Innovation

What we are listening to! A series of podcasts by Nesta, on AI and its influences on modern life

Podcasts for your daily working life! Inspiring entrepreneurs and their life stories, work wellbeing practices, time management tips, and creatives' inspiration all at the click of a button. We here at the Digital Greenhouse are usually listening to lots of podcasts so we want to share with you some episodes to listen to on your morning commute, while you eat lunch, walk your dog (or cat), or while you unwind before bed. So kick back and stay tuned!

The second in our 'What we are listening to' series, we take a look at Nesta's Future Curious series. After listening to each one we then picked out our favourites to share with you. 

Don't forget, next week we have the AI Frenzy Breakfast Seminar! 

The upcoming AI FRENZY event is called, What will Sherlock do now? This is a two-part talk that will start with a scenario set in the world of Sherlock in modern times. Our nemesis Moriarty has escaped from custody and our job is to track him down. We will find out how current AI-based technologies can help us out with this hunt. We will then be looking at why now is the time to be looking at these technologies and the other areas that AI can provide huge benefits to individuals, businesses and society at large. AI FRENZY events are focused on bringing the local AI community together for everyone and anyone who is interested in the world of artificial intelligence! 

This AI Frenzy event is taking place on Friday 28th June 2019 at 08:00 am! To book tickets CLICK HERE. 

AI and Creativity

With a recent piece of artwork created using artificial intelligence (AI) selling for $432,500 at Christie’s last year, creative AI is now well and truly entering the mainstream. Could an algorithm ever write a song to move you to tears, or win the Turner Prize? Maybe, but beyond the hype, how can AI enable new forms of human expression and enhance our own creativity?

Joining Nesta’s Nigel Campbell to discuss this are Dr Rebecca Fiebrink, Senior Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Rebecca works on a variety of projects developing new technologies to enable new forms of human expression, including using machine learning Georgia Ward Dyer, Researcher and Curation Assistant in Nesta’s Futures and Explorations Team. We also hear from Mark Davis, Senior Director of Design Research at Autodesk, to tell us about Autodesk’s pioneering work in generative design for office spaces and industry, even working with NASA on the design of spacecraft.


Future Curious is a Chalk & Blade production. Produced by Ruth Barnes, Laura Sheeter and Lily Ames. Original music by Ged Flood.

To listen to this podcast please CLICK HERE.

The Future of Work

Technology is inevitably changing the way we work, no matter what the industry. As with all forms of automation, there are pros and cons - but are we doing enough now to protect workers rights and ensure technology is creating a better working environment?
Joining Nesta’s Nigel Campbell to discuss this are: Kate Bell, Head of the Rights, International, Social and Economics department at the Trades Union Congress, Eliza Easton, Head of Policy Unit, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) and Principal Policy Researcher at Nesta We also hear from Meghan Casserly at Humu, a startup run by three ex-Google employees in California that uses AI to 'nudge' people into being happier at work.

Related reading Read Nesta and Pearson’s report, The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 to find out how employment is likely to change in the future - including the implications for skills - and a number of new occupations
Have a look at Nesta’s UK Skills Taxonomy to find out which skills are increasingly in demand as the world of work changes.

Future Curious is a Chalk & Blade production. Produced by Ruth Barnes, Laura Sheeter and Lily Ames. Original music by Ged Flood.

To listen to this podcast please CLICK HERE.

Future Cities

What will the future cities of 2040 really look like? Electric drive technology, autonomy and AI could fundamentally change the way we work and live. With drone technology advancing rapidly, cities now have a unique opportunity to shape this disruptive new mode of transport - to maximise the economic and social benefits it could bring, whilst ensuring safety.

Joining Nesta's Nigel Campbell to discuss this is Kathy Nothstine, Lead for Future Cities in the Challenge Prize Centre working on the future of urban transport and global cities. Mark Westwood, Technical Director at the Transport Systems Catapult, working on the development and delivery of the Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility, alongside leading a portfolio of autonomous vehicle-related projects including the drone and driverless car domains. We also hear from Gareth Sumner, Foresight Manager in Transport for London's Innovation Directorate advising on how autonomous vehicles, drones and AI could change the way we move around London.

Future Curious is a Chalk & Blade production. Produced by Ruth Barnes, Laura Sheeter and Lily Ames. Original music by Ged Flood.

To listen to this podcast please CLICK HERE.

AI and Health

The 20th century saw huge leaps forward in life expectancy through innovations such as the NHS, major advances in drugs, and massive changes in lifestyle.
In the 21st century, digital tech is set to take its place amongst these as the new force for improving our wellbeing and delivering healthcare. Artificial intelligence, algorithms offer the prospect of personalised care, better diagnosis, improved access to treatment and prediction of health problems. But at what cost to our privacy, our sense of being in control of our own health decisions and our relationships with those professionals that care for us?


Joining Nesta’s Nigel Campbell to discuss this are Ivana Bartolleti, privacy and data protection professional and Chair of the Fabian Women's Network, who has written about the risks of AI in health Sinead Mac Manus, Senior Programme Manager for Digital Health in Nesta's Health Lab We also hear from Phil Keating about GoodSAM, an app that enables off-duty doctors, nurses, paramedics and other members of the emergency services to support those experiencing medical emergencies. GoodSAM includes a built-in crowd-sourced defibrillator registry that allows those with first aid skills to offer life-saving support at the point of need.

Future Curious is a Chalk & Blade production. Produced by Ruth Barnes, Laura Sheeter and Lily Ames. Original music by Ged Flood.

To listen to this podcast please CLICK HERE.

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