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AI for Medicine

AI for Medicine

December 1, 2020

Thomas Clozel, CEO and co-founder of Owkin, the federated data network startup boosting AI for medicine, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about integrating AI and system biology to enable breakthrough medical moments. They explore how machine learning can be used to augment medical and biological research. In Owkin’s federated learning approach, the data stays put with the owners, but the learning models travel. Theydiscuss the data heterogeneity in healthcare, the need for interoperability, and we touch on hype versus reality.

The takeaway is that AI for medicine is here to stay, it has come far, but has bumped into some fundamental obstacles—interoperability, explainability, privacy, and transparency—that need to be resolved before reaching its full potential. That’s even more important than evolving the base technology to become more efficient. This is why federated learning is such a crucial experiment. Can it work? Will it satisfy everyone? Time will show. AI is not monolithic and neither is medicine. There seems to be many contenders for glory, and there are many puzzles to solve. They won’t all go away this decade. 

After listening to the episode, check out Owkin as well as Thomas Clozel's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

Startup Mentoring in UAE

Startup Mentoring in UAE

November 30, 2020

Wafa Omar, founder of BizWhisper, a startup which is specialized in creative problem solving for entrepreneurs in the MENA region through mentoring, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim.

In this conversation, we talk about startup mentoring in the UAE, in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman, and ostensibly in the MENA region as a whole. We discuss being a female entrepreneur in the Middle East and what the future holds.

My takeaway is that the future of mentoring startups in the UAE, GCV, and MENA region is crucial for growing a healthy, thriving startup ecosystem. Having a home grown mentoring platform that caters to culturally specific mentoring needs is terrific. 

After listening to the episode, check out  as well as Wafa Omar's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of AR

The Future of AR

November 25, 2020

Ori Inbar, Founder of Superventures and also CEO and founder of AugmentedReality.org, the organizer of AWE, the world’s most essential AR/VR conference since 2010, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about community building in the no longer so embryonic AR/VR space, the emergence of spatial computing, the Augmented Reality Expo (AWE). They discuss AR/VR venture capital, exciting and emerging use cases and form factors, market size, mobile AR, and COVID’s impact on remote tech. They explore the world in 2030 and the threats that the world is facing.

The takeaway is that augmented reality has come a long way and is no longer a fringe technology, and the COVID-moment has made progress in the field a global tech priority. As for VR, the community is growing but developing true killer apps will take time. Maybe a good thing, because we are not really ready for what is to come. Will we evolve into a virtual species? Neither Ori nor Trond think so at this point. Ask them in thirty years, though.

After listening to the episode, check out AWE as well as Ori Inbar's online presence:

  • AWE (@ARealityEvent) https://www.awexr.com/
  • Super Ventures (@super_ventures) https://www.superventures.com/
  • Ori Inbar (@comogard) https://www.linkedin.com/in/oriinbar/

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of Peer-to-Peer

The Future of Peer-to-Peer

November 24, 2020

Michel Bauwens, Founder of the P2P Foundation and co-author of Peer-to-Peer: The Commons Manifesto, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, we talked about how the world may have reached a tipping point where the balance between centralized and distributed activity as well as for profit and not for profit activity have overreached its boundaries. In Bauwens’ analysis, historically when this happens, with civilizations such as the Mayans, or the Chinese, a reversal of polarity happens, and society moves into healing mode. The difference this time, is that the system is global, and that we have nowhere else to go. Our challenge now is, whether we are capable of living within planetary boundaries. Bauwens, in this respect, subscribes to a functionalist pulse-wave theory of cyclical change.

My takeaway is that the commons is indeed an interesting seemingly growing sentiment and a reaction to both big capitalism and libertarianism, a third way, if you will. I wrote about this phenomenon in my 2008 book Leadership From Below. Arguably, an increased focus on developing the commons, would help foster a more egalitarian, just and sustainable world. I found Bauwens critique of the crypto-anarchic divide between commoners and libertarians, the latter underlying blockchain quite interesting, as I had earlier perhaps put that effort more in the commons camp than it deserves, because at the surface, they are both about getting rid of the middleman. 

After listening to the episode, check out Michel's most recent book, the P2P Foundation, as well as his social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

 

Future Tech - a preview

Future Tech - a preview

November 23, 2020

In this mini-episode, futurist Trond Undheim briefly discusses his upcoming book Future Tech: How to capture value from disruptive industry trends, to be published by Kogan Page in March 2021. He also reads an excerpt from the book.

Future Tech explains how the four forces of technology, policy, business models and social dynamics work together to create industry disruption and how this understanding can help to predict what is coming next.

The book will be on the syllabus for an upcoming course at Cornell Tech and has already received raving endorsements. 

Check out Future Tech and Trond's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars

The Serendipity of Social Innovation

The Serendipity of Social Innovation

November 20, 2020

Christian Busch, Director, NYU Global Economy Program, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. 

In this conversation, they talk about serendipity, the art and science of creating good luck, and how it is intimately related to future trends in social innovation. By learning to see the events, people or objects that come to us as opportunities for change and for adjusting course, we have the potential to achieve breakthroughs. 

The takeaway is that serendipity is more than chance and isn’t really magical at all. We can all experience serendipitous encounters, we just have to learn to look out for them, that is, unless we are attuned to such opportunities already. The real question is how to systematize it so that whole populations can benefit from the social innovations that typically ensure. For that, you might have to delve deeper into The Serendipity Mindset. 

After listening to the episode, check out The Serendipity Mindset as well as Christian Busch's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

AI for Learning

AI for Learning

November 19, 2020

Futurist David Shrier, Managing Director and co-founder of Esme Learning Solutions. and Associate Fellow at Oxford University, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about what’s next in digital learning innovation. We discuss the challenge of bringing cognitive science to online learning. We explore the effects of real-time feedback on social learning metrics. How to develop critical thinking? How to use AI to solve problems in the world, and how to scale it beyond elite institutions. We explore a future where online learning might be even better than campus learning.

The takeaway is that AI already is becoming an integral learning tool. Startups are increasingly using advanced analytics to transform the learning process with instant, quantifiable feedback. At the same time, AI does have the potential for harm, even on learning outcomes. We need to do it right. We need to make sure AI is used to better learning experiences for all students, not just the elite. 

After listening to the episode, check out Esme Learning Solutions as well as David Shrier's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Urgency of a Social-Emotional Learning Fix

The Urgency of a Social-Emotional Learning Fix

November 17, 2020

Shai Fuxman, Project Director at Education Development Center (EDC), interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about what’s the big deal with social and emotional learning. They cover the tremendous measurable benefits in terms of performance, attendance, and college entry, or even societal savings and economic success. They discuss the trends in education and the pendulum swings between STEM focus and educating the whole person. They discuss the criticism at times leveled against he SEL curriculum for being white centric and what the educational community it’s has done to address this —at times—legitimate criticism. They also discuss EDC’s new program for school districts to revamp their social and emotional learning approach. They briefly discuss education towards the next decade. 

The takeaway is that social and emotional learning is fundamental to academic success and to success in life. Every student deserves to reap its benefits— it in ten years, but now. With COVID-19, shaping the educational experience is both more important and more difficult to execute well. We all have a role to play, private sector, Superintendents, local policy makers on the school committee, parents, teachers, and students. 

After listening to the episode, check out EDC (Education Development Center) as well as Shai Fuxman's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

Living the Future of Work

Living the Future of Work

November 17, 2020

Gary Bolles, Chair for the future of work at Singularity University, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about how organizations try to channel human energy-but still need processes and practices, that can become a distraction. We discuss the concept of exponential tech and the rapid pace of change. We touch on digital distraction devices. We discuss the unbundling of education, the eroding contract between knowledge workers and employees, and indeed the blurring boundaries between learning, work, and leisure. Singularity University, where Bolles is engaged, is a learning platform, which is useful because we are all having to think like a network. To succeed, he says, we need a mind shift. 

The takeaway is that the future of work might already be here for knowledge workers. Some of us feel like we have been living it for decades already. In fact, not much is new for digital workers in the tech industry. The change is more profound for non-tech sectors. In fact, the ground might be eroding but it is definitely not evaporating. Perhaps we should stop talking about the future of work for things that are contemporary? Then again, each person ought experience this differently, and that might be an even bigger challenge for organizations that now need to personalize their response. 

After listening to the episode, check out Singularity University as well as Gary Bolles's online presence:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

Financial Megatrends in the Middle East

Financial Megatrends in the Middle East

November 16, 2020

Biswajit Dasgupta, Chief Investment Officer - Head of Global Markets at Emirates Investment Bank, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about financial and social Megatrends, COVID-19’s impact on the region and the world, geopolitical risk, economic challenges at the start of the decade in the MENA region and beyond, and what that means for the future.

My takeaway is that the future of the Middle East is crucial to the future of everything else. It’s increasingly a gateway region between Europe, Asia, and America. A region fraught with risk, it seems to emerge with a mixed picture—both highly developed and somewhat vulnerable if the post-petroleum transition does not go well. The COVID-adaptions similarly show a mixed picture. A region to watch and engage with.

After listening to the episode, check out Emirates Investment Bank as well as Biswajit Dasgupta's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

 

The Future of Corporate Venturing

The Future of Corporate Venturing

November 12, 2020

James Mawson, CEO and founder of Mawsonia, the publishing company producing Global Corporate Venturing, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, we talk about the current state and the future of corporate venturing, the activity of big corporations who invest in startups in various ways, during and post-COVID-19.

My takeaway is that corporate venturing has emerged as a more and more reliable and impactful asset class, born out of a desire to catch up on innovation but maturing into a significant, positive force for sustainable, high impact innovation, growing through shocks in the economy.

After listening to the episode, check out Global Corporate Venturing as well as James Mawson's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of AI in Government

The Future of AI in Government

November 10, 2020

Lord Clement-Jones, consultant of global law firm DLA Piper, former chair of the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, we talk about emerging regulations for substituting AI for human labor and routine work, regulating big tech, AI for grand societal challenges, data trusts, and UK strengths in AI.

My takeaway is that there are crucial risks and opportunities involved with AI that do need to be resolved this decade, by governments, even though the pace of adoption might not be as steep as some industry visionaries predict. The existing governance frameworks around the world are not enough. He government simply needs a new approach to algorithmic decision making. Data trusts is one piece of the puzzle, not the only approach, but perhaps an important one.

After listening to the episode, check out Lord Clement-Jones' report to Parliament on AI as well as his social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of Royalty

The Future of Royalty

November 9, 2020

H.R.H. Prince Michel de Yougoslavie, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about growing up as a Pan-European royal. We cover his deep interest in art and success with exhibiting his photography. We also touch on trends in family wealth considerations, we discuss his time as a high end real estate broker in Palm Beach, Florida, and he shares his life experience as a royal and the lessons that apply for anybody with a family legacy. At the end we briefly discuss the future role of royalty.

The takeaway is that the future of royalty is going to be interesting to watch. In this day and age of constant frenzy, the timeless aspects of royalty, even as history wrecks kingdoms, provides a context by which to view ourselves in a perspective that values legacy and experience across generations. I’m reminded that, regardless of wealth or stature, families tend to outlast individual destinies.

After listening to the episode, check out Prince Michel de Yougoslavie's art as well as his social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

 

 

How to Invest in Sci-Fi Tech?

How to Invest in Sci-Fi Tech?

November 5, 2020

Adam Draper, Managing Director and co-founder of Boost, the startup accelerator and VC firm, is interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about taking your investment advice from sci-fi movies. Exoskeletons, jet packs, iron man suits, time travel, deep ocean exploration. Which specific sci-fi technologies are coming online in the next decade and which have already?

The takeaway is that Sci-fi Tech is here already, and is shaping our world in thought provoking ways. In fact, we no longer need to watch Westworld, Alien, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Back to The Future, The Matrix, Ex-Machina, or even Ready Player One, in order to experience a sci-fi moment, suffice to glance at your smart phone, look inside a contemporary factory, or talk to a deep tech startup founder over coffee. The world of our dreams —and fears—is rapidly coming to life in this decade alone.

After listening to the episode, check out Boost as well as Adam's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

Parliamentary Tech and Hypertransparency

Parliamentary Tech and Hypertransparency

November 3, 2020

Fotis Fitsilis, Head of the Scientific Service, Hellenic Parliament, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, we talked about how parliamentary transparency, steeped in legal informatics, innovation in govtech, open data and ongoing digitization, is slowly inching forward because of innovative initiatives such as the Hellenic OCR Team. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. Emerging use cases include access, archiving, analysis, transparency and traceability of the enormous amount of information passing through any national parliament. The market for such application is muc vaster that the 190 or so national parliaments. Virtually any legislative body at any level might be a target, and there might be tens of thousands such governance structures, not counting non-governmental bodies that also have a highly structured governance.

My takeaway is that government hypertransparency is still a decade or so away, but the Hellenic Parliament is leading the way, together with the US, UK and Canadian parliaments, as well as a set of countries in Northern Europe. Parliamentary documents are highly specialized texts and making them meaningful for machine analysis is not easy. However, precisely because they are so information rich, the promise of linguistic, political, historical and industrial analysis is great. Hyper transparency is definitely within sight, if not yet within reach.

After listening to the episode, check out Fotis' most recent book, the Hellenic OCR Team as well as his social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of the High Net Worth Lifestyle

The Future of the High Net Worth Lifestyle

October 29, 2020

Dalton Skach, CEO of Gold Gate, a fintech focused on real estate is interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim.

In this conversation, they talk about how to own homes in Beverly Hills, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore and London for the price of one through fractional real estate investing. The approach builds in tokenization. We discuss the needs of the wealthy post-COVID-19.

The takeaway is that the future of High Net Worth Lifestyle is changing rapidly with COVID as well as new blockchain based opportunities to invest with a fractionalized approach, even in the traditional asset class of real estate. Could this re-invigorate the asset class? Will commercial real estate tank first? Many questions linger.

After listening to the episode, check out Gold Gate as well as Dalton's social media profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

The Future of Open Finance

The Future of Open Finance

October 27, 2020

Amrit Kumar, President and co-founder of Zilliqa, the blockchain platform, is interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, host of the Futurized podcast and author of Future Tech (2021), Pandemic Aftermath (2020), Disruption Games (2020) and Leadership From Below (2008).

In this conversation, they talk about bridging the worlds of legacy finance and blockchain, scaling blockchain protocols with sharing, security trade-offs, holding community and operational funds by staking, emerging startups, and divergent regulatory paths around the world.

The takeaway is that the future of open finance is rapidly evolving, but that trust will ebb and flow for a while ahead as decentralized and open finance is spreading across the globe with new players building protocols with increasingly smart contracts, speedy platform solutions, and alternative tokens that provide new benefits that appeal to new groups of users and investors.

Once you have listened to the episode, check out Zilliqa as well as Amrit Kumar's social profile:

  • Zilliqa.com http://zilliqa.com/
  • Amrit Kumar (@maqstik) https://www.linkedin.com/in/amrit-kumar-6aa66151/

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

 

The Future of Brands in Politics

The Future of Brands in Politics

October 23, 2020

Victoria Sakal, Managing Director of Brand Intelligence at Morning Consult, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, host of Futurized podcast and author of Future Tech, Pandemic Aftermath, Disruption Games and Leadership From Below. 

In this conversation, they talk about how big brands should deal with the US election, political intelligence, emerging survey results on how consumers think brands should react to social movements. Do consumers expect CEOs to take a stance on emerging issues such as climate change, #MeToo, safe elections, or COVID-19? Who do consumers trust the most, politicians or brands? What are the top issues on Americans’ minds? How will the political role of brands evolve?

The takeaway is that, at least based on the survey findings we discussed today, brands have no choice but to enter the policy debate on important societal issues. That does not mean that they can or should necessarily take sweeping views on all issues at hand. Consumers don’t —yet—expect brands to behave as responsibly as governments. But that may change. For now, the advice for brands would be to take a stand on issues that are close to heart and where you have integrity. Then, you need to follow up. Post-election, brands will likely find themselves in a renewed game of stakeholder capitalism. Gone are the days where shareholders were all that mattered.

After listening to the episode, check out the recent report on brands in politics, Morning Consult as well as Victoria's social profile:

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars

The Future of Cryptocurrency

The Future of Cryptocurrency

October 22, 2020

Ryan Selkis, founder and CEO of Messari, the crypto economy analyst firm, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, host of Futurized podcast and author of Future Tech, Pandemic Aftermath, Disruption Games and Leadership From Below. 

In this conversation, they talk about what cryptocurrency is in simple terms, what's next in terms of adoption, and where we are going in the next decade.

The takeaway is that the future of cryptocurrency is of such transformational character that the global economy is likely to change forever as a result. The only question is the speed of adoption and the important regional differences in terms of speed of adoption, governance models and new, emerging powerhouses. If Ryan Selkis is right, Bitcoin will take on aspects that make it similar in function to the gold standard. These are earth shattering predictions indeed. Combine that, with the fact that volatility will continue to be high for some time to come. How to prepare for a period where stability includes volatility? If this comes to pass, entire economic paradigms will get smothered.

After listening to the episode, check out Messari as well as Ryan Selkis' online profile: 

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

 

Evolving Startup Ecosystems

Evolving Startup Ecosystems

October 20, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Christian Nagel, Founder of Venture Lane, business angel and expert on go-to-market strategies, communication and international rollout.

In this conversation, they talk about tribal community building, networking, funding, scaling startups mid- and post-COVID-19. They cover startup hubs, what it takes to achieve critical mass, innovating in edge cities, the EU vs. US vs. Asia, learning from failure, angel investing, mentoring and the tech community in Boston.

The takeaway is that you cannot get around the human factor in community building. Protecting the positive aspects of tribalism whilst still achieving scale is key to all startup ecosystems, particularly as COVID-19 limits traditional informal meetups.

After listening to the episode, check out VentureLane Boston and Christian Magel's online profile: 

The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. Additional context about the show, the topics, and our guests, including show notes and a full list of podcast players that syndicate the show can be found at https://trondundheim.com/podcast/. Music: Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

For more about the host, including media coverage, books and more, see Trond Arne Undheim's personal website (https://trondundheim.com/) as well as the Yegii Insights blog (https://yegii.wpcomstaging.com/). Undheim has published two books this year, Pandemic Aftermath and Disruption Games. To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please subscribe and consider rating it five stars.

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