Debate Club

Debate Club

Debate Club is home to smart and irreverent discussions on some of today’s most important science, tech, and futurism-related subjects. Every episode, two overqualified experts join comedian and host Mark Vigeant to compete for fake points and bragging rights as they argue the pros, cons, and potential paths forward on some of the tech world's most important subjects.

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Debate Club
  • Debate Club: Is Silicon Valley Still the Center of Global Innovation?

    Innovation consultant Bill O'Connor and Alex Lazarow, author of the book Out-Innovate, go head-to-head on the issue of whether innovation is being de-centralized among several regions across the world or if Silicon Valley is still the only place to be for entrepreneurs in tech and other industrie...

  • Debate Club: Is Any Of This Real?

  • Debate Club: Can We Get a Cure for Cancer Already?

    Dr. José Morey and entrepreneur Naveen Jain argue whether the wonky incentives of the healthcare business are getting in the way of curing cancer. Naveen believes that doctors have been trained that 'there's a pill for every ill' and bullied by Big Pharma, to the point where tech companies may h...

  • Debate Club: Is Radical Life Extension Too... Radical?

    Scientist Aubrey de Grey and ethicist Paul Root Wolpe weigh the pros and cons of new technology that could reverse the causes of aging and radically extend human lifespans. Dr. de Grey sees radical human longevity as the natural outcome of improved health for an aging population, but Dr. Wolpe is...

  • Debate Club: Is Technology a Force for Good?

    Entrepreneur Julie Legault faces off with ethicist John K. Davis on the question of whether the good we derive from technology ultimately outweighs the negative consequences. John thinks our capacity for technological power may have surpassed our wisdom as a species. Julie thinks we can solve tha...

  • Debate Club: Are Invasive Species Bad Guys or Just Misunderstood?

    The National Wildlife Federation says 42% of endangered and threatened species are at risk due to invasive species, and new technologies like gene drive are being developed to combat this problem. New Zealand ecologist Steph Borrelle believes this is an urgent issue and supports eradication and c...

  • Debate Club: Why Can't Big Tech Stay out of Trouble?

    It seems like every week there's news about how one of the big tech companies is stealing our data or messing around with their employees. Why does this keep happening? Author and analyst Charlene Li thinks that tech companies believe their altruistic end goals justify the means. But researcher A...

  • Debate Club: How Can We Close the Healthcare Gender Gap?

    Disease areas that affect women suffer from a lack of research, a lack of funding, and a lack of proper medical education. How did we let this happen? Author Maya Dusenbery sees both a knowledge gap and a trust gap between women and their doctors. Dr. Tiffany Vora wants to see more female doctors...