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Why a return to austerity would be a disaster for the post-COVID economy, and where we should spend some stimulus money. Plus, why relationships are a window on the future. Original posts: - You can't dig yourself out of a hole: https://tomcheesewright.com/you-cant-dig-yourself-out-of-a-hole/ - Relationships are the future: https://tomcheesewright.…
 
For the second interview in a series focused on the future of healthcare sponsored by Sony Professional Solutions Europe, Tom speaks to Dr Rachel Jenner, consultant in paediatric emergency medicine and associate medical director for quality and safety at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Dr Jenner speaks about healthcare through the pandemic and the less…
 
Tom explores the ethics and etiquette of resurrecting our loved ones as chatbots, following a recent patent filing from Microsoft. Plus, a longer listen about two key technologies that will affect the future: 5G and mixed reality. Original posts: - https://tomcheesewright.com/digital-life-after-death/ - https://tomcheesewright.com/long-read-5g-and-…
 
Tom talks to Ludger Philippsen of Sony's European Healthcare practice about the paper they have authored on the future of healthcare. How are organisations in this sector responding to the lessons of lockdown? How is technology transforming the operating environment? And why is it critical to shift their focus from optimisation to adaptation. Read …
 
Tom explores the sci-fi trope of the brain in the jar. Can we really divorce our minds from our bodies? Plus, replacing the car: how do we tackle all its downsides while keeping its advantages? Original posts: - The brain in the jar: https://tomcheesewright.com/the-brain-in-the-jar/ - Replacing the car: https://tomcheesewright.com/replacing-the-car…
 
This week Tom asks what happens to our high streets, companies, and jobs, when half our money is spent online. Plus, disrupting housebuilding: an essay on an alternative model for construction. Original posts: - https://tomcheesewright.com/when-half-our-money-is-spent-online/ - https://tomcheesewright.com/disrupting-housebuilding/…
 
To be ‘a Jack of all trades’ has been variously a compliment and an insult, and most recently, an attack on expertise. But is it what we need to be? Plus, how to develop a distributed workforce Original posts: - Jack of all trades: https://tomcheesewright.com/jack-of-all-trades/ - Developing the distributed workforce: https://tomcheesewright.com/de…
 
Laziness motivates us to find better ways to do things. Far from decrying ‘lazy’ home workers, we should be celebrating their instincts. Plus, why it's important to remember that we're still human in an age of digital communication. Original posts: - It's good to be lazy: https://tomcheesewright.com/its-good-to-be-lazy/ - We're still human: https:/…
 
How global communications technology has fractured our society into smaller and smaller tribes. Plus, why class is a critical conversation in this age of uncertainty. Original posts Hypertribalism: https://tomcheesewright.com/hypertribalism/ COVID has highlighted continuing class divides: https://tomcheesewright.com/covid-has-highlighted-continuing…
 
Tom shares an extended version of the argument he made on Radio 4's Moral Maze for the future of cities. Plus, the four horsemen of disaster that will define the next few decades. Original posts: The city is dead. Long live the city: https://tomcheesewright.com/the-city-is-dead-long-live-the-city/ A race between the four horsemen: https://tomcheese…
 
The latest population forecasts show an incredibly rapid collapse in populations across Europe. How will we respond? Plus, why robots don't take jobs Original posts: The population implosion: https://tomcheesewright.com/population-implosion/ Robots don't take jobs: https://tomcheesewright.com/robots-dont-take-jobs/…
 
Tom speaks to Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina, about our relationship with technology. How conscious are we of our reliance on our devices and our connections through social networks. Are they good for us? And what do we need to change? Anastasia is the bestselling author of Homo Distractus, and founder of the London-based tech-life balance consultancy and…
 
Can we grow plants in space? Plus, Tom reveals his own challenges of working remotely: the need to always be in performance mode. Original posts: Will we grow plants in space? https://tomcheesewright.com/will-we-be-growing-plants-in-space-by-2100-askafuturist/ The price of performance: https://tomcheesewright.com/the-price-of-performance/…
 
Tom cautions that we must understand two types of change: plastic and elastic. Only one snaps back. Plus, will Strictly go on forever? Original posts: Plastic and elastic: https://tomcheesewright.com/change-separating-plastic-from-elastic/ Will Strictly go on forever? https://tomcheesewright.com/will-strictly-go-on-forever-askafuturist/…
 
Our companies are slow to change, failing to adapt to the rapid evolutions in their markets. Why is this, and how can we change it? Martin Lindstrom has proven to be one of the most impactful commentators and consultants on business change, working with some of the world's largest brands and producing best-selling books like Brand Sense, Buyology, …
 
Our digital identities are a mess, with ownership, control, and rights all unclear following the early 'wild west' years of the Internet and social media. Can we get our digital identities under control and if so, what is the right way to think about our personal data? Sarah Clarke brings her extensive experience in cybersecurity and data governanc…
 
Tom takes a look at tomorrow's car, following his work with Auto Trader. Plus, what will the future world be made from? Original posts: https://tomcheesewright.com/your-next-new-car-might-be-a-new-brand-and-a-new-shape/ https://tomcheesewright.com/what-will-the-future-world-be-built-from-askafuturist/…
 
Tom talks to fellow futurist Trond Undheim about his new book, FutureTech, and his incredibly busy career, as a civil servant, lecturer, start-up wrangler, founder, author, and podcaster. Tom learns about 'project identities' - a characteristic of busy people - and why democracy is an outdated concept. Check out Trond's own podcast, Futurized for m…
 
Tom talks to Chris Bishop, a man on his eighth career who now helps others to future-proof theirs. Tom and Chris chat about how music became data in 1985, why the best advice is to "chase the maelstrom", and why the future doesn't care how you became an expert (courtesy of Thomas W. Malone). Find out more about Chris at this places: Twitter: https:…
 
Tom speaks to Nicola Lovett, CEO of Engie UK & Ireland. Engie is an energy and services giant that has transformed in recent years from a carbon dinosaur to a pacesetter in greening both public and private sector. Nicola speaks about her journey to the role of CEO, shares stories of Engie's work with local authorities and large businesses, and talk…
 
Tom talks to Janine Owen, specialist in recruitment marketing and technology, about the future of work in a post-COVID world. What changes will we see to the way we hire and manage our teams? Can we expect dramatic shifts or just the acceleration of existing trends? How do we revalue humans in the new workplace? And what is the role of attitude ove…
 
Robot-fan Tom speaks to Peter van der Putten, Assistant professor in AI & Creative Research at Leiden University, and Director, Decisioning & AI Solutions, at Pegasystems. Peter researches robots, in all their forms, looking particularly at the interface between human and machine. He and Tom discuss emotional robots, misbehaving robots, and why it'…
 
How are leaders changing in response to these uncertain times? Fiona McKay works with the leaders of global corporations to help them to change and develop. In this episode she talks to Tom about the results of her research into the gender pay gap and the critical differences between the feedback that men and women receive in the workplace. Plus ho…
 
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