"We may be the stepping stone to an entirely new type of species that either co-exists with us or replaces us," said Douglas Mulhall, George's guest on Tuesday night. Mulhall, an expert on the transformative role of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (website:ourmolecularfuture(1)) believes there could be a sudden evolutionary leap to a new augmented or post-human, perhaps in the next 50 years.
But in the more immediate future he foresees "rapid prototype" machines enabled with nanotechnology that could produce products in our homes on a wide-scale. Instead of a future with scarce supplies we could have the opposite problem of an "economy of overabundance," Mulhall expounded. Concerned that our greatest difficulty though may lie in a sudden cataclysm from nature, he discussed how these new technologies could be used to create such things as a tsunami warning system spread out across the ocean floor. Not surprisingly, the military has been developing tools and weapons based on some of the super-strong materials this science is yielding. One example Mulhall mentioned is the "exoskeleton," which would be worn like clothing, add to the strength of the muscles, monitor body functions, and administer treatment in the case of a wound.
In the first half-hour of the show, Jim Berkland (syzygyjob.com(2)), an earthquake warning expert who claims to have a 75% accuracy rating, spoke about the 7.8 quake in Mexico that had happened earlier that evening. He connected the quake with the recent full moon, high tides and solar activity. Berkland said there had also been a jump in the reports of missing animals that he believes are reacting to magnetic field changes that occur before the actual quake.