At Soonish, tech journalist Wade Roush argues that the future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us. Season 2 features shows on the power of virtual reality to persuade us (and maybe deceive us) and the power of a total solar eclipse to unite us. Season 1 episodes explored what happens when movie directors try to get the future right, but fail; why monorails are a neglected but still promising form of urban transit; how technology can improve the museum-going experience; how entrepreneurs are working to create skilled factory jobs in an age of automation; who's working to develop and market substitutes for meat; why the next phase of space exploration is being led by private companies; why our personal productivity tools always seem to fail us; how we balance the past and the future in urban planning; and how a metaphor from the movie Apollo 13 can help explain the Trump presidency. More info at http://soonishpodcast.org.
September 14th, 2017