Media theorist and cultural visionary Douglas Rushkoff brainstorms the future of everything with Zach and Elijah. Over the course of more than hour, Douglas fills us in on the social disrupition around Uber, the need for peer to peer economies and the over arching need to be present in the future, which is now.
Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Incand the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.
Futurist, author and computer scientist Ramez Naam discusses how what we call “the future” is actually working in our lives in the present. Oh, Ramez also teaches at Singulairty University and doesn’t think that we have to worry about robots coming from the future to arrest us for sins of the future.
Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Ethan sits down with Zach and Elijah to talk about the current state of the war on drugs in America and an overall return to sanity on how best to approach it.
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.
Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.
This episode also features the debut of the “Ask a Rapper” segement featuring the one and only Bishop Lamont.
Drug Policy Alliance: http://www.drugpolicy.org
Ethans Twitter: @ethannadelmann
Welcome to the very first episode of “It’s All Happening”! In this installment, Zach and Elijah talk with two of the great western spiritual masters of our time, Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield on the topic of trust. The episode also includes an incredible contribution from our friend Eva Clay, a Los Angeles based womens empowerment thought leader and therapist.
The Ram Dass/Love Serve Remember website: www.ramdass.org
Jack Kornfield’s website: http://www.jackkornfield.com
Eva Clay’s website: http://evaclay.com
And a special thank to Ze Frank for letting us use his clip.
Finally, after months of hemming and hawing we’re pretty psyched to launch our new podcast. So, who is the “our” anyway?
It’s All Happening is the brain child of Zach Leary and Elijah Allan-Blitz – two reasonably intelligent, strange, wise and funny guys who live in Los Angeles. Both Zach and Elijah have found themselves talking to some pretty amazing people throughout their lives and at a retreat in January decided why not bring some of these amazing people to the world via the web.
From Zach, “For me personally, the plane has crashed into the mountain several times in my life. Each time it does however, I find myself talking about the lessons I’ve learned on the path with some the most amazing and inspiring people I know and then I realize just how lucky I am. Podcasting is a way for us to return to the conversation. For us to take a break from this hyper intense utopian pin ball machine that is our daily life. It allows for us to slow down and return to an actual long form conversation using stories and words that produce results that may surprise and even at times inspire the listener.”
The show is called “It’s All Happening” and every week or so (sometimes more, sometimes less) we’ll be bringing you conversations with amazing people about consciousness, art, yoga, technology, music, comedy and whatever-the-fuck else seems interesting in the moment.
Stay tuned, sign our mailing list and thank you!
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