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How 5G+AR might revolutionize communication

How 5G+AR might revolutionize communication

August 31, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews David A. Smith, CEO and founder of Croquet, the augmented reality collaborative operations system.

In this conversation, they talk about how augmented reality builds on insights that were present among the precursors of the internet, such as Douglas Engelbart and Alan Kay. They explore whether and how AR can evolve into a communication platform that is in some ways more real than co-presence, or at least can support simultaneous digital collaboration in a way we have never seen before. How long might this take? What will the form factor be? Will computers as we know them become outdated within the next decade?

The takeaway is that AR has the potential to shift digital communication into a radically novel, transformative collaboration environment where simulation, multi-sensory stimulation and symbiosis between humans and computers can unlock innovative potential and provide the backbone of a platform that can help humanity confront its greatest challenges, such as climate change, pandemics, and other threats to our way of life, and ultimately to our existence. With the pandemic, we now have an incentive to build this out a decade earlier than it it would otherwise have happened. To ensure that AR does not become a “walled garden” but can benefit all consumers and all enterprises, we need open architectures to flourish.

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The Future of Engineering Education

The Future of Engineering Education

August 27, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interiews Babi Mitra, founding Executive Director of the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) initiative at MIT.

They talk about the urgent need to update the way we educate our engineers which is an effort happening at engineering schools worldwide, including at the top schools. The stakes on re-imagining education just got higher because of COVID-19. Is there really a need to rebuild engineering education from scratch? Which schools are at the forefront of the experimentation? What will education look like in the next decade? At MIT, the theme is still machines, but the emphasis is on building new types, advanced materials machines, living machines, renewable energy machines, and more.

My takeaway is that by re-imagining education, we correct for the highly theoretical way that engineering was taught over the past three decades. The thought was that there needed to be scientific rigor but the result was that the education ceased to be enjoyable.

Now, the realization is that exploration, discovery, and this somewhat nebulous idea of meta-cognition can all be fostered by a set of tweaks that put the students in charge of their own learning and liberate them to build things from the get-go, bring it back to real life challenges. When you add spades of positive reinforcement and blend in thoughtful, project based learning and external speakers that fit the educational context, you can inspire students even more than their professors can do alone.

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What’s next in Energy Storage?

What’s next in Energy Storage?

August 25, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Joe Adiletta, Senior Director at Ionic Materials, the battery storage spun out of Tufts University.

 

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They talk about the technologies behind energy storage. We discuss promising startups in the EV, grid and emerging electric aviation space. Where is the field going? Will there be a "Cambrian moment" where growth will accelerate? Is that in this decade or the next? We also discuss the emerging market opportunity in India.

 

The takeaway is that battery storage has ever changing underlying technologies, form factors, and use cases, depending on the capacity and vision of those innovating in the field. Unique to the field is its dependency on large infrastructure players whether it be in the automotive industry or among energy utilities.

 

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The Future of Child Trafficking

The Future of Child Trafficking

August 24, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Vassilia Orfanou, founder of Luxembourg Diplomacy and Communications Institute, Ludci.eu, the media diplomacy agency.

We talked about child trafficking, the first problem Ludci.eu will devote its attention to. Child trafficking is a global crisis where the fragmentation of actors hampers media’s ability to cover the stories and make progress in the field. Emerging technology is a double edged sword which enables crime syndicates but it also represents opportunities for monitoring and tracking and agenda setting.

The takeaway is that there is no need for additional organizations working on the content surrounding child trafficking. Rather, the problem is to coordinate and make current activity more visible and efficient. Putting all the information in one place and joining up the actors who work in the field in one communication effort seems to be a viable path. Child trafficking is a horrendous issue, but seems to be such a profitable endeavor currently with so attractive economics for those who pursue it that it needs to be pursued from a variety of angles, from law enforcement to legislative proposals to awareness initiative. Big brands have a big responsibility in this effort and sharing best practices could be fruitful. The next decade could be pivotal and we just might be able to turn the tide.

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The Future of Engines

The Future of Engines

August 20, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Alec Shkolnik, President and co-founder of Liquid Piston, an MIT spinout. We talk about engines and how they can power robots, vehicles and drones. Our guest has made the bold choice of making a new engine, which hasn’t been attempted since 1954, instead of just capitalizing on his gold plated education in AI, robotics and neuroscience in the most obvious way.

 

The takeaway is that even though engines powered by anything but electricity seem a bit outdated in today’s environment, the future is a hybrid scenario with a mix of engines with different capabilities contributing to optimizing our desired mobility. By giving the rotary engine an overhaul, Liquid Piston might take us even faster into a future where a myriad of machines let us venture farther, faster and with more flexibility than today’s technologies allow. What an exciting prospect that, in this age of big conglomerates in the automotive sector, a father/son business might one day power the vehicles you see all around you.

 

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Digital Health in Future Pandemics

Digital Health in Future Pandemics

August 18, 2020

In this episode, futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Greg Licholai, Chief Medical Officer, PRA Health Sciences, Faculty at Yale School of Management, and healthcare innovation columnist for Forbes. We talk about where digital health as a field is right now and where it’s moving, promising startups, vaccine innovation, improving clinical trials and staying ahead by tracking insight in the field.

 

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The takeaway is that digital health has come quite far, but that its breakaway promises have only just begun to manifest themselves. This year, investment in the field has spiked, even before COVID-19, which indicates we will move at a rapid pace in the next few years. One exciting field is prescription digital therapeutics. However, big challenges remain. Progress in healthcare doesn’t come easy, even with digital tools at our disposal. We are dealing with legacy infrastructures, mindsets, government regulation and intractable problems coming from left field, such as pandemics and the complexities inherent in any public health intervention.

 

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The Future of K-12 Education

The Future of K-12 Education

August 17, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Jeff Wetzler, co-founder at Transcend Education, a nonprofit leading the way in holistic school design.

They talk about learning science, the necessary leaps to make towards 21st century learning, as well as the impact of COVID-19 and coping strategies such as learning pods. They discuss how to stay up to date on the top trends in K-12 education.

The takeaway is that K-12 education has never been more crucial. What happens over the next six months will determine whether public school transforms to become a key positive determinant of kids’ destinies or whether it will descend further into an already outdated paradigm which is neither capable of preparing kids for the future nor able to function as a place for socialization into a role in today’s society. The factors that come into play could be influenced by EdTech but need to be guided by the right learning principles, and have to happen in dialogue with local community needs.

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The Future of Industrial Operations

The Future of Industrial Operations

August 13, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Natan Linder, CEO and co-founder of Tulip Interfaces, the manufacturing technology platform spun out of MIT Media Lab. They talk about fusing hardware, software and design to create new product experiences, touching on additive manufacturing, augmented reality and the manufacturing industry’s image problem.

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The takeaway is that manufacturing is about to change in ways that will make it unrecognizable from just a decade ago. In the process, it will become sexy again. Robots will do many tasks but humans will, in turn take on other, even more fulfilling tasks. The key is to make technology seamless and unobtrusive, which is not easy.

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Pandemic Aftermath: Introduction

Pandemic Aftermath: Introduction

August 12, 2020

In this episode, the topic is Pandemic Aftermath: How Coronavirus Changes Global Society. Trond Undheim reads from the introduction to his eponymous book which was published by Atmosphere Press in June, 2020. The first portion of the book is non-fiction. The second portion of the book is fiction

 

The takeaway is that the coronavirus pandemic is so much more than a public health crisis. It will arguably change society. Right now, we are not sure exactly how. But we can look at which areas will be impacted. Broadly, there are five scenarios for our post-pandemic future. The five scenarios considered in this book are: borderless world, nation-state renewal, two worlds apart, Hobbesian chaos, and status quo.

 

Which one do you want to foster? And, do these scenarios scare you? Fascinate you? Surprise you? Bore you? Mobilize you? If you are at all curious, you can get this book everywhere books are sold and can learn more at Pandemic-Aftermath.com

 

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The Future of Human Perception AI

The Future of Human Perception AI

August 11, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Gabi Zijderveld, Chief Marketing Officer at Affectiva, the MIT MediaLab spinout. They talk about perceptive AI, the future of augmented reality, data privacy, and ethical uses of face recognition.
 

The takeaway is that artificial intelligence is getting better and better at understanding humans in context and their cognitive states. This can be useful for autonomous cars, for virtual conference speakers, in telehealth, as well as for advertisers. But is it enough to start rivaling human perception? Not for a while, and perhaps that’s not the point.

 

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The Future of Pre-seed Investing

The Future of Pre-seed Investing

August 6, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Magnus Grimeland, CEO and founder of Antler, the early-stage VC. We talk about trigger points to achieve greatness, promising startups, the globalization of venture capital, the importance of finding founders with drive, spike, and grit. We also discuss the future of work.

 

The takeaway is that the future of pre-seed investing is changing by globalizing and moving beyond the old startup hotspots and into places like Amsterdam, Oslo, Sydney and Nairobi. VC is also maturing and moving away from the US-concept of an elevator pitch and seeks a deeper understanding of the founder, validating the startup idea and building a product by bringing in talent and networks across markets.

 

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Post-pandemic Tech

Post-pandemic Tech

August 4, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews David A. Bray, Inaugural Director of the GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council, the esteemed Washington DC-based think tank. We talk about jazz improv, geopolitics, technology, privacy, openness, human dignity, data trusts, quantum computing as well as post-pandemic tech opportunities and constraints.

 

The takeaway is that the world now needs to ensure that new technologies not only contribute to innovation but also simultaneously empower people, increase prosperity and secure peace. One way we talked about is to develop data trusts to secure that exchanges of data are mutually beneficial and provide ethical and governance support.  

 

After listening to the episode, find out more about the Atlantic Council, check out David A. Bray's profile on Singularity University or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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