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Seeking Delphi, Episode #41: After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler, with Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry

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“Future shock is a sickness that comes from too much change in too short a time.”–Alvin Toffler

The newly released volume, After Shock, features 50 of the world’s most renowned futurists reflecting on the 50-year legacy of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, and looking ahead to the next 50 years.  In this episode recorded just a few days after the book’s release, two of the contributing essayists, Jerome Glenn and Andrew Curry, discuss with me their views on the legacy of Toffler and Future Shock.   Below are links to the audio podcast as well as to the unedited YouTube video of the original webinar.

The day I read Future Shock, just a couple of years after it came out, was the day that started me on the course to becoming a futurist.  Here’s what I wrote on this blog when Toffler died in July of 2016.

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episode #41,  After Shock and the Legacy of Alvin Toffler

 

YouTube vidoe of original, unedited webinar

 

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #40: Scenarios for a Post-Aging Future, with Aubrey de Grey, Elizabeth Parrish, David Wood and Keith Comito

“For me, the key to longevity – and immortality, in a sense – has to do with transformation.”–Marilyn Manson

Is transformation the key to immortality?  A better question is: will radical life extension–the end of aging–in itself be transformative?  I believe the answer to that second question is a resounding yes.

In this special Seeking Delphi™ podcast, four of the world’s biggest thought leaders and advocates for ending aging discuss implications and issues involved in achieving human rejuvenation therapy, and begin the discussion of what a post-ageing world might look like.  We only scratched the very surface on the latter issues–there will be more to come on the subject.

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Episode#40–The Dawn of Superlongevity: Scenarios for a Post-Aging Future.

 

 

YouTube video of the complete unedited program

 

Panelist Biographies

Aubrey de Grey

Elizabeth Parrish

David Wood

Kieth Comito

Mark Sackler

Panelist Organizations

SENS Research Foundation

BioViva Sciences, Inc.

Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF)

London Futurists

Association of Professional Futurists.

 

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Cosmic Quote #112

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”–Groucho Marx

What the world needs now is more Grouchos and fewer grouches.”–me

Don’t look now, but most annual deductibles for health insurance in the US now cost a lot more than most people made in a year back in Groucho’s day.  Indeed, the world needs more Grouchos.

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #39: Quantum Computing, The State of The Art

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“As an entrepreneur I like to know the next two or three things I might start a company on.  For me it was robotics, bio-hacking, and quantum.”–whurley

As one of America’s leading technologists, when whurley speaks, people listen.  Lots of them.  We first heard from him on Seeking Delphi in an exclusive interview after his SXSW 2018 Intelligent Future keynote, titled The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing.    He  was just about to announce the launch of Strangeworks, a quantum computing software company.  In this episode, we follow up with whurley to assess the progress of Strangeworks and the state of the art in quantum computing;

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Episode #9: Quantum Computing, The State of The Art, with whurley

 

You Tube Slide Show of Episode #39

 

 

Unedited YouTube video of Zoom interview for podcast #39

Find the 2018 SXSW interview with whurley, HERE.

goquantum@strangeowrks.com

Quantum Computers for Babies

 

 

 

 

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Cosmic Quote #111

“…future shock is no longer a distantly potential danger, but a real sickness from which increasingly large numbers already suffer.”–Alvin Toffler, in Future Shock 

Alvin Toffler published those words in the Introduction to Future Shock, fifty years ago.  If it was already a widespread malady in 1970, is it anything less than a rampant pandemic now?  If you can’t see the trappings of it all over the world, I have a guide dog I want to sell you.

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Cosmic Quote #110

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”– Bill Vaughan

If you’ve read my thread on quantum weirdness, you know where I stand on this.  I’m in a state of superposition–simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic.  So what does that portend for New Year’s eve?  If you see somebody asleep on his feet at midnight, it’s probably me.  Happy Old/New Year.

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Cosmic Quote #109

“You call it procrastinaion; I call it thinking.”–Aaron Sorkin

It seems there is a theory that procrastinators are more creative.  Aha!  So the fact that I am years behind on the other threads on this blog should be proof positive that I’m incubating more brilliant ideas to dazzle you with.  Right!? Or maybe I’m just lazy…

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Cosmic Quote #108

“It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.”–Phyllis Diller

Hmm.  Thanksgiving is the only day of the year my wife cooks.  I suppose you can say it takes her a year to stuff the turkey.  Wait–we are visiting relatives this year.  The next one will take two years.  Happy stuffing day.

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Seeking Delphi, Episode #38: Science Fiction, Evolutionary Mythology of The Future.

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“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”– Arthur C. Clarke

“I’m leaving my body to science fiction.”–Steven Wright

Science fiction pervades our culture.  Movies, television, books, even stage productions.  It’s rich history, and its significance in shaping our views of the future–or for that matter, inspiring us to invent the future–is the subject of this wide ranging discussion with author Tom Lombardo.   Among the subjects we cover:

  • Science Fiction as a pervasive view of the future; all aspects of human experience, not just technology and science.
  • Parallels between mythology and science fiction
  • Science Fiction as social satire and even humor (think Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, for instance).
  • The danger of Hollywood’s apocalyptic future visions becoming self-fullfilling prophecies
  • Some of the best future predictions from scifi.

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Tom Lombardo, click image for bio

Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future. Click for Amazon link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #38, Science Fiction, The Evolutionary Mythology of The Future

 

Center for Future Consciousness (Tom’s web site)

Books by Tom Lombardo

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Seeking Delphi episode #36: The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part One

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”
– Dag Hammarskjold 

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While many futures are generalists, there is a need for foresight professionals centered on specific fields, as well.  Perhaps no area is more in need of innovative outlooks for the future than healthcare. With rising costs, aging populations and personnel shortages, the challenges are many. But so are the opportunities to employ emerging technologies. In the first part of a two part series, host Mark Sackler discusses these challenge with two nursing Ph.D.’s, Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut.  Part One addresses the need for foresight both in nursing specifically and healthcare in general, as well as the global challenges of an aging population.  Part two will drill down to individual ssues, including automation, robotics and artificial intelligence as caregiving tools for the future.

 

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Oriana Beaudet, DNP–click image for bio

Dan Pesut, Ph.D.–click image for bio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #36, The Future of Nursing and Caregiving, Part 1

 

Episode #36 YouTube slide show

Links:

University of Minnesota School of Nursing

University of Minnesota Health Innovation and Leadership

 

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