86 episodes

The FUTURES Podcast explores the multitude of possible tomorrows.

Meet the scientists, technologists, artists and philosophers working to imagine the sorts of developments that might dramatically alter what it means to be human.

Hosted by Luke Robert Mason.

FUTURES Podcast Luke Robert Mason

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

The FUTURES Podcast explores the multitude of possible tomorrows.

Meet the scientists, technologists, artists and philosophers working to imagine the sorts of developments that might dramatically alter what it means to be human.

Hosted by Luke Robert Mason.

    Why Tech Needs Feminism w/ Dr. Eleanor Drage & Dr. Kerry McInerney

    Why Tech Needs Feminism w/ Dr. Eleanor Drage & Dr. Kerry McInerney

    Senior Research Fellows Dr. Eleanor Drage and Dr. Kerry McInerney share their insights on how artificial intelligence will impact society, using a feminist lens to rethink innovation and the importance of language in shaping our understanding of ‘good’ technology.
    Dr Eleanor Drage is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She teaches AI Professionals about AI ethics at Cambridge and presents widely on the topic. She specialises in using feminist ideas to make AI better and safer for everyone. She is currently building the world's first free and open access tool that helps companies meet the EU AI act's obligations. Eleanor is also an expert on women writers of speculative and science fiction from 1666 to the present - An Experience of the Impossible: The Planetary Humanism of European Women’s Science Fiction.

    Dr Kerry McInerney (née Mackereth) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, where she co-leads a project on how AI is impacting international relations. Aside from The Good Robot, Kerry is the co-editor of the collection Feminist AI: Critical Perspectives on Algorithms, Data, and Intelligent Machines (2023, Oxford University Press) and the co-author of the forthcoming book Reprogram: Why Big Tech is Broken and How Feminism Can Fix It (2026, Princeton University Press).
    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience for an event in partnership with SPACE4.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 50 min
    A Right to Cognitive Liberty w/ Prof. Nita Farahany

    A Right to Cognitive Liberty w/ Prof. Nita Farahany

    Legal scholar Nita Farahany shares her insights into protecting our privacy through the right to cognitive liberty, how neuro-technology can enhance our understanding of mental health, and why the public should demand self-access to their brain data.
    Nita Farahany is Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School, Director of Science & Society, and Faculty Chair of the MA in Bioethics & Society Policy. Since 2010, she has served on Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, is one of the co-founding editors-in-chief of Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and serves on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society. She received an AB from Dartmouth College, an MA, PhD, and JD from Duke University, and an ALM from Harvard University.
    Bonus episode recorded in-person at The Royal Society Neural Interfaces Summit in September 2023.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 26 min
    Human Rights & Robot Wrongs w/ Dr. Susie Alegre

    Human Rights & Robot Wrongs w/ Dr. Susie Alegre

    Human rights lawyer Dr. Susie Alegre shares her insights into the threat artificial intelligence poses to human creativity, the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in safeguarding freedom of thought, and applying existing laws to regulate the development and deployment of emerging technologies.
    Dr. Susie Alegre is a leading international human rights lawyer and Associate at Garden Court Chambers. She has been a legal pioneer in digital human rights, in particular the impact of artificial intelligence on the human rights of freedom of thought and opinion. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton, and a Senior Fellow at CIGI.
    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience for an event in partnership with Engage Works.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 31 min
    Reclaiming Tech w/ Jeremy Gilbert, Alex Williams & Alison Winch

    Reclaiming Tech w/ Jeremy Gilbert, Alex Williams & Alison Winch

    Cultural  & Political Theorists Jeremy Gilbert, Alex Williams & Alison Winch share their insights on the societal impacts of technological innovation, the hegemonic power of the Silicon Valley tech billionaires, and re-engineering digital platforms for democratic purposes.
    Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural & Political Theory at the University of East London. He is the author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism, Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics and Twenty-First Century Socialism. He writes regularly in the British press, is the current editor of the journal New Formations, and hosts three regular podcasts: #ACFM (on Novara Media); Love is the Message; Culture, Power, Politics.
    Alex Williams is a political theorist and lecturer in digital media and society currently based at the University of East Anglia. His writings include Political Hegemony and Social Complexity, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (with Nick Srnicek), as well as numerous articles on the future of left politics and contemporary formations of digital power.

    Alison Winch is a Lecturer in Promotional Media at Goldsmiths. She researches intimacy, power and sexual politics in a branded media culture. Her books include The New Patriarchs of Digital Capitalism: Celebrity Tech Founders and Networks of Power (Routledge 2021), which is co-authored with Ben Little. Her monograph Girlfriends and Postfeminist Sisterhood (Palgrave, 2013) looks at how the affect of friendship is harnessed in a media culture.
    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience for an event in partnership with SPACE4 & Housmans Bookshop.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 48 min
    Engineering a Better Future w/ Dr. Shini Somara

    Engineering a Better Future w/ Dr. Shini Somara

    Mechanical Engineer Shini Somara shares her thoughts on why we need impactful storytelling in science communication, how diversity drives innovation in STEM, and why imagination is key to understanding new technologies.
    Dr. Shini Somara is a Mechanical Engineer specialising in Computational Fluid Dynamics and an award-winning media broadcaster. She deep dives into all topics on science, technology and innovation to deliver easily accessible and relatable pearls of wisdom for all ages and abilities. Shini speaks to audiences on TV, radio, XR/VR and live events. She has published 7 young persons STEM books and runs a podcast for Women in STEM called eSTEAMd Women. As a TEDx Speaker and mentor to MEng/PhDs at Imperial College in London - Shini is passionate about making science & technology accessible to all, especially amongst under-represented groups in engineering and innovation.
    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience for an event in partnership with Engage Works.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 33 min
    Blockchain Radicals w/ Joshua Dávila

    Blockchain Radicals w/ Joshua Dávila

    Blockchain Socialist Joshua Dávila shares his insights on using blockchain technology to challenge capitalism, why we should take a techno-probabalistic approach to crypto, and how to build a more equitable and decentralised world.
    Joshua Dávila has been working in the blockchain space for the past five years in Europe and has been anonymously moonlighting as the one behind The Blockchain Socialist blog and podcast. He is also the co-director of the upcoming documentary Crypto Futures which explores the alternative economic imaginaries of the crypto ecosystem that the mainstream media doesn’t cover.
    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience for an event in partnership with SPACE4 & Housmans Bookshop.
    ABOUT THE HOST
    Luke Robert Mason is a British-born futures theorist who is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theories and technological developments.
    He hosts documentaries for Futurism, and has contributed to BBC Radio, BBC One, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard and Wired Magazine.
    CREDITS
    Producer & Host: Luke Robert Mason
    Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FUTURESPodcast
    Follow Luke Robert Mason on Twitter at @LukeRobertMason
    Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://futurespodcast.net

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Allen Saakyan ,

One of my fav podcasts

Luke is so awesome, guests are epic, exceptional content!!

A19273 ,

Luke Is an elite-level interviewer

This podcast deserves much more attention. Great work, Luke!

Flavius_Belisarius ,

Fantastic Topic

Having known Luke for a while ago, his enthusiasm for what the future may hold is truly inspiring. Seeing him talk to the builders, creators, and seekers that are working on the frontier is something I’m not surprised to see – a masterful production all-in-all. Highly recommend!

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