Welcome to the 1st ever Tech Talk Livestream, where serial entrepreneur, angel investor, futurist and host of Fringe.FM Matt Ward discusses one specific industry or technology, weighing in with his opinions and sharing overviews and predictions of where the world is headed.

In today’s video, Matt discusses ecommerce, something near and dear to his heart as an ex-ecommerce seller.

In today’s livestream we discuss:

– How Amazon is transforming ecommerce & shopping experience
– Why Alexa and voice technology will destroy retail
– The death of brand as a differentiating factor for most products
– Where the opportunities exist to make money in ecomm

And much much more. We hope you enjoy this first experimental episode of Tech Talks on all things ecommerce.

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john lettow vorbeckJohn Lettow is the co-founder and President of Vorbeck (@vorbeck), a high tech graphene materials startup that’s raised over $20.7M to bring the promising future of graphene to today. Today they have several product lines focused on antennas, RFIDs, wearables, conductive ink and of course composites.

NOTE: Vorbeck’s proprietary graphene material Vor-x® was developed in the Chemical Engineering Laboratories of Princeton University. The Princeton team’s pioneering work enables large-scale production of graphene, of which Vorbeck owns an exclusive license on the patented graphene technology.

Prior to Vorbeck, John was a cofounder and manager of core technology development for H2Gen Innovations. John has also performed extensive research on nano-materials and materials process development while doing his PhD at MIT, Masters at Cambridge and undergrad at Princeton. Continue reading

Steve Burgess - Nanotechnology and the Foresight InstituteSteve Burgess (@steveburgess01) is the president of Foresight Institute, a nonprofit think tank that researches technologies of important to the future of humanity, focusing on nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and AI and rewards grants to lead scientists and safety initia tives.

Steve is a nanotechnology activist, tech writer & speaker, startup mentor, and an internationally recognized computer forensics consultant. Steve helped found the data recovery industry in the 80s, is a pioneer in today’s growing computer forensics and electronic  industry and is active as a digital forensic specialist who oftens testifies as an expert witness in the field.

Steve has reported on Japan’s space programs, contributed various Nanotech Glossaries, is the author of “The (Needed) New Economics of Abundance,” contributor to the text, “Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases,” and regularly writes on topics surrounding his passions and expertise at burgessforensics.com

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The science of nanotechnology and progress to date
  • How the boom and bust cycle in nanotech play out
  • Why Steve is passionate about exponential hope
  • How AI will impact the future of jobs and economy, beyond the obvious answers
  • The problem with existential risk and inspiring action
  • Why Foresight Institute focuses on converging exponential technologies
  • The implications of biotech and self enhancement
  • What manufacturing will mean in an era of abundance
  • The wealth divide and what happens next
  • How technological innovation will impact our evolution
  • The reason capitalist incentive structures drive many of our most pressing problems
  • Why changing policy and law is challenging and grass roots movements matter

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Are you interested in space travel, genetic engineering and other futurist tech trends transforming our world/society? If so you will love this.

Our Expert Panelists:

Aubrey de Grey is a Cambridge researcher and Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation focused on aging and extending human longevity. He proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. In addition to his research, Aubrey is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging(2007). De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can prevent the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a collection of proposed techniques to rejuvenate the human body and stop aging. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

Mike Selden is co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a food startup that uses cutting-edge cellular-agriculture technologies to grow marine-animal cells, creating fish and seafood products enjoyed around the world. They are working toward a sci-fi, soon-here world where everyone has access to healthy, delectable seafood, without the environmental devastation or the health hazards of traditional fishing and aquatic farming.

Jenny Rooke is the founder and managing partner or Genoa Ventures (formerly 5 Prime Ventures) where she funds & builds companies that change the way science gets done with new tools and technologies. She has a PhD in Genetics, a Bachelors in physics, and a background in computer science and works closely with early-stage life science start-ups on issues of fundraising, market & product strategy, and business development.

We cover a wide range of topics from genetic engineering and human longevity to personalized medicine, pharma, manufactured meats and much more…

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Daniel SchmachtenbergerDaniel Schmachtenberger (@theneurohacker) is the co-founder and director of Research and Development at the Neurohacker Collective, where he is focused on developing processes and technologies for advancing medicine and human optimization and hosts a podcast exploring those topics.

Daniel is particularly focused on personalized medicine, adequate approaches to complex illness, and deepening our knowledge of how the human regulatory systems function, how they break down, and how they can be supported to function with greater resilience and blogs at civilizationemerging.com

Growing up home-schooled, Daniel had early exposure to design science (Buckminster Fuller, Jacques Fresco, Permaculture, etc.), systems science and complexity (Fritjof Capra, Stuart Kauffman, etc.), philosophy and psychology (eastern and western approaches), and activism (animal rights, environmental issues, social justice, etc.) His passion has always been at the intersection of these topics – specifically, facilitating the emergence into a mature civilization – that can prevent otherwise impending catastrophes, remediate existing damage, make possible a radically higher quality of life for all sustainably, and support greater realization of our individual and collective potential.

NOTE: Daniel’s company Neurohacker Collective produces Qualia, a top-notch nootropic mental/physical enhancement supplement. You can get 10% off your 1st order of 15% off subscription using code FRINGEFM

 

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Joe Haldeman - Sci Fi Author - The Forever WarJoe Haldeman is a famed American science fiction author best known for his novel The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works, including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards, including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.[2]

Joe was awarded the SFWA Grand Master for career achievements and in 2012 he was inducted as a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He’s a member of Author’s Guild, Writer’s Guild, Science Fiction Writers of America, National Space Society (on Board of Advisors), Space Studies Institute and was President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 1992-1994.

Many of Haldeman’s works, including his debut novel War Year and his second novel The Forever War, were inspired by his experiences related to serving in the Vietnam War. Wounded in combat, he struggled to adjust to civilian life after returning home.

During Joe’s prolific career, he’s authored 30 books, 7 short fiction novels a set of comics and even a poem.

You can grab a copy of The Forever War here or a free audiobook download here.

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fraser cain - universe today and astronomy castFraser Cain (@fcain) is the founder of Universe Today, one of the most popular space and astronomy sites on online with over 3 million space focused visitors a month. In addition to Universe Today, Fraser co-hosts Astronomy Cast, a fact-based weekly journey through the cosmos which offers discussions about astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology Fraser has been working in the software/Internet industry for the more than 15 years, and was a partner in two software companies that are now traded publicly. He studied engineering at the University of British Columbia, and has a degree in computer science. Visit Fraser’s site at Universe Today.

Why We Are Entering a New Space Race and Where We Go from Here with Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast

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Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (@doctorow) is a best selling science fiction author, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.

Several of his award winning novels include:

Cory also co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation.

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Bernard Bigot Director General ITER - Fusion ResearchBernard Bigot is the Director-General of the ITER Organization (@iterorg), an international fusion science and technology research facility based in France. Bernard has been closely associated with ITER since France’s bid to host the project in 2003 and Mr Bigot was delegated by the French government to act as High Representative for the implementation of ITER in France, a position that he has occupied since 2008.

Bernard has a long and distinguished career and has held senior positions in research, higher education and government. Prior to his appointment at ITER he completed two terms (2009-2012 and 2012-2015) as Chairman and CEO of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA. This government-funded technological research organization—with ten research centres in France, a workforce of 16,000 and an annual budget of EUR 4.3 billion—is active in low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies, and health technologies.

From 2003 to 2009 Bernard Bigot served as France’s High commissioner for atomic energy, an independent scientific authority whose mission is to advise the French President and the French government on nuclear and renewable energy policy and in all the other scientific and technological domains where the CEA intervenes.

In his career as educator/researcher, Bernard also authored over 70 publications in theoretical chemistry and led research at the Ecole normale supérieure and Director of the Institut de recherche sur la catalyse, a CNRS laboratory specializing in catalysis research.

Bernard Bigot is a Commandeur in the French Order of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur in the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, and an Officer the French Order of the National Merit. In October 2014 he received the Gold and Silver Star in the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun..

“I’ve always been concerned with energy issues. Energy is the key to mankind’s social and economic development. Today, 80 percent of the energy consumed in the world comes from fossil fuels and we all know that this resource will not last forever. With fusion energy, we have a potential resource for millions of years. Harnessing it is an opportunity we cannot miss.”

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ITER's $23B Fusion Project to Provide Cheap, Virtually Free Energy for the World with Director-General Bernard Bigot

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The future of fusion and where we are headed
  • Why nuclear fusion still has not achieved net energy creation
  • How ITER is building the fusion reactor (tokamak) of the future to supply safe, clean energy for the world
  • The climate change problem and potential solutions to save us
  • Why fusion technology has taken so long see the light of day
  • The importance of governmental collaboration in large-scale scientific research
  • How fusion differs from “typical” nuclear power, ie fission
  • The implications of nearly free energy
  • Bernard’s thoughts on creating a star
  • Why fusion may be the most exciting technology that no one is talking about
  • The reason the US and Russia collaborated during the Cold War on fusion research
  • Why nearly all energy in the solar system isn’t accessible by conventional means

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Ashwin - Biotech and Genetic EngineeringAshwin Seetharaman is a molecular genetics and cell/developmental researcher at the University of Toronto focused on understanding life at its most fundamental level. He is currently focused on unraveling genetic interaction networks underlying human disease using the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology, ie examining and fighting rare diseases using gene editing.

With over a decade of experience in leading scientific research, publishing research articles and presenting scientific findings at conferences, he has a talent for simplifying and communicating complex scientific data in a way that both experts in the field and a non-scientific audience can appreciate them. Ashwin spends much of his time thinking about the dynamics of the future and how this research will impact humanity, especially those unfamiliar with its profound effects.

In addition to his research, Ashwin is also passionate about training people to communicate more powerfully and offers powerful tools and training at the highest quality to empower people to articulate their ideas and vision in a powerful and persuasive manner.

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The future of CRISPR and genetic engineering
  • Why personalized medicine is closer than you would think
  • How CRISPR and gene drive technology can have butterfly effect like unintended consequences
  • The problem and solution with causing and treating cancer
  • Why we need to discuss ethical implications of genetic editing
  • The importance of DNA based edits and therapies to advance humanity
  • How to shift the public perception on future technologies
  • The reason humanity may evolve into multiple species
  • Ashwin’s thoughts on ethics of great power
  • The reason Ashwin is cautious with CRISPR technology
  • How researchers are fighting and will likely eradicate malaria carrying mosquitoes
  • Why research is now focused on systems vs individual genes
  • The importance of epigenetics in understanding biological processes
  • Why we may have a “cure” to aging on the horizon

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