Distributed Future

"The future is out there, it just isn't evenly distributed - yet" :- William Gibson

In this podcast we interview interesting people who are doing new things that may give us some insight into the future.


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Intentional communities, tiny houses and artistic creation.

Josh describes how he's intentionally changing his local community with art, tiny houses and by encouraging creativity.

Guest: Josh Johnston
00:53:08
Telemedicine - the future of health care?

Telehealth allows patients to consult experts thousands of km away, we discuss how this works in rural Australia and the benefits it brings.

Guest: Silvia Pfeiffer
00:35:54
Amateur space and open source rocketry

We discuss building your own satellite and sending it to space as well as amateur rocketry along with the communities and organizations that make this possible.

Guest: Jo Hinchliffe
00:47:37
Illustration and the future of adult education

Is the future visual? How much of that is digital media? How should we educate future media creators? A chat with some answers...

Guest: Tash Willcox
00:43:51
The future of voice and voice interfaces

We talk with Allison Smith about the experience of being the voice of many inanimate objects!

Guest: Allison Smith
00:48:49
Shaping the future of farming with apps

How apps can help make farming more ecologically sustainable

Guest: Abby Rose
00:48:47
New organizational structures for crisis and aid.

Willow describes best practice in aid or crisis response: "It was always about finding the people who are already doing the work and showing up and saying here are the resources I have. How can I help you? Or do you want me to go away?"

Guest: Willow Brugh
00:41:16
The Riz test - questioning Muslim representation in Film and TV

The Riz test is a set of 5 questions that help film and TV makers see how they represent Muslim characters, based on crowdsourced feedback from viewers. We chat about how tech helped form and promote the test. We also discuss what impact it has and will have in the future.

Guest: Shaf Choudry
00:48:24
Recycling houses, routers and bandwidth

A chat about how to reuse old houses, routers etc with the help of open source and grain legs.

Guest: Brian Capouch
00:53:50
A virtual year of Distributed Future

We have a virtual year of episodes under our belts, so this is a look at the episodes, why we do the podcast and what's next

Guest: Vim and Tim (no guests)
00:26:32
The benefits of inclusion in the workplace

The workplace is changing, inclusive teams perform better, the old top down management styles are fading. In this chat we learn about how growing companies can benefit from these changes.

Guest: The Northern Value Creators - Amanda and Simon Cookson
00:53:01
Provenance and accountability for automated systems

"We've got all these new artificial intelligent machine learning algorithm systems. How can we make sure that they're accountable and we understand the process that has led to that decision making?"

Guest: Dr Naomi Jacobs
00:43:30
Leaky things

Do you your smart devices share your secrets with anyone? Do you care? What can be done?

Guest: Stella (aka MlleLicious)
00:45:20
A podcast on trends and directions in podcasting

How are podcasts changing? Where and how do people listen to podcasts? How can they be used by charities? Do mics matter?

Guest: Vic Elizabeth Turnbull
00:51:32
Future insights on user behaviour

A converstion about research on user behaviour, the insights it gives us and what the future may hold

Guest: Guy Redwood
00:42:18
Play, playfulness and enchanted objects (AKA IoT)

A chat about Playful Anywhere, the nature of play and how it crosses from offline to online

Guest: Emma Bearman
00:48:42
Hydrogen for green energy?

We discuss Hydrogen production and how it can make renewable energy available when and where we need it.

Guest: Vaitea Cowan of Enapter
00:45:12
VR and wine

How VR can help wine appreciation

Guest: Robert Pierce
00:33:24
The future of education

What sort of education will best prepare our children for the future? We discuss the balance between technology, problem solving and just getting out doors.

Guest: Charlotte Lucas
00:44:53
Software eats the radio.

Learn about how software, specifically software defined radio, is taking over the world. What are the risks, what are the benefits?

Guest: Harvind Samra
00:56:48
Food and work culture

We discuss the role of food in the workplace and how it can improve the culture of a workplace.

Guest: Veronica Fossa
00:50:41
The role of online and offline groups in the future of marketing.

We discuss how women are informed about cannabis in the USA and general lessons about detoxifying a brand.

Guest: Melissa Pierce
00:58:37
A better future through Walking, Wellness, Whisky and work

A conversation about the benefits of getting out from behind our screens everyday

Guest: Penny Lee
00:52:35
The future of transport including personal jetsuits!

We start with the lack of innovation in civic transport, then discuss Gravity Industries jetsuits and finally touch on future business models for cars.

Guest: Dan Lane
00:52:25
The future of AI and how to avoid bias.

AI can produce results that are biased, in this episode we discuss how this happens and how such bias can be avoided in future.

Guest: Gunay Kazimzade
00:46:23
The Ecological future of data centers

Conversation on the ecological future of Server hosting

Guest: Anne Currie
00:46:11
The future of (personal) branding.

What is a brand? How do you build a startup's brand? How does it relate to your personal brand? Where does brand building happen? Get (some) answers here...

Guest: Hermione Way
00:40:26
Privacy and the Quantified Self

We discuss the ethical and privacy problems associated with fitness trackers and other 'Quantified Self' data collection.

Guest: Ian Forrester
00:51:36
Remote working - it it the Future?

Our guest works for Gitlab where all staff are remote. We discuss from both employee and employer points of view.

Guest: Sarah O'Donnell
00:47:09
Makers and individuals

A conversation about personalization and the maker movement

Guest: Dr Lucy Rogers
00:39:24
The future of love and dating

A discussion about the impact technology is having on the future of love and dating

Guest: John Kershaw
00:56:39
Ethics and The Long Night

In which we discuss ethics in tech and how to teach each generation about the Holocaust

Guest: Noemie Lopian
00:40:11
The future of money

In which we discuss the future of money.

Guest: Tyson Appadoo
00:48:29
Quantified self

A conversation about how the future of our well-being is in our own data

Guest: Matt Sandrini
00:30:52
Magic and Blockchain

A conversation about the future impact of blockchain on society

Guest: Fauve Altman
00:26:00