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Official Spin

Get a jump on the future. ABC's Future Tense -- explores social, cultural, political and economic fault lines arising from rapid change. The weekly half-hour program/podcast takes a critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking. Aimed at people interested in exploring social, cultural, political and economic fault lines arising from rapid change.

Antony Funnel takes arcane topics and makes them into stunning audio features. Case in point is one of my favorites: The algorithm
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Gamification - why shouldn't life be a game?
Emergencies, disasters and the role of digital technology
Looking back at the 2020 summit
A new voice for dying languages
What's left to explore?

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Agnotology: understanding our ignorance - We're all complicit in spreading ignorance. And unless we understand the forces that actively generate ignorance we have little hope of overcoming it.

What future democracy? - Is democracy as we know it doomed? And could there be alternative forms of political representation?

Talking with machines - Voice operated devices and software are popping up everywhere. Is the nature of computer-human interaction changing?

Dynamic pricing - and should AI be granted “legal personhood”? - Algorithms use your data to determine the maximum you as an individual are prepared to pay products and services. And - should Artificial Intelligence be granted legal rights?


Cruising into the future - @cdbisset @RadioNational
9:30 change in the ways ships are propelled ... 10:00 hydrodynamic knowledge has increased ... 15:30 While cruise industry likes to promote its green credentials ...

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus - Does the digital world fall short of what it initially promised?

Lessons from the digital classroom - Digital technology researcher, Neil Selwyn, calls for a more nuanced discussion around the role of technology in the classroom.

The quest for Quantum - Researchers around the globe believe the development of a functioning Quantum computer is now within reach. So what exactly would a quantum computer do and who would use it?


Archaeology and artefacts: current threats, future possibilities - Priceless artefacts are being destroyed on an ‘industrial’ scale in conflict zones like Syria and Iraq. But the good news is that modern archaeology has embraced new technologies that allow for increased accuracy and heightened collaboration.

Virtual Songlines: using new technology to recreate a vanished past - Brett Leavy is a proud indigenous broadcaster and inventor, an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist. He’s also a self-described time-traveller. Since 1997 his vision has been to use modern immersive technologies to recreate the Australia of his ancestors – the continent as it was prior to the arrival of European settlers.

Identity and citizenship - Identity and citizenship have always been malleable social and political constructs. In the 21st century it seems they’re changing again - and in interesting ways

A gamble on the future - Casinos are bigger and flashier than ever before, but as online gambling gathers pace, casino owners are having to adjust; looking to the digital world to capture some of the allure of online games.


Online Comments - a "wicked" problem - Why are online comments a "wicked problem"? And are you to blame?

Geo-engineering: the quick tech fix for climate change - Is there a quick and simple technology fix for global warming?

Food Futures - GOMA Talks - In this panel discussion recorded at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane we examine the realities of 21st century "food culture" and how to ensure future supplies without destroying the environment.

Digital diplomacy - Increasingly diplomats and governments are having to fight battles and defend themselves on social media. However the notion of digital diplomacy involves more than Twitter and Facebook, it's about engaging with communities and 'non-state players'.


Generating innovation through the ideal of the idea - The idea of having an ideas festival is a popular idea indeed. But the idea that they’re universally ideal as a way of fostering creative new ideas is an idea that’s hotly contested.


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Whole-of-Future Tense is available via itunes and Slices-of-Future Tense are also on itunes

Ron's take as heard on Bringing GPS indoors: I've been listening to Future Tense on RN & Radio Australia since 2009 and what won me over early on was a show on the Future of Conferences. Events need to evolve and this particular show was a show and tell of what can work well if we do things differently. Future Tense helps listeners - aka the audience - become future fit. Gameification on!



Technology and Education - Antony Funnell, presenter of RN’sFuture Tense and author of The Future and related nonsense,talks about our relationship with technology and what it means for education.

President Kennedy's topper: Reclaiming agency and why it's important

Recommended Listening

Putting a value on the future - We all know the choices we make today can impact on our future. In this program we explore the complex processes through which we put a value on future developments.

Marina Gorbis: It's not about predicting the future at all. The engine itself and the platform has multiple purposes. The primary purpose is to focus people to think about the future. This is not something that people do on a daily basis. We don't go around and constantly think about, oh, what's going to happen if? A lot of the mission of the institute is to make people future literate, so to create large groups of people that can think about the future as a skill.

The other goal is really to create and facilitate communities around concepts and ideas, so suddenly people realise, well, there's somebody else who's thinking about this issue, or there's somebody else that I can collaborate with in this way, or that's an interesting idea. A lot of times when we finish the so-called game, people want to continue the conversation and they create communities around these ideas. So that's another purpose of it.

I think the other thing that's interesting about it and the reason we want to make these platforms as inclusive as possible, is a lot of times there is a kind of conventional wisdom around ideas, and what we don't get into conversations are outliers, outlying ideas, people who may think very, very differently. And with this kind of open platform you have a better way of capturing those outliers, those different ideas.

Antony Funnell: That's very interesting, isn't it, because on the surface of it it's a crowd-sourcing initiative, so it's about harnessing the wisdom of the crowd. But as you say, you're also interested in those people who aren't following what the crowd will say.

Marina Gorbis: Exactly, and a lot of times when we do analysis of some of the content created during the game, what you want to focus on is not just clusters where there is a lot of concurrence on ideas but there are also people who may be saying something very, very different.

Stray observations
It’s as if they drop the names of the most obscure cutting edge references into a hat and challenge themselves to come up with a listenable exploration.

Background: Radio National is the Australian version of PBS, BBC, RNZ but more evolved. All global public broadcasters are not receiving the love they should.

Buzzword Bingo: Outlier = Uncommon ideas @iftf

Gameification On #rtcities 05.2011

The future of conferences - Future Tense - 14 May 2009 (20090519)