What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

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From all-knowing AI to holidays in space, What Comes Next? is a podcast all about the amazing technologies that will shape your future. Each episode the show’s trilogy of technophiles will be talking to one of the world’s most forward-thinking minds. We’ll be unboxing their inventions, sharing their secrets, and exploring what the future holds for technology and the human race. New episodes are published every two weeks. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Contact the show at wcn@granttree.co.uk.


#33 Hydrogen Planes and Going Back to the Moon
Sep 29 • 28 min
Amy and Rob explore two of the biggest tech stories of the last fortnight: NASA’s plans to send people back to the moon in 2024, and Airbus’ unveiling of three concepts for hydrogen-fuelled planes. GET IN TOUCH Questions? Comments? Fiery opinions? We’d…
#32 Lab-Grown Meat (with Higher Steaks)
Sep 1 • 51 min
There are so many questions about lab-grown meat. What does it taste like? What will it mean for the food industry? When can we try it?! To answer these questions, and many more besides, we talk to Benjamina Bollag, Founder and CEO of cellular-agriculture…
#31 Unlimited Virtual Training (with Virti)
Aug 13 • 49 min
We talk to Alex Young, founder of Virti, a company combining mixed reality and artificial intelligence into a mind-blowing training platform. By harnessing data, and allowing users to build their own immersive scenarios, Virti is hoping to bring limitless…
#30 Quantum Bafflement
Jul 30 • 35 min
Time for another game of Next or Not! Kweku, Amy and Rob debate whether three cutting-edge technologies will be the next big thing or the next big flop. Contestant 1: Quantum Orchestration Platform, Quantum Machines Contestant 2: Liopa, Voiceless Speech…
#29 Digital Watchdogs (with Digital Reasoning)
Jul 16 • 56 min
We’re joined by Digital Reasoning’s co-CEO Tim Estes to discuss the intriguing world of Conduct Surveillance. Digital Reasoning has already pitted their bleeding-edge platform against financial misconduct and child sex traffickers. So, what’s next for…
#28 Cities in Space (with Gateway Foundation)
Jul 2 • 64 min
We’re joined Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at Gateway Foundation. A fiercely ambitious startup, Gateway wants to build laboratories, hotels, and even an entire city in space. Tim discusses microgravity gyms, designing holidays in orbit, and how…
#27 Tech vs. The Coronavirus (part 2)
Jun 15 • 47 min
The sequel to episode 18 ‘Tech vs. The Coronavirus’. We talk to three more tech companies taking on the Coronavirus - Distributed computing company, Hadean Supercomputing; microtransit innovator Spare Labs; and Butterfly Network, developers of ‘Ultrasound…
#26 Fake News Filters (with Logically)
Jun 11 • 43 min
We’re joined by Lyric Jain, CEO and Founder of fake-news-filtering platform, Logically. Lyric discusses the scale of the fake news epidemic, and how AI can help protect our elections and public discourse. FIND OUT MORE Guest: Lyric Jain, CEO and Founder…
#25 Black Lives Matter
Jun 10 • 18 min
#BlackLivesMatter George Floyd paid the ultimate price in order for us to have this conversation, again.
#24 AI for Good, Part IV
May 28 • 54 min
The finale of ‘AI for Good’, a four-part series exploring how some of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs are using artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. THIS EPISODE Andy Smith, CPO of miiCARE (starts at 1:30) Zsuzsa Mayer,…
#23 AI for Good, Part III
May 21 • 54 min
Part 3 of ‘AI for Good’, a four-part series exploring how some of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs are using artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. THIS EPISODE Jordi Fernandez, CEO of BeneTalk (starts 00:51) Ben Wilkins,…
#22 AI for Good, Part II
May 14 • 53 min
Part 2 of ‘AI for Good’, a four-part series exploring how some of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs are using artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. THIS EPISODE Tiernan Mines, CEO of Hello Lamp Post (starts 1:00) Victor…
#21 AI for Good, Part I
May 7 • 62 min
Part 1 of ‘AI for Good’, a four-part series exploring how some of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs are using artificial intelligence to solve the world’s biggest problems. THIS EPISODE Mark Applin, CEO of Signly (starts 1:50) Keiron Sparrowhawk, CEO of…
*TRAILER* Introducing AI for Good - a new miniseries from What Comes Next?
May 4 • 2 min
Introducing AI for Good, a four-part series exploring how some of Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs are using AI to solve the world’s biggest problems. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! This series was produced in partnership with…
#20 Take Two Algorithms and Call Me in the Morning (with BIOS)
Apr 23 • 55 min
We talk to BIOS, a company replacing drugs with software sent straight to your nervous system. FIND OUT MORE Guest: Oliver Armitage, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Website: bios.health BIOS on Twitter: @BIOShealth GET IN TOUCH Questions?…
#19 A New Kind of Instrument (with MI.MU)
Apr 9 • 56 min
MI.MU’s gloves have torn down the walls between music and performance. But what does this mean for gigs, creativity, and the future of composition? MD Adam Stark joins us to discuss. FIND OUT MORE Check out MI.MU’s gloves in action: https://bit.ly/3dXSvVs…
#18 Tech vs. The Coronavirus
Apr 7 • 34 min
In this special episode, we’re talking to three tech companies taking on the Coronavirus - drug designer Exscientia, crowdsourcing platform Operation COVID-19, and textile conditioning company Sonovia. #StayHomeSaveLives EXSCIENTIA Website:…
#17 Investing Through Your AI Broker (with AiX)
Mar 26 • 38 min
Enter the world’s first AI broker! We’re talking to Jos Evans, Founder & CEO of AiX, whose NLP-powered chatbot connects human traders directly, replacing the middlemen altogether. The system is simpler and smoother, and more secure - a perfect use of AI.…
#16 Cities Swarming With Holograms (with VividQ)
Mar 12 • 61 min
Imagine an entire city filled with holograms. Yelp reviews hovering over restaurants; neighbourhoods transformed into lunar landscapes; dragons and unicorns soaring through the sky. This isn’t magic, this is the future! A future made possible by…
#15 Human Communication, Enhanced by AI (with Winning Minds)
Feb 27 • 50 min
Human communication. It’s a subtle, tricky, mysterious thing. And far too messy for machines to understand…until now. This episode we’re talking to Winningminds.ai, a company using AI to provide astonishing insights into meetings, sales calls and many…
#14 Apps That Have Your Back (with Safe & The City)
Feb 13 • 42 min
Cities — they’re fun, fast-paced and absolutely riddled with expensive coffee shops. *Whispers* they can be pretty dangerous, too. But have no fear, technology is here! And by ‘here’, we mean on this episode of What Comes Next? We’re chatting to Jillian…
#13 Robot Co-Workers (with Nebuli)
Jan 30 • 63 min
It’s Rise of the Machine Colleagues! Data’s on the phones, R2-D2’s handing out stationery, and Marvin the Paranoid Android is giving the company pep talk. Yes way! Because this episode we’re talking to Nebuli, a company using AI to turn hum-drum apps into…
#12 The End of Plastics (with Floreon)
Jan 16 • 44 min
Petroleum plastics are destroying the planet. They use up energy, take hundreds of years to decompose, and the 12 million tonnes of it that end up in the ocean every year are doing unthinkable damage to wildlife. We must end our dependence on oil-based…
#11 Taking Back Our Privacy (with CircaGene, Part II)
Jan 2 • 47 min
In this two-part episode we talk to a genetic testing company which may have cracked the code to digital privacy. In part 1 we talked about genes, eugenism, and the life-saving power of genomic sequencing. In part 2, we’re discussing genetic data privacy,…
#10 Next or No No No? (Christmas Special)
Dec 24, 2019 • 30 min
Amy, Kweku and Rob play a special Christmasy version of Next or Not? Three more technologies are up for judgement: flying cars from Terrafugia, location sharing from what3words and zero-emission Christmas cooking from One Earth Designs. Questions &…
#9 Harnessing Our Genetic Code (with CircaGene, Part I)
Dec 19, 2019 • 61 min
We talk to a genetic testing company which may have cracked the code to digital privacy. Part 1: genes, eugenism, and the life-saving power of genomic sequencing. Part 2: genetic privacy, serial killers, and the holy grail of cryptography. FIND OUT MORE…
#8 A Supercomputer On Every Desk (with Hadean)
Dec 5, 2019 • 57 min
Hadean has developed the world’s first cloud-native operating system. VP Michael Gunadi tells us about the company’s world record attempt with EVE Online developers CCP Games, and the possibilities for this OS in gaming, climate change and life sciences.…
#7 A Glass Darkly
Nov 21, 2019 • 39 min
Blade Runner depicts a dark, twisted Los Angeles that’s been savaged by rain and runaway industry. The year? 2019. Like a lot of good science and dystopian fiction, Blade Runner serves up a stark warning about our future. But can these well-told tales…
#6 Our New Favourite Game Show
Nov 7, 2019 • 27 min
Amy, Kweku and Rob play Next or Not? to decide which of three tantailizing technologies will change the world. The contestants are: Astroscreen’s fake news shield, Relativity Space’s rocket printer, and Telecom ParisTech’s smartphone skin. Let the games…
#5 One Smart Ring to Rule Them All (with McLEAR)
Oct 24, 2019 • 43 min
First, there was just cash. Then we invented cheques, credit cards, chip and pin, and eventually, contactless. But just when we thought spending money couldn’t get any easier, a brand new piece of tech has appeared on the scene: the smart ring. On this…
#4 Training Surgeons with VR (with Medical Realities)
Oct 11, 2019 • 61 min
The world needs more doctors. Two-thirds of the global population don’t have access to safe and affordable surgery. And in the UK, we simply aren’t training enough surgeons to replace the ones that will soon retire. Could VR training be the solution? We…
#3 Machines That Can See Like Humans (with V7 Labs)
Oct 10, 2019 • 50 min
Vision - the complex skill of determining what is and is not a cat. While most of us take it for granted, it’s an ability that has long eluded even our most sophisticated machine learning algorithms…until now. We talk to Alberto Rizzoli, Co-Founder and…
#2 Robots With Fingernails (with Shadow Robot Company)
Oct 10, 2019 • 52 min
Handles, twisty-tops, fiddly buttons. The whole world is built for human hands, so why don’t we give robots hands, too? Well, that’s exactly what Shadow Robot Company are doing. The ingenious company has developed the world’s most lifelike robotic hand.…
#1 Farms Under the Streets of London (with Growing Underground)
Oct 10, 2019 • 38 min
Cities are getting larger, denser, and much, much hungrier. So, why don’t we move food production a little closer to home? We talk to Steve Dring, Co-Founder and CEO of Growing Underground, owners of the world’s first underground farm. Their luminous pink…