Episodes
In this podcast, Michal Klaus, CEO at Ataccama, discusses what is required by governments around the world to successfully reopen their economies after the devastating impacts of Covid-19. The interview is conducted by Ron Powell, independent analyst and industry expert for the BeyeNetwork and executive producer for The World Transformed Fast Forward Series.
Published 06/11/20
In this edition of Fast Forward, Simon Bain, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ShieldIO and David Hicks (Vice President, Worldwide ISV Cloud Business Development and Marketing) with Oracle join us to discuss one of the biggest challenges software developers face in this era of heightened data security and strict regulatory requirements.  More than ever, application developers and testers need access to live data (not masked and fake data) to ensure that their solutions are effective...
Published 10/30/19
Published 10/30/19
Smart Cities, Part 2 Bill Pugh joins host Phil Bowermaster for an in-depth discussion of how smart cities are conceptualized and how smart city initiatives are rolled out. Bill explains how Smart Cities initiatives began with cities recognizing that they had unused or underused data assets and began looking for ways to use that data to address real-world problems. He also explains why it’s important to start addressing these kinds of issues regionally versus city by city. Other topics...
Published 10/23/19
What if the planet Mars were to be made more Earth-like: the kind of place where human beings and other Earth life forms could live comfortably. Could we do it? Should we? Phil and Stephen discuss. NextBigFuture says we can and tells how to do it: Terraforming Mars in 50 Years with Large Orbital Mirrors, Bacteria and Factories https://bit.ly/2U58VSA George Dvorsky at Gizmodo says we'll never settle Mars: Humans Will Never Colonize Mars https://bit.ly/2BhENec Meanwhile, one guy is...
Published 10/17/19
Smart Cities, Part 1 In this edition of Fast Forward, Frannie Mattews, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, joins us to discuss the many ways that Smart City technologies are transforming transportation, the workplace, and the communities in which we live. This show is Part 1 in our new ongoing series on Smart Cities.  How will smart cities impact the economy and quality of life of the communities where they are  deployed? And what is the human impact of these technologies? Kicking...
Published 09/07/19
What would you make if you had a machine that could make anything? One day soon we may have machines that can do exactly that. The most famous example of the Universal Assembler is probably the Replicator from Star Trek. What do you need -- Equipment? Clothes? A Cup of Tea?  Recent developments suggest such a device may be closer than many of us expect. A Real World 'Star Trek' Replicator Is Now Possible Thanks To New Breakthrough https://bit.ly/2Ua7WAx A startup with alumni from MIT...
Published 08/29/19
With a habitable super-Earth and  UFOs back in the news, we have to ask: Are we going to find the aliens or have they already come to see us? Could There Be Life? This Newfound 'Super-Earth' May Be Habitable https://bit.ly/2YN5fK5 Only 31 light years away! Pretty close for an earth-like planet. But then there’s this… The Hunt Is On for Alpha Centauri’s Planets https://bit.ly/2Ytlz3h Snake-like UFOs seen across US ‘could be military craft used by Space...
Published 08/24/19
With a habitable super-Earth and  UFOs back in the news, we have to ask: Are we going to find the aliens or have they already come to see us? Could There Be Life? This Newfound 'Super-Earth' May Be Habitable https://bit.ly/2YN5fK5 Only 31 light years away! Pretty close for an earth-like planet. But then there’s this… The Hunt Is On for Alpha Centauri’s Planets https://bit.ly/2Ytlz3h Snake-like UFOs seen across US ‘could be military craft used by Space...
Published 08/24/19
NASA's idea for making food from thin air just became a reality — it could feed billions https://bit.ly/2Zdu1zL It's not like you can make food out of thin air. Well…it turns out you can. A company from Finland, Solar Foods, is planning to bring to market a new protein powder, Solein, made out of CO2, water and electricity. It's a high-protein, flour-like ingredient that contains 50 percent protein content, 5–10 percent fat, and 20–25 percent carbs. It reportedly looks and tastes like wheat...
Published 08/21/19
Daniel Mintz,  Chief Data Evangelist at Looker, steps us through some common misconceptions about who uses data for business, how they are using it, and what the future of business intelligence looks like.     Today's businesses face unprecedented challenges when it comes to the size and complexity of their data sets. New technologies allow more widespread and sophisticated access to data assets than ever before.  With such capabilities at our fingertips, it is easy to assume that the future...
Published 08/16/19
Phil and Stephen review the legacy of the first moon landing. We’re now as far in time from the moon landing as that event  was from the end of World War I. What does it mean to live in a world where the moon landing is (practically) ancient history? Why is the moon landing still important? Writing for the L.A. Times,  Ayn Rand had the following to say about Apollo 11: That we had seen a demonstration of man at his best, no one could doubt — this was the cause of the event’s attraction...
Published 08/03/19
In this edition of Fast Forward on the World Transformed, Jake Freivald,  Vice President of Product Marketing at Information Builders, talks with us about how rethinking data integration can open up new possibilities for data analysis.     As the buzz surrounding big data recedes, organizations find that they still face significant challenges when it comes to deriving business value from their data. More than ever, businesses need a clear understanding that comes from exploring the deep...
Published 07/24/19
In this edition of Fast Forward our guest Mitch Rosenberg talks with Phil Bowermaster and Ron Powell about how robots that teach can revolutionize the way kids learn.    In an increasingly data-driven world, do we need new approaches to encourage technical literacy at a young age? What about the need for kids to interact with real objects in the real world? And to develop both their creative and quantitative skills?  The founding of KinderLab and the origin of KIBO Coding with wooden...
Published 02/14/19
Parallel Universes, Mandela Effect, Reincarnation Digital Consciousness with Jim Elvidge, Part 3 Here's Part 1: https://youtu.be/OpwX_YbmZHg Here's Part 2: https://youtu.be/PkwVAzTMnYo We continue our three-part discussion with Jim Elvidge of his new book, Digital Consciousness https://amzn.to/2AXGD3M. In Part 3, Jim explains how digital consciousness theory explains anomalies and paradoxes better than other models.  Topics include: Do we have a soul? Do we experience lives in other...
Published 01/30/19
We continue our three-part discussion with Jim Elvidge of his new book, Digital Consciousness https://amzn.to/2AXGD3M. In Part 2, Jim explains how digital consciousness theory maps to traditional spiritual concepts.  Which philosophical approach makes more sense -- idealism or materialism? What is the appeal of materialism? How did everything start? What is the fundamental nature of reality? What happens to us when we die? What does "immortality" mean? What new light does digital...
Published 01/25/19
Why We're Living in a Simulation Digital Consciousness with Jim Elvidge, Part 1 Jim Elvidge joins us for a three-part discussion of his new book, Digital Consciousness https://amzn.to/2AXGD3M. In Part 1, Jim outlines the scientific evidence that the universe is digital. Sound crazy? There is a lot more evidence than you might suspect!  Topics discussed include: Is the universe continuous or discrete?  Why simulation arguments are consistent with technological evolution. Why simulation...
Published 01/23/19
Time to pick some favorites from the many lists of predictions for 2019 now circulating. Phil narrows it down to two lists with a few predictions from each State of technology in 2019 | Future Forecast https://bit.ly/2R16hhw (Hint: not all of these will happen!) - World’s largest solar park to finish construction - World’s largest offshore wind farm starts completed  - NASA implements the Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management system  - James Webb Space Telescope launched - Cost of...
Published 01/11/19
Phil and Stephen explain that so much good stuff happened in 2018 that it's impossible to recap. You have to just push on and report addtional good news that you missed the first time! The 99 best things that happened in 2018 https://bit.ly/2s4Tr3K 271 million people in India moved out of poverty since 2015 Bangladesh reduced its child mortality rate by 78%  Respiratory disease death rates in China have fallen by 70% since 1990 Best moments in space 2018. Hat-tip to Everyday...
Published 01/05/19
In this edition of FastForward, Martyn Lewis talks with us about one of the biggest challenges that businesses face today: understanding the  buying behavior of their customers. In an online, always-on, personalized digital marketplace, why are businesses struggling more than ever to understand what drives their customers’ purchasing decisions? Is it possible that we have been looking at this thing all wrong?  We discuss: - The five ways customers are buying differently today. - The impact...
Published 12/06/18
A Very Human Future, Part 2 Futurist Steve Wells concludes his conversation with Phil and Stephen about his new book, A Very Human Future. Steve is a global futurist, keynote speaker, and COO of Fast Future, which is a professional foresight firm. He helps clients and event delegates understand the key future factors driving innovation, growth and disruptive change, highlighting the new thinking and business models being enabled by exponential technologies such as AI, immersive technologies...
Published 11/13/18
A Very Human Future, Part 2 Futurist Steve Wells continues his conversation with Phil and Stephen about his new book, A Very Human Future. Steve is a global futurist, keynote speaker, and COO of Fast Future, which is a professional foresight firm. He helps clients and event delegates understand the key future factors driving innovation, growth and disruptive change, highlighting the new thinking and business models being enabled by exponential technologies such as AI, immersive technologies...
Published 11/10/18
A Very Human Future, Part 1 Futurist Steve Wells joins Phil and Stephen to discuss his new book, A Very Human Future. Steve is a global futurist, keynote speaker, and COO of Fast Future, which is a professional foresight firm. He helps clients and event delegates understand the key future factors driving innovation, growth and disruptive change, highlighting the new thinking and business models being enabled by exponential technologies such as AI, immersive technologies like augmented and...
Published 11/08/18
Phil and Stephen celebrate their 800th (!) podcast by making the case for Outrageous Optimism. Now more than ever, we need to be pushing the limits of the possible. Reduction in Poverty Will we one day all be rich, or is that just an outrageously optimistic fantasy? Expansion of Lifespan Will we soon live much longer (and be disease-free) or is that just an outrageously optimistic fantasy? Is there anything we can do about diseases as a category? Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg aim...
Published 11/07/18
What is up with Elon Musk? In this show, recorded right before Musk was fired as Chairman of Tesla, Phil and Stephen work through the timeline of events leading up to his dismissal. Has Musk lost it? Why is there good reason to hope he can keep it together? Elon Musk Is Sending a Japanese Billionaire to the Moon, and He’s Taking a Group of Artists With Him It's Already Too Late, including select quotes from the Joe Rogan interview.  Full Joe Rogan Show  Join us. WT 477-797 Eternity...
Published 10/13/18