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Exploring new ideas, new approaches, new technologies—the edge of change. Future Tense analyses the social, cultural and economic fault lines arising from rapid transformation. Presented by Antony Funnell.

Exploring new ideas, new approaches, new technologies—the edge of change. Future Tense analyses the social, cultural and economic fault lines arising from rapid transformation. Presented by Antony Funnell.

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Sydney, NSW

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Exploring new ideas, new approaches, new technologies—the edge of change. Future Tense analyses the social, cultural and economic fault lines arising from rapid transformation. Presented by Antony Funnell.

Language:

English

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Episodes

As the Internet divides

5/11/2019
Analysts say that many countries and companies will soon be forced to make a decision between the Chinese version of the Internet and the liberal, Western model - both models have a very different underlaying philosophy and understanding of governance.

Duration:00:29:05

Have we stopped evolution?

5/4/2019
Advances in technology and medicine have been so great in recent decades that some scientists now believe we’ve altered the nature of evolution for plants and animals. Some even claim that it’s effectively stopped in humans.

Duration:00:29:05

Noise - does it have a future?

4/27/2019
Exponential urbanisation and automation look like making the future an increasingly rowdy place. We explore our changing attitudes to noise.

Duration:00:28:19

How to trick AI, plus the online platform centred on encouragement

4/20/2019
A lot of time and money is being spent trying to ensure the security of Artificial Intelligence systems, but what if you’re interested in tricking the system, not hacking it?

Duration:00:29:06

Ancestry, DNA and the Project of the Self

4/13/2019
Commercial DNA research is booming. People are motivated not just to check for disease indicators but to search out unknown relatives and lost ancestors.

Duration:00:29:06

The refugee hackathon

4/6/2019
Once the preserve of tech companies and government agencies, hackathons are now being employed in the community sector to quickly develop and test blue-sky ideas and create innovation in the social welfare world.

Duration:00:29:07

Med tech – simulation and immersion

3/30/2019
Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service has been taken over by dummies (mannequins to be precise). It’s all part of the development of an immersive training facility to counter the tyrannies of distance.

Duration:00:29:06

Pencil towers and issues around urban inequality and density

3/23/2019
Critics say that the proliferation of modern, wafer-thin skyscrapers are symbols of rising urban inequality. Also: Are levels of density in our cities making us ill? And what's the impact of short-term letting on urban affordability?

Duration:00:29:05

The news on smart speakers; the podcast push; and bringing flying cars down to Earth

3/16/2019
Voice-activated speakers are mostly being used to listen to music and check the weather. The Reuters Institute’s, Nic Newman, thinks that’s about to change. Also, have we just entered the “golden age” of podcasts?

Duration:00:29:07

Can free public transport save our cities?

3/9/2019
Luxembourg is just about to make its public transport free. The first country (albeit a small one) to do so. But do the promises of a cleaner, less congested urban environment really stack-up?

Duration:00:29:05

Does the Meritocratic ideal have merit?

3/2/2019
An emphasis on merit is often seen as the answer to inequality. Some argue merit should be used to guide all forms of political, economic and social progress. But who determines what is meritorious? And is it possible to build a genuinely meritocratic state?

Duration:00:29:06

All at sea - mapping, mining and Arctic shipping

2/23/2019
Only about nine per cent of the ocean floor has been mapped using high-definition technology. But a new global initiative aims to change that. It’s called the Seabed 2030 Project. Also, how viable is seabed mining? And will climate change see the Arctic turned into a major shipping route?

Duration:00:29:06

Goodbye Google+, the end of privacy, and once were warriors

2/16/2019
Google+ will soon be shut down. So why did the social network fail? And what does its demise tell us about social platforms in general? Also, understanding the real history of our current data privacy dilemma; and why the tech titans of today look a lot like the railway barons of old.

Duration:00:29:04

Street art – the next space race?

2/9/2019
Street artists are busy commandeering as many city surfaces as their paints will allow, authorities are trying to neutralise the threat, while advertising agencies are keen to clone the potency of hand painted art.

Duration:00:28:51

Future warfare

2/2/2019
Autonomous weapons are on the march. Response speeds are everything. But in the heat of battle, ultrafast algorithmic decision-making can prove a curse, not a blessing.

Duration:00:28:51

What future Antarctica?

1/26/2019
It’s a golden time for Antarctic research, with more and more countries taking a direct interest in the great southern continent. But suspicions abound as to the real motivations of key Antarctic players.

Duration:00:28:52

Who would want to be a diplomat?

1/19/2019
The future of diplomacy: Backroom manoeuvrings are giving way to public forums. And carefully laid plans can come unstuck with a single tweet.

Duration:00:29:07

A not so diplomatic future

1/12/2019
Diplomacy is often viewed as a way of smoothing the friction points between states, but international relations are becoming increasingly assertive and highly personal.

Duration:00:29:07

Faked reality

1/5/2019
Are the systems we’ve developed to enhance our lives now impairing our ability to distinguish between reality and falsity? Can teaching of ethics and critical thinking help lead us out of the shadowlands?

Duration:00:29:06

Are rituals still needed in a world mediated through digital devices?

12/29/2018
Are rituals still needed in a world mediated through digital devices? Rituals exist in our everyday life, as a way of helping us to make sense of the world.

Duration:00:29:07