The Future This Week

The Future This Week

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This popular ongoing series features Sandra Peter and Kai Riemer, who meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business. Sandra is the Director of Sydney Business Insights and Kai is the Leader of the Digital Disruption Research Group and together they discuss technology, business, the weird and the wonderful things that change the world.


14 Feb 20: #Prisons, #Satellites
Feb 13 • 27 min
This week: virtual prisons, blinded by satellites, and robots in love.
05 Feb 2020: #Predictions #2020
Feb 4 • 21 min
This week: we look back at 2019 and forward to 2020, and reflect on how we connect tech and business trends with global megatrends.
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 7
Jan 30 • 1 min
Season 7 of is almost here. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet weekly to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week. All episodes from…
29 Nov 19: #Shakespeare, #AI, #Capitalism
Nov 28, 2019 • 25 min
This week: AI and Shakespeare, the capitalism crisis, and cows in VR.
22 Nov 19: #FutureofWork, #4DayWeek, #WorkQuality
Nov 21, 2019 • 24 min
This week: working less for more, and the future of work not as usual.
15 Nov 19: #Bullshit, #Algorithms
Nov 14, 2019 • 36 min
This week: calling bullshit, sexist credit cards and death predictions with Jevin West.
8 Nov 19: #TheTruth, #FreeSpeech, #PlatformDesign
Nov 7, 2019 • 29 min
This week: the truth, free speech and the design of online platforms.
1 Nov 2019: #Zombies, #IoT
Oct 31, 2019 • 22 min
This week: a Halloween special with beer corpses, zombie bots and connected birds.
11 Oct 19: #Superannuation, #FutureOfWork
Oct 13, 2019 • 39 min
This week: “death and taxes,” the future of retirement and superannuation
4 Oct 19: #DataAnalytics with Simon Kemp
Oct 3, 2019 • 21 min
This week: part two of a special with Simon Kemp on the value of data analytics
27 Sep 19: #StateOfDigital with Simon Kemp
Sep 26, 2019 • 34 min
This week: part one of a special with Simon Kemp on the State of Digital
23 Sep 2019: #ClimateAction, #Apocalypse
Sep 22, 2019 • 38 min
This week: What can we do to save the planet? And how will the world end?
20 Sep 2019: #ClimateStrike
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
This week: we are joined by Professor Chris Wright to go on climate strike
13 Sep 19: #BigIdeas, #WorkSatisfaction
Sep 15, 2019 • 26 min
This week: real innovation between steam trains and convenience, and the automation paradox
6 Sep 19: #ChickenWars, #RingMyBell
Sep 9, 2019 • 32 min
This week: chicken wars – don’t be chicken, eat the balls; and ring my bell.
30 Aug 19: #Myspace, #Consumerism
Aug 29, 2019 • 27 min
This week: preserving our digital heritage, and the national identity crisis caused by consumerism.
23 Aug 2019: #SizeMatters, #WhatTheTech
Aug 22, 2019 • 26 min
This week: size matters when there’s scarce abundance, and what the tech?
16 Aug 19: #YouTubeFame, #GhostKitchens
Aug 15, 2019 • 25 min
This week: welcome to Season 6, with hidden YouTube fame and ghost kitchens.
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 6
Aug 5, 2019 • 0 min
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 6
19 Jul 19: #DeepFakes, #DigitalHumans, #WillSmith
Jul 18, 2019 • 37 min
The stories this week: deep fakes, digital humans and a young Will Smith in our Vivid Ideas Special.
Revisiting Uber, money and monkeys with Keith Chen
Jul 11, 2019 • 32 min
As part of our In Conversation series and the University of Sydney’s Business School Global Executive MBA program, we talk to UCLA economist Keith Chen who taught monkeys how to use money in order to better understand how humans make economic decisions.
14 Jun 19: #FlyingCars, #Mobility, #EVs
Jun 13, 2019 • 25 min
This week: This week: Flying cars, China pushes electric vehicles, and the future of the automobile. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is…
The Future This Week 7 Jun 19: #DigitalMarketing, #Apple, #TheNorthFace
Jun 6, 2019 • 34 min
On The Future, This Week: Apple’s privacy push cuts out marketers, marketing to the algorithm and robot furniture
The Future This Week 31 May 19: #MonaLisa #platforms #competition
May 30, 2019 • 21 min
This week: Mona Lisa’s fake smile, more Digital Humans, and missing platform competition.
17 May 19: #GOT gets real
May 16, 2019 • 24 min
This week: real-life implications of Game of Thrones.
10 May 19: #biodiversity, swearing robot
May 12, 2019 • 29 min
This week: a million species disappear: what that means, what we can do, and a swearing robot.
3 May 19: #OldTownRoad and #Microbiome disruption
May 3, 2019 • 33 min
This week: wonderful country-trap, weird bacteria innovation, and Elon’s leaf-blower
19 Apr 19: #996, #futureofwork, #GOT
Apr 23, 2019 • 27 min
This week: #996 working long hours, predicting work and who dies on Game of Thrones.
12 Apr 19: #TechLash
Apr 11, 2019 • 28 min
This week: the #TechLash bandwagon: companies, people and governments
5 Apr 19: #ChinaTech: chatbots and #TikTok
Apr 4, 2019 • 36 min
This week: A special on #ChinaTech, with chatbots and the TikTok phenomenon
29 Mar 19: It’s all #AppleNews
Mar 31, 2019 • 34 min
This week: This week: a lot of #AppleNews, platforms and piracy.
22 Mar 19: More #BreakUpBigTech
Mar 26, 2019 • 25 min
This week: the five conversations at the heart of #BreakUpBigTech.
Heading The Future, This Week 15 Mar 19: #BreakUpBigTech
Mar 14, 2019 • 31 min
This week: big tech breakup, Amazon power and a Facebook rethink.
The Future, This Week: IWD edition: women, automation, work
Mar 8, 2019 • 38 min
This week: women, more automation and the future of work.
1 Mar 19: Data not oil, dangerous AI, and robo-monk
Feb 28, 2019 • 34 min
This week: Data not oil, dangerous AI, and robo-monk
22 Feb 19: predictions, predictions and more predictions
Feb 22, 2019 • 36 min
This week: looking ahead, looking back and looking to see what looking means.
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 5
Feb 1, 2019 • 0 min
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 5
21 Dec 2018: coffee, chickens, and fake food
Dec 23, 2018 • 41 min
This week: a food Christmas special with coffee, chickens and a fake food future.
14 Dec 18: fake restaurants, fake news, and monsters
Dec 17, 2018 • 40 min
This week from San Francisco: a fake special with restaurants, reviews and monsters.
7 Dec 18: tasty app, fish faces, and car data
Dec 7, 2018 • 28 min
This week: food flavours, fish faces and China’s car data collection
30 Nov 18: happiness, big data and big claims
Dec 3, 2018 • 18 min
This week: happiness, big data analysis, and inclement weather
23 Nov 18: patents, co-housing, and dangerous questions
Nov 22, 2018 • 32 min
This week: disturbing patents, smart housing, and asking a dangerous question
16 Nov 18: AI puppets, fake stuff, and cashless
Nov 18, 2018 • 28 min
This week: puppets reading news, fake stuff, and Sweden’s out of cash.
9 Nov 18: satire, science, and bio bricks
Nov 11, 2018 • 29 min
This week: satire sells science, rats are not human, and bacterial bio bricks.
2 Nov 18: work week, faxes, and AI art
Nov 1, 2018 • 31 min
This week: work week wishes, fax-free futures, and AI art.
26 Oct 18: dead stars, undead CEOs, and disappearing objects
Oct 25, 2018 • 33 min
This week: casting the dead, boss forever, and things that vanish.
19 Oct 18: beds, streaming, and the end of the world
Oct 21, 2018 • 25 min
This week: sweet dreams, lots of streams, and the end of the world.
12 Oct 18: Nobel, Facebook, and cost per ‘gram
Oct 11, 2018 • 30 min
This week: Nobel interventions, now I see you, and cost per ‘gram.
5 Oct 18: self-automation, minimum wage, and lettuce
Oct 4, 2018 • 22 min
This week: programming for obsolescence, raising minimums, and lettuce-loving robots.
28 Sep 18: space measurements, liveability, and privacy (not)
Sep 27, 2018 • 28 min
This week: measure from space, liveable cities, and privacy is not the issue.
21 Sep 18: privacy, measurements, and ad poetry
Sep 20, 2018 • 35 min
This week: selling privacy, for good measure, and automated advertising poetry.
14 Sep 18: monopoly platforms, sci-fi, and fishy fashion
Sep 13, 2018 • 31 min
This week: platform monopoly, tech between science and fiction, and skinning fish for fashion.
7 Sep 18: museums, words, and ancient blockchain
Sep 6, 2018 • 23 min
This week: What’s in a museum? Give us words, and ancient blockchain.
31 Aug 18: not-so-obvious, skimming, and excess stuff
Aug 30, 2018 • 36 min
This week: That’s obvious, skimming is the new black, and mountains of stuff.
24 Aug 18: hype cycles, leadership, and failure
Aug 23, 2018 • 36 min
This week: It’s hype time, fast and agile leadership, and the business of failure.
17 Aug 18: productivity, food crisis, and changing stories
Aug 17, 2018 • 32 min
This week: Googling productivity, placing weight on calories, and changing stories.
10 Aug 18: demographic time bombs, death, toddlers and aliens
Aug 9, 2018 • 32 min
This week: Populous time bombs, disrupting death, and toddlers and aliens.
3 Aug 18: meat-free, flat hierarchies and robituaries
Aug 2, 2018 • 28 min
This week: When your boss has a beef with meat, flat hierarchy facade, and sad robituaries.
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 4
Jul 30, 2018 • 2 min
Season 4 of The Future, This Week is coming this week!
Cathy O’Neil on The Future, This Week
Jul 15, 2018 • 52 min
This week: a special edition with mathematician and data scientist Dr Cathy O’Neil.
06 Jul 2018
Jul 6, 2018 • 36 min
From Sydney Business Insights, this is our 100th episode! This week: AI matters, hail the rides, and flying snake bots.
29 Jun 2018
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
This week: Intrapreneurship, marshmallows and why it’s hard to recall an idea.
22 Jun 2018
Jun 21, 2018 • 38 min
This week: entertaining mergers, long haul economics, and the next social network wants your DNA.
15 Jun 2018
Jun 14, 2018 • 30 min
This week: winter is coming, Uber knows you’re tipsy, and take the call.
08 Jun 2018
Jun 7, 2018 • 29 min
This week: face recognition for a noble cause, the capability to find you in a crowd and DNA predictions.
01 Jun 2018
May 31, 2018 • 18 min
This week: putting solar on the map, batteries have a dirty secret, and buses.
The Future This Week 25 May 2018
May 24, 2018 • 31 min
This week: why it’s too early to certify AI, and phantom traffic jams and fungi sandals in other news.
18 May 2018
May 17, 2018 • 30 min
This week: owl thieves in cashless Sweden, DNA gone public, and this week in tech 20 years ago.
11 May 2018
May 10, 2018 • 37 min
This week: I’m um, a bot; sexist spaces; and Japan making stuff in other news.
04 May 2018
May 3, 2018 • 34 min
This week: chickens of tomorrow, prison business, and the rise of the digital humans.
27 Apr 2018
Apr 26, 2018 • 33 min
This week: what we learn from digital business, feeling lonely, and making rain the size of Spain in other news.
20 Apr 2018
Apr 20, 2018 • 34 min
This week: talking to books, bots and pods; echo chambers; and fish tanks and Musk’s couch in other news.
13 Apr 2018
Apr 12, 2018 • 33 min
This week: big ships, rockets vs. cars, fake videos, Zuck’s cushion, and climate change in other news.
06 Apr 2018
Apr 5, 2018 • 33 min
This week: unpacking inequality, why shooting for the moon is hard, and cars demanding attention in other news.
29 Mar 2018
Mar 29, 2018 • 34 min
This week: a bumpy road ahead, missing out on AI glory, and long haul just got longer in other news.
23 Mar 2018
Mar 23, 2018 • 40 min
This week: Cambridge Analytica is not the real story, backchannel gig chats, and a fading giant.
16 Mar 2018
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
This week: fixing the web, the farmer wants a bot, and big gigs and solar in the rain in other news.
09 Mar 2018
Mar 11, 2018 • 32 min
This week: facing the fake food future, big data big brother, and space junk and cloning voices in other news.
02 Mar 2018
Mar 1, 2018 • 33 min
This week: This week: lawyers v. AI, logos all the same and ring my bell.
23 Feb 2018
Feb 22, 2018 • 37 min
This week: where cars are going, banking on automation, and Apple glass, Facebook torture and robots in other news.
16 Feb 2018
Feb 16, 2018 • 33 min
This week: classy Facebook, the end of the internet, and China, crypto and space stations in other news.
09 Feb 2018
Feb 8, 2018 • 34 min
This week: what’s up with universal basic income, fiduciary moats, and cars in space in other news.
02 Feb 2018
Feb 4, 2018 • 28 min
This week: break-in-news, I spy with my data eye, and fashion out of fashion.
Coming soon: The Future, This Week Season 3
Jan 28, 2018 • 2 min
Season 3 of The Future, This Week is coming next week!
19 Jan 2018
Jan 18, 2018 • 28 min
Instagram is loving nature to death and a recap of last year’s Instagram stories.
12 Jan 2018
Jan 14, 2018 • 38 min
This week: how bots use us to make money online and a recap on algorithms.
22 Dec 2017
Jan 7, 2018 • 30 min
The Future, This Year: the most interesting, the weird and the wonderful, what’s in store for 2018, and a Christmas story.
15 Dec 2017
Dec 14, 2017 • 31 min
This week: the battle of the giants, what’s up with Bitcoin, and avocado innovation.
08 Dec 2017
Dec 12, 2017 • 29 min
This week: building the digital Silk Road, brands in the age of Amazon, and my robot friend.
01 Dec 2017
Nov 30, 2017 • 28 min
This week: cities creating real kerb appeal, Meet…
24 Nov 2017
Nov 23, 2017 • 30 min
This week: is the ivory tower asleep at the wheel…
17 Nov 2017
Nov 16, 2017 • 40 min
This week: re-cycling data, Watson’s health probl…
10 Nov 2017
Nov 9, 2017 • 32 min
This week: AI can’t see my cat, predicting is cre…
03 Nov 2017
Nov 2, 2017 • 28 min
This week: electrify everything, crows nipping bu…
27 Oct 2017
Oct 26, 2017 • 36 min
This week: scary tales about superhuman robots, a…
20 Oct 2017
Oct 19, 2017 • 28 min
This week: why exponential growth is big, remembe…
13 Oct 2017
Oct 12, 2017 • 36 min
This week: nudge nudge Nobel Prize, the internet …
06 Oct 2017
Oct 5, 2017 • 32 min
This week: the algorithm is innocent, Australians…
29 Sep 2017
Sep 28, 2017 • 31 min
This week: ATMs free at 50, animal tracking and b…
22 Sep 2017
Sep 21, 2017 • 29 min
This week: when intuition saves the world, the da…