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Guests - Robot Overlordz

Robert Gordon

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  • November 19, 2015

Robert Gordon is an anthropologist who has been exploring the ethics of emerging technology and future society for over a decade. For the past six years he has been producing social commentary on his website Future Conscience, that exists primarily to ask the question: what do we want to be? During the day he works as the Manager of St Paul's Institute, a department of St Paul's Cathedral (UK) that exists to engage the public discourse on questions of morality and purpose; relating finance, business and the economy to the wider context of human flourishing and the meaning of the common good. He recently self-published his debut novel When Winter Calls, a science fiction thriller. He can also be found on Twitter (@futurecon). Robert first visited us in Episode 224 - Conscientious Futures (published 11/19/2015).

Sally Hubbard

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  • November 3, 2015

Sally Hubbard is a Senior Correspondent with the Capitol Forum. Her recent work includes coverage of mergers in the media and technology sectors. She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau under the Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo, and Eric Schneiderman administrations.   She investigated and prosecuted a wide range of anticompetitive conduct under the federal and state antitrust laws, and was honored with the Louis Leftkowitz award for her role in the municipal bond derivative bid-rigging investigation. She is a member of the Antitrust Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, where she contributes to its publications.  Previously, Ms. Hubbard worked as an attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and an associate at Hogan & Hartson.  She holds a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from The College of William and Mary, and a J.D. from NYU Law. She can be found online at The Capitol Forum and on Twitter (@Sally_Hubbard). Sally first visited with us on Episode 219 - Neutral Merger (published 11/3/2015).

Arthur Zards

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  • October 8, 2015

Arthur Zards is an original Internet entrepreneur, having founded an Internet company (XNet Information Systems) even before the web browser existed. He is a self-described TED fanatic, and the founder and curator of TEDxNaperville. Arthur recently founded Experiential Fuse, an experiential agency that focuses on a new approach to culture development and branding. He has over 22 years’ experience in digital marketing, online networks, social communities, and other elements of a digital business. In his spare time he carves Tiki Moai, jumps off cliffs in his paraglider and grills a mean Picanha. He can be found online at and on Twitter (@zards). Arthur first visited with us on Episode 212 - TEDx'ing Naperville Style (published 10/8/2015).

Calum Chace

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  • October 1, 2015

Calum Chace is a best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction, focusing now on the subject of artificial intelligence. In March 2015 he published “Pandora's Brain”, a techno-thriller about the creation of superintelligence, and he has now published “Surviving AI”, a non-fiction book about the promise and peril of AI. He is a regular speaker on artificial intelligence and related technologies and runs a blog on the subject at He can also be found on Twitter at @cccalum and serves as chairman and coach for a selection of growing companies. Calum first visited with us on Episode 210 - AI Survival Guide (published 10/1/2015).

Patrick Quinlan

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  • September 1, 2015

Patrick Quinlan is the author of many books, including the suspense thrillers Smoked, The Drop Off, and his latest, Sexbot. In Sexbot, robotics engineer Susan Jones has discovered the key to immortality - downloading human awareness into intelligent machines.  About to be murdered for her secret, she downloads herself into the most intelligent machine available - Sexbot Number 9, the world's most advanced sex toy.  Both alive and dead, Susan Jones, now Number 9, sets off to solve and avenge her own murder. Patrick is also the co-author, with legendary film star Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Nighthawks), of Rutger's autobiography, All Those Moments.  Available in English and Dutch, All Those Moments was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He can also be found on his website (, or on Twitter (@patricksquinlan). Patrick first visited with us on Episode 201 - I Dream Of Sexbots! (published 9/1/2015).

Ryan Ryskamp

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  • August 25, 2015

Ryan Ryskamp is an entrepreneur who happens to be a returning citizen. He spent 3 years in Federal Custody for a non-violent marijuana offense. Eager to prove himself upon release despite the struggle that comes with a criminal conviction he turned to entrepreneurism to rebuild his life. He was one of three Mission Launch, Inc. Entrepreneurial Fellows. He currently manages his own Brand Development Firm ( focused on building the personal brands of industry experts, authorities, and bloggers on the web. You can read more about his journey at He can also be found on his website (, or on Twitter (@RRRyskamp). Ryan first visited with us on Episode 199 - Rethinking Criminal Justice (published 8/25/2015).

John C. Havens

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  • August 18, 2015

John C. Havens is the author of Hacking H(app)iness - Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. He's also a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, and Slate. His second book is due out in 2016, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines. He is a former professional actor (Film, TV, Broadway) and has spoken around the world in Dubai, Milan, Stockholm, Munich, Geneva, at events like TEDx, SXSW, Web 2.0, WSJ Digital, and for companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and HP. He can be found on his website (, or on Twitter (@johnchavens). John first visited with us on Episode 197 - #DataHappy!! (published 8/18/2015).

Nic Zito

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  • August 6, 2015

Nic Zito bridges the intersection of Public Policy + Entrepreneurship. Recently honored as a top 20 business professional under age 40, he currently runs the Rev3 Innovation Center, a mixed-use business incubator located in DuPage County, Illinois (housing over 24 startup companies in the tech and manufacturing realms). In college, he founded a fitness nutrition company, Brotein Enterprises. Prior to that, he worked in the United States Senate for the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Mark Kirk. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having studied consumer economics specialized in public policy and law. He can be found on his website (, on his blog (here) or on Twitter (@niczito). Nic first visited with us on Episode 194 - Third Revolution (published 8/6/2015).

David Brin

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  • July 23, 2015

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author.  His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. He can be found on his website (, on his blog (Contrary Brin) or on Twitter (@davidbrin). David first visited with us on Episode 190 - Contrary Space (published 7/23/2015).

Eliot Peper

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  • July 21, 2015

Eliot Peper is a writer and consultant based in Oakland, CA. When he’s not hacking away at his next novel, he works with entrepreneurs and investors to build new technology businesses as a drop-in operator and adviser. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at T2 Venture Capital where he accelerated portfolio companies, sourced/vetted deals and advised foreign governments on innovation policy and capital formation. He has been a founder and early employee at multiple startups. He reads books, climbs rocks, surfs waves, and travels the world. He can be found on his website ( or on Twitter (@eliotpeper). Eliot first visited with us on Episode 189 - Start It Up (published 7/21/2015).

Paul Vazquez

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  • July 14, 2015

Paul V Vazquez JD is a true Millennial and spent most of his youth in a housing project outside of DC. His family moved to the smaller city of Roanoke to avoid both gang and race violence that began increasing in the early 90’s. At age 13 he began researching the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, and enjoyed dystopian literature like 1984 and Brave New World. He went on to get his Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Juris Doctorate. He lived in Argentina, staying even for a few months on Tierra del Fuego (the Land of Fire) known as the end of the world.  After his travels he worked for various nonprofit organizations, learning from Congressmen and talking to oil tycoons. Soon after he read Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near, and was so encourage by Rays mirrored thoughts on how to improve the human condition that he joined the Singularity Network. Paul works in business consulting, and runs a small fitness company, Union of Muscle. You can listen to his fitness podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or MP3 download by searching for Union of Muscle Podcast or going to Paul first visited with us on Episode 187 - The Singularity Muscle (published 7/14/2015).

Jesse Lawler

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  • June 4, 2015

Jesse Lawler is the host of the podcast Smart Drug Smarts. A passionate do-it-yourself'er, Jesse has run software companies, produced zombie films, and almost became a Genetic Engineer (but would rather be the movie mad scientist version). He is not a doctor FYI but very interested in self-improvement. His parents were both teachers and his childhood was rich in learning and imagination. He can be found on Twitter (@lawlerpalooza) or on the Smart Drug Smarts site ( Jesse first visited with us on Episode 175 - Cognitively Enhanced! (published 6/4/2015).

Brett Horvath

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  • May 26, 2015

Brett Horvath is one of the co-founders of Scout Holdings, a new interactive media site.  Brett’s experience lies in crowdsourcing, technology policy, real-time analytics, interaction design, social media, collaboration software, disaster response and business strategy. In 2007, he launched the nation’s first online voter registration platform, "Your Revolution". In 2008, Brett was the director of Online Organizing and Social Media for T. Boone Pickens' "Pickens Plan' campaign. He headed Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's Government 2.0 Task Force, to create strategies for innovating government and the civic process. He can be found online on Twitter (@bretthorvath). Brett first visited with us on Episode 173 - Scouting The Future (published 5/26/2015).

Amy Zalman

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  • May 7, 2015

Amy Zalman, Ph.D., is currently the CEO & President of the World Future Society. She spent a decade in the private sector as the owner of Oryx Communications, which helped entities expanding into the Middle East and North Africa, and later in business development and research at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, now Leidos), a Washington DC-based science and technology firm. From 2012-2014, Amy served as the first Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration at the U.S. National War College in Washington DC. She serves on the steering committee of the National Defense University Foresight Initiative, the Board of Directors of the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs, the Influence Advisory Panel, the Senior Information Operations Advisory Council and the Public Diplomacy Council. She is the founder of Strategic Narrative, which helps governments and the private sector use insights from storytelling to guide strategy and communications. She can be found online on Twitter (@stratnarrative). Amy first visited with us on Episode 168 - Made In The Future (published 5/7/2015).