IdeaFront Originals

IdeaFront Originals

IdeaFront Originals
  • Adaptor: The Psychonaut Story

    Once psychedelics became illegal, many psychonauts were forced into illegal experimentation. From this came a brilliant orator who kept the fledging psychedelic community thriving in the shadows. His impact is shown as interest in the mind-bending substances remains intact as

  • The Point: How AI Can Accurately Reflect Our World

    Our AI, from Alexa and Siri to facial recognition software, is biased. Roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard gives us a roadmap to fix it.

  • 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...

  • The Point: This is Why Camels are the New Unicorns

    The frontier of innovation is moving, and Silicon Valley may no longer be the epicenter. Alex Lazarow, a global venture investor, doesn't want Silicon Valley to end up like Detroit.

  • 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...

  • Adaptor: The Resurgence of Audio

    After the audio industry became digitalized, a new type of listening experience had to be developed. New offerings such as podcasting, paid subscriptions, and even ASMR are paving a new way for consumers to listen.

  • The Point: This is What the Last Moment of the Universe Will Look Like

    The universe could end in one of five different ways, but scientists think one is the most likely. Renowned theoretical astrophysicist, Katie Mack, explains how and when it all comes to an end.

  • 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...

  • Adaptor: Exploring Networked Thought: The Story of Roam Research

    The Internet has granted the individual too much information to make sense of. This has prompted Conor White-Sullivan to develop a tool that dramatically changes the way we write and develop our knowledge.

  • Global Mindmeld: How Civic Tech Fights Disinformation

    Researcher/ software developer Dr. Saiph Savage in Mexico City, Mexico and technologist/ open source advocation Angela Oduor Lungati in Nairobi, Kenya meet for the first time on a Zoom call to share their thoughts on the state of civil tech. They talk about their respective platforms and initiati...

  • The Point: Sex Robots Are Here and They're Getting Smarter

    Sex robots are here to stay. The latest, and most expensive models, have AI that allows them to do incredibly lifelike things. As the price gets lower, they will become much more common. Then what?

  • Adaptor: Restructuring Society's Engines

    There is a new focus on the inequalities that exist in our various internet platforms whose models seem to be: extract billions in value from their users and make it nearly impossible for them to leave. As humanity moves toward a new equitable future, so must economies. Is the ownership economy m...

  • 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...

  • The Point: Is Biomanufacturing a $100T New Market?

    In order to reinvigorate our economy and avoid a global depletion of resources, IndieBio's founder and managing director believe the US should not simply reinvent production, but reinvent raw materials themselves, right there in their lab.

  • Adaptor: The Call to Transhumanism

    As technological advancement takes a turn towards science fiction, the philosophy of Transhumanism moves center stage. Human microchipping, reversal of aging, and missions to Mars feel like an inevitable reality, but these breakthroughs beg the question: who should shape our future?

  • Adaptor: The Rise of Social Money

    Despite online creators earning millions of views, likes, and retweets, living wages are rarely part of the equation. This has led to inventive solutions that grant the independent creator a new way to monetize themselves.

  • Global Mindmeld - Technologists vs Climate Change

    From opposite sides of the Norwiegan Sea, Liané Thompson in Indre Kvarøy, Norway and Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir in Reykjavík, Iceland meet for the first time on a Zoom call to share their thoughts at the intersection of tech and climate change. They talk about their respective technologies to rem...

  • 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...

  • The Point: Can This Tech Restore Trust in Our Voting System?

    When ballots are counted by hand, skeptics cry "fraud." Samantha Radocchia, a tech entrepreneur and the author of Bitcoin Pizza, explores how switching our voting infrastructure to a blockchain-based system could help restore trust in the U.S. voting system and its democracy.

  • 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...

  • Global Mindmeld: How Tech in Education Can Create Global Citizens

    Rajeev Rajam of London, UK and Arun Mehta of Tokyo, Japan meet for the first time on Zoom to share their passions at the intersection of tech and education. They talk about the respective startups they’ve developed to curate virtual travel experiences and use to teach English in Japan using AI an...

  • The Point: Five Elements of Happiness

    Even during the most challenging times, we can create happiness. Happiness expert, best-selling author and co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy, Tal Ben Shahar, tells us how we can cultivate happiness no matter what.

  • 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...

  • The Point: 6 Maps That Explain Right Now

    Despite what you may think, societies around the world are better off now than ever before, and the evidence of this can be seen in surprising and powerful ways.