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Futures Podcast #16: Explaining Humans, with Dr. Camilla Pang

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Science has been my moth­er tongue when peo­ple weren’t, in that it moved with me and my thoughts no mat­ter what place I was. No mat­ter how hap­py or sad or lost I was, I knew that at least where I stood, it was there around me.

Futures Podcast #15: Hacktivism, with Maureen Webb & Lauri Love

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Hacking, orig­i­nal­ly, is a tech­ni­cal prac­tice. It’s an ethos of tech­nol­o­gists, but it’s increas­ing­ly becom­ing a metaphor for a new kind of social activism, which is all about dis­trib­uted democ­ra­cy, dis­trib­uted pow­er, dis­trib­uted deci­sion mak­ing.

Futures Podcast #12: History of Transhumanism, with Max More & Natasha Vita-More

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I think peo­ple are ask­ing the ques­tion, What are we going to become? What does it mean to be human?”

Futures Podcast #11: Think Like a Futurist, with Amy Webb

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I would like to see a future in which we all still have agency, and my con­cern is that we are get­ting fur­ther and fur­ther away from a future in which each one of us has the abil­i­ty to make deci­sions.

Futures Podcast #10: iSlavery, with Jack Qiu

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iSlavery is more about work­ers and con­sumers los­ing their auton­o­my, los­ing their free­dom. They become enslaved in dif­fer­ent ways. One looks more pleas­ant than the oth­er, but in the end it’s about reduc­ing our options; reduc­ing our free­dom.

Futures Podcast #9: Calm Technology, with Amber Case

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Calm tech­nol­o­gy is the idea that the scarce resource in the 21st cen­tu­ry is not tech­nol­o­gy, it’s our atten­tion. And how tech­nol­o­gy takes advantage—or not—of our atten­tion, is some­thing that we can change.

Futures Podcast #8: Immersive Virtual Experiences, with Jeremy Bailenson

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The cool thing about VR is you can do things that you can’t do in the phys­i­cal world. Leveraging this para­dox, which is that the brain treats it as real, but you can do the impossible—you can do anything—is a real­ly neat way to use VR.

Futures Podcast #7: Trust Shift, with Rachel Botsman

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We rarely think about the link between trust and progress and inno­va­tion, and how soci­eties move for­ward. But when you start to think of it like that, you real­ize that trust is actu­al­ly the key com­po­nent not just for com­pa­nies but any orga­ni­za­tion that wants human beings to try new things.

Futures Podcast #6: Virtual Therapy, with Michael Carthy

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Traditional psy­chol­o­gy and coun­sel­ing will help peo­ple under­stand in a very lin­ear way why they are the way they are. Whereas what I’m real­ly focused on and what I’ve been spe­cial­iz­ing in for the last num­ber of years is the how. And for me, vir­tu­al real­i­ty ther­a­py is the how of change.

Futures Podcast #5: Electronic Waste, with Dani Ploeger

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This idea of (re)performing the posthu­man was pret­ty much based on a desire to talk about the cyborg ten years after, or fif­teen years, twen­ty years after the Cyborg Manifesto and Katherine Hayles’ book became famous. And to really—yeah, to talk about maybe the nor­mal cyborg, the nor­mal tech­nol­o­gized body. You know, tech­nol­o­gy in the every­day and its impli­ca­tions for the way we per­ceive and expe­ri­ence our bod­ies.