37 episodes

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://julianbleecker.com

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Near Future Laboratory Podcast Julian Bleecker

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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://julianbleecker.com

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

    N°37 — Life On Mars with Camille MacRae

    N°37 — Life On Mars with Camille MacRae

    This episode of the Near Future Laboratory is an after action report with Camille MacRae about her experience of life on Mars.

    Mars College is an educational program, R&D lab, and off-grid residential community dedicated to cultivating a low-cost, high-tech lifestyle, and Camille spent 3 months there in the desert earlier this year and took a few minutes to share her experience.

    You can read more about Mars over at https://mars.college

    And more about Camille here: https://camillemakes.work/Information

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    If you're interested in working with us, it's easy. Just visit https://nearfuturelaboratory.com or email send me an email via https://julianbleecker.com

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    Julian




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    • 24 min
    N°36 — Andrew Dana Hudson Post Normal Fiction

    N°36 — Andrew Dana Hudson Post Normal Fiction

    Andrew Dana Hudson is an speculative fiction writer, researcher, futurist who's novel 'Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures' was just published. We get into a range of topics around ways of imagining possible futures, particularly around wicked and super-wicked problems where there are often no clear solutions, something he works through in 'Our Shared Storm'.

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    • 59 min
    N°35 — General Seminar 20 "METALABELS WTF!?"

    N°35 — General Seminar 20 "METALABELS WTF!?"

    This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — a digest of General Seminar 20 which was on the topic of "METALABELS". So this episode consists of excerpts from that seminar, along with some commentary for context. Thanks to all the wonderful participants from that session!

    Some links mentioned:

    https://www.thecut.com/2022/02/a-vibe-shift-is-coming.html

    https://newsletters.theatlantic.com/galaxy-brain/620d5303dc551a0020870079/i-found-the-tech-angle-on-the-vibe-shift/

    If you dig this topic, you'll probably dig the Near Future Laboratory Discord community. Contact me at about joining the Near Future Laboratory in there.

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    Want to find out more about General Seminar? Looking to bring General Seminar into your team or organization to help flex your imagination muscle and be a better futures thinker? Get in touch! https://generalseminar.com

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    • 27 min
    N°34 — Genevieve Bell from Cybernetics to Meta(verse)

    N°34 — Genevieve Bell from Cybernetics to Meta(verse)

    My guest Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, AO FAHA FTSE is an Australian anthropologist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technological development. She taught Anthropology at Stanford before being recruited to Intel in 1998 to build out their social-science research program in their advanced R&D labs. There, Bell and colleagues helped orient Intel to a more market-inspired and experience-driven approach, establishing Intel's UX competency and, indeed, introducing the viability of UX research within high technology. Together with Paul Dourish, she wrote the book 'Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing', an exploration of the social and cultural components of ubiquitous computing. In 2017 she returned to Australia, appointed as Entrepreneurial Fellow and distinguished professor at Australian National University's College of Engineering and Computer Science where she directs the School of Cybernetics and the Autonomy, Agency & Assurance Institute.

    In our conversation I refer to her recent paper in the MIT Technology Review, 'The metaverse is a new word for an old idea'

    I mention this short documentary “You’ve Never Been Completely Honest” by Joey Izzo. (Trigger warnings apply — read the interview with Izzo before watching to figure out if you really want to watch it.)

    Genevieve mentions an audio recording of Gregory Bateson called "Versailles to Cybernetics" and a recording Stewart Brand made with Bateson and Margaret Meade that is in a kind of annotated transcript here: "For God's Sake Margaret!"

    "Cybernetic Serendipity" is the exhibition she mentions curated by Jasia Reichardt.

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    N°33 - Special Bulletin on the NFT Marketplace with Michelle Kasprzak

    N°33 - Special Bulletin on the NFT Marketplace with Michelle Kasprzak

    Please support this podcast over on Patreon! You can also support me by rating and writing a review over on Apple Podcasts. Thanks!

    This is a Special Bulletin from the Near Future Laboratory on a report that Michelle Kasprzak shared in our NFLPRO Discord that was commissioned and funded by by the Government of Canada, specifically Canadian Heritage. Titled "Decrypting the Medium: A Report on the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Marketplace", it's a cogent, steady-handed look at the NFT Marketplace that I found insightful and refreshingly balanced. When I read it I thought it would be of general interest to the wider audience, particularly for folks who are curious enough about vanguard cultural phenomenons to not become super partisan. It's also fascinating to learn more about how the Canadian Government is educating itself as pertains NFTs and cultural production.

    On the heels of that report is an essay that Michelle wrote and also shared in the NFLPRO Discord titled "Ethical Engagement with NFTs — Impossibility or Viable Aspiration" which couples nicely with the more academic report previously mentioned.

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    Michelle Kasprzak

    OCADU

    Super Ordinary Lab




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    • 29 min
    N°32 — Yancey Strickler & METALABEL

    N°32 — Yancey Strickler & METALABEL

    Originally I wanted to have Yancey Strickler as a guest to discuss his book This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, after I read it last spring. A year has passed since I thought it would be fun to have Yancey on and in that time he created something called Metalabel, and that was equally interesting and maybe more so because I've been actively working on various social architectures to facilitate groups and teams whose purpose is creative action, creating culture, groups and teams that translate ideas into material form. And, somehow, from what I heard and read, Metalabel sounds like it is doing something similar. So, this is what we focused on — futuristic kinds of arrangements of creative cultures.

    Because this topic is so curious and intriguing and evocative and still at the edge of making sense, I deployed a General Seminar on the topic for Wednesday April 20th at 3pm PDT, General Seminar N°20 - Metalabel WTF Join me and 16 others to work through the question and discuss this idea of the 'Metalabel.'

    Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He’s the cofounder of Kickstarter, cofounder of Metalabel, cofounder of the artist resource The Creative Independent, creator of Bentoism, creator of The Ideaspace, and the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World.

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EmC2022 ,

Inspiration & Future Smart

Love Julian and his take on design/tech/future. I became familiar with his work when I watched his talks at the D school at Stanford. He's a brilliant (and humble) human and anyone interested in design should have a listen.

AspiringFuturist ,

Highly recommended

Julian has a calm, self-effacing style as an interviewer which lends a casualness to these conversations that is rare in podcasting. It creates a sense that as a listener you are simply sitting in on a chat between friends — friends who happen to be deep experts with wide ranging interests and experiences. I recommend the latest episode with Genevieve Bell in particular. Enjoy.

vanderwal ,

I’m not Guilty About the Pleasure this Podcast Gives

The Near Future Lab Podcast is one of the few podcasts that continually sparks my brain and brings conversations from a community I miss back within reach. This podcast has moved in to my three don’t miss podcasts of the week.

Julian interviews people that are and have been at the front edges of design, technology, and often includes design fiction as a common thread.

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