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Tuesday
Aug302011

Videoing in Public Places, Hurricane Intelligence actions, new green funerals, diamond planet, Virtual Personaforms

Listen Now Dr. Future 8.30.11

With guest futurist Greg Panos in the studio today, anthing can and will happen.  Top of the news is the story of being able to film cops in action in public places, a contentious issue that brings forth the First Amendment.  Meanwhile, our Intel agencies are doing their bit to clean up Hurricane Irene, and a new more green method of funerals is being tried in Florida.  

Greg delves deeply into the idea of your own evolving personal presence in cyberspace, your “personal personnaform.” To both illustrate and entertain,  Dr. Future experiments with a few synthetic voices doing the news.

It’s also the week of Burning Man, and we have  a live report from 13-year old Ciaran Farley, his first burn, in the midst of Black Rock City in Nevada. We also hear from John Graham, who is making sure we have a live feed 24/7 from the playa.  That and a diamond planet, a UCSC Galaxy Simulator, the biggest data drive ever, and human powered tech, all on the show’s link’s page..

Tuesday
Aug232011

Predictions, Pre-crime and the iP/hone/pad App Phenomenon

Listen Now Dr. Future 8.23.11

 It’s funny how the idea of ‘prediction’ has been so prevalent today.   First, was a demo of an alien oracle, recently created by this week’s guest, Santa Cruz’s own iPhone/iPad app developer Mark Buchanon.  Then there were the stories, today’s stories, beginning with the use of what’s known as ‘predictive policing’ by the Santa Cruz Police Dept. And there is the National Institutes of Health’s use of new computational software that allows the predicting of new uses for old drugs. And let us not forget Stanford researcher’s new method for predicting dangerous solar flares!  All covered in our news segment..

And for the second segment of our show, programmer Mark Buchanon educates us about the entreprenurial opportunies in developing iPhone/iPad apps, a billion dollar industry that did not exist a scant 3 years ago!  Oh yes, that er, “Alien Oracle’ app is pretty amazing, based on a visual trinary code, but not quite yet ready for primetime.. soon..

Tuesday
Aug162011

Denise Gallant, video pioneer, discusses artistry in video now, her illustrious career, and what's next in the world of media.

In Dr. Future News today, we discuss the amazing Montreal Amphi-bus, the Google acquisiton of Motorola, Anonymous’s plans to destroy Facebook, breakthroughs in biofuel production, hybrid hydrogen power systems for your roof, and flash mobs shutting down BART stations.
In the second part of the show, we feature Denise Gallant, a Santa Cruz video pioneer who has spanned to analog to digital chasm with great aplomb.  A graduate of UCLA Film School, she has worked on many projects with the big boyz, i.e.,  ABC, CBS, NBC, helped pioneer the VJ scene by co-creating and operating for years one fo the first video synthesizers, pioneered special effects for Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Tangerine Dream and Supertramp, and is currently a board member of the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and media teacher at Cabrillo College.
We share a rousing discussion and interview with her, covering some of the latest and greatest projects and trends in the media world.
Tuesday
Aug092011

Hacker warnings, Kinect 3D scanning, Flexible screens, Holographic Universe, Large Antimatter Cache, DNA from Space? 

 Listen Now Dr. Future Show 8.09.11

 

Live from our vacation in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. and Mrs. Future discuss with our guest co-host in KSCO’s new studio, Michael Shane Sigmon, the Future News  of today, including hacker warnings to RIM, Blackberry’s creator, Taliban anti-helicopter strategies, how the Kinect Box is revolutionizing 3D scanning on an archaeological dig, the rise of insanely flexible screens, more evidence of a holographic universe, motion capture in the streets, DNA building blocks from space, a major cache of antimater found, and the world’s largest stop motion animation via cell phone cams.  

As an extra bonus, you’ll also meet Dr. Future’s family, ‘Mother Future’, and ‘Sister Future’.. :-)

Tuesday
Aug022011

Scientist Joe Jordan and Solar expert Carl Reuter on the Future of Solar Energy, Now..

Listen Now Dr. Future Show 8.02.11

Much has been promised from the world of solar energy, the potential is unbelievable.  There is more power in the solar energy hitting the planet every day, for example, than all our reserves of coal and oil. But what has actually been delivered so far, and what can we expect in the near future, given the rapid advance of technology and our will to use it? 

Joe Jordan, founder of Sky-Power, has worked at NASA Ames for 20+ years and is very bullish on solar.   He is an affiliate of ASES (American Solar Energy Society), NCSEA (Northern California Solar Energy Association), and CARET (Consortium for Advancing Renewable Energy Technologies).  

Carl Reuter has a long history in solar, having installed many a backwoods system, long before the recent advent of Grid-tie solar that has brought many young companies to the market.  He has been in the solar trenches locally and can give us a very pragmatic perspective of what is real now with solar.