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Thursday
Feb232017

Update on Artificial Intelligence with AI researchers Drs. Eliot Handelman, Andie Sigler and Casey X

Listen Now to Dr. Future Show 2.21.2017

With all the talk these days about bringing jobs back to America, and Bill Gates talking about taxing robots, we catch up with our favorite Artificial Intelligence researchers from Canada. Drs. Eliot Handelman and Andie Sigler, with their Cartoon Network associate, Casey X, give us an update on their latest thinking about AI.  What do humans do if smart robots are doing all the work?  Eliot suggests our species become more focused on creativity, fostering the divine spark within us, something the robots cannot grasp or conceive of as yet. Andie suggests we see the rise of the machines as an extension rather than of foe of ourselves. The question of jobs and education is broached as well by Mrs. Future, who helps in the elucidatation of these topics with our erudite (and fun) guests. Enjoy!

L-R Casey X, Dr.Mrs. Future, Drs. Eliot Handelman, Andie Sigler

Thursday
Feb232017

Future News - AI Bixby Debuts, Mark Cuban and Bill Gates on Robots, Jobs, and Taxes, Silicon Valley's Upcoming Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Dr. Bruce Damer's first-hand report on NASA's choice for the next Mars Rover

Listen Now to Future News 2.21.2017

Lots of great news this week, from a new AI on Samsung gear to getting the robots to pay taxes.  If that idea takes off, you can thank Bill Gates for that!  For today’s show we spoke with Kendall Stevens, about the upcoming Cinequest Film and VR Festival in Silcon Valley next week.  We are particularly curious about how cinematic storytellers will be using the new medium of VR and 360 video, and asked Kendall to tell us a bit about the productions they will be featuring. 

We finish up the news segment of our show with a fresh report from Dr. Bruce Damer on his presentation to a gathering of 260 scientists at the Jet Propulsion Labs last week, deciding where the next Martian rover will land to look for signs of life. Bruce was happy to report that his team’s choice of Gusev Crater is one of the final three choices that the NASA scientists as a whole have chosen, originally from a field of over 30 landing sites. If his site wins, they will be looking for life in an old Martian hot springs, back when it was warm.  Enjoy!





Thursday
Feb162017

Valentines Show - Nick Herbert and August O'Connor of "The Blarney's"

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For our Valentine show this week we bring you love from physicist/penny whistler/poet Nick Herbert with musician August O’Connor.  Long-time Santa Cruz County residents and lovers of Nature, they share with us some whimsical prose, poetry and live music honoring the emotion of love.  And if you are interested in some great walks in nature and semi-secret places to make out outside, keep listening!  

If you enjoy their countenance and music, the full complement of the Blarney’s will be playing this Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Broadway Theater in the Santa Cruz Art League, from 5 - 7p.m. Their music can be previewed here. And Nick’s poetry heard on today’s show can be read at his blog, Quantum Tantra. Enjoy!

August O’Connor and Nick Herbert of the Blarney’s, a Santa Cruz Irish music band

Thursday
Feb162017

Future News - 104 satellites on a single rocket, Where will the next Rover Land?, First Tesla 3's being made, Border Agent makes NASA Scientist unlock phone, Entreprenurial Trump2Cash app, Autonomous Taxi Drones This Summer, Exoplanet Citizen Science, Tim Cook on AR 

Listen Now to Future News 2.14.2017

Wow, 104 sats in one launch, a new ‘world’ record! And just what are all these sats doing? Well, 88 of them are from Planet Labs, whose first major mission is to image all the Earth’s land mass every single day! Also in space news, the JPL Mars team have narrowed down the 2020 rover landing sites from 30 potential locations to three, as the best candidates for discovering any form of microbial life on the Red Planet. This is exciting for us as one of the final locations is one being promulgated by a Dr. Future Show regular, Dr. Bruce Damer, who was presenting to the JPL team this past weekend. 

Lots of other news this week we think is worthy of your attention, including an opportunity for you to discover a new planet!  Enjoy..

The Planet Lab’s Dove 3 Flock before being launched into orbit

Wednesday
Feb082017

Future News - The Drones of Half-Time, Robots Need Only 60 people for New Phone Factory - 650 Humans Freed From Factory Work, Cracks Crack up Elon, AI's Master Poker - "C'mon 'Guys', Leave us a Bone!", A Modest Proposal to US from Canada, Locked-in Syndrome Penetrated, Captain Pike Elated, Scientists Think About Protesting, Uber Takes Flight, What Steve Bannon Thinks He Thinks

Listen Now to The Dr. Future Show 2.07.2017

This show is especially unique in that we broadcasted from our home at Future Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains . A tree across our road kept us from KSCO studios this week, and just as well, for the commute during the storm was long and slow. They drove bumper-to-bumper on slick roads while we enjoyed dinner, sharing the news of the day, relaxing by the fire, all that good stuff. Well, there was also one of Dr. Future’s brothers, who joined us for a rare dinner..and in the end that worked out well too..

Did you seen the half time show of the Superbowl? Lady Ga Ga’s performance was just, wow! Of particular interest to our inner geek was the lightshow performed by Intel drone pilots that enhanced part Lady Gaga’s epic show!

There were also lots of phone calls sprinkled throughtout this week’s thoughtful and entertaining dialog on the topics listed.  One caller, ‘Daddy’, spoke of German experiments to turn Hydrogen, the most abundant gas in the Universe, into a metal!  And Sam, our host at the station this week, was ready to attend clown school, as we update our human skills for the growing robot revolution.  If you can’t beat’em, make’em laugh! 

Remember The Menagerie, the Star Trek story where we are introduced to Captain Pike, who was captain of the Enterprise before Kirk? We finally have the techology that allows a ‘locked in’ person like Pike to communicate with the rest of us! The good news is that the locked in people interviewed  say that they are happy to be alive (and can’t wait for the alien telempathic VR that Captain Pike so enjoys)

And why should we care about what Steve Bannon thinks? Largely because of his relationship with the President, he’s helping to steer the ship known as America, and we’d like to see his navigational charts and where we are on them! Enjoy..