Technology Revolution: The Future of Now

Bonnie D. Graham

Technology in many shapes, forms, and devices is already shaping nearly every aspect of your life. How? On your smart phone and tablet with thousands of apps to enhance your work and daily living. On streaming media that lets you watch TV and movies anytime anywhere. On social media where your voice is instantly amplified to reach the world. Think you’ve seen it all? Not! There’s more to come and you’re part of making it happen – right now. Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she speaks with future-focused visionaries on Technology Revolution: The Future of Now, broadcasting live every Wednesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time, on the Business Channel.
The Future for Female Entrepreneurs: A New Playing Field? Part 2The Future of Smarter Cities: People + How Much Technology?
The Buzz 1: “Smart cities are the intelligent cities of positivity and happy-energy, not the junkyards of technologies but cities of diversity, love, life, beauty, dignity, freedom, tolerance, and equality.” (Amit Ray, author: Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity) The Buzz 2: “The banning of bullfighting in Catalonia was controversial and hard won and has now been replaced by the vacuous global consumption of the mall. I'm sure that is an advance for the bulls but I'm not sure how well it bodes for the serious business of being a city. (Edwin Heathcote, The Financial Times architecture and design critic) The Buzz 3: “The second mode [to deal with unsafe cities] is to take refuge in vehicles. This is the technique practiced in the big wild-animal reservations of Africa, where tourists are warned to leave their cars under no circumstances until they reach a lodge. It is also the technique practiced in Los Angeles.” (Jane Jacobs, author: The Death and Life of Great American Cities) The Buzz 4: “Urbanization has lured more people to bustling metropolises, but precious little thought has been given to what happens when these cities fail…For all the famed cities with thousands of years of continuity – Paris, London, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Istanbul – most cities just stop.” (Ben Paynter, Fast Company senior writer) We’ll ask Don DeLoach at Rocket Wagon Venture Studios, Brenna Berman at City Tech, John Robbins at Turner & Townsend, and Peter Torrellas at Parsons for their take on The Future of Smarter Cities: People + How Much Technology?
Nov 17 2021
52 mins
The Future of Storytelling and Technology: Get Real!
The Buzz 1: “Even without the modern neurological research that proves storytelling is the best way to capture people’s attention, bake information into their memories, and forge close, personal bonds, humanity has always inherently known that people crave and seek out great stories almost as much as food and water.” (blog.hubspot.com) The Buzz 2: “From fireside folk tales to Netflix dramas, narratives are essential to every society…Scholars specialising in ‘literary Darwinism’ are asking what exactly makes a good story, and the evolutionary reasons that certain narratives – from Homer’s Odyssey to Harry Potter – have such popular appeal.” (bbc.com) The Buzz 3: “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” (J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter fantasy books) The Buzz 4: “You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” ‘(Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale) The Buzz 5: “The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences, but through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.” (Steven Spielberg, filmmaker) We’ll ask Dr. George Viney, Tish Hicks, Rebecca Armstrong and Megan Wells for their take on The Future of Storytelling and Technology: Get Real!
Nov 10 2021
54 mins
The Future of Social Media Noise: Keep or Banish Hashtags?The Future of Entrepreneurship: Why Will Startups Keep Failing?The Future of Self-Driving Cars: Who/What Teaches Them to Drive?
The Buzz 1: The future promised by self-driving car companies — in which the streets would be filled with autonomous vehicles — has yet to arrive. In May 2021, The New York Times reported that the cars are still unable to manage the multitude of scenarios they may encounter while driving…if it’s drizzling, all the cameras are so strong that they can capture the tiniest water drop in the atmosphere. In a category called atmospherics, workers may be asked to label each individual drop of water so the cars don’t mistake them for obstacles. (nytimes.com) The Buzz 2: “Mounting technical problems proved more difficult than designers expected, including the challenge of teaching cars to interpret the gazillion different types of everyday objects and data that real life presents, from passing birds to a moon that looks like a yellow traffic light to hand gestures from other drivers. (vice.com/en/) The Buzz 3: Training self-driving cars for $1 an hour: To master the roads, autonomous vehicles need lots of data. Workers everywhere from Kenya to Venezuela are providing it. (restofworld.org) The Buzz 4: Self-Taught, Self-Driving Cars? Boston University engineer Eshed Ohn-Bar is developing a new way for autonomous vehicles to learn safe driving techniques—by watching other cars on the road, predicting how they will respond to their environment, and using that information to make their own driving decisions.…Researchers had autonomous cars navigate two virtual towns—one with straightforward turns and obstacles similar to their training environment, and another with unexpected twists, like 5-way intersections…with just one hour of driving data to train the machine learning algorithm, the autonomous vehicles arrived safely at their destinations 92 percent of the time.” (bu.edu) We’ll ask automotive and AI visionaries Tom Madonna, Patrick Maroney and Praveen Ramamurthy for their take on The Future of Self-Driving Cars: Who Will Teach Them to Drive?
Oct 20 2021
52 mins
The Future of Crime Novels: Must-See TV Adaptation Required?The Future of Drones: Landing on a Porch or Planet Near You SoonThe Future of Women vs Men in STEM: Technology and CreativityThe Future of Healthy Adult Beverages – Good Taste & Good For YouThe Future for Female Entrepreneurs – Lower or Raise the Bar?
The Buzz 1: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (Madam C.J. Walker (1867 –1919), America’s first female entrepreneur millionaire) The Buzz 2: “You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” (Tina Fey, actress, comedian, writer, producer, playwright) The Buzz 3: “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” (Roseanne Barr, actress, comedian, writer, producer) The Buzz 4: “Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual.” (Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972), playwright, poet, novelist) The Buzz 5: “More women than ever are starting businesses – yet so few are sharing how they do it. Why? Because being a successful female entrepreneur is hard work and comes with a unique set of challenges…whether it’s lack of experience, not knowing where to begin, money issues, or not understanding how to turn your purpose into profit…women need to lean into their zone of genius and create a business they love…” (Female Entrepreneur's Playbook: Secret Strategies From 20+ Women for Building a Business You Love and Getting Paid for It – October 2021) We’ll ask Cindy Zuelsdorf, Patricia Wooster, Lindsey Ardmore and Tamra Andress – contributors to this book – for their take on The Future for Female Entrepreneurs: Level or Raise the Playing Field?
Sep 15 2021
54 mins
The Future of Cryptocurrency in Retail: Pay Now, Pay How?The Future of Music Education, Musicians and TechnologyThe Future of Tech Startups: When Is THE Right Time?The Future of Professional Women & Creativity: Impossible Dream?The Future of Digital Security: Will Zero Trust Keep Us Safe?
Aug 11 2021
55 mins
The Future of Self-Publishing: A Real Page-Turner – Part 2The Future of Email Marketing: Will You Open It?The Future of Women in STEM: What About Their Creativity?The Future of The Cloud: What Has It Done for YOU Lately?