Advisory Board

Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, columnist, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. For the last nine years he has produced a weekly podcast about the future called The Future And You.
A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine since 2009, Stephen has also been a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine (2006–2010), a contributing editor for Robot Magazine (2009–2010), and has written for Humanity+ Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine, Port Iris Magazine, and Digit Magazine.
Stephen has spoken to over 150 audiences at 30 conventions. He has lectured, participated on discussion panels (often moderating the panels because of his experience conducting interviews), and assisted in teaching workshops about how to write with greater clarity and power.
His 350 interviews have included bestselling authors, as well as researchers, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, comedians, academics, politicians, and even celebrities from TV and movies. Many of his interviews were for magazine articles, or in front of an audience for their entertainment, but most were for their opinion about the future and aired on his show, The Future And You.
In the nine years since he started doing The Future And You, his hundreds of guests have described thousands of trends that they have observed. These trends are transforming our world from what it is now into what it will become in the years and decades ahead. Listeners in 167 nations around the world celebrated its 300th episode on April 24, 2013. (Because all past episodes remain available, you can still listen to the 300th episode; as well as all those from the oldest to the most recent.)
Lifeboat Foundation board members interviewed at length on The Future And You include Joe Haldeman; Greg Bear; Kevin J. Anderson; Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D.; Ben Bova, Ph.D.; Jerry Pournelle, Ph.D.; Philippe Van Nedervelde, M.A.; Catherine Asaro, Ph.D.; Nancy Kress, M.S.; Ramez Naam; Zoltan Istvan; Gregory Benford, Ph.D.; David Brin, Ph.D.; RU Sirius; Anders Sandberg, Ph.D.; Robert J. Sawyer; Alan Dean Foster, M.F.A.; Amara D. Angelica; Michael Anissimov; John Ringo; Elizabeth Bear; David Orban; David Pearce; Sarah A. Hoyt, M.A.; José Luis Cordeiro, Ph.D.; Mike Treder; Giulio Prisco; Tim Mack, J.D.; George P. Dvorsky; Youngsook Park, Ph.D.; and Matt Browne, M.S. (This is far from an exhaustive list.)
Topics discussed include nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, human augmentation, nootropics (brain enhancing chemicals), molecular manufacturing, exoplanets, cryonics, 3D printing, robotics, controlled fusion, computers wired directly into the human brain, genetic engineering of humans and other biotechnology, mind uploading (measuring a complete connectome and then running it in software), global climate change and the current interglacial period, faster-than-light travel, cloning, stem cell research, war in earth orbit, futurology as a scientific discipline, social marketing (the engineering of carefully-chosen attitude changes within a population), transhumanism, extropianism, and the technologies of remaining healthy more-or-less indefinitely.
Stephen’s nonfiction books include A Brief History of Predicting the Future as well as Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science. His novels, which are all set deep in the future, include Bones Burnt Black (set in 2039), Plague at Redhook (set in 2134), and Skinbrain (set in 2165).