Hard Lessons From The First Year at The Village
A vlog update from the first year at the Future Thinkers smart village.
First Ever NFT Launches to Fund Smart Village and Regenerative ‘Living Lab’
First Ever NFT Launches to Fund Smart Village and Regenerative ‘Living Lab’ Crypto art to fund tree planting and development of Smart Village prototype The Smart Village is creating NFT art – Non-Fungible Token digital collectibles – to fund a 400 acre regenerative living prototype community in western...
How We’re Using NFTs to Plant Trees at the Smart Village
Find out how we're using NFTs to fund the Smart Village, regenerate the forest, and create ways for our community members to learn and participate in the project.
A Big Next Step For The Smart Village
Learn about the new location for Future Thinkers Smart Village in Biritsh Columbia, and the next step in making this big vision a reality.
FTP136: Self-Organizing Collaborative Governance Q+A with Richard D. Bartlett
Richard D. Bartlett, the director of The Enspiral Foundation and co-founder of Loomio, answers questions on self-organizing governance and better ways of working together.
FTP135: Rites of Passage Q&A with Michael Meade
Storyteller, scholar and author Michael Meade answers questions from the Future Thinkers Members on the role of rites of passage in today's world.
FTP134: Miriam Martineau – Building an Intentional Community
Miriam Martineau, a counselor, teacher and founder of Next Step Integral, discusses the practical aspects of running an intentional community.
FTP133: Jim Rutt – How to Transition to a GameB Society
Systems thinker Jim Rutt discusses how GameB concepts are being applied in practice, what ProtoB communities are, and the steps to adopt a GameB mindset.
FTP132: Tyson Yunkaporta and Megan Kelleher – Indigenous Thinking In Times Of Transition
Author of 'Sand Talk' Tyson Yunkaporta and scholar Megan Kelleher discuss integrating indigenous wisdom with contemporary life and technology.
FTP131: Daniel Christian Wahl – Designing Regenerative Cultures
Daniel Christian Wahl on regenerative cultures, the role of humans on planet Earth, and the importance of being in right relationship with technology, nature, and the process of life as a whole.
FTP130: Nora Bateson and Joe Brewer – Earth Regeneration Q&A
Discussion and Q&A about Earth Regeneration and Smart Villages with Nora Bateson, Joe Brewer, and Future Thinkers Community members.
FTP129: Future Thinkers Smart Village on The Stoa
This is a replay of our interview and Q&A on The Stoa hosted by Peter Limberg, where we talk about the Future Thinkers Smart Village project.
FTP128: Richard Perkins – Regenerative Revolution: How Permaculture Can Save Failing Food Systems
Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture on the surprising ways permaculture can save failing food systems & regenerate human society.
FTP127: Nora Bateson – Healing A Disintegrating Society
Nora Bateson is back for another sensemaking conversation on the current disintegration of societal systems, and how to navigate the chaos of the world.
FTP126: Joe Brewer – Regenerating The Earth
Joe Brewer is back on the show to talk about living in economic collapse, re-establishing relationships with nature and community, and his new book called The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth.
FTP125: Bonnitta Roy – Human Flourishing in the Time of Turmoil
Author and philosopher Bonnitta Roy talks about human flourishing, the rise of localism, whether we need institutions, and validating different expressions.
FTP124: James Ehrlich – Designing Regenerative Villages
The founder of Regen Villages talks about the future of smart villages, why we need them, and what are the barriers and risks to getting there.
FTP123: Donald Hoffman – Do We See Reality As It Is?
Donald Hoffman, cognitive scientist and author of The Case Against Reality, explains the theory of conscious realism and why we can't see reality as it is.
FTP122: Live Q&A With Jamie Wheal
Jamie Wheal answers questions live in a Q&A with Future Thinkers Members.
FT121: Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic
This is the second livestream we did on March 13, on the second-order effects of COVID-19 on society, politics, and economy.
FTP120: Q&A With Joe Brewer
Joe Brewer's work is centered around regenerative cultures. He travels around the world, studying different practices that contribute to the regeneration of the environment and communities.
FTP119: Bonnitta Roy – Ego & Group Practices
Author, teacher and philosopher Bonnitta Roy talks about group processes, ego deconstruction in groups, and evolving our spiritual capacities from past.
FTP118: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
In this episode we are discussing what effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on global systems, what societal changes and opportunities arise from it, and how individual can cope with this situation.
FTP116, 117: Derek Sivers – Hell Yeah or No
Writer, programmer and entrepreneur Derek Sivers on learning, growth, minimalism, breaking loyalties, and daily practices for increasing self-knowledge.
FTP115: Ken Wilber – The Flaws of Integral Theory
In the last part of our interview with Ken Wilber we discuss the potential flaws of Integral Theory and Integral movement, as well as the problem of charismatic leaders who have a lot of unchecked shadow material.
FTP113, 114: Ken Wilber – Practices for Higher Stages of Development
Philisopher Ken Wilber discusses useful practices for waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up for life, and the pros and cons of going through this process.
FTP111, 112: Ken Wilber – What’s The Problem With The World Today?
Ken Wilber talks about the Integral Theory, Greta Thunberg's climate activism, Jordan Peterson's awakening process, and moving to higher stages of human development to solve global issues.
FTP110: Q&A with John Vervaeke
John Vervaeke answers questions live in the first in a series of Q&As with Future Thinkers podcast guests.
Deconstructing Identity – Adapt to the Future #01
How getting defensive and identifying with our ideas, roles and groups, prevents us from communicating, collaborating, and relating better to others.
Future Thinkers Launch A New Video Series on Adapting to A Changing World
We’re nearly 8 billion people on the planet, facing some major social, political, economic and environmental problems. Many of us want to do something about it but we feel stuck and unsure of what to do. We’re struggling to find the right action to take on issues like conflict,...
FTP109: Dr. Dayna Baumeister – Biomimicry: What We Risk If We Ignore Nature’s Design
Dr. Dayna Baumeister talks about biomimicry, and how we can learn from nature to be more resilient, self-sustainable, and raise better adapted kids.
FTP108: Joker Is a Warning
From mass shootings and mental illness epidemic to the anger of climate change protests, Joker is a potent commentary on the Western world.
FTP106, 107: Nora Bateson – The Complexities of Climate Change and Cultural Evolution
Nora Bateson on the complexity of understanding climate change, what sense-making really means, warm data, chaos & order, and what we really need for social & cultural change.
FTP105: Jim Rutt – Game B: The Fifth Attractor, A New Social OS
Jim Rutt discusses the concept of Game B, network attractors in complex systems like human society, and how to prepare for potential collapse scenarios.
FTP104: Retreat Center Vision & Other New Projects
In this episode we are discussing our vision for a retreat center for exploring the ideas and practices we talk about on the podcast and in our courses.
FTP102, 103: Cris Beasley – How To Deal with Negative Emotions to Develop Mental Sovereignty
Cris Beasley is an author, ex AI startup founder and healing practioner who created the Love Lock card deck to help people get in touch with their difficult emotions.
FTP101: Rebel Wisdom – Who Are The Intellectual Deep Web?
Rebel Wisdom and Future Thinkers talk about the emergent intellectual awakening, the Intellectual Deep Web, and finding cohesion in a decentralized world.
FTP100: Jamie Wheal – Sense-Making In Chaos
Jamie Wheal discusses the difficulty of sense-making in a world that is unraveling faster than we can track, and what are the potential solutions to this crisis.
FTP098, 099: John Vervaeke – Overcoming The Meaning Crisis
John Vervaeke of The University of Toronto discusses his lecture series Awakening From The Meaning Crisis and transformational practices to create a meaningful life.
FTP097: Increasing Sovereignty by Deconstructing Identity
Mike and Euvie discuss further on one of their favorite topics - how to gain more sovereignty in modern world, as well as how sovereignty relates to identity.
FTP096: The Shadow in Personal and Collective Consciousness
Mike and Euvie discuss the Jungian concept of The Shadow, and why it is relevant today as a framework for developing personal and collective consciousness.
FTP095: Michael Taft – The Path of Self-Development and Spiritual Awakening
Michael Taft, a long-term meditation teacher, author, and founder of Deconstructing Yourself blog and podcast, discusses the stages of awakening path and benefits of meditation practice.
FTP093, 094: Douglas Rushkoff – Why Humans Matter in a Future With Transhumanism
Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff discusses the untapped possibilities of digital technology to create a trully interconnected culture.
FPT092: Rupert Sheldrake – Paradigm Shifts in Science and Consciousness
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake talks about morphic resonance, paradigm shifts in science, psy phenomena, consciousness and his new book Ways To Go Beyond.
FTP090, 091: Joe Brewer – Rites of Passage For Cultural Evolution
Joe Brewer of the Center For Applied Cultural Evolution discusses evolutionary transition, modern rites of passage, and designing a regenerative culture.
FTP089: Deconstructing Your Identity, And Why Do It
Mike and Euvie discuss why it's useful to deconstruct your identity and detach it from the categories of gender, class, culture etc, and how it can be done.
FTP088: The Ancient Art of Adulting And Meta-Skills For The Future
Mike and Euvie are discussing the concept of "adulting", why it's relevant today, and why we need to develop meta-skills to adapt to the future.
FTP087: The Memetic War And Collective Intelligence
Mike and Euvie discuss the emergence of collective intelligence, meme tribes, and the possibility of building an optimal omni-thrive collective system.
FTP086: Alex Gladstein – Anti-Authoritarian Technologies and The Future of Governance
Alex Gladstein of Human Rights Foundation discusses the future of governance, internet and money, and the role of anti-authoritarian technologies in that future
FTP084, 085: Kevin Kelly – What Technology Wants and Why We Need Humans in The Future
Kevin Kelly, the author of The Inevitable, talks about what technology wants, consciousness of AI, and why we should be optimistic about the future.
FTP083: Duncan Trussell – Life, Death, and Hive Minds
Duncan Trussell is back on the show to talk about evolving collective cooperation, spiritual practices and fundamental goodness of the universe.
FTP081, 082: Charles Eisenstein – The New Story of Climate and Humanity
Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Economics" and "Climate: A New Story" talks about changing the current climate narrative and introducing gift economy.
FTP080: The Witch And The Queen – Feminine Archetypes of Power And Wisdom
In the last episode of this series, we explore the archetypes of The Witch and The Queen, and practical ways to evoke different archetypes in our psyche.
FTP079: The Lover – Feminine Archetype of Love, Beauty, and Creativity
Mike and Euvie explore the feminine archetype of The Lover, its full and shadow expressions, and interepretations throughout history, culture and society.
FTP078: The Amazon Archetype – Examples of The Feminine Warrior in Career, Politics, and Movies
The Amazon Archetype is the feminine version of The Warrior and we can often find it in movies, TV shows and in professions traditionally dominated by men.
FTP077: The Mother Archetype – Helicopter Parent vs. Full Acceptance of Human Nature
We are exploring the traits of The Mother as one of four major feminine archetypes, its full expression, shadow versions and examples from popular culture.
FTP076: The King Archetype – The Crown of Mature Masculine Psyche
Mike and Euvie discuss The King Archetype as the integration of The Lover, The Warrior and The Magician and how to access it practical life.
FTP075: The Magician Archetype – Rediscovering The Sacred Beyond The Mundane
Mike and Euvie talk about The Magician Archetype, its full expression and shadow versions, as well as the examples of well known magicians in our culture.
FTP074: Reclaiming The Warrior Archetype in Modern Masculinity
Why The Warrior is the most misunderstood archetype in our culture and how to integrate it in its full expression in a prosocial and productive way.
FTP073: Accessing The Most Repressed Archetype in the Masculine Psyche – The Lover
Mike and Euvie discuss The Lover Archetype, how it manifests in children and adults, and its positive and negative aspects in mature masculine psyche.
FTP072: The Depression Epidemic – What You Can Do
In this episode we talk about the epidemic of depression in the Western world, what causes it and how it can be solved.
FTP071: Embracing Novelty and Uncertainty for a Life Worth Living
Mike and Euvie talk about the value of novelty as one of the basic human needs and how to induce the state where everything feels new.
FTP070: Pia Mancini – Upgrading Democracy For The Digital Age
Pia Mancini, a political scientist and activist and co-founder of Open Collective and Democracy Earth, talks about upgrading democracy for the age of internet and technology.
FTP069: The Lost Art of Listening
Mike and Euvie talk about why we have forgotten how to listen in today's world, what are different ways of listening and steps to take to improve at it.
FTP068: Digital Nomadism and Radical Self-Responsibility
In this episode we talk about our experiences with digital nomad lifestyle and how nomadism has shifted our perspectives on the world in the past six years.
FTP067: Becoming More Adaptive
Mike and Euvie discuss how to become more adaptive, and build mental flexibility as one of the most important skills to have in the world of future.
FTP066: Finite and Infinite Games
Mike and Euvie discuss the concepts of finite and infinite games from the book by James Carse, how to recognize which game we are playing, examples and practical applications in every area of life.
FTP065: Dean Radin – Real Magic and The Future of Science
Dean Radin talks about how esoteric and magic traditions connect with modern studies of parapsychology, and the growing body of scientific evidence for what people think of as psychic phenomena.
FTP064: Developing and Practicing Your Self Sovereignty
Mike and Euvie discuss sovereignty of mind, how to test and alter your belief systems, and exercises that will help you build your own self sovereignty.
FTP062, 063: Jordan Greenhall – Deep Code: Learning How To Learn
Jordan Greenhall explains deep code, the cycle of learning, re-examining the assumptions our world rests on, and the criteria for new civilization design.
FTP060, 061: Don Roberto – Ayahuasca and Shamanism
Don Roberto talks about ayahuasca, shamanism, medicinal plants, soul retrieval, and how those relate to modern psychotherapy.
FTP057, 058, 059: Daniel Schmachtenberger – Solving The Generator Functions of Existential Risks
Daniel Schmachtenberger talks about the underlying generator functions of existential risks and how we can solve them.
FTP056: Emmanuel Jal – The Incredible Resilience of The Human Mind
Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier from South Sudan turned musician and activist, talks about mental resilience, sovereignty, and importance of storytelling.
FTP055: David Katz – Solving Plastic Pollution and Alleviating Poverty
David Katz, the founder of The Plastic Bank, talks about turning plastic waste into a currency, alleviating poverty, what it means to have self-sovereignty, and being the creator of your life.
FTP054: Toni Lane Casserly – Paradigm Shifts of Culture and Consciousness
Toni Lane Casserly, the Co-Founder of CoinTelegraph and CULTU.RE, investor, recording artist and the founder of the “immateralism” art movement, talks about cultural and consciousness shifts, how blockchain technology can help advance human rights, and increasing our self sovereignty.
FTP053: Ramez Naam – Reasons To Be Optimistic About the Future
Ramez Naam, computer scientist, futurist and author of five books, including The Nexus trilogy and The Infinite Resource, discusses intersections between blockchain, energy and transport, taking responsibility for the use of technology, and creating a positive future.
FTP052: Guy Standing – Making Basic Income a Reality
Guy Standing, one of the world's most prominent researchers and authors on the subject of basic income, talks about the evolution of the idea, the results of basic income pilot experiments, and how it can be made a reality on a larger scale.
FTP51: Vít Jedlička – Liberland: Prototype For a Decentralized State
Vít Jedlička, a Czech politician, publicist and activist, talks about starting Liberland, the First Decentralized Autonomous Government
FTP050: Daniel Jeffries – The Evolution of Systems and The Meaning of Life
Author and futurist Daniel Jeffries dives deeper into discussing ideologies, systems thinking and the meaning of life.
FTP049: Daniel Jeffries – Decentralized Governance and Identity
Daniel Jeffries on cryptocurrency and designing decentralizaed democracy and identity systems on the blockchain
FTP048: Jordan Greenhall – Sovereignty in Chaos
Jordan Greenhall of Neurohacker Collective talks about building sovereignty in times of chaos, and the importance of feminine power
FTP047: Jordan Greenhall – Why We Need Collective Intelligence During Global Collapse
Jordan Greenhall talks about the global collapse threatening humanity, the loss of sense making, sovereignty, and the need for a collective intelligence.
FTP046: Daniel Schmachtenberger – Winning Humanity’s Existential Game
Daniel Schmachtenberger interview on mitigating natural and human-caused existential risks and designing post-capitalist systems
FTP045: Amber Case – Calm Technology and Human-Machine Interactions
MIT and Harvard researcher Amber Case talks about how to make human-technology interactions more unintrusive, healthy, and productive
FTP044: David Orban – Entrepreneurship in The 21st Century
Entrepreneur and investor David Orban from Singularity University talks about new technologies and their impact on entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
FTP043: Daniel Schmachtenberger – Neurohacking & Neurogenesis
Daniel Schmachtenberger talks about neurohacking and inducing the process of neurogenesis through exercise, supplements, meditation, and other techniques.
FTP042: Daniel Schmachtenberger – Neurohacking
Daniel Schmachtenberger talks neurohacking: technologies and techniques for optimizing neurological functions, like meditation, EEG, and supplements
FTP041: Possibilities of The Blockchain
What is the blockchain technology, and how can it be used to disrupt everything from finance to law to production to communication?
FTP040: Dr. Kirby Surprise – Ayahuasca, Shamanism, and Synchronicity
Dr. Kirby Surprise talks about ayahuasca, shamanism, magic, and how these tools can be used to understand the unconscious mind and change our reality
FTP039: Dr. Jordan Peterson – Archetypes, Psychedelics and Enlightenment
Dr. Jordan Peterson talks about archetypes and how they apply to personal development, the value of psychedelics, and Jung's definition of enlightenment
FTP038: Dr. Jordan Peterson – Failed Utopias, Mapping the Mind, and Finding Meaning
Professor of psychology Jordan B. Peterson talks about the pitfalls of modern political and philosophical ideologies, mapping the mind, and finding meaning
FTP037: Dr. Kirby Surprise – The Science Behind Synchronicity
Psychologist Dr. Kirby Surprise talks about the scientific explanation of synchronicity, the art of unlocking your mind through meaningful coincidence
FTP036: Daniel Schmachtenberger – Global Phase Shift
Danial Schmachtenberger on humanity's phase shift, complex global systems, sustainability, decentralization, and finding your purpose.
FTP035: Duncan Trussell – Manipulating Reality
Duncan Trussell on manipulating reality, psychedelics, magick, the dangers of the astral realm, and the importance of loving yourself and others
FTP034: Duncan Trussell – Apocalypse and Cognitive Vertigo of Reality
Duncan Trussell talks about the apocalypse, climate change, terrorism, existential risk, propaganda, and how psychedelics can lift the veil of Maya illusion
FTP033: Vince Meens – Blockchain – The Building Blocks for a New Society
Blockchain technology has been making its way into the mainstream over the last year. Far from its anarchist-leaning Bitcoin beginnings, it has been getting adopted by large banks and governments like Dubai.
FTP032: Aric Dromi – Smart Cities of The Future
Smart cities of the future: Aric Dromi, the futurologist at Volvo, talks about how VR, AI, and Blockchain will transform our cities in the coming decade
FTP031: Scott Santens – What Happens When We Give People a Basic Income?
Some of the recorded effects of giving people free money regularly have been very favourable. There was less crime, people’s health improved, people actually worked more and there was a significant rise of entrepreneurship (a staggering 300% increase in one experiment), there was less alcoholism, high school students stayed...
FTP030: Robin Hanson – The Age of Em: 1 Year After We Upload Ourselves to The Internet
Brain emulation, also known as mind uploading, is a concept that has fascinated science fiction writers and futurists for decades. This is the theoretical idea of scanning a brain - or a mental state - and copying it into the computer. Although no such technology currently exists, many prominent...
FTP029: The Death of The DAO – Codifying Ethics on The Blockchain
The attack on The DAO, the fork, and what it means for the future of Ethereum other decentralized blockchain projects and cryptocurrencies.
FTP025: James Hughes – Cyborg Buddha, Transhuman Enlightenment and Basic Income
We are entering an era where increasingly, a single individual can have a major impact on the world. New technologies are constantly being developed. More and more, they are available to everyday people at a lower cost.
FTP024: David Brin – Building Future Societies with Transparency and Freedom
Brin’s classic non-fiction book, the Transparent Society, is concerned with the issues of privacy and transparency. Most people want privacy for themselves, yet demand transparency from others - namely, their leaders. Transparency and privacy often end up on the opposite sides of political debates, where we are forced to...
FTP023: Phil Torres – What Are The Biggest Existential Risks to Humanity?
From global climate change to nuclear war, there are many things threatening our existence at any given time. Existential risks are those that endanger the existence of the entire human species. These are threats that can potentially lead to human extinction, or cause irreversible damage to the human civilization.
FTP022: DMT – Crazy Psychedelic or Portal to Other Dimensions?
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is probably the most powerful hallucinogen known to humans. It is known for producing psychedelic experiences of the highest order - from encounters with benevolent beings and alien worlds, to nightmarish journeys into the depths of one’s own psyche, all in vivid color and detail.
FTP021: Psychedelics Changed My Life
Humanity has had a long history of seeking transcendent experiences, and the practice of using psychedelics and other mind altering substances to create these states goes back many millennia.
FTP020: The Three Bodies, Consciousness and How Environments Affect Us
Consciousness is a subject that has been pondered by philosophers all over the world for many thousands of years. In many spiritual traditions, there exists a concept of the three bodies - three overlapping entities that comprise the human being. They are often referred to as the physical body,...
FTP017: Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton – Sci Fi, Copyright and The Sharing Economy
In this episode, we and I are joined by fellow podcasters Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton from the Robot Overlordz podcast. We get into a discussion about copyright, licensing laws, crowdfunding, and the present and future of the sharing economy...
FTP016: Vitalik Buterin – What is Ethereum and How to Build a Decentralized Future
In this episode, we invited Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, to talk about the applications and implications of this highly promising new decentralized platform. Ethereum is meant to eliminate the middlemen in many industries...
FTP015: Zoltan Istvan – The Future of Politics and Transhumanism
Zoltan Istvan has a colorful life story. He worked as a war zone journalist with National Geographic, he sailed the world by himself, he wrote a best-selling novel called The Transhumanist Wager. Now, Zoltan is running for US president in the 2016 election with his Transhumanist Party...
FTP014: The Exponential Revolution: Are You Prepared?
People everywhere are waking up. Thanks to open information sharing via The Internet, more and more people are realizing that the entities that currently govern our world do not serve the majority...
FTP013: The Future of Conscious Evolution: Eliminating Discrimination
"We are running on outdated software", "operating cavemen brains in a technologically advanced society". For thousands of years, our environment changed very slowly. Parents and children had more or less the same lives. Now we live in a world of exponential technological chance. Borders are becoming blurry and social groups...
FTP012: The Future Of Marketing is Storytelling
In the 20th century, with the rise of mass media came a time when companies could broadcast their marketing messages far and wide to millions of people. It didn't matter if the message was relevant to each person, because as long as a small percentage of people bought the...
FTP011: Bitcoin and Blockchain and Basic Income, Oh My!
In the last 15 years, many industries were turned upside-down by the rise of peer-to-peer technologies for sharing information. Napster changed the face of the music industry. Search engines allowed everyone to find information in an instant. Social media networks allowed us to form virtual tribes and start huge...
FTP010: Nikola Danaylov from Singularity 1 on 1 – Shaping Our Own Future
Nikola talked to us about his experience at The Singularity University, and about how formal education is not really a necessity in certain fields today. We also talk about success and failure as an integral component of it.
FTP009: The Future of Education: How To Find Your Life’s Work
A common life script that we're all familiar with, and that many of us followed, is to go to university or college to study something we’re interested in, graduate with a degree, and then step out to the real world expecting the perfect job to be there waiting for...
FTP008: Jon Myers and Terry Lin – The Future of Work and Entrepreneurship
Many of us are societally conditioned to follow a certain life script: go to school, get a degree, go into debt, get a corporate job, get married, buy a house, go into more debt, be unhealthy, retire, do some things you’ve always wanted to do, and then die. Of...
FTP007: Jesse Lawler – Transhumanism and Technological Evolution
It’s interesting how even in today’s modern world of rapid technological progress, there are still people who view the modification of organisms - be it through implants in the human body or genetic engineering of plants - as barbaric or crazy. Then we see the same people going to...
FTP006: What Makes You YOU? Individuality, Consciousness and The Borg
What makes you YOU? Is it your personal preferences? The things you own? The things you do? The things you create? Your consciousness or soul? Or could it be that none of us are really all that unique, and we just think we are because our own experience is the...
FTP005: Minecraft, Virtual Reality, and The Simulation Hypothesis
When you start questioning the nature of human experience - how or why we perceive things the way we do, - very quickly, what we think of reality begins to unravel. You realize that most of "reality" is constructed in our minds. Our brains are always being selective about...
FTP004: Would You Date a Machine?
Science fiction can be awesome for imagining the future. Everybody loves a good story, and movies are one of the best mediums to tell stories. Though sometimes they aren't as scientifically accurate as they could be, movies are still great at visualizing futurist ideas and communicating them in a...
FTP003: The Fermi Paradox – Why Don’t We Have Convincing Evidence of Extraterrestrial Life?
The Fermi Paradox states that on one hand, the probability of alien civilizations is high. On the other hand, we don't have any convincing evidence that such civilizations do exist. There are many proposed explanations for this paradox - some of them quite simple, some complex, and some outright...
FTP002: Creativity, The Singularity, and The Meaning of Life
When I went to school (both in Russia and in Canada), "creative" subjects like art and music were considered to be some of the least important in the curriculum. On the other hand, subjects like math and science were over-emphasized, and positioned like career subjects. Now being an adult,...
FTP001: Technology, Spirituality, and Artificial Intelligence
There are many dystopian scenarios that people come up with when they think about future Artificial Intelligence. The Matrix, Terminator, and many other pop culture examples come to mind. Of course, they’re just movies - but they do reflect a fear that many people have of AI getting out...