Future Human Podcast

Who is the “Future Human”? How will future innovation shape the way he or she views and interacts with the world? How will technology change the role of the Future Human and society?

What is a “Future Human”? How will future innovation shape the way they interact with the world? And how will the world change as a result?

Presented and created by Nokia Bell Labs and Audiation.fm, the Future Human Podcast Series explores the human potential of technology, looking beyond technology’s nuts and bolts, transistors and code, systems and platforms, to the larger impact innovation will make on human endeavour. The podcast presents fresh, unique viewpoints with guests ranging from Nokia Bell Labs researchers and renowned scientists exploring exciting new technology disciplines to athletes and artists embracing technology to further their crafts.

We will have regular installments of the Future Human Podcast, all of which will be available on this page and on multiple podcast platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcast.

Episodes

Episode 17 - Alex Pentland's Nokia Bell Labs Shannon Luminary Lecture

Presented in its entirety, here is the Shannon Luminary Lecture from Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a data scientist and serial entrepreneur who directs the Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs at MIT. Listen in as Pentland explores how society can build a system incorporating both humans and AI. If you haven’t already, please check out Episode 16 of Future Human to get some behind the scenes insight and commentary from Pentland.

Episode 15 - Ben Ebert's Nokia Bell Labs Shannon Luminary Lecture

Presented in its entirety, here is the full Shannon Luminary Lecture from Ben Ebert, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chair of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.. In his lecture, Ebert describes his vision for the future of cancer prevention. If you haven’t already, please check out Episode 14 of Future Human for a discussion between Ebert and Bell Labs President and Nokia CTO Marcus Weldon on engineering better cancer outcomes.

Episode 13 - Vint Cerf’s Nokia Bell Labs Shannon Luminary Lecture

Presented in its entirety is the full Shannon Luminary Lecture from Vint Cerf, Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, and a man considered by many to be a “Father of the Internet.” Cerf delivered his lecture on the future of the Internet of things. If you haven’t already, please check out Episode 12 of Future Human for more insight from Cerf on the role of AI, IoT and machine learning in the internet of common sense.

Episode 8 - Stephen Fry's Nokia Bell Labs Shannon Luminary Lecture

Please bask in the tour de force that is Stephen Fry’s Nokia Bell Lab’s Shannon Luminary Lecture, presented here in its entirety. If you haven’t already, please check out Episode 7 of Future Human to gain more insight on the curious mind of Stephen himself as he has a conversation with Bell Labs President and Nokia CTO Marcus Weldon. Also, you can watch the video of the lecture here.

Episode 6 - Stephen Friend's Nokia Bell Labs Shannon Luminary Lecture

We’re excited to present the full Shannon Luminary Series lecture by renowned cancer researcher Stephen Friend. In his talk, Friend elaborates on the future of human agency, exploring the role of art and technology in determining risk, awareness and free will. Check out Episode 5 of Future Human to hear why Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon called this “the bravest talk I’ve ever seen.” Also, you can watch the video of the lecture here.

Episode 5 - A Friend's warning

Revered cancer researcher Stephen Friend has a message: not only do we need to take more agency in our own healthcare, beyond the “priestly experts” we entrust, but we also need to reclaim “endangered experiences” in which we have a dialogue with ourselves. Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon calls this lecture “the bravest talk I’ve ever seen.” Listen to this episode of Future Human to understand why.

Episode 4 - The humane brain

Claude Shannon: “Father of the Information Age,” inveterate tinkerer, restless polymath. His work made digital computing possible, yet he refused to rest on his laurels, always turning his attention to solving the next “problem that interested him most.” In this episode of Future Human we talk to two spiritual descendants of Shannon, neuroscientists Henry Markram and David Eagleman, who are relentlessly focused on uncovering the workings of the brain – and perhaps even improving on it.

Upcoming Episodes

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The Future of Signal Processing in Fixed Access

Werner Coomans

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Future of AI/ ML Methods

William Sean Kennedy