It is a big Dr. Future news week, with Dr. & Mrs. Future and co-host Michael Sigmon. Have you been tracking solar activity lately? Today a comet was consumed by the sun, with nary a CME. And yesterday CME’s reared their massive torsos, flicking their gaseous tongues at us and the rest of their surrounds.
Highlights include an update on solar activity, botnets controlled a toy helicpoter, new nanosensors for fighting cancer, tentacle tech, Tunisian revolution tech and Sponge Bob’s impact on your intelligence.
It’s September, the summer is almost over, but not before we share with you the magic of our Labor Day weekend. At half an hour into the show we have a surprise visit from Agent Nada, who regales us with tales from Harbin Hot Springs and the venerable Women’s Herbal gathering..warning..not for the strictly nerdy…she delves into female coming of age ceremonies with her daughter that are quite heart warming..
And geeky we do get, with our analysis of the collaboration between the SFPD and Apple Security over the lost iPhone 5, creating biofuel from organic waste via a fungal enzymes, the significance of the Starz/Netflix divorce, and this week’s cautionary tale- space junk!!
With guest futurist Greg Panos in the studio today, anthing can and will happen. Top of the news is the story of being able to film cops in action in public places, a contentious issue that brings forth the First Amendment. Meanwhile, our Intel agencies are doing their bit to clean up Hurricane Irene, and a new more green method of funerals is being tried in Florida.
Greg delves deeply into the idea of your own evolving personal presence in cyberspace, your “personal personnaform.” To both illustrate and entertain, Dr. Future experiments with a few synthetic voices doing the news.
It’s also the week of Burning Man, and we have a live report from 13-year old Ciaran Farley, his first burn, in the midst of Black Rock City in Nevada. We also hear from John Graham, who is making sure we have a live feed 24/7 from the playa. That and a diamond planet, a UCSC Galaxy Simulator, the biggest data drive ever, and human powered tech, all on the show’s link’s page..
It’s funny how the idea of ‘prediction’ has been so prevalent today. First, was a demo of an alien oracle, recently created by this week’s guest, Santa Cruz’s own iPhone/iPad app developer Mark Buchanon. Then there were the stories, today’s stories, beginning with the use of what’s known as ‘predictive policing’ by the Santa Cruz Police Dept. And there is the National Institutes of Health’s use of new computational software that allows the predicting of new uses for old drugs. And let us not forget Stanford researcher’s new method for predicting dangerous solar flares! All covered in our news segment..
And for the second segment of our show, programmer Mark Buchanon educates us about the entreprenurial opportunies in developing iPhone/iPad apps, a billion dollar industry that did not exist a scant 3 years ago! Oh yes, that er, “Alien Oracle’ app is pretty amazing, based on a visual trinary code, but not quite yet ready for primetime.. soon..
In Dr. Future News today, we discuss the amazing Montreal Amphi-bus, the Google acquisiton of Motorola, Anonymous’s plans to destroy Facebook, breakthroughs in biofuel production, hybrid hydrogen power systems for your roof, and flash mobs shutting down BART stations.
In the second part of the show, we feature Denise Gallant
, a Santa Cruz video pioneer who has spanned to analog to digital chasm with great aplomb. A graduate of UCLA Film School, she has worked on many projects with the big boyz, i.e., ABC, CBS, NBC, helped pioneer the VJ scene by co-creating and operating for years one fo the first video synthesizers, pioneered special effects for Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Tangerine Dream and Supertramp, and is currently a board member of the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and media teacher at Cabrillo College.
We share a rousing discussion and interview with her, covering some of the latest and greatest projects and trends in the media world.
Live from our vacation in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. and Mrs. Future discuss with our guest co-host in KSCO’s new studio, Michael Shane Sigmon, the Future News of today, including hacker warnings to RIM, Blackberry’s creator, Taliban anti-helicopter strategies, how the Kinect Box is revolutionizing 3D scanning on an archaeological dig, the rise of insanely flexible screens, more evidence of a holographic universe, motion capture in the streets, DNA building blocks from space, a major cache of antimater found, and the world’s largest stop motion animation via cell phone cams.
As an extra bonus, you’ll also meet Dr. Future’s family, ‘Mother Future’, and ‘Sister Future’.. :-)
Much has been promised from the world of solar energy, the potential is unbelievable. There is more power in the solar energy hitting the planet every day, for example, than all our reserves of coal and oil. But what has actually been delivered so far, and what can we expect in the near future, given the rapid advance of technology and our will to use it?
Joe Jordan, founder of Sky-Power, has worked at NASA Ames for 20+ years and is very bullish on solar. He is an affiliate of ASES (American Solar Energy Society), NCSEA (Northern California Solar Energy Association), and CARET (Consortium for Advancing Renewable Energy Technologies).
Carl Reuter has a long history in solar, having installed many a backwoods system, long before the recent advent of Grid-tie solar that has brought many young companies to the market. He has been in the solar trenches locally and can give us a very pragmatic perspective of what is real now with solar.
Our guest today invisions a future where we are able to embark on safe, therapeutic, and sacred psychedelic journeys. Here’s what a few sages on the topic have to say about Dr. Fadiman and his new book:
“James Fadiman, one of the foremost pioneers of scientific research of the potential of psychedelic substances for therapy, self-discovery, spiritual quests, and creative problem-solving, has written an invaluable guide for safe and productive sessions. Based on more than forty years of the author’s experience in the field and presented in a clear, easily understandable style, this book is a breath of fresh air, dispelling the mis-information that has been disseminated over many decades by sensation-hunting journalists and fear-based antidrug propaganda. The publication of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide could not be more timely; it coincides with a major renaissance of interest in psychedelic research worldwide. The information that it provides will thus be useful not only for the hundreds of thousands of people involved in self-experimentation but also for the new generation of psychedelic researchers.”
(Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of LSD: Doorway to the Numinous )
“James Fadiman was the Forrest Gump of the psychedelic sixties. He witnessed the first flowerings of that amazing era of mindexpansion, then kept popping up for cameo appearances whenever the action got particularly interesting and enlightening. Now, riding a new wave of scientific research into the beneficial use of these misunderstood substances, Fadiman is back with a practical and at the same time inspiring guidebook for the next generation of entheogenic explorers.”
(Don Lattin, author of the bestselling The Harvard Psychedelic Club )
“Approaching his subject from intimately historical, psychological-cultural, and accessibly authoritative perspectives, Fadiman’s psychedelic magnum opus establishes the benchmark reference for anyone interested in understanding, experiencing, or supervising the effects of this unique family of psychoactive substances.”
(Rick Strassman, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule )