24 episodes

Challenging our beliefs for a brighter future. Dare to rethink how we live and think in today's society?

Together with brilliant minds across the world, we are connecting the dots between philosophy, technology, society, science and progressive thought.

Hosted by Tech Philosopher Maria Selting, who truly believes that all progress in society starts with asking the question “why?”. She is on a mission to challenge the way we think and live in today's society, to co-create a brighter future.

Ready to get unboxed? Tune in!

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Unbox Your World Maria Selting

    • Society & Culture

Challenging our beliefs for a brighter future. Dare to rethink how we live and think in today's society?

Together with brilliant minds across the world, we are connecting the dots between philosophy, technology, society, science and progressive thought.

Hosted by Tech Philosopher Maria Selting, who truly believes that all progress in society starts with asking the question “why?”. She is on a mission to challenge the way we think and live in today's society, to co-create a brighter future.

Ready to get unboxed? Tune in!

Book Maria for a talk: https://www.phuturist.se/talks

    Four approaches to navigate ethics in AI & business

    Four approaches to navigate ethics in AI & business

    New disruptions and technological advancements always lead to new ethical dilemmas and uncertainties.



    In the past year, we've seen an explosion of technological advancements, and hence, new ethical discussions have become a hot topic.



    Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie is an Ethics Manager and Philosopher who helps companies think better and make wiser decisions.



    During this episode, Ben guides us through four approaches to ethics that can help your decision-making process.



    There are no easy answers to ethics, but if we approach situations from different moral perspectives, we can increase the likelihood of making the right decision.



    In this episode, you'll learn:


    The basic principles of four ancient moral philosophies
    How businesses can use these approaches to ethics to guide their decisions
    How companies may think when approaching new AI tools



    ___Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie is a Philosopher partnering with the organisation Philosophy at Work – who deliver workshops and talks to organisations on topics such as Curiosity, Critical Thinking and Navigating Change, practicing philosophical thought techniques to help people “think better, do better”. He is also an author and his first novel Furze: Sweethearts and Swan Songs was published in Nov-21. Lastly, he is an Ethics Manager at the FTSE100 Aerospace and Defence firm BAE Systems.

    • 48 min
    The plant who could rule the world

    The plant who could rule the world

    What if we let a plant rule the world? 



    It is, in fact, already possible. 



    In this episode, we discover Herbie, a plant that has been given autonomy through the power of AI to make its own decisions based on its own health. Herbie can decide to invest in things like replanting a forest or protecting wetlands. 



    Mark Bünger is the co-founder and CTO of Futurity Systems, who has built Herbie as part of the 'Plantiverse' project. 



    In this episode, you’ll learn: 


    How a plant can be given autonomy to rule the world
    How the project could be scaled to large ecosystems, like Antarctica or rainforests
    How a piece of land could sue the government 
    What a future of 'non-humans' ruling the world could look like

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    About the the guest Mark Bünger

    Mark is co-founder and CTO of Futurity Systems an observatory for deeptech: science-driven technologies that will have disruptive impacts on industry, such as synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, private spaceflight, or quantum computing. His clients include venture capitalists, product developers, and R&D teams at more than 150 of the world’s largest companies.

    • 32 min
    Five nature-inspired ways to navigate the AI disruption

    Five nature-inspired ways to navigate the AI disruption

    The word artificial in artificial intelligence, is the polar opposite of nature's natural intelligence. What if we could find some answers on how to navigate the AI disruption in nature itself?



    In today's solo episode, we'll dive into five ways to navigate the AI disruption, drawing inspiration from nature's intelligence itself.



    We'll discuss:


    AI from an Anti-Fragility Point of View
    AI from the Lens of Parenthood
    AI Ethics from a Biological Evolutionary Perspective
    AI from an Ecosystem Point of View
    AI from a Religious Point of View

    Happy to heard your thoughts and ideas for future episodes. For more content or to book a talk, go to phuturist.se. Talk to you in the next episode!

    • 21 min
    AI through the lens of parenting?

    AI through the lens of parenting?

    In today's episode, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone to share my own thoughts in a solo podcast format. In this debut episode, we'll explore AI through the lens of parenting. I wrote an article a few years ago about how we don't truly understand the potential of what we can become, until we've already become. The current AI boom is no different.

    In the recent AI safety discussions, I've come to think of parallels between AI creation and parenting. Who's responsible for ensuring well-behaved children, or creations? Just as parents shape their kids, creators shape AI, but to what extent? These are the topics we'll dive into today.



    We'll discuss:


    The Parenting Analogy. Most would agree that parents are responsible for their children's actions until they grow up - but to what extent?
    The Transition to Adulthood. When does this responsibility end? Is it at age 18 or does it extend further? The choice to become a parent is sometimes not planned, but with AI, creators have a conscious decision. Control is another factor; you can't choose your children, but you can design your own AI. Lastly, we'll dive into accountability—should AI creators bear the burden of every action taken by their creations?
    The Ripple Effect. A single invention or child can lead to paradigm shifts. Inventions always have unforeseen side effects. Should scientists bear responsibility for these ripple effects, even if they can't predict them?
    Societal Responsibility. Like parenting, laws regulate certain aspects, rights, and obligations. As we debate AI regulations and solutions, do we need a similar infrastructure for AI as with parents?
    Reflections and Conclusion. Just like in parenting, AI creators birth new entities into the world, and we can't predict their potential until they've evolved. We cannot know the answers, but we can spark essential questions.

    I'd love to hear your reflections on this episode and whether you enjoyed this format. If you did, and if you would like to reach out to me or book a talk, visit phuturist.se/talks. Stay curious and keep questioning. See you in the next episode!

    • 17 min
    Finding Answers to Human Challenges in Outer Space?

    Finding Answers to Human Challenges in Outer Space?

    Finding Answers to Human Challenges in Outer Space?In this episode, we go on a cosmic journey with the space entrepreneur Mattias Hansson, CEO and Founder of I.S.A.A.C International Space Asset Acceleration Company AB, who is passionate about finding answers to some of our most pressing earthly challenges through insights from the space industry. Join us as we dive into the intriguing world of space exploration and its unexpected lessons for life on our planet.

    You'll learn: 


    Why Space Entrepreneurship? First things first, our guest Mattias Hansson shares his personal journey into the world of space entrepreneurship. Discover what drove him to reach for the stars and explore the cosmos.
    Circularity Lessons from Space. Explore the unexpected concept of circularity in the context of the space industry. Mattias explains how we can learn from space missions to create more sustainable and regenerative systems right here on Earth.
    Leadership Insights from Space. Uncover the leadership lessons that can be learned from the space industry and whether they can be applied to solve global challenges like climate change. Explore the dynamics of smaller, tight-knit space teams and their potential for addressing pressing matters.
    Making an Impact through Space. As we wrap up, Mattias offers advice to those who aspire to make a meaningful impact on Earth by harnessing the power of space technology. Learn how you can get involved and be part of the solution.

    Whether you're a space enthusiast or space research critic, this episode opens up some fresh new perspectives on the possibilities for humanity that lie beyond our atmosphere.

    • 35 min
    The Paradox of Decentralization and Governance

    The Paradox of Decentralization and Governance

    In today's episode, we're interviewing the crypto-professional Ludvig Öberg, co-founder of Safello and the Swedish Bitcoin Association, currently developing an open-source blockchain at ChromaWay. In other words, he is a true blockchain expert. He has recently pioneered one of the first theses on management controls within so-called Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, which are members-driven organizations powered by Blockchain technologies.



    Blockchain technologies have opened new possibilities for how we organize ourselves. In the past, it has been challenging to maintain control in decentralized organizations as the number of members grows, however, blockchain technologies enable control in decentralized organizations at scale through so-called smart contracts, voting rights, ownership through tokens etc. This way, we can avoid the "tragedy of the commons" as members feel invested with clear owner rights and responsibilities.



    However, is it really possible to maintain a decentralized organization at scale? How do you maintain management controls in large Decentralized Autonomous Organizations as they grow? Is it even possible to avoid corporate governance, or is it an inevitable must?



    In today's episode you'll learn:


    What is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization
    What are some common management control systems
    The findings from his research studying different types of DAOs

    Tune in to learn more!

    • 46 min

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