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Author: Tod Foley

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Exploring the facts of tomorrow in the fiction of today.
9 Episodes
What are the superfoods of tomorrow, and how will we produce a wide  variety of inexpensive food for an ever-growing population, on an  unforgiving earth? STORY EXCERPT: Excerpt from “Surrounded by Dolphins” by Adrian McCauley, from UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future. MUSIC: Accompanying story excerpt: “Morning Two” by David Szetszay Throughout episode: Assorted selections by The Blue Dot Sessions Fractopia Theme by Tod Foley SOURCES & LINKS: Combating plastic pollution with sustainable bio-based packaging EAT Talk: Cellular Agriculture Today: Opportunities and Realities Edible, Biodegradable Food Packaging - Headline Science Eyes of Nye - GMO Foods Is Algae the Food of the Future? Is It Safe To Eat Genetically Modified Animals? Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet? The Future of Food: What We'll Eat in 2028 The Future of Food Goes Way Beyond Lab-Grown Meat The Rise of Vertical Farming What Is Hydroponics?
A conversation with Lauren Teffeau, author of the recently-released near-future science fiction novel "Implanted." Topics covered include digital convergence, neural implant technology, online privacy, climate change, the law of digital recency, and the future of capitalism. Includes an excerpt from "Implanted," and occasional interjections by my attention-seeking cats. Fractopia Website: Help Support the Fractopia Project: SOURCES AND LINKS Lauren Teffeau Implanted by Lauren Teffeau, published by Angry Robot Implanted - at Amazon 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, published by Jonathan Cape Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher, published by Zero Books New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, published by Orbit Zero Books MUSIC Theme from "Ghosts in the Machine" by Tod Foley
An Augmented Reality can be understood as a digitally-produced “layer” or “display screen” interposed by specialized hardware between you and the physical world. The potential of this emerging technology to enhance the ease and quality of life is enormous, and it will affect nearly everything in the coming informational age. Story excerpts from “Dork Knights of Harohbakh” by Shawn Koch, and “The Master Key” by L. Frank Baum. SOURCES & LINKS A Brief History of Augmented Reality The Challenges & Opportunities of Augmented Reality | Edward Miller David A Smith (Lockheed Martin) - Extreme Augmented Reality: What the Future Really Looks Like The Dawn of the Age of Holograms | Alex Kipman Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous A.I. The Future of Imagination: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and How We Shape Our World The History of Information How Stuff Works Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook F8 NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster Reality Technologies What's Up with Augmented Reality Contact Lenses? Wikipedia MUSIC: Fractopia Theme by Tod Foley “Be Which One” by Captive Portal
A look at the uses of Science Fiction to predict and influence the future, featuring insights from Yuval Harari, Berit Anderson, Douglas Rushkoff, Pat Cadigan and Stephen Oram. Story excerpt from "The World Set Free" by H.G. Wells. MUSIC "Canal Street Blues" - King Oliver w Louis Armstrong "Mister Really Loves You" - Captive Portal SOURCES AND LINKS Yuval Harari The Mundane Manifesto Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy (Dan Koboldt) A History of Books that Predicted the Future Berit Anderson Pat Cadigan & Douglas Rushkoff
A discussion with writer and interactive media consultant Michael Utvich, examining the future of labor, employment, identity, and Capitalist Realism in the age of advanced automation. SOURCES & LINKS Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher, published by Zero Books 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, published by Jonathan Cape UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future MUSIC: "Ghost Wave" by Tod Foley
Episode 3: 3D Printing

Episode 3: 3D Printing


A look at 3D Printing, examining its history, the current state of the art, and the far-reaching implications of its future in the coming century. Includes excerpt from Murray Leinster's "Things Pass By."
What is Fractopian Fiction, and why do you write it? An in-depth chat with Fractopian Fiction writers Antony Copeland, Adrian McCauley and Shawn Koch. Part 2 of this episode is available to Patreon subscribers at
Just what is Ubiquitous Computing all about, and what will it enable us to do? (Includes story excerpt "Morning in Hadid")
An introduction to the Fractopia podcast, and an exposition of our inquiries into Fractopian Fiction.
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