This week on The Gralien Report, as we lead off with a bit of discussion on brain-computer interfaces and whether machines might be able to “store” human consciousness in the future, Micah discusses the film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, and some of the implications for seemingly impossible future technologies like those depicted in the film. Then looking to the news, will tiny satellites one day be “guide stars” for complex telescopes in space? Also, can photosynthesis be “hacked,” and what would this mean for food production in the coming decades?
Then in the second hour, we talk with researcher Mark Gober, author of the book An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life. Mark began his career in 2008 during a tumultuous time: he worked in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst with a large, global firm during the heart of the biggest financial crisis in decades. In 2010, he left Wall Street to join a technology-focused investment bank and strategy firm, and since then he’s been quoted for his opinions on business and technology in Bloomberg Businessweek, and he has also been independently studying what we plan to talk about with him today: consciousness.