The Futurists

Rethinking Retail with Steve Dennis

What’s next for retail shops and shopping malls? The previous decade was excruciating for national retail chains. Steve Dennis, the author of Remarkable Retail and Leaders Leap, explains how shopping will evolve in the aftermath of pandemic, e-commerce and the “collapse of the middle”. Why Amazon gets too much blame and the real reason why…

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AI & The Search for Longevity

This week we get into AI in health care, generative and personalized medicine, the cure for cancer and why CoVID helped supercharge that and how AI is helping us live longer, healthier lives. Alex Zhavoronkov, the founder of AI-MedTech player Insilico joins us on TF to talk how health care is going to radically change…

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Media Chaos with Alan Wolk

For decades, we cursed at evil cable and satellite TV companies. Now TV has been “unbundled.” Streaming on-demand video is available on every device. Surprise, surprise, nobody is happy. The cost of television has skyrocketed, audiences are fragmented across hundreds of services, and it’s a pain to find what we want to watch. Veteran TV…

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SPECIAL EPISODE – MINISTER FOR THE FUTURE – PART 2

We’re back this week with the final part of the amazing interview with world-leading futurist and science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson. We delve into generational thinking around economics and why the Martians of KSR’s space opera series have largely abandoned capitalism and traditional 20th century industrial thinking. We return to the topic of climate…

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SPECIAL EPISODE – MINISTER FOR THE FUTURE – PT 1

This week The Futurists hosts Brett, Rob and Katie host a guest that NY Times calls “one of the world’s most acclaimed living science fiction writers” – Kim Stanley Robinson. We dive into the Mars Trilogy and interplanetary colonization and exploration, we tackle climate shift and the economics of the world of the future. We…

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The New Global Order with Markku Wilenius

Dr. Markku Wilenius is the Unesco Chair in Learning Society and Futures Education. This week on The Futurists, Markku shares his global perspective on emerging trends and regional conflicts, including the fate of the EU, the newly-active BRICs, Chinese military projection, the end of US hegemony, the emergence of new trade blocks and what lies…

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Cloud Capitalism with Yanis Varoufakis

Capitalism is dead, according to Yanis Varoufakis, the author of Technofeudalism. This week on The Futurists you’ll learn about the dramatic reconfiguration of the global economy, whereby profit has been replaced by rents and a flood of central bank money, leading to bigger bubbles and worse crises than ever before. Yanis calls this new system…

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Biohacking Longevity 

In this weeks TF, Brett King interviews Swedish Biohacker and Futurist, Hannes Sjoblad. The two futurists get into the evolution of biohacking and longevity treatments, the merging of man and machine through implants, neural/brain control interfaces and advanced robotic prosthetics. This is advanced application of technology for the future of health and life span.

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Spatial Computing goes Mainstream

In this week’s show we authors and industry commentators Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble. Their new book The Immersive Metaverse Playbook for Business Leaders gives us a glimpse into the post Apple Vision Pro world with Spatial, AI and Metaverse startups and investments taking off, and the paradigm shift required to move into this contextual world. We talk digital twins,…

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Future Imperfect

This week hosts Brett King and Katie “Miss Metaverse” Schultz join a returning guest Thomas Frey to talk about the state of the future. In our last session Thomas gave an excellent demonstration of futurist thinking in real time. But in this week’s show we get Thomas talks about how AI, climate and conflict are…

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AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS + AI

What’s next in robotics with Marc Theermann, the Chief Strategy Officer of Boston Dynamics. Known as “the Bell Labs of robotics”,  this firm is famous for its mechanical menagerie of legged robots that includes Spot, Atlas, Stretch.  These autonomous robots can go anywhere a human can go, and to many places humans cannot, including mine…

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AMAZING FUTURES AT C.E.S.

Mark Pesce returns to The Futurists with a report about weird and wonderful discoveries at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show. Every year, 200,000 people converge at CES in Las Vegas to get a glimpse of the near future. Mark pushes far beyond mainstream press coverage to tell us about bleeding-edge progress in memristor chips, brain-computer…

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