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Visionaries – 07.24.17

A hundred and fifty years ago we began to feel the impact of industrialization. Before, artisans made the things we used. After, industrial designers designed prototypes that would then be mass produced. But the era of mass production is ending. Today we talk about new ways of making that will change everything about our lives. We will look at some …

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Visionaries – 07.17.17

“Is the Universe Conscious?” A conversation with Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, emeritus associate and adjunct associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), who has coordinated the astronomy program at that institution, has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, is a Hayden Associate at the American …

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Visionaries – 07.03.17

“Exponential Growth.” Our minds are set up to think “linearly.” If we take 30 one-meter steps, we expect to be 30 meters (30 yards) away. But what if we were to take 30 “exponential” steps? (Each step double the previous — first step 1 meter, second 2 meters, third 4 meters, forth 8 meters, etc.) How far would we have …

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Visionaries – 06.26.17

“Luis Arana.” Another conversation with Luis Arana, senior artificial intelligence engineer for Robots Without Borders. What will our society be like when all is automated and there are very few jobs? Luis’s focus is building humanitarian AI systems and robotics to solve widespread problems in society. See what Luis is up to at: https://robotswithoutborders.io Download this episode (right click and …

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Visionaries – 06.19.17

“Another Look at Marshall McLuhan.” The media guru, Marshall McLuhan, was one of the most quoted figures of the 1960s and one most influential minds of the second half of the 20th century. He remains the best source for understanding the connectivity of our 21st century. Everybody has heard that “the medium is the message,” but what exactly does that …

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Visionaries – 06.12.17

“Creativity and Destruction.” What do Beethoven, Picasso, Thelonious Monk, and Robert Venturi have in common? And share with Angela Duckworth, Lynn Margulis, Kara Walker, and Kathy Acker? They all destroyed an existing cultural form as they created a new one. Today we look at Nietzsche’s para;e of the camel, the lion, and the child as a foundation for creativity. Download …

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Visionaries – 05.08.17

“What’s Up With Science?” We recently had a march for science — ok, most of us are in favor of science, but it looked like that was really a march to support political correctness and to protect big funding for labs that do — who knows what? “Science” has become a buzz word for one’s favorite politics. Let’s look into …

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Visionaries – 05.01.17

“What Ever Happened to the 60s?” For those of us who lived through the 1960s, we each had our own experiences — there were many 60s, some appreciated, some not. For me there was individuality, freedom, expression, openness to other cultures (particularly Eastern cultures), exploration of alternative realities and consciousness. All of which are under repression today. The oppressive hand …