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A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

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A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

    Whatever happened to the idea of geoengineering the planet?

    Whatever happened to the idea of geoengineering the planet?

    Geoengineering is the deliberate manipulation of nature to lessen or reverse the impacts of global warming. Even its supporters concede it’s risky. A decade ago, the controversial technology was talked about as a “necessary evil” in the fight against climate change – a matter of when, not if. However, despite the continued heating of the planet, no large scale testing has yet been attempted. In this program we ask why? And where to from here?

    • 29 min
    “Reengineering Humanity” and the Arctic Code Vault

    “Reengineering Humanity” and the Arctic Code Vault

    The late Stephen Hawking famously warned that Artificial Intelligence might someday become so clever as to supersede humans. But academic and author, Brett Frischmann, has a different fear. He argues that human beings are starting to act like machines. That they’re being groomed to become more robotic in their behaviour and interactions. Also, why is the software development company GitHub interested in an old abandoned mineshaft in the very north of Scandinavia?

    • 29 min
    Just-In-Time or Just-In-Case economy?

    Just-In-Time or Just-In-Case economy?

    A little known management theory called Just-In-Time was originally devised to make supply chains in the Japanese car industry more efficient. In the second decade of the 21st century it underpins all economic and organisational activity right across the globe

    But a growing number of economists and business management experts believe the Just-In-Time philosophy has reduced the resilience of industry and influenced the casualisation of employment. And in a time of coronavirus, they argue, it now threatens our future economic and social wellbeing.

    • 29 min
    Building greater efficiency into construction

    Building greater efficiency into construction

    The global cement industry accounts for somewhere between five to eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s vital for construction, but can it be made less harmful to the environment?

    In this program we explore a series of material innovations and building techniques designed to make the construction industry part of the solution to global warming, not just one of its causes.

    • 29 min
    Military spending rises as disarmament treaties falter

    Military spending rises as disarmament treaties falter

    Australia’s decision to increase defence spending is hardly unique. Global military expenditure in 2019 reached a new high at US$1.9 trillion. Experts warn of an increased risk of military miscalculation.

    Just as concerning, they say, has been the breakdown of traditional arms reduction and containment treaties. The biggest of them NewSTART is due for renewal early next year, but there are concerns a second term for President Trump could derail the agreement.

    • 29 min
    Artificial cities - from futuristic urban dreams to ghost towns

    Artificial cities - from futuristic urban dreams to ghost towns

    When it’s completed the futuristic city of Neom will sit in the Saudi Arabian desert, a US$500 billion dollar metropolis, thirty times larger than New York.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman believes the project will transform his kingdom into the innovation centre of the world, but critics say it risks further widening inequality and dividing the country in two.

    Also, what’s to become of China’s “ghost cities”? Built for future expansion, they now haunt the urban landscape.

    • 29 min

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Mapping the Future

This show tackles a new concept about the future every week.

Whether it’s the future of corruption in politics, innovation in the business world, new sources of energy, transportation, robotics or communication, this show maps it out in fascinating detail. Great guests, great production.

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Gameification on!

I've been listening to Future Tense on RN & Radio Australia since 2009 and what won me over early on was a show on the Future of Conferences. Events need to evolve and this particular show was a show and tell of what can work well if we do things differently. Future Tense helps listeners become future fit. Gameification on!

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