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Near Future Laboratory Podcast

By Julian Bleecker
The Near Future Laboratory Podcast is conversations at the vanguard of design, technology, futures, and culture, hosted by Julian Bleecker — founder of the Near Future Laboratory.

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N°36 — Andrew Dana Hudson Post Normal Fiction
Andrew Dana Hudson is an speculative fiction writer, researcher, futurist who's novel 'Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures' was just published. We get into a range of topics around ways of imagining possible futures, particularly around wicked and super-wicked problems where there are often no clear solutions, something he works through in 'Our Shared Storm'. Please consider supporting this podcast by becoming a subscriber over on Patreon.com. Also please rate and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Every little bit helps! Thank you for listening and thank you for your support!
59:55
May 09, 2022
N°35 — General Seminar 20 "METALABELS WTF!?"
This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — a digest of General Seminar 20 which was on the topic of "METALABELS". So this episode consists of excerpts from that seminar, along with some commentary for context. Thanks to all the wonderful participants from that session! Some links mentioned: https://www.thecut.com/2022/02/a-vibe-shift-is-coming.html https://newsletters.theatlantic.com/galaxy-brain/620d5303dc551a0020870079/i-found-the-tech-angle-on-the-vibe-shift/ If you dig this topic, you'll probably dig the Near Future Laboratory Discord community. Contact me at about joining the Near Future Laboratory in there. Please support the Near Future Laboratory Podcast over on Patreon — https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — Your support is very much appreciated and helps me know that you value the effort that goes into producing the show! Want to find out more about General Seminar? Looking to bring General Seminar into your team or organization to help flex your imagination muscle and be a better futures thinker? Get in touch! https://generalseminar.com Please subscribe, rate and share this podcast amongst your friends and colleagues! Thank you for listening! Seriously!
27:07
May 01, 2022
N°34 — Genevieve Bell from Cybernetics to Meta(verse)
My guest Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, AO FAHA FTSE is an Australian anthropologist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technological development. She taught Anthropology at Stanford before being recruited to Intel in 1998 to build out their social-science research program in their advanced R&D labs. There, Bell and colleagues helped orient Intel to a more market-inspired and experience-driven approach, establishing Intel's UX competency and, indeed, introducing the viability of UX research within high technology. Together with Paul Dourish, she wrote the book 'Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing', an exploration of the social and cultural components of ubiquitous computing. In 2017 she returned to Australia, appointed as Entrepreneurial Fellow and distinguished professor at Australian National University's College of Engineering and Computer Science where she directs the School of Cybernetics and the Autonomy, Agency & Assurance Institute. In our conversation I refer to her recent paper in the MIT Technology Review, 'The metaverse is a new word for an old idea' I mention this short documentary “You’ve Never Been Completely Honest” by Joey Izzo. (Trigger warnings apply — read the interview with Izzo before watching to figure out if you really want to watch it.) Genevieve mentions an audio recording of Gregory Bateson called "Versailles to Cybernetics" and a recording Stewart Brand made with Bateson and Margaret Meade that is in a kind of annotated transcript here: "For God's Sake Margaret!" "Cybernetic Serendipity" is the exhibition she mentions curated by Jasia Reichardt. Please consider supporting this podcast! You can do so over here at patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. You can also buy me a "coffee" over at ko-fi.com/bleeckerj Thank you for your support!
01:12:55
April 25, 2022
N°33 - Special Bulletin on the NFT Marketplace with Michelle Kasprzak
Please support this podcast over on Patreon! You can also support me by rating and writing a review over on Apple Podcasts. Thanks! This is a Special Bulletin from the Near Future Laboratory on a report that Michelle Kasprzak shared in our NFLPRO Discord that was commissioned and funded by by the Government of Canada, specifically Canadian Heritage. Titled "Decrypting the Medium: A Report on the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Marketplace", it's a cogent, steady-handed look at the NFT Marketplace that I found insightful and refreshingly balanced. When I read it I thought it would be of general interest to the wider audience, particularly for folks who are curious enough about vanguard cultural phenomenons to not become super partisan. It's also fascinating to learn more about how the Canadian Government is educating itself as pertains NFTs and cultural production. On the heels of that report is an essay that Michelle wrote and also shared in the NFLPRO Discord titled "Ethical Engagement with NFTs — Impossibility or Viable Aspiration" which couples nicely with the more academic report previously mentioned. Sign up for the Near Future Laboratory Email List Michelle Kasprzak OCADU Super Ordinary Lab
29:12
April 13, 2022
N°32 — Yancey Strickler & METALABEL
Originally I wanted to have Yancey Strickler as a guest to discuss his book This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, after I read it last spring. A year has passed since I thought it would be fun to have Yancey on and in that time he created something called Metalabel, and that was equally interesting and maybe more so because I've been actively working on various social architectures to facilitate groups and teams whose purpose is creative action, creating culture, groups and teams that translate ideas into material form. And, somehow, from what I heard and read, Metalabel sounds like it is doing something similar. So, this is what we focused on — futuristic kinds of arrangements of creative cultures. Because this topic is so curious and intriguing and evocative and still at the edge of making sense, I deployed a General Seminar on the topic for Wednesday April 20th at 3pm PDT, General Seminar N°20 - Metalabel WTF Join me and 16 others to work through the question and discuss this idea of the 'Metalabel.' Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He’s the cofounder of Kickstarter, cofounder of Metalabel, cofounder of the artist resource The Creative Independent, creator of Bentoism, creator of The Ideaspace, and the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. Please support this podcast either directly at nearfuturelaboratory.eth or over at patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. You can also support the podcast by rating it on whatever podcast platform you are using, but especially Apple Podcast and write a review! All those little low-lift things really do help!
59:36
April 10, 2022
N°31 — J. Paul Neeley (Futurists Talking To Futurists)
 This is the second in a series of conversations with people operating in the foresight/futures arena — Futurists Talking To Futurists. J. Paul Neeley is a speculative designer and service designer. He teaches at the Royal College of Art in the service design course. His work explores the social, cultural, economic, and ethical implications of emerging technologies, designing speculative futures that help us engage with possibility as a way of reframing and understanding anew our current state. Recent projects have focused on happiness, healthcare and wellbeing, self quantification, social polarization and civility, future mobility, AI, synthetic biology, and issues of complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business. Find out more about his practice at https://www.neeleyworldwide.com and https://www.critical.design Also — super important! Please consider supporting this podcast. The easiest way to do this is to rate, write a review on whatever podcast service you are currently looking at! Also, please share it widely amongst your team, friends, colleagues, family. You can also support the podcast over at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or you can buy me a "coffee" over at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj. Another way to support this work is to commission us to help you and your team use the approaches and techniques we discuss in the podcast. We regularly facilitate workshops and entire programs, like what we discussed in Episode N°25 with Katie McCrory from IKEA. Contact me directly at julian@nearfuturelaboratory.com to learn more.
55:55
March 28, 2022
N°30 — Dunne & Raby
My guests in this episode are the design practice known as Dunne & Raby, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby. They continue to be pioneers at the vanguard of design practice with a particular emphasis on speculative design, and the use of design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. They are the authors of several books on the topic, most recently "Speculative Everything" and a long-awaited reprint of their seminal book "Hertzian Tales". In our discussion they allude to a forthcoming book as well. http://dunneandraby.co.uk/ https://www.designedrealities.org/ Hey! Please consider supporting this podcast! The easiest way to do this is to share it amongst your team, friends, colleagues, family — and rank the podcast on whatever platform on which you're listening. But more directly you can support the podcast over at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or you can buy me a "coffee" over at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj. Your support is greatly appreciated! You can find more links, including an invitation to join the Near Future Laboratory Discord, here: https://linktr.ee/bleeckerj
01:19:41
March 15, 2022
N°29 — General Seminar 17 "Solarpunk"
This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — a digest of General Seminar 17 which was on the topic of "Solarpunk". So this episode consists of excerpts from that seminar, along with some commentary for context. Thanks to all the wonderful participants from that session, and especially to our extra special guest participant Andrew Dana Hudson who has a forthcoming book on Climate Fiction called Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures due to drop on April 5th. I mentioned that I would put a link to a Solarpunk Futures proposal the Near Future Laboratory DAO submitted. The proposal is up on IPFS — it's called A Design Fiction Blockchain Solar Punk Public Future Project. I implore you to take a look, and help us figure out how we can develop this further. Creating imaginaries of more habitable plausible possible near futures is vital — maybe even more important than just building tech for climate change mitigation. If you don't have a large public shared imaginary of what a more habitable future might look like, you've lost the game for creating a future. All I see nowadays for the future is dismal ruin. (Thanks Hollywood!) Please support the Near Future Laboratory Podcast over on Patreon — https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — Your support is very much appreciated and helps me know that you value the effort that goes into producing the show! Want to find out more about General Seminar? Looking to bring General Seminar into your team or organization to help flex your imagination muscle and be a better futures thinker? Get in touch! https://generalseminar.com Also, learn more about the Design Fiction mindset and get involved with us! Join the Near Future Laboratory Discord — https://linktr.ee/bleeckerj Please subscribe, rate and share this podcast amongst your friends and colleagues! Thank you for listening.
30:33
March 10, 2022
N°28 — Radha Mistry (Futurists Talking To Futurists)
This is the first of what I hope to be a series of conversations with people operating in the foresight/futures arena and I'm calling it Futurists Talking To Futurists. Radha Mistry and I met late last year when her team posted a role in their growing strategic foresight team. I was intrigued by our conversation and asked if she would come on the podcast to talk about her role, experiences, and insights — mostly because I was trying to understand what "foresight" meant or means now after I had been away for nearly 8 years quite focussed on building and growing my product company OMATA. It was a super fun, casual chat where I could ask naive questions and learn from Radha and her remarkable trajectory in and around architecture, futures, and strategic foresight. I hope you enjoy the conversation. Please consider supporting this podcast. The easiest way to do this is to share it amongst your team, friends, colleagues, family — and rank the podcast on whatever platform on which you're listening. You can also support the podcast over at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or you can buy me a "coffee" over at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj. Your support is greatly appreciated! https://www.linkedin.com/in/radha-mistry-63024440/
51:11
March 02, 2022
N°27 — General Seminar 16 "The Generalist"
This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — a digest of General Seminar 16 which was on the topic of "The Generalist". So this episode consists of excerpts from that seminar, along with some commentary for context. Thanks to all the wonderful participants from that session. Please support the Near Future Laboratory Podcast over on Patreon — https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — Your support is very much appreciated and helps me know that you value the effort that goes into producing the show! Want to find out more about General Seminar? Looking to bring General Seminar into your team or organization to help flex your imagination muscle and be a better futures thinker? Get in touch! https://generalseminar.com Also, learn more about the Design Fiction mindset and get involved with us! Join the Near Future Laboratory Discord — https://linktr.ee/bleeckerj Please subscribe, rate and share this podcast amongst your friends and colleagues! Thank you for listening.
25:27
February 15, 2022
N°26 — Ed Finn, Solarpunk, Design Fiction & ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Ed Finn is Director at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination and Associate Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. In our conversation we wonder through a variety of topics including the nature of the imagination and education, Design Fiction, CSI's work on Climate Futures and Climate Fiction and a whole lot more! Please support this podcast at patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or buy me a coffee ☕ — thanks! Check out my linktree for links to the Near Future Laboratory Discord server, my portfolio site, and newsletter and all the rest.
01:07:47
February 12, 2022
N°25 — Katie McCrory
Katie McCrory leads the Life at Home global team at IKEA, where she oversees the production of the annual global Life at Home Report. Katie bought into the principles of Design Fiction, particularly the focus on the "everyday", and commissioned me to work with her team to bring some clarity and acuity to the global research 2021 results with some Design Fiction, ultimately delivered within the Life at Home Magazine. In this episode, Katie and I talk about the role of Design Fiction in corporate contexts, and a bit "behind the scenes" as to how we effectively and efficiently achieved some impactful and meaningful results and delivered them in the Life at Home Magazine. Please consider supporting this podcast. You can do so over on https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. You can also "buy" me a "coffee" over at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj or disintermediate and support us directly by sending $ETH to bleecker.eth.  If you're into this kind of material and the discussions and work surrounding it, consider joining the Near Future Laboratory Discord! General Seminar is entering Season 2 — be sure to check it out and sign up, and you'll definitely want to sign up to the Design Fiction Newsletter. To find out more about me and my work or to talk about work, visit my portfolio site here: https://julianbleecker.com and reach out. https://lifeathome.ikea.com/ https://lifeathome.ikea.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/IKEA_LifeatHome_Magazine2021.pdf https://lifeathome.ikea.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Data_LifeatHomeReport_LAHR21.pdf https://shop.nearfuturelaboratory.com/products/design-fiction-a-short-essay-on-design-science-fact-and-fiction https://julianbleecker.com https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj https://buttondown.email/designfiction
01:10:49
January 28, 2022
N°24 — 0xDEAFBEEF
The artist known as DEAFBEEF began an as art project in 2020 at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic and has drawn attention during the 2021 NFT boom. His work experiments with generative practices, minimal and even near-obsolete technology, and creative emergence. Please consider supporting this podcast. You can do so over on https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. You can also "buy" me a "coffee" over at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj or disintermediate and support us directly to bleecker.eth. If you're into this kind of material and the discussions and work surrounding it, consider joining the Near Future Laboratory Discord! General Seminar is entering Season 2 — be sure to check it out and sign up, and you'll definitely want to sign up to the Design Fiction Newsletter. To find out more about me and my work or to talk about work, visit my portfolio site here: https://julianbleecker.com and reach out.
01:12:55
January 17, 2022
N°23 — General Seminar N°14 WEB3WTF!?
General Seminar N°14 was on Web3!  Yeah!  What the heck is that anyway??  Well — that's why we have General Seminar; to discuss the things we're somewhat confused about..the things on the edge of meaning. General Seminar. Listen in on some of the outcomes of Seminar and tune in to our design fiction excavations. We started with a simple brief: what is travel in a Web3 universe? What is the refrigerator in a Web3 universe? DISCUSS! Please support the Near Future Laboratory Podcast over on Patreon — https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — Your support is very much appreciated and helps me know that you value the effort that goes into producing the show! Want to find out more about General Seminar? Looking to bring General Seminar into your team or organization to help flex your imagination muscle and be a better futures thinker? Get in touch! https://generalseminar.com Also, learn more about the Design Fiction mindset and get involved with us! Join the Near Future Laboratory Discord — https://linktr.ee/bleeckerj
27:13
January 12, 2022
N°22 — Jaymo
Jaymo a/k/a Jay Springett is a writer, podcaster, strategist, currently specializing in the distributed web, metaverse, and world running. He works with individuals and organisations to create cohesive worlds. Hybrid environments made up of people, places, technologies and the cultures they create together. You can find him and his work at thejaymo.net. Here are some links to some of the material, references, and topics we covered: Interdependence Ep. 22: This is All Happening Right Now: Solarpunk, cultural fracking and the real Jurassic Park with Jay Springett Permanently Moved Podcast Headless Brands Essay “The indifference Engine” (also The Indifference Engine - An Ecological Characterisation of Bitcoin) Olalekan Jeyifous "Olalekan Jeyifous Is Imagining an Afrofuturist Brooklyn"
01:18:58
December 26, 2021
N°21 — Mieke Marple & Medusa Collection
Mieke Marple is an artist and writer, and creator of the Medusa Collection, a set of 2,500 unique NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. It’s a large scale artwork + restorative history + fundraiser that dedicates 25% of all sales to Steven Van Zandt’s national education non-profit TeachRock.org Mieke and I talk about art, running a traditional art gallery, and her motivations to move to digital and specifically crypto art. Please consider supporting this podcast over on Patreon or buy me a coffee! Thank you for ranking this podcast, and for your support! LINKS [Mieke Marple] (https://miekemarple.com/) [Medusa Collection] (http://medusacollection.io/) [Teach Rock] (https://teachrock.org/) [Become a Patron] (https://www.patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory) [Near Future Laboratory Discord]( https://discord.gg/PHbDruNGN5)
58:54
December 06, 2021
N°20 — Nick Foster RDI
An episode a long time coming — a discussion with Nick Foster, RDI, Head of Design at X (a/k/a The Moonshot Factory) about his recent appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). A great discussion with a long-time collaborator and co-instigator at the Near Future Laboratory about ideas, imagination, and the recognition of the role and craft of Futures Design, which is the designation Nick was assigned — something entirely new. Please consider supporting this podcast, or if you want — buy me a Coffee! You may also be interested in the Design Fiction Newsletter as well as the Near Future Laboratory Discord, high-signal / low-noise channel discussing design, technoculture, and futures. Thank you for listening! Julian
53:38
November 30, 2021
N°19 — Parsons and Charlesworth
I had a chance to meet up with Jess Charlesworth and Tim Parsons while they passed through Los Angeles a few weeks ago. It was great to meet them in person after following their work for years now. Their work has been exhibited internationally at some of the most awesome venues and exhibition forums — I suggest you settle in to look at their website, which is a great catalog of their works and their motivating principles. Parsons & Charlesworth are collaborative artists focusing on the objects and habits of humankind. Their inventive sculptural practice relies upon creating objects that allow us to examine our future selves and perhaps navigate better. Utilizing sculpture, objects, narrative writing and photography, their work addresses key social, ecological and technological challenges of our time, including climate change and the future of work. Please consider supporting this podcast, or if you want — buy me a Coffee! You may also be interested in the Design Fiction Newsletter as well as the Near Future Laboratory Discord, high-signal / low-noise channel discussing design, technoculture, and futures. Thank you for listening! Julian
01:38:00
November 09, 2021
N°18 — General Seminar N°10 CRYPTO GAMING (Something unsettling happened.)
This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — an annotated highlight reel from our General Seminar N°10 — a discussion on CRYPTO GAMES. You can find out more about this General Seminar here: https://generalseminar.com/general-seminar-no-10.) Yeah. CRYPTO GAMING. That’s like..games and blockchains, right? Or pay-to-play-to-earn, as I’ve heard it referred to? Or is it, like..being able to take your broadsword from Fortnite into Call of Duty or something?  Listen along to General Seminar N°10 with hosts Julian Bleecker, Katie Dreke, and Ian Bogost and our 16 participants. Please consider supporting this podcast! You can do so at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or you can buy me a Coffee here:https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj! You can also send $ETH to https://bleecker.eth. (Oh, also— I mention in my introduction that something really unsettling happened when I was producing this episode and I refer to a tweet — it's this one here — https://twitter.com/slavin_fpo/status/1449455253670309895)
39:04
October 21, 2021
N°17 — Blockchain Artist Sarah Friend
Sarah Friend studied painting as a fine artist and is now one of the more audacious media artists. Her art projects probe the contours of possible kinds of social relations built on top of blockchain mechanics, inspired and shaped by her interest in science-fiction and futures. Sarah's medium is software, her canvas is the blockchain, and her paintbrushes non-fungible tokens and Solidity contracts. He project Lifeforms and Off are especially evocative, pushing into the near future of how cryptodynamics and blockchain architecture can operate as instruments and expressive media.  Please consider supporting this podcast. You can do so at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory or by buying me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj. You can also send crypto here to me directly at bleecker.eth ====== Some links to Sarah Friend's work https://isthisa.com/ https://twitter.com/isthisanart_ https://off.supply/ https://lifeforms.supply/about https://github.com/ana0 Extracting Computerized Desires — A Review of Clickmine Near Future Laboratory Discord: https://discord.com/invite/j7DggW2ahj Design Fiction Newsletter: https://buttondown.email/designfiction
55:12
October 18, 2021
N°16 — General Seminar N°9 — Synthetic Brands / Synthetic Media
This is a special episode of the Near Future Laboratory Podcast — a highlight reel from our General Seminar N°9 — a discussion on Synthetic Brands / Synthetic Media. We are now nudging into a world in which algorithmically synthetic and computer-generated artificial entities will likely be participating, collaborating, and fully assuming roles up and down the culture stack  — from customer care bots to pop-stars and politicians. How do we make sense of all this? General Seminar is a platform for sense-making through discussion.    One-to-many “expert” platforms like podcasts, TED Talks, and Masterclasses serve a role in the dissemination of ideas and opinions of a small group of experts. By their nature these are largely one-way, where ideas flow to a mostly passive audience who still must make sense of the topic on their own. General Seminar provides an alternative. Sign up to be notified of future General Seminar sessions. This podcast is supported by the good graces of my patron's on Patreon. Please consider supporting this podcast and my Design Fiction Newsletter! Or, you can buy me a coffee to show your thanks!
33:59
October 11, 2021
N°15 — What is it to be a Generalist? with Patrick Tanguay
Patrick Tanguay is a Generalist, Synthesist, and Curator. He explores tech in society, signals of change, & prospective futures in his fantastic weekly newsletter Sentiers, which I recommend you subscribe to. Every Sunday I get a host of fantastic insights and pointers, one of the most interesting is his mentioning the most clicked story a year ago. This morning it was a great piece from last year — the somewhat manifesto-y article on Squad Wealth, some themes we discuss in this podcast. You can also find Patrick on Twitter at @inevernu  Please consider supporting this podcast on Patreon — doing so helps cover the costs of maintaining the various nozzles and nodes necessary to produce the podcast, plus maybe more than that — it shows that you support the effort that goes into this work. You can also buy me a "coffee" as a kind of tip for the effort. If you like the topics in and around this discussion, please consider signing up for General Seminar — it's my new experimental platform for conversations using the seminar framework to have several-to-several conversations in which everyone has a voice. Patrick has been a web developer for 15 plus years, and co-founded the first coworking space in Montréal, Station C, and co-initiated the critically acclaimed print magazine The Alpine Review. Over the years he also helped start a number of groups bringing people and ideas together: The Awesome Foundation Montréal, Webcamp, Creative Mornings Montréal, and Hacks/Hackers Montréal. Back in the day he was steward of the oldest and longest running blogger meetup, Yulblog.
01:01:04
August 29, 2021
Speculative Design, IOT & Cultures of Innovation with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an author, consultant, public speaker, entrepreneur and designer living in London. She is the author of Creating a Culture of Innovation and Smarter Homes She is the founder of the Low Carbon Design Institute, a residency for creative people focused on climate change. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). She’s been included in the long-list of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. She studied industrial design at the University of Montreal and interaction design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. You can find her work at designswarm Please support this podcast, which you can do at patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory. You can also buy me a coffee! You may also be interested in the Design Fiction newsletter, a somewhat weekly newsletter on topics related to design, innovation, culture and technology. As well, we have a new platform for sense-making called General Seminar. New sessions are in the planning phase. Sign up there to be notified of upcoming seminars on Augmented Reality, the Metaverse, and Design Fiction.
01:14:14
August 06, 2021
Tina He on DAOs, Calvino and Blockchain Social Mechanics
Tina He is a writer, designer, and investor dedicated to creating technology that fosters creativity, growth, and knowledge. Her essay "The New Frontier of Belonging" caught my attention as it navigated through a number of disparate terrains while describing the peculiar kinds of social formations arising out of blockchain mechanics — and it leads with a reference to Italo Calvino, which I found to be unexpected and beautiful. Please support my podcast: https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory Or buy me a small coffee: https://ko-fi.com/bleeckerj Here are some links related to this episode: http://tinahe.co/ https://fakepixels.substack.com/ https://desktop.pacecapital.com/ https://fakepixels.substack.com/p/fkpxls-the-new-frontier-of-belonging
01:04:04
July 28, 2021
NFTs, Blockchain, Social Tokens with Sean Bonner
A discussion about the social futures and social dynamics inherent in NFTs and Blockchain, with Sean Bonner. See his https://nftart.lol which compares various NFT platforms. And his blog: http://blog.seanbonner.com/nft/ He also publishes a semi-weekly email newsletter that I can highly recommend, called The Crowd https://tinyletter.com/seanbonner.
02:10:25
June 28, 2021
PizzaDAO with Daniel van de Ghinste & Jed Berk
A long, ranging, technically challenged conversation with two participants in PizzaDAO which formed spontaneously on Clubhouse based on the idea to have a global pizza party. On March 15th, 2021 they opened Rare Pizzas Box NFT reservations to the public and raised $1.3 Million for real, cheese-y pizza. What is a DAO anyway, and what's it got to do with the future, let alone pizza? https://www.rarepizzas.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-van-de-ghinste-46663937 http://cargocollective.com/jedberk
03:01:40
May 28, 2021
Julian Bleecker: Q&A by Jonas Schmidt
In this episode I move to the otherside of the Q&A table. Jonas Schmidt had contacted me to do a Q&A for his master's program research, specifically on the Near Future Laboratory and our own approach to design and creative work. It was good fun — so I asked Jonas if he wouldn't mind if we made it into a mirrorworld podcast episode and he happily agreed. Please support this podcast on Patreon - https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — Thank you!
39:19
May 05, 2021
Devon Powers: The Trend of Trends
Devon Powers is an Associate Professor of Advertising at the Department of Advertising and PR in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. Devon studies consumer culture, cultural history, and cultural circulation/intermediation, with a focus on trends, branding, and popular music. We discuss her book "On Trend: The Business of Forecasting the Future".
01:02:24
April 20, 2021
Alexis Lloyd: Futurist Not Futurist
Alexis Lloyd is a product design and innovation leader who has spent her career designing experiences for how we read, write, and share information on the internet. She is currently the VP of Product Design at Medium and has previously led design and innovation work at The New York Times R&D Lab, Axios, and Automattic. She co-leads the Ethical Futures Lab and has a deep curiosity about how humans and machines co-evolve with one another.
52:58
April 11, 2021
Madeline Ashby: Futurism, Foresight, and Science Fiction Part 2
This is Part 2 of my conversation with Madeline Ashby who is an American-Canadian science fiction writer and futurist, best known for her 2016 novel Company Town. She is a graduate of OCAD University's Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation. If you found this episode a worthy use of your time and is helping your futures brain bulk up, consider become a patron over at our Patreon — or you can offer a tip which is easy to do nowadays over at ko-fi.org/bleecker
39:48
March 29, 2021
Madeline Ashby: Futurism, Foresight, and Science Fiction Part 1
Madeline Ashby is an American-Canadian science fiction writer and futurist, best known for her 2016 novel Company Town. She is a graduate of OCAD University's Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation. If you found this episode a worthy use of your time and is helping your futures brain bulk up, consider become a patron over at our Patreon https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — or you can offer a tip which is easy to do nowadays over at https://ko-fi.org/bleecker
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March 29, 2021
Anab Jain
Anab Jain is co-founder, along with Jon Arden, of Superflux which is a design studio based in London that create worlds, stories, and tools that provoke and inspire us to engage with the precarity of our rapidly changing world. If you found this episode a worthy use of your time and attention consider become a patron. You can do that at patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory — or you can offer a tip which is easy to do nowadays over at ko-fi.org/bleecker
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March 08, 2021
David Kirby
This episode is with Professor David Kirby. David coined the term ‘diegetic prototype’ to describe an important component of Design Fiction. He describes this and much more in his important book "Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema”.
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February 02, 2021
Liam Young
This episode is a discussion with Liam Young. Liam is an Australian born archtect and film maker who uses design fiction and film in a really provocative and thoughtful and entertaining fashion. He also runs the MA in Fiction and Entertainment at the Southern California Institute of Archtecture (or SCI-ARC). Help support the Podcast by becoming a Patron at https://patreon.com/nearfuturelaboratory The Near Future Laboratory podcast is a series of discussions on Design Fiction.
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January 12, 2021
Scott Smith
This episode is a conversation with Scott Smtih, also known as Changeist on the social medias. In this chat with Scott, we cover most all of that territory. We talk about what makes Design Fiction Design Fiction and not Science Fiction or Literary Fiction. We discuss David Kirby, who will be featured in a forthcoming episode, and the diegetic prototype. And a big discussion about ‘what Design Fiction is good for.’
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January 04, 2021
Fabien Girardin and Nicolas Nova
We discuss the role of the generalist in discovery-based creative, design, future-oriented explorations.
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December 25, 2020