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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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    • 4.5 • 42 Ratings

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

    Cycling into the future; and turning the gig economy back into a sharing economy

    Cycling into the future; and turning the gig economy back into a sharing economy

    It’s easy to forget that the “gig economy” was once universally referred to as the “sharing economy”. So what went wrong and is it possible to bring back that original promise of flexibility, autonomy and respect?

    Also, building a genuine cycling culture - the Dutch example. And how to make voice recognition technology better at understanding the voices of children.

    • 29 min
    Urban pandemic – isolation and inequality

    Urban pandemic – isolation and inequality

    Speculation about the future of the city centre started as soon as the world began locking down for COVID-19. Much of it has been focussed on the economics of “working from home”, but what have we learnt about urban isolation and inequality from this time of pandemic?

    • 29 min
    The elusive edge of Innovation

    The elusive edge of Innovation

    Are entrepreneurs the great innovators we’re told they are? What if the ideal of the lone genius is simply a myth? Innovation is a buzz term that’s become so over-used as to be almost meaningless. It’s time to be more innovative in our understanding of innovation.

    • 29 min
    Bringing greater clarity to the laws of space

    Bringing greater clarity to the laws of space

    Commercial and military interest in space is growing exponentially. More and more countries and companies are keen to make money from space-related activities. They are also keen to protect their interests. There are internationally agreed rules regulating activity in space, but there’s also conjecture and confusion about how and when they should be applied. In this episode we look at efforts to better map what is, and is not, permissible in the world above our sky.

    • 29 min
    Wave energy and artificial photosynthesis: the tech that takes time

    Wave energy and artificial photosynthesis: the tech that takes time

    Australia has long been at the forefront of wave-energy development, but the industry has struggled to find its place in the world of renewables. Can it ever hope to compete with solar Also, Cambridge University’s Erwin Reisner on global efforts to replicate the energy producing power of plants.

    • 29 min
    Seawater greenhouses; the “insect apocalypse”; and zero carbon flight

    Seawater greenhouses; the “insect apocalypse”; and zero carbon flight

    Imagine greenhouses that produce food using just sunshine and sea-water. In Australia and Africa they’re already a reality. We talk to one of the pioneers of the concept. Also, the latest research on the so-called “insect apocalypse”. And, the new aviation prize open to any enterprising spirit able to cross the Atlantic in a plane powered entirely by renewable energy.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Jack_McCoy ,

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.

Jon AM ,

I was furious listening to this

Wow, an episode about the future of entrepreneurship and innovation which featured no entrepreneurs or innovators.

Be sure to check out the next Episode, “The future of space travel”, featuring interviews with a house painter and a bottle of laundry detergent.

Well done.

Ron Mader ,

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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