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Chapter 3: The Power of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov We suffer not from the events in our lives but from our stories about them. Epictetus The most powerful stories are stories about things that… Continue Reading →

Chapter 2: The Story of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Chapter 2: The Story of Story The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein Humanity has searched for… Continue Reading →

Chapter 3: The Power of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Chapter 3: The Power of Story We suffer not from the events in our lives but from our stories about them. Epictetus The… Continue Reading →

Chapter 1: The Definition of Story

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov     Chapter 1: The Definition of Story We started our thought experiment with Kenneth Burke’s definition of story as “equipment for living.” Burke offers… Continue Reading →

ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future

an alternative thought experiment by Nikola Danaylov Part  I: Story People always find it easier to be a result of the past rather than a cause of the future. Unknown Are we just billiard balls in a predetermined cosmic game of pool?… Continue Reading →

Gus Hosein on Privacy: We’ve been well-meaning but stupid

Dr. Gus Hosein is a 20+year-veteran of Privacy International. So to say that he knows a lot about privacy will be an understatement. But his knowledge is not merely academic. Gus and his scrappy team of privacy crusaders have fought the long… Continue Reading →

Francesca Ferrando on Philosophical Posthumanism (267)

Though admittedly posthumanist, Francesca Ferrando‘s Philosophical Posthumanism is the best book on transhumanism that I have read so far. I believe that it is a must-read for transhumanists and non-transhumanists alike. In fact, one can argue that Ferrando’s book ranks… Continue Reading →

Kim Stanley Robinson on Climate Change and the Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson has an asteroid named after him. The reason for that is simple: Stan, as he’s often known among people who know him, is one of the best-known contemporary authors of classic [hard] science fiction. He has written… Continue Reading →

Matthew Cole on Vegan Sociology, Ethics, Transhumanism and Technology

Dr. Matthew Cole is the only vegan sociologist that I know of. His unique point of view on veganism, especially its implications with respect to ethics, transhumanism, and the application of technology, has already left a mark on the way… Continue Reading →

Thomas Homer-Dixon on Climate Change and Commanding Hope

Thomas Homer-Dixon is one of Canada’s most celebrated intellectuals. Luckily, he was also one of my Professors at the University of Toronto whose class on complexity has left an indelible mark on me. So when I heard that after a… Continue Reading →

Maria Farrell on Technology, Ethics, Stories and the Prodigal Techbro

Maria Farrell is the author of some of my most favorite op-ed pieces of 2020. She is very smart, gutsy, genuine, feisty, generous, and Irish. Her writing is sharper, it penetrates deeper and she’s not afraid to go further than… Continue Reading →

Futurist.COM Founder Glen Hiemstra on 40 Years of Futurism

Glen Hiemstra has been a futurist for close to 40 years. But if you think his specialty is forecasting the future then you’d be wrong. No. Hiemstra’s focus has not been on the most probable, or even the possible future…. Continue Reading →

Laura Major and Julie Shah on What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots

Hans Moravec famously claimed that robots will be our (mind) children. If true, then, it is natural to wonder What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots? This is the question that Laura Major and Julie Shah – two expert robot… Continue Reading →

Ex-Google Design Ethicist Tristan Harris on Technology and Human Downgrading

Tristan Harris is one of my heroes. And I don’t know about you but I am much more demanding and harder on my heroes. I just expect them to hold themselves to a higher standard, to know more, to do more,… Continue Reading →

Sir Martin Rees on the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Today my guest is a world-renowned cosmologist and Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. Martin has written 11 books and more than 500 scientific papers on topics ranging from the Big Bang and cosmology to technology and the future of humanity…. Continue Reading →

Juan Enriquez on Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics

Juan Enriquez is a bestselling author, TED All-Star with 9 TED Talks, and countless TEDx talks. Juan is an angel investor and Managing Director of Excel Venture Management. He has sailed around the world on an expedition that increased the… Continue Reading →

Chris Hables Gray Predicts Global Pandemic in 2013

Prof. Chris Hables Gray is someone whose work on both war and the cyborg is a must read for anyone interested in those topics. I have followed Gray’s work for over 10 years and have read at least 3 of his… Continue Reading →

Debora Spar on Work, Mate, Marry, Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny

Debora Spar is a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean of Harvard Business School Online. Her research focuses on issues of gender and technology as well as the interplay between technological change and broader… Continue Reading →

Melanie Mitchell on AI: Intelligence is a Complex Phenomenon (257)

Melanie Mitchell is the Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, and Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University. Prof. Mitchell is the author of a number of interesting books such as Complexity: A Guided Tour and Artificial Intelligence: A Guide… Continue Reading →

Jenny Kleeman on Sex Robots and Vegan Meat (256)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Jenny Kleeman is a journalist who covers award-winning true stories in print, audio, and video. Most recently Kleeman is the author of a meticulously researched and extremely well-written book titled Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the… Continue Reading →

Jacinta González on ICE, Palantir, Big Tech and Surveillance (255)

Jacinta González is not an angel or venture capitalist. She is not a scientist or a technologist. She doesn’t have a Ph.D. in AI or quantum mechanics. She is not an entrepreneur who founded the next unicorn startup. Yet Jacinta’s decade-long… Continue Reading →

Johan Steyn Interviews Nikola Danaylov on Artificial Intelligence (Episode 254)

Last month I did an interview for Johan Steyn. It was a great 45-min-conversation where we covered a variety of topics such as the definition of the singularity; whether we are making progress towards Artificial General Intelligence (AGI); open vs closed… Continue Reading →

Ada Palmer on Viking Ethics, Laws of History, Partial Victories, and Terra Ignota

Ada Palmer is a Professor in History researching the history of science, religion, progress, culture, and many other fascinating topics. She is also a science fiction author of the award-winning Terra Ignota series beginning with Too Like the Lightning, which explores a twenty-fifth civilization… Continue Reading →

Aaron Benanav on Automation, Technological Unemployment and UBI

Prof. Aaron Benanav has devoted his life to studying unemployment. Given that automation, technological unemployment, and universal basic income have become hot political and economic issues across the world, it was about time to have a podcast episode exclusively on those topics…. Continue Reading →

Futurist Karl Schroeder on Foresight and Strangemaking COVID19

Karl Schroeder is not only a great science fiction writer but also a professional futurist who has mastered both the art and science. I invited Schroeder back on my podcast for a brief discussion of foresight in the context of the… Continue Reading →

Prof. Ada Palmer on Pandemics, Progress, History, Teleology and the Singularity

Ada Palmer is a Professor in History researching the history of science, religion, progress, culture and many other fascinating topics. She is also a science fiction author of the award-winning Terra Ignota series beginning with Too Like the Lightning, which explores a twenty-fifth civilization… Continue Reading →

Canadian SF Author Karl Schroeder: We’re living in a moment of creative possibility

People often ask me about my most favorite interview I have ever done. And my usual reply is that interviews are like children, even if we have our favorites it is not wise to express that outwardly because all kinds… Continue Reading →

Prof. Massimo Pigliucci: Accompany science and technology with a good dose of philosophy

I have previously interviewed a few fantastic scientists and philosophers but rare are those strange birds who manage to combine together both deep academic training and the living ethos of those separate disciplines. Prof. Massimo Pigliucci is one of those very rare… Continue Reading →

Andreas Antonopoulos: Just because you don’t need bitcoin, doesn’t mean it’s not needed.

I first met Andreas Antonopoulos at the 2014 Bitcoin Expo conference in Toronto, Canada. At that time Andreas was already established as the most publicly recognized expert in the field of crypto-currency, not in the least due to his impressive capacity to… Continue Reading →

Media Theorist Douglas Rushkoff on Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff has been named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT. He is an award-winning author, broadcaster, media theorist and documentarian who studies human autonomy in the digital age. Rushkoff is the host of the popular Team Human podcast… Continue Reading →

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