Tagged with “future” (282)

  1. Art and the Connected Future - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    What role do traditional galleries and new online social platforms play in progressing digital art and serving the interests and needs of artists in the connected age?

    In this program we look at the role of traditional galleries and new online social platforms in progressing digital art and serving the interests and needs of artists in the connected age.

    We also explore exactly what we mean by digital art… and whether it’s having a democratising effect on creativity.

    This show was inspired by the National Gallery of Victoria’s symposium of the same name.


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  2. Future Tense: Underestimated plants

    We know that plants are living entities, but we don’t tend to associate them with intelligence. For many of us, their potential lies in what they can produce post-mortem – timber, food, textiles, etc.

    A new field of research called Plant Neurobiology challenges that assumption. Trees not only exhibit a decentralised form of intelligence, proponents argue, but also a social side. And understanding the way in which they might communicate and interact is essential for good forest management and the maintenance of a healthy environment.

    We also hear about a project called flora robotica which aims to build a symbiotic relationship between plants and robots; and we’ll meet a Swedish scientist who’s busy trying to turn roses into living electrical circuits – all in the name of cleaner energy.


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  3. The road to the future - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    We make many things out of glass: window-panes, bottles, fish-tanks and even roads – yes, roads!

    An enterprising company in the Netherlands is now busy commercialising technology that could see the roads of the future made, in large part, from silica. But this is no ordinary (or not so ordinary) pathway; it’s also an energy-generator: fitted with solar cells to help it pay for itself in the future.

    The SolaRoad project is just one of numerous initiatives aimed at making our roads ‘intelligent’ – to turn them from a cost to a potential energy generator and/or resource saver.

    Original broadcast was on 5 July 2015.


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  4. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Does the digital world fall short of what it initially promised?

    When Douglas Rushkoff surveys the digital world he sees lost potential and the growing dominance of old-style capitalism. He joins us to talk about his latest book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus – a wake-up call for a generation which, according to Rushkoff, has lost sight of what the Internet truly has to offer.

    And David Glance, the Director of the Centre for Software Practice at the University of Western Australia, also believes we’ve lost our way and says social media was never as social as we might have imagined.


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  5. Future Tense: The language of Emoji

    They infuriate some and delight others, but whether you like them or not, Emoji are certainly getting harder to ignore.

    The cute (or infuriating) little picture-symbols that adorn our emails, text messages and online posts are quickly becoming a defining feature of the modern age.

    In the past decade-and-a-half they’ve developed from a simple smiley face icon into a complex catalogue of emotional markers, bringing context to curt communication.

    There are now even emoji for introverts!


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  6. William Gibson, part one by A Phone Call From Paul | Free Listening on SoundCloud

    In part one of Paul Holdengraber’s conversation with William Gibson topics include the future, the past, and how weird and cool the phone is.


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  7. Seeing into the Future: A Practitioner’s View | Public Radio International

    Figuring out the future starts by paying attention to signals in the present. And based on the signals already apparent today, says Institute for the Future Executive Director Marina Gorbis, expect smart algorithms and networks of individuals to matter more, and centralized institutions to matter less.



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  8. Featuring William Gibson | Hazlitt

    Living among the ruins of past futures with William Gibson.


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  9. Designing the Future Through Tangible Storytelling

    As designers, new technologies are always capturing our imaginations, but in order to become part of our everyday life they need be introduced through human contexts and meaningful stories. In this talk, IoT expert and “maker-futurist” Carla Diana will share methods and strategies for new product visions based on vivid storytelling and tangible model making, looking at techniques such as scenario storyboarding, video narratives and vision imagery. She’ll share case studies from recent product design projects as well as experiments from her design lab work to showcase ways that near future technologies can be embraced as compelling ideas for new types of everyday products.


    Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realising new visions for Smart Objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’s top design firms, such as frog Design and Smart Design, Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program, where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and she continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

    Carla’s recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

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  10. A Brief History of Tomorrow

    What did you imagine the early 21st century would look like when you were a kid? Was it all flying cars and jetpacks? Daily trips to the moon and hoverboards back here on Earth? Or were you more enamoured with the darker sides of futurism? Perhaps Doomsday prophecies and the ravages of Future Shock were on your mind. Did you sit up nights worrying about acid rain and environmental degradation?

    How we imagine the future says a lot about us both as individuals and as groups. And by studying past visions of the future we can not only gain new insights into history, but we might even learn something about where we’re heading today.

    Matt Novak’s talk, “A Brief History of Tomorrow”, looks at the history of invention and imagination — from robot vacuum cleaners of the 1950s to visions of the internet before the internet even existed. He’ll trace the history of popular ideas about how we’d be living here in the year 2015, and debunk a few common historical myths along the way. No matter how talented our prognosticators, we often discover that the future is never exactly as anyone predicted. Which is precisely what makes studying it so much fun.


    Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo’s Paleofuture blog, which looks at past visions of the future. He explores the history of our most optimistic dreams and our most pessimistic fears by looking at everything from flying cars and utopian communities to overpopulation and complete societal collapse. His work is inspired by his private collection of retro-futuristic artifacts, including hundreds of vintage tech magazines, space age lunchboxes, 1980s videophones, among hundreds of other pieces. Matt started the Paleofuture blog independently in 2007 and it was later acquired by Smithsonian magazine in 2011 and then by Gawker Media in 2013. He currently lives in Los Angeles, a city which has about four years until it’s set to achieve the utopia depicted in the 1982 documentary Blade Runner.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

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