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The Metaverse Reality

The Metaverse Reality

August 30, 2021

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. In episode #110 of the podcast, the topic is: The Metaverse Reality. Our guest is Mark van Rijmenam, PhD, Futurist, Founder of Datafloq & Mavin.

In this conversation, we talk about [the organization of tomorrow, the increasing blending of online and offline worlds, reality and virtual reality, into a hybrid reality. In the metaverse, we might find sovereign identities where people and bots work, play, learn and consume, operating in an increasingly virtually empowered world. We discuss the potential of an impending productization of that hybrid reality with unforeseeable consequences.

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Trond's takeaway: The metaverse, for all the hype, is just another version of the internet. It might be a badly designed version, though, and that is not helpful. The upside, perhaps, is that as people embrace virtual worlds they might get some needed break from a tough reality. However, at the moment, the metaverse is looking like it will be productized way early in its lifecycle and that will limit the creation of the kind of innovation space that spurred the internet into a broad humanity expanding platform.]

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Play, Uncertainty and Growth

Play, Uncertainty and Growth

August 24, 2021

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. In episode #108 of the podcast, the topic is: Play, Uncertainty and Growth. Our guest is Claus Raasted, Futurist, Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences.

In this conversation, we talk about playful productivity, how learning how to see the world in a different way can unlock growth, designing role plays to expand human professional experiences, how teaching has been in a terrible place for hundreds of years, and about the emotional connection to books. 

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My takeaway is that using your imagination the fullest extent is becoming an important differentiator in the workplace. To many of us, this has to be learned much like anything else in life, partly because the rest of our human experience serves to do the opposite--provides incentives to unlearning the childlike approach to learning which is so fundamental for staying flexible.

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The Future of Art and Tech

The Future of Art and Tech

August 17, 2021

Ben Kovalis, co-founder and CMO at Art.ai, interviewed by Futurized's podcast host Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), futurist and author.

In this conversation, they talk about what it means to use artificial intelligence to create one-of-a-kind artworks generated entirely by computer algorithms. How and when did it evolve? Does it complement or change art? Is it any different from previous technologies used to innovate artistic expression? What now?

Disclosure: Trond was gifted two AI generated artworks in order to prepare for this episode. The feedback he gets from those who see it is fascinating in itself.

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Trond's takeaway: Art and tech have always been linked together by creative artists. Is there a difference when AI gets used in each stage of the artistic process and arguably somewhat independently of human hands? How important is the medium in conveying a message? How can technology and artistry rise above the technology itself if technology gets more and more autonomous? What would happen if society invested as much in AI art as in AI for social media or AI for industrial production? These questions are not resolved but are intriguing to ponder as we enter this puzzling decade.

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Tech in Tomorrow’s Learning Organizations

Tech in Tomorrow’s Learning Organizations

August 10, 2021

Michael Leckie, Founding Partner of Silverback Partners LLC, author of the new book The Heart of Transformation, published by Kogan Page, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. 

In this conversation, they talk about how organizational change drives technology, behaviors of change--such as focusing on people's 3rds best ideas--and how to build organizational culture.

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Trond's takeaway: Organizational change is perhaps enabled by technology these days but tech has to be carried by people throughout the organization in order to reap the value and avoid being blinded by apparent quick fixes to difficult dynamics within human systems.

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The Future of Freedom

The Future of Freedom

August 3, 2021

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation, interviewed by Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), futurist and author.

In this conversation, we talk about Decentralization, Bitcoin v Cash, Human Rights, surveillance states, digital authoritarianism, activism in a digital age, the mixed blessings of encryption, what it means to be an open society, currency neutrality and beyond.

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Trond's takeaway: freedoms need to be protected, one at a time, always, and as society and technology changes, more often that you would think. The future of freedom is only as bleak or bright as we ensure it will become through keeping a close watch.

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