7 episodes

The future isn’t random. It’s the result of the choices that we make now. We’ll be talking about technologies and industries that will define the next decade and beyond.

Join our host Cristina Quinn, a science and technology reporter, as she dives into everything from Minecraft to cyber warfare.

You can wait for the future to happen to you or engage with it right now and ahead of the curve on .future— a branded podcast from Microsoft, produced in partnership with Gimlet Creative.

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    • 4.6, 86 Ratings

The future isn’t random. It’s the result of the choices that we make now. We’ll be talking about technologies and industries that will define the next decade and beyond.

Join our host Cristina Quinn, a science and technology reporter, as she dives into everything from Minecraft to cyber warfare.

You can wait for the future to happen to you or engage with it right now and ahead of the curve on .future— a branded podcast from Microsoft, produced in partnership with Gimlet Creative.

    Work in the .future

    Work in the .future

    In the final episode of this season of .future, we hear how our jobs continue to evolve in the modern workplace. Many of us still spend 40 plus hours in a physical office, but the internet and new digital communication tools  are changing how we collaborate and communicate.
    This story brings you voices that explore work philosophies of the past, job practices of the present, and the digital office spaces of the future.
    Show Notes:

    You can check out Ram Devineni’s filmography at his IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3128813/

    This episode features:

    Ram Devineni — Documentarian
    Anton Andrews — Director of Office Envisioning, Microsoft
    Ben Waber — CEO of Humanyze
    Janice Marturano—Founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership

    • 21 min
    Design For All

    Design For All

    Inclusive design is a widely-used concept in the design world. The idea is that when you create products, you actively choose to design that product for everyone. 
    This is particularly important for technology companies like Microsoft. As more and more of our lives become digital, we rely on tech for our livelihoods, our social lives, keeping in touch with our families… everything.
    But unlike in the physical world, where buildings with stairs instead of elevators might pre-date our current understanding of inclusivity, new technology has no excuse. And that’s the choice we’re talking about today. The choice to widen your world, and design from a perspective that allows everyone to participate.
    You can check-out Angela Glover Blackwell’s piece on The Curb-Cut Effect here: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_curb_cut_effect

    This episode features:
    Dan Formosa  —  Designer and Consultant 
    Angela Glover Blackwell  —  Founder of PolicyLink
    Jenny Lay-Flurrie  —  Chief Accessibility officer at Microsoft
    Sean Marihugh  —  Escalation Engineer at Microsoft 
    Crystal Jones  — Escalation Engineer at Microsoft
    Erin Williams  —  Senior Supportability Program Manager at Microsoft 

    • 19 min
    Minecraft: Beyond Just Building

    Minecraft: Beyond Just Building

    With over 122 million copies sold, Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games of all time. Minecraft’s game play is designed to be completely open-ended. Now, people are using the game itself as a tool to change the world around them.
    This episode brings you stories of how people around the world have used Minecraft to reinvent themselves, help others heal, say goodbye to a loved one, and empower their communities.
    Show Notes Learn more about the Block by Block Foundation at https://blockbyblock.org/. You can also download the “My Mother’s House” Minecraft Map at http://www.thecommonpeople.tv/.
    This episode features:Lydia Winters  — Brand Director at Mojang, formerly known as MinecraftChickJosh Wulf  — creator of MCT1 and founder of Magikcraft.ioVictoria Bennett  — poet and co-author of “My Mother’s House” Trupti Amritwar — Chief Executive Officer at Mumbai Environment and Social Network

    • 28 min
    Gaming the System

    Gaming the System

    Last year, the gaming industry made roughly $90 billion in sales worldwide. That’s more than double what movies made at the box office last year.
    And here’s why that comparison to Hollywood is relevant. Because, like with films, the most popular video games are HUGE. They have great graphics, popular characters, and the franchises keep getting repeated over and over again. Unfortunately, blockbuster games and movies can be as thin on diversity as they are on plot. 
    In this episode, we’re talking about The Moonlights and Napoleon Dynamites— the indie games that are breaking out, changing paradigms, and making a case for independence in gaming.

    This episode features:

    Navid Khonsari — Co-Founder of iNK Stories
    Larry Hyrb —  Xbox’s Major Nelson
    Rik Eberhardt — Studio Manager at MIT Game Lab
    Mia Consalvo —  The Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University 
    Sherida Halatoe —  Found of Tiger & Squid Game Studio
    Karla Zimonja —  Co-Founder of The Fullbright Company
    Katie Stone Perez —  Developer Experience Lead at Xbox

    • 24 min
    My Data, My Health, My Self

    My Data, My Health, My Self

    We’re constantly collecting data about our health with brand new tools and methods. But how does this new data affect us individually and globally?
    From a mindful cyborg to the creator of a smart tampon,  we meet those who are collecting and analyzing health data with brand new technology. This episode explores how data may be the key in solving health problems all around the world. 
    This episode features:
    Chris Dancy — the World’s Most Connected Man/Mindful Cyborg
    Gary Wolf — journalist and curator of Quantified Self
    Ethan Jackson — Lead Researcher for Microsoft’s Project Premonition
    Ridhi Tariyal — CEO of NextGen Jan
    Ziad Sankari — founder of CardioDiagnostics

    • 23 min
    Securing a Digital Battlefield

    Securing a Digital Battlefield

    In this episode, we examine a new battlefield: the cloud. The information we store in the cloud makes it especially vulnerable to attack. So, what it takes to create a safeguard against bad actors? We explore how a digital Geneva Convention could be the solution.
    You can wait for the future to happen to you or engage with it right now and ahead of the curve on .future — a branded podcast from Microsoft, produced in partnership with Gimlet Creative.
    This episode features:
    Steven Petrow — a journalist who writes about digital life
    Scott Charney — a security expert at Microsoft
    Cyrus Farivar — editor at Ars Technica

    Brad Smith — Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer
    Heidi Tworek — professor who writes about the history of media and technology

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Dave DooM ,

Love it

Awesome podcast with cool information about what the future will be like and how work will be conducted—I hope it comes back soon!

roboren73 ,

Excellent

This is such a great series! It’s branded but doesn’t feel branded and that’s why I love it. And it’s so professional and full of great info. It’s presented in a way that is engaging and always relevant.

NOW WHERE DID IT GO?? Come back!!! Please!!!!!’

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