Adam Alonzi Podcast
Foreign Friend: A Podcast on Modern China with Peter Gassman

Foreign Friend: A Podcast on Modern China with Peter Gassman

November 16, 2016

Dr. Peter J. Glassman is an educator and author who has worked extensively in early childhood, elementary, and post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Peter has taught at Columbia University, Tulane University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded permanent visiting professor status in the People’s Republic of China. He has served as Provost at New England College, and Dean at The University of Macau and The California Institute for Integral Studies.

He currently serves as Vice-President for Curriculum and Instruction at The Early Learning Institute in Palo Alto, California.

Peter consults widely on issues concerning education, cross-cultural communication, and education policy for education and government groups. He is an experienced organizational leader with a record of inspiring profound and persisting institutional growth.

He has been a Fulbright professor, a Fellow of the NATO Atlantic Council and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has won awards for outstanding teaching from Columbia University, Tulane University, Hangzhou University and Guangxi Normal University.

Peter’s core competency is teaching young people to believe in themselves, and to believe in their power to drive change. He is particularly effective in helping young people discover, accept, and manage the forces in civilization and the parts of our own mind that inhibit our faith and impede our action.

Peter has lived and worked in North America, Asia and Europe, and was raised with foster brothers from Sudan and Japan. He has an uncommon joy in human diversity, and an unusual ability to transact effectively across cultures.

Peter is the author of three books and numerous essays on human creativity and community. He received his Ph.D. degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Peter and his wife, Karen Lam, live in Vancouver, B.C.

Virtual Reality: State of the Industry with Micah Blumberg and Bilawal Sidhu

Virtual Reality: State of the Industry with Micah Blumberg and Bilawal Sidhu

September 30, 2016

 

 

 

 

Bilawal Singh Sidhu is a creative technologist and VR supervisor. He runs a scrappy VR and mixed media studio, based in San Francisco and Chandigarh, India called Imaginfinity. You can check them out at imaginfinity.in. On the personal side, he enjoys geeking out about VFX/3D, emerging tech, Product Design, Digital Strategy, Meditation and 7 String Guitars. You can hit him up on bilawal.in or on twitter @bilawalsidhu.

 

 

 

Raising the Dead? BioQuark and the ReAnima Project with Ira Pastor

Raising the Dead? BioQuark and the ReAnima Project with Ira Pastor

September 24, 2016

Ira Pastor - Chief Executive Officer – Bioquark Inc. - 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care, distribution, OTC, and retail; Served as VP, Business Development for drug development company Phytomedics Inc., raising $40 million of private equity, consummating over $50 million of licensing deals, and bringing lead drug candidate from discovery stage to Phase III development; Prior to that, employed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals working in sales, marketing, and business strategy positions. Mr. Pastor has also served as Vice President of Corporate Development for the pharmacy benefit management company Prescription Delivery Systems (acquired by Cigna Health Insurance); MBA, Temple University; BS, Pharmacy, Rutgers University

More information about the ReAnima Project can be found here.

Crowdfunding a Cure for Aging: Steve Hill and Elena Milova of the MMTP

Crowdfunding a Cure for Aging: Steve Hill and Elena Milova of the MMTP

May 31, 2016

Please Visit

this https://www.lifespan.io/campaigns/the-major-mouse-testing-program/

 

Steve Hill

 

With a background in statistical data analysis, project management and administration he is ideally placed to oversee the project and help the various team members with the various tasks and goals the team has to complete. His main role as project lead is to organize research data, administration, project management solutions, advocacy and networking.

Working in research and in particular the field of regenerative medicine demands an ability to respond quickly and efficiently to changing situations. Whilst not from a research background per se his previous experience working as a manager in real time traffic control has given him the experience and ability to remain calm under pressure and help the team achieve its aims. His decades of experience in statistical data analysis, administration and planning gives him the ability to strategically plan and organize the various tasks the team must complete and help drive the project forward to meet deadlines and goals.

As an active longevity advocate he has a excellent knowledge of the regenerative medicine field that ranges from pharmaceutical sourcing, lab planning and costing to research and technology. Part of his role is contacting drug suppliers, animal breeders and other labs as part of the ongoing development of the project.

Steve Hill
Project Lead
 
 

Elena Milova

I represent Optimum Health a non government organization in Russia. My organization is supporting the development of the technologies to understand and potentially address the aging process and age-related diseases. I have been a longevity activist and advocate since 2013 when I started to hold educational events to make new evidence-based methods of healthy life extension more popular.

I am the co-author of the book “Aging prevention for all” which was recently issued in Russian and the book is being currently translated into several languages. You can download a copy of the Russian language version here if you would like to read more about evidence-based life extension methods.

I am an Honorary Member of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA), where I am responsible for the development of organizational processes and tools. I helped to develop the new ILA website and I am proud to be a part of the MMTP. My main role in the group is directing our IT team and I also help with networking and promotion activities.

Previously I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and the pharmaceutical advertisement sector, but I understood that it is more important to support fundamental science and medical innovations to get new therapies faster. My experience in the industry has given me valuable insights into how the MMTP can succeed and I use this knowledge to support the project.

I perceive aging as the number one problem, because it is the root of most major pathology like cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis, visual impairment and others. I believe that if we address aging decline and develop treatments to slow it down, counteract to it and eventually reverse then we will remove many health problems at once.

Helping people to obtain more years of healthy life is a worthy goal isn’t it?

Elena Milova
Advocacy and project coordinationer
Breast Cancer,  Bioprinting, and Breast Reconstruction with Laura Bosworth of TeVido

Breast Cancer, Bioprinting, and Breast Reconstruction with Laura Bosworth of TeVido

December 24, 2015

 

Laura Bosworth, CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with 25+ years of cross-functional industry experience. TeVido is a biotech start-up using innovative 3D bioprinting and a woman’s own cells to create tissue engineered solutions for reconstruction after breast cancer. Recent press coverage includes CNBC, CNN, The Economist, Popular Science and many more. The company has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Cancer Institute and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. With a B.S. in Engineering from UT El Paso, Bosworth started her career in manufacturing process development for IBM. She quickly moved into management where she led software development and launched a Technical Marketing Center earning a General Manager’s Award for her contributions to sales and customer relationships.

At Dell, she built strategic business partnerships with large companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle and she led software product marketing delivering significant product feature improvement, highlighted by industry analysts. Ms. Bosworth is recognized for her skill in starting up new business functions and created multiple technical sales support functions including an OEM business unit: enabling over $500M in sales. She launched a professional services business unit and has expertise in customer support services. Using her cross-functional and international experience, she developed corporate wide quality strategies that reduced operating costs by ~$120M. Ms. Bosworth has volunteered for numerous non-profits, primarily supporting women’s needs in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field as well as domestic violence – in Board positions as well as providing direct service.

She volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at a Healthcare Clinic that serves low-income individuals Ms. Bosworth developed curricula, taught and provided mentorship with several applied entrepreneurship programs -including those at Texas State University and UTEP- focused on mentoring aspiring underrepresented and women entrepreneurs to develop their own high-growth companies. She volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at a Healthcare Clinic that serves low-income individuals seeking healthcare access.

The Great Longevity Effort and How You Can Help: An Important Podcast with Edouard Debonneuil

The Great Longevity Effort and How You Can Help: An Important Podcast with Edouard Debonneuil

December 23, 2015

 

 

Please visit the MMTP Website.

Former researcher in biogerontology at UCLA, Inserm and the Pasteur Institute, where he contributed to lifespan tests in C. elegans and mice and organised clinical trials, Edouard is today one of the directors of the International Longevity Alliance (ILA). Since 2001 he has asserted human healthspan can be rapidly extended once large scale rodent lifespan tests, massive health data analysis and agile human trials are collectively set up. Since 2012 he is gradually but firmly building that pipeline with the help of the ILA.

Poly-Beings and other Heretical Musings on Identity and Consciousness with Chris Armstrong

Poly-Beings and other Heretical Musings on Identity and Consciousness with Chris Armstrong

December 22, 2015

 


Chris T. Armstrong
is a secular transhumanist and self-appointed publicist of all things H+/Singularity related. He has had articles published onimmortallife.infoIEET.org, BrighterBrains.org, and indiafuturesociety.org. He is currently writing his first book, At Any Cost: A Guide to The Transhumanist Wager and the Ideas of Zoltan Istvan. http://transhumanistwagerguide.com/
 
Back in the 20th century, Chris was a student and researcher in Artificial Intelligence (neural modeling), Lisp programming and a professional software geek. He is also a percussionist/composer, martial artist, powerlifter, proto Renaissance man, and budding bon vivant.
 
Chris has a BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in World Music. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two fully-transhuman dogs, Buddy and Beanie. He blogs at http://carmstrong1959blog.wordpress.com/.
 
His dark-ambient, atmospheric, sci-fi soundtrack sounding compositions can be found here:http://www.SpaceageFurnitureMusic.com
The Neuroscience of the Weird Tale: Lovecraft, Machen, Blackwood, Dunsany, the Abyss, and the Brain with Ben Thomas

The Neuroscience of the Weird Tale: Lovecraft, Machen, Blackwood, Dunsany, the Abyss, and the Brain with Ben Thomas

December 12, 2015

 

 

 

              

 

In the 41st episode of Adam Alonzi's Podcast Ben Thomas and I discuss classic Weird Tales from authors such as H.P Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, and Lord Dunsany. We also examine similar techniques and themes found in the works of Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, and Henry James. Being the first part in what will likely be an ongoing series, we give our listeners a few precious morsels of neuroscience in preparation for future treks into the heart of darkness.

 

 

 

 

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Ben is an author, journalist, inventor and independent researcher who studies consciousness and the brain. A lifelong lover of all things mysterious and unexplained, he weaves tales from the frontiers of science into videos, podcasts and unique multimedia events. Lots more of his work is available at http://the-connectome.com.

 

Virtual Reality Media Associates Podcast #1

Virtual Reality Media Associates Podcast #1

December 11, 2015

 

 

In the 40th episode of my podcast Micah Blumberg, Bilawal Sidhu, and I discuss augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, Micah's advocacy for women in VR, sensors, the present, and the future. We also dissect the technology's implications for entertainment, social media, empathy, food quality control, education, and society. We also give a tips to those who are looking to get in on the ground floor of this burgeoning behemoth of an industry, which is searching for bright and talented people to swallow whole.  Music by Andrew Vavrek of Tryad.

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilawal Sidhu is a VR/AR Consultant and Head of Technology & Overseas Marketing @ Rock & Storm. Previously, he worked at Deloitte Digital and DC Innovation in their Digital Business and Emerging Technologies group. Most recently, he served as the lead designer on Deloitte’s first VR experience for their Greenhouse innovation labs. Bilawal is passionate about VFX/3D, Product Design, Interactive Media and 7 String Guitars. You can reach him via his website www.bilawal.in or on twitter @bilawalsidhu
 
Benevolent Superintelligence or Killer Robots? AI, AGI, and Data Science with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy

Benevolent Superintelligence or Killer Robots? AI, AGI, and Data Science with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy

December 8, 2015

 

 

His New Book on Artificial Superintelligence - Amazon.

 

Biography of Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching ProfessorProfessor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions. Yampolskiy is aSenior member of IEEE and AGI; Member of Kentucky Academy of Science, and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI.

 

Roman Yampolskiy holds a PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He was a recipient of a four year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies Dr. Yampolskiy received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA. After completing his PhD dissertation Dr. Yampolskiy held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London,College of London. He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing (currently known as Center for Advancing the Study of Infrastructure) at theRochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is an alumnus of Singularity University(GSP2012) and a Visiting Fellow of the Singularity Institute (Machine Intelligence Research Institute).

 

Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are AI Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Biometrics, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Games, Genetic Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition. Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by 1000+ scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign (New Scientist, Poker Magazine, Science World Magazine), dozens of websites (BBC, MSNBC, Yahoo! News), on radio (German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, Alex Jones Show) and TV. Dr. Yampolskiy’s research has been featured 250+ times in numerous media reports in 22 languages.