Foresight Video Shorts 14

For this episode of my Foresight Video Shorts, I have a selection of tech ideas from Tech Insider. So here we are looking at five very different domains; plant-based meat and leather, robotic bricklayers, brain controlled lights, space junk collecting satellites, and sustainably made headphones.

1. Ecovative Design is making eco-friendly products like plant-based meat and imitation leather out of mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms. 

2. Do you want this
robotic bricklayer to build your next house?

3. These lights are being
controlled by brain activity

4. This satellite will clear the thousands of tons of junk from space

5. Headphones require a lot of plastic and leather — what if they could be made with
more sustainable materials?

 

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The Future of Homes Through the 2020’s

In a famous and much quoted judicial decision from 1604, English judge and jurist Sir Edward Coke declared that, “The house of every one is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defence against injury and violence, as for his repose…” Whilst in 1604 Sir Edward was talking about strict limits on how Sheriffs may enter a person’s house in order to issue writs, perhaps it could also be a metaphor for how homes of the future may become a fortress against other invaders; infection for one.

Of course there are many trends and drivers that influence how our homes and home lives might change in the future, but given the additional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on those trends, what might the future home look like by the end of the 2020’s?

To discuss the Future of Homes Through the 2020’s I am joined by futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington. Our discussion covers:

  • What are the critical triggers for the assertion that future homes will be different to the homes we have become used to?
  • In the current situation, it's easy to see how working and learning at home through multiple lockdowns has become a significant trend and how it alone might change our perspectives on what home is for. But what are the other underlying social, economic, sustainability, and technological drivers that might have changed how we thought about "home" anyway?#
  • Where might we see re-purposing of non-residential buildings for use as homes?

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here on the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For more information about Alex’s report The Home of the 2020’s – Scenarios for how we Might Live in the Post-Pandemic Future, including how to receive copies, contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter, or by email on foresightpartner@gmail.com.

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The Future of Fake News

In 2019 the BBC said there are two kinds of fake news:

  1. False stories that are deliberately published and distributed, in order to make people believe something untrue or to make people take a particular action. These are deliberate lies that are published online, even though the person writing them knows that they are untrue.
  2. Stories that may have some truth to them but they're not completely accurate. This is because the people writing them - for example, journalists or bloggers - don't check all of the facts before publishing the story.

There might be a third category; where people believe something to be true and share the information within their network, “in case it’s helpful”.

Although the idea of fake news found momentum with former President Donald Trump, we have seen further damaging and dangerous examples during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fake news can be harmless, annoying, dangerous, or deadly.

So with this backdrop, what is the Future of Fake News? To consider this question, I am joined by PR Consultant Islay O'Hara.

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below or on the Anchor platform here.

You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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The Future of Active Transhumanism

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Transhumanism can be described as “the theory that science and technology can help human beings develop beyond what is physically and mentally possible at the present time.” It asserts that “with all the new technologies available, mankind will be able solve every challenge it faces.”

But as we have seen in the past, in the hands of humans, waves of technological change can deliver both positive and negatives to society.  So what are the considerations and choices that as a society we need to make to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for humanity in an increasingly technological enabled and technologically driven world?

To discuss the Future of Active Transhumanism, futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and author David Wood joined Steve Wells back on the podcast to consider:

  • The definition of "Active Transhumanism"
  • The radical transformations that David discusses in his book, Vital Foresight – the Case for Active Transhumanism
  • The oncoming waves of technological change have the ability - in the hands of humans - to deliver either global destruction or a paradise-like sustainable superabundance, and what needs to happen to help steer humanity towards sustainable superabundance, and away from global destruction
  • The characteristics of good and bad foresight, and the implications of each?

Listen to the podcast on the Anchor platform  or on You Tube below.

You can learn more about David and his work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, search for London Futurists, and find more about his new book, Vital Foresight – The Case for Active Transhumanism at https://dw2blog.com.  

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future Five Grand Challenges

Grand challenges are more than ordinary research questions or priorities, they are end results or outcomes that are global in scale; very difficult to accomplish, yet offer hope of ultimately paving the way to a successful future for humanity. Many people will point to the Covid19 pandemic as the point at which society chooses between restoring the old order and navigating a new landscape. So what grand challenges do we see ahead of us?

To discuss the Future Five Grand Challenges in this wide ranging (and slightly longer than usual episode), I am delighted to welcome back Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below, or on the Anchor podcast platform here.


You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website
www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn and by email on Rohit@fastfuture.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Childhood

It can be very easy to focus on the future of business, enterprise, and work. Or on the future of adult society, but other than considering how education may development in the context of our every more digital world, it is much more unusual to consider the future of childhood. It is perhaps a somewhat tired phrase, but if children are our future, why isn’t the future of childhood more readily considered? Today we will do just that.

To discuss the Future of Childhood I am joined by futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington, and strategist, futurist, and author of the interactive foresight book Choose Your Own Future Joana Lenkova on the podcast.

Part of the discussion in this podcast relates to the Five Kids From The Future article written by Cathy Hackl and featuring Alex and Joana, published by ForbesFollowing on from the article, you will be able to join Alex, Joana, and Cathy Hackl for a one and a half hour workshop and envision the future of childhood. Click here for more information. 

Click below to listen to the podcast on You Tube or here to listen on the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn
  and Twitter, and about Joana on LinkedInTwitter, and her website, futures-forward.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Place

Place-making is a malleable term, open to interpretation. Whether it’s physical design characteristics, land values, job creation, environmental sustainability, biodiversity, new amenities or simply a sense of well-being, people assign different values to areas.

In addition, it seems that Covid-19 has triggered an increased appetite for connection, a sense of belonging, and a sense of community between neighbours. Beyond just surviving the pandemic, the benefits of community are clear: social connection can help you live a longer, happier life.

To discuss The Future of Place I am joined by innovator, entrepreneur, and business change specialist Toby Rhodes on the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here.


You can learn more about Toby and his work on his website
performgreen.co.uk and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of the Crypto-Economy

Cryptocurrencies have long been discussed and debated, but they have only recently come to light as financial tools that can be accessible and useful to more than only die-hard connoisseurs. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to enable social and economic growth throughout the world,

Given this context, what is The Future of the Crypto-Economy? To consider this question, I am joined by Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to answer:

  • What is a crypto-currency and a crypto-economy?
  • What are the current trends we see in the evolving crypto-economy?
  • How does personal and institutional investment change in a crypto-economy?
  • How might a crypto-economy impact the development of national economic policy, particularly in developed economies?

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website
www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn and by email on Rohit@fastfuture.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Sustainable Packaging

In a world where an ever broadening perspective on sustainability is gaining more and more traction, biodegradable, re-use, and recyclable packaging is becoming the norm across many sectors. Increasingly, brands are being viewed within the context of their sustainability credentials. But is the current pace of change fast enough? And how do the other trends we are seeing – in consumer behaviour in retail for example - impact the future direction of travel for packaging?

To discuss The Future of Sustainable Packaging Lead Consultant and Founder of packaging consultancy Root Innovation, Tracy Sutton joins me on the podcast. Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Tracy and her work via the Root website
root-innovation.com, contact her by email at impact@root-innovation.com, and connect on LinkedIn.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Meat Production and Consumption

Meat consumption with large environmental and ethical implications is expected to grow in the future. Some studies, however, take the opposite view, that meat consumption is at a turning point because of a growing number of vegetarians and other factors in industrialised countries. In either case, the environmental and health implications of meat production and consumption will continue to be the focus of much attention.

So to discuss the Future of Meat Production and Consumption I am joined by Diana Davidson on the podcast to explore:

  • The environmental impacts of red meat production and the increased health risks associated with consumption.
  • How technology might support a change in consumer habits and lead to a more sustainable food future.
  • How meat production and substitution (e.g. plant based meat substitutes, in vitro meat) might evolve in the future.
  • The role the protein replacements (e.g. insects, vegan meat) might play in future diets.

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Diana and her work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on her website at vertemis.com.

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Foresight Video Shorts 13


It’s been a while since we last featured a set of Foresight Video Shorts but here we are with waiting, cooking, and driving robots, self-healing concrete, and smart clothes, demonstrating that evolving technology has the potential to impact widely across life, society, and business.

The videos are from Cheddar, Mashable, Gigadgets, and Digital Trends.

1. These robots are serving up drinks in Spain. Via Cheddar.

2. This self-healing concrete lasts for 200 years and self-activates if damage occurs Via Mashable.

3. These smart clothes will grow with your child! Via Mashable.

4. Automatic cooking robots for restaurants. Via Gigadgets.

5. This is a robot that can drive your vehicle for you! Via Digital Trends.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World

As our world becomes increasingly digitised, our understanding of how our minds work is also increasing. Part of that understanding is leading to developments in artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, rapid changes in our professional and private lives are in part, based on the march of digitisation across life, society, and business and have highlighted the increasing importance of our mental health and personal wellbeing.

Given this context, what is The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World? To consider this question, I am joined by Craig Forster, a professional Coach to sales leaders and professionals to address:

  • The role that coaching plays in an increasingly digitised world?
  • How understanding how our minds work helps to navigate the rapidly changing digital world.
  • How increasing digitisation might help or hinder coaching practice.
  • The potential for a greater role for coaching in an environment where human skills become increasingly important as transactional skills are automated.

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform. 


You can learn more about Craig and his coaching business on
Facebook and on LinkedIn

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Continuous Change on Work

Even without the Covid19 pandemic, the world was undergoing complex changes that were drastically transforming the way businesses access and leverage the skills required for optimal business growth. Add to that underlying change the possible – some might say highly likely – rapid switch to technology enabled home, remote, and hybrid working and suddenly building and maintaining future-fit organisations becomes a crucial imperative.

Given this context of continuous change, what is the Future of Continuous Change on Work? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by future of work specialist Cathryn Barnard. Together, we explored:

  • How do continuous change and ambiguity shape how we plan for the future of work?
  • Continuous change is exhausting and yet, likely to be our reality for some time to come. What are the implications for how we work and stay in work?
  • How might work change in the future to accommodate the need to alleviate stress and the mental health implications of continuous change?

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here


You can learn more about Cathryn and her business at
workingthefuture.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Social Separation

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted social inequalities around the world and yet in some cases, national responses have also provided potential glimpses of how the gap might be narrowed.

Meanwhile, the question raised by Economist, Trend Analyst, and Futurist Bronwyn Williams in her contribution to the book, Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future (Talwar, R., Wells, S., Whittington, A. Eds (2020). Aftershocks and Opportunities - Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future. London, UK: Fast Future) was, “Will 2020 be a great equaliser or a great divider?” 

So with 2020 as the baseline, Bronwyn joined me on the podcast to explore the Future of Social Separation by asking:

  • Does the evidence tell us that major crises exacerbate social and economic divide?
  • Might the pandemic accelerate the realignment of policy to protect the vulnerable first?
  • How does society enable a more human equitable future and what role could the UN SDGs play in securing that future?

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below  or on the Anchor podcast platform here.


You can learn more about Bronwyn and her work by following her on Twitter @BronwynWilliams or by referring to the Flux Trends website fluxtrends.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Recruitment

The dynamics of recruiting are changing, and changing fast. For tech-savvy recruiters, there’s a whole gamut of options: from automated applicant tracking systems, to video-based interview platforms, to gamified skills assessments, to simulations of on-the-job scenarios using virtual reality. All of which can take place in a remote environment.

The Covid pandemic has accelerated remote working and is likely to leave behind a more decentralised hybrid work model. Overlay that with the post-pandemic economic scenarios and we have an increasingly uncertain future environment. So what is the Future of Recruitment? 

To consider this question, explore how recruitment has recently evolved, how it looks set to change into the future, and explore the role technology might play, I am joined on the podcast by Human Resources Consultant, International Job Coach, and Mentor Ron Mayne.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here


You can learn more about Ron and his business through his website at
yournewtomorrow.eu, contact Ron by email, and connect with him on LinkedIn

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Ethics in PR

Tackling fake news and disinformation is an ethical challenge, highlighted throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. New technologies provide the opportunity for the distribution of disinformation created by humans and increasingly by artificial intelligence, and spread via social media. Countering disinformation and earning trust for honest communication is an increasingly critical enabler to developing a positive reputation for enterprise and public sector organisations alike. So what is the future of ethics in PR?

  • How have the ethics in PR evolved over the last few years?
  • How do we put people at the centre of communications strategy?
  • How will ethics need to evolve in communication; both in terms of what we communicate (content) and how we communicate (technology)?
  • If enabling change is at the heart of PR strategy, how do we ensure human-centric change?

To consider these questions, PR Consultant Islay O’Hara joined me on the podcast. You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor platform here


You can learn more about Islay and her work on
islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Agricultural Efficiency

The need to produce food for increasingly urbanised populations in ways that pays attention to the requirements for minimising carbon emissions and therefore help to minimise climate change is clear. Carbon emissions in agriculture come from:

  • Crop fertilisation using chemical fertilisers
  • Materials used to build and maintain farms
  • Energy use of the farm buildings and vehicles
  • Transport & distribution during and after growing
  • Soil based emissions from disturbing soils
  • Waste produced as a result of farming processes

So what is the future of agricultural efficiency? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by Adam Greenberg, CEO of Seattle-based iUNU, an industrial computer vision company. Together, we explored:

  • The range of technologies deployed to increase agriculture productivity and efficiency.
  • The plausibility of integrated "seed to table" supply chains.
  • The link between automated urban agriculture and future urbanisation and smart city development.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here


You can learn more about Adam, his business, and the technologies he works with work at
www.iuni.com and contact him at adam@iunu.com.

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Foresight Video Shorts 12


Robots typically feature in this Video Shorts series, and this week is no different with an incredible shape-shifting example. This time, we also look at a number of sustainability related examples, and the potential concern of supercomputers creating their own language. The videos are from Mashable, World Economic Forum, WasteEd, and Digital Trends.

​1. This reconfigurable robot is able to change its entire body shape on a link-by-link basis. Via Mashable. 

2. Google AI supercomputers have created their own secret language. Should we be worried? Via World Economic Forum. 

3. You can soon start booking carbon-free trips in this fully electric flying taxi. Via WasteEd. 

4. 95% less water and 99% less land — is intelligent agriculture the future for farming? Via Digital Trends. 

5. Charging forward - Learn more about Britain's plans to reach net zero emissions. Via World Economic Forum. 

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Intelligent Foresight Systems

As our world becomes ever more uncertain with exponential change punctuated with ever more disruptive events, enterprise, governments, and third sector organisations are trying to come to terms with creating resilient and flexible policy and strategy. Given that challenge, what role might foresight play in supporting this work? And particularly, what might the role be of intelligent systems to enhance human capability?

To discuss the Future of Intelligent Foresight Systems, I was joined on this podcast by entrepreneur and CEO of Finland-based FIBRES Online Panu Kause. We explored:

  • How enterprise is exploring foresight in light of the uncertainty created by the pandemic.
  • How applications such as FIBRES support the growth of collective intelligence.
  • The future system developments that might enhance collaborative foresight work.
  • The degree to which foresight generation may become automated in the future.
  • The role foresight can play in the future of leadership.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform, here.


You can learn more about Panu by searching for his “unique name” or by going to the FIBRES website at
fibresonline.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Ageing

The recent BBC Ideas video “How safe is it to hack the ageing process?” is an interesting indication that the notion of managing, delaying, or even stopping the ageing process is becoming mainstream. The idea of immortality has been a dream for many people for as long as humanity has existed, but what is the reality of anti-ageing approaches and technologies? Are we really on the cusp of being able to cure ageing?

To consider the future of ageing, my Guest David Wood and I considered:

  • How soon might biohacking to slow the ageing process become mainstream?
  • What are the main technological innovations we might see?
  • Are there challenges in how we might consider the therapeutic benefits of these technologies versus the cosmetic use of them?
  • This feels like a group of technologies that potentially challenge our traditional notions of being human but then again, aren't these developments a continuation of what we have been doing for years to lengthen our lives?
  • How might we imagine these technologies might come to market in the future?

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here


You can learn more about David and his work on
LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on London Futurists

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