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Fw:Thinking

It's about technology. It's about humanity. It's about our future. It's Fw:Thinking.

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The Problem With Nuclear Waste

Nuclear power has a lot of advantages but one big disadvantage is the nuclear waste. Why is it such a problem? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

40mins

25 Jul 2014

Rank #1

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Will future humans look different?

Science fiction takes us tens of thousands of years into the future but sometimes imagines the range of human physical appearance will be about the same. Will humans look different in the future? Will we be 15 feet tall, or have heads like the grey aliens? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

43mins

13 Jun 2014

Rank #2

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Kitchens of the Future

How is technology transforming kitchens into the communal cooking space of the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 1min

9 Jul 2014

Rank #3

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Biomimetics

Humans can create some pretty astounding technologies, but it's hard to beat the R&D provided by 4 billion years of evolution. How do modern humans look to nature for inspiration in engineering and design? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

45mins

20 Jun 2014

Rank #4

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Mind Control, Part 1

Mind control is a pervasive fear in dystopian science fiction. What is there to say about the real-life science of manipulating people's thoughts, emotions, opinions and behavior? The podcast crew focuses on propaganda and advertising in part one of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

48mins

8 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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Bioplastics

Plastics have changed the world in good and bad ways. Could bioplastics give us the benefits of plastic without the nasty downsides? We explore the future of plastic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

28mins

4 Jun 2014

Rank #6

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Making Computers Think Like Brains

Computers and brains don't work the same way but that hasn't stopped us from trying to make computers that can "think." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

48mins

16 May 2014

Rank #7

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Computers vs. Brains

Futurists often talk about computers and brains as if they were interchangeable. Your hosts explore the many ways that computers and brains are fundamentally different, as well as what each machine is best and worst at. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

47mins

14 May 2014

Rank #8

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Mind Control, Part 2

It's time for Mind Control: The Return to Mind Mountain. The podcast crew focuses on persuasive technology, environmental influences and moral enhancement in part two of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 7mins

10 Apr 2015

Rank #9

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The Power of Thorium

Is thorium the answer to our energy needs? We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of thorium as an energy source. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

43mins

21 Mar 2014

Rank #10

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Predictions Are Hard!

We're old hands at making predictions but history is filled with inaccurate (and hilarious) guesses that were way off the mark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

54mins

9 May 2014

Rank #11

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Balloons in Space!

Are balloons the next step in space tourism? We look at companies trying to get off the ground in the industry. And how high is space, anyway? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

40mins

11 Mar 2015

Rank #12

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Cars with Hidden Agendas, Part 1: The VW Scandal

In part one of this two-part episode about the computerization of cars, Lauren and Joe are joined by CarStuff hosts Scott Benjamin and Ben Bowlin to discuss the Volkswagen emissions "defeat device" scandal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

38mins

7 Oct 2015

Rank #13

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The Dawn Mission

What is NASA's Dawn mission all about? What are they learning from Vesta and Ceres? And could Ceres have habitable oceans? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

50mins

18 Mar 2015

Rank #14

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Robot Avatars

Jonathan, Joe and Lauren answer a listener mail request. Could we use robots as avatars while we explore distant locations, even across the galaxy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

56mins

3 Apr 2015

Rank #15

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Is there a future for Bitcoin?

The crypto-currency Bitcoin has weathered many storms lately. Is there a future for this digital currency or will it disappear in a puffs of 0s and 1s? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

30 Sep 2015

Rank #16

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3D Printing in Medicine

Lauren and Jonathan explore three ways 3D printers could change medicine. From printing drugs to regenerating nerves, we explore what happens when doctors work with additive manufacturing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

29mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #17

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Building Materials of the Future: Bio Edition

What will the buildings of the future be made out of? Could you end up living in a house of blood? We explore the potential of biomaterials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

45mins

9 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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Indestructible Materialism

Why is the idea of an indestructible material so attractive? Is there actually such a thing? What are some materials that, while not indestructible, might have very special properties? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

32mins

6 Dec 2013

Rank #19

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Lock and Key

Now that someone has created 3D models of TSA master keys, TSA luggage locks are no longer secure. What is the future of locks? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

25 Sep 2015

Rank #20