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DeepFakes are getting Real

DeepFakes are getting Real

June 29, 2021

Kathryn Harrison, CEO and founder of FixFake, and founder of Deep Trust Alliance, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author.

In this conversation, we talk about fake news, content wars, cybersecurity, synthetic media, digital avatars, AR/VR, computer-generated imagery (CGI), AI-assisted video calls, fake celebrity porn videos, deep learning specifically Generative Adversarial Nets (GAN) and how people have been editing people’s faces on pictures since the internet started. To what extent is this just innovation and where does it get serious?

After listening to the episode, check out Deep Trust Alliance as well as Kathryn Harrison's social media profile:

Trond's takeaway: "DeepFakes was until quite recently an esoteric topic. We had all seen innocent versions of it on playful apps, but I think many of us assumed it would be easy to tell the real thing. Not any more. The ramifications are enormous. We will soon not know what reality is. We cannot trust documentaries. We risk that others try to misrepresent us online--but also in the real world. What will this do to an already broken trust between people and media institutions? What happens to privacy? What happens to cybersecurity? We should count ourselves lucky that there are people like Kathryn Harrison watching our back. But is it enough? I'm left with more questions that when I started."

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If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 102, The Geotech Decade, episode 69, The Future of Quantum Security, or episode 28, The Future of Child Trafficking.

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DeFi’s impact on Business and Society

DeFi’s impact on Business and Society

June 22, 2021

Julian Hosp, CEO and co-founder of Cake DeFi, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim.

In this conversation, we talk about how DEFI emerged and what problems it fixes. We cover the problems in centralized finance—centralized control, limited access, inefficiency, lack of interoperability, and opacity. We then discuss the future of the DeFi industry.

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Trond's takeaway: DeFi is now more than a niche phenomenon, it is already in the real world of finance, used for payment, currency creation, and credit scores. DeFi might just alter banking as we know it, but don't count out centralized institutions taking a key role in its rollout, since blockchain can serve many purposes, including contribute to maintaining the status quo.

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If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 99, Blockchain uncapitalism on desktop PCs, episode 59, The Tokenization of Securities, or episode 44, The Future of Open Finance.

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The Future of Medicine is Invisible

The Future of Medicine is Invisible

June 15, 2021

Bertalan Meskó, Director of The Medical Futurist Institute, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author.

In this conversation, we talk about the emergence of rapid healthcare transformation. Current best practices. We cover the many disruptive forces affecting medicine. How to track trends? What will medicine look like in the next decade? We discuss the advance of digital health and beyond. I find out how Bertalan tracks signals from sci-tech, startups, stakeholder dialogue, and visionary thinking and how he experiments on himself, testing out each medical innovation before recommending it or ever writing or speaking about it. 

After listening to the episode, find out more about The Medical Futurist and check out Bertalan Meskó's social media profile.

Trond's takeaway: "Bertalan's notion that the future of medicine is invisible, seamless, and preventive is a great vision to have. In my own forthcoming book, Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset, which is forthcoming on Routledge this fall, I make the point that the grand challenges of our time demand that we coordinate better than ever before. Shaping the future requires being aware of the opportunities and able to capitalize on them. That's where Bertalan is brilliant, making us all aware of the opportunities."

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If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 88, The Future of Virtual Care, episode 82, The Future of Digital Health AI, or episode 55, AI for Medicine.

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Blockchain uncapitalism on desktop PCs

Blockchain uncapitalism on desktop PCs

June 8, 2021

Tomer Afek, Co-founder of Spacemesh, the web-scale smart contract system that lets anyone run blockchain computation from home on their desktop PC, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. 

In this conversation, we talk about how current methods for coin distribution, such as ICOs, airdrops, participation in mining pools and IEOs all have serious deficiencies and that the problem of providing extremely low barrier-to-entry remains as yet unsolved.

Instead the promise of blockchain is to create a cryptocurrency that is highly usable as means of payment between any two people in the world without any possibility of censorship.  Spacemesh utilizes unused disk space on ordinary desktop PCs to run the network. Evening out the chances of the disadvantaged is what gives Tomer hope and purpose.

After listening to the episode, find out more about Spacemesh and check out Tomer Afek's social media profile.

Trond's takeaway: "Cryptocurrency could be an answer to banking the unbankable, but that social stratification cannot typically be undone just by technology alone. As blockchain goes from free experimentation among the cyber libertarians and rapidly will become a business-to-business enabled platform, too, we need to keep a watchful eye on how those with few means can gain entry into the financial system. Web scale smart contracts and access to cryptocurrencies that don't require expensive computing resources or excessive computer talent, would seem to be a necessary ingredient."

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If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 42, The Future of Cryptocurrency, episode 66, The Serendipity of Social Innovation, or episode 59, The Tokenization of Securities.

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Free Speech on Social Media

Free Speech on Social Media

June 1, 2021

Bill Ottman, CEO & co-founder of Minds, an open source, crypto-based social network, interviewed by host Trond Arne Undheim, futurist, investor, and author.

In this conversation, we talk about how can we solve social media censorship issues and violations of free speech, but still filter out illegal content? What technologies are key to disrupting social network change for good? Censorship in the digital age. Platform control among big tech and how it is achieved at times to the detriment of privacy. We discuss Bill's notion of "extractive media". We discuss surveillance issues in "closed" media. We also discuss the emergence of alt media and crypto social media that respect privacy and try to reward creators. 

After listening to the episode, find out more about Minds and check out Bill Ottman's social media profile.

Trond's takeaway: Free speech is a contentious issue on social media these days. The balance between free speech and censorship is a delicate one, and one that is never fully resolved. Whether it is legal, ethical, or commercial deliberations behind it, free speech is an ideal not a reality online. What constitutes hate speech? What good is censorship if questionable speech always finds an outlet? What is a fair business model for the future of social media? Is it time to truly break up big tech? What would we get instead? Many questions here, on Futurized we are not there to conclude, only to ask questions. There will be more questions in the time ahead.

Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Futurized.org or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars.

If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 71, How To Fix Fake News?, episode 51, The Future of Peer-to-Peer, or episode 29, The Future of Computational Media.

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