Future Talk

"Future Talk" (www.futuretalk.net) examines the global impact of technology, both the positive and the negative, and tries to see where the new scientific developments are leading us. Based in California's Silicon Valley and underwritten by the Tech Museum of Innovation (www.thetech.org), the show features leading edge guests and informative videos, raises key questions about where our society is heading, and delves deeply into the implications of advances in medical technology, energy technology, information technology, and others.


Future Talk - New Frontiers in Space

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A look at America's space program, featuring two leading scientists from NASA's Ames Research Center. William Borucki is chief scientist for the Kepler Mission, which is now orbiting the Sun looking for Earth-like planets in other solar systems, and Anthony Colaprete is chief scientist for the LCROSS Project, which recently located water on the Moon. We have terrific NASA-produced videos for both of these projects, as well as for the Mars Rover, one of America's most successful and still ongoing space missions.

Future Talk - Redesigning Math Education

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Our society is highly dependent on technology, and maintaining this technology requires a very well educated workforce, especially in math and science. But math education has barely changed in the past several centuries. In this episode, host Martin Wasserman examines some of the new approaches to math education with his three guests.

Peter Friess is President and CEO of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley, and he's also an experienced clockmaker.

Future Talk - Singularity University

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A look at Singularity University, a Google-sponsored school located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA. Singularity U is based on the idea that technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and it's necessary to train a cadre of leaders who can steer this technology in the right direction, so it can be used to solve humanity's problems without creating more and bigger problems in the process.

Future Talk - Health 2.0

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Health 2.0, an emerging approach to health care that uses Internet technology and social networking software to make patients better informed about their health conditions and more active participants in their own health care, is discussed. The guests are Thomas Goetz, executive editor of WIRED Magazine and author of the new book "The Decision Tree", and Jennifer McCabe, co-founder and CEO of Contagion Health. Martin Wasserman hosts.

Future Talk - Nova Spivack and the Semantic Web

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A look at the "Semantic Web", which many people are calling the next major step in the evolution of the World Wide Web, making the Web much more intelligent and much more responsive to user needs than it is today. Host Martin Wasserman interviews well known Silicon Valley technology visionary and entrepreneur Nova Spivack, a leader in the development of the Semantic Web, whose latest product, twine.com, is an early example of it. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jack Porter also participates.

Future Talk - US-China Green Energy Council

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A look at the US-China Green Energy Council, a consortium of American and Chinese scientists, businessmen and academics who seek to foster cooperation between the US and China on ways of producing non-polluting energy. Host Martin Wasserman interviews UCGEC board members Jim Caldwell and Cliff Nakayama.

Future Talk - Human Genome Research

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A look at human genome research from several perspectives. Professor Gavin Sherlock of the Genetics Deparment of Stanford Medical School discusses the latest scientific advances in genetics, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jack Porter discusses the practical applications of genome science, and Biology Professor Marc Feldman, director of the Human Genome Diversity Project at Stanford, discusses the moral and ethical implications of genome research.