MIND & MACHINE: Future Tech + Futurist Ideas + Futurism

By August Bradley — Future Tech Strategist, Futurist, Technology Dev.

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Weekly interview show with people at the forefront of transformational technologies. Exploring emerging technologies, futurist ideas and the sociological, moral and philosophical impact of these exponential changes. MIND & MACHINE is focused on technologies and cultural forces that will transform our world: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Augmented Reality, Space Exploration, Life Extension, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Virtual Reality, IoT Connected Devices, Genomics, Gene Editing, Transhumanism and more.

Episode Date
The Future of War: AI + Autonomous Warfare with “Army of None” Author Paul Scharre
My guest today is Paul Scharre, author of the book "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War" — which Bill Gates recently featured in his top five book recommendations of the year. Paul is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security — a think tank based in Washinton D.C.
Previously, Paul worked for the U.S. Secretary of Defense where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. He led the Department of Defense working-group that drafted policies on autonomy in weapon systems. He also led DoD efforts to establish policies on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance programs.
We discuss the current state of military autonomous weapons, the degree to which highly autonomous warfare will be conducted in the future, and the ethical challenges facing this technology. We also get into the resistance from employees within Google and other A.I companies toward supporting military uses.
More from Paul:
Feb 07, 2019
AI Documentary “Do You Trust This Computer” Director Chris Paine on Artificial Intelligence
My guest today is Chris Pain, director of the AI documentary film "Do You Trust This Computer?" and previously the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?". The new film is a powerful examination of artificial intelligence centered around insights from the most high-profile thinkers on the subject, including Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew Ng, Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan and many more. Chris set out to ask these leaders in the field "what scares smart people about AI", and they did not hold back. 
More on Chris and the Film:
Chris Paine's Production Company, Papercut Films: http://papercutfilms.com
“Do You Trust This Computer?" Website: http://doyoutrustthiscomputer.org
Jan 28, 2019
Dyson Spheres & Space Megastructures – Inhabiting Space with Isaac Arthur

My guest is Isaac Arthur — a theoretical space scientist, physicist, futurist and bold visionary of human expansion. He brings a mind-blowing level of research and storytelling to his series . While the subject matter sounds like science fiction and is certainly inspired by it, his exploration is framed within the known laws of physics.

We will focus on space megastructures, a form of future world-building on a scale that's almost unimaginable. From Dyson Spheres and Ringworlds to Shell Worlds and Artificial Planets. We touch on all this and more, all within known physics and largely within known technology, albeit at a mind-bending scale.

More on Isaac and his work: https://www.isaacarthur.net

More MIND & MACHINE: https://www.mindandmachine.io

Jan 15, 2019
AI Avatars and Virtual Human Digital Twins with ObEN CEO Nikhil Jain
As artificial intelligence evolves, it will present itself to us in a variety of ways. One of the most intriguing manifestations of AI will be when it assumes our own faces — forming an autonomous double of ourselves.
My guest today is Nikhil Jain, founder and CEO of ObEN which creates AI-driven digital humans in the likeness of its users to perform tasks when they cannot be there in person. These digital avatars simulate a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never-before-possible social and virtual interactions.
We look at the technology today, its ultimate potential and how it can transform they way we live and work.
More on ObEN at http://oben.me
Dec 19, 2018
"CRISPR Babies" Gene Editing Incident Explained as the Biotech Drama Unfolds

Gene Editing Milestone: Exploring the remarkable series of events that have led to the first "CRISPR babies" being born, twins whose DNA were modified by a rogue scientist that has sparked universal condemnation from the scientific community and from national and university leaders.

This is a remarkable point in human history and deserves great ethical and practical care and consideration. The path toward gene editing is inevitable, but given its unprecedented dangers to transform the species, we must seek a wide range of voices to shape the future of this technology. Join us for the conversation.


MIND & MACHINE features interviews by August Bradley with leaders in transformational technologies. More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

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Dec 11, 2018
Asteroid Mining & Interplanetary Economies with J.L. Galache, CTO of Asteroid Mining Company Aten Engineering
My guest today is J.L. Galache, an asteroid astronomer turned new-space entrepreneur. J.L. is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Aten Engineering, a pioneering space mining company. He has designed and directed asteroid data projects with NASA’s Frontier Development Lab and Oracle. At the Minor Planet Center (part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), J.L. was Acting Deputy Director, where he helped keep the world safe from killer asteroids.
We discuss space mining and the practical steps necessary for human settlement of the solar system — as well as what a space economy among interplanetary settlements would look like.
More on J.L. & Aten Engineering
Dec 05, 2018
Genomics, Genomic Sequencing and Genome Medicine with Lisa Alderson
Today we explore genomics and how it will transform medicine. My guest is Lisa Alderson, the CEO and co-founder of Genome Medical — a fast growing company in the emerging field of genomics. Genome Medical provides expertise to both individuals wanting to explore their DNA, and to health care providers wanting to offer genomic medicine. 
We explore how genomic medicine will transform health care.
Nov 28, 2018
Tech & Artificial Intelligence Ethics with Silicon Valley Ethicist Shannon Vallor
My guest today is Shannon Vallor, a technology and A.I. Ethicist. I was introduced to Shannon by Karina Montilla Edmonds at Google Cloud AI — we did an episode with Karina a few ago months focused on Google's A.I. efforts. Shannon works with the Google Cloud AI team on a regular basis helping them shape and frame difficult issues in the development of this emerging technology.
Shannon is a Philosophy Professor specializing in the Philosophy of Science & Technology at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, where she teaches and conducts research on the ethics of artificial intelligence, robotics, digital media, surveillance, and biomedical enhancement. She is the author of the book 'Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting'.
Shanon is also Co-Director and Secretary of the Board for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and a Faculty Scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
We start out exploring the ethical issues surrounding our personal digital lives, social media and big data, then dive into the thorny ethics of artificial intelligence.
More on Shannon:
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - https://www.scu.edu/ethics
Foundation for Responsible Robotics - https://responsiblerobotics.org
Nov 20, 2018
Facebook & Social Media – Impact on Our World with Siva Vaidhyanathan
My guest today is Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of the book Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. His previous book was "The Googlization of Everything". Siva is a Cultural Historian and Media Scholar at the University of Virginia.
We explore the impact of Facebook and how it will continue to shape our world, and we discuss the mechanics of how social media influences human behavior and societies.
Siva on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sivavaid
Book: Anti-Social Media
Nov 13, 2018
Future of Personalized Medicine via Microbiomes with Naveen Jain

My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two exceptionally ambitious ventures underway. We're addressing his two ventures in two separate episodes.

In today's episode we discuss Naveen's effort to as he puts it "make illness optional" by establishing personalized medical care, prevention, and treatment through gut microbiome research and related medical advancements. His company, Viome, is understanding and eliminating human health problems arising from microbiome imbalances that could usher in an unprecedented level of personalized health care. It's a mind blowing look at a rapidly advancing aspect of medical research that could radically change health levels at all stages of life as well as extend lifespans.

My previous discussion with Naveen in the last episode was about Moon Express, his company that's racing to push the boundaries of space exploration.

Naveen’s book “Moonshots": https://www.amazon.com/Moonshots-Creating-Abundance-Naveen-Jain/dp/099973640X

More on Naveen & his ventures:
Moon Express: http://www.moonexpress.com
Viome: http://www.moonexpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Naveen_Jain_CEO

More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

Oct 30, 2018
Inhabiting the Moon & Beyond via Moon Express with Naveen Jain
My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two insanely ambitious ventures underway. He’s on the boards of the X-Prize and Singularity University, and has written a book called Moonshots about extreme entrepreneurship efforts. 
We're going to address his two moonshot ventures in two separate episodes. Since they address different topics and challenges, I wanted to go deep into each and do a full discussion around both topics. 
The first, in this episode, is Moon Express — his company that's racing Elon Musks' Space X, Jeff Bezos' Blue Horizon and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to push the boundaries of space exploration. With moon Express, Naveen aims to first mine the moon and then create an outpost to serve as a launching pad for further manned space exploration. We explore the issues surrounding such a bold endeavor.
Then our next conversation, to follow in another episode, focuses on his effort to (as he puts it) "make illness optional" by establishing personalized med  ical care, prevention, and treatment through gut microbiome research and related medical advancements. His company Viome is understanding and eliminating human health problems arising from microbiome imbalances that have come from modern diets and medical approaches. It's a mind blowing look at a rapidly advancing aspect of medical research that could radically change human longevity and health levels at all stages of life.
But first, we discuss upcoming moon landings, moon colonization, and the mission to make the human species multi-planetary.
More on Naveen & his ventures:
Oct 23, 2018
Life Extension & Human Longevity with Dr. Aubrey de Grey
Today we explore human longevity and life extension efforts focused on adding healthy years to a person's lifespan, and even reversing the aging process.
My guest is Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a leading voice in the field and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation which is doing pioneering work on significantly extending healthy, active lifespans. Aubrey is a biomedical gerontologist with a degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Biology. He is author of the book "Ending Aging" and Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal "Rejuvenation Research".
Aubrey sees life extension as a side effect of his efforts to make people healthier, and sees no inherent limit to how far this could ultimately extend. We explore such concepts the "pro aging trance", "longevity escape velocity" and "comprehensive damage repair" that can sustain a human body.
More on Aubrey and the SENS Research Foundation: https://www.sens.org
Oct 11, 2018
Future Cities with Kent Kresa, former Chairman of GM, Caltech, Northrop Grumman

My guest today is Kent Kresa, who has had an extraordinary career in advanced technology fields. Kent has been the Chairman of General Motors, the chairman of Caltech's board of directors, the chairman and chief executive of Northrop Grumman (the global aerospace and defense technology company), and Chairman of the biotech company MannKind Corporation. Earlier, he was with the top-secret defense research agency DARPA.

How's that for a resume!

We focus on the future of transportation and the future of smart cities driven by artificial intelligence. We get into what these technologies mean for daily life, governance, and warfare. We explore the incredible opportunities as well as the risks and vulnerabilities of the tech-driven world we're heading into — and in some regards is already in place.

MIND & MACHINE features interviews by August Bradley with leaders in transformational technologies. More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

Oct 04, 2018
Space Exploration with the Everyday Astronaut, Tim Dodd
My guest today is Tim Dodd, better known as the Everyday Astronaut. Tim has become a prominent educator on space exploration through his various media platforms and live presentations – he's amassed a sizable audience eager to learn more about Space X, NASA and the growing field. We're in there midst of a renewal in space programs, and Tim digs deep into the ecosystem.
Our discussion covers the various players in the space race, looks at each sector across civilian space travel, military and commercial projects. And we explore what our space goals *should* be as our capabilities increase.
More on Tim and the Everyday Astronaut:
Sep 26, 2018
Technology Influencer Austin Evans on Future Tech & Media Changes
My guest today is Austin Evans. With well over 3 million subscribers, Austin produces and hosts one of the top technology channels on YouTube. He reviews the leading edge of consumer products, often with early access to releases from the most influential manufactures.
We explore how media is changing , how he as an individual content creator has built a show with viewership rivaling leading cable channels, and we discuss what he sees on the technological horizon across AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Robotics, social media and more.
Sep 17, 2018
Google AI and Machine Learning with Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds

Today we take a look at Google's work in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

My guest is Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds. Karina works at Google Cloud AI & Machine Learning as the bridge between the Google Cloud AI team and leading university research labs in artificial Intelligence. Prior to this she worked at Caltech as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships. She has a PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech, and worked for many years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

We explore the various Artificial Intelligence divisions at Google, what it means for the company to be focused on "AI First", and how artificial intelligence can transform our world.

More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

Aug 23, 2018
Technology = Nature with Futurist Gray Scott
This week we explore a broad range of high-concept futurist frameworks and future technologies.
My guest is Gray Scott, a visionary futurist and creator of both the Serious Wonder digital magazine and the Futuristic Now video series. Gray takes fragments of modern life and extrapolates a wholistic framework of how technology, humanity and universal physics will intertwine. We explore technology as a natural phenomenon, how the future is inside of us, recording dreams, sharing brain streams, digital twins, rogue selves, plus geometry and fractals as the foundational code of the universe.
More about Gray Scott at: https://www.grayscott.com
Futuristic Now video series: https://www.youtube.com/user/GrayScottFuture
Aug 14, 2018
Mental Health & Wellbeing Transformative Technologies with Nichol Bradford
Mental health and wellness are not areas you typically think of along with cutting edge exponential technology. However, that is about to change.
My guest today is Nichol Bradford. Nichol is building the future of human possibility by facilitating bold new technologies for mental health and well-being. Nichol is the executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab, Transtech Conference, and the Transformative Technology Academy.
We explore how technology can be applied to achieve radical growth for the human “inner landscape”, enabling a better psychological state in our accelerating world.
Jun 19, 2018
John Underkoffler: Sci-Fi Interface Design in the Real World
My guest today is John Underkoffler. As an early member of the MIT Media Lab, John was approached by Steven Spielberg and legendary world-builder Alex McDowell to help design the interface of the future for the film Minority Report.
The system John and the team designed became legendary for its vision and conceptual innovation. He’s gone on to help design many sci-fi computer interfaces including Iron Man’s JARVIS.
Building on these fictional computer interfaces, John has founded the company Oblong where he is bringing these collaborative, gestural, and tactile computer interfaces to life — enabling digital objects and data to live in the environment instead of the device.
We discuss John’s visionary science fiction design, his real-world incarnation of these interfaces, and go deep into many aspects of human-computer interaction.
May 16, 2018
UBI: Universal Basic Income? Build the Floor Founder Larry Cohen
Today we look at Universal Basic Income, or UBI. With increasingly advanced artificial intelligence and robotics, we face the threat of job loss on an unprecedented scale — by many estimates well into double digits and some forecasting a majority of the workforce will at some point not be needed.
Others look at current poverty rates and the difficulty of escaping a downward economic spiral and ask if we are doing enough to give members of our society the chance to invest in their own growth and build a better future.
My guest today is Larry Cohen, founder of “Build the Floor”, a Universal Basic Income advocacy group.
We discuss what UBI is and how it fits into the context of modern politics and economics. Then Larry addresses the most common criticisms of the concept and ultimately explores how such an endeavor could be funded.
More about Larry at:
More on UBI:
Build the Floor: https://buildthefloor.org
Economic Security Project: https://economicsecurityproject.org
Apr 25, 2018
Prototyping Future Worlds with Architect/Filmmaker Liam Young
My guest today is Liam Young, an architect and visionary futurist filmmaker who uses his design background combined with experience in crafting environments to prototype new worlds — worlds that reveal unexpected aspects of how we live today and how we will live in the future.
Liam teaches speculative architecture and world building at Sci Arc, a leading architecture school. He founded Unknown Fields, a nomadic studio documenting expeditions to the ends of the earth, exploring unusual forgotten landscapes, and obsolete ecologies. And Liam has co-founded Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a futures think tank envisioning fantastic speculative urban settings of tomorrow.
Apr 09, 2018
Tesla Rideshare Platform with Tesloop & The Carma Blockchain
Tesla is changing the game for what an automobile can do, and can be. Not only are Tesla cars electric, but their data streams can function across a network with unprecedented interactivity. Add increasing autonomous driving capabilities, and the automotive equation changes massively.
My guest today is Rahul Sonnad, the CEO of Tesloop. Tesloop is in operation today, and scaling to make a city-to-city network of Tesla cars available as a fast, affordable, comfortable alternative to plane travel or self driving.
The Tesloop vision extends to putting unused time from any Tesla owner’s vehicle into the system, having it earn money for the owner when not using it personally. Tesloop will base part of these capabilities on the Carma blockchain that creates an efficient market for cars, drivers, passengers and all aspects of repair and maintenance.
More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io
Mar 28, 2018
Roundup: Future Transportation – Autonomous Vehicles + Flying Cars + Smart Cities

Exploring news about Autonomous Vehicles, Flying Cars and Smart Cities in this roundup analysis.

More at www.mindandmachine.io

Mar 17, 2018
Bitcoin & Crypto: What Happens Next, with Tone Vays

As new crypto coins are issued through ICOs at a frenzied pace — Bitcoin, the original, shows the greatest market strength, with the most liquidity, the broadest installed wallet base, and many argue the strongest security.

Today we check back in with Tone Vays, a thought-leader and advisor on everything related to Bitcoin. Our previous episode with Tone was an intro to crypto, and if you're new to the subject I suggest you start there.

Today we expand on the subject of crypto and bitcoin, digging into government regulation, the push-back from large banks, and what separating money from governments could mean for the future.

More at www.MindAndMachine.io

Mar 05, 2018
Roundup: Clean Meat – From the Lab rather than from Animals

Clean Meat is coming — meat created in the Lab, instead of from animals but identical to animal meat in every way, down to the molecular level.

We discuss what this is all about, how realistic it is, and what kind of time frame we're looking at (much sooner than you think).

More at www.mindandmachine.io

Mar 03, 2018
Roundup: : What is CRISPR? Plus 3 Types of ICO + National Digital Currencies

An introductory look at CRISPR, how it works and why it matters. Plus a Cryptocurrency Headline Roundup: We look at Switzerland's categorization of ICOs into three types, and the first state-sponsored digital currency planned to be issued.

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Feb 23, 2018
Virgin Hyperloop One – The Future of Transportation with SVP of Software Matt Jones
Five years ago Elon Musk wrote a white paper proposing an alternative to slow, expensive transportation between distant cities. The idea was to replace air travel and trains with a Hyperloop, a 1,000 km per hour (or 600+ mph) passenger pod shooting through a tube hundreds of mile long in a vacuum, so no air resistance – levitating in the air so it avoids any friction.
My guest today is Matt Jones, senior vice president of software at Virgin Hyperloop One, the leading developer of hyperloop technology. With Richard Branson now as the company's Chairman, and a fully functional hyperloop segment at their Nevada development facility, Virgin Hyperloop One is close to bringing this vision to reality around the world.
We explore how the hyperloop works, and how it will transform the way we live.
More on Hyperloop One:
Hyperloop One: http://hyperloop-one.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HyperloopOne
Matt Jones: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattjonesprofile/
Feb 13, 2018
Virtual Humans with the USC Director for Virtual Human Research, Jonathan Gratch
When you combine natural language interface, emotion modeling, CG animation, and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, you get lifelike computer characters with autonomous interaction.
This new kind of digital actor is called a Virtual Human, and can be deployed across a wide spectrum of functions -- enabling authentic human interaction with machines. From psychological counseling to education to customer service to endless other applications, virtual humans will play an increasingly active role in society.
My guest today is Jonathan Gratch, Director for Virtual Human Research at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies -- among the most comprehensive research and development facilities for Virtual Humans. Jon is also a USC Research Professor of Psychology and Computer Science – the two areas most central to the development of Virtual Humans.
We talk with Jon about emotional interactive machines, what we learn about human beings by modeling human behavior in algorithms, and the potential for people developing emotional connections to digital agents.
Feb 06, 2018
Origin of the Universe & Cosmic Inflation with NASA JPL & Caltech Scientist James Bock

Today we’re going investigate the past — the most distant past imaginable: the Origin of the Universe. “How did the universe form” is such a profound question, that it informs everything we do today, and everything that will come next.

My guest is James Bock. James is a Caltech Professor of Physics and NASA JPL Senior Research Scientist running experiments on what happened right after the Big Bang. As a leading cosmologist and astrophysicist, he and his team are at the forefront of understanding how the universe came to be.

Today we explore how the universe formed, how such research is conducted, and why understanding the origins of the universe is important.

More on James and his work at: http://cosmology.caltech.edu/

Jan 30, 2018
Neuromorphic Computing, AI Chips Emulating the Brain with Kelsey Scharnhorst

Today we explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Neuromorphic Computing with computer chips that emulate the biological neurons and synapses in the brain. Neuro-biological chip architectures enable machines to solve very different kinds of problems than traditional computers, the kinds of problems we previously thought only humans could tackle.

My guest today is Kelsey Sharnhorst. Kelsey is an Artificial Neural Network Researcher at UCLA. Her research lab (Gimzewski Lab under James Gimzewski) is focused on creating neuromorphic computer chips and further developing their capabilities.

We’ll talk with Kelsey about how neuromorphic computing is different, how neural-biological computer architecture works, and how it will be used in the future.

Jan 15, 2018
Building AI Minds & Artificial Intelligence Growth with Michael Miller
Today we look at a fascinating approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in which a mind is created at an infant-like level, with no knowledge and limited ability. Then it learns and develops from scratch through its own experience within the body of a device -- be it a robot body or a toaster.
My guest today is Michael Miller, author of the new book “Building Minds with Patterns”. Michael is an expert at natural-growth AI development. I’ve had numerous conversations with Michael and come away every time blown away by the scope of his vision and his insights across psychology and the potential of thinking machines.
Today we’ll explore how this natural-growth AI process works, and its potential to impact society.
Jan 08, 2018
OpenBazaar: Bitcoin Peer-to-Peer Marketplace with Brian Hoffman
Today we look at OpenBazaar, the leading Bitcoin marketplace for goods and services. Can such emerging platforms challenge the likes of Amazon, Ebay and Etsy?
Our guest is Brian Hoffman, founder and project lead of OpenBazaar. Brian is backed by leading VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures.
While working for Department of Defense cyber-security consulting units, which included analyzing crypto-currencies, Brian became intrigued by these emerging forms of programmable monetary exchange.
After discovering open source code created at a hackathon for a decentralized Bitcoin marketplace, Brian decided to build-out the code into a fully functional and expanding commerce platform called OpenBazaar. OpenBazaar is receiving a great deal of attention for its potential to disrupt existing centralized marketplaces such as Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy.
More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io
Dec 18, 2017
Media Tech and A Look Into the Future with Joanna Popper
Today we begin with a discussion surveying a wide range of future technologies, then we dive deeper into the changing media landscape.
Our guest today is Joanna Popper. Joanna has been the Executive Vice President of Media and Marketing at Singularity University, a pioneering institute teaching and fostering frontier technologies. Prior to that she was a Vice President at NBC Universal, developing strategies across digital, social and mobile.Joanna now works directly with a wide range of companies implementing transformational media tech.
More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io
Dec 11, 2017
ICO + Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) turned “Organisms" with Ismail Malik

Today we explore Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, or DAOs -- blockchain algorithms with the potential to perform the entire functionality of corporations or government agencies... without a single employee.

Our guest today is Ismail Malik, a pioneer in Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, pushing the concept even further to what he believes will more accurately be Decentralized Autonomous Organisms -- where the blockchain algorithms’ behaviours go beyond that of an organization into the realm of a dynamic, learning, growing entity that behaves organically.

Ismail is the CEO of Blockchain Lab, which specializes in the most ambitious and hardest Blockchain concept implementations. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of “ICO Crowd” Magazine and a thought leader in ICOs, or Initial Coin Offerings.

We cover ambitious and massively disruptive uses of Blockchains, then we discuss what ICOs are, dispel common misconceptions, and examine where they are most effective.

More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

Dec 04, 2017
Discovery’s Experiential Storytelling in Virtual Reality (VR) with Jeff Abramson

Discovery is pursuing bold new methods of storytelling across their media portfolio (Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, etc...). This week we talk with Jeff Abramson, the Head of Virtual Reality Content Development and Programming for Discovery Communications, and get his insights into what makes immersive media (VR, AR, MR and such) compelling as well as where he sees it heading in the future.

More at www.mindandmachine.io

Nov 27, 2017
Lytro “Light Field” Photography and Image Processing with Steven Swanson
We dive into the emerging arena of “computational photography” -- where cameras capture increasingly complex data that computers process to enable imagery never before possible.
One of the most mind blowing areas of “Computational Photography” is “Light Field” imagery, which redefines much of what we took for granted about photo capture. With “Light Field” captures, we can change focus, depth of field and aperture at any point after the image has been taken.
It also enables some degree of camera angle positioning to be adjusted in post-production. Or when viewing in frameless Augmented or Virtual Reality, it enables the viewer to move side-to-side and see the angel-of-view in the environment adjust real-time with your body positioning.
The leader in “Light Field” photography is a company called Lytro
Our guest today is Steven Swanson, the Executive Director of Content Partnerships for Lytro. Steven is active in many of the most bold, innovative media-tech projects today. Prior to Joining Lytro, Steven was a VFX Supervising Producer with Luma Pictures, one of the most prominent Hollywood VFX houses.
We explore the current state and potential of “Light Field” photography, dive into Lytro’s next-generation product the “Volume Light Tracer”, and get Steven’s insight into the evolution of immersive media.
Nov 20, 2017
Artificial Intelligence + The Neuroscience of App Addiction with Ramsay Brown

1st Half: The Neuroscience of App Addiction
2nd Half: Artificial Intelligence from a Neuroscience Perspective  (at 24:45)

Apps are designed to grab us and keep us hooked as long as possible, as often as possible. Addictive traits built into the apps manipulate us at a primal biological level -- creating a stimulus/response pattern that can re-program our behaviors over time.

The increasing role of Artificial Intelligence will inevitably hand-off some of this addictive-design work, setting up a scenario where we shift from people programming machines, to machines programming humans.

Our guest today is Ramsay Brown. Ramsay is a neuroscientist, working at the intersection of the human mind, software design, and artificial intelligence.

Ramsay has degrees from USC in Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics, working on projects such as a “Google Maps” for the brain, and new forms of human-mind communication with machines.

He’s now the co-founder of Dopamine Labs, a company that uses AI and Neuroscience to increase the addictiveness of apps that reinforce good habits, and to break app addiction where we find it harmful.

More at http://www.mindandma

Nov 13, 2017
Augmented Reality SmartGlasses from ODG + the Future of Media-Tech with Keith Boesky

This week on the show we take a look at Augmented Reality SmartGlasses from AR hardware leader ODG, and explore the fast changing tech landscape, entrepreneurship, and how media-tech in particular is transforming our world.

Our guest is Keith Boesky, an advisor and board member to many of the fastest rising ventures in the west coast tech-media scene — including ODG, an established hardware leader in the augmented reality space.

Keith is a former president of top-tier gaming company Eidos, where he led the introduction of AAA games such as Tomb Raider. He appears as a tech thought leader on news shows across CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC and is sought for insight by numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

More at: https://www.MindAndMachine.io

Nov 09, 2017
Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, ICO and Internet Privacy with Tone Vays

Bitcoin is capturing headlines with it’s sharp rise in price, giving credibility to the claim that it has the potential to become major disruptor in the global economy.

Our guest today is Tone Vays. Tone is a former Wall Street guy, having worked as a systems analyst at Bear Stearns and then JP Morgan. He has now become a thought-leader and advisor on everything related to Bitcoin. He’s an influencer in the space at Blockchain trade shows, through his YouTube Channel and Podcast, and via his blog. He has a wide range of consulting clients on issues related to Bitcoin and trading.

We discuss Bitcoin, what makes it promising and why its price is rising so quickly. We compare alternate cryptocurrencies, discuss ICOs, and explore internet security and privacy.

Nov 06, 2017
Renewable Energy, Batteries and the Future of Power with Duwayno Robertson
With fossil fuels polluting the earth’s atmosphere and being in finite supply, technological advances in renewable energy such as solar, hydropower and wind are becoming more essential for our future.  Batteries are at the core of making renewables power possible.
Our guest today is Duwayno Robertson. He’s an expert on batteries for future-forward automobiles and renewable energy systems.
Duwayno was a Fisker Automotive lead engineer overseeing everything that interacted with the battery, helping to create the ahead-of-it’s-time Fisker Karma eco-luxury automobile with its solar paneled roof and groundbreaking hybrid engine.
Since then he’s worked at two leading renewable-energy companies: Aquion and AGL, building a sustainable energy future.
We explore a full range of renewable energy opportunities and challenges. And we look at potential breakthroughs on the horizon.
More at http://www.mindandmachine.io
Oct 30, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 Technology Review

Review of the Future-Tech vision of Blade Runner 2049 — how it relates to actual development currently underway, and its potential connection to our technological future.

A look at Augmented Reality, Holograms, Synthetic Biological Robots, DNA Storage, Memory-Tech, and Vintage Futuristic,

The first of a series of shorter "thought piece" recordings.

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Oct 26, 2017
Intro to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency with Hudson Jameson

In this episode we do an introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, beginning with basic definitions and then building into more complex concepts.

Our guest is Hudson Jameson, the COO and Co-Founder of Oaken Innovations, a company focused on enhancing “Internet of Things” smart-devices with Blockchain technology. They’re using blockchain to empower the increasing array of app-controlled smart devices in our lives (from cars to medical devices to household thermostats, lights and much more).

Hudson is also a member of the Ethereum Foundation, governing the popular and rapidly growing Ethereum crypto-currency.

More on Hudson: https://hudsonjameson.com
Oaken Innovations: https://www.oakeninnovations.com
Ethereum Foundation: https://ethereum.org


Oct 23, 2017
Fractals: Coherent Chaos with Anders Hjemdahl

We take a highly visual dive into Fractals — what they are, what they mean and what they reveal to us. It's an astonishing look into mysterious mathematical riddles that create infinite multi-dimensional worlds with a very sci-fi feel.

Our guest is Anders Hjemdahl, a creative technologist who combines bold creative vision with a deep technological skillset. He’s been working in and on fractals for over 20 years, currently creating an extensive book exploring the mystery, science and beauty of fractal worlds.

Anders has a deep history in computer science, computer graphics, and media production. He is developing immersive-media in VR and AR, creating unprecedented windows into fractal worlds through these new technologies. His company, Pacific Virtual Reality, works on a wide range of commercial and artistic frameless media projects.

Extensive fractal visuals that accompany this episode, check out the video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/bUp7IK7XcdM

Oct 12, 2017
SpaceX: Working at SpaceX & Building the Future of Space Exploration

SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk are redefining what it means to be a bold, forward-thinking company. With the goal of making humankind interplanetary, they've shattered expectations of what’s possible in a very short time period, and have re-invigorated our dreams about space exploration.

Our guest today is Daniel Frohlich. Daniel was the very first intern with SpaceX back in 2002 when the company was just starting as a tiny team of fifteen people. Then after completing programs in aeronautical engineering at USC, Daniel returned to SpaceX for a fascinating career on the Dragon space capsule engineering team.

Daniel shares his experience through the years at Space X and gives us an insight into what it’s like working there. Then we look into the near and medium-term future, examining what we can expect in space travel.

More on SpaceX and Daniel:
Space X Website: http://www.spacex.com
Daniel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ziggyfro


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Oct 09, 2017
Making Artificial Intelligence & Robots with Sabri Sansoy

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are getting a lot of attention these days. But with all the utopian dreams and cautionary warnings effortlessly tossed around in headlines, I get excited looking at real, tangible use-cases happening now.

My guest today is Sabri Sansoy -- he's created a "cognitive" Met Gala Gown powered by IBM Watson, a race car controlled by human voices across the internet, and a robot crab that cleans up trash on the beach.

Sabri focuses on several sectors of AI: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, and Robotics. We’ll talk with him about each.

Sabri is the CEO of Orchanic, a robotics and artificial intelligence lab building the machines and intelligent code paving the way for the future.

He comes from an engineering background at MIT and has worked at leading ad agencies and for top production companies as an AI creative artist.

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Oct 02, 2017
Holograms & Live Holographic Performances with Peter Martin

Holographic Pioneer and Immersive Experience Creative Director Peter Martin is at the forefront of creating holographic live performances, having helped bring to life virtual performances with artists such as Gorillaz and M.I.A.. He is now coordinating with nearly a dozen popular performers and the estates of deceased artists to create iconic live concerts that would be impossible without holographic technology.

Peter is the founder of VALIS Studios. Working closely with cutting edge technology developers like Intel and 8i, Peter is pushing the boundaries of immersive experience, storytelling, and digital art.

Sep 25, 2017
Virtual Smithsonian Art Museum Experiences in Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality with Peter Martin

Virtual Artist, Holographic Magician, and Immersive Creative Director Peter Martin has had a remarkable career — from launching an influential music magazine as a teenager, to producing music videos and interactive projects for bands like Gorillaz, to bringing holographic performances to life with MIA, and enabling Smithsonian Art Museum visitors to vanish into immersive virtual worlds as they physically approach the artwork.

Peter is the founder of VALIS Studios. Working closely with cutting edge technology developers like Intel and 8i, Peter is pushing the boundaries of immersive experience, storytelling, and digital art.


Sep 21, 2017
Social Personal Robots & Artificial Intelligence with Roboticist Ross Mead

In this episode we look at natural interfaces with robots, and what the future will be like when personal social robots join us in our homes.

Our guest is Dr. Ross Mead, a robotics and artificial intelligence expert. While getting his PhD in Computer Science at USC, he focused on natural interfaces and spatial awareness with robots. Now Ross is the Founder and CEO of Semio, a company that creates software for social robots. Their development tools integrate speech and body language into smart machines, defining the way in which people will live, work, and play with robots in the future.

We talk with Ross about where robots and AI are today, and where they’re heading. We explore opportunities to improve our world through these technologies, and the risks and dangers associated with them.

Semio: https://semio.ai


Sep 18, 2017
Working Inside Virtual Space with Computer Scientist Steven Schkolne

While earning his PhD in computer science at Caltech, Steven Schkolne laid the foundations for popular Virtual Reality art programs like Tilt Brush and Quill -- 15 years ahead of the rest of the world.

He is now building a VR-based tool for creating digital objects for video games such as Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto 5. His VR tool, called 3dSunshine, creates objects useable both inside and outside of VR, a new breed of VR software laying the groundwork that will enable the workforce of the future.

Steven shares his insights with us based on 19 years of experimenting with and creating Virtual Reality, insights that often run contrary to current VR conventional wisdom.

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Sep 12, 2017
Our Augmented Reality Future: HoloLens & Beyond with Leading AR Developer Philippe Lewicki

Augmented Reality is the next computer interface, laying a 3D digital layer over the real world. The AR layer presents real-time, dynamic information and mixes realistic digital objects with the physical space in our line of sight.

In this episode August speaks with Philippe Lewicki, founder of AfterNow — one of very few companies this stage dedicated exclusively to developing Augmented Reality content. Philippe and his team have created some of the most discussed and pioneering applications available for the HoloLens, working as one of the few agencies Microsoft has selected as a development partner.

Philippe is also familiar with the range of the AR hardware currently in development, looking at which platform will create the most potential for future development. While making enterprise AR applications, he’s excited about the possibility for consumers and is actively introducing this new technology to a wide range of people.

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Sep 08, 2017
NASA Explores Space via AR & VR, with JPL Ops Lab Lead Victor Luo
This week we look at how NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is using emerging media technology such as AR and VR to facilitate research and space exploration.
Our guest is Victor Luo, NASA's Operations Lab Lead at JPL. Victor has been with NASA for nine years, developing cutting edge technology to facilitates the space organization's wide-ranging missions.
Victor shares with us how NASA is using immersive media on missions today, and how he sees this technology further enhancing operations in the future. JPL is in active R&D development with all immersive media hardware platforms both publicly available (HoloLens, Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Sony Playstation VR) and unreleased development devices (Magic Leap, Meta and many more).
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Ops Lab Youtube: http://yt.vu/+nasa_opslab
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Aug 28, 2017
Future of Automotive Transportation with fmr. Head of Marketing for All GM Car Divisions

Today we explore the future of automobile transportation — from driverless vehicles to new consumer models where Uber-like apps serve up on-demand computer-operated vehicles custom tailored to our needs at any given moment... eliminating the need to own, park, or insure our own cars.

Our guest is Mike Jackson. Mike knows the automotive industry inside and out. As the Vice President of Marketing & Advertising for General Motors, he was responsible for the marketing and media efforts for all eight GM vehicle divisions. Heading marketing for GM gave him tremendous access throughout the industry.

Mike is now involved in a number of tech companies transforming the automotive industry — from a social network and vehicle access app for Bentley owners, to Virtual Reality test drives, to redefining how the car auction market works for dealers.

More on Mike at:
Company: https://www.2050mktg.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelAJaxson
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacksonmike1

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Aug 28, 2017
Game World Simulations & Modeling Reality to Shape our Future

In this episode we explore what we can learn from video games and multi-player digital experiences as we move into an immersive media future — discussing game models as simulations to understand human behavior.

Our guest today: Spencer Hunt has been the Senior Vice President of Gaming and Interactive Entertainment at Skydance, and prior to that VP of Digital Entertainment at Paramount Pictures. He has been deeply involved in video game development, and has had an insider’s view on a wide range of thinking and analysis of interactive platforms.

Spencer has also been deeply involved in the move into virtual reality, augmented reality, and social platforms in digital and immersive environments. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spencerhunt


Discussion Points in this episode:
• What makes a video games succeed?
• Simulations: Insights on human behavior. Digital Organisms.
• Virtual Societies. What makes communities and digital economies grow in virtual worlds?
• What can we learn form video games and game worlds to bring to other forms of immersive media?
• How will VR/AR add to digital experiences.
• How will social happen in virtual space? Lessons from multiplier games in the non-gaming virtual world?


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Aug 28, 2017
Virtual Reality Characters & Future of VR with Limitless Founder Tom Sanocki

Pixar and Bungie veteran Tom Sanocki is the CEO and founder of Limitless Ltd, building extraordinary new tools for creating CG animated characters that come to life in VR — responding to voice and other stimuli, interacting in remarkably authentic ways. Having worked on character creation for years at Pixar and video game leader Bungie, Tom is uniquely suited to share insights on virtual character technology today and where it will go in the age of artificial intelligence.

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Aug 28, 2017
Future of Virtual Realty with Felix & Paul Studios CCO Ryan Horrigan

Ryan Horrigan, Chief Content Officer of Felix & Paul Studios, talks about the current and future state of Virtual Reality and how it may ultimately impact our world. Ryan has a unique perspective as the head of content development for one of the most prominent VR studios. If there's an inner circle of VR creation, Ryan and Felix & Paul Studios are at the center. So we get an insightful look at where immersive media is heading.

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Aug 28, 2017