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Saturday
Apr072012

(Re)Build Our World With Nationbuilder

Nationbuilder is the first community organizing system - it's both a website and a people database that's fully integrated - to help leaders grow and organize their communities to acheive great things. It brings the tools that political leaders like Obama and Romney use to everyone. Whether you're a local candidate, a non-profit, or a radio show... it gives everyone the ability to organize around an idea.

We spoke with Jim Gilliam, the founder and CEO, of Nationbuilder. He also co-founded Robert Greenwald's, Brave New Films. His speech, "The Internet Is My Religion," at the Personal Democracy Forum has been viewed over 500,000 times and been called the best video on the internet. We spoke with Jim about why he created Nationbuilder, who will use it, venture capital funding, and how it has the power to change the world. 

A lot of conservatives talk about the free-market, what about the free-market for governance, and what does that look like? The potential to experiment with that online, with these online communities, where blood isn't shed. Where we can figure out these problems through code and then it will naturally spill out into the IRL... It's what gets me really excited about this, this is the problem to solve. How can nations form, how can people come together at scale across the entire world instantaneously?

Jim Gilliam

 

 

"The Internet Is My Religion"

Monday
Mar262012

Abundance Is Our Future With Peter Diamandis

We visited Peter Diamandis at X-Prize Headquarters in Playa Del Rey. His new book with Steven Kotler, Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, documents how progress in AI, nanomaterials, digital manufacturing, infinite computing, and a number of other areas, will move humanity out of a world of scarcity - into a world of abundance. 

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 ... over the last hundred years the world has gotten extraordinarily better, by almost every single measure. Childhood mortality is down by a factor of ten. Per capita income adjusted for inflation globally has tripled. Lifespan has more than doubled. Cost of food has come down thirteen-fold, cost of energy twenty-fold, transportation one-hundred-fold, communications at a thousand-fold... people below the poverty line in the United States are living still the lives of kings and queens of a hundred and two hundred years ago... When I think about abundance, I am trying to change people's perspective of scarcity. Scarcity is contextual. Something is scarce until technology comes along and makes it abundantly available.

Peter Diamandis 
 Radio Cut

 

 Extended Edition Coming Soon...

Peter's TED Talk

Peter's 2012 TED Talk from Abundance Book on Vimeo.

 

Sunday
Mar112012

Let's Build Civilization Together

We spoke with Ian Midgley of Open Source Ecology about their Global Village Construction Set and their mission to bring the open source movement to hardware. The Global Village Construction Set is a list of the 50 different Industrial Machines required to build a small, modern civilization. 

We're coming to a point where we are starting to look at our relationships as humans very differently... We're looking with Open Source Ecology to get to post scarcity - where the basic needs of every human are met and instead we're sharing ideas together - like open source software. Everyone's sharing in real time making the best product possible. We want to do that with hardware and with living together as we say, the Global Village Construction Set. The idea of a digital village, a real village, of people all over the world working together and not fighting tooth and nail against one another - we don have to do that as people, we can all consciously evolve together. 

Ian Midgley

Saturday
Feb042012

Explore The Final Frontier With Kicksat

We spoke with Zac Manchester, a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell, about his project, Kicksat, which he hopes will give us average Joe's and Jane's the ability to explore space.

I think the biggest thing people would do, for the average person is just open up the possibility of average people putting things in space and exactly what they'll do with it... I have no idea. I really think it's a fundamentally different ball game - when you talk about being able to put a satellite into Earth's orbit for a few hundred dollars vs now the cheapest satellite is on order of one-hundred thousand dollars.

Zac Manchester

Saturday
Jan282012

Best Explanation Of Quantum Computing... EVER!

In conversation with Dr. Daniel Lidar about "one of the coldest, most magnetically shielded places on earth." Dr. Lidar is the Scientific and Technical Director at the USC Lockheed-Martin Quantum Computing Center at Information Sciences Institue in Marina Del Rey. The USC Lockheed-Martin Quantum Computing Center received the world’s first commercial, operational quantum computer from D-WAVE.

We discuss the difference between quantum computing and classical computing, how it works, and what it will mean for the world. Hey, maybe we should coin it "Quantum Beach"?

Quantum computing is never going to solve problems that are in principle unsolvable on classical computers … it's not that we can solve problems that we cannot solve classically, it's just that we can solve things faster and sometimes problems which are impractical to solve on classical computers become practical on quantum computers.

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With quantum computers we should be able to solve such problems [protein folding] in a matter of hours, instead of… the age of the universe.

Dr. Daniel Lidar
Saturday
Jan142012

The Human Computer To The Quantum Computer

We talk about the beginning of computers - humans doing trajectory calculations during World War II - to the future - utilizing the properties of the quantum world to take computing out of this universe.

Quantum computing... it's like computing across the multi-verse.

Brandon Barney

 

Thursday
Jan122012

2012: The Beginning Of The New World

We discuss the Star Trek-ification of the future and what's coming... the tricorder, the replicator (3D Printing), warp drive, the holodeck... and how we're winning the future. 

William Gibson said, "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." We're optomistic that 2012 will be the start of the distribution.

Some people say that the world is coming to an end... and I actually believe that - I think that a new and better world is coming... This world is coming to an end, but something much better and brighter is before us.

Brandon Barney & Brittney Gallagher

Saturday
Dec102011

Searching For the Next Big Innovator

We spoke with Reichart Von Wolfsheild of History Channel's latest series Invention USA.

There is a lot of innovation going on out there... I've traveled around the world in my professional life and the American Innovator is different... It's sort of hair-brained idea when you first hear it, and then you go... wait a minute.
Reichart Von Wolfsheild


Clip from Invention USA:

    

Saturday
Sep032011

Code The Change You Wish To See With Code Hero

In conversation with Alex Peake, Founder and CEO at Primer Labs, who have developed Code Hero, a video game that teaches you how to make video games.

What we're fundamentally trying to do is to put the player in the mindset that they are a Code Hero - not that they're playing a game about being a Code Hero - but by playing this game they are doing things that coders have done since the very beginning of computers. The goal really is to prime people - inspire and prepare them to pursue it further... It's an epic calling. It's something you're being taught how to do, but most of all it makes you want to do it. 

Alex Peake


"Code Hero" Trailer:

Crossing The Programming Divide

Saturday
Aug132011

The 4th Paradigm: Interpretation Of Big Data

Chris Kemp, Founder and CEO of Nebula, is working to solve the data storage problem so that, "any company can easily build out and automatically configure a flexible, massively scalable cloud computing infrastructure in minutes, not months."

Computers are generating more and more and more data and so increasingly the outputs of a super computer is an incredible amount of data that humans have to then take in and understand and visualize... there's a whole ecosystem of tools that allow us to take this massive amount of data and draw conclusions from it - that's the fourth paradigm. So we're really inspired by that and so what we're trying to do is build the infrastructure for a world where every industry data is driving everything.

Chris Kemp

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