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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 45 Ratings

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

    Disappearing cookies and a shortage of chips

    Disappearing cookies and a shortage of chips

    Google has affirmed its decision to ban all third-party cookies from its popular Chrome browser by the end of 2023. Cookies have long under-pinned the business model for online marketing. Some analysts are predicting a “cookiepocalypse”.  But others say that’s hard to swallow. Also, the world is currently facing a global shortage of computer chips. We examine why that’s occurred and when the blockage is likely to shift.

    • 29 min
    Planning for a problematic future

    Planning for a problematic future

    We all know the value of planning, but in a complex, complicated and often confounding world it can be difficult knowing how to start. Scenario Planning is planning tool for uncertain situations - find out what it entails and how it might benefit organisations and businesses.

    • 29 min
    The atomisation of religious belief

    The atomisation of religious belief

    The big traditional religions of the world are losing followers, but not just, as is commonly thought, to atheism and secularism. Religion as such won't die any time soon because human beings are “hard-wired” to believe in the religious and the supernatural. Some analysts say the world is experiencing a shift toward individualistic spiritual expression, including a return to paganism.

    • 29 min
    Should we really aim for sustainable development?

    Should we really aim for sustainable development?

    The terms “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are now so commonplace as to be meaningless – according to the sceptics. Worse still, a focus on sustainability, they say, can actually mask the very real problems we have in dealing with climate change and managing the world’s diminishing resources.

    • 29 min
    The Metaverse – turning life into one big online experience

    The Metaverse – turning life into one big online experience

    Facebook’s CEO has spoken about changing the social media platform into a “metaverse” company and he’s pledged billions to the cause. The metaverse is a term Silicon Valley uses for the next stage of the internet: a world in which all activities are conducted in an immersive Virtual Reality environment. But would Zoom-weary humans want to live in such a world? And is it really just a cover for surveillance capitalism?

    • 29 min
    Big tech’s big challenge

    Big tech’s big challenge

    New legislation aimed at curbing the power and influence of the big technology companies has been drawn up in both the United States and Europe. While in China, the government has already implemented sweeping changes to the way Chinese technology companies can operate in the PRC and beyond. So, have we now entered a new age of tech regulation?

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 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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