21 episodes

I’m Misha da Vinci. Welcome to The grftf podcast!

Grftf stands for get ready for the future. Right now, that’s something we all have to do.

Humans have always dealt with change, but what’s happening in the 21st century is unprecedented. Our work, lives, relationships, even our brains and how we think are being completely transformed. If we’re going to succeed, we have to keep up.

On this podcast, I’ll be having in-depth conversations with leading technologists, startup founders, futurists, scientists, psychologists, wellbeing experts, and other top thinkers. And I will get answers to the questions we all have.

So, join me. Listen, subscribe, and follow on our YouTube channel and wherever you get your podcasts.

Let’s get ready for the future!

The grftf Podcast Misha da Vinci

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I’m Misha da Vinci. Welcome to The grftf podcast!

Grftf stands for get ready for the future. Right now, that’s something we all have to do.

Humans have always dealt with change, but what’s happening in the 21st century is unprecedented. Our work, lives, relationships, even our brains and how we think are being completely transformed. If we’re going to succeed, we have to keep up.

On this podcast, I’ll be having in-depth conversations with leading technologists, startup founders, futurists, scientists, psychologists, wellbeing experts, and other top thinkers. And I will get answers to the questions we all have.

So, join me. Listen, subscribe, and follow on our YouTube channel and wherever you get your podcasts.

Let’s get ready for the future!

    Ep 20 | The Future Unveiled: The grftf Podcast Season Finale

    Ep 20 | The Future Unveiled: The grftf Podcast Season Finale

    In the season finale of The grftf Podcast, host Misha da Vinci reflects on her insightful discussions with a diverse set of guests including brilliant authors, genius technologists, neuroscientists, policy experts and other leading thinkers. This episode provides a recap of the most impactful moments, covering a wide range of topics from neurotechnology, the evolution of AI, the ethics of big tech, AI policy, and privacy rights, to dark matter and the multiverse, and much more. Misha's journey from a human potential coach to a tech thinker and influencer highlights the crucial relationship between humans and technology in shaping the future. The episode emphasizes the importance of understanding and mastering our relationship with technology, aiming to make technology our servant, not our master. As the season concludes, Misha teases the next season's focus on solutions to current technological and societal problems and the potential of neuroscience in personal development.
     
    00:00 Season Finale: Reflecting on a Journey of Discovery
    01:09 Embracing Technology: The New Frontier of Human Potential
    01:34 The grftf Podcast: A Beacon for the Future
    02:06 Exploring the Neural Interface: The Future of Interaction with Nita Farahany
    04:38 The Plurality of Futures: A Conversation with Tracey Follows
    05:49 Containing Big Tech: Insights from Tom Kemp
    08:19 The Allure of the Multiverse: A Dive into Physics with Paul Halpern
    11:02 AI's Trajectory and Big Tech's Dominance: A Discussion with Amba Kak
    14:22 Demanding Privacy Accountability: Daniel Solove's Perspective
    19:43 The Optimistic Future: Rohit Bhargava's Vision
    21:32 The Cognitive Age: John Nosta on AI and Human Thought
    23:35 Smart Cities: Balancing Technology and Humanity with John Lorinc
    25:48 Dr. Jennifer Sciubba on Demography in the 21st century, Preparing for an Aging Society & Workforce Resilience
    28:00 The Impact of VR on Cultural Appreciation and Empathy with Alvin Wang Graylin
    30:00 Navigating the Data-Driven World with Wendy Wong
    32:19 The Rise of AI in the Workplace: An Investigative Look with Hilke Schellmann
    35:34 Meditation and Creativity with Will Cady
    41:56 The Neuroscience of You with Chantel Prat
    44:46 Innovative Education with Ana Lorena Fabrega
    46:03 Techno-Social Engineering and the Future with Brett Frischmann
    48:26 Season Recap and Looking Ahead to Season Two 
     
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist and founder of grftf, a tech & media brand that is focused on preparing humanity for the future.
    Connect with Misha:
    Newsletter: https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@mishadavinci

    • 48 min
    Ep 19 | Will Humans Become Machines in the Future? — Professor Brett Frischmann

    Ep 19 | Will Humans Become Machines in the Future? — Professor Brett Frischmann

    In this episode, Misha and Professor Brett Frischmann discuss how technology is re-engineering humanity. They cover a wide range of topics including the current techno-social landscape, how techno-social engineering works, the Human Focused Turing Test, how user interface design decisions shape what we want and what we think we want, why engineering the world for happiness is a bad idea, how to detect if you’re becoming a machine, and more.
    “This episode will change everything you think you know about yourself.” 
     
    00:00 Rethinking the Turing Test: A New Perspective
    02:51 Introducing Brett Frischmann
    06:08 Brett's Diverse Academic Journey
    20:19 The Human Impact of Techno-Social Engineering
    25:05 Reverse Turing Test: Evaluating Human & Machine Similarities
    28:11 The Dangers and Potentials of Techno-Social Engineering
    37:18 Challenging the Notion of Engineered Happiness
    47:53 The Role of Technology in Shaping Human Preferences
    51:13 Understanding Nudging in the Digital Age
    53:20 The Influence of Digital Environments on Behavior
    54:22 The Pitfalls of E-Contracting and Digital Agreements
    56:33 The Evolution of Contract Law in the Digital Age
    59:03 The Power Dynamics of Digital Contracting
    01:00:05 Reconfiguring Society Through Techno-Social Systems
    01:00:32 Challenging the Dominance of Big Tech
    01:02:43 The Role of Large Language Models in Shaping Humanity
    01:09:19 The Importance of Commons in a Techno-Social World
    01:25:38 Building a Future: Governance, Commons, and Technological Balance
    01:40:02 Final Thoughts and Future Directions
     
    Connect with Professor Brett Frischmann
    The book: Re-Engineering Humanity Home | Re-Engineering Humanity (reengineeringhumanity.com)
    TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/SgbC3hmhHAU?si=WyoneUU5zY8WgoKn
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrettFrischmann
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-frischmann-2592a616/
     
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist & tech writer. She is the founder of grftf, a tech & media brand that is focused on getting humanity ready for the future.
    Connect with Misha
    The grftf Newsletter (a free life-changing newsletter): https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@mishadavinci
     

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Ep 18 | Rethinking Education, Lessons to Unlearn, Become a Generalist, & More — Ana Lorena Fábrega

    Ep 18 | Rethinking Education, Lessons to Unlearn, Become a Generalist, & More — Ana Lorena Fábrega

    This is a super cool and thought-provoking episode about new approaches to education. Misha da Vinci and edupreneur Ana Lorena Fábrega explore ways to transform schools so that students cultivate real-world skills, learn resilience and how to embrace challenges, and are prepared for an unpredictable future. They discuss how adults can keep learning no matter their age, especially given the need to adapt to the fast-changing world. They advocate for becoming generalists, leveraging technology wisely, and prioritizing lifelong learning. Ana's experiences visiting alternative schools worldwide shed light on practical methods for encouraging individuality and original thought and aim to inspire a shift towards more adaptive and enriching learning environments.
     
    00:43 Introducing the grftf Podcast with Misha da Vinci
    01:11 Meet Ana Lorena Fábrega: A Journey from Traditional Educator to Edupreneur
    12:57 The Synthesis School: Revolutionizing Education
    22:44 The Future of Education: Blending Traditional and Innovative Approaches
    33:53 Unlearning to Succeed: Lessons for Adults
    39:31 The Power of Embracing Failure
    40:31 Unlearning the Need to Fit In
    42:36 Rethinking Instruction: Fostering Initiative and Curiosity
    44:35 Navigating the Future: The Importance of Questioning and Adaptability
    46:30 The Dangers of Social Media and Technology on Young Minds
    57:11 Embracing Generalism in the Age of AI
    01:07:38 The Journey of Lifelong Learning and Curiosity
    01:08:53 Exploring Alternative Education Models
     
    Connect with Ana
    Website: https://afabrega.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@AnaLorenaFabregaMsFab
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/anafabrega11
    Get Ana's book The Learning Game: https://tr.ee/hCnrT6YZ4g
     
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist & tech writer. She is the founder of grftf, a tech & media brand that is focused on getting humanity ready for the future.
    Connect with Misha
    The grftf Newsletter (a free life-changing newsletter): https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    YouTube: ⁠http://www.youtube.com/@mishadavinci⁠
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 17 | Your Unique Brain, Adapting to Exponential Change, Fostering Curiosity, & More — Cognitive Neuroscientist Chantel Prat

    Ep 17 | Your Unique Brain, Adapting to Exponential Change, Fostering Curiosity, & More — Cognitive Neuroscientist Chantel Prat

    Misha and cognitive neuroscientist Chantel Prat explore the brain's plasticity, the impact of experiences (both real and imagined), and the importance of individual cognitive differences in adapting to an AI-dominated future. The episode emphasizes the need to understand our brains, foster curiosity, and maintain a strong sense of self. The discussion also touches on practical advice for future readiness, including mindful consumption of information and self-knowledge training to leverage personal learning styles. With an eye towards personal growth, this conversation underscores the dynamic nature of individual development, advocating for a mindset of adaptability and continuous personal evolution in navigating the challenges of the 21st century.
     
    01:49 Meet Chantel Prat: A Journey into Cognitive Neuroscience
    02:45 Understanding Our Brains: The Key to Navigating the Future
    02:59 The Human Brain vs. Technology: A Fascinating Comparison
    05:25 The Impact of Fiction and Reality on Our Brains
    07:16 Personal Insights: Chantel Prat's Life and Motivations
    10:44 Exploring Consciousness and the Limits of Artificial Intelligence
    22:54 The Brain's Role in Shaping Our Reality and Beliefs
    36:38 The Dangers of Digital Echo Chambers and Brainwashing
    40:10 Taking Control: Understanding and Protecting Our Brains
    42:55 Exploring the Human Brain's Quest for Success
    44:12 The Influence of Technology and Information on Success
    44:43 Understanding Brain Hijacking and Control
    45:20 Reclaiming Personal Definitions of Success
    45:58 Political Influence on Personal Beliefs and Success
    47:28 The Power of Identity and Learning in Shaping Success
    49:27 Diving Deep into Focus: Automatic vs. Controlled Attention
    56:54 The Importance of Adaptability in an Exponentially Changing World
    01:02:25 Harnessing the Power of Curiosity for Learning and Adaptation
    01:07:12 Fostering Curiosity: A Key to Navigating Change
    01:18:22 Building Effective Teams with Diverse Brains and Perspectives
    01:23:19 Future-Proofing Ourselves: Responsible Information Consumption
    Connect with Chantel Prat
    Website: https://www.chantelprat.com/
    Get The Neuroscience of You https://www.chantelprat.com/book.html
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chantel-prat-a5296b4
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/chantelpratphd
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist & tech writer. She is the founder of grftf, a tech & media brand that is focused on getting humanity ready for the future.
    Connect with Misha
    The grftf Newsletter (a free life-changing newsletter): https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/
     

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Ep 16 | Unlock Your Potential, Master AI, & Be Ready for the Future - Misha da Vinci

    Ep 16 | Unlock Your Potential, Master AI, & Be Ready for the Future - Misha da Vinci

    In this episode, host Misha da Vinci answers listener questions about technology, creativity, and prepping for the future. She emphasizes being adaptable, innovative, and entrepreneurial in a world rapidly changed by technology. Misha gives her insights on the impact of AI, deepfakes, and the loss of trust online, & she highlights the need for countermeasures. She also talks about the importance of a broad education, understanding technology, and maintaining a moral compass while wielding the power that come from mastery of tech. The ep ends with a positive outlook that emphasizes optimism and creativity as tools for navigating and shaping the future.
    01:22 Why Another Podcast? The Unique Mission of The grftf Podcast
    02:53 Decoding the Podcasts Name: Why is it pronounced grift?
    03:55 AI's Impact: Are We Doomed or Is There Hope?
    07:24 Deep Fakes: Navigating the New Age of Digital Deception
    11:49 What Should Young People Study?
    The OpenAI study that was mentioned: Occupational Heterogeneity in Exposure to Generative AI https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4414065
    19:11 Book Recommendations to Prepare for the Future
    Get the book READ WRITE OWN by Chris Dixon https://readwriteown.com/
    21:15 A Day in the Life of Misha da Vinci: Balancing Work and Passion
    23:48 Essential Advice for Living in 2024: Adaptability, Creativity, and Optimism
    Listen, subscribe, and follow on our YouTube channel and wherever you get your podcasts. Let's get ready for the future!
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist, tech thinker, and writer.
    Connect with Misha
    The grftf Newsletter (a free life-changing newsletter): https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/
     

    • 29 min
    Ep 15 | Creativity, Mastering AI, & Staying Human in the Age of Machines — Will Cady

    Ep 15 | Creativity, Mastering AI, & Staying Human in the Age of Machines — Will Cady

    Host Misha da Vinci engages in a profound conversation with Will Cady, Reddit's global brand ambassador, about the essence and necessity of creativity in the rapidly evolving future. The discussion delves into Cady's multifaceted role as a musician, marketer, mystic, author, and meditation teacher, underlining his approach to enhancing human creativity and decision-making in personal and professional realms. They cover practical steps to tap into one's creative self, the integration of AI in the creative process, and the importance of maintaining a human-centric approach in the digital age. The episode is enriched with a guided meditation exercise led by Cady, aimed at fostering listener's creativity and readiness for future challenges.
    00:00 Introduction to Creativity and Meditation
    00:30 Welcome to The grftf Podcast: A Dive into Creativity
    01:00 Exploring Creativity with Will Cady
    01:34 Will Cady's Multifaceted Journey: From Music to Meditation
    02:50 Embracing Multiple Identities and Staying True to Oneself
    04:46 The Power of Context in Shaping Identity
    06:11 Will Cady's Roots: Growing Up in a Countercultural Household
    07:57 Navigating the Sameness of the Internet Era
    08:58 Creativity as a Counter to Digital Overload
    25:47 The Human Element in Creativity and Mistakes
    29:23 Harnessing Technology as Scaffolding for Human Potential
    32:22 Exploring the Depths of Creativity and Spatial Design
    32:45 The Power of Creativity: From Books to Emotional Landscapes
    34:56 Harnessing Creativity and the Role of Technology
    37:00 A Guided Meditation to Unlock Creative Potential
    44:22 Creativity in the Workplace: A New Approach to Wellness
    47:21 The Magic of Collective Creativity and Meditation
    53:37 Navigating the Future with AI and Creativity
    58:58 Extended Reality and Immersive Experiences: A New Frontier
    01:01:24 Simple Practices to Enhance Creativity and Connection
    01:03:24 Looking Ahead: Personal Journeys and Creative Adventures
     
    Connect with Will Cady
    Get the book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/731274/which-way-is-north-by-will-cady/
    Will's website: https://www.will-cady.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willcady
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willcady
     
    Listen, subscribe, and follow on our YouTube channel and wherever you get your podcasts. Let's get ready for the future!
    Misha da Vinci is a futurologist, tech thinker, and writer.
    Connect with Misha
    The GRFTF Newsletter (a free life-changing newsletter): https://mishadavinci.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mishadavinci
    Website: https://www.mishadavinci.com/
     

    • 1 hr 6 min

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