Ep. 31 - The Chemistry of Self-Driving Cars with Covestro

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Paul Platte, Senior Marketing Manager at Covestro. Covestro is a Bayer spinout and one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers. Their products can be found almost everywhere, and they are a major supplier to the automotive, electronics, and healthcare industries. Now, however, self-driving cars are taking up much of Covestro’s attention. On December 3rd, 2018, they’ll be holding a summit, titled RoadTrip 2030, in Pittsburgh. The day-long conference will feature many of the innovators that are working to build the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow, including Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, Carnegie Mellon University, and more. If you’d like to attend this event in person, you can get tickets here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roadtrip-2030-tickets-50905525798. Alternatively, you can participate in the livestream by registering here - https://reg.ubivent.com/register/covestro.

Ryan and Paul discuss many of the crucial design and engineering challenges that most people overlook when discussing self-driving cars, as well as the ramifications of electric vehicles, changing ownership models, and drones.

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Ep. 30 - Ethics and Emerging Technologies with Dr. James Hughes

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Dr. James Hughes. Dr. Hughes is a bioethicist and serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, which he founded alongside Nick Bostrom in 2004. He is the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future, and has previously served as the Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association, which is now known as Humanity Plus. James is well known for his contributions to the technoprogressive movement, and was previously a Buddhist monk.

They discuss the potential of a technoprogressive future, ideas for the regulation of transformative technologies, the controversies around brain augmentation and animal uplift, and more!

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Ep. 29 - Biosafety and Biosecurity in DIYbio with Todd Kuiken

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Todd Kuiken, Senior Research Scholar at the Genetic Engineering & Society Center at North Carolina State University. In this role Todd travels the world to study biosafety and biosecurity within the do-it-yourself biology community. Todd previously spent time in Washington D.C., leading both the Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project, and their the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. They discuss his collaboration with DIYbio.org, safety within citizen science, the handling of public perception, what is holding DIYbio back, and more!

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Ep. 26 - The Future of eSports with Rob Lee

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Rob Lee, the CEO & owner of the Pittsburgh Knights. The Knights participate in the growing world of eSports, where competitors battle in virtual environments with very real stakes. These may be video games, but according to some metrics, eSports leagues already have audience numbers that surpass those of some major sports, and it’s popularity continues to grow. Investors and sponsors are clamoring to get in on the action, but this new industry is not without it’s share of controversy. They discuss making a living in virtual worlds, the impact of IP laws, the future of entertainment, virtual reality, & more. If you’d like to support this podcast with a donation or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, you can visit the Support page.

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Show Notes

  • What are eSports? [1:41]

  • The Pittsburgh Knights [2:38]

  • More popular than traditional sports? [3:30]

  • Global eSports popularity [4:53]

  • Why Pittsburgh? [8:54]

  • The purpose of eSports teams [10:41]

  • Specialization and transient games [14:08]

  • eSports leagues and tournaments [16:38]

  • The next big games [19:42]

  • Streaming, sponsorships, & eyeballs [21:33]

  • The impact of IP & copyright [23:50]

  • Rob’s story [27:11]

  • Unions in professional gaming [30:21]

  • The career of a professional gamer [33:10]

  • Ninja, Twitch, and growth [35:36]

  • Link with Entrepreneurship [38:12]

  • Virtual worlds becoming real [40:46]

  • Immersive VR and the future [44:13]

  • What’s next for eSports and the Knights? [46:11]

  • Where to find more [47:00]

Mentioned
Teams
Team Liquid
SK Gaming
Renegades
Immortals
Misfits
Luminosity

Games
Halo
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Fortnite
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Overwatch
League of Legends
H1Z1

Ninja (Duals with Drake)
Mango
Jacob Wolf
Robert Kraft
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
South Fayette Township School District
Shaun White
Kevin Pereira
G4
E3
Carnegie Mellon Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Ready Player One

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Ep. 25 - Robots Saving Lives with Jorgen Pedersen

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Jorgen Pedersen, the Founder and CEO of RE2 Robotics. RE2 has developed what are perhaps the most advanced humanlike robotic arms in the world, which can be automated or tele-operated, and are currently used by the United States military to diffuse bombs. They also have applications in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and much more. Before starting RE2, Jorgen was a part of the founding team of Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious National Robotics Engineering Center. We discuss how robots can save lives, the controversy around robots on the battlefield, the future of automation, and more. If you’d like to support this podcast with a donation or find out more about sponsorship opportunities, you can visit the Support page.

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Show Notes

  • What is RE2? [1:34]

  • Getting humans out of danger [3:17]

  • Improving quality of life with robots [4:01]

  • Working as an R&D contractor [7:34]

  • Economies of Scale in the world of Robots [9:25]

  • The focus on robot arms [10:45]

  • The game-changing imitative controller [12:26]

  • RE2 tackles land, sea, & sky [18:16]

  • The lack of standard protocols & connections [23:27]

  • On working with the Department of Defense [25:06]

  • The importance of AI [27:08]

  • XPRIZE & the future of avatar technology [28:53]

  • Thoughts on automation & technological employment [32:39]

  • How space led Jorgen to CMU [34:59]

  • RE2 arms in space? [37:39]

  • The founding of NREC [38:50]

  • Why be an entrepreneur? [40:45]

  • Pittsburgh [41:44]

  • The future of robots [43:29]

  • What’s next for RE2? [45:38]

  • How to keep up to date [47:26]

Mentioned
Dr. Rory Cooper, Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Imitative Controllers
Robotics: Science and Systems
XPRIZE
ANA Avatar XPRIZE
Pitt Brain Implant Studies
CMU Robotics Institute
National Robotics Engineering Center
Astrobotic
Uber Advanced Technologies Group

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Ep. 22 - The Science of Life Extension with Oliver Medvedik

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Oliver Medvedik, co-founder of both the Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn and the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to promote the advancement of biomedical technologies to increase healthy human lifespan. Oliver is a molecular biologist with a Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, and in addition to his work on life extension, Oliver is the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center at The Cooper Union.

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Show Notes

  • How Oliver got into life extension science [1:32]

  • The story behind LEAF & lifespan.io [4:37]

  • Why life extension? [10:27]

  • Results from lifespan.io funded research [15:22]

  • Kurzgeszagt videos & outreach [19:40]

  • The Genspace Story [21:01]

  • DNA privacy concerns [22:55]

  • What is Biohacking? [27:27]

  • (Perceived) Risks of DIYbio labs [28:19]

  • The FDA & aging as a disease [34:11]

  • Lifestyle changes Oliver has made [39:22]

  • The promise of CRISPR [46:22]

  • Technological vs Biological Augmentation [51:10]

  • Senolytics & the future of longevity science [53:11]

Mentioned

Dr. David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School
Genspace
Keith Comito
Apneet Jolly
SENS Research Foundation
Aubrey de Grey
Kevin Kelly, The Underpopulation Bomb
Judith Campisi
Kurzgesagt collaborations
Why Age? Should We End Aging Forever?
 - How to Cure Aging – During Your Lifetime?
Heather Dewey-Hagborg - Stranger Visions
Chelsea Manning
Ellen Jorgensen - TED talk
Dr. Nir Barzilai, TAME Trial
Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) - Amazon link
MitoQ Antioxidant Supplement - Amazon link
Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory - Amazon link
Jennifer Doudna/CRISPR

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Ep. 21 - Experiments in Human Augmentation with Rich Lee

 
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In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with well known biohacker and transhumanist Rich Lee. Rich first came to the public eye in 2013, when he had magnets that served as headphones implanted into his ears - meaning that he could listen to music or receive data wirelessly directly to his head. Rich has also experimented with implanted armor, and is known for his work on the aptly named Lovetron9000. Recently Rich has begun using CRISPR in an effort to modify his genes to promote muscle growth. We discuss sensory substitution, the importance of safety, some potentially horrifying uses of virtual reality and image recognition, and more. This conversation does contain some adult themes - they are nothing too graphic, but we will provide another warning when we’re moving on to those topics.

Once again we remind you that the thoughts of the guests on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of Future Grind or Ryan O'Shea. Biohacking is dangerous and things can go wrong. We strongly advise against self-surgery of any kind, and you should consult with a trained medical doctor before moving forward with any type of human augmentation.

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Show Notes

  • Rich’s implanted headphones [1:55]

  • Experiments with sensory substitution [7:22]

  • Failures & working with a Harvard researcher [8:55]

  • The future of headphone implants [10:03]

  • How Rich Lee found biohacking & transhumanism [10:37]

  • Serial entrepreneur & life in Hong Kong [13:08]

  • Experiments with implanted armor [15:40]

  • (content warning) Ethics & legalities of sex dolls & VR implications [18:48]

  • (content warning) The Lovetron9000 [24:01]

  • The FDA, materials, & safety [27:39]

  • Rich’s experiments with CRISPR & gene editing [31:41]

  • Democratized access to human enhancement [38:20]

  • Rich’s vision for the future [40:48]

Mentioned

Steve Haworth
Kevin Warwick
Lepht Anonym
Tim Cannon
Mark Doerkson
BDYHAX
James Young, BBC Three's Sex Robots & Us
Paul Bloom/Sam Harris Article
- It's Westworld. What's Wrong With Cruelty to Robots?
Westworld
DEF CON
Josiah Zayner, The ODIN
Cronenbergs (Rick & Morty)

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Ep. 17 - William Gillis on Anarcho-Transhumanism

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by anarcho-transhumanist William Gillis. William currently serves as Coordinating Director of the Center for a Stateless Society and an editor of “Anarcho-Transhuman - A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving”. His writing can also be found on his personal page, Human Iterations. We discuss the concept of anarcho-transhumanism, William’s past as a primitivist, existential risk, AI, and more.

It’s time for your frequent disclaimer that the thoughts of the guests on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of Future Grind or myself. I disagreed with quite a bit of what William said, but I think that he’s addressing some very important topics, makes some great points, and is definitely worth learning from.

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Show Notes

  • What is anarcho-transhumanism? [2:00]
  • How William discovered transhumanism [3:03]
  • How William shifted from primitivism to transhumanism [5:05]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman: A Journal of Radical Possibility & Striving [7:50]
  • Anarcho-Transhuman Issue #4: Space? [9:04]
  • Ubiquitous nukes & printing AR-15s [10:50]
  • Choices: Primitivism, Authoritarianism, Extinction, or Anarchism [15:00]
  • Ryan's Opinion: the utopian anarchist future is unlikely and flawed [20:00]
  • Complexity & the Social Singularity [22:04]
  • Humans as predictable machines [26:26]
  • An anarchist’s thoughts on transhumanist politics [27:27]
  • Thoughts on an AI government [29:00]
  • The potential of blockchain, cryptocurrency, & DAOs [32:22]
  • Resources to learn more about anarchism & anarcho-transhumanism [34:55]
  • Where to find William and his work [37:23]

Mentioned

Fermi Paradox
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Party
Peter Gelderloos
- Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
- Anarchy Works: Examples of Anarchist Ideas in Practice
Kevin Carson
- Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective
- The Desktop Regulatory State
- Studies in Mutualist Political Economy
Elinor Ostrom
Voltairine de Cleyre
Errico Malatesta
Blueshifted.net
"An Anarcho-Transhumanist Manifesto"

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Ep. 15 - Aaron Traywick of Ascendance Biomedical

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Ascendance Biomedical CEO Aaron Traywick. Aaron is a controversial figure that seeks to democratize access to unregulated, experimental, and some would say potentially dangerous medical treatments and enhancements. An experimental HIV treatment that his company created is currently being tested in a human, and Aaron recently made headlines when he injected himself with an experimental herpes treatment while one stage at the BDYHAX human augmentation conference in Austin. He hopes to prove these treatments safe and them make them available to others who would like to access them.

Warning: Self-administering any type of unregulated gene-therapy or other treatment is risky. Anything that Aaron mentions during this interview should be viewed as experimental research compounds not intended for human use. I encourage you to consult your doctor with any questions.

Despite the controversy surrounding Aaron and his work, I feel that this conversation is an important one to have. I was very interested in his background and the philosophy behind his work, and I think that you will be as well. For better or worse, DIY gene therapy will only continue to grow. Aaron has positioned himself near the forefront of this movement, and I think we’d all be better served if we understood more about it.

Find Aaron on Facebook here.

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Show Notes

  • Aaron’s interest in tackling aging [2:02]
  • Exploring South America & the work of Timothy Leary [4:13]
  • Founding the Global Healthspan Policy Institute [6:01]
  • The goal of Ascendance Biomedical [12:55]
  • Aaron’s educational background [14:03]
  • Thoughts on transhumanism & transhumanist politics [15:51]
  • Aaron doesn’t identify as a transhumanist or biohacker [17:21]
  • Problems with traditional medicine & DIY home medicine for everyone [18:25]
  • Concern about human trials of experimental treatments [22:25]
  • The controversial injection onstage at BDYHAX [24:44]
  • Update on Tristan Roberts experimental HIV treatment [31:11]
  • Expansion to Venezuela; Metrics for success [33:03]
  • The FDA statement & regulation [36:14]
  • The future of Ascendance Biomedical [42:13]
  • Departure of talent & current team [45:08]
  • Future projects & public voting platform [45:39]
  • Personal steps Aaron is taking to combat aging [47:02]
  • How to reach out & follow along with Aaron [49:20]

Mentioned

Robert Anton Wilson
Timothy Leary
Global Healthspan Policy Institute
Edwina Rogers
Methuselah Foundation
Kevin Perrot
SENS Research Foundation
Dr. Nir Barzilai, Dr. Judith Campisi, Dr. Gordon Lithgow, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky
Metformin
Jonas Salk
Tristan Roberts
Ford Fischer's News2Share Live Stream
Josiah Zayner, The ODIN
FDA Statement - "Information About Self-Administration of Gene Therapy"
Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans
Dom D’Agostino
Rapamycin
Dr. James Kirkland Study

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Ep. 14 - Gene Editing and Nanorobotics with Justin Atkin of The Thought Emporium

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Justin Atkin of The Thought Emporium. The Thought Emporium is a popular YouTube channel that shares videos exploring scientific concepts and cutting edge research on everything from nanotechnology to genetics and chemistry to biohacking. Justin also helps to operate Scihouse, the community science lab currently based in Jacksonville. He’s an entrepreneur and scientist with active projects involving nanorobotics, genetic engineering, and more.

Find Justin on Instagram here.

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Show Notes

  • What Justin Does [1:21]
  • What is The Thought Emporium? [2:44]
  • Supercapacitors, genetic engineering, & the desire to eat pizza [3:28]
  • Radio Telescopes, Planck’s Constant, & Kombucha Leather [4:53]
  • A replacement for magnet implants [6:14]
  • A possible treatment for lactose intolerance [10:39]
  • Solving incurable diseases & bringing a product to market [12:45]
  • The importance of open source [14:19]
  • Patents & the Fireflies project [16:4]
  • Scihouse [18:58]
  • How Justin discovered science & technology [23:23]
  • Molten sulfur, high explosives, & the risk of blowing yourself up [27:56]
  • Biohacking & technological augmentation [30:35]
  • YouTube channels to watch [31:38]

Mentioned

Gabriel Licina
Biohack.me
BDYHAX
Justin’s YouTube Recommendations
- NurdRage
- Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
- Clickspring
Ryan’s YouTube Recommendations
- Vsauce
- Cody’sLab
- G3AR - 'GreekGadgetGuru'
- Shots of Awe
Antikythera Mechanism

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