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Episode 12: Future Democracy

Edward Snowden joins us via Google hangout, which fuels a discussion on government surveillance with Primavera De Filippi, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School; Ian Brown of Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre; and curator Pat Kane. And software developer Dan Williams explores the boundaries of CCTV.

Music credits: Black Ant, Mesmerists, Broke For Free

Presented by Emily Elias.

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Episode 11: Future Music

George Clinton talks to Ekow Eshun about his legendary music career. Joana Seguro of Artists & Engineers and musician Stevie Wishart discuss social media music communities. And BitterSuite brings us a 4D sensory symphony.

Music credits: BitterSuite, Broke for Free - Melt, and Jahzzar - Planet Zero.

Presented by Emily Elias.

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Episode 10: Future Money

Barry Eichengreen discusses financial reform, Dave Boyle tells us why the sharing economy isn’t about sharing, and Owen Jones is hopeful for a more democratic economy in our tenth FutureFest podcast.

Music credits: Broke for Free - Melt, The Moss - Cosmo Sheldrake.

Podcast presented by Emily Elias.

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Episode 9: Future Global

In the ninth episode of our FutureFest podcast we return to the Future Global theme.

Artist Sophia Al-Maria talks about Gulf Futurism, lecturer and artist Tegan Bristow questions the relevance of the term Afrofuturism outside of the USA and musician and filmmaker Spoek Mathambo considers the future sound of South Africa.

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This podcast features music by Spoek Mathambo and Broke for Free

Podcast presented by Emily Elias.

Episode 8: Future Thrills

In episode eight of the FutureFest podcast we return to our Future Thrills theme and consider what we’re likely to be consuming in the future.

Food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye introduces the next generation of vending machines, including the cupcake ATM; award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana explores some interesting possible new methods of nutrient delivery through alcohol; and journalist and author Johann Hari looks at where the war on drugs is headed after a century of narcotics prohibition.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: “Melt” by Broke For Free and “Superconductivity” by Jahzzar

Image: Dr Morgaine Gaye speaking at FutureFest

Episode 7: Future Machines

In the seventh episode of the FutureFest podcast we return to our Future Machines theme.

Jon Ronson recalls his various conversations with sentient robots (and their programmers), UCL’s Leo Cohen considers a world where we outsource our decision making to artificial intelligence and retail futures expert Eva Pascoe argues the need for a return to Renaissance attitudes to art and technology in order to take charge of our digital future.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Melt by Broke For Free, Banjo Vox by Vitamin Pets, Rhodes Piano by Vitamin Pets

Image: Jon Ronson speaking at FutureFest

Episode 6: Future Democracy

In the sixth episode of our FutureFest podcast our speakers look at power, politics and democracy.

Owen Jones, bestselling author of 'The Establishment' and 'Chavs', puts forward the idea of a new politics of hope to change our society. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC considers where power lies in today's world, and why the nation state may have had its day. On a slightly different tack, 'The Economist' management editor Adrian Wooldridge argues that hierarchy is here to stay - and we need it.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

This podcast features the following music:

Broke for Free - Melt

Summers Coming - Dexter Britain

Charge Into 2015 - Dexter Britain

Image: Owen Jones speaking at FutureFest

Episode 5: Future Music

The fifth episode of our FutureFest podcast asks what music is and what it will become.

We probably don't need more love songs: musician and producer Matthew Herbert talks to Pat Kane about the crisis of ideas in the music industry and why technology needs to be a little less perfect. Musicologist Adam Harper considers how music is more than just sound, in a talk that involves ancient German bone-flutes. And we hear from Chagall, a musician and producer making electronic music visual with the mi.mu data gloves.

Watch our video of the 2015 festival featuring Chagall's performance with mi.mu gloves.

Download the transcript of episode 5

Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Broke for Free - Melt, Chagall

Image: Chagall performing with mi.mu gloves at FutureFest

Episode 4: Future Money

In our fourth FutureFest podcast, we explore the concept and future of money.

Did you know your £1 coin isn’t technically worth £1? Or that the largest coin still in use on the Micronesian island of Yap is 12-foot across and made of stone? Author and journalist John Lanchester draws on fascinating examples to demonstrate what makes money money. Biohacker and designer Raph Kim talks about the possibility of ditching notes and coins for spit and snot and find out what comedian and scientist Dr Steve Cross had to say to us on money matters.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Broke for Free - Melt, The Moss - Cosmo Sheldrake

Image: Cash Flow installation by Ithaca Audio at FutureFest

Episode 3: Future Global

In the third episode of our FutureFest podcast, we explore what’s shaping Africa’s near future.

Ore Disu, Executive Director of Nsibidi Institute - based in Lagos, Nigeria, discusses the city’s challenges and opportunities; Fabian-Carlos Guhl introduces us to the Venture Bus, which picks up aspiring entrepreneurs on its route across the continent; and Thomas Aquilina discusses his photography, which captures the changing face of Africa.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Broke for Free - Melt, Jahzzar - Flutter, Jahzzar - DJ

Image: Exhibition by Thomas Aquilina at FutureFest

Episode 2: Future Thrills

Tune in to the second episode of our FutureFest podcast, which asks how far we’ll go to get our kicks in the future.

Paul Dolan, author of Happiness By Design, explores what happiness is and how to find it, Professor Adrian Cheok looks at the future of thrill-seeking as we start to augment all five of our senses with virtual reality, and comedian Dan Schreiber (the man behind the popular No such thing as a fish podcast) shares his time travel to-do list.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Broke for Free - Melt, Broke for Free - Night Owl, Broke for Free - Feel Good (Instramental), Steve Combs - The Chase (Remix)

Image: Demonstration by Professor David Cheok at FutureFest

Episode 1: Future Machines

Step into the machine with the first episode of our FutureFest podcast. Listen to hilarious stories, intriguing ideas, and unexpected experiences, involving humanity and machinery, fresh from the festival.

In this episode, author Jon Ronson considers the power of social media as he describes going into digital battle to reclaim his identity from a Twitter spam-bot.

We hear how it feels when a blind robot touches your face, along with learning the story of Blind Robot’s evolution from Louis-Philippe Demers and body>data>space, the team behind it.

And it turns out that sex and companion robots may outrank mechanical carers. Artist Anna Dumitriu explains what her research with the University of Hertfordshire found older people actually want from robots.

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Podcast presented by Emily Elias

Music credits: Broke For Free - Melt, Broke For Free - F**k It, Steve Combs - Fine Without You (Remix)

Image: The Blind Robot by Louis Philippe Demers at FutureFest