Tech To The Future with Francis Hellyer

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Tech To The Future (formerly known as Metaverse) is a podcast hosted by Francis Hellyer that explores the frontiers of technology and innovation. With a focus on pushing towards a better future, Francis interviews a range of futurists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to discuss their ambitions and hopes for their respective industries. From climate and blockchain to cryptocurrency and decentralized finance, Tech To The Future covers a variety of fields, seeking out those who aren't afraid to push the boundaries of what's possible.At Tech To The Future, we believe that demystifying the possibilities of the digital future is key to paving the way for a greener, brighter, and more equitable world. Our podcast is based on the acclaimed short film of the same name, and we are committed to providing our listeners with the most engaging and thought-provoking content possible. Join us on a journey to tomorrow as we explore the frontiers of technology and innovation with the people who are shaping our world.

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Transforming the World of Auditions with Technology with Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge is the co-founder and chief technology officer of WeAudition. Based in Hollywood, WeAudition is a video chat community that enables actors, coaches, agents, casting directors, and more to connect with each other around the globe. Richard built his career working in the TV and film industries, appearing in front of the camera in dramas such as “Hollyoaks” and “The IT Crowd,” as well as behind the camera winning multiple awards for his work. 

In this in-depth conversation, Richard delves into the journey of founding WeAudition and how it works to embrace technology by making self-tapes the standard way of auditioning; discusses his work in medical VR and pioneering ‘New Reality,' a cutting-edge 360 short film; and shares the possibilities he sees for the metaverse to further transform the ways we can audition - including teleportation and virtual reality auditions!

May 25, 2022
The importance of “co-presence” in a virtual world with Andrew Hawken

Andrew Hawken is CEO and co-founder of Mesmerise. Andrew spent 10 years as a current affairs journalist for the BBC; he was drawn to the world of technology at the dawn of the internet revolution and decided to make the leap to join Microsoft in 1996. He was a pioneer of the early techniques of online journalism and helped build MSN as a portal in the UK. Later, he worked for Sky before co-founding Mesmerise in 2016. Mesmerise is a business-to-business Virtual Reality (VR) platform that provides unique and tailored VR products to solve business problems by building rich and immersive computer-generated worlds. The company creates and produces virtual ‘gatherings’, which can refer to conferences, multi-day events or company meetings in the metaverse. 

In this in-depth conversation, Andrew delves into the fundamental aspects of Mesmerise and how they differ from their competition, with a key focus on all members feeling a “co-presence”; discusses their first-ever VR Morningstar Investment Conference, which welcomed hundreds of attendees worldwide to watch live talks and try out immersive role-plays designed to appeal to investors and financial advisors; and shares his advice for businesses wanting to establish their brands in the new virtual world.

May 19, 2022
Collaboration, Community and Creation in the Metaverse with Miriam Feiler

Miriam Feiler is the founder of MAX Volume, a content company that produces both virtual and physical creative works to offer a global community for small business owners and entrepreneurs building their future in the Metaverse. Miriam is the host of ‘The Metaverse with Miz,’ podcast which is inspired by her own experiences from her NFT project, ‘New Day Tomorrow.’ She is also the founder of ‘Women in the Metaverse,’ a community project to map the Web 3.0 and the Metaverse ecosystem to celebrate women creators, founders, investors, and evangelists.

In this in-depth conversation, Miriam takes us back to the inspiration behind founding MAX Volume, with an aim to bring others on what she describes as “the journey of the metaverse;” she talks us through her podcast, providing short and snappy lessons on all aspects of the metaverse, highlighting the importance of education within the industry; and shares what it’s like being a woman in the space, and how she hopes it will become more gender-balanced in the future.

May 12, 2022
A golden ticket to the Metaverse

In this episode, Francis is joined by Mark Kovic, British singer-songwriter, producer, and founder of Kovic Productions. Mark's debut album 'Running Underwater' reached over 40 million online streams and his single 'Drown' was featured in EA games’ FIFA franchise, joining the top 50 viral Spotify charts. After receiving a shoutout from Dolly Parton, he now works alongside her at CTK Enterprises and is also the founder of his own music agency, Kovic Productions. In this in-depth conversation, Mark shares his experience working alongside Dolly Parton, being part of the ‘Dollyverse,’ discussing how performing in metaverse allows fans to have a more intimate experience with the artist. He then delves into NFTs, explaining how he creates one NFT for every song he releases which then act as a golden ticket for life, where the holder will always have free access to his shows and exclusive new projects and content.

May 06, 2022
Pushing the boundaries in tech and AR with Anthony Batt

In this episode, Francis is joined by Anthony Batt, co-founder of Wevr and former founder and chief executive of BUZZmedia. In 2004 Anthony founded BUZZmedia, which created and purchased forty-five acclaimed internet media brands such as Buzznet SPIN, Just Jared, and Celebuzz. Anthony then co-founded Wevr, a leading interactive software company that produces top-of-the-range virtual worlds, pushing the technological and artificial boundaries. Their first original production, ‘TheBlu,’ is an award-winning immersive experience recognized as one of the most iconic VR titles to date. In this in-depth conversation, Anthony recalls founding Buzzmedia and Buzznet, reflecting on how they started what is now known as an “internet influencer,” launching early social media stars like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Jeffree Star. He delves into the transition to co-founding Wevr, sharing the inspiration behind their ocean experience ‘TheBlu;’ and creating the well-known Harry Potter experiences ‘Wizards take Flight’ and ‘Chaos at Hogwarts.'

Apr 22, 2022
How Augmented Reality is Transforming Live Entertainment with Thomas Winsor

In this episode, Francis is joined by Thomas Winsor, founder and chief executive of The Round, the world’s first platform for live entertainment in augmented reality. The Round app facilitates premium, live, and holographic performances, which allow artists, creatives, and performers to virtually enter locations worldwide for a shared and intimate experience with their audiences. In this in-depth conversation, Thomas reflects on what inspired him to enter the world of live entertainment in the metaverse, with accessibility playing a vital role, and the pandemic securing the need for business. He delves into The Round and their recent project with EE and Liam Payne for his performance at the BAFTAs, and shares his predictions for augmented reality in the future, with an expansion of holographic entertainment.

Apr 07, 2022
A digital future for advertisement with Kenan Saleh

In this episode, Francis is joined by innovator and investor Kenan Saleh. While still a student at the University of Pennsylvania, he co-founded Halo Car, allowing rideshare drivers to earn extra income through digital advertising. After less than a year, the company was acquired by Lyft, where Kenan now runs the advertising division as head of product, and was also listed on Forbes 30 Under 30. In this in-depth conversation, Kenan reflects on how his passion for “building great products'' sparked his interest in digital technology; delves into Halo Cars and how the tech behind their digital hyper-targeted ads actually works; and shares his thoughts on No Code Tech, and how it has changed the tech industry by showing how companies can grow and scale without launching a single line of code. 

Mar 25, 2022
Women of Nasa with Sarah Milkovich, Trina Ray & Kim Steadman

In this episode, Francis talks with the “women of NASA,” Sarah Milkovich, Trina Ray, and Kim Steadman. Sarah leads science operations for the Mars 2020 Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Rover is investigating the possibility of past life on Mars and preserving biosignatures within accessible geological materials; Trina is an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a 33-year veteran of space missions; and Kim is a system engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover and the operations lead for the SHERLOC instrument. Together, they recall their individual journey’s into the industry, and delve into their current mission; discuss the development of technology in space travel, and give their predictions for the future; and share anecdotes from their time in the industry, giving us an insight into their favourite moments.

Mar 18, 2022
How to Step Inside Your Data with Suzanne Borders

Suzanne Borders is co-founder and chief executive of BadVR. Founded in 2018, it is the world’s first immersive data visualisation and analytics platform that uses pioneering AR and VR technology to quite literally allow people to “step inside their data.” Prior to BadVR, Suzanne led product and UX design at 2D data analytics companies, and is a recipient of Magic Leap’s Independent Creator’s Program grant and a grant from the National Science Foundation. In this in-depth conversation, Suzanne delves into her background in psychology and how this interplays with AR and VR; reflects on the inspiration behind founding BadVR, and how it works; and shares her predictions for the next fifteen years, explaining why she believes everyone must have equal access and opportunity to the world's data sets.

Mar 11, 2022
Marketing in the Metaverse with Allison Ferenci

Allison Ferenci is the co-founder and CEO of Camera IQ, the world's first augmented reality platform for camera marketing. Working with top brands such as Nestle EA and Atlantic Records the company quickly and easily creates augmented reality experiences for various social platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In this in-depth conversation, Allison gives listeners insight into how she considers augmented reality as a gateway to the metaverse; discusses the use of the camera for AR, XR and expression; and gives her advice on how brands can adapt their marketing strategies in the metaverse.

Mar 04, 2022
Building a space where ‘everyone belongs and connects’ with Sandra Helou

Sandra Helou is head of metaverse and NFTs at Zilliq, a Singapore-based blockchain company which aims to solve scalability issues, by using sharding technology for rapid transaction processing. She is responsible for ensuring that Zilliqa’s use of NFTs includes minting and trading them in an energy-efficient way. Sandra also heads up the company’s journey towards the metaverse and navigating which route Web 3.0 might take. In this in-depth conversation, Sandra gives listeners an insight into some of the complexities of her role, such as working to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world; describes the future of the metaverse as a space where ‘everyone belongs and connects;’ and describes ‘Metapolis,’ their highly immersive XR metaverse platform and the role Zilliqa will play in this emerging space.

Feb 25, 2022
Bridging the generational gap between industry and NFTs with Sam & Dov Falic

Dov and Sam Falic are co-founders of BlockBar, the world’s first direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for wines and spirits. BlockBar connects consumers and collectors with stockists, offering buyers the opportunity to trade NFTs in return for unique drinks products from global brands like Glenfiddich, Hennessy and PATRÓN. In this in-depth conversation, Sam and Dov reflect on the journey to founding BlockBar, and the mission to use NFTs to solve problems in the industry; discuss how they’re bridging the generational barrier by educating both Gen Z and boomers in different areas; and share their plans to expand further by focusing on better educating consumers.

Feb 18, 2022
'A Professional Guide’ to the Metaverse with Tom Ffiske

Tom Ffiske is editor of Immersive Wire. Founded in 2016, the website aims to keep subscribers in-the-know about the latest developments in VR, AR and the metaverse. Tom is passionate about keeping a pulse on innovation and helping professionals interested in immersive tech to reach new heights. In this in-depth conversation, Tom discusses his latest book “The Metaverse: A Professional Guide,” and how we can work and expand our skill sets in the metaverse; explores whether there's a negative side to it’s creation; and shares what the future holds for VR and AR, and how it will change the way we consume the world around us. 

Feb 11, 2022
Taking the first all-private crew to Space with Michael López-Alegría

Michael López-Alegría is chief astronaut for Axiom Space and commander of the Ax-1 mission. He joined NASA in 1992, and is a four-time astronaut holding NASA records for the most “spacewalks” and a cumulative extravehicular activity time of 67 hours 40 minutes. In this in-depth conversation, Michael reflects on the “overwhelming sensation” of his first acceleration and landing in space; discusses the Ax-1 mission this year, where he will become the first person to ever command an all-private crew to the International Space Station; and shares his predictions for the future.

Feb 04, 2022
Understanding the metaverse and making it more tangible with Vincent Buyssens

Vincent Buyssens is a creative digital strategist. Based in Antwerp, his digital consultancy agency Voidwalker helps brands navigate the communities, content and currencies that make up our internet society including the Metaverse and Web3, with a passion to make them more tangible for all. He also teaches courses on internet culture and the creator economy at Thomas More University. In this in-depth conversation, Vincent discusses the mission of Voidwalker, and why it's crucial to help the people, organisations and communities that are not so internet-native, claim their place in it; shares what the Metaverse means to him and the main possibilities it will bring, as more people value their digital lives over their physical lives; and gives his predictions for the next 10-15 years in technology, as it allows “more ways of connection and communication between people.”

Jan 28, 2022
The potential for the metaverse to become the ultimate place for collaboration and creativity with Apurva Shah

Apurva Shah is the founder and chief executive of Duality Robotics. Prior to this, he was head of creative technology and design systems at Capital One, and visual effects supervisor and member of the technical brain trust at Pixar. He is also an Adjunct Professor in emerging technology at the California College of the Arts, and an advisor for the non-profit ‘Kids and Art.’ In this in-depth conversation, Apurva reflects on the founding journey and mission of Duality Robotics, using the metaverse to solve real world problems; reflects on his time working for Pixar, with film credits including Ratatouille, Shrek, Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3; and gives his predictions for future trends, sharing why he believes the line between virtual and physical will “blur.”

Jan 20, 2022
Connecting our thinking to better understand our world with Jimmy Chan

Jimmy Chan is the co-founder and chief executive of Oly Sport, the NFT blockchain-based horse racing platform. Prior to starting Oly Sport, Jimmy was CEO of Odyssey3D, a company which grew to be in the top 1% globally within the virtual reality real estate space, and is a recipient of Canada’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. In this in-depth conversation, Jimmy discusses the mission of Oly Sport, and how it allows players to buy, breed, and race virtual horses so gamers can “race-to-earn” within its Metaverse; reflects on his previous role at Odyssey3D, the company which brought the 3D virtual reality experience to Toronto; and shares why he believes we need to look to the future of technology as an opportunity to “connect our thinking into a unified way of understanding the world.”

Jan 14, 2022
Making connections, not predictions with Marc Palatucci

Today, I’m joined by Marc Palatucci, senior foresight associate at the Future Today Institute. Marc has served on the World Health Organization’s Learning Strategy Advisory Group, and is a senior deputy to the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture. He also co-leads the MBA course in strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business and serves as editor-at-large for Office Magazine. In this in-depth conversation, Marc shares his view on where tech is heading, with a particular focus on how smart eyewear will take us from “hands on to heads up;” discusses his work at the Future Today Institute, preparing clients for their future by making connections, not predictions; and dives into diminishing reality, and what being able to “minimise your surroundings” will mean for our daily lives.

Jan 07, 2022
A Gateway to the Metaverse with Hrish Lotlikar

Hrish Lotlikar is co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld. Founded in 2017, the digital world enables users to buy, sell, collect, and curate over 64 billion unique plots of virtual land. The platform is mapped over the entire surface of the globe, allowing users to purchase from any place on earth. Prior to SuperWorld, Hrish co-founded Rogue Initiative Studios, and was also the founding managing partner of the early-stage VC fund Eastlabs. In this in-depth conversation, Hrish reflects on his background and journey into the AR and VR space; discusses how Superworld “personalizes the real world,” and it’s mission to enhance and empower societies; and shares the latest on his recent project in Barbados using Superworld as a “gateway to the metaverse.”

Dec 24, 2021
How blockchain is set to disrupt our future with Katharina Gehra

Katharina Gehra is co-founder and chief executive of Immutable Insight. Founded in 2018, the advisory uses scientific analysis to advise and service companies in the blockchain and crypto industries. Appointed to the role in 2019, she manages the first BaFin registered crypto hedge fund in Germany ‘Blockchainfonds,’ and hosts the  ‘Block52’ podcast. In this in-depth conversation, Katharina reflects on starting out in the blockchain space, and how this led to her nomination to help guide the former Bundestag; discusses her thoughts on the future of blockchain, why she believes it will “change everything in the future;” and shares her work at Immutable Insight – how they apply real time analytics to help the industry make more informed decisions. 

Dec 17, 2021
Looking forward to the future of investing and innovation with Simon Erickson

Simon Erickson is founder and CEO of 7Investing. During a highly successful career as an advisor and investor, Simon rose to become lead analyst for The Motley Fool. After leaving in 2020, he then founded 7Investing, a start-up which offers customers seven investing tips and ideas each month, provided by their seven lead advisors. In this in-depth conversation, Simon shares his decision to launch 7Investing after noticing a lack of education in how to invest and information about stocks; discusses why he believes investing is a skill that can be learnt overtime and is “a lifetime journey” for some; and delves into his predictions about future investment trends, including a transformation in healthcare and a focus on bitcoin and fintech.

Dec 10, 2021
The Future of Immersive Storytelling with Adipat Virdi

In this episode, Francis is joined by Adipat Virdi, immersive storyteller and former global creative product lead, VR at Facebook. Over the last two decades, Adipat has combined his career as an architect with his love for writing and production to apply the strategic power of narrative to immersive production. Whilst at Facebook, he led the ‘Emerging Platforms’ team’s exploration of XR and immersive experiences, and has more recently worked for brands such as Charlotte Tilbury and the BBC. In this in-depth conversation, Adipat discusses Facebook, his role in the commercial impact of VR and his opinions on the platform’s recent changes; shares his passion for using immersive storytelling to create real social change, with a particular focus on eradicating forced marriages and honour crimes; and reflects on how the metaverse can be used to build on physical storytelling by “breaking the barriers between content and consumers.” 

Dec 03, 2021
Building the Metaverse - and making it a place for everyone with Jon Radoff

In this episode, Francis is joined by Jon Radoff, chief executive of Beamable. Founded in 2020, the company aims to eliminate all barriers that exist to building and running a successful game, allowing game developers to focus on creativity. Before starting Beamable, Jon’s accomplishments in the industry include; building one of the first commercial games on the internet, taking a web content management company public, growing a game advertising network, and launching mobile games played by millions of people including ‘Game of Thrones Ascent’ and ‘Star Trek Timelines.’ In this in-depth conversation, Jon discusses his focus on the metaverse, and why he’s so passionate about helping people become better educated in the space; explores how gaming can do better as an industry; and shares what more we can do to leverage technology and “move faster.”

Nov 26, 2021
The future of tech - imagining the world to come with Shara Evans

In this episode, Francis is joined by Shara Evans, technological futurist, and founder and chief executive of Market Clarity. Founded in 2006, the award-winning technology analytics firm provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the telecom and emerging technologies markets. Named by Forbes as one of the ‘World’s Top 50 Female Futurists’ in March 2020, she was one of the few technology futurists featured in this list - and is a regular speaker and media commentator on technology issues. In this conversation, Shara reviews the latest technology trends making an impact, and considers how this can be harnessed in business;  shares her advice on what organisations should be doing to “think outside the box” and imagine the world to come; and discusses her future tech research which covers everything from smart cities and robots - to jobs of the future and space travel.

Nov 19, 2021
Creativity in the Metaverse - where everything’s falling into place with Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips is the co-founder and director of concept design at ‘Technology, Humans And Taste,’ also known as THAT. He has led the development of a specific form of methodology, in proprietary collaboration - proprietary collaborative methodology, which invites diverse and unfamiliar collaborators to co-create innovative concepts for any medium - leveraging AI to supercharge any idea. Beginning his career as an interactive artist, he has previously created interactive experiences for Broadway legends in Vegas, and shown interactive films at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival. He has spent the last decade using his experience as an artist to collaborate with brands such as MGM, Google, Sotheby’s and Condè Nast. In this conversation, Nathan shares his work redefining the concert experience with artists such as Madison Beer, and why he believes we all have to become “performers in the metaverse;” discusses the journey and inspiration behind ‘THAT’ - to help us “think about the way we see the world;” and delves into how creativity and collaboration will exist in the metaverse, and what this means to him.

Nov 12, 2021
Why Futurism is About Forecasting, Not Predicting

In this episode, Francis is joined by Susan Cox-Smith, a highly experienced futurist and partner at Changeist. Founded in 2007, Changeist is a team of strategists who collaborate with companies and governments alike, to “envision preferable futures for all.” During her time with the company, Susan has consulted on some sizeable projects, including with Comcast, the National Lottery Fund UK, the International Federation of Red Cross, and a number of Silicon Valley companies. Born in the US but now doing most of her futurist work in the Netherlands, Susan’s previous role was also as a partner - for Anaglyph. Susan discusses the impact of Covid-19 on society, how futurism is changing, and what determines whether someone is optimistic or pessimistic about the future.

Nov 05, 2021
Unlocking the next generation of value around NFTs

In this episode, Francis is joined by Joel Dietz, artist, entrepreneur, investor and founder of ArtWallet. Founded in 2021, the company provides the ultimate solution for storing and owning NFTs whilst also providing the playback of unique audio and visual content.  Before this, Joel was a founding member of Ethereum, and is also an author, with his book ‘Principles of Holonic System Design,’ which looks into our outdated understanding of the world. In this conversation, Joel reflects on how he started out in the tech industry and his journey to establishing the popular Ethereum project; discusses how ArtWallet works - to try and “unlock the next generation of value around NFTs;” and delves into the concept of ‘cryptoeconomics,’ discussing how he became the most cited author on this topic. 

Oct 29, 2021
Technological innovation - the future starts now with Theo Priestly

In this episode, Francis is joined by Theo Priestly, leading tech futurist, bestselling author and speaker. Founder of Metapunk, a consultancy that focuses on business, technology and culture impacting organisations - they help businesses navigate their futures. As an author, he has written articles for publications such as Forbes and WIRED; and recently co-authored, ‘The Future Starts Now.’ In this conversation, Theo discusses his work for his agency, and how they look at technological and cultural impacts that will “arise out of the metaverse;” delves into his recent book ‘The Future Starts Now’ which looks towards the various innovations and technologies that may shape our future; and gives the latest from the startup community. 

Oct 22, 2021
Distributions of power - and working towards a more collaborative future with Amy Zalman

Amy Zalman is a renowned global futurist, professor, and chief executive of Prescient. Founded in 2017, Prescient offers services to public, private and non-profit organisations to help accelerate change through strategic retreats and executive education. Aalso a part-time professor of Strategic Foresight at Georgetown University, Amy  has held an array of positions including; the first chair of Information Integration at the United States National War College, and chief executive and president of the World Future Society. She was named one of the top seven futurists in the world by Huffington Post and has published over 50 articles, book chapters, essays, and monographs. In this conversation, Amy delves into why it’s so crucial to educate the next generation on futurism; explores what the future holds for governance and distributions of power - and why we should be working towards collaborative influence  between governments and corporations; and discusses why we need to reframe the way that we look at information. 

Oct 15, 2021
Bringing the second leg of sovereignty to Bitcoin with Edan Yago

In this episode, Francis is joined by Edan Yago, co-founder of Sovryn. Founded in 2020, the decentralized Bitcoin trading and lending platform allows members to trade with leverage and earn yield by lending. Its mission is to build a full suite of decentralized tools to bridge Bitcoin with other aspects of the traditional economy and DeFi. Before this, Yago founded several other companies in the crypto space; including CementDAO, and Epiphyte. He is a passionate advocate for the mass adoption of open finance, and is keen to continue pioneering innovative financial products, as part of a borderless economy, and is active in the current advancements in El Salvador. In this conversation, Yago explains how Sovryn is “bringing the second leg of sovereignty to Bitcoin” giving people the ability to not only hold and control the currency, but also engage with it without intermediaries; explores the recent growth of the coin community and why it’s crucial it remains open and innovative; and discusses the adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador, and how this has forced the local financial system to adapt.

Oct 08, 2021
Making sense of the future in an era of ‘hyperchange’ with Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby is a futurist, writer, speaker and teacher. She is best known for her successful series of science-fiction novels, including the bestseller ‘Company Town,’ the ‘Machine Dynasty’ series, and a number of short stories. In 2020, Madeline co-authored her first non-fiction book, ‘How To Future: Leading and Sense-Making in an Age of Hyperchange’ - and has worked in the futurism space for the World Health Organisation, the Ontario government and Intel Labs. In this conversation, Madeline recalls what attracted her to the world of futurism, including what the term means to her; discusses the impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on business and technology; and explores the different possible landscapes of the future, explaining why it was so important to make understanding the possibilities, accessible to all. 

Oct 01, 2021
Back to the Future - and looking beyond with Bob Gale

Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer and director who is best known for co-writing the science fiction comedy, Back to the Future with writing partner Robert Zemeckis - and the screenplays for it's two sequels. The award-winning film grossed over 200 million dollars in 1985 at the U.S box office - becoming the year’s number one attraction. Bob co-produced all three films, was associate producer on the subsequent TV series, wrote the book for ‘Back To The Future: The Musical,’ and is often noted as the franchise's  "gatekeeper." In this conversation, Bob recalls how he came up with the premise for the first film, and whether there was any consideration for sequels at that time; discusses why he believes the story resonates across generations, and has continued to impact so many people around the world following the release of the first movie 36 years ago; and shares the predictions he’d make if it was written today! 

Sep 24, 2021
A journey from the White House into crypto - and the future of American democracy with Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci is a self-made entrepreneur, founder of SkyBridge Capital and the prestigious SALT Conference. In 2016, he was named to then-President-Elect Donald Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee and served as the White House communications director for a period in July 2017. In this conversation, Anthony recalls how his childhood in New York shaped him as a person, and takes us back to his turbulent time in the White House; discusses SkyBridge Capital’s entry into the Bitcoin market, and whether governments and banks are scared of crypto; and explores what the future holds for democracy in America.

Sep 17, 2021
What the future looks like for the economy - and the role tech plays in it with Alexandra Whittington

Alexandra Whittington is a futurist, public speaker and lecturer at the University of Houston. She teaches courses which cover the impact of technology on society, and the future of human ecosystems - and has been recognised as one of Forbes’ world’s top women futurists. In this conversation, Alexandra reflects on what attracted her to the world of futurism; details why she has chosen to focus her research on social issues that are “timeless and universal;” and discusses her most recent book ‘Opportunities: Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future,’ which explores the type of future we might experience once this crisis has passed. 

Sep 10, 2021
We’re stepping into a new financial ecosystem - is society ready? With Daniel Coheur

Daniel Coheur is co-founder and chief commercial officer at Tokeny Solutions. Founded in 2017, they advise clients on how to benefit from adopting blockchain technology - with a mission to increase business efficiency, enforce global compliance obligations, automation and competitive advantage. In this conversation, Daniel delves into why he believes blockchain will be our future financial ecosystem; explains why transparency in the crypto space is key - and the importance of ridding of acronyms, to ensure it’s attractive to the general public; and discusses the many learning curves societies currently experiencing with cryptocurrency, and how this isn’t unusual for new forms of technology. 

Sep 03, 2021
Opening your mind for a different kind of future with Elina Hilunten

This week, host Francis Hellyer is joined by Elina Hiltunen, a leading futurist from Finland. Also a Doctor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Chemical Engineering, Elina is an author of 12 books — her 13th and 14th are due out in the next few months — and has worked as a futurist for Nokia, the Finnish government, and other notable organisations. In this episode, the futurist and keynote speaker discusses technological advancements and what they mean for human life; what futurism means to her; and how this has shaped her recent venture into writing science-fiction.

Aug 27, 2021
What the future looks like for the economy - and the role tech plays in it with Scott Kitun

Scott Kitun is a media entrepreneur, investor, co-founder and chief executive of Technori, Chicago’s largest and most diverse startup. Technori was founded nearly a decade ago with the mission to create a community around tech and investing. In this conversation, Scott reflects on his career so far, sharing what first inspired him to get involved in the investment space. He delves into the many ways he’s witnessed the Chicago tech scene develop over the years, and where Technori fits into that landscape. Scott also explains his predictions for the future of the economy, including his belief that everything will soon be monetised and hold a digital value.

Aug 20, 2021
Bitcoin - from infancy, to global behemoth with Jimmy Nguyen

This week host Francis Hellyer is joined by Jimmy Nguyen, public speaker, media commentator, global ambassador for Bitcoin SV and founding president of the Bitcoin Association. The global industry organisation is a non-profit which advances BSV, bringing together enterprises, developers, service providers and more into the ecosystem. In this conversation, Jimmy reflects on what initially attracted him to Bitcoin, and why he believes it has the capacity to completely transform the world; delves into the recent BSV hacks - and the impact this had on Satoshi’s initial vision; and discusses the role governments and businesses must play in regulation and policy, to ensure global compliance. 

Aug 13, 2021