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104. How to Avoid Dystopian Future of Climate Change and Mass Unemployment By Evolving Democracy and Education Tom Cheesewright

Tom CheesewrightTom Cheesewright (@bookofthefuture) is a futurist, speaker, engineer and founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Futurist’s Toolkit, a suite of tools for agile organizations. He has a degree in mechatronic engineering that led to 14 years working in technology for global brands such as BT, EE, and IBM and for digital start-ups, co-founded venture-backed big data analytics CANDDi and acts as an advisor to a number of technology-driven start-ups.

Tom is a frequent presence on TV and radio on the BBC, Newsround and World Business Report, and as a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4. He’s also shared his thoughts on the future with Channel 4?s Sunday Brunch, Sky News, The Guardian, London Evening Standard, Entrepreneur, Stuff, and MSN. Tom’s also the author of High Frequency Change: Why We Feel Like Change Happens Faster Now, and What to Do About It.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why we’re all cyborgs and what it means for humanity
  • The future of climate change and why the answer is probably local
  • Why Tom is only remotely worried about automation and unemployment
  • What technologies Tom’s most scared of and why
  • The future of television, entertainment and Apple’s role
  • How Amazon and monopolies of the future evolve and the role of voice
  • What the future of education needs to be to save humanity
  • How big corporations can adapt and evolve without dying
  • The difference between a smart city and a living city and where we’re headed
  • Why economics and incentives create almost all the problems
  • How to revalue work in a post-GDP world


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