Here Right Now – first 5 episodes

5 episodes in, I think we’re off to a good start.

Episode 1 – Exploring esports with Angela Natividad

Featuring esports agency entrepreneur and strategist Angela Natividad, our conversation spanned gaming culture, esport stereotypes, the brand of sports vs esports, athleticism and health, the quirks of intellectual property law & the business of esport. A free-ranging conversation about part of the world I knew so little about beforehand.

Episode 2 – Deep Fake, bots & Synthetic Art with Eric Drass

Featuring respected synthetic artist Eric Drass – who you may know as Shardcore – about his work playing with neural networks, machine learning, Deep Fake, bots, conspiracy theories, and his work using all of these to create art. And, at the heart of the conversation, the increasingly pressing question of how we can know what is true and what is not.

Episode 3 – The Future of Food with Dr Morgaine Gaye

Featuring food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye – you’ll hear Morgaine’s rarely-shared predictions for future themes in our food, confront what Dr Gaye believes will be an extended period of disruption and unearth newer, clearer connections between fashion, technology, geopolitics and broad societal change.

Episode 4 – Online Investigations and Open Source Intelligence with Eliot Higgins

Featuring Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, the foremost pioneer worldwide in online investigations and open source analysis, whose work uses publicly available online resources and content freely – and often bizarrely – shared in social media to expose alleged Russian state killers, and identify the exact anti-aircraft unit involved in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Episode 5 – Digitizing the City of San Francisco with Carrie Bishop

Featuring Carrie Bishop, Chief Digital Services Officer, sharing her perspective on the gritty realities of ‘digital transformation’ in public services. Considering San Francisco’s 976 lines of business, there’s an exhilarating aerial view of what can be possible, together with an unfussy account from the frontline of just how creaky legacy systems that power our world can be.

So what’s next?

I’m enjoying it enough that I’ve decided I’m going to do another 95 episodes.

And you can help shape those 95 episodes. If you have ideas about potential fascinating, diverse guests who can give an interesting perspective on how a facet of everyday life is changing right now, I’d love to hear those suggestions – here, on Twitter, wherever.

Join us.

If you haven’t already, join me and the growing community of other smart listeners on the journey towards 100 episodes – subscribe for free here. Thanks for listening 🙂

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