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Exponential Africa podcast brings you the best thought leadership and innovation from around the world. Hosted by Mic Mann, this podcast aims to bring you impactful knowledge and ideas featuring discussions around exponential technologies, disruption, and how to leverage cutting-edge ideas to future-proof your business. Mic interviews and discusses the future of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3d Printing, IoT, Biotechnology and more, as well as global grand challenges such as energy, education, food, water and prosperity. Let's #futureproofAfrica together.

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Exponential Africa podcast brings you the best thought leadership and innovation from around the world. Hosted by Mic Mann, this podcast aims to bring you impactful knowledge and ideas featuring discussions around exponential technologies, disruption, and how to leverage cutting-edge ideas to future-proof your business. Mic interviews and discusses the future of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3d Printing, IoT, Biotechnology and more, as well as global grand challenges such as energy, education, food, water and prosperity. Let's #futureproofAfrica together.

    #3 Exponential Conversations - Adam Pantanowitz

    #3 Exponential Conversations - Adam Pantanowitz

    Today's conversation is with an incredible thought leader, innovator and futurist Adam Pantanowitz, talking about his favourite topic Hacking Humans with Mic Mann. We get to hear some interesting insights on the work Adam is doing as well as his philosophy on a number of issues from overcoming adversity to hacking tips. 

    Adam Pantanowitz is a fanatical technologist, who enjoys solving seemingly unsolvable problems, particularly with the help of cloud computing and machine learning. He is part of the SingularityU South Africa faculty with a focus on biotechnology and speaks about the future of technology with a focus on tech-human convergence.

    • 37 min
    #2 Exponential Conversations - Merritt Moore

    #2 Exponential Conversations - Merritt Moore

    Today's conversation is with a future superstar discussing how she programmes robots and dances ballet with them. Growing up Merritt Moore was inspired by her elders who taught her the passion of understanding what makes the world tick, through the sciences and the stars.

    A hat-trick achiever, Merritt is a Quantum Physicist and Ballerina, delving into the astronaut sector. An accomplished ballet dancer, she programmed robots to dance alongside her in Instagram videos that have since yielded up to 15 million views. Merritt is currently pursuing a career as an astronaut. She has been cited in Forbes 30 under 30, in a children's storybook and has featured in TIME and Vogue. She explores the future of A.I./ machine learning, specifically with dance, and welcomes all forms of collaboration fusing dance, physics and tech.

    • 25 min
    #1 Exponential Conversations - Rafael Brown

    #1 Exponential Conversations - Rafael Brown

    Listen to the latest episode of Exponential Conversations in a discussion with Rafael Brown and Mic Mann on The Future of music concerts in VR & Gaming. 

    A great migration into virtual worlds is taking place at warp speed. Now is the time for you to explore and discover the opportunities and potential that lie ahead. Virtual and augmented reality tech is the next evolution in computing and is set to disrupt current computing. 

    Featuring: Rafael Brown is a veteran game designer having worked in the games industry for the past 25 years. He has worked across the range of PC, Console, and Mobile for game studios. He now is the CEO of gaming development company Symbol Zero, where they combined forces with Roblox, Ctrl-Alt-Create, and House of Moves, to deliver a virtual concert for global music artist, Lil NasX, that attracted more than 33 million views in 2020. Rafael makes VR games, worlds, and experiences with immersion, emergence, narrative & online platforms.

    Join the conversation. Don't miss out!

    • 29 min
    #16 2021, The Year of Crypto & NFTs

    #16 2021, The Year of Crypto & NFTs

    We are excited to launch Season 3 of Exponential Africa Live, kicking off on the future of Bitcoin and Crypto. Will 2021 be the year of mass global adoption in the crypto and Bitcoin space. Already we are seeing large organisations like Tesla, Square and BNP Melon get involved and more to follow.

    Featuring:

    Mic Mann: Host, SUSA Co-Ceo
    Henri Arslanian: PWC Global Crypto Leader
    Tanya Knowles: SingularityU SA Faculty, BM Adhara
    Farzam Ehsani: CEO and Co-Founder VALR

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #15 Investing in Disruptive Innovation

    #15 Investing in Disruptive Innovation

    This conversation will focus on Investing in Disruptive Innovation, technologies that are on an exponential growth curve and are going to ultimately change the way we live in the future. 

    Featuring 

    Catherine Wood, Founder & CEO of ARK Invest.
    With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalisations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centred around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology.

    Andile Ngcaba: Founding Partner & Chairman Convergence Partners.
    Andile is a South African businessman. He is chairman, founder and majority shareholder of investment group Convergence Partners. Andile is involved in significant new communications infrastructure projects across Africa including - Seacom (the first undersea fibre optic cable system serving Africa’s East Coast). The first private-sector satellite in Africa (Intelsat New Dawn) which was launched on 22 April 2011, a joint venture to bring high capacity, long-haul terrestrial fibre to South Africa (FibreCo) and recently a new joint venture with Google to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Paul Pagnato, Founder & CEO of PagnatoKarp.
    Paul is Co-Chairman and Chief Visionary Officer at Cresset and Founder at PagnatoKarp, a top multi-family office and private wealth management firm, with over $9 billion assets under management. Paul is a Barron’s and Forbes top advisor with more than 27 years of industry leadership, ranked #1 in Virginia on Forbes Top Wealth Advisors and #2 in Virginia on Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors lists. Paul began his career as a microbiologist working collaboratively with NASA and McDonnell Douglas to search for life in outer space.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #14 Let's Talk About Space, Baby

    #14 Let's Talk About Space, Baby

    Let's Talk About SPACE, Baby!  The allure of the unknown intrigues us as human beings, and we want to adventure and discover new frontiers. The future of spaceflight will lead us to off-planet vacations and eventually humans on mars.

    Join the conversation focusing on the various innovations and advances in the space ecosystem and what we can look forward to in the future from manufacturing, to travel, to self-preservation.

    Featuring:
    Mic Mann: Host, SUSA Co-Ceo
    Ruvimbo Samanga: Founder at AgriSpace & Policy Analyst at Space in Africa
    Jason Dunn: Co-Founder Made In Space
    Adriana Marais: Founder Proudly Human, SUSA Faculty Quantum Physics & Space

    • 1 hr 9 min

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