The Next Billion Seconds

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<p>The future of tech: the next billion seconds are the most important in human history as technology transforms the way we live and work. The rate of change we will experience will be the fastest humanity has ever seen. Award winning podcast creator and journalist, Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster whose work and global connections in all things internet and tech extend back to the early days of the web. He speaks to the brightest minds shaping this new world and creating the future via smartphones, connected devices, artificial intelligence and beyond.</p>

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S2 Ep9 - The Quantum Question
00:37:06
In our world, you flip a coin and it comes up either heads or tails. But in the spooky quantum world – that’s everything from a single atom all the way up to a small virus – that coin can come up both heads AND tails, depending on how you read it. So which is it? Heads? Tails? Both? Neither?

Welcome to the strange world of quantum computing where this both-true-and-false ‘superposition’ allows quantum computers to vastly outperform their ‘classical’ peers (such as the one in your smartphone). At least, that’s the theory. Quantum computers are so unstable they tend to self-destruct before we can get them to run a program!

Researchers Claire Edmunds and Virginia Frey from the University of Sydney’s Quantum Control Laboratory join us to explore this new quantum frontier: The deeper you go, the weirder it gets over the next billion seconds.

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Aug 07, 2018
S2 Ep8 - The Last Days Of Reality (Part 2)
00:33:13

Is daily augmented reality closer than we think? 

Back in July 2016, 'Pokémon Go' opened the doors to the brave new world of augmented reality - an 'overnight success' fifty years in the making. With companies like Magic Leap and Facebook working hard to create augmented reality ‘spectacles’, the next billion seconds will see us put our smartphones down and placing the screen over our eyes instead. But who will be controlling our new, 'improved' reality? 

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Jul 17, 2018
S2 Ep7 - The Last Days Of Reality (Part 1)
00:27:45

Why is it so hard to tear ourselves away from Facebook’s feed? What is it feeding us that makes it so addictive? The power of artificial intelligence combined with the eternal surveillance of the smartphone made a monster out of Zuck’s social network - but has it divided us more than it united us? How are people using this social network to spread fake news? How is fake news being weaponised to change the way we vote? All of these questions - and much more - are answered in our special two-part episode, “The Last Days of Reality”


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Jun 19, 2018
S2 Ep6 - Virtually Real
00:40:54

Like artificial intelligence, virtual reality (VR) is one of those twenty-year ‘overnight success’ stories. For longer than that, VR pioneer Tony Parisi has been probing the boundaries of computer graphics, interactivity and illusion to create the next generation of technologies that immerse us in the experiences of new worlds. He tells us why VR has finally come of age - and what’s coming next, as ‘augmented reality’ integrates ‘consensual hallucinations’ into our daily lives.


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May 29, 2018
S2 Ep5 - The End of Utopia
00:46:17
The Next Big Thing always promises to be the cure for all our ails - but inevitably the high promises tarnish and all our best efforts fall back to earth. For as long as we’ve had technology, we’ve believed in its capacity to craft a perfect world - even though we ourselves are far from perfect. Author and philosopher Erik Davis has spent twenty years dissecting our attitudes toward technology, utopia and belief - and writes about a future where we ‘wise up’ enough to understand the human value of our imperfections.

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May 15, 2018
S2 Ep4 - Five Billion Bankers
00:39:40

Bill Gates once quipped, “Banking is necessary - banks are not.” For billions of ‘unbanked’ in the developing world, banking happens through a smartphone app - no branches, no tellers, and no ATMs. How does a bank inspire trust - or trust its customers - when it’s all inside a smartphone?
Banking futurist Andrew Davis shares his vision of a future where banks protect privacy as well as your money, a world where everyone, everywhere becomes a banker.

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May 01, 2018
S2 Ep3 - The Future Is Local
00:42:17

For two and a half thousand years, cities and politicians have grown together. The city gives politicians a platform, a stage - and a demanding public. Always economic powerhouses, our cities also hold the key to an urban future where city-states like Singapore rise in prominence. We talk to Sydney City Councillor Jess Scully about how best to grow a ‘world city’ like Sydney over the next billion seconds - and what it means to have a political career in a time when every citizen has social media to amplify their voice, their beliefs - and their anger. The future is here - and it’s local.

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Apr 17, 2018
S2 Ep2 - The Future of Energy
00:40:04

Solar power cost $100 per kilowatt hour when energy futurist Ramez Naam entered the world. Last year, the UAE signed a 20-year contract for solar power at four thousandth the cost. For Ramez Naam it’s no longer a question of if renewables take over, it’s a matter of when - and the data proves it. Energy has been mixed with politics from the beginning - so over the next billion seconds, how do we talk ourselves out of our coal culture and into a sustainable future? Ramez Naam makes a convincing case for a future where we profit from the sun.

Our guest: Ramez Naam: http://rameznaam.com

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Apr 03, 2018
S2 Ep1 - Where The Truth Lies
00:43:23

It’s growing increasingly difficult to know where the truth lies. We’ve gotten very good at our electronic fakery - from Photoshop and ‘Deep-Fakes’ to synthetic audio of former U.S. President Barack Obama so accurate it’s indistinguishable from the real thing. All of this feeds into a growing online community which instantly separates into tribes then tunes out any competing with a cry of “fake news!”. Series Two of The Next Billion Seconds takes a look at the intersection of technology, truth and our future, beginning with frequent guest John Allsopp, revealed in the ways he teaches his children the spirit of inquiry, to help them discover where the truth lies.

Episode links:

Adobe Voco A.I. demonstration used to impersoante former U.S. Presient Barack Obama - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csR8Q91Bh0
John Allsopp - http://johnfallsopp.com/

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Mar 20, 2018
S1 Ep12 - Future Stories and Series Finales
01:08:54
What stories should we tell ourselves (and our kids) to prepare them for the next billion seconds? We end Series One with this extended episode bringing contributors from this season, Genevieve Bell, Andy Polaine and John Allsopp together in a conversation about how we might think about and plan for a future that's looking both playful - and terrifying.

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Dec 14, 2017
S1 Ep11 - Rise Of The Robots
00:42:58
Driving a car, folding a towel, cleaning the dinner table - these very human tasks have proven hard to teach to robots. So, how much can we expect from this rise of the Robots? Recorded at robotics pioneer Ken Goldberg's home in San Francisco, California - Ken shares his thoughts on a world of "multiplicity". Where the revolution rises in an emerging human-robot collaboration.

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Dec 01, 2017
S1 Ep10 - The Playful Century Ahead
00:34:16
Games and play expert Eric Zimmerman explains how play has become an X-Ray, giving us the opportunity to have 'a peek beneath the bonnet' of so much of our world. Play and games are the probes we're using to explore - ourselves, and our world - over the next billion seconds. It's a rich conversation with Mark and Eric, recorded at NYU where Eric teaches.

Find out more: http://www.ericzimmerman.com/

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Nov 17, 2017
S1 Ep9 - Crypto Currency
00:44:50
Working with money in the digital world has long been a game of catch-up. Paypal and using your credit card online have become the new ways we spend traditional money in an online world. However, with the rise of Bitcoin and a multitude of other digital currencies, that landscape has changed to allow new ways of digital purchases, trading and digital currency values to exist entirely online. In this episode learn how it started, how important a blockchain is, the strengths and weaknesses of digital currencies and not if but when they will replace traditional money?

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Nov 03, 2017
S1 Ep8 - We Shouldn't Have Made The Internet Free
00:45:23
When the internet was born it was free and was to stay free for everyone who wanted to access it. So, to pay for it, a few little ads would be needed. Our guest, media expert Rob Tercek, who was there at the beginning, couldn't have realised what those ads would evolve into. Data tracking, gathering your information and computers bidding for your eyeballs. Your data is for sale and it's big business. Now, they are working on reversing the process so we can gain back control.

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Oct 20, 2017
Special Ep - 3 Days To (Alpha)GO
00:10:27
The latest in A.I. | For thousands of years, amateurs and professionals alike have dedicated themselves to the ancient Chinese board game Go. This week, Google's artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, unveiled a program so smart, it mastered the game in just 3 days, without any human help and only the rules as a guide. In this special episode, Mark explains how AlphaGo Zero didn't stop there, it then hit 2 more milestones, one at 21 days and another no one thought possible in just 40 days. This new benchmark in Artificial intelligence demonstrates how freeing machines from the limits of human knowledge shows us just how smart they can become without us.

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Oct 19, 2017
S1 Ep7 - Halfway Into Season One, What Have We Learnt?
00:38:16
At the halfway point in series one, we reconnect with our first guest, John Allsopp to breakdown what we have learnt so far. Have our experts influenced John's thoughts on the future his 4 daughters will grow up into over the Next Billion Seconds? Or is it just as he predicted, a world of driverless cars and A.I?

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Oct 03, 2017
Special Ep - The iPhone 8 and X
00:13:06
Apples newest - iPhone 8 and iPhone X are here and are more than just the ultimate selfie machines. In this special episode learn what advances have been made to make them the best iPhone to date. This episode was recorded on an iPhone 6s+ illustrating how far the smartphone has advanced ten years on from its launch and continues to evolve and adapt to serve our needs. The things the latest iPhone's are good at show us how much we've learned about what we want our everywhere devices to do for us. And in a lot less than a billion seconds, everyone will have one.


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Sep 20, 2017
S1 Ep6 - The First, Next & Last Billion Seconds
00:21:15
What was the universe like in the first billion seconds? How will it function during the last billion seconds of its existence? From the Big bang, to the importance of the Hadron Collider, Astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack takes us on a tour of beginnings, possible endings, and what physicists hope to learn about the universe over the next billion seconds.

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Sep 14, 2017
S1 Ep5 - The Future Of Learning
00:31:18
In an era of Google being available at the touch of your fingers, do we even need teachers, libraries and librarians any more? The problem is Google will only tell you what you ask it. So if you don't know what you don't know, what is our path to new learning? Who can you talk to about making sense of all the information you're discovering? What if a librarian could help you decipher the world of information overload? State Library of Victoria CEO Kate Torney describes a new role for the library, where we learn to turn information into understanding.

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Aug 31, 2017
S1 Ep4 - Tales of Autonomy
00:31:03
Technology now gives cows the ability to milk themselves on their own schedule. However, what we learnt about the cows once they had this choice goes far beyond just their ability to yield milk. Doctor Genevieve Bell, a former VP of Intel and currently a professor in anthropology at ANU joins Mark in a conversation about tracking. From house cats leading secret lives to robot vacuum cleaners that spy on us, and a whole world where we are not the only ones calling the shots.

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Aug 11, 2017
S1 Ep3 - Cities Of Sharing
00:34:45
Can tech connect us to each other in ways more than just socially? How can we be connected with the things in life we actually need - a car to drive at short notice, a drill to do some home handiwork, even food & vegetables for dinner. How can tech easily connect us with everyday necessities to make living easier, more efficient and even cheaper?
Sharing cities expert Darren Sharp tells us how we'll make the most of the 'stuff, space, and skills' that surround us in a century that will be more urban - and more shared - than ever before.

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Jul 31, 2017
S1 Ep2 -Apps, Data and a Connected World That's Simply Trying To Help
00:36:48
Apps are already using our personal data to help organise our way through an ever demanding world. Sometimes it can be very helpful, other times it can come across as a little creepy.

Mark and service & experience designer Dr Andy Polaine explore how much data we are prepared to hand over to Google, Apple & Facebook to receive a better service. What does the world will look like after these companies know more about us than we know about ourselves? How should we be handling our own data and privacy over the next billion seconds?

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Jul 08, 2017
S1 Ep1 - Artificial Intelligence and Self Driving Cars
00:25:27
What is the role of artificial intelligence in our next billion seconds? Is it a threat or is it a friend that will take humanity and our purpose to a new level? Will it take away our jobs or will it bring new opportunities in terms of new careers, creativity and thinking?

Mark and web expert & author John Allsopp work out how we will interact with artificial intelligence and technology over the next billion seconds. John is a father to four daughters - which of them will learn to drive and which ones will never have to?

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Jun 24, 2017