The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the future based on verifiable facts of today.
 

Richard Watson (author of Future Minds and Future Files) is today's featured guest.

Topics: How sales people are hurt by cell phones and the Internet; how we are all rapidly killing privacy; the excessive pandering to gradeschoolers; the bad (and some good) aspects of telecommuting; the elusive paperless office; reading on paper verses on screens; why stupid things we post online remain searchable forever; the benefits of moderate chaos; and the eternal question: If a clean desk is a clean mind, is an empty desk an empty mind?

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 24, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 43 minutes] This interview was recorded on November 13, 2010.

Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and consultant who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on scenario planning and the impact of trends on long-term strategy. He has worked on scenario planning, horizon scanning and innovation projects with, amongst others, IBM, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle, Samsung and The Department of Education (in the United Kingdom and Australia). He is the author of the best selling book Future Files (sixteen worldwide editions) and writes for a number of leading business publications worldwide. His latest book launches today (November 17, 2010) and is titled: Future Minds; and subtitled: How the digital age is changing our minds, why this matters and what we can do about it.

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Richard Watson (author of Future Minds and Future Files) is today's featured guest.

Topics: today's growing trends which affect how we perceive our world, ourselves, each other; and how we make decisions.  Some of these topics include: intellectual promiscuity, the benefits of child-like thinking in adults, the willingness to risk making mistakes, the well known observation that attention spans are shrinking, and the less well known research indicating that I.Q.s are increasing.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 17, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 36 minutes] This interview was recorded on November 13, 2010.

Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and consultant who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on scenario planning and the impact of trends on long-term strategy. He has worked on scenario planning, horizon scanning and innovation projects with, amongst others, IBM, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle, Samsung and The Department of Education (in the United Kingdom and Australia). He is the author of the best selling book Future Files (sixteen worldwide editions) and writes for a number of leading business publications worldwide. His latest book launches today (November 17, 2010) and is titled: Future Minds; and subtitled: How the digital age is changing our minds, why this matters and what we can do about it.

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Four presenters of new medical technologies are today's featured guests.

Benjamin Rhymer (a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist with the Cath Lab) describes how surgeries are performed inside the human heart without opening the chest using manipulation devices mounted on the end of long flexible catheters; he also discusses intravascular ultrasound cameras, and fluoroscopy.

Laura Goldberg and Michelle Mekscer (of the Pathology Department at Aiken Regional Medical Centers Laboratory) describe how removed tissues are being examined microscopically in real time by specialists hundreds of miles away by sending live images from the microscope in the operating room to the specialist through the Internet.

Doctor Chad Leverett (Associate Professor of Chemistry at USCA who is also a nanotechnology scientist working with the USC Nano Center in Columbia SC) describes his and the university's work in nanotechnology: including nanosensors, nanostructures and nanotechnology in medicine. He also explains the uses and technology of an infrared optical spectrometer which provides an instantaneous readout on a laptop computer of a sample's complete chemical and molecular composition.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 10, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 32 minutes] These interviews were taped from the exhibition floor of the 2010  Business, Innovation and Technology Expo which was held on the campus of the University of South Carolina on July 17 2010.

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Stephen Euin Cobb (your host) is today's featured guest.

This episode celebrates humanity's imminent achievement of discovering our 500th planet outside our solar system (exoplanet or extrasolar planet). Your host shares three essays he has written on the topic: two of which are strictly scientific and one that is pragmatic speculation.

Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the November 3, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 31 minutes]

Stephen Euin Cobb is (according to Wikipedia) a U.S. author, magazine writer, interviewer and host of the award-winning podcast The Future and You. He's also a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine; a contributing editor for Robot Magazine; and has written for Space and Time Magazine, H+ Magazine, and Grim Couture Magazine. He is also a game designer, artist, essayist, futurist, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation.

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