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

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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?