The Next Billion Seconds (AUS)

The future of tech: the next billion seconds are the most important in human history as technology transforms the way we live and work. The rate of change we will experience will be the fastest humanity has ever seen. Award winning podcast creator and journalist, Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster whose work and global connections in all things internet and tech extend back to the early days of the web. He speaks to the brightest minds shaping this new world and creating the future via smartphones, connected devices, artificial intelligence and beyond.

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S2 Ep8 - The Last Days Of Reality (Part 2)

Is daily augmented reality closer than we think? 

Back in July 2016, 'Pokémon Go' opened the doors to the brave new world of augmented reality - an 'overnight success' fifty years in the making. With companies like Magic Leap and Facebook working hard to create augmented reality 'spectacles', the next billion seconds will see us put our smartphones down and placing the screen over our eyes instead. But who will be controlling our new, 'improved' reality? 

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00:33:13 7/17/2018

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Why is it so hard to tear ourselves away from Facebook's feed? What is it feeding us that makes it so addictive? The power of artificial intelligence combined with the eternal surveillance of the smartphone made a monster out of Zuck's social network - but has it divided us more than it united us? How are people using this social network to spread fake news? How is fake news being weaponised to change the way we vote? All of these questions - and much more - are answered in our special two-part episode, "The Last Days of Reality"


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00:27:45 6/19/2018

Like artificial intelligence, virtual reality (VR) is one of those twenty-year 'overnight success' stories. For longer than that, VR pioneer Tony Parisi has been probing the boundaries of computer graphics, interactivity and illusion to create the next generation of technologies that immerse us in the experiences of new worlds. He tells us why VR has finally come of age - and what's coming next, as 'augmented reality' integrates 'consensual hallucinations' into our daily lives.


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00:40:54 5/29/2018
The Next Big Thing always promises to be the cure for all our ails - but inevitably the high promises tarnish and all our best efforts fall back to earth. For as long as we've had technology, we've believed in its capacity to craft a perfect world - even though we ourselves are far from perfect. Author and philosopher Erik Davis has spent twenty years dissecting our attitudes toward technology, utopia and belief - and writes about a future where we 'wise up' enough to understand the human value of our imperfections.

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00:46:17 5/15/2018

Bill Gates once quipped, "Banking is necessary - banks are not." For billions of 'unbanked' in the developing world, banking happens through a smartphone app - no branches, no tellers, and no ATMs. How does a bank inspire trust - or trust its customers - when it's all inside a smartphone?
Banking futurist Andrew Davis shares his vision of a future where banks protect privacy as well as your money, a world where everyone, everywhere becomes a banker.

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00:39:40 5/1/2018

For two and a half thousand years, cities and politicians have grown together. The city gives politicians a platform, a stage - and a demanding public. Always economic powerhouses, our cities also hold the key to an urban future where city-states like Singapore rise in prominence. We talk to Sydney City Councillor Jess Scully about how best to grow a 'world city' like Sydney over the next billion seconds - and what it means to have a political career in a time when every citizen has social media to amplify their voice, their beliefs - and their anger. The future is here - and it's local.

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00:42:17 4/17/2018

Solar power cost $100 per kilowatt hour when energy futurist Ramez Naam entered the world. Last year, the UAE signed a 20-year contract for solar power at four thousandth the cost. For Ramez Naam it's no longer a question of if renewables take over, it's a matter of when - and the data proves it. Energy has been mixed with politics from the beginning - so over the next billion seconds, how do we talk ourselves out of our coal culture and into a sustainable future? Ramez Naam makes a convincing case for a future where we profit from the sun.

Our guest: Ramez Naam: http://rameznaam.com

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00:40:04 4/3/2018

It's growing increasingly difficult to know where the truth lies. We've gotten very good at our electronic fakery - from Photoshop and 'Deep-Fakes' to synthetic audio of former U.S. President Barack Obama so accurate it's indistinguishable from the real thing. All of this feeds into a growing online community which instantly separates into tribes then tunes out any competing with a cry of "fake news!". Series Two of The Next Billion Seconds takes a look at the intersection of technology, truth and our future, beginning with frequent guest John Allsopp, revealed in the ways he teaches his children the spirit of inquiry, to help them discover where the truth lies.

Episode links:

Adobe Voco A.I. demonstration used to impersoante former U.S. Presient Barack Obama - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csR8Q91Bh0
John Allsopp - http://johnfallsopp.com/

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00:43:23 3/20/2018
What stories should we tell ourselves (and our kids) to prepare them for the next billion seconds? We end Series One with this extended episode bringing contributors from this season, Genevieve Bell, Andy Polaine and John Allsopp together in a conversation about how we might think about and plan for a future that's looking both playful - and terrifying.

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01:08:54 12/14/2017
Games and play expert Eric Zimmerman explains how play has become an X-Ray, giving us the opportunity to have 'a peek beneath the bonnet' of so much of our world. Play and games are the probes we're using to explore - ourselves, and our world - over the next billion seconds. It's a rich conversation with Mark and Eric, recorded at NYU where Eric teaches.

Find out more: http://www.ericzimmerman.com/

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00:34:16 11/17/2017
When the internet was born it was free and was to stay free for everyone who wanted to access it. So, to pay for it, a few little ads would be needed. Our guest, media expert Rob Tercek, who was there at the beginning, couldn't have realised what those ads would evolve into. Data tracking, gathering your information and computers bidding for your eyeballs. Your data is for sale and it's big business. Now, they are working on reversing the process so we can gain back control.

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00:45:23 10/20/2017

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