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MIND & MACHINE: Future Tech + Futurist Ideas + Futurism

August Bradley — Future Tech Strategist, Futurist, Technology Dev.

Discussion on the Future. Weekly interview show with people at the forefront of transformational technologies. Exploring future-tech, futurist ideas and the sociological, moral and philosophical impact of these exponential changes. MIND & MACHINE...Show More

1:09:19 | Jan 15th

My guest is Isaac Arthur — a theoretical space scientist, physicist, futurist and bold visionary of human expansion. He brings a mind-blowing level of research and storytelling to his series. We will focus on space megastructures, a form of futur...Show More

53:50 | Feb 7th

My guest today is Paul Scharre, author of the book "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War" — which Bill Gates recently featured in his top five book recommendations of the year. Paul has worked for the U.S. Secretary of Defense wh...Show More
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41:36 | Jan 28th

My guest today is Chris Pain, director of the AI documentary film "Do You Trust This Computer?". The new film is a powerful examination of artificial intelligence centered around insights from the most high-profile thinkers on the subject, including ...Show More

53:20 | Dec 19th, 2018

One of the most intriguing manifestations of AI will be when it assumes our own faces — forming an autonomous double of ourselves. My guest today is Nikhil Jain, founder and CEO of ObEN which creates AI-driven digital humans in the likeness of its...Show More
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15:07 | Dec 16th, 2018

The crypto market has done a nose dive over the past year culminating at a new post-boom low. August Bradley examines what's happening and the potential for the future. A take on what matters as we assess the potential of crypto currencies and blockc...Show More

30:20 | Dec 11th, 2018

Gene Editing Milestone: Exploring the remarkable series of events that have led to the first "CRISPR babies" being born, twins whose DNA were modified by a rogue scientist that has sparked universal condemnation from the scientific community and from...Show More

54:31 | Dec 5th, 2018

My guest today is J.L. Galache, an asteroid astronomer turned new-space entrepreneur. J.L. is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Aten Engineering, a pioneering space mining company. He has designed and directed asteroid data projects with NAS...Show More

1:01:03 | Nov 28th, 2018

My guest today is Lisa Alderson, the CEO and co-founder of Genome Medical — a fast growing company in the emerging field of genomics. Genome Medical provides expertise to both individuals wanting to explore their DNA, and to health care providers wan...Show More

57:28 | Nov 20th, 2018

My guest today is Shannon Vallor, a technology and A.I. Ethicist. Shannon is a Philosophy Professor specializing in the Philosophy of Science & Technology at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, where she teaches and conducts research on the ...Show More

55:25 | Nov 13th, 2018

My guest today is Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of the book Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. His previous book was "The Googlization of Everything". Siva is a Cultural Historian and Media Scholar at the University ...Show More

41:38 | Oct 30th, 2018

My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two exceptionally ambitious ventures underway. We discuss Naveen's effort to (as he puts it) "make illness optional" by establishing personalized medical care, prevention, and treatment t...Show More

33:05 | Oct 23rd, 2018

My guest today is Naveen Jain, a billionaire entrepreneur with two insanely ambitious ventures underway. He’s on the boards of the X-Prize and Singularity University, and has just written the book "Moonshots". His company Moon Express is racing Sp...Show More
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1:06:57 | Oct 16th, 2018

We caught up with Tone Vays in Las Vegas at The D hotel to chat about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and asked this leading thiner of bitcoin maximalism if he sees any alternative use for blockchains at all other than currency. Then we explore his ultimate ...Show More

1:00:11 | Oct 11th, 2018

Today we explore human longevity and life extension efforts focused on adding healthy years to a person's lifespan, and even reversing the aging process. My guest is Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a leading voice in the field and the Chief Science Officer of...Show More

46:38 | Oct 4th, 2018

My guest today is Kent Kresa, who has had an extraordinary career in advanced technology fields. Kent has been the Chairman of General Motors, the chairman of Caltech's board of directors, the chairman and chief executive of Northrop Grumman (the glo...Show More

56:25 | Sep 26th, 2018

My guest today is Tim Dodd, better known as the Everyday Astronaut. Tim has become a prominent educator on space exploration through his various media platforms and live presentations – he's amassed a sizable audience eager to learn more about Space ...Show More

56:54 | Sep 17th, 2018

My guest today is Austin Evans. With well over 3 million subscribers, Austin produces and hosts one of the top technology channels on YouTube. We explore how media is changing , how he as an individual content creator has built a show with viewers...Show More

46:29 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Today we take a look at Google's work in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Our guest, Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds, works at Google Cloud AI as the bridge between the Google team and leading university research labs. Previously she was Cal...Show More

1:05:06 | Aug 14th, 2018

My guest is Gray Scott, a visionary futurist and creator of both the Serious Wonder digital magazine and the Futuristic Now video series. Gray takes fragments of modern life and extrapolates a wholistic framework of how technology, humanity and unive...Show More

35:49 | Jun 19th, 2018

My guest today is Nichol Bradford. Nichol is building the future of human possibility by facilitating bold new technologies for mental health and well-being. Nichol is the executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab, Transt...Show More

57:06 | May 16th, 2018

My guest today is John Underkoffler. As an early member of the MIT Media Lab, John was approached by Steven Spielberg and legendary world-builder Alex McDowell to help design the interface of the future for the film Minority Report. He’s gone on to h...Show More

48:30 | Apr 25th, 2018

Today we look at Universal Basic Income, or UBI. My guest is Larry Cohen, founder of “Build the Floor”, a Universal Basic Income advocacy group. We discuss what UBI is and how it fits into the context of modern politics and economics. Then Larry a...Show More

46:10 | Apr 9th, 2018

My guest today is Liam Young, an architect and visionary futurist filmmaker who uses his design background combined with experience in crafting environments to prototype new worlds — worlds that reveal unexpected aspects of how we live today and how ...Show More

1:00:49 | Mar 28th, 2018

My guest today is Rahul Sonnad, the CEO of Tesloop. Tesloop is in operation today, and scaling to make a city-to-city network of Tesla cars available as a fast, affordable, comfortable alternative to plane travel or self driving. The Tesloop visio...Show More
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20:50 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Massive Facebook data breach escalates debate on privacy and big tech responsibility. Will it accelerate a shift in broad perception of how we view big tech data and social media platforms? We look at headlines and assess the backlash against Face...Show More

24:46 | Mar 17th, 2018

Exploring news about autonomous vehicles, flying cars and smart cities in this roundup analysis. More at

47:10 | Mar 5th, 2018

As new crypto coins are issued through ICOs at a frenzied pace — Bitcoin, the original, shows the greatest market strength, with the most liquidity, the broadest installed wallet base, and many argue the strongest security. Today we check back in ...Show More

23:50 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Clean Meat is coming — Created in the Lab, instead of from animals. But identical to animal meat in every way, down to the molecular level. We discuss what this is all about, how realistic it is, and what kind of time frame we're looking at (much...Show More

38:07 | Feb 23rd, 2018

An introductory look at CRISPR, how it works and why it matters. Plus a Cryptocurrency Headline Roundup: We look at Switzerland's categorization of ICOs into three types, and the first state-sponsored digital currency planned to be issued. More at...Show More

45:39 | Feb 13th, 2018

Hyperloop, a 1,000 km per hour (or 600+ mph) passenger pod shooting through a tube hundreds of mile long in a vacuum, so no air resistance – levitating in the air so it avoids any friction. My guest today is Matt Jones, senior vice president of so...Show More
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12:42 | Feb 8th, 2018

Kicking off a series of shorter "thought pieces" separate from the expert interviews, we dig into SpaceX and explore Elon Musk's broad ambitions to make humans interplanetary with a Mars Colony. And we examine the Falcon Heavy rocket launch. This ...Show More

41:05 | Feb 6th, 2018

When you combine natural language interface, emotion modeling, CG animation, and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, you get lifelike computer characters with autonomous interaction. This new kind of digital actor is called a Virtual Human, ...Show More

37:50 | Jan 30th, 2018

Today we’re going investigate the past — the most distant past imaginable: the Origin of the Universe. My guest is James Bock. James is a Caltech Professor of Physics and NASA JPL Senior Research Scientist running experiments on what happened rig...Show More

38:39 | Jan 15th, 2018

Today we explore Neuromorphic Computing with computer chips that emulate the biological neurons and synapses in the brain. Neuro-biological chip architectures enable machines to solve very different kinds of problems than traditional computers, the k...Show More

40:57 | Jan 8th, 2018

My guest today is Michael Miller, author of the new book “Building Minds with Patterns”. Michael is an expert at natural-growth AI development. I’ve had numerous conversations with Michael and come away every time blown away by the scope of his visio...Show More

46:56 | Dec 18th, 2017

Our guest today is Brian Hoffman, founder and project lead for OpenBazaar. While working for Department of Defense cyber-security consulting units, including crypto-currencies, Brian became fascinated with programmable monetary exchange. Brian has...Show More

34:05 | Dec 11th, 2017

Today we begin with a discussion surveying a wide range of future technologies, then we dive deeper into the changing media landscape. Our guest today is Joanna Popper.Joanna has been the Executive Vice President of Media and Marketing at Singular...Show More

33:08 | Dec 4th, 2017

Today we explore Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, or DAOs -- blockchain algorithms with the potential to perform the entire functionality of corporations or government agencies... without a single employee. Our guest today is Ismail Malik, ...Show More

36:14 | Nov 27th, 2017

Discovery is pursuing bold new methods of storytelling across their media portfolio (Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, etc...). This week we talk with Jeff Abramson, the Head of Virtual Reality Content Development and Programmin...Show More

36:10 | Nov 20th, 2017

Lytro is the leader in “Light Field” imaging. Steven Swanson, the Executive Director of Content Partnerships for Lytro. Prior to Joining Lytro, Steven was a VFX Supervising Producer with Luma Pictures, one of the most prominent Hollywood VFX house...Show More

55:11 | Nov 13th, 2017

Apps are designed to grab us and keep us hooked as long as possible, as often as possible. Addictive traits built into the apps manipulate us at a primal biological level -- creating a stimulus/response pattern that can re-program our behaviors over ...Show More

36:54 | Nov 9th, 2017

This week on the show we take a look at Augmented Reality SmartGlasses from AR hardware leader ODG, and explore the fast changing tech landscape, entrepreneurship, and how media-tech in particular is transforming our world. Our guest is Keith Boes...Show More

54:53 | Nov 6th, 2017

Bitcoin is capturing headlines with its sharp rise in price, giving credibility to the claim that it has the potential to become major disruptor in the global economy. Our guest is Tone Vays, a former Wall Street guy who has become a thought-leade...Show More

36:41 | Oct 30th, 2017

With fossil fuels polluting the earth’s atmosphere and being in finite supply, technological advances in renewable energy such as solar, hydropower and wind are becoming more essential for our future. Our guest today is Duwayno Robertson. He’s an ...Show More

07:42 | Oct 26th, 2017

A review of the future-tech vision of Blade Runner 2049 -- how it relates to actual development currently underway, and its potential connection to our technological future. A look at Augmented Reality, Holograms, Synthetic Biological Robots, DNA ...Show More

37:58 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In this episode we do an introduction to Blockchain and Crypto-currencies, beginning with basic definitions and then building into more complex concepts. Our guest is Hudson Jameson, the COO and Co-Founder of Oaken Innovations, a company focused o...Show More
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36:38 | Oct 16th, 2017

This week we look at tech entrepreneurship — identifying opportunities, funding them and overcoming the biggest challenges. We also examine the unique opportunities evolving in "exponential technologies", then examine the mobile space and how mob...Show More

41:07 | Oct 12th, 2017

We take a highly visual dive into Fractals — what they are, what they mean and what they reveal to us. It's an astonishing look into mysterious mathematical riddles that create infinite multi-dimensional worlds with a very sci-fi feel. Our guest i...Show More

26:17 | Oct 9th, 2017

Our guest today is Daniel Frohlich. Daniel was the very first intern with SpaceX back in 2002 when the company was just starting as a tiny team of fifteen people. Then after completing programs in aeronautical engineering at USC, Daniel returned to S...Show More

39:16 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Artificial Intelligence and robotics are getting a lot of attention these days. Today we look at real, tangible use-cases happening now. Our guest is Sabri Sansoy -- he's created a "cognitive" Met Gala Gown powered by IBM Watson, a race car contro...Show More

28:38 | Sep 25th, 2017

Holographic Pioneer and Immersive Experience Creative Director Peter Martin is at the forefront of creating holographic live performances, having helped bring to life virtual performances with artists such as Gorillaz and M.I.A.. He is now coordinati...Show More

32:54 | Sep 21st, 2017

Virtual Artist, Holographic Magician, and Immersive Creative Director Peter Martin has had a remarkable career — from launching an influential music magazine, to producing interactive projects for bands like Gorillaz, to bringing holographic performa...Show More

40:48 | Sep 18th, 2017

In this episode we look at natural interfaces with robots, and what the future will be like when personal social robots join us in our homes. Our guest is Dr. Ross Mead, a robotics and artificial intelligence expert. While getting his PhD in Compu...Show More

43:08 | Sep 12th, 2017

While earning his PhD in computer science at Caltech, Steven Schkolne laid the foundations for popular Virtual Reality art programs like Tilt Brush and Quill -- 15 years ahead of the rest of the world. He's now building a VR-based tool for creatin...Show More

39:32 | Sep 8th, 2017

Augmented Reality is the next computer interface, laying a 3D digital layer over the real world. The AR layer presents real-time, dynamic information and mixes realistic digital objects with the physical space in our line of sight. In this episode...Show More

36:33 | Aug 28th, 2017

This week we look at how NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is using emerging media technology such as AR and VR to facilitate research and space exploration. Our guest is Victor Luo, NASA's Operations Lab Lead at JPL. Victor has been with NAS...Show More

43:16 | Aug 28th, 2017

We explore the future of automobile transportation — from driverless vehicles to new consumer models where Uber-like apps serve up on-demand computer-operated vehicles custom tailored to our needs at any given moment... eliminating the need to own, p...Show More

37:39 | Aug 28th, 2017

In this episode we explore what we can learn from video games and multi-player digital experiences as we move into an immersive media future — discussing game models as simulations to understand human behavior. Our guest Spencer Hunt has been the...Show More

51:24 | Aug 28th, 2017

Pixar and Bungie veteran Tom Sanocki is the CEO and founder of Limitless Ltd, building extraordinary new tools for creating CG animated characters that come to life in VR — responding to voice and other stimuli, interacting in remarkably authentic wa...Show More

40:44 | Aug 28th, 2017

Ryan Horrigan, Chief Content Officer of Felix & Paul Studios, talks with August about the current and future state of Virtual Reality and how it may ultimately impact our world. Ryan has a unique perspective as the head of content development for one...Show More