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The Future of Computational Media

The Future of Computational Media

September 29, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Chris Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Computational Media at Wesleyan University, Director of Smithsonian Videogame Pioneers Initiative and Research Scientist at MIT microphotonics center. Chris was busy this week also because the video game holding company he founded, ZeniMax Media (owner of major franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, RAGE, Wolfenstein, Prey, Dishonored, The Evil Within, and QUAKE), was acquired by Microsoft, reportedly for $7.5 billion. 

In this conversation, which was initially planned as a prep call, which gives the episode a bit of a behind-the-scenes characteristic, with prep questions and the whole thing, they instead end up going deep, for 1h 19 minutes. They talk about Chris’s early opportunity to shape the futuristic thinking at ABC, the Television network, his pioneering role as a video game company founder, as well as his new role capturing the important recent history of video games. As you will discover, they are a key to understanding both the 20th and the 21st century. Finally, they talk about how and why to teach our kids about computational media and the great challenge of making the complexity of the scientific system communicate with the binary political system that always look for simple answers.

The takeaway is that the complexity of computational media is still poorly understood in society. However, when it is, and it will be, great change can happen. Video games, for example, provide the potential for much more fundamental experiences than most of us think about. The lessons from the tech development, sensory exploration and the metacognition that ensues, are already influencing several generations of software engineers. However, in order for that insight to reach our kids who are now playing these games, turning it into STEM insight, some translation work is needed.

After listening, check out Bethesda as well as Chris Weaver's online profile:

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Future Proof your Business

Future Proof your Business

September 24, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews UK futurist Tom Cheesewright, a regular BBC commentator, and author of the new book Future proof your business.

In this conversation, we talked about the role of a futurist in a fast-moving world, the tools needed to predict future trends in your industry, how to build in agility, how the pandemic has changed leaders' thinking preparing for future shocks and what the next decade might bring.

My takeaway is that the future will not be the same for everyone. It all depends. What steps do you take? What skills do you build? What is your organizational agility? What social group do you belong to? Where do you live? What governance structures are you subject to? In terms of growth, Tom Cheesewright talks about the importance of the three C-s, curation, creation and communication, each of which he sees as so complex and multifaceted that you can only ever be an expert on aspects of it in one lifetime, so you may be great on stage but still a poor listener, or poor with digital design tools, for example.

After listening to the episode, check out Tom Cheesewright's online profile and his new book:

  • Tom Cheesewright (@bookofthefuture) https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomcheesewright/ 
  • Tom Cheesewright webpage https://tomcheesewright.com/
  • Future Proof Your Business (Penguin Business, 2020) https://tomcheesewright.com/future-proof-your-business/

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 Commoditized Robotics

The Future of Commoditized Robotics

September 22, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Tom Ryden, Executive Director of MassRobotics, the biggest co-working space and robotics community in the US.

In this conversation, they talk about what's happened over the past decade, where is the robotics field now (from R&D, to standardization, to big company implementation, the role of robots in contemporary factories, and consumer applications). They discuss the changing form factors, the pivotal role of AI and IoT towards a "Cambrian explosion" in robotics. What are the hottest startups? Where are we going in the next decade?

The takeaway is that the future of commoditized robotics just took a major leap forward with COVID-19, as pilots became huge deployments and the automation of manufacturing suddenly became a survival strategy not a future proofing strategy. Next, we might see an uptick in collaborative robots, so-called co-bots. 

After listening to the episode, check out MassRobotics, and Tom Ryden'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 Work

The Future of Work

September 17, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Ian Barkin, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Sykes and host of the OneTake podcast.

In this conversation, they talk about The Future of Work, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), automated outsourcing, experience-focused call centers, COVID-19, smart tech,Impact sourcing, creative use of talent, scaling and selling a venture, building your personal brand, his OneTake podcast and the future of marketing.

The takeaway is that the future of work is happening in surprising ways, with twists and turns and that there are impressive digital elements that enhance automation but also real human factors that counteract and temper those developments.

After listening to the episode, find out more about Sykes, the OneTake podcast or connect with Ian Barkin on social media: 

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 Quest for Artificial General Intelligence

The Quest for Artificial General Intelligence

September 15, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Peter Voss, CEO and founder of Aigo.ai.

They talk about how the field of artificial general intelligence has evolved, what intelligence really is, whether machines have it and what it takes to bring true progress in this field. They also delve into chat bots.

The takeaway is that artificial general intelligence has an interesting future but it is not immediate. Whether an entire generation of software developers are on the wrong path, is uncertain, but clearly, deeply understanding language and especially understanding context has a long ways to go for existing machines. Maybe just as well, because humans are not even adjusting to statistical AI’s predictive capabilities.

After listening, check out Aigo.ai as well as Peter Voss's online profile:

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Disaster Risk Management

Disaster Risk Management

September 14, 2020

Special guest Chloe Demrovsky, CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute is interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, host of Futurized. 

In this conversation, which is a precursor to an upcoming deep dive into risk and resilience in the next decade, they talk about what risk management is all about, how executives can handle disasters, and map out some of the needed vocabulary to start understanding risk in a systemic way.

The takeaway is that in order to fully prepare for the next decade, there is really no way around developing a systematic take on risk and resilience. There is so much to know but a first step is to be aware of the organizations and frameworks that exist to help executives map their risk and start developing approaches that might work no matter what happens to their organizational assets in a crisis.

After listening to the episode, check out Disaster Recovery Institute and Chloe Demrovsky'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 (exclusive Artlist.io composer) 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 Write a Book on the Future of Healthcare

How To Write a Book on the Future of Healthcare

September 10, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Scott E. Burgess, Founder of Healthcare360 Media Group and host of the Healthcare360 podcast.

We talked about the importance of having a deep conviction before you write a book, how you go about creating a piece of true thought leadership, and, more specifically, what’s wrong with healthcare today. In the process, Scott starts sketching the solution he envisions, rebuilding healthcare from scratch and where YOU need to become your own best healthcare advisor.

My takeaway is that there is no substitute for integrity. I more deeply understand the rogue thinking required to turn healthcare around and I would look to Scott to provide a key perspective in the coming year. The system of the future will be, or rather needs to be, built around the individual, not the insurance or even the medical providers. What that means goes far beyond the current industry buzzword of value based care.

As for how to write books, I summarized it into four key decisions surrounding: flow, brand, Quality, and speed. I believe if you know your approach to these four issues, everything else follows.

After listening, check out the Healthcare360 podcast and Scott's profile:

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The Future of Enterprise Blockchain

The Future of Enterprise Blockchain

September 8, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Toby Lewis, CEO and founder of Novum Insights, the frontier tech monitoring company.

They talk about the financial services industry in London right now, the influx of fintech and specifically about enterprise blockchain and its impact on corporations and on the investment banks that serve them.

The takeaway is that the financial industry which has been slow to evolve has now finally taken on board the impact and potential of blockchain as the emerging platform for the future of finance and perhaps a major platform for business as such. Having said that, it will still take this decade to get all the findings and move beyond experimentation for it to reach its full potential.

After listening, check out Novum Insights as well as Toby Lewis's profile:

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To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please tell all your friends, subscribe and consider rating it five stars. The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. The intro and outro music is Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

The Future of the Second Half of Life

The Future of the Second Half of Life

September 3, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews Tom Moebus, Founder of TenXGrow, whose mission is to help small companies grow in dramatic ways. We talk about our mutual background at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program, why Tom has comes out of retirement for COVID-19, which, echoing Buddhist thinking is a “noble moment”. He tells us how he helps Main Street businesses pivot and learn to operate under new conditions, and learn from each other. We discuss his project to connect young people in America and China to create wise people who will learn to collaborate before their minds are colored with what society tries to feed them. Finally, we learn how the protest generation of the 60s might be rising again and what they are concerned with now.

The takeaway is that the second half of life is becoming a more and more central part of people’s lives. We are healthier longer and have energy to give. The activism of the 60+ generation is different because they are more mature, more balanced, and, perhaps at times, wiser. Some of this activity stems from Men’s groups, where all kinds of experiences are discussed and where people are mobilized to act. They ask: what is the end contribution I want to have made to the world? I’m reminded that this is a question we can ask at any age.

After listening to the episode, find out more about Tom Moebus and his various initiatives: 

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Trond is currently writing a book called Future Tech which will be out in March 2021.

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The Future of Inclusion and Diversity in Business

The Future of Inclusion and Diversity in Business

September 1, 2020

Futurist Trond Arne Undheim interviews special guests Alison Maitland and Rebekah Steele, authors of INdivisible: Radically rethinking inclusion for sustainable business results.

We talk about why both inclusion and diversity, separately and together matter to the bottom line. We discuss the sensitive aspects of white male earned privilege and how many of us experience a combination of privileges and disadvantages that can link us all on a common journey. We discuss why they are soaring now compared to a decade ago, what approaches deliver results that matter, what the metrics are and where we go from here.

The takeaway is that unless diversity is understood widely—as a competitive asset—those organizations that are lucky enough to have it are likely not monetizing it. As for inclusion, it’s important far beyond the fairness aspect, it turns out all of us have aspects that may lead us to be excluded from something unless society explicitly mandates being inclusive. Again, the benefits are tangible and important. As for where we go from here: it is both an individual and a collective responsibility, but the issues are squarely on the agenda, now we just need smart ways to make progress.

After listening, check out INdivisible as well as Alison Maitland and Rebekah Steele's online profiles:

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/.

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To advertise or become a guest on the show, contact the podcast host here. If you like the show, please tell all your friends, subscribe and consider rating it five stars. The show is hosted by Podbean and can be found at Futurized.co. The intro/outro music was Electricity by Ian Post from the album Magnetism. 

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