Future Tense - Full program podcast

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.


Robots, AI and ethics  

Why robotics needs to be as much about ethics, accountability and psychology as technology.

Throwing rocks at the Google bus  

Does the digital world fall short of what it initially promised?

A future of reform, not retribution  

Prisons of the future focus on rehabilitation - not retribution. And what if new technology could keep offenders in their own homes and prevent them from committing new crimes?

Cruising into the future - and the true cost of living digital  

The cruise line industry is booming. The bigger the boats, the larger the profits. But what, if any, are the engineering and environmental limits?

How to make spaghetti bolognese  

Social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley uses the recipe for this very popular and accessible dish to highlight the varied threats to our future food supply from global climate change.

Animals and technology  

Digital technology is opening up new relationships between humans and animals – instead of alienating us from nature as in the past.

One Health, many threats  

The “One Health” movement is about understanding the connection between the human condition and the health of the environment.

The problem with “humanity”, a museum of failure and cracking a medieval code  

Failure, disaster and challenges - it's all part of human nature and the future.

Dynamic pricing - and should AI be granted “legal personhood”?  

Algorithms use your data to determine the maximum you as an individual are prepared to pay products and services. And - should Artificial Intelligence be granted legal rights?

How to problem solve - the ultimate problem  

Neuroscientist Robert Burton reckons our brains simply aren’t up to tackling the problems of the complexity of modern life. Could collective intelligence help?

What future democracy?  

Is democracy as we know it doomed? And could there be alternative forms of political representation?

Unions, freelance workers and Codetermination  

What can unions do to transform themselves to meet the new realities of the 21st century?

Unions and the future of employee representation  

Australia is now one of the least unionised countries in the OECD. What's behind the union movement's decline and what factors impede its future?

Pop-up culture  

Do temporary outlets suit our social media times and are they the perfect mid-point between the online experience and traditional bricks and mortar?

Chatting with heretics  

Moving forward isn’t just about denouncing fake news and ignorance, it’s also about rethinking some of the assumptions we have around the ways in which we communicate and debate.

Hyperloops and circular runways  

High speed trains travelling in a vacuum tube and planes that take off from a donut-shaped runway – rethinking the way we travel.

Building Wellness  

Building Wellness - it's a new trend aiming to ensure that the buildings we work and live in actively improve human health and well-being.

The 24-hour city  

Could a 24-hour economy improve your quality of life? Edwina Stott takes a look at our perceptions of the night, and how round-the-clock neighbourhoods could look and function.

Your personal brand  

Could you be sued for your tattoo? Is a career in sport now about branding over athleticism? The art of personal branding is becoming increasingly complicated.

Talking with machines  

Voice operated devices and software are popping up everywhere. Is the nature of computer-human interaction changing?

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