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  1. Underground farming, Law and Order’s technology lessons and the sci-fi museum - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In the London district of Clapham they’re going underground – literally. The Zero Carbon Food company is converting an old World War II air-raid shelter into an underground market-garden. We also meet US academic and artist Jeff Thompson, who watched all 456 episodes of US TV series Law and Order- to try and chart the last twenty years of technological evolution. And we find out about the world’s first science fiction museum.

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  2. Surveying the future of the internet - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    For the past ten years the Pew Internet Project has been regularly cataloguing the futuristic predictions of many of the world’s leading technologists. By and large they’ve been remarkably prescient and overwhelmingly optimistic.

    But their latest survey ‘Digital Life in 2025’ has a darker hue. Technologists, it seems, are feeling a little down in the dumps - and the NSA could be partly to blame. We speak with Lee Rainie, Director of the Internet Project at the Pew Research Centre.

    Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Centre’s Internet & American Life Project.

    Further Information:
    Lee Rainie’s profile (
    Pew ‘Digital Life in 2025’ Report (

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  3. Ghost in the machine: automation and future employment - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    For decades machines have gradually been replacing blue-collar jobs, but now algorithms and increasingly sophisticated machines have begun eating their way into decidedly white-collar territory.

    And as a result, economist Tyler Cowen now predicts the hollowing out of the middleclass. But is the picture really that gloomy? We explore the impact of technological change on the way we’ll work in future.

    Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management , Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review. Co-author of ‘The Second Machine Age’.
    Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Author of ‘Average is Over’.
    Cory Doctorow, Sci-fi author, blogger and digital rights activist. Co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.

    Title: The Second Machine Age
    Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
    Publisher: W.W. Norton

    Title: Average is over: Powering America Beyond The Age of The Great Stagnation
    Author: Tyler Cowen
    Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)

    Further Information:
    Erik Brynjolfsson’s webpage (
    Second Machine Age (
    Tyler Cowen’s webpage ( pages/Tyler/)
    Cory Doctorow’s website (
    2011 Future Tense program featuring Tyler Cowen (

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  4. Microgrids: hyper-distributed power - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Microgrids can stand alone or feed into a bigger network. Are they a smarter solution to power distribution?

    When it comes to power distribution, the focus of the past has been on building larger and larger electricity grids, but with size comes vulnerability.

    So why not develop autonomous, yet interconnecting micro-grids? Ones that can stand alone or feed into a bigger network.

    Steve Pullins, Founder and CEO of Horizon Energy Group

    Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant

    Dawn Santoianni, Managing Director at Tau Technical Communications, LLC

    Track: Teardrop
    Artist: Massive Attack

    Further Information:
    Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Security? Scientific American post by Dawn Santoianni (

    Horizon Energy Group (

    Navigant Market Data: Microgrids (

    Navigant Microgrid Enabling Technologies (

    What are Microgrids? Tau Technical Communications LLC (

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  5. Has democracy reached a tipping point? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    A recent poll by the Lowy Institute suggests many young Australians are ambivalent about the virtues of democracy, while leading democracy scholar John Keane warns that democracy has reached a ‘tipping point’ similar to the 1930s.

    Three political thinkers give us their perspectives on the changing nature of the Democratic tradition and where it might be heading.

    Greg Melleuish, Associate Professor of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong.
    Tim Soutphommasane, University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Presenter of RN’s Mongrel Nation series and newly appointed Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner.
    John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Director of the initiative and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

    Further Information:
    Lowy Institute Poll on democracy and young people’s perceptions (
    Greg Melleuish’s profile (
    Tim Soutphommasane’s website (
    John Keane’s website (
    RN’s Mongrel Nation series (
    OnDemocracy.Org (

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  6. The publicly traded person - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Mike Merrill describes himself as the first ‘publicly traded person’. He’s a human being and a company—all at the same time. And he has shareholders who vote on everything he does, from taking a new job to having a vasectomy. So what does he get out of such an unusual arrangement and exactly what is he trying to tell us about the modern world?

    NOTE: Yes, yes, we know he’s not a real company, in the legal sense that is, but let’s just try and go with it ;-)

    Mike Merrill, Publicly Traded Person.

    Further Information:
    Mike Merrill’s website (
    Atlantic article on Mike Merrill (

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  7. The human side of space travel - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    We’ve learned how to pee in space and how to prepare pre-packaged meals, but if we’re serious about long distance inter-planetary travel, there’s still a lot more we need to work out about the psychology and physiology of living and working in zero-gravity.

    And as we’ll hear, some of what we thought we knew about staying healthy in space could actually prove counterproductive.

    Guests: Dr Joan Vernikos, Former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of ‘Sitting Kills, Moving Heals’.
    Dr Nick Kanas, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
    Dr Scott Smith, Lead Scientist in the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.
    Dr James Waldie, Associate Researcher at RMIT University.

    Title: Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
    Author: Dr Joan Vernikos
    Publisher: Quill Driver Books

    Further Information:
    Joan Vernikos’ website (
    Nick Kanas’ Profile (
    NASA article on Scott Smith’s work (
    ABC Catalyst story on James Waldie’s space suit (
    2011 Future Tense show on space architecture & art (

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  8. Imagining the future - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    You could argue that imagining the future involves one part research, one part speculation and one part fanciful thinking.

    In this show:
    Alex McDowell, the film designer behind the cult sci-fi hit Minority Report, worries that sometimes we’re too practical in our conjecturing about what lies before us. He argues that an embrace of narrative storytelling can help us understand the possibilities ahead.

    Dr Maurie Cohen makes a contentious argument that the United States—the world’s great innovator—has lost its ability to look forward.

    Professor Jerry Lockenour at the University of Southern California explains why he uses an old LA Times article to help his students understand the concept of the future.

    And Professor Naomi Oreskes talks about blending sci-fi and history to craft an academic journal paper that deals with future worries about climate change.

    Jerry Lockenour, Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Dr Maurie Cohen, Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Associate Fellow of the Tellus Institute.

    Alex McDowell, Joint Associate Professor in the Interactive Media, Production, and Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) divisions at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Creative Director of the World Building Media Lab and the 5D Institute.

    Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of Southern California, San Diego and Adjunct Professor of Geo-Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

    Further Information:
    Maurie Cohen’s profile (
    Jerry Lockenour’s profile (
    LA Times article on Jerry Lockenour’s project (
    1988 LA Times article on life in 2013 (
    Alex McDowell’s Profile (
    5D Institute (
    New Yorker article on 5D Institute’s Science of Fiction conference (
    Naomi Oreskes Profile (
    Chronicle of Higher Education article on Naomi Oreskes paper (

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  9. The big picture on big data - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Endless media releases extol the virtues of big data. Business and government are meant to embrace it. But exactly what is big data? Is it as useful as we’€™re told and will it really govern our future?

    Kate Crawford, Visiting Professor at the MIT Centre for Civic Media and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.

    Robert Hillard, Partner at Deloitte Enterprise Information Management, National Leader of Technology Consulting & author of the ‘Information Driven Business’.

    Paul Cooper, Director of Emerging Solutions, SMS Management & Technology.

    Dr Ian Opperman, Director, Digital Productivity and Services Flagship at the CSIRO.

    Further Information:
    Harvard Business Review article on ‘the hidden biases in big data’ (
    Kate Crawford’s website (
    Australian Information Industry Association’s Big Data Summit (
    Robert Hillard’s Profile (
    Paul Cooper’s SMS Management & Technology Blog (
    Ian Opperman’s profile (
    Australian Government Big Data Strategy Issues Paper (

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  10. Movies that play with the future - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Groundhog Day was billed as a screwball romantic comedy when it was first released in 1993. Twenty years on, it’s now being described as a ‘profound work of metaphysics’. To us, it’s a film with an interesting cut on the future. Groundhog Day’s screenwriter Danny Rubin is among our guests as we look at a clutch of films that deal with futuristic themes in surprising, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

    Danny Rubin, Screenwriter of ‘Groundhog Day’ and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Screenwriting at Harvard University.

    Mike Jones, Screenwriter, novelist, creative developer & producer. Lecturer in Screen Studies, Australian Film Television and Radio School.

    Lauren Rosewarne, Writer, commentator and Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

    Richard Watson, Futurist and co-author of ‘Future Vision: scenarios for the world in 2040’.

    Further Information:
    Danny Rubin’s website (
    Mike Jones’s website (
    Lauren Rosewarne’s website (
    Richard Watson’s website (
    Atlantic Magazine article on Groundhog Day (
    Guardian article on Groundhog Day (
    Wikipedia entry on ‘Another Earth’ (
    Wikipedia entry on ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (
    Wikipedia entry on ‘Dr Strangelove’ (

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