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AI/ML, the blockchain and many other nascent technologies are already affecting peoples’ lives across our planet, yet a discussion as to how these effects play out and whether they produce dystopian or utopian conditions is still largely missing. Where there are discussions about technology and ethics, they mostly come from decisively western ethical traditions and they are often concentrated not on what is good but merely the negative consequences that those technologies might bring and how to avoid the worst. We expect technologies to solve our problems and to catapult us into a future of abundance, improved health and ecosystems flourishing. Yet what those hopes are and how we shall arrive in this world of plenty must be discussed on a global level in order for us to steer the ship and not have the ship float our lives into random and perhaps dystopian waters, determined only by profits. The purpose of this podcast then, is to spur an inclusive discussion with expert thinkers who are underrepresented in today’s discussions about these new technologies and what they can achieve or break in our global societies.

Utopias, Dystopias and Today's Technology Johannes Castner

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AI/ML, the blockchain and many other nascent technologies are already affecting peoples’ lives across our planet, yet a discussion as to how these effects play out and whether they produce dystopian or utopian conditions is still largely missing. Where there are discussions about technology and ethics, they mostly come from decisively western ethical traditions and they are often concentrated not on what is good but merely the negative consequences that those technologies might bring and how to avoid the worst. We expect technologies to solve our problems and to catapult us into a future of abundance, improved health and ecosystems flourishing. Yet what those hopes are and how we shall arrive in this world of plenty must be discussed on a global level in order for us to steer the ship and not have the ship float our lives into random and perhaps dystopian waters, determined only by profits. The purpose of this podcast then, is to spur an inclusive discussion with expert thinkers who are underrepresented in today’s discussions about these new technologies and what they can achieve or break in our global societies.

    AI, ESG and Startups

    AI, ESG and Startups

    Join us in this episode of "Utopias, Dystopias, and Today's Technology" as host Johannes sits down with Christian Lazopoulos, a seasoned expert in the FinTech and ESG sectors. We step into the world of AI, exploring its rise, potential, and the ethical implications that come with it.Is AI on the brink of self-awareness? What does this mean for the rights of AI entities? How is AI reshaping the startup landscape and navigating the ecosystem? We tackle these questions and more, offering a compr...

    • 1 hr 31 min
    'The Artificial Era': Bridging AI, Music, Sustainability, and Societal Impact for the Future.

    'The Artificial Era': Bridging AI, Music, Sustainability, and Societal Impact for the Future.

    In this episode of "Utopias, Dystopias and Today's Technology," host Johannes invites the multifaceted AI expert and celebrated pianist Gissel Velarde for an exploration of AI, music, and society.Starting off with Gissel's journey in the fields of AI and music, the conversation swiftly ventures into the interplay between data science, AI and the art of music creation. The duo contemplates on profound questions concerning AI's role and impact in music, whether it can be considered to have inte...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Coding Nepal's Future: A Unique Blend of High-Tech and Tradition in the Himalayas

    Coding Nepal's Future: A Unique Blend of High-Tech and Tradition in the Himalayas

    Venture with us into the unique conversation nexus of Utopias, Dystopias, and Today's Technology. This episode features the thought leader, Umesh Upadhyaya, Co-founder of HPCNepal, who, along with our host, Johannes Castner, navigates the intersections of high-performance computing (HPC) and the evolving landscape of Nepal.Unfurling Umesh's professional chronicle from the international corridors of UNDP and the International Seabed Authority to fostering an HPC revolution in Nepal, this discu...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    AI's Trajectory: From '80s Beginnings to the GPT Era and Beyond

    AI's Trajectory: From '80s Beginnings to the GPT Era and Beyond

    Join our host Johannes and AI expert Neville Newey as they explore the intricate world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), quantum computing, and consciousness. This compelling discussion ventures into the origins of AI, its evolution from the AI Winter to the AI Spring, and the potential it holds for the future of technology and society. From early programming experiences to cloud computing, the conversation covers the impact of Moore's Law, the rise of language models, and the future of person...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Transforming Finance: Varun Mehta's Work on India's Future in FinTech

    Transforming Finance: Varun Mehta's Work on India's Future in FinTech

    India's FinTech Revolution" is the topic of this week's installment of the 'Utopias, Dystopias and Today's Technology' podcast, facilitated by your host Johannes and featuring guest Varun Mehta.Mehta offers a unique perspective on India's rapidly evolving FinTech environment. The conversation places a sharp focus on India's potential to emerge as a pivotal player in the worldwide FinTech arena, an idea Mehta champions fervently. Aadhaar and Sahamati, the cornerstones of India's advanced data ...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Shaping Work's Future: AI, Gig Economy, & Tech-Driven Transformation

    Shaping Work's Future: AI, Gig Economy, & Tech-Driven Transformation

    Ben Legg, co-founder of the Portfolio Collective and host Johannes discuss the evolving job market and gig economy. They touch upon the role of emerging technologies, such as AI and Blockchain, that are contributing to the reshaping of our professional world.Through their exchange, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and the peer-to-peer economy emerge as new models, offering innovative perspectives on work and employment. Fractional work is given particular attention, an intriguing...

    • 43 min

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