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The Near Future Laboratory Podcast is conversations at the vanguard of design, technology, futures, and culture, hosted by Julian Bleecker — founder of the Near Future Laboratory.

https://nearfuturelaboratory.com
https://julianbleecker.com

Support this podcast at https://www.patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory

Near Future Laboratory Podcast Julian Bleecker

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

The Near Future Laboratory Podcast is conversations at the vanguard of design, technology, futures, and culture, hosted by Julian Bleecker — founder of the Near Future Laboratory.

https://nearfuturelaboratory.com
https://julianbleecker.com

Support this podcast at https://www.patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory

    N°088 - Dave Gray School of the Possible

    N°088 - Dave Gray School of the Possible

    A discussion with Dave Gray about our experiences creating communities that foster human connection, imagination, and possibility. We share our own approaches to building new kinds of ways of organizing human potential where people can explore ideas and practice creatively.

    "What if school was a place where we could test our theories by creating prototypes, proposals, and provocations; where experiments were encouraged, where people could play, practice, and prepare for life and work?"

    https://schoolofthepossible.com



    See all of my podcasts over on https://nearfuturelaboratory.com/



    Also, please support the podcast over on patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. Becoming a patron gets you access to the Near Future Laboratory Discord, and discounts on SuperSeminar.

    Please also rate the podcast and write a review!



    Thank you!



    Julian

    • 57 min
    N°087 - Taryn O'Neil & Tamara Krinsky

    N°087 - Taryn O'Neil & Tamara Krinsky

    Taryn O'Neil and Tamara Krinsky are the creative force behind ⁠Scirens⁠, a creative team working at the intersection of science & storytelling, creative entertainment that encourages curiosity and imaginative thinking to shape a new vision for a rapidly changing world.

    They recently produced the trailer for Arizona State University's Center for ⁠Science and the Imagination⁠'s ⁠Climate Action Almanac⁠.

    You can see the trailer, called The Assignment over on Youtube.

    Thank you to all my patrons who support this podcast and the work amongst the Near Future Laboratory's Discord community. Please consider supporting this work by becoming a Patron over at ⁠patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory⁠.

    If you're interested in the work we do and how we do it, you will find some useful references and tools over at ⁠https://shop.nearfuturelaboratory.com⁠

    https://scirens.com/

    https://www.climatealmanac.org/

    https://csi.asu.edu/

    • 27 min
    N°086 - What's for Breakfast In An AI Future Part 2

    N°086 - What's for Breakfast In An AI Future Part 2

    This is a digest of the 3PM session of General Seminar Season 05 Episode 01 where we discuss possible futures in which AI is as normal, ordinary, and everyday as wheels on luggage and televisions we talk to.

    General Seminar is Near Future Laboratory's platform for sense-making in which we excavate artifacts from possible futures rather than make predictions and prognostications. This is the Design Fiction approach to imagining into possible futures.

    To learn more about General Seminar sign up for the Near Future Laboratory's newsletter at ⁠https://nearfuturelaboratory.com⁠ and see past General Seminars at ⁠https://generalseminar.com

    • 19 min
    N°085 - What's for Breakfast In An AI Future Part 1

    N°085 - What's for Breakfast In An AI Future Part 1

    This is a digest of the 10AM session of General Seminar Season 05 Episode 01 where we discuss possible futures in which AI is as normal, ordinary, and everyday as wheels on luggage and televisions we talk to.

    General Seminar is Near Future Laboratory's platform for sense-making in which we excavate artifacts from possible futures rather than make predictions and prognostications. This is the Design Fiction approach to imagining into possible futures.

    To learn more about General Seminar sign up for the Near Future Laboratory's newsletter at https://nearfuturelaboratory.com and see past General Seminars at https://generalseminar.com

    • 50 min
    N°084 - EMERGENCY BROADCAST! THRILLING WONDER STORIES

    N°084 - EMERGENCY BROADCAST! THRILLING WONDER STORIES

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round for an electrifying journey through the cerebral and speculative realm of "Thrilling Wonder Stories." Listen as we regale you with a tale of imagination, innovation, and intellectual wonder. Our narrative unfolds through a dazzling array of discussions, exploring the intersection of technology, science, and the arts. From the organic to the artificial, from the accidental to the meticulously planned, our speakers weave a tapestry of ideas that challenge the boundaries of reality and fiction. Venture with us into discussions that span the history of consciousness, the marvels of special effects in film, the complexities of artificial intelligence, and the speculative frontiers of science fiction. This transcript is not just a record; it's a gateway to exploring the future's potential, the mysteries of the universe, and the uncharted territories of human creativity. Dive into a world where the wonders of tomorrow are discussed today, where imagination is the currency, and the possibilities are as boundless as the stars. Welcome to "Thrilling Wonder Stories," where every word is a step into the future!



    With Liam Young, Matt Jones, Julian Bleecker, Bruce Sterling, and Kevin Slavin



    https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory

    https://shop.nearfuturelaboratory.com

    • 1 hr 43 min
    N°083 - Ruth Guerra's Got Social Media Game

    N°083 - Ruth Guerra's Got Social Media Game

    In this episode, I chat with the fun, creative, thoughtful Ruth Guerra, a design researcher with a knack for amplifying the questions about design, creativity, research and futures through a wonderful social media presence. We dive into her journey from a theater undergrad to mastering future design, where she champions participatory design with a twist. Ruth shares her passion for storytelling, not just any storytelling, but the kind that shapes our future. She's also getting busy hosting innovative workshops to help people get a sense of how design research and design fiction legible to normal humans. So buckle up, we're exploring how design, values, and a sprinkle of theater can make the world a more engaging place. Spoiler alert: there are no spoilers in here even though we talk for a moment about 'Leave the World Behind.' This is a fun one that just might have you thinking about joining the Near Future Laboratory Discord and supporting this podcast over on patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory



    Check out Ruth's Linktree: ⁠https://linktr.ee/ridguerra⁠

    And definitely her Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/ridguerra⁠



    Check out the episode's sponsored book, Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that came from an adjacent future in which the Sony Walkman failed: https://shop.nearfuturelaboratory.com/products/androids-dream-of-electric-sheep

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Expedition Works ,

Press play, relax, learn

I always try to keep up with what Julian, NFL, and the guests are up to. I have multiple episodes on repeat around futures work, and how we can imagine harder.

Nina7369 ,

A time capsule worth listening to

My go-to podcast for when I need brain juice to feel taken out of what I already know, and to be thrown into a new way of thinking. I eagerly look forward to the new episodes Julian produces - like they are a little audio gift. He never fails to hand pick fascinating speakers that bring insightful knowledge to a vast range of fields. Haven’t been able to find anything similar to the conversations on this channel. 1000/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SHS - Chris G ,

Highly recommend Near Future Laboratory Podcast with Julian Bleecker

Julian’s amazing Near Future Laboratory Podcast is one of my required listens. The NFL podcast covers a wide range of topics from design fiction, to futures studies and futurism in general. I always learn from Julian and his guests and find myself coming back to episodes for morsels of bleeding edge creativity and thinking. High recommend!

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