Hosted by John Lobell, we talk with visionaries – people in the arts, technology, science, culture, and spirituality

Visionaries - 11.13.17

“Michael Silver.” Once again we check in with Mike to see what is up in consciousness, A.I., and stuff like that. Mike is an architect, cultural commentator, professor, student of consciousness and principal of Critical Systems Lab. He works in robotics among other fields. Today we discuss Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, and the mind/body problem. That should cover it.

 
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Visionaries - 11.06.17

“Christopher Vogler:” Chris is a Hollywood development executive known for his 2007 book “The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers,” a guide for screenwriters. The book grew out of his now legendary 7 page memo, “A Practical Guide to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Chris’s approach not only reveals the mythic patterns underlying our movies, but also underlying ourselves — thus becoming a psychology.

 
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Visionaries - 10.30.17

“Inside Education.” We use the term “inside baseball” and “deep in the weeds” when political talk gets wonkish. We can also get wonkish about design education, and in doing so, address a lot of today’s issues. Like what will be the impact of the digital industrial revolution on every aspect of our lives.

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Visionaries - 10.23.17

“Meandering Thoughts on One, Two, Three Cultures.” In 1959 C. P. Snow published “The Two Cultures” observing that a split had grown between the sciences and the humanities. More recently John Brockman, the empresario of science as the new culture, published “The Third Culture,” suggesting that science as philosophy had become a third (and the real) culture. Today we ruminate about all of this.

 
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Visionaries - 10.16.17

“Virginia Postrel.” Virginia is an author, columnist, and speaker who looks at a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture, commerce, and technology. She is the author of “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion,” “The Substance of Style,” and “The Future and Its Enemies.”

 
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Visionaries - 10.09.17

“Christine Peterson and Nanotechnology.” Christine is Co-Founder, former President, and Projects Director of Foresight Institute. She lectures and writes about nanotechnology, AI, and longevity. She is co-author of Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution(Morrow, also free online) and Leaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work (knOwhere Press, also free online). She advises the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, National Space Society, startup Ligandal, and the Voice & Exit conference. She coined the term “open source software.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from MIT. Foresight Institute researches technologies of fundamental importance to the human future, focusing on molecular machine nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

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Visionaries - 10.02.17

“Stop Progress?” After thousands of years of little progress, human achievement took off in the 1700s with the Enlightenment, and remained in an upward direction — until the 1970s, when we managed to stop it. What now?

 
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Visionaries - 09.25.17

“Tina Seelig.” Tina is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Tina is also a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is the author of “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World,” “inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity,” “Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World,” and “Creativity Rules: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World.”

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Visionaries - 09.18.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business: Part 3.” Continuing our discussion of our world of genomic clusters of interconnected fractal networks, computationally generating themselves and each other, we observe that: If you wanted to make an oak tree, you would not put a pole in the ground, nail sticks to it, and glue leaves to the sticks. You would, of course, put an acorn in the ground and let the oak tree make itself. Why aren’t we making our smart phones that way?

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Visionaries - 09.11.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business: Part 2.” What does it mean that the world and we have become genomic clusters of interconnected fractal networks, computationally generating themselves and each other? And what does it say about Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Tesla?

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