Best Future Trends podcasts — Where technology meets society (Updated February 2018; image)
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TED Talks Daily
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Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks, given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe, is also available in video format.
 
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Triangulation (MP3)
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Every week Leo Laporte talks to the smartest people in the world about the most important topics in technology.Records live every Friday at 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific / 23:00 UTC.
 
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Future Tense - Full program podcast
 
A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.
 
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Exponent
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A podcast about tech and society, hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth
 
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Flash Forward
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A show about possible and not so possible futures. From space pirates to conscious robots to the end of antibiotics. Hosted by Rose Eveleth.
 
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ycombinator
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Podcast by ycombinator
 
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Fw:Thinking
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It's about technology. It's about humanity. It's about our future. It's Fw:Thinking.
 
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FutureProofing
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Series examining the implications - social and cultural, economic and political - of the big ideas that are set to transform the way society functions
 
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Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking
 
Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation's award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longn ...
 
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Innovation Now
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Innovation Now is a daily 90-second radio series and podcast that gives listeners a front row seat to hear compelling stories of revolutionary ideas, emerging technologies and the people behind the concepts that are shaping our future.
 
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What's Tech?
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We live in the future, where drones skim the sky, corporations enter the space race, and smart watches track our every movement. But how? And why? What's Tech invites experts to explain the technology bit by bit, in clear, brief, enjoyable audio nuggets. These days, technology is everywhere. Let's make sense of what's around us. The series finale aired December 6th, 2016.
 
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The Campfire Project
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Fire was our first true piece of technology. Around its warming glow, we would tell stories, share our thoughts, and bond with the people we love. Centuries later, our fires have been digitized, and thrown into everyone's pocket. They are infinitely more powerful. This is a podcast dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology and storytelling, from two writers connected by circuits, wires and a passion for writing.
 
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Analog(ue)
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So many podcasts are about our digital devices. Analog(ue) is a show about how these devices make us feel and how they change our lives for the better, but also for the worse. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Casey Liss.
 
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Innovation Hub
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Innovation Hub looks at how to reinvent our world – from medicine to education, relationships to time management. Great thinkers and great ideas, designed to make your life better.
 
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If Then
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If Then: is a show about technology, society, and power. Each week, Slate‘s April Glaser and Will Oremus take you on a lively tour of the tech news that actually matters, from fake news in your Facebook feed to the algorithms that want your job to the Uber drivers who want a job with benefits. With news-making interviews of key tech-industry figures, fascinating academics, and top tech journalists, they explore not only how the technology that’s shaping our world works, but the ideas, ideolo ...
 
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Futurology
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Answering What’s The Future by exploring digital’s future impact. Every week the Futurology team explores the "Future of _______” with people that are doing - and not just talking - the future, right now. As the Futurology team, your hosts bring a diverse thought process based in a diverse and collective experience - they are... Brett Lindsay (B2), the Digital Philosopher and Engaging Content Specialist, strives to find solutions to unique problems by consulting to companies, in order to mak ...
 
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Dangerous Minds Podcast
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We at Dangerous Minds Podcast, are seeking to explore further weekly, the tech and the people behind this growing community of Biohacking, Grinding, Implantable Technology, Hard Sciences, and Information Security. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions, or comments. You are welcome to find us here, at dangerousminds.io or email us at info@dangerousminds.io and, perhaps we might one day talk to you about the work and or projects you’re exploring and developing. Society considers u ...
 
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Future Thinkers Podcast
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A podcast about evolving technology, society and consciousness to create a better future for all of humanity. Hosted by Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova, with guests. We talk about future societies, conscious evolution, future technology, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, decentralization, and how we will be affected by the exponential curve of progress.
 
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The Future And You
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Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 
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Terrifying Robot Dog
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A weekly podcast about how technology is changing the way we interact with the world. Hosted by Jonathan Stark and Kelli Shaver.Would you like to get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox with show notes, links to additional content, and more? Click the KEEP ME IN THE LOOP button:KEEP ME IN THE LOOP
 
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The Future of Life
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FLI catalyzes and supports research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.Among our objectives is to inspire discussion and a sharing of ideas. As such, we interview researchers and thought leaders who we believe will help spur discussion within our community. The interviews do not necessarily represent FLI’s opinions or views.
 
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The Command Line
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Exploring digital citizenry as a creator and a consumer.
 
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Digital Impact Radio
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Digital Impact RadioBuilt by and for Technology Savvy Professionals, The Digital Impact Conversation looks at the journey digital Impact is making. Digital Impact Radio is a regular monthly output from the Linked in group Digital Impact Conversations, where you will hear about Capability, Projects, Go-Lives, Partners and Emerging Trends that make a Digital Impact.The opinions expressed in this podcast are that of each contributor and do don’t reflect the opinions of their employers.music by ...
 
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Winning Slowly
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Taking the long view on technology, religion, ethics, and art. There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how Apple’s latest product will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in 2024. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond?
 
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Trends With Benefits
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Each week, we gather a roundtable of experts from the Digital Trends Staff to discuss all things tech. Topics range from the big tech stories of the week to predicting the future, all while maintaining a somewhat civil decorum. Tech should be a tool to better our lives and create incredible experiences. We help get you there.
 
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insearchofcertainty
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A podcast series where Mark Burgess (@markburgess_osl ) and John Willis (@botchagalupe) discuss futuristic concepts of IT. Mark has a PHD in physics among other things and I barely finished high school. We, therefore, seem to make an unlikely pair for discussion. However, we have found over the years our discussions on such subjects make for great dialog (at least we enjoy it). We have decided to see if other's agree. RSS Feed:http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:245384055/soun ...
 
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Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.By contact@ted.com (TED).
 
A culinary experiment in the Portland area involves top chefs who are now testing bacon-flavored seaweed as a food additive.
 
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Future Tense - Full program podcast
 
Future Tense looks at the rise of China as a mega-donor and efforts to improve global aid transparency and effectiveness.
 
Myke is 30, Casey's paternity leave is getting closer to ending, Myke stages and intervention, and Casey wants to be convinced to buy something. This episode of Analog(ue) is sponsored by: Linode: High performance SSD Linux servers for all of your infrastructure needs. Get a $20 credit with promo code ‘analogue2018’ Squarespace: Make your next ...…
 
Ramesh Srinivasan is the author of After the Internet. He talks with Megan Morrone about creating a more open and global internet. Host: Megan Morrone Guest: Ramesh Srinivasan Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation. Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter.com/triangulation Fr ...…
 
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Terrifying Robot Dog
 
Is tracking maybe kinda sorta okay when cars are involved?By trd@jonathanstark.com (Jonathan Stark and Kelli Shaver).
 
We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes -- and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.By contact@ted.com (TED).
 
Ben and James answer reader questions. Topics include business school, career advice, the nature of strategy, creating the next Silicon Valley, and how governments should deal with the disruptions caused by the Internet. Presented by WordPress.com: Get 15% off on a new site by visiting WordPress.com/Exponent. Links Ben Thompson: Books to Blogs ...…
 
A cranberry extract may actually succeed where traditional antibiotics have failed, by stopping bacterial infections from spreading in the first place.
 
Behind movies like “Sunset Boulevard” and “Singin’ In The Rain,” there’s a real story about how Hollywood adapted to a groundbreaking innovation: sound.* *A smart watch might make sense… but a smart toilet? We talk with David Rose about the future of the connected home. Turns out, some members of the Amish community are using 3D printers. Find ...…
 
IMAX, 3D glasses, VHS, technicolor… technology has continually reshaped Hollywood. But perhaps the biggest, most important change happened early in the industry’s history: the transition from silent films to talkies. Marc Wanamaker, a longtime Hollywood historian and consultant on films like “La La Land,” walks us through what happened, and how ...…
 
David Rose has spent much of his career designing products that try to make the ordinary devices we use every day more magical: an umbrella that can tell you whether you actually need an umbrella that day, a pill bottle that alerts someone if you haven’t opened it in a while. We ask him how our products are learning more and more about us… and ...…
 
How have the Amish thrived in a world without technology? They’ve hacked and innovated, says Elizabethtown College professor Donald Kraybill. Entrepreneurs can still succeed within the confines of their culture. It just takes a little imagination.
 
This week’s episode features a review of the Apple HomePod with what it does and doesn’t do, when compared to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Live sports are now finally being broadcast in 4K HDR. Boston Dynamics has a new robot that is more Black Mirror than ever before. Robot Skiers are being tested at the Olympics. 3D Printing goes to a new ...…
 
What happens to the clothes we don't buy? You might think that last season's coats, trousers and turtlenecks end up being put to use, but most of it (nearly 13 million tons each year in the United States alone) ends up in landfills. Fashion has a waste problem, and Amit Kalra wants to fix it. He shares some creative ways the industry can evolve ...…
 
"To be African is to be inspired by culture and to be filled with undying hope for the future," says designer and TED Fellow Walé Oyéjidé. With his label Ikiré Jones (you'll see their work in Marvel's "Black Panther"), he uses classic design to showcase the elegance and grace of often-marginalized groups, in beautifully cut clothing that tells ...…
 
By creating the circuit materials from plant starches and cellulose, new electronics could be truly biodegradable.
 
On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus lamentthe anticlimactic end to Waymo and Uber’s court drama, explain why teens are pissed at Snapchat, and examine John Perry Barlow’s contributions to the internet we know today. The hosts are joined by Justin Rosenstein, co-founder of Asana and the former Facebooker behind the like ...…
 
Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirat ...…
 
A new additive could give milk chocolate the benefits of dark chocolate, without the bitter taste.
 
Episode 142 Jason Lowe talks StartUps, Community, Collaboration with Chris TitleyJason Lowe talks to Chris Titley hearing stories about some fantastic organisations and people, including different topics around startups, community and collaboration.Listen in and join the Digital Impact Radio Show! Run time: 23:20…
 
The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about female virginity and the hymen.By contact@ted.com (TED).
 
What is it about unfairness? Whether it's not being invited to a friend's wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can't think straight. And it's not just a personal issue -- it's also bad for business, says Marco Alverà. He explains how his company works to create a culture of f ...…
 
Cyberforests will help forest managers determine which types of trees can best re-establish after catastrophic events, like wildfires or drought.
 
Bhu Srinivasan researches the intersection of capitalism and technological progress. Instead of thinking about capitalism as a firm, unchanging ideology, he suggests that we should think of it as an operating system -- one that needs upgrades to keep up with innovation, like the impending take-off of drone delivery services. Learn more about th ...…
 
Raw honey treatment could benefit people in the western world where the threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria is growing.
 
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Future Tense - Full program podcast
 
In the race to take advantage of new technological possibilities in the workplace, is a focus on rights and responsibilities being neglected?
 
Niall Ferguson is the author of The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. He talks with Jason Howell about how Silicon Valley has important lessons to learn from history. Host: Jason Howell Guest: Niall Ferguson Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation. Thanks to CacheFly for ...…
 
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Terrifying Robot Dog
 
Geeking out about Falcon Heavy test launch Links The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch Apollo 11 Guidance Computer Source CodeBy trd@jonathanstark.com (Jonathan Stark and Kelli Shaver).
 
What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice.By contact@ted.com (TED).
 
Ben and James discuss Apple’s strategy of monetizing its customer base, how that explains HomePod, and whether or not it is a problem. Presented by WordPress.com: Get 15% off on a new site by visiting WordPress.com/Exponent. Links Ben Thompson: Apple’s Middle Age — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Books to Blogs — Stratechery Ben Thompson: Apple and t ...…
 
Reapplying an idea from the 1960s to space technology is helping NASA achieve cryogenic temperatures in space.
 
Turns out, the Russian Revolution can teach us a lot about the power of Twitter. Niall Ferguson walks us through the history of networks. Olympic athletes aren’t born with a tolerance for pain. They’ve just learned how to suffer. A tree a day keeps the doctor away. Florence Williams explains why going outside can make you feel better.…
 
It’s easy to look at our social networks and think that they’re completely unprecedented. After all, it wasn’t like Abraham Lincoln could see how many likes he was getting on Facebook. But according to Niall Ferguson, that’s a narrow view of history. Ferguson, author of the new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freema ...…
 
As you watch Shaun White execute a trick on the halfpipe, or Ashley Wagner land a triple axel, or Lindsey Vonn race down the slope… you might ask yourself a question. What exactly separates me from these Olympic athletes? Obviously, there’s the years of training and the fact that they’re extraordinarily fit, but there’s also something else. Som ...…
 
The sound of waves on a rocky beach. The smell of soil after the rain. The warmth of the sun on your skin. Nature just feels good. But a growing body of research suggests that it might be good for you, too. Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, explains why going outside can make ...…
 
SpaceX has reinvigorated space exploration: There can be no doubt that putting a cherry red Tesla Roadster into space, as part of the Falcon Heavy X rocket launch on 2/ 5/18, captured the world's attention. It showcased what vision, ability, talent and a whole lot of money, can accomplish. The question now is what will Elon Musk do next? One wo ...…
 
The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient -- but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating talk, political scientist Zachariah Mampilly gives us a primer on the current wave of protests reshaping countries like Tunisia, Malawi and Zimbabwe -- and explains how ...…
 
Mohamad Jebara loves mathematics -- but he's concerned that too many students grow up thinking that this beautiful, rewarding subject is difficult and boring. His company is experimenting with a bold idea: paying students for completing weekly math homework. He explores the ethics of this model and how it's helping students -- and why learning ...…
 
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Innovation Now
 
With Access Mars, the technologies once used to take NASA scientists to Mars every day will now allow anyone in the world to ride along.
 
On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus talk about a new anti-tech lobbying group formed by ex-employees of Facebook and Google, the big trial that’s happening this week in San Francisco that involves Waymo accusing Uber of stealing trade secrets in a winner-take-all race for self-driving supremacy. The hosts are also joine ...…
 
If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, resp ...…
 
There are still a lot of bugs to work out, but the ability to get up after a fall would be a great jumping off point for self-righting robots.
 
Geoff Ralston is a Partner at YC and before that he cofounded Imagine K12.This episode covers Startup Investor School. Startup Investor School is a free, 4-day course designed to educate early stage investors interested in investing in startups. You can sign up at investor.startupschool.org.The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.…
 
Su Kahumbu raises badass cows -- healthy, well-fed animals whose protein is key to solving a growing crisis in Africa: childhood nutritional stunting. With iCow, a simple SMS service she developed to support small-scale livestock farmers, the TED Fellow is helping farmers across the continent by texting them tips on caring for and raising anima ...…
 
How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally ...…
 
Getting measurements from the surface of Phobos could be a pre-cursor mission to sending a crew to Mars.
 
Redrock’s Ricky Lulla and Oracle’s Steve McLoughlin with #FeelingSAASy and #5MinFridaysRedRock's, Ricky Lulla, SaaS Solution Lead and Oracle GM for Channels in A & NZ talking about 2 New Digital Channels.Ricky responsible for SAAS @ RedRock, talks about the idea that has lead him to creating the “Feeling SaaS “ podcast, where we will Customer S ...…
 
At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a determination to fight our instincts to idealize and search for answers that aren't there -- and ...…
 
Powerful Santa Ana winds fueled a fast-moving fire that swept into Ventura, California and the blaze soon became the largest fire in California history.
 
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