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

    Rewilding: part two

    Rewilding: part two

    In this edition we examine the natural forces at play in Europe where abandoned farmland is increasingly being reclaimed by wildlife. We also hear about Rewilding in an urban context.

    • 29 min
    Rewilding to safeguard biodiversity

    Rewilding to safeguard biodiversity

    Rewilding is a conservation approach based on the reintroduction of lost animal species to their natural habitats. Its original manifestation was controversial because it centred on apex predators like wolves. But the approach has matured and advocates believe it now has a crucial role to play in securing future biodiversity levels.

    • 29 min
    Is the process of ageing inevitable?

    Is the process of ageing inevitable?

    Some animals, like sea sponges, can live for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. They also never get cancer. Understanding why that’s the case has led scientists to question conventional notions of ageing. The idea that future humans may never grow old now seems theoretically possible.

    • 29 min
    Is dumbness our destiny?

    Is dumbness our destiny?

    Most of us are healthier, wealthier and better educated than ever before. We have greater access to knowledge and expertise than any previous generation. So, why do humans keep doing stupid things? And why is the world awash with conspiracy? Have we already passed “peak intelligence”? And if so, what can we do to ensure a smarter future?

    • 29 min
    When satellites collide…

    When satellites collide…

    There’s been a huge increase in the number of satellites orbiting Earth with private companies and governments planning to launch hundreds more. Near-Earth orbit is already crowded, and the risks posed by space junk are increasing. The consequences could be catastrophic.

    • 29 min
    Teaching AI to fly like a bee

    Teaching AI to fly like a bee

    Scientists in the UK have developed a form of artificial intelligence that mimics the brain functions of a honeybee. The results promise to make drones and other flying craft far more manoeuvrable and crash-proof. Also, the dream of a “female internet”; and why mathematician, Hannah Fry, thinks all technologists should take a Hippocratic oath.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 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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