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Sunday
Apr152012

The Mojave Makers: A Maker Space At The Gateway To Space

Maker Spaces (aka Hacker Spaces) are a great place for brilliant minds to come together to socialize and collaborate. They are open community labs, incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops/studios where members come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.

This week we spoke with Ethan Chew & Scott Nietfeld of the Mojave Makers - a new maker space at the gateway to space.

To understand why a maker space in Mojave is important, you have to understand kind of the culture of the area. As you mentioned, there's really not much there except for the airport, but the airport is a huge deal. There are all sorts of very intelligent, particularly younger guys working on very interesting things there... and they  are not there for the money or the scenery, they're there because that's what they love to do. So for most of us, when we go home, we don't stop working, we just work on different things... and there was really no venue for that.

Scott Nietfeld

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.

 

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

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
Nov262011

Quicklaunching off Earth With Dr. John Hunter

We spoke with Dr. John Hunter, physicist turned president of QuickLaunch about their goal to deliver propellant (and other necessities) to space at less than 10% of the current cost. Think Jules Verne's space gun in From the Earth to the Moon - but instead of launching people - they're launching fuel and freight (which is responsible for 90% of the weight of a traditional space craft). 

...See guys like me - a lot of the hardcore space guys - really think we should get off the planet and at least explore Mars and the moon... and put scientific groups on those locations... Who knows what you're going to find - that's the nature of exploration.  You go out there and jump into the deep end and hopefully you make it back to the side of the pool.

Dr. John Hunter


Intro Video:

 

Saturday
Oct082011

Robots With Peter Pastor

Peter Pastor is from USC's Computational Learning & Motor Control Lab. He recently won best paper at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems. You can read more about the lab and their win at USC - Viterbi School of Engineering.

So bascially Brandon wants a robot that would exist to nerd out with him, whereas  most people would want robots to do menial tasks, like clean...

Brittney Gallagher

The Robotic ARM In Action:

Listen to the interview:

     

Saturday
Aug272011

Turning Into Gods: The Edge of Digital Culture

We spoke with Jason Silva, producer at Current TV - whose work has also been featured in Vanity Fair, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post - about his upcoming film, "Turning Into Gods." 

"Turning Into Gods" celebrates this notion that we will not go quietly into the night... Technology might be where man finally can have that catharsis that he has been looking for symbolically and mythologically beforehand. Technology might be the way that man might eventually make himself immortal and solve his existential sort of cosmic tragic comedy condition that he has been in.

Jason Silva


"Turning Into Gods" Concept Trailer:

 

TURNING INTO GODS - 'Concept Teaser' from jason silva on Vimeo.