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Hello, welcome to the Future of You podcast. Here we’re going to investigate and analyse all the ways emerging technologies are going to affect our identity. We used to argue about whether personal identity was in the mind or in the body; But now that psychology of the self and the biology of self has been joined by a third dimension - the technology of the self. In a digital, data-driven world, Facebook gets a say in verifying who we are, medical science can alter our genetic make-up, and AI will help us create our digital twin - just how many identities do we need in the multiverse? How is 21st Century technology changing who we are? I set out to research exactly that, when I wrote my book The Future of You. That turned out to be only the start of my journey into our changing identity in a digital world. And I thought rather than continue to research this on my own, I could invite you along too. I’m Tracey Follows, I’m a futurist and founder of Futuremade, the futures consultancy, and I’ve helped brands and businesses like Virgin, Google, Diageo and Farfetch spot trends, develop strategic foresight and fully prepare for what comes next. And I believe identity is the defining issue of our generation. So every fortnight I’ll be releasing new episodes, featuring panels of experts as we delve into topics such as how we use media to express our selves, the emergence of the extreme self, transhumanism and the augmented self; anonymity, genetics, biometrics, mind clones, and the digital afterlife - these are just some of the innovations, and controversies, we’ll cover. Join the community, buy the book at thefutureofyou.co.uk or connect with me on twitter at @traceyfutures. Please come with me on this journey to explore identity in the digital world, as we investigate the future of me, and the future of you.

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Hello, welcome to the Future of You podcast. Here we’re going to investigate and analyse all the ways emerging technologies are going to affect our identity. We used to argue about whether personal identity was in the mind or in the body; But now that psychology of the self and the biology of self has been joined by a third dimension - the technology of the self. In a digital, data-driven world, Facebook gets a say in verifying who we are, medical science can alter our genetic make-up, and AI will help us create our digital twin - just how many identities do we need in the multiverse? How is 21st Century technology changing who we are? I set out to research exactly that, when I wrote my book The Future of You. That turned out to be only the start of my journey into our changing identity in a digital world. And I thought rather than continue to research this on my own, I could invite you along too. I’m Tracey Follows, I’m a futurist and founder of Futuremade, the futures consultancy, and I’ve helped brands and businesses like Virgin, Google, Diageo and Farfetch spot trends, develop strategic foresight and fully prepare for what comes next. And I believe identity is the defining issue of our generation. So every fortnight I’ll be releasing new episodes, featuring panels of experts as we delve into topics such as how we use media to express our selves, the emergence of the extreme self, transhumanism and the augmented self; anonymity, genetics, biometrics, mind clones, and the digital afterlife - these are just some of the innovations, and controversies, we’ll cover. Join the community, buy the book at thefutureofyou.co.uk or connect with me on twitter at @traceyfutures. Please come with me on this journey to explore identity in the digital world, as we investigate the future of me, and the future of you.

    AI, Religion and Identity #12

    AI, Religion and Identity #12

    Today, I'm joined by Prof. Dr. Beth Singler, Assistant Professor in Digital Religion(s) at the University of Zurich and Rev. Dr. Joshua K. Smith, Pastor and Theologian, to discuss digital religion, and our spiritual identity online.
    This episode of The Future of You covers:
    The trends in digital religionHow people are developing communities and ideas about technology onlineHow AI shapes and molds what we are doing spiritually. Our perspective bias at the dawn of a new millenniumAnthropomorphism of AIWhether AI can help us become better moral beingsCorporatist agency, personal agency, and AI politiciansThe ongoing outsourcing of our own decision making to AINihilism, apocalypticism, and the reemergence of the Satanic and occult aesthetic. The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
    Links and references at: www.traceyfollows.com

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    The Self, Security and the Surveillance State #11

    The Self, Security and the Surveillance State #11

    Today, I'm joined by Rogier Creemers, Assistant Professor in China Studies at Leiden University, and the Co-editor of Law and the Party in China: Ideology and Organisation and by Josh Chin of the China Bureau at the Wall Street Journal, who is also the co-author with Lisa Lin of the new book, Surveillance State, China's quest to launch a new era of social control.
    This episode of The Future of You covers:
    The macro context, discussing the geopolitical economic and trade situationTechnology transfer, highlighting the issues over semiconductors, and China's ambition to play a bigger role in the global economy and technology. Mass surveillance at a personal and even biological level of Chinese citizens, predominantly, but not exclusively, by the Uyghurs. The social credit system, and both the Chinese and Western understandings and perhaps misunderstandings of that. The Supreme People's Court blacklist systemThe regulation of algorithmsThe nature of authoritarianism versus personal autonomy. Why Chinese culture contains no such notion of autonomyThe Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
    Links and references at: www.traceyfollows.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Cryonics with Dr Max More #10

    Cryonics with Dr Max More #10

    Do we need a new criteria for death, that covers the technicalities around neuro preservation, issues of legal identity upon reanimation and an approach to rehabilitation? What are the misunderstandings or misinformation that surround transhumanism and endeavour to make the distinction between transhumanism and technocracy? Should we be worried about the wrong headedness of The Population Bomb, climate catastrophism and the fashionability of long termism? 
    Today, I speak with Max More. As some of you may already know, Max is considered to be the founder of modern transhumanism, a philosopher and futurist who writes extensively on technology and humanity. He's also currently ambassador and President Emeritus at Alcor Life Extension Foundation, having served almost 10 years as President and CEO there, and having been its 67th member. His 1995 University of Southern California doctoral dissertation, 'The diachronic self identity continuity and transformation', examined several issues that concern transhumanists, including the nature of death. He is the Co-editor of Rhe Transhumanist Reader, and he's written many articles on transhumanism and extropianism, including the 1990 essay, 'Transhumanism: toward a futurist philosophy', in which he introduced the term transhumanism, in its modern sense. 


    This episode of The Future of You covers:
    A definition of cryonicsChanging definitions of deathThe process of cryogenic freezing Memory loss and personalityConsent and cryonic preservationWhat happens to identity after death and cryopreservation?Rights on reanimationShould world leaders be preserved for the good of their citizens?Attitudes to cryopreservation around the worldShould we be thinking about the end of life at birth?Why isn’t cryonics favourably received by the media?TranshumanismThe future of states and capitalismThe problem of shrinking populationsLong termism and utilitarianismEnvironmentalismIs a misunderstanding of transhumanism really just mischief?www.alcor.org
    The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
    Links and references at: www.traceyfollows.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Robot Rights and Relationships #9

    Robot Rights and Relationships #9

    What is the origin of the word robot? Who makes the definitions of these words robots, avatars, nanobots, etc? Who gets to define them? How do we decide? Is there a new social category that's emerging, and should see non biological intelligences through the lens of our own social interaction?
    Do avatars as representations of the self need the same rights as humans, and importantly, should there be distinctions around the governance of virtual worlds versus physical worlds? What do we need from our relationships with this new set of beings in the future?
    Today, I speak with Dr Julie Carpenter, research fellow in the Ethics and Emerging Science Group at California Polytechnic State University, and Dr David Gunkel, Professor of Media Studies at Northern Illinois University. Dr Carpenter’s primary research goal is to investigate human-technology emotional attachment and trust issues, looking at the ways in which embodied AI offers a testing ground for media, communication and cultural theories. She is currently writing her latest book, The Naked Android. Dr Gunkel’s work focuses on the philosophy of technology and emerging ethics relating to AI, robots and algorithms. He has published twelve influential and award-winning books including How To Survive a Robot Invasion, The Machine Question, Gaming The System, and Robot Rights. His latest book is called Deconstruction and is part of MIT's Essential Knowledge Series. 


    This episode of The Future of You covers:
    The origin of robots and who defines themThe person-thing dichotomy in legal and social categoriesAvatar rights and responsibilitiesThe governance of virtual spacesEmotional valence of non-human personalitiesHow to engage the public in thinking about the rights and relationships of robots
    The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
    Links and references at: www.traceyfollows.com

    • 53 min
    Digital Identity & Death with Dr Patrick Stokes and Dr Elaine Kasket #8

    Digital Identity & Death with Dr Patrick Stokes and Dr Elaine Kasket #8

    Millions of profiles of the dead haunt the internet. What do we do with all these digital souls? Can we simply delete them? Or do they have a right to persist? What does it mean for the self now that digital technologies are transforming the notion of legacy, and in the future, how you will persist beyond your own death?
    Today, I speak with Patrick Stokes, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His work sits at the intersections of the continental and analytic traditions with research interests that include personal identity, narrative selfhood, and philosophy of religion. I'm also joined by Elaine Kasket, counselling psychologist, a speaker and author with a BA Honours in Journalism and Psychology. 
    This episode of The Future of You covers:
    Whether we can and should attempt to manage our online legacies after death.How deep fake and AI generated material using the deceased will impact our understanding of history.The death of nostalgia and technology’s enthusiasm for the music of the past.Will the truth be replaced with the telically possible?Who controls our digital afterlife?The therapeutic possibilities of digitally reanimating the dead.The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?: www.amazon.co.uk/Future-You-Identity-21st-Century-Technology-ebook/dp/B08XBN4GBB
    Links and references at: www.traceyfollows.com

    • 57 min
    "The Future of You" Season 2 - Coming Soon

    "The Future of You" Season 2 - Coming Soon

    During the second season of The Future of You podcast, I’m taking a detailed look at who we are and how the technology we use every day is shaping who we are becoming. It’s clearer than ever that the biology of the self and the psychology of the self has now been joined by a third dimension….the technology of the self. 
    I’m Tracey Follows, futurist and founder of Futuremade, the futures consultancy. Join me as I speak with professors and philosophers, futurists and technologists to discover more about how emerging technologies are impacting our identity, and what we might want to do about it.
    I’ll be releasing new episodes every fortnight, focussing on topics such as digital death, robot rights, avatars and virtual beings, cryogenics, the extreme self, the Web3 economy of the self and so much more. 
    Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the first episode when it’s released in a few week’s time.
     Until then remember you can buy my book “The Future of You” at thefutureofyou.co.uk, sign up to the newsletter there or connect with me on twitter at @traceyfutures.
    Let’s continue our journey into identity in the digital world and explore what’s ahead for the future of me and…the future of you.

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