Ep. 20 - Conversations with the Future with Nikola Danaylov

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by bestselling author and futurist speaker Nikola Danalov. Nikola writes about the future at his website Singularity Weblog and hosts the Singularity.FM podcast. His 2017 book Conversations with the Future (available on Amazon here) features highlights from his interviews with some of this field’s most noteworthy individuals, including Ray Kurzweil, Kevin Kelly, Verner Vinge, and more. They discuss the importance of ethics and the influence of Socrates in Nikola’s work, as well as his path from serving in the armed forces of Bulgaria to studying drone warfare in North America, and how that ultimately lead to his fascination with the technological singularity.

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Show Notes

  • What Nikola does [1:38]
  • Where to start? Ethics. [2:28]
  • How drone warfare introduced Nik to the Singularity [5:00]
  • Governments jobs & the benefit of rejection [9:17]
  • Beginnings in communist Bulgaria [10:27]
  • The growth of Singularity Weblog [13:45]
  • What is the Singularity? [22:09]
  • How Nikola became Socrates [25:24]
  • Singularity Weblog as a modern Greek Symposium [28:05]
  • The Emperor Has No Clothes - critique of Singularity University [31:15]
  • The fallout from the Rotterdam talk [40:26]
  • How the book came to be [43:14]
  • The struggles & rewards of a vegan diet [45:28]
  • Is Nikola a Transhumanist? [55:14]
  • The risk of nuclear weapons & climate change [56:32]
  • Parting messages [1:06:56]

Mentioned

"Technology is Not Enough"
"Technology is the How, not the Why or What"
Start Here on Singularity Weblog
Ray Kurzweil - The Singularity is Near
Charlie Stross - Accelerando
Singularity Hub
NASA Ames Research Center
Singularity University
Socrates
Plato
Stoicism
Marcus Aurelius
Mark Zuckerberg
Cambridge Analytica
Richard Branson - Losing My Virginity
Nikola’s "Transhumanist Manifesto"

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Ep. 18 - Homebrew Healthcare with Michael Laufer

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea is joined by Michael Laufer. Michael is a mathematician and university professor who has turned his attention to do-it-yourself pharmaceuticals, creating and disseminating open-source plans for low-cost alternatives to expensive medical treatment. He is the chief spokesperson for the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, and he received a lot of media attention in 2016 after creating a $30 DIY alternative to the EpiPen, which is 10x cheaper than they could be purchased for. His work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE, Vice, CNN, and more. We discuss the future of healthcare, information as power, and subversion.

It’s time once again for your frequent disclaimer that the thoughts of the guests on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of Future Grind or Ryan O'Shea. Also, a word of warning. In this episode, we discuss the production and potential use of home-made pharmaceuticals. Ingesting any of these compounds should be considered extremely dangerous, and things can go wrong. I advise consulting with a trained medical doctor and seeking expert opinions before taking your healthcare into your own hands.

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Show Notes

  • Open-source pharmaceuticals from the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective [2:13]
  • The bubonic origins of Four Thieves Vinegar [2:47]
  • The secretive members of the collective [4:27]
  • Math, high energy physics, & birth control [6:29]
  • Dr. Michael Laufer, self-teaching, & scientific papers [9:19]
  • A $30 alternative to the $300+ EpiPen [10:21]
  • NurdRage, YouTube, liability, & disclaimers [13:12]
  • Should we assume everyone is/can be rational? [15:00]
  • Psychology, manipulation, & the issue of free will [17:17]
  • An open-source lab reactor for $100 [18:00]
  • Shkreli’s cell phone number, atomic secrets, & theatrics [20:22]
  • Handing out homemade drugs on stage [21:37]
  • Breaking laws & run ins with regulators & law enforcement [23:57]
  • Nuclear weapons & stewardship of information [26:24]
  • Difference between do-it-yourself and recklessness [34:18]
  • Human enhancement [39:00]
  • The beauty of math [41:22]
  • The future of, & elimination of, “citizen” science [43:53]
  • The importance of trying stuff [45:39]
  • How to get involved [48:36]

Mentioned

Four thieves vinegar
Semaphor
Mylan's EpiPen
NurdRage's EpiPencil video
Martin Shkreli
HOPE conference
- Michael's HOPE talk
Stelarc

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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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Ep. 13 - The Future is Meow with Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with Australia’s own Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. Meow - and yes, that’s his real name - was crowned a “True Leaders Game Changer” by the Australian Financial Review for his efforts to democratize science and technology. These efforts include co-founding Australia’s first open-access molecular biology lab, BioFoundry, in 2014 and being the Science Party candidate for an Australian House of Representatives seat in 2017. Meow teaches courses on cryptocurrency and blockchain, and is currently at the center of a very important legal case that could set a precedent in the emerging field of cyborg law. He’ll update everyone on this case during a talk his he giving at BDYHAX, the human augmentation conference, February 2-4, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

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Show Notes

  • Meow’s path to biohacking [1:50]
  • How BioFoundry got it’s start [4:40]
  • Navigating regulation & gaining legitimacy [6:23]
  • Possible futures in gene therapy [8:00]
  • Lab-grown meat, Mars farms, & other BioFoundry projects [9:21]
  • The Hip-Hop roots of the Five Pillars of Biohacking [14:04]
  • Implanting the Opal card, Controversy, & Cyborg Rights [15:33]
  • Meow’s NFC Implants [24:57]
  • Grindhouse, VivoKey, & exciting things to come [26:03]
  • Blockchain & cryptocurrencies [29:38]
  • The Science Party & Meow’s run for office [36:17]
  • BDYHAX & Cyborg Ethics [41:54]
  • Explanation of the name Meow [46:34]
  • Where to find Meow [49:00]
  • VR, Facebook, & Innovation [49:48]
  • Final Singularity God-like Entity [52:22]

Mentioned

BioCurious
IndieBio
Grindhouse Wetware
DIYbio.org
Counter Culture Labs
Josiah Zayner, The ODIN
Liz Parrish, BioViva
Tim Cannon
DEF CON
Amal Graafstra, Dangerous Things
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Rich Lee
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Joeltron
VivoKey
Cryptokitties
Science Party
Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Party
Stelarc
Facebook Spaces
Oculus

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Ep. 11 - The Future of Human Augmentation at BDYHAX

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea speaks with BDYHAX co-founder Trevor Goodman. BDYHAX, also known as BodyHacking Con, is an annual conference focused on human enhancement, transhumanism, and biohacking. This conference brings together pioneers and thought leaders from varied disciplines, with specific focus on implantable technology, nootropics, health and fitness, wearable tech, and ethics. The third edition will take place from February 2-4, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Noteworthy attendees have included biohackers Rich Lee, Amal Graafstra, Jeffrey Tibbetts, Moon Ribas, and Neil Harbisson, bionic actress Angel Giuffria, the "Eyeborg" Rob Spence, journalists Quinn Norton and Cory Doctorow, science communicator James Young (Future Grind Ep. 9), and many more.

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Show Notes

  • What is BDYHAX? [2:16]
  • How did BDYHAX get it’s start?  [4:43]
  • The focus on personal expression [6:53]
  • Big names at BDYHAX [10:06]
  • The proximity of our (cyberpunk?) future [12:50]
  • Educating the masses about human augmentation [16:30]
  • The difference (or lack thereof) of accepted and taboo modifications [19:13]
  • The media’s fascination with BDYHAX and human augmentation [20:16]
  • Disagreements among various body hacking communities [21:04]
  • Something for everyone at BDYHAX [22:44]
  • Why Austin, Texas? [24:19]
  • The future of BDYHAX [25:16]
  • How to get involved with BDYHAX [26:05]

Mentioned

Dustin Trammell
Quinn Norton
James Young
Grindhouse Wetware
Tim Cannon
John Zerzan
Neil Harbisson
Rob “Eyeborg” Spence
Moon Ribas
Cory Doctorow
Angel Giuffria
NeoSensory
DARPA
Liz Parrish/BioViva
Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow/BioFoundry
NPR story at BDYHAX
Ford Fischer

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Ep. 10 - Kevin Warwick on Project Cyborg

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea sits down with Kevin Warwick, the researcher blurring the line between academia and biohacking. Warwick pioneered RFID implants in the 1990s. He is perhaps best known for his BrainGate experiments, a technology which could lead to brain-to-brain communication.

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Show Notes

  • Life between hacker and academic [1:13]
  • The source of Warwick’s interest in technological augmentation [1:55]
  • How Warwick become an RFID implant pioneer [4:04]
  • The dangers & ethical concerns of augmentative implants [5:48]
  • Risks and ethical approval [6:04]
  • BrainGate & Working with the human nervous system [7:40]
  • Terminology & practical vs. philosophical transhumanism [10:31]
  • What is a cyborg? [12:39]
  • Any implants now? [15:37]
  • Warwick’s thoughts on biohackers working outside of academia [16:14]
  • Publishing & collaboration between academics & biohackers [20:11]
  • Gene editing vs. technological augmentation [24:54]
  • Work with magnets & extrasensory perception [28:44]
  • The difficulty of getting biohacking research published [32:56]
  • Alternative methods of getting published & spreading science [37:56]
  • Why has progress been so slow? [40:00]
  • Leveraging predictive AI for use with deep brain stimulation [42:46]
  • A biohackers view of academia [47:35]
  • BrainGate’s possibility for brain to brain communication [48:24]
  • The commercial potential of this tech [52:24]
  • Culturing brain cells for use in robotics [55:39]
  • Questions of consciousness [58:12]
  • Where to find Warwick online [59:23]

Mentioned

Grindhouse Wetware
Ian Harrison's magnet implant research
Sam Harris
Tipu Aziz's deep brain stimulation work
Behaivior
Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Potter's embodied cultured networks at Georgia Tech
John Searle

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Ep 9. - James Young & The Phantom Limb

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea sits down with television host and science communicator James Young to discuss his participation in the Phantom Limb project. Through a partnership with the Metal Gear Solid video game series, James helped to design and received a custom bionic limb - a journey which was featured in the BBC documentary "Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man." We also dove into his new BBC Three documentary "Can Robots Love Us?", and discuss the shortcomings and limitations of both prosthetics and robotics.

Find James online - jamesahy.com@jamesahyoung

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Show Notes

  • How James became the Metal Gear Man [1:20]
  • The mental impact of a hand-shaped prosthesis [3:47]
  • Should we stop trying to design the human hand? [5:44]
  • Design challenges and the problem of revering evolution [7:18]
  • The engineering challenge & complexity of the human hand [8:21]
  • What is more advanced, prosthetic arms or prosthetic legs? [9:48]
  • Owning multiple prostheses for different uses [12:46]
  • The potential of 3D printing and the costs of prostheses [15:28]
  • The drone-equipped, tricked out Phantom Limb [17:27]
  • The drawbacks and limitations of the Phantom Limb [18:31]
  • Osseointegration - the promise and perils [19:40]
  • Electrode implants, costs, and risks [23:37]
  • Best nerve & muscle options for implanted electrodes [26:26]
  • The romanticized prosthetic limb [28:02]
  • Will prosthetics outperform biological limbs? (Spoiler: Yes) [30:33]
  • The (limited) benefits of prosthetic limbs [32:23]
  • The source of James’ passion for science & tech [34:21]
  • Spreading inspiration & a passion for technology [36:21]
  • Inside BBC’s Can Robots Love Us? [37:20]
  • The future of robots [41:17]
  • Theme: Be realistic about tech [43:26]
  • AI Winter (is coming?) & diversity in tech [43:57]
  • Alexa pipes up [47:31]

Mentioned

BodyHacking Con
The Alternative Limb Project
Sophie De Oliveira Barata
Angel Giuffria - White Rabbit Project
Osseointegration - Crowd Funding Campaign
Grindhouse Wetware
Oscar Pistorius
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Alexa

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Ep. 8 - Ryan O'Shea on Dangerous Minds

This special episode of the Future Grind podcast features an interview that the team at Dangerous Minds did with Future Grind host Ryan O'Shea for their podcast, which you can find here - http://www.thejustcast.com/shows/doug-copeland-dangerous-minds-podcast/audioposts/305872

They asked Ryan about his role with Grindhouse Wetware, the philosophical questions surrounding consciousness and identity, Ryan's artificial intelligence startup Behaivior, and when we can expect biohacking technology to gain mainstream acceptance.

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Show Notes

  • What Ryan does  [1:15]
  • What is transhumanism? [2:30]
  • The origin of Grindhouse Wetware & Ryan’s role in it [3:05]
  • Handling the media portrayal of biohacking [4:23]
  • The shift in media & public acceptance of biohacking [6:25]
  • Grindhouse roles & when to stay in stealth mode [7:50]
  • The purpose of the Future Grind podcast [9:11]
  • What draws Ryan to the biohacking movement [9:52]
  • Why Ryan doesn’t have an implant yet, & when everyone will [11:38]
  • Going from a niche subculture to a major industry [13:10]
  • The benefits and shortcomings of finger magnets [14:52]
  • What is holding biohacking back from wide acceptance? [16:46]
  • Neuroplasticity, memories, & philosophy of mind [19:01]
  • Morality, humanity, & identity [21:45]
  • What is consciousness & who are you? [23:53]
  • Policy change & future-focused laws [25:28]
  • Closed source vs. open source [26:17]
  • Security vs. privacy [27:51]
  • Unwarranted fears & government tracking [30:11]
  • The evolution of Grindhouse & Cion Labs [31:54]
  • “Getting out of the garage” [33:25]
  • What is a grinder? What is a biohacker? [34:15]
  • When does something become biohacking? [35:56]
  • Differences & similarities between medicine & biohacking [38:14]
  • Looking forward to brain-computer interfaces [41:10]
  • Hacking & viruses - balancing benefit & risk [42:28]
  • Cyborg rights & moratoriums on experimentation [44:36]
  • Cyborgs & self-identification [47:19]
  • Advice to someone interested in biohacking [51:22]
  • Changing minds through conversation & exposure [52:43]
  • Making the world a better place [53:49]
  • What’s next for Grindhouse - Northstar V2, Circadia [54:37]
  • Collaboration within the biohacking community [56:32]
  • NASA & biohacking’s relation to space travel [58:53]
  • How to make biohacking mainstream [1:00:48]
  • How to follow along with Ryan [1:02:46
  • Parting thoughts [1:03:44]

Mentioned

Zoltan Istvan
The Transhumanist Party
Tim Cannon
Grindhouse Wetware
Behaivior
Sam Harris' TED Talk - Science Can Answer Moral Questions
Elon Musk & Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, Hyperloop
NASA JPL's Solar System Ambassadors
Cyborg Nest
Dangerous Things
Christopher Jannette & Ripple Aerospace

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Ep. 7 - The Ethics of Experimentation with Alex Pearlman

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea interviews bioethicist and journalist Alex Pearlman about the ethics of experimentation, the future of gene editing technology (including CRISPR/Cas9), inclusivity in futurism, and more. Alex is currently receiving an advanced degree in bioethics from King's College London and has written extensively on the subject of gene editing and human enhancement for outlets such as New Scientist, International Business TimesBoston MagazineViceMotherboardAl JazeeraWBURPRI's The World, and more.

Note - Alex is a new mom, so you may hear some (remarkably cute) baby noises in the background of this podcast.

Find Alex online - alexpearlman.com@lexikon1

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Show Notes

  • What a bioethicist does  [1:09]
  • How do academics react to biohacking? [2:02]
  • Why Alex considers herself a biohacker [3:13]
  • The crossover between medicine & biohacking [5:35]
  • Alex’s experience with an implant and ultimate rejection [7:59]
  • How regimented should biohacking experimentation be? [11:37]
  • How CRISPR piqued her interest in human augmentation [14:53]
  • Which biohacking techniques will be most impactful? [16:34]
  • The precedent set by cosmetic surgery [18:40]
  • The risk of gene editing for nefarious purposes [21:25]
  • Risk of government & corporate overreach [27:40]
  • Accessibility and inclusivity in Transhumanism and Futurism [29:08]
  • America or the UK, which is more futurist friendly? [35:28]
  • The Ethics of Experimentation [37:45]
  • What’s next for Alex [39:37 ]
  • The future of reproductive health [40:24]
  • Where to find Alex [43:46]

Mentioned

Zoltan Istvan
The Transhumanist Party
Tim Cannon
Grindhouse Wetware
Motherboard, "DIY Cyborg"
CRISPR
George Church
Alex Pearlman, "The Ethics of Experimentation: Ethical Cybernetic Enhancements"

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Ep. 6 - Predicting the Future with Entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava

In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea interviews well known author and entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava about his strategies for curating trends and predicting the future. Rohit is also a professor at Georgetown University, and is known for coining the term Social Media Optimization. We dive into the new edition of his annual Trends Report, Non-Obvious 2017, where we discuss the future of healthcare, invisible technology, self-aware data, the outsider effect, and more.

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Show Notes

  • How to collect ideas and cash them in. [1:20]
  • The added risk (and value) of near-term predictions [1:52]
  • What is a “Trend”? [3:45]
  • Benefit of the “outsider” & studying people [5:15]
  • Rohit’s method of finding trends [7:45]
  • Predicting the Trump phenomena [13:40]
  • Invisible Technology and Self Aware Data [15:19]
  • Interacting with Tech & Self-Driving Cars [17:10]
  • The E-Patient and Algorithm Healthcare [19:12]
  • Tips to prepare for and take advantage of the coming trends [21:35]
  • Moonshot Entrepreneurship and the social good [22:30]
  • The Hunger Games, Star Wars, & Fierce Femininity [22:50]
  • Keeping Focus & Making Time as an Entrepreneur [27:15]
  • The Value of Storytelling [28:05]
  • Importance of mental breaks [31:18]
  • How anyone can predict trends [32:25]

Mentioned

Elon Musk
Ray Kurzweil
Kevin Kelly, "What Technology Wants" & "The Inevitable"
Martin Lindstrom, "Small Data"
James Gleick, "Time Travel"
Richard Branson
MIT Media Lab's DuoSkin
Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft's Cortana, and Apple's Siri
Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Slate Organ Shortage Article

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Ep. 5 - Sensory Deprivation Tanks

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea explores the popular (and sometimes controversial) practice of sensory deprivation using an isolation tank, also known as a float tank. Users have reported psychedelic experiences, altered states of consciousness, easing of chronic pain, and even help with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Ryan goes in the tank to experience sensory deprivation for himself.

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Show Notes

  • What is floating & sensory deprivation? [1:14]
  • How did Dave get into floating? [2:20]
  • A skeptics guide to floatation. What does the research say? [3:30]
  • Using floatation to rewrite the code of the brain [6:40]
  • Sensory Deprivation tanks in popular culture. Unreasonable expectations? [7:03]
  • The relationship between drugs and floating [8:46]
  • Mental health benefits of floating (anxiety, depression, etc.) [10:50]
  • Using sensory deprivation to hack the mind and enhance the senses [13:25]
  • Pairing sensory deprivation with other health & wellness services [15:00]
  • Minimum Effective Dose - frequency & length [16:33]
  • What's the experience like? [19:00]
  • Water filtration process and cleanliness [21:37]
  • The relationship between art, creatives, and floating [24:10]
  • Pittsburgh's tech and entrepreneur rise & the float audience [25:50]
  • The future of floating & the importance of standards & regulation [27:45]
  • The pitch for floating - why do it? [31:20]
  • Future Grind audience is awesome, where to find Dave & Levity [32:55]
  • Ryan's float tank experience & review in detail [33:45]

Mentioned

Fringe (TV series)
Stranger Things (TV series)
Joe Rogan Podcast
Early Sensory Deprivation Pioneer John C. Lilly
John Malecki Custom Fabrication and Design

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Ep. 4 - US Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea sits down with US Presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist Party, a controversial politician aiming to achieve immortality by putting health, science, and technology at the forefront of American politics. Zoltan is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel The Transhumanist Wager and a writer for publications such as VICE, The Huffington Post, Slate, and more. He recently completed a cross country tour in his coffin-shaped Immortality Bus to raise awareness of life extension science, a tour which ended with a delivery of the Cyborg Bill of Rights to the US Capitol Building. In this interview, Zoltan provides some advice on how you can raise your chances of living forever.

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Show Notes

  • What got Zoltan into transhumanism, and why does it appeal to him? [1:25]
  • Zoltan's experiences as a war zone reporter for National Geographic [2:10]
  • Jethro Knights, The Transhumanist Wager, and Teleological Egocentric Functionalism (TEF) [3:00]
  • Differences between Jethro Knight's TEF and Zoltan Istvan's political policy [4:43]
  • The coffin-shaped Immortality Bus and spreading the Transhumanist Party [6:30]
  • The perils of sensationalized media and clickbait [8:30]
  • The benefits and problems of the term "transhumanist" [10:43]
  • Are we already transhuman (Ontological Design)? Will we ever be transhuman? [13:50]
  • How can we avoid disaster? The death of capitalism & preparing for the future [17:30]
  • Drones, autonomous vehicles, and a lack of government preparedness [20:55]
  • Keeping America innovative & entrepreneurial [22:50]
  • Nietzsche and hidden gems in scientific journals [24:33]
  • America's flawed criminal justice system; rethinking "handouts" & education [27:00]
  • What happens when we have the resources to follow our passions? [31:33]
  • Religion, government, and standing up for rational thought [33:20]
  • The societal value of "shaming" [37:06]
  • Best strategies for extending your lifespan [38:28]
  • The importance of journalism; how to promote science and wellbeing [40:20]

Mentioned
Anne Marie-Willis and Ontological Design
Richard Branson
Elon Musk
Jeff Bezos
Mark Zuckerberg
Ayn Rand's Objectivism
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sam Harris
Ray Kurzweil
Maria Konovalenko's Longevity Cookbook
Tim Ferriss
Dave Asprey

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Ep. 3 - The Future of Business with B.J. Murphy

In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O'Shea discusses the future of business with writer B.J. Murphy, an experienced futurist working with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Serious Wonder, Planetary Resources, & more.

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Show Notes

  • What exactly was B.J. do, and why does futurism matter? [1:50]
  • Maintaining an interest in the dystopian while promoting the utopian [2:55]
  • From political activism to transhumanism & starting that conversation [4:00]
  • The Future of Business and the rise of body shops [6:18]
  • Aesthetic vs. Functional and the importance of access to augmentations [9:07]
  • A tipping point: the "disabled" become the enhanced // is biohacking medical? [12:51]
  • The future of evolution - augmentations are abundant, fast, cheap, and safe [16:49]
  • Economic systems need to evolve to keep up with the times [18:37]
  • How to impact the world with exponential technologies and redefining "billionaire" [20:12]
  • Protecting people in the age of abundance [22:35]
  • The ethics of emerging technologies and the ownership of your body [25:40]
  • Designer babies, vaccines, and the meaning of "choice" [29:55]
  • Speeding up scientific discoveries and technological advancement [34:30]
  • What's on the bookshelf of a futurist? What to read to be prepared [35:30]
  • Fostering a mindset of optimism, then working towards those goals [39:29]

Mentioned
The Transcendent Man and Ray Kurzweil
The Future of Business and Rohit Talwar
Tim Cannon and Grindhouse Wetware
Dangerous Things
Jason Silva and #RedefineBillionaire
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)
- The Right to Die, Cyborg Gender, and Future of Sex Laws by B.J. Murphy
Serious Wonder's Bookshelf of a Futurist by B.J. Murphy
Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity is Near
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler's book BOLD
Michio Kaku's book The Future of the Mind

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