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April 12, 2019
15: Author Darrin Qualman on the environment
Author Darrin Qualman's new book, [Civilization Critical](https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/civilization-critical), explores our human transition from circular systems to linear systems. Qualman believes the future holds great things... as long as we don't get bogged down in worry.
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23 min
April 5, 2019
14: Jamie Burke on hidden blockchains
Jamie Burke is the founder and CEO of Outlier Ventures. In this episode we talk about the future of the hidden blockchain.
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26 min
March 29, 2019
13: KPMG's David Jarczyk on Blockchain
David Jarczyk has a dream job. He basically works inside of KPMG thinking up new ways of building blockchain products. In this podcast we talk about the direction blockchain is taking in corporate America and how it won't be an amateur's game.
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19 min
March 22, 2019
12: Amy Webb talks about the rise of AI
Amy Webb is the author of the Big Nine and a quantitative futurist. Her recent work explores the rise of AI and talks about it what it means when only a few companies hold all the cards.
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25 min
March 15, 2019
11: Inside smart buildings
An interview with the head of digital innovation at Johnson Controls.
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19 min
March 8, 2019
10: Chris Dancy, Mindful Cyborg
This week we talk with Chris Dancy, the mindful cyborg, about the value of interconnection and why we shouldn't be afraid of technology. He's a great speaker and a fascinating person.
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26 min
March 1, 2019
9: Jeff Schmidt talks about the future of the Midwest
Jeff Schmidt runs the Columbus Collaboratory, a unique think tank dedicated to building security and system solutions for major clients. Jeff and I talked about the future of cybersecurity and where the group was headed.
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18 min
February 22, 2019
8: Sara Hicks on the future of commerce
Hicks is the CEO of Reaction Commerce. We talk about what it takes to sell stuff in the 21st century.
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19 min
February 15, 2019
7: Joshua Pearce talks about the future of recycling
What happens to old plastic? Joshua Pearce knows and it's not pretty. In this episode we talk about how recycling will soon change for the better.
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26 min
February 8, 2019
6: Farbood Nivi talks about the future of decentralized cash
Farbood Nivi is the founder of CoinMine and a thought leader in the crypto space. In this great conversation we talk about the future of mining and why we'll all need a bitcoin miner in our homes.
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21 min
February 1, 2019
5: Denis Barrier on globalization
Denis Barrier is a global investor and an amazing guy. His firm invests in the US, Europe, and Asia and we talked about our borderless future and  how to spot innovation before it takes off.
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21 min
January 25, 2019
4: Michael Kennedy of Green Check Verified goes deep on cannabis legalization
The future is green and Green Check Verified's Michael Kennedy is at the forefront of it. In this episode we talk about legalization and the future of pot.
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18 min
January 18, 2019
3: Tiger Tyagarajan talks about the future of work
Tiget Tyagarajan is the CEO of Genpact and employs 86,000 people. He knows a thing or two about the future of work. In this episode we go deep on the problems of human replacement and pessimism.
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26 min
January 11, 2019
2: John Sundman, national treasure, returns
One of my favorite writers, [John Sundman](https://johnsundman.com), returns to the show to talk about Nazis and how things get fixed. Content Warning: John gets a little saucy in this episode.
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24 min
January 4, 2019
1: Sasha Perelman talks cannabis
Happy New Year! Sasha Perelman has been working hard to take cannabis mainstream. We talk about the future of weed in a world sodden with other stuff and how the future looks for us all.
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20 min
December 28, 2018
33: ICYMI: Anne Ahola Ward is looking forward to the future
Anna Ahola Ward aka Annebot is a futurist and writer. She recently wrote a Futurist Call To Arms and she is working hard to create "super futurists" whose job it is to share the future with the rest of the world. She believes that sharing and social good are the future and we discuss media, cryptocurrencies, and the cool vs. the square. It's a great convo.
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26 min
December 21, 2018
32: ICYMI: Alexandra Fine of Dame Products talks about human interaction
In this potentially NSFW (but fun) episode, I talk to Alexandra Fine of Dame Products about her work in relationships and sex toys. It's a wide ranging conversation that might not be exactly for the little ones.
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14 min
December 14, 2018
31: ICYMI: Intel's Jim Clarke talks quantum computing
If you've ever wanted a crash course in quantum computing, this is it. Jim Clarke is in charge of QPU research at Intel and he runs down exactly how we should all be thinking about this amazing new tech.
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22 min
December 7, 2018
30: Jason Feifer talks about our fear of the future
Jason Feifer is the creator of the Pessimist's Archive, a podcast that talks about the various scary things that we all worried about years ago. In this episode we talk about the groundless fear of the future and why he gives his kid an iPhone sometimes.
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29 min
November 30, 2018
28: How bots are targeting influencers with Emilio Ferrara
When I last spoke to Emilio Ferrara he was working on telling the world how bots could make things better. Now, with a team a researchers, he's found out how bots are targeting influencers in an effort to spread fake news. It's a fascinating little conversation with a fascinating researcher.
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17 min
November 30, 2018
29: Why investor Jalak Jobanputra is betting big on crypto
When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps. The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had truly come into maturity she was excited. Now, five years later, she's building her entire VC practice around blockchain and sees bright days ahead for the technology. Join us as we talk about the future of blockchain and where she feels the technology is headed.
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26 min
November 23, 2018
27: Toby Weston on the importance of fiction
Happy Turkey Day! In this episode we talk with writer Toby Weston who has a lot to say about the future of fiction. You can check out his site, [http://tobyweston.net](http://tobyweston.net), to read his books.
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22 min
November 16, 2018
26: ICYMI: Crypto cynic Meltem Demirors talks about the future of funding
Meltem Demirors is the CEO of CoinShares and a deep thinker in the crypto space. Her breadth and depth of experience is wonderfully refreshing and we had a great time talking about the future of funding and crypto.
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26 min
November 9, 2018
25: Valentina Isakina talks about the rise of the rest
Valentina Isakina is the Managing Director for Financial Institutions at JobsOhio and a great Ohio booster. I grill her a bit on my home town and we talk about the future of flyover country.
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21 min
November 2, 2018
24: Joel Sadler tells us about his Minecraft playing kids computer
Joel Sadler is the founder of Piper and he built a computer for kids. In this episode we talk about the lure of Minecraft and my own STEM toy phobias.
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21 min
October 26, 2018
23: Talking the future of influence with Tamara McCleary
[Tamara McCleary](https://twitter.com/TamaraMcCleary?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) is the founder of Thulium and a business futurist. I enjoyed chatting with her about the future of marketing, something we rarely think about as we rocket forward into a brave new world.
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18 min
October 19, 2018
22: Talking the law with Dorna Moini
In this episode we talk to [Dorna Moini](https://www.linkedin.com/in/documentautomation) about the future of the legal profession and why robots won't replace lawyers (yet).
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17 min
October 12, 2018
21: Intel's Jim Clarke talks quantum computing
If you've ever wanted a crash course in quantum computing, this is it. Jim Clarke is in charge of QPU research at Intel and he runs down exactly how we should all be thinking about this amazing new tech.
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22 min
October 5, 2018
20: Code Club co-founder Clare Sutcliffe wants to educate your kids
Clare Sutcliffe created [Code Club](https://www.codeclub.org.uk) in the UK to help kids learn computers. Now she's working on a number of exciting projects in the same vein but in the end she believes that teachers will be with us always.
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18 min
September 28, 2018
19: Greg Verdino talks about the future of business
Greg Verdino is a business futurist who is building next level business systems. In this podcast we talk about the way businesses will grow and change in reaction to what amounts to a hipsterization of the workplace.
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29 min
September 21, 2018
18: Author Bill Laboon talks bitcoin
Bill Laboon is a lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of  [Strength in Numbers](https://amzn.to/2Qsio43), a novel about cryptocurrency. In this episode we talk about academia and the future of blockchain.
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22 min
September 14, 2018
17: Bilal Pervez talks about Jonny Jonny videos
Bilal Pervez is the founder of Chube, a new app for kids. In this podcast we talk about the future of content and why those awful Jonny Jonny videos are so popular.
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28 min
September 7, 2018
16: Into space with Aliya Prokofyeva
[Aliya Prokofyeva](https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiesZudrZrdAhWDdd8KHRWNA2UQFjAAegQICBAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Faliyaprokofyeva%2F&usg=AOvVaw2BrpSb23zY3Uc-khruKLfE) wants to build cities in space. I ask her when we can all go. She's the CEO of Galaktika and she's in the space race to win it.
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21 min
August 31, 2018
15: Alexandra Fine of Dame Products talks about human interaction
In this potentially NSFW (but fun) episode, I talk to Alexandra Fine of Dame Products about her work in relationships and sex toys. It's a wide ranging conversation that might not be exactly for the little ones.
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14 min
August 24, 2018
14: Peter Rubin on the future of VR
Peter Rubin is the author of [Future Presence](https://amzn.to/2OykTQI) and has some fascinating things to say about intimacy, VR, and the future of communication. This was one of my favorite episodes and well worth a listen.
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32 min
August 17, 2018
13: David Weinberger tells us about the most amazing AI he's ever seen
David Weinberger is an author and early Internet pioneer. In this podcast we talk about machine learning, the future of our minds, and some of the coolest AI he's ever seen.
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29 min
August 10, 2018
12: Writer John Sundman talks about tech, firefighting
The amazing John Sundman joined me this week for a candid talk about hope, writing, and the value of philosophy. He's one of my favorite writers and I hope you enjoy this unique podcast.
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31 min
August 3, 2018
11: ICYMI - Amol Sarva talks about the distributed brain
Amol Sarva is one of my favorite thinkers and this week I brought back an older episode in which we talk about the future of work. Enjoy!
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26 min
July 27, 2018
10: Bill Studebaker on the future of robots
Bill Studebaker of Robo Global brings us the news of robots that will fix us when we're sick and carry us around when we're old. It's some amazing stuff.
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18 min
July 20, 2018
9: Anne Ahola Ward is looking forward to the future
Anna Ahola Ward aka Annebot is a futurist and writer. She recently wrote a [Futurist Call To Arms](https://medium.com/@annebot/a-futurist-call-to-arms-time-to-evolve-df361f42727e) and she is working hard to create "super futurists" whose job it is to share the future with the rest of the world. She believes that sharing and social good are the future and we discuss media, cryptocurrencies, and the cool vs. the square. It's a great convo.
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26 min
July 13, 2018
8: Investor Clara Brenner on the future of cities
Clara Brenner is the co-founder of the [Urban Innovation Fund](http://www.urbaninnovationfund.com) and a staunch believer in the future of augmented cities. While she isn't a complete optimist, she believes tech and government can work together to make our cities better. Take a listen and follow her on [Twitter](https://twitter.com/clara_brenner?lang=en)!
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23 min
July 6, 2018
7: Crypto cynic Meltem Demirors talks about the future of funding
[Meltem Demirors](https://twitter.com/melt_dem?ref_src=twsrc%5Eappleosx%7Ctwcamp%5Esafari%7Ctwgr%5Esearch) is the CEO of CoinShares and a deep thinker in the crypto space. Her breadth and depth of experience is wonderfully refreshing and we had a great time talking about the future of funding and crypto.
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27 min
June 29, 2018
6: Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins on the future of media
Mark Hopkins is an IBM Futurist and has been thinking about blockchain and media since both of those things became hot topics. His work spans multiple decades and he's built some amazing tools. In this podcast we talk about the future of blockchain as it relates to media and the importance - and rise - of micropayments.
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26 min
June 22, 2018
5: Ouriel Ohayon on crypto and bitcoin pricing
Blockchain CEO [Ouriel Ohayon](https://twitter.com/OurielOhayon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) joins us this week to talk about the future of blockchain and where the bitcoin price is going. He's a thorough and smart thinker so he's well worth a listen.
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22 min
June 14, 2018
4: Let's talk big data with Felix Van de Maele
Felix Van de Maele is the founder of Collibra, a data governance service that maintains data integrity. In this podcast Van de Maele shares his vision of the future of big data.
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15 min
June 8, 2018
3: Author Lee Humphreys talks about the past of social media
Twitter isn't new. In the past, people used to share their thoughts and observations in far less high-tech ways but the effects of the new media landscape are still being assessed. Professor and author Lee Humphreys talks about the future - and past - of social media in her new boo The Qualified Self.
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20 min
June 1, 2018
2: Piergiorgio Grossi of Ducati talks motors
Piergiorgio Grossi is the IT head at Ducati and in this episode of Technotopia we look at the decades old company in the context of future transportation systems. It's a great chat.
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19 min
May 25, 2018
1: Professional Chess player Fabiano Caruana talks augmented intelligence
Fabiano Caruana is a brilliant mind. He's a professional Chess player of world renown and has been thinking about the problems associated with human/computer interaction and augmentation for years. In this podcast we talk about what it feels like to be beaten - and work with - computers that are designed to destroy your chances at winning.
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18 min
May 18, 2018
109: Suraj Patel is running for congress and loves tech
Suraj Patel is an unusual politician - he actually understands tech. He's running for Congress in New York and aims to lead the way in terms of tech and the future. In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss why politicians are so behind and how he aims to help.
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18 min
May 11, 2018
108: Author Clive Thompson talks about the rise of the computing class
One of my favorite writers is Clive Thompson. His work appears in Wired, the New York Times, and BoingBoing and he's working on a book about programmers. I spoke with him about his recent research into the mind of the programmer and how the computing class are the lawyers of the 21st century.
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28 min
May 5, 2018
107: Haydar Haba tells us about the future of capital
Haydar Haba is a VC and entrepreneur and he's betting big on crypto. In this episode of Technotopia we go deep on his investing strategy and where he sees innovation going next.
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21 min
April 27, 2018
106: Inside the Columbus Collaboratory with Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt runs the [Columbus Collaboratory](http://columbuscollaboratory.com/), a unique think tank dedicated to building security and system solutions for major clients. Jeff and I talked about the future of cybersecurity and where the group was headed.
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17 min
April 20, 2018
105: Mobile guru Amol Sarva talks about the future of work
Amol Sarva has a had a long history with mobile computing. The founder of Virgin Mobile, he went on to build the amazing Peek email device and then went on to found [Knote](https://knote.me). After a few months, he realized that his app was the back end to what humans really wanted - connection. Now he's running thousands of square feet of shared offices and growing daily. I talked to him about the future of work and what it takes to make a truly mobile product.
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24 min
April 13, 2018
104: A less optimistic future with Osama Hashmi
Osama Hashmi runs the consultancy [Mocha 7](http://mocha7.com) in Seattle and he's seen it all. In this episode of Technotopia we look at problems facing the next generation and, luckily, talk about ways to fix them.
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26 min
April 6, 2018
104: James Murray from the Impractical Jokers tells us the truth
James Murry aka Murr joined us on this unique episode of Technotopia. Murr is the star of TruTV's Impractical Jokers and the author of an amazing thriller coming out this summer. We talk about the future of entertainment and what it takes to make it in the 21st century.
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26 min
March 30, 2018
103: Falon Fatemi teaches us about the future of social
Social media is getting hit hard these days and Falon Fatemi is working on new ways to help us connect without all of the 20th century baggage. In this Technotopia we talk about her company, Node, and how AI will help us meet people.
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12 min
March 23, 2018
102: Robot maker Gil Weinberg talks about the future of musical sex bots
First, this is a completely SFW episode. Roboticist Gil Weinberg is the father of [Shimon](https://www.shimonrobot.com), an amazing Marimba-playing robot with a head and camera that can make wild music with a live band. In this episode we talk about the future of music robots, what we can expect to see in robotics thanks to his research, and what it would take for a robot to make tunes like Isaac Hayes.
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25 min
March 16, 2018
101: A very special episode with Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
While I realize another podcast about ICOs might be a bit much I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Paul Vigna and Michael Casey to talk about their new book, Truth Machine, and the future of finance. It's a wide-ranging discussion and I hope you enjoy it. There is even a nice Q&A at the end.
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52 min
March 9, 2018
100: We talk Bitcoin and token sales with reporter Paul Vigna
Paul Vigna has been writing about crypto for years and his new book, [The Truth Machine](http://amzn.to/2Ho7s2X), focuses on the blockchain, the network that runs the bitcoin network. In this episode of Technotopia we talk about the technology and where it's headed.
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23 min
March 2, 2018
99: Tinkerer Jonathan Zufi talks about design and Escape From New York
Jonathan Zufi obsesses about cool stuff. His latest product, the [LifeClock One,](https://wristwatchreview.com/2018/02/14/escape-from-your-cubicle-with-the-lifeclock-one/) is an obsessive recreation of the LifeClock watch from Escape From New York and his book, [Iconic](iconicbook.com), is a fascinating look at Apple products from beginning to end. In short, he knows a lot about cool stuff. Join us as we talk about design, art, and the future of dystopian fiction.
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18 min
February 23, 2018
98: Why investor Jalak Jobanputra is betting big on crypto
When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps. The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had truly come into maturity she was excited. Now, five years later, she's building her entire VC practice around blockchain and sees bright days ahead for the technology. Join us as we talk about the future of blockchain and where she feels the technology is headed.
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25 min
February 16, 2018
97: Meet the coolest computer in the world with Brian Dear
The PLATO computing system started out as an early educational tool in the early 1960s. The system, which launched well outside of Silicon Valley, captured the hearts and minds of thousands of early hackers and I spoke to Brian Dear, author of [The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture](The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture) about the platform and his deep research into early computing. It's a fascinating discussion.
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39 min
February 9, 2018
96: Former State Senator Jeremy Ring talks about politics and Yahoo!
Jeremy Ring was an early employee at Yahoo as well as a State Senator. In this episode of Technotopia we talk about his book, [We Were Yahoo](http://amzn.to/2DSyIIN), and what politics can learn from tech.
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23 min
February 2, 2018
95: Author Nick Montfort talks about the softer side of the future
Nick Montfort is a professor in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing and the author of a new book, “The Future.” His book explores "future makers" - people who create the future with their work. It's a fascinating read and he's a fascinating thinker in the space.
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26 min
January 26, 2018
94: Business reporter Elizabeth Dunn talks about the future of food
Elizabeth Dunn has been researching and writing about the business of restaurants and her recent pieces are a fascinating look at where we're headed in the world of food. We talk about the winners and losers in the coming war for our tummies.
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22 min
January 19, 2018
93: Unbound's Polly Rodriguez tells us about the future of sexuality
Polly Rodriguez is the co-founder and CEO of Unbound, an ecommerce site dedicated to women's sexuality. In this episode we talk about the future of human to human contact and what happens when you look beyond the cliches.
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21 min
January 12, 2018
92: Monty Barlow talks about the future of AI
Machine learning expert has some fascinating things to say about the coming AI explosion and how we're more likely to see armies of smart systems rather than a unified artificial intelligence.
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22 min
January 5, 2018
91: ICYMI - Jameson Lopp
Lopp is my favorite thinker in cryptocurrency and the information he shared with me back in 2016 is still applicable today. Take a listen as we gear up for fresh episodes in the new year.
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23 min
December 22, 2017
90: Leslie Berlin
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20 min
December 15, 2017
89: Tobias Stone
This week on Technotopia we talk to writer Tobias Stone whose focus on the future is tinged by lessons of the past. It's a fascinating discussion with a fascinating thinker.
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20 min
December 8, 2017
88: ICYMI - Rahul Sood
In this episode we talk to Rahul Sood, founder of Unikrn and creator of one of the most successful recent US ICOs.
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22 min
December 1, 2017
87: James Williams
James Williams is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studies the ethics of attention and persuasion in technology design and spoke with us about the rise of attention-grabbing advertising and media and how we can fight back against the onslaught.
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26 min
November 24, 2017
86: Tyler Cowen
This week I speak with Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at GMU and and editor at MarginalRevolution.com, one of my favorite sources for amazing things. This wide ranging conversation covers income inequality, future economics, and the benefits of despair.
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22 min
November 17, 2017
85: ICYMI - Baseem Hamdy
RERUN - This week we talk to Bassem Hamdy of Procore about the future of construction and the coming changes that will fix the way we build buildings.
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20 min
November 10, 2017
84: Mitch Goldstone
Mitch Goldstone runs ScanMyPhotos, a service that scans photos. This week we talk to him about the future of memory and media.
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14 min
November 3, 2017
83: Chris Boos
This week we talk to Chris Boos, the man who trained a robot to beat humans at FreeCiv.
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24 min
October 23, 2017
Episode 82 - Gil Penchina
Cryptocurrency expert Gil Penchina joins us this week to talk about the future of token sales.
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22 min
October 20, 2017
Episode 81 - Neil Feather
This week we talk about security with Neil Feather.
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13 min
October 13, 2017
Episode 80 - Stephanie Alys
Stephanie Alys is a Co-founder and Chief Pleasure Officer (CPO) for British lifestyle brand, MysteryVibe. That's right: this episode is about robotic pleasure devices.
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25 min
October 9, 2017
Episode 79 - Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante
This week we talk to the creators of Arduino about their amazing platform.
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19 min
September 29, 2017
Episode 78 - Emilio Ferrara
This episode we talk with Emilio Ferrara, a researcher who has discovered that botnets can be used for good.
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30 min
September 22, 2017
Episode 77 - Abe Burmeister
This week we talk to Abe Burmeister of Outlier clothing, a company that looks to the future when it comes to spider silk and goat hooves.
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21 min
September 15, 2017
Episode 76 - Sarah Blincoe
In this episode we talk about trusting humans to do a computer's job.
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20 min
September 15, 2017
Episode 75- Zoe Quinn
This week we talk to independent game maker Zoe Quinn about her new book, Crash Override.
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22 min
September 8, 2017
Episode 74 - Paul Walsh
On this episode we learn about some real tools that can prevent us from getting hacked.
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19 min
September 1, 2017
Episode 73 - Kristoffer Lawson
In this episode we talk to Kristoffer Lawson, the creator of one of the coolest user interfaces I've seen in a long time. Lawson also talks about the future of personality transplants.
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23 min
August 25, 2017
Episode 72 - Ed Zitron
Ed Zitron is a PR professional with an interesting view on the future. In this episode we talk about power, network, and bread.
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20 min
August 18, 2017
Episode 71 - Ofir Barzilay
Ofir Barzilay works for Cyberbit, a company that manages IOT for big buildings. In this episode we talked about how to protect buildings in the future.
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19 min
August 11, 2017
Episode 70 - Rabbi Cooper
In this episode I talked with Rabbi Abe Cooper, Associate Dean, Director Global Social Action Agenda of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Cooper's insight on hate groups, cyberterrorism, and good childrearing are a wonder and he turned this podcast into a really nice monologue. Enjoy!
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25 min
August 4, 2017
Episode 69 - Rob Reid
Rob Reid is the former founder of Rhapsody and an accomplished fiction author. His new book, After On, is available now and he has a lot to say about art, design, and the future.
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27 min
July 28, 2017
ICYMI - Cindy Gallop
This week we'll rerun an amazing episode I recorded with Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. Enjoy!
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29 min
July 21, 2017
Episode 68 - Rahul Sood
Rahul Sood is the former CEO of VoodooPC and now runs an e-sports betting system called Unikrn. He has been doing some deep thinking about the future of cryptocurrency and has some fascinating things to say about our wallets.
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22 min
July 14, 2017
Episode 67 - Jakub Krzych
Founder of beacon company Estimote talks about the softness of our future and how knowledge workers can join the machine.
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20 min
July 7, 2017
Episode 66 - Bassem Hamdy
This week we talk to Bassem Hamdy of Procore about the future of construction and the coming changes that will fix the way we build buildings.
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20 min
June 30, 2017
Episode 65 - Jim Poole
In this episode Jim Poole talks about the future of sensor networks.
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17 min
June 23, 2017
Episode 64 - Susan Danziger
This week we talk about the future of video with Susan Danziger.
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12 min
June 16, 2017
Episode 63 - Stephen Forsey
This week we feature Stephen Forsey, co-founder of high-end watch company Gruebel Forsey. These watches are miracles of mechanical engineering and it's fascinating to hear Stephen talk about the future of watchmaking.
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18 min
June 9, 2017
Episode 62 - Bryony Cole
Bryony Cole is the founder of the Future of Sex podcast and she joins us to talk about, well, the future of sex and to let us know about a sex tech hackathon happening in New York THIS WEEKEND.
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19 min
June 2, 2017
Episode 61 - Kara Goldin
This week we talk to the founder and CEO of Hint, Kara Goldin, about the future of water and diet.
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22 min
May 26, 2017
Episode 60 - Sarah Kaufman
This week we're talking to Sarah Kaufman, Assistant Director at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. Kaufman believes that transportation is about to experience a sea change and that, in the end, New York and other urban areas will have to adapt or fail.
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19 min
May 19, 2017
Episode 59 - Cindy Gallop
This week on Technotopia we present Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. We talk about sex tech and the problem of connection in an over-connected society.
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29 min
May 12, 2017
Episode 58 - Andrew Zimmern
On this week's show we talk with Andrew Zimmern, a chef and traveler. Zimmern believes that food culture is now the driving force behind the future of ecology and the environment and that everyone has the right to good, wholesome food.
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27 min
May 5, 2017
Episode 57 - Richard Clarke
Richard Clarke is a former White House cybersecurity expert and one of the most interesting people I've talked to on the podcast. His next book, Warning, will be out May 23. In this episode he talks about the "sentinel personality" and what it takes to tell the world something terrible is about to happen.
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20 min
April 28, 2017
Episode 56 - Greg Mark
This week on Technotopia I talk to Greg Mark, founder of Markforge. Mark has made 3D printers that can make carbon fiber and true metal parts at a fraction of the cost of traditional printers. It's an amazing technology and he's a really cool guy.
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25 min
April 21, 2017
ICYMI - Bre Pettis
This week we bring back a great interview with Makerbot founder Bre Pettis on the future of manufacturing.
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25 min
April 14, 2017
Episode 55 - Richard Florida
Richard Florida is a professor and writer and his latest book, The New Urban Crisis, looks at the way cities can expand and grow with technology and innovation. You can pick up his book now.
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33 min
April 7, 2017
Episode 54 - Peter Walker
This episode we talk to Peter Walker, author of How Cycling Can Save the World. He has some fascinating ideas on how future cities can make the most of cycles and ebikes.
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18 min
March 31, 2017
Episode 53 - Ryan Holiday
This week I talk to Ryan Holiday, author and media columnist for the New York Observer. Ryan has been writing on stoicism and the future of media and he offers a quick and final fix for our social media woes.
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24 min
March 24, 2017
Episode 52 - Tobias Stone
This week we talk about Estonian e-residency and the eventual dissolution of borders with entrepreneur Tobias Stone.
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18 min
March 17, 2017
Episode 51 - Greg Ferenstein
Greg Ferenstein has a lot to say about the future of politics and media and he's a fascinating writer and speaker.
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21 min
March 10, 2017
Episode 49 - Michel Morvan
This week we talk to AI expert Michel Morvan about augmented intuition.
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18 min
March 3, 2017
ICYMI - Charlie White
This week we revisit the podcast we ran with Charlie White, a write and cannabis consultant.
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24 min
February 25, 2017
Episode 48 - Fred Ruckel
UPDATED AUDIO. This podcast features the creator of the Ripple Rug, Fred Ruckel. Ruckle talks about the future of manufacturing in America and how to thwart scammers.
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25 min
February 17, 2017
Episode 47 - Kirill Tatarinov
This week we talk to Kirill Tatarinov, the CEO of Citrix and a man who knows his way around punch cards. Our topic? The future of computing, from quantum machines to 3D interfaces.
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23 min
February 10, 2017
ICYMI - Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka
An encore presentation of one of the oddest Technotopias in a long while.
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18 min
February 3, 2017
Episode 46 - Jonathon Budd
To solar or not to solar? The CEO of Powur talks about the fossil-less future.
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18 min
January 27, 2017
Episode 45 - Noah Rosenberg
This week we talk with Noah Rosenberg whose ideas about AI, art, and computing are cutting edge.
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33 min
January 20, 2017
Episode 44 - Bre Pettis
On this inauguration day episode of Technotopia we talk about the politics of failed states and what it takes to pull ourselves out of a tailspin.
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25 min
January 13, 2017
Episode 43 - Scott Jordan
Scott of ScottEVest makes jackets with lots of pockets... and they're really cool. This week I talk to Scott about the future of wearables and why clothing hasn't changed in centuries.
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21 min
January 6, 2017
Episode 42 - Roi Carthy
We're back after a short holiday break with Roi Carthy, CMO of Shine, a web ad blocker. We talk social media, politics, and peace.
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17 min
December 28, 2016
ICYMI - Ruben Bolling
We'll be back with our regularly scheduled podcasts after the holiday. Until then, enjoy Ruben Bolling in a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion.
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26 min
December 23, 2016
ICYMI - Neal Stephenson
This podcast comes from and interview I ran with Neal Stephenson at TechCrunch Disrupt.
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24 min
December 16, 2016
ICYMI - Brian Solis
Technotopia is taking a little break for the holiday. Here's one of our favorite podcasts with Brian Solis.
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24 min
December 9, 2016
Episode 41 - Flavio Villanustre
Flavio Villanustre is an expert in Big Data and has just released a new platform designed to let fans of open source try their hand at massive data stores. He works at LexisNexis and has a lot to say about the future of data at our fingertips.
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17 min
December 2, 2016
Episode 40 - Jeff Wong
Jeff Wong has been in the Valley for decades. He was formerly an exec at eBay and then built his own startups before landing at Ernst & Young where he's in charge of building cool new products. He talks about the future of corporations and what it looks like from inside a big company.
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24 min
November 25, 2016
Episode 39 - Christian Villum
This week we have Christian Villum of the Danish Design Center. He. does some amazing work in smart cities and design.
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22 min
November 18, 2016
Episode 38 - Ralph Clark
Ralph Clark has a job that, hopefully, will someday soon disappear. He is CEO of Shotspotter, a system that listens for and triangulates shots fired in cities, jungles, and forests. His system, live in 90 cities, is essentially a quick and easy way for police to listen for dangerous situations and respond as necessary. He talks about Smart City World Expo Congress in Barcelona and we discussed the future of gun violence and the problems facing modern cities.
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17 min
November 18, 2016
ICYMI - Amar Hanspal
Amar Hanspal is an SVP of Product at Autodesk and wanted to talk to us about the future of manufacturing and the tools future makers will use to change the world. Cool stuff.
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20 min
November 11, 2016
Episode 37 - Charlie White
Charlie White is a writer and consultant and has been working in politics and media for decades. He's written more than a million words online and knows a think or two about the future of our written, video, and online world.
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24 min
November 4, 2016
Episode 36 - Ruben Bolling
This week on the show I talk with cartoonist Ruben Bolling, one of my favorite political commentators and all-around funny guy. This podcast is a blast.
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26 min
October 28, 2016
Episode 35 - Joey DeVilla
Joey DeVilla is a blogging hero of mine and a really smart guy. In this episode we talk about RFID, NFC, and accordions and he even plays us a little bit of Microsoft lore on the old squeezebox. Enjoy!
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32 min
October 19, 2016
Episode 34 - Laura Dawson
In this episode we talk to Laura Dawson, an expert on publishing and metadata. I asked her about what books will look like in 10 years. You'll be surprised by her answer.
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28 min
October 14, 2016
Episode 33 - Amar Hanspal
Amar Hanspal is an SVP of Product at Autodesk and wanted to talk to us about the future of manufacturing and the tools future makers will use to change the world. Cool stuff.
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20 min
October 7, 2016
Technotopia Rerun - John Sundman
This week we talk to John Sundman author of Biodigital and Acts of the Apostles. His work predicts CRISPR, genetic machines, and on-chip viruses and he lives in Martha’s Vineyard where he’s writing a new book.
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26 min
September 30, 2016
Episode 32 - Ken Mages
This week we talk to a pioneer in technology, Ken Mages, an inventor and co-founder of Secure One.
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29 min
September 23, 2016
Episode 31 - Brian Solis
I've long loved Brian Solis' work and I'm pleased to have him on the show talking about cameras, Coca Cola, and travel.
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24 min
September 16, 2016
Episode 30 - Neal Stephenson
This week we have a special treat. I spoke with Neal Stephenson on stage at Disrupt in San Francisco and was able to ask him questions about the future and the place of fiction in innovation. It was a fun interview and he was a great guy.
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24 min
September 2, 2016
Technotopia Rerun - Joe Brewer
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28 min
August 26, 2016
Technotopia 029 With Walter Duncan
Walter Duncan is a former teacher turned startupper who believes that education is the key to a better world. His product, Quickey, is making it easy for teachers to computerize their classrooms.
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27 min
August 19, 2016
Episode 28 - Paul Papadimitriou
This week on the show we talk to Paul Papadimitriou a speaker on innovation and amazing things.
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23 min
August 12, 2016
Technotopia Rerun - Ben Hammersley
This week we have a classic episode from Ben Hammersley who was one of the coolest and most influential thinkers on the show in the past 20 weeks. Check him out!
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46 min
August 5, 2016
Episode 27 - Lyndon Johnson
Lyndon Johnson (not THAT Lyndon Johnson) is the founder of CommsBar.
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14 min
July 29, 2016
Episode 26 - Rob Anderson
This week we talk to one of the founding team members of MTV Russia and the creator of convergent media group, Rob Anderson.
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24 min
July 22, 2016
Episode 25 with Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka
Rich is an online comedy legend and this episode he talks about the future as he sees it. Warning: this episode is pretty raunchy so I'd recommend not listening with little kids.
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18 min
July 15, 2016
Episode 24 - Neeraj Bansal
This week we talk about education and the future of computer-aided schooling with the president of Siminars.
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24 min
July 8, 2016
Episode 23 - Antonio Garcia Martinez
Antonia is the author of Chaos Monkeys, one of the best-written books on the startup world I've ever read. It's an amazing read and he has a lot to say about the future.
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31 min
July 1, 2016
Episode 22 - Eliot Peper
Eliot Peper is a novelist and entrepreneur who has written a number of amazing books. His latest, Cumulus, is available on Amazon.
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32 min
June 24, 2016
Episode 21 - John Sundman
Author John Sundman talks about the arc of history and the future of genetic engineering.
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26 min
June 17, 2016
Episode 20 - Seth Louey
This week we talk to Seth Louey, a product designer and maker.
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12 min
June 10, 2016
Episode 19 - David Fine
David Fine is a writer and speaker on the future of cities. You can read his Medium posts here.
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24 min
June 3, 2016
Episode 18 - Jamyn Edis
This week we talk to Jamyn Edis, CEO and co-founder of connected car company Dash.
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21 min
May 27, 2016
Episode 17 - Jeffrey Martin
Jeffrey Martin makes a 4K resolution spherical camera that can take amazing 360-degree videos. He's been making immersive photos and video for decades and his work has been featured around the world. Today he talks with us about the limitations of VR and the future of 360-degree storytelling.
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22 min
May 20, 2016
Episode 16 - Haseeb Awan
This time we talk to Bitcoin entrepreneur Haseeb Awan who is a little bearish on finance but bullish on the rise of the East and the changes afoot globally.
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27 min
May 13, 2016
Episode 15 - Raj Raghunathan
In this episode we talk to Raj Raghunathan, author of If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?
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32 min
May 6, 2016
Episode 14 - Joe Brewer
In this fascinating episode futurist Joe Brewer talks about allof the changes afoot for us in the next 20 years and his hope thatwe survive them. His ideas are chilling yet exciting.
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28 min
April 29, 2016
Episode 13 - Krista Contino Saumby
This week we talk to patent attorney Krista Contino Saumby who talks to us about patents, the Godly Powers, and the future of international inventors.
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22 min
April 22, 2016
Episode 12 - Jana Eggers
This week we learn about AI from Jana Eggers, CEO of Nara Logics and creator of smart tools for big data.
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22 min
April 15, 2016
Episode 11 - Michelangelo Guarise
This week on Technotopia I talk to Michelangelo Guarise, the community manager for the UDOO project, an amazing single-board computer that is as powerful as a PC.
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16 min
April 8, 2016
Episode 10 - Arlo Gilbert
Entrepreneur and general Renaissance man Arlo Gilbert is joining us to talk about the future of health, robots, and why Google got out of the Big Dog industry.
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21 min
March 30, 2016
Episode 9 - Melina Papadopoulos
This week I talk to Melina Papadopoulos about the future of communications in an always-on world.
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15 min
March 23, 2016
Episode 8 - Jameson Lopp
This week we talk to Jameson Lopp, a bitcoin/blockchain expert who tells us about the future of trust.
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23 min
March 18, 2016
Episode 7 - Paul Higgins
In this episode futurist Paul Higgins talks about work, cities, and the future of travel.
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27 min
March 1, 2016
Episode 6 - Finn Brunton
This week we talk about how Spam is the run-off of mental attention and how privacy will allow us to move from multi-tasking to multi-personalities.
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32 min
February 29, 2016
Episode 5 - The Amateur Futurist
This week we have Ryan Cousineau, an amateur futurist with some interesting ideas on energy and future cities.
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22 min
February 12, 2016
Technotopia #4 - Peter Singer
This week we talk to Peter Singer, writer and consultant. Singer has a deep background in future military technologies and has a writer's eye for the future.
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34 min
February 2, 2016
Technotopia #3 - Laura Kriefman
This week we talk to an amazing choreographer who works with some unusual dancers -cranes over city skylines.
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35 min
January 18, 2016
Episode Two - Ben Hammersley
This week we talk to journalist and artist Ben Hammersley, he of the amazing mustache. He talks to us about why Batman sucks, who will win a zombie attack, and how to be a better person.
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46 min
January 11, 2016
Episode One - Mark Stevenson
This week we talk to Mark Stevenson writer of An Optimist's Tour Of The Future and a reluctant futurist.
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33 min
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