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Future Insiders Podcast

Future Insiders Podcast

By Cathy Hackl
The Future Insiders Podcast is all about the future of tech, business, & humanity. Whether you’re a techie or traditionalist, get ready to see the future! Cathy has been to the far frontiers of tech and with this podcast will present the possibilities of the tomorrows that are actually happening today by discussing the latest news from the world of emerging tech and bringing you the insiders who are making it happen.
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Metaversonomics (the economics of the Metaverse) with Bronwyn Williams from Flux Trends
In this episode, Cathy talks with fellow futurist, Bronwyn Williams, about the metaverse, the economics of the metaverse, or metaversonimics, and even the future of gold and bitcoin. Bronwyn is a Partner, Foresight Lead, and Trend Analyst at Flux Trends.  They also talk about Bronwyn's upcoming book, The Future Starts Now, to which Cathy contributed a chapter on virtual worlds and the metaverse to. You can pre-order the book today. 
October 18, 2020
Winning a Primetime Emmy for Virtual Reality with ARVORE's Ricardo Justus & Ricardo Laganaro
In this episode, Cathy interviews Ricardo Justus and Ricardo Laganaro of ARVORE. The team recently won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming. The ARVORE team is one of the first studios to use the Oculus Quest's hand tracking for an interactive VR experience, The Line. Cathy is part of the Executive Committee of the Television Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group, the group responsible for deciding who gets this award.  The line is one of the virtual reality winners this year. 
October 11, 2020
What Does It Take To Win An Emmy for AR & VR With Television Academy Governor, Lori Schwartz
Cathy is part of the Television Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group's Executive Committee. This is the group responsible for selecting the winner(s) for the Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming Award. This award was recently awarded to The Line from @Arvore and Oculus VR and to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Inc. Cathy is joined by IMPG Governor, Lori H. Schwartz to talk about what it takes to win an Emmy for #VR or #AR and much more! If you're an #XR creator and you dream of winning an Emmy one day, don't miss this episode. 
October 11, 2020
Strange Stories About The Future With Tery Spataro, Author Of Laundrygate
Hear from Tery Spataro, author of the fiction book, Laundrygate: Strange Stories About The Future. In this episode, Cathy and Tery talk about her book and also about Tery's process for writing about fictional futures, some of which seem to close to home and at times prophetic. Her new book is an unusual collection of short stories about the unimagined consequences of technology and the creation of new realities. In it, Tery dreams up these wild, surreal tales and envisions the outcomes brought about by technological change, human curiosity, and imagines posthumanism worlds. 
October 4, 2020
How The Midwest Is Becoming A Tech Hub with Neil Singh
During this episode, Cathy talks with Neil Singh, director of technology at Team NEO. Team NEO is a business development organization focused on accelerating economic growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio. They talk about how the Midwest is becoming a tech hub and Neil's views about the future of economic development in the region. 
October 4, 2020
Building A Culture Of Futures-Based Thinking In National Security With Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis
In this special episode of Future Insiders, Cathy welcomes Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis, Chief of Strategic Foresight and Futures at the United States Air Force. During the episode, Cathy and Jake talk about the recent unclassified Global Futures Report that Sotiriadis worked on with a team of stellar futurists and how the Air Force can shape an adaptive future strategy. They also talk about how we are upon a new renaissance era for futurists and foresight. You won't want to miss this episode!
September 9, 2020
Why Mojo Vision Is Creating The World's First Smart AR Contact Lens
Cathy talks with Future Insider, Steve Sinclair, SVP of Product at Mojo Vision. The company is working on the world's first smart contact lens. They are pioneering the concept of Invisible Computing—a display that never gets in the way via the Mojo Lens, a smart augmented reality contact lens. The team at Mojo comes from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. They are scientists. Futurists, medical experts, and technologists and have joined forces to give people superpowers. Mojo Vision's view of the world seamlessly fuses digital information onto the world around us. 
September 3, 2020
Virtual Fashion & Where Sneakerheads Spends Hundreds Of Dollars On Virtual Sneakers with the CEO of Aglet
Are you a sneakerhead? If so, would you spend hundreds of dollars on virtual sneakers? In this episode, Cathy talks with Ryan David Mullins, CEO of Aglet, an app that connects sneakerheads, creators, and brands through virtual sneakers using augmented reality. A recent Forbes article about them sums it all up really well: Where People Spend Thousands Of Dollars On Sneakers That Don’t Exist. Cathy and Ryan discuss virtual fashion, the metaverse and, of course, the future. 
September 1, 2020
Happiness As A Measure Of Business Success & Human-Centered Design With The Co-CEOs Of Youtopian
In this episode, Cathy talks with Lisa Sibilia and DP Prakash, Co-CEOs of Youtopian, a human-centered AI and XR innovations company that is changing the business world one client a time. Measuring core happiness is one of the most important metrics they track. DP has years of corporate and managerial experience and Lisa spent more than 10 years in the education industry. Inspired by Disney's Imagineering principles and guided by creativity, they seek to accelerate humanity to its full potential and change the future of work and education. You won't want to miss this conversation. 
September 1, 2020
The Future of Events with Anne-Marie Enns & Kris Kolo from the VR/AR Association
Events have changed a lot in the last few months. Organizations are pivoting and exploring new formats including virtual reality and augmented reality. In this episode, Cathy talks with Anne-Marie Enns and Kris Kolo of the VR/AR Association about the future of events and their upcoming VR/AR Global Summit, that's taking place from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. 
August 29, 2020
Culture Relevance Today and in the Future with Kristina Jenkins
Why is cultural relevance more important now than ever? During this episode, Cathy sits down with Kristina Jenkins, Head of Strategy at Cashmere Agency to discuss why brands have ambitions to be culturally relevant and what being culturally relevant means and requires. We'll also talk about the future of cultural relevance and what's to come. 
August 29, 2020
The Future of Media with the BBC's R&D Firestarter
Do you know anyone who's a Firestarter? We do and his name is Ian Forrester. Ian is a Senior Firestarter at BBC R&D where he's working on the future of media and storytelling. During this episode, we talk about the living room of the future, how Ian got such a cool job title, and much, much more. Join us for this episode of Future Insiders with Cathy Hackl. 
August 29, 2020
Talking about 5G, 6G, & the Spatial Internet with Leslie Shannon
Cathy talks with Leslie Shannon, Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting at Nokia, about the future of connectivity, connection, and the web. From 5G to 6G, and the Spatial Internet (or metaverse) that's being built, Cathy and Leslie tackle a lot in this episode. Leslie helps Nokia stay ahead of the curve and helps Nokia's clients prepare for the future. This is one episode you won't want to miss. 
August 12, 2020
Disruptive Futures, Business, & Education with Roger Spitz
Cathy talks with fellow futurist Roger Spitz, the founder & CEO Techistential and the Chairman Disruptive Futures Institute.  After spending most of his career in investment banking and M&A, Roger now helps organizations, governments, and CEOs future-proof their business. Cathy and Roger explore the future of educational models, the future of strategic foresight, and even talk about the importance of teaching futures studies in schools. 
August 11, 2020
A Philosopher's Take On The Future of Leadership, Education, & A Lot More
Cathy is joined by Chris Mayer, philosopher & also Associate Dean for Strategy & Initiatives at West Point. Among the many things Chris does is teach Philosophy to cadets. Cathy and Chris met at the University of Houston's Strategic Foresight Professional Certificate program earlier this year. During this episode, they talk about the future of leadership, education, work, and even war.  *All of Chris's comments are his own views and opinions and do not represent those of the US Army or West Point.*
August 3, 2020
Business To Robot To Consumer (B2R2C), Prophylactic Culture, & More
Cathy talks with Kim Bates, Chief Futurist at Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve about how marketing is changing and how marketers will need to reach consumers via robots in the near future. Kim is one of the first people to coin the term Business To Robot To Consumer (B2R2C). Cathy and Kim also discuss a Forbes article they wrote in partnership where they explore what a society focused on immunity and protection of the physical body, mind, spirit, & environment could look like. Are we entering a new era of prophylactic culture? 
July 30, 2020
Exponential Africa
In this episode, Cathy talks with Mic Mann, the co-CEO of Singularity University South Africa and host of Exponential Africa about how he's using VR and what the future holds for immersive tech in Africa. Mic is a well-known technology leader in his region and a champion for immersive tech. Cathy and Mic discuss everything from holding of the world's 1st press conferences in VR to attending Tomorrowland in the near future.
July 23, 2020
What Does a Futurist Do?
In this episode, Cathy sits down with world-renowned futurist, Andy Hines, to talk about what a futurist is and what a futurist does. Andy has been a professional futurist for more than 30 years and runs the University of Houston's Foresight Program. This interview was recorded in January when Cathy attended the program's Professional Certificate in Foresight week-long course in Houston. 
July 4, 2020
The Future of Gaming and Virtual Presence
Cathy talks with Keisha Howard from Sugar Gamers about the future of gaming and of virtual presence. This interview was originally recorded on LinkedIn Live.
July 3, 2020
The Future of Feeling
Cathy talks with Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips, the author of the book The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World. Kaitlin interviewed Cathy back in 2017 for an article that ran in Salon and The Week about how VR can be used to change minds on social issues. This interview was originally recorded on LinkedIn Live. 
July 3, 2020
How is the International Rescue Committee Using VR
In this episode, Cathy talks with Elena Chopyak of the International Rescue Committee about how the organization is using virtual reality for training, team building and beyond. Elena is also the winner of the Cathy Hackl Scholarship for Women. 
July 3, 2020
The Future of Education with Esther Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki has been championing a new way to teach and raise children for many years. She is a true pioneer and visionary. Cathy sat down with Esther at the SingularityU Summit in Costa Rica. Listen and learn kids!
July 2, 2020
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Synths
Today on the Future Insider's Podcast, Cathy Hackl interviews the CEO & Founder of Sanctuary AI, Suzanne Gildert. Listen and learn everything you ever wanted to know about synthetic humanoid robots or synths. This interview was recorded live at Singularity University Summit in Costa Rica. 
June 29, 2020