversations with the researchers, startups and future thinkers transforming our future in a Tim Ferriss meets Sam Harris, Kara Swisher, a16z and Joe Rogan Experience type no-holds-barred interview show is your cup of tea you’ve come to the right place. Some episodes feature Intelligence Squared esque lively debates and Planet Money like in-depth discussions on health and intermittent fasting, automation and unemployment, healthcare, the economy, etc… while others would fit right in with a Kevin Rose or Jason Calacanis casual fireside chat. We cover EVERYTHING, from artificial intelligence to ethics, economics and politics.

Latest Episodes

REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

Fraser Cain (@fcain)is the founder of Universe Today, one of the most popular spaces and astronomy sites online with over 3 million space focused visitors a month. In addition to Universe Today, Fraser co-hosts Astronomy Cast, a fact-based weekly journey through the cosmos which offers discussions about astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology Fraser has been working in the software/Internet industry for the more than 15 years and was a partner in two software companies that are now traded publicly. He studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in computer science. Visit Fraser’s site at Universe Today. You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * What's been happening in space since the space race * How advances in reusable rockets, materials science and hardware have revolutionized the future of space * Why Fraser thinks Earth is far and away from the best place in the solar s...

55 MIN1 w ago
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REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

George Dvorsky(@dvorsky)is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist that has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is also a senior staff reporter at the popular tech blog Gizmodo, a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism and blogs at sentientdevelopments.com George is a founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program.In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms. George's work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. Outside of work, he is also an avid Cro...

55 MIN2 w ago
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REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

Andrew Maynard(@2020science) is the Director of the Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University,a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. Andrew's research focuses on risk innovation and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. He is especially interested in effective approaches to developing socially responsive, responsible and beneficial technologies; understanding and responding to the technology and society dynamic; and effective science communication and engagement – particularly through social media. Andrew is widely published in the academic press and in public media and stretch from physics and nanotechnology to toxicology, risk perception, governance, and policy. He writes regularly for the journal Nature Nanotechnology and is a frequent contributor to The Conversation. He also directs and produces the YouTube science education channel “R...

52 MIN3 w ago
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REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

Isaac Arthur(@isaac_a_arthur)is a physicist and futurist who runs popular YouTube channel Featured Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur. Isaac's popular channel has over 270k subscribers and 20M+ views and a legion of loyal, insightful fans, including his own sub-Reddit. Arthur covers a wide range of futurist and science fiction ideas including cyborgs, androids and artificial intelligence, the Fermi paradox and interstellar warfare, Dyson spheres and megascale engineering, quantum teleportation and faster-than-light travel—typically exploring hypothetical scenarios extending to the distant future. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The future of interplanetary travel * What you didn't know about the Fermi paradox * How humanity will likely evolve as we explore space * The reason we probably won't terraform planets and where we...

58 MINJUL 6
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REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

Majora Carter(@MajoraCarter) is an American urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer/host from the South Bronx in New York whose career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development. Majora's work has won major awards including a MacArthur 'genius' Grant, a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary doctorates, and is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.” Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Black Lives Matter and the big issue with housing inequality * Why owning communities is such a big part of improving them * Majora's work with greenification and better urban areas * The role of investment in changing a city's culture * What steps can the US take to righting past racial ...

48 MINJUN 22
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190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur(@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world's biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK's Free Our Data campaign topersuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism * A deeper dive into social media's ability to influence us, and democracy * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes * How to avoid heading towards 1984 * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing Make a Donation to Support The Disruptors The Disruptors is supported by the generosity of its readers and listeners. If you find our work valuable, please consider supporting us on Patreon,via Paypal or with DonorBox powered by Stripe. Donate

49 MINJUN 16
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189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

Byron Reese(@byronreese) is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-leading technology research company. Byron's also an award-winning author, speaker and futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity. Byron holds a number of technology patents and hosts two podcasts about artificial intelligence. He gives talks around the world about how technology is changing work, education, and culture to combined audiences well in excess of 100,000. His newest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanitytackles the issues of artificial intelligence, robots, automation, and the future of work. Byron is also the author of Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War. Bloomberg Businessweek credits Byron with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave...

51 MINJUN 8
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REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

Garry Golden (@garrygolden)is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on complex issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and the US Army on issues related to transportation and mobility, food safety and health, the future of portable power, financial services and much more. Garry teaches an online course on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Futures Studies program, and was Founding Editor of The Energy Roadmap.com Garry is co-author of Designing Your Future (2008) a Fast Futures / ASAE publication, and has co-written several business white papers including the Future of the Social Web and the Future of Green as a Business Strategy published by Future Think. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The future of energy consumption...

48 MINJUN 1
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REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

BenHammersley (@benhammersley) is a technologist, futurist author and Editor-at-Large of UK’sWIREDmagazine. Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book,64 Things You Need to Know Now For Thengives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. He's the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersleythat was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet forThe Times andThe Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast.’ Ben's been called upon to advise three governments and countless tech organizations, including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. He has a private pilot’s license, is a Rescue Diver, and is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician in the USA, with an ...

57 MINMAY 18
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REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

Charlie Hartwell(@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a "Change Agent" focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness * Why Charlie's afraid our collective ability to live together * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health * Why meditation may just be the next best medic * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world * Why we're treating patients and health all wrong * How ...

39 MINMAY 11
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184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

Latest Episodes

REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

Fraser Cain (@fcain)is the founder of Universe Today, one of the most popular spaces and astronomy sites online with over 3 million space focused visitors a month. In addition to Universe Today, Fraser co-hosts Astronomy Cast, a fact-based weekly journey through the cosmos which offers discussions about astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology Fraser has been working in the software/Internet industry for the more than 15 years and was a partner in two software companies that are now traded publicly. He studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in computer science. Visit Fraser’s site at Universe Today. You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * What's been happening in space since the space race * How advances in reusable rockets, materials science and hardware have revolutionized the future of space * Why Fraser thinks Earth is far and away from the best place in the solar s...

55 MIN1 w ago
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REPLAY: Fraser Cain – Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here

REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

George Dvorsky(@dvorsky)is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist that has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience. He is also a senior staff reporter at the popular tech blog Gizmodo, a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism and blogs at sentientdevelopments.com George is a founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program.In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms. George's work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. Outside of work, he is also an avid Cro...

55 MIN2 w ago
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REPLAY: George Dvorsky – The Dangers of AI and Safety of Mutually Assured Destruction

REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

Andrew Maynard(@2020science) is the Director of the Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University,a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. Andrew's research focuses on risk innovation and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. He is especially interested in effective approaches to developing socially responsive, responsible and beneficial technologies; understanding and responding to the technology and society dynamic; and effective science communication and engagement – particularly through social media. Andrew is widely published in the academic press and in public media and stretch from physics and nanotechnology to toxicology, risk perception, governance, and policy. He writes regularly for the journal Nature Nanotechnology and is a frequent contributor to The Conversation. He also directs and produces the YouTube science education channel “R...

52 MIN3 w ago
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REPLAY: Andrew Maynard – What Science Fiction Teaches Us About Morality and Existential Risk

REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

Isaac Arthur(@isaac_a_arthur)is a physicist and futurist who runs popular YouTube channel Featured Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur. Isaac's popular channel has over 270k subscribers and 20M+ views and a legion of loyal, insightful fans, including his own sub-Reddit. Arthur covers a wide range of futurist and science fiction ideas including cyborgs, androids and artificial intelligence, the Fermi paradox and interstellar warfare, Dyson spheres and megascale engineering, quantum teleportation and faster-than-light travel—typically exploring hypothetical scenarios extending to the distant future. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The future of interplanetary travel * What you didn't know about the Fermi paradox * How humanity will likely evolve as we explore space * The reason we probably won't terraform planets and where we...

58 MINJUL 6
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REPLAY: Isaac Arthur – Colonizing Space, the Fermi Paradox and Future of Genetic Engineering

190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

Majora Carter(@MajoraCarter) is an American urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer/host from the South Bronx in New York whose career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development. Majora's work has won major awards including a MacArthur 'genius' Grant, a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary doctorates, and is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.” Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Black Lives Matter and the big issue with housing inequality * Why owning communities is such a big part of improving them * Majora's work with greenification and better urban areas * The role of investment in changing a city's culture * What steps can the US take to righting past racial ...

48 MINJUN 22
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190. Rewriting the Black American Dream to Building Better Communities at Home | Majora Carter

189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur(@CharlesArthur) is a former technology editor of the Guardian and the author of Cyber Wars: Hacks That Shocked the Business World covering some of the world's biggest cyber attacks. He also played a large role in the UK's Free Our Data campaign topersuade the government to make non-personal government data available for free reuse. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Thoughts on data-powered totalitarianism * A deeper dive into social media's ability to influence us, and democracy * How data privacy and surveillance have changed in the last ten years * Why open-sourcing government data is a good thing * How mission-driven journalism both helps and hurts the world * A bold proposal to improve democratic outcomes * How to avoid heading towards 1984 * Just how bad is the surveillance economy today * Which of the tech giants Charles is most worried about and why * Charles thoughts on COVID contact tracing Make a Donation to Support The Disruptors The Disruptors is supported by the generosity of its readers and listeners. If you find our work valuable, please consider supporting us on Patreon,via Paypal or with DonorBox powered by Stripe. Donate

49 MINJUN 16
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189. Objectivity is a Fictitious Thing We Like to Pretend Exists | Charles Arthur

REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

Byron Reese(@byronreese) is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-leading technology research company. Byron's also an award-winning author, speaker and futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity. Byron holds a number of technology patents and hosts two podcasts about artificial intelligence. He gives talks around the world about how technology is changing work, education, and culture to combined audiences well in excess of 100,000. His newest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanitytackles the issues of artificial intelligence, robots, automation, and the future of work. Byron is also the author of Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War. Bloomberg Businessweek credits Byron with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave...

51 MINJUN 8
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REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

Garry Golden (@garrygolden)is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on complex issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and the US Army on issues related to transportation and mobility, food safety and health, the future of portable power, financial services and much more. Garry teaches an online course on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Futures Studies program, and was Founding Editor of The Energy Roadmap.com Garry is co-author of Designing Your Future (2008) a Fast Futures / ASAE publication, and has co-written several business white papers including the Future of the Social Web and the Future of Green as a Business Strategy published by Future Think. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: * The future of energy consumption...

48 MINJUN 1
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REPLAY: Garry Golden – Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Electric Vehicles and Future of Energy

REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

BenHammersley (@benhammersley) is a technologist, futurist author and Editor-at-Large of UK’sWIREDmagazine. Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book,64 Things You Need to Know Now For Thengives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. He's the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersleythat was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet forThe Times andThe Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast.’ Ben's been called upon to advise three governments and countless tech organizations, including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. He has a private pilot’s license, is a Rescue Diver, and is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician in the USA, with an ...

57 MINMAY 18
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REPLAY: Ben Hammersley – The Importance of Internet Censorship, Power of Authoritarianism and Collapse of Digital Advertising

184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell

Charlie Hartwell(@ShiftIt_Inst) is an Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative, a consumer health tech investment group that invested early in Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer and Headspace, in addition to being a "Change Agent" focused on igniting consciousness, mindfulness, and creating a more connected human world. Subscribe on Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | Android | Overcast | Spotify | Youtube You can listen right here on iTunes Intoday'sepisodewediscuss: * Where are headed with consumer health tech and consciousness * Why Charlie's afraid our collective ability to live together * How mindfulness and meditation can help us get through this COVID crisis * The role of psychedelics in shifting mental health * Why meditation may just be the next best medic * Which alternative health practices hold the most promise for the future of healthcare * What Charlie thinks we should do for a more mentally-sound world * Why we're treating patients and health all wrong * How ...

39 MINMAY 11
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184. Investing in Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics for a Better Mental Health Future | Charlie Hartwell
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