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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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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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English

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Episodes

Health data risks; the extended mind; and the Synthetic Age

7/28/2018
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US research says e-health data is particularly vulnerable to attack. The theory of the Extended Mind – should our tools be classified as a part of cognition. And forget the Anthropocene, we’re entering the Synthetic Age.

Duration:00:28:56

Who would want to be a diplomat?

7/21/2018
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The future of diplomacy: Backroom manoeuvrings are giving way to public forums. And carefully laid plans can come unstuck with a single tweet.

Duration:00:28:51

A not so diplomatic future

7/14/2018
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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:00:28:56

Banning plastic may not be good for the future

7/7/2018
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Even those who campaign against the overuse of plastic, argue for a more nuanced understanding of its role in our lives. Future Tense looks at these nuances.

Duration:00:28:52

The implications of going cashless

6/30/2018
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The advantages of going cashless are many and well known. But in the race to a completely cashless future, what do we put at risk and who benefits most?

Duration:00:28:56

Alternative forms of body disposal

6/23/2018
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Interesting alternatives to current burial practices include freeze-drying and shattering a corpse; and dissolving bodies in purpose-built alkaline washing-machines.

Duration:00:28:55

The virtue of sharing

6/16/2018
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Let's look at the virtue of sharing: How could sharing shape our future, and what do we stand to lose if we refuse to share?

Duration:00:28:56

The Tyranny of Metrics; and the Dark Web

6/9/2018
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Could a fixation with metrics distract and divert us from the real work at hand? And how bad is the Dark Web - really?

Duration:00:28:56

Good enough, the EU’s data protection regulation and what CryptoKitties can tell us about the future of art

6/2/2018
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"Good enough" solutions are damaging our ability to solve the major global problems of the world. And blockchain is revolutionising digital art.

Duration:00:28:59

Putting the theory of big data into practice – on a massive scale!

5/26/2018
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In Canada, Google is set to re-develop and manage a large area of downtown Toronto. In China, the Communist Party government has been running trials on a personal rating scheme for all Chinese citizens.

Duration:00:28:51

Forging influence – the Chinese Government's attack on democracy

5/19/2018
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Clive Hamilton says that the Communist Party leadership in Beijing has begun to subtly, and not so subtly, influence the political and social affairs of democratic nations.

Duration:00:28:51

Activism that’s less aggressive and far more persuasive and persistent

5/12/2018
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Many believe that the future of activism relies on quiet persistence, targeted political involvement and an attitude that refuses to “look away”.

Duration:00:28:51

With nature against climate change

5/5/2018
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Nature Based Solutions is an environmental approach that seeks to counter the negative effects of climate change by working with nature.

Duration:00:28:51

The value of rituals in a digital world

4/28/2018
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Are rituals still needed in a world mediated through digital devices?

Duration:00:28:51

What happened to the “future of aviation”?

4/21/2018
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We look at the political manoeuvrings of the major manufacturers, emerging competition from new players, and efforts to make the industry climate friendly.

Duration:00:28:51

Have we lost our sense of reality?

4/14/2018
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Are the systems we’ve developed to enhance our lives now impairing our ability to distinguish between reality and falsity?

Duration:00:28:51

New insights about what happened at Pompeii

4/7/2018
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How do you correctly interpret a site that was initially unearthed so long ago? Modern archaeology provides new tools to chip away at the secret.

Duration:00:28:51

Warm data, innovative electric transport and “fossil free steel”

3/31/2018
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Green innovation comes in many forms. And promising project don't have to be big, they only have to make a start.

Duration:00:28:51

Facebook’s about-face and what it means for the future of news

3/24/2018
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News organisations are struggling to engage with online readers and even “digital first” darlings, like Vice and Buzzfeed, are now losing profit and shedding staff.

Duration:00:28:51

Catching up with the Jetsons: cities in 2050

3/17/2018
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What will future cities look like? How will they function and—importantly—how do we keep them focussed on human need?