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ASN: Podcast and Chat PART ONE - Can technology help us build a new world? As we re-imagine how we want to live, and work together post pandemic

Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (50 mins)
No one fully understood the impact the pandemic would have; and we’ve got an exciting road ahead as we continue to come to grips with it. We can learn so much about the way we think and behave in times like these. What if we used this enormous disruption as an opportunity? Listening for an ‘emerging future’ is a term coined by Otto Scharmer (Theory U), as he said, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘it is almost made for this moment’. Podcast (Recorded session) Chat audio from recorded session

PART TWO - Unpacking conversations about our new world and looking at technology’s place within it.

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May 28, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Following on from our discussion last month we will review our thinking, and consider areas of useful work.

As already discussed, we’ve got a difficult, but equally promising road ahead, as we begin to come to terms with our ability to live and work together. Having time to think and talk will be essential in remaining grounded and effective. We have already learned so much about the way we think and behave. We are asking questions of our governments, NGOs, financial institutions, and seeing, in action, the lack of equality of opportunity.

We will continue to investigate this enormous disruption, see it as an opportunity, and listen carefully to find an ‘emerging future’. Together we can develop ways forward that individually might be harder to see. As we know, disruption needs people who can imagine wholly different outcomes, to join those who are already in the business of driving change. It all hangs in the…

PART THREE - Letting go and reforming a future built for change

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June 25, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PSTPlease join us for an ASN: Discussion

Following on from our discussions over the last three months we will review and conclude our three-part series on disruption. We will begin by recapping on our two previous discussions and define ways in which we can move forward with a greater understanding of global disruption. We will understand more as our world emerges, or not, from the Covid-19 pandemic. Walking the more promising road will require us to be agile, and understand that risk management will play a much larger role in all our lives. Do we lean into technology and leave our damaged world behind as in a future envision in the book ‘Ready Player One’ (Ernest Cline, 2011), or one of the many other dystopian views of our world, or do we break away and embrace the new, and return to a more needs-driven, and considered use of technology. Technology that really works, and critically works for everyone.

We will need our governments, NGOs, financial in…

ASN:Podcast - AI & ART – Turning Binary Into Beauty

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (38 mins)

Artists have maintained the role of shining a light on what is truly going on in our world for eons. Some say that this mantle can and will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. But, as there have always been biases within the artists’ works and the viewers of those works, the concerns of bias within Artificial is always discussed but seemingly never addressed deeply enough. What happens when the two meet?

Listen to our March ASN:Podcast
What we can learn from artists visualizations of technology’s impact on humanity.Can we reveal the deep joy of artistic expression and apply it to our own understanding.Are the artists right, and can they save us all?

PART ONE - Can technology help us build a new world? As we re-imagine how we want to live, and work together post pandemic

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April 23, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
No one fully understood the impact the pandemic would have; and we’ve got an exciting road ahead as we continue to come to grips with it. We can learn so much about the way we think and behave in times like these. What if we used this enormous disruption as an opportunity? Listening for an ‘emerging future’ is a term coined by Otto Scharmer (Theory U), as he said, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘it is almost made for this moment’.

Disruption has two sides and we are surrounded by new and vastly different choices, but we can and will change the way we live and adapt quickly. What will that adaption be? What can we do to take advantage of the enormous upheaval? Does this evolution require technology, or provide a chance to “let it go”? We talk about people being creative and needing to have new skills to live and work, but now that really does mean venturing deeply into the unknown. Understanding how …

ASN:Podcast Greta V Gates – Can Environment and Technology Co-Exist?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (44 mins)

While the battle participants referenced above merely form a playful event title, there’s nothing playful about the impacts of our two largest driving concerns in the 21st Century. Greta Thunberg comes by way of environment to influence technology/society and Bill Gates made his fortune in technology yet is attempting to enhance environment and society through the Gates Foundation – with the long term effects by both still very much in question. When technology development calls for constant iteration and “throw-away” elements can technology and the environment ever truly live in harmony?

Listen to our February ASN:Podcast
Where doing “good” fits in relation to technology and our planet.Examples of breakthroughs where technology and the environment is not a zero-sum endeavor.Opportunities where the ASN might take a worthwhile position in driving awareness and a positive turn so that technology and the environ…

ASN:Podcast - We’ve Embraced Tech. Have We Lost Community?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (41 mins)

There was a time when BBS and chat room users were filed away as loners and introverts. Then social media took shape and we’ve blurred the lines between social insulation and community activation. Things have certainly changed, and have forced us to reconsider our relationship to community.

Listen to our January ASN:Podcast
What defines community in virtual settings.The requirements for maintaining our humanity within the digital realm.What the ‘real world’ actually means and how much longer will it be important.Whether the virtual world will support our needs better than the real one.

Event: AI & ART – Turning Binary Into Beauty

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March 26, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Artists have maintained the role of shining a light on what is truly going on in our world for eons. Some say that this mantle can and will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. But, as there have always been biases within the artists’ works and the viewers of those works, the concerns of bias within Artificial is always discussed but seemingly never addressed deeply enough. What happens when the two meet?

Artist, Trevor Paglen, is utilizing Amazon data to create art works that reveal its intrinsic bias. Katie Paterson’s artistic focus considers our relation to the universe. Her work, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2010) challenges us to perceive relationships differently by showing a record playing at the same speed the earth turns. Do we care that the record would take four years to complete? Are we more busy either contemplating or ignoring that multiple forms of AI are rendering reality obsolete through deep fak…

Event: Greta V Gates – Can Environment and Technology Co-Exist?

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Feb 27, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST  Please join us for an ASN: Discussion While the battle participants referenced above merely form a playful event title, there’s nothing playful about the impacts of our two largest driving concerns in the 21st Century. Greta Thunberg comes by way of environment to influence technology/society and Bill Gates made his fortune in technology yet is attempting to enhance environment and society through the Gates Foundation – with the long term effects by both still very much in question. When technology development calls for constant iteration and “throw-away” elements can technology and the environment ever truly live in harmony?

Whether you believe the Global warming we are currently seeing is a direct result of our activities or not, we use technology in a way that increases the planet temperatures and with few massive drives to reduce its impact; with success still being measured in GDP.

We’ve decreased feasible product lifetimes in technology for…

ASN:Podcast - Virtually There or There Virtually? Are we still waiting for the Virtual World?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (44 mins)

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality worlds (V/A/XR) are coming, but progress is truly incremental. If virtual is meant to augment our lives positively, what are we looking for? What are the deeper issues and what have we been missing all along?

Listen to our November ASN:Podcast

What is good in the virtual reality worldHow can it be truly augmentative?Worlds and spaces that are ripe for developmentCodes of conduct and behaviour in a virtual setting

Event: We’ve Embraced Tech. Have We Lost Community?

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Jan 23, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion There was a time when BBS and chat room users were filed away as loners and introverts. Then social media took shape and we’ve blurred the lines between social insulation and community activation. Things have certainly changed, and have forced us to reconsider our relationship to community.

We increasingly meet online, talk to friends and relatives on Skype, and depend on our tech for our sense of self. With Facebook currently creating a fully immersive environment to tempt ‘citizens’ into spending time in its virtual world, where will we define person, place and community?

Technology usage and adoption is closely tied to societal and cultural factors. The beauty in every technology that has ever succeeded is in how it actually enabled 'shaping' by the people/users, and not necessarily just commuted by the companies developing and deploying them. Governments have been toppled, music, art and technology…

ASN:Podcast - Disruption, Disintermediation, disconnecting; is the world falling together?

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Podcast with Jonathan Tavss FRSA, Mitchell Weisburgh FRSA, Maurice Ward FRSA,
Wayne Wallace and Zoe Camper FRSA (40 mins)

People are coming together to work, play and share information, but increasingly on very different terms. We see opportunity and new forms of sharing taking shape, peer-to-peer decentralised networks, individuals taking responsibility for their own data security, and different more eco-friendly ways of using power. But what is emerging, and is it ‘good’?

Listen to our October ASN:Podcast
Owning your own data and understanding where to place your trust. Seeing new measures of value emergingThe demise of the Internet as we know itThe re-emergence of distributed decentralised business models

Virtually There or There Virtually? Are we still waiting for the Virtual World?

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Nov 21, 2019 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST
Please join us for an ASN: Discussion

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality worlds (V/A/XR) are coming, but progress is truly incremental. If virtual is meant to augment our lives positively, what are we looking for? What are the deeper issues and what have we been missing all along?

It has only been about 2,350 years since humans gained the belief the world was round through Aristotle, and only fifty-ish years since American computer scientist Ivan Sutherland described an all-senses 3D digital world.

When will humanity engage deeper than our flat, screen-based digital experience, and live within these incredible and promising other worlds? Or, are we not already doing so without recognizing it?

Join us to discuss:
What is good in the virtual reality worldHow can it be truly augmentative?Worlds and spaces that are ripe for developmentCodes of conduct and behaviour in a virtual setting Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/919138169

ASN:Podcast - The unfinished fable of the sparrows

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Podcast with Mitchell Weisburgh FRSA, Daryl Gibson,
Wayne Wallace and Zoe Camper FRSA (47 mins)

Much like The Unfinished Fable of the Sparrows raises this dilemma without providing an answer; how do we carry forward new paradigms, and forces of change, while not being overburdened with solving unknown variables AND be socially responsible.

Listen to our September ASN:Podcast
Preparing ourselves and our organizations to advance intelligently.Factors weighing on our requirement for iteration, and the management of forthcoming questions and concerns.Superintelligence, Funding, Societal Adoption, Technologies, etc.Examples of society-changing technologies that relied on the ability to deliver upon the above.

Ma and Musk agree; it is population colapse not expansion that will be the problem

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While two AI titans were disagreeing about AI, the one thing they did agree on was the issue of population collapse.

 Population collapse not expansion is, according to Ma and Musk at the World AI Conference (WAIC) this week in Shanghai, the big problem humans will face. So not the fact that AI will think faster and dispense with humans, suggesting that we are merely ‘boot loaders’ for a higher intelligence, no that is not the main concern. The concern is that there won’t be any humans at all.

I am amazed, everything I have learned or used as a measure of the planets resources and ability to sustain us has been based on the uncontrolled explosion of humankind and a rocketing population.

At our recent ASN:Discussion about the future of work we discussed immigration control and its impact on an available workforce, among other things. The scarcity of workers will continue to challenge our ability to progress as a society. Changing current discourse is difficult enough but introducing t…

Event: Disruption, Disintermediation, disconnecting; is the world falling together?

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Oct 24, 2019 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion

People are coming together to work, play and share information, but increasingly on very different terms. We see opportunity and new forms of sharing taking shape, peer-to-peer decentralised networks, individuals taking responsibility for their own data security, and different more eco-friendly ways of using power. But what is emerging and is it ‘good’?


The Internet’s underlying protocols (TCP/IP) were designed to decentralise sharing and to get information to its destination, come what may, nuclear war, dictators overthrown; it was supposed to be the ultimate Pony Express. But the very success of the Internet is now threatening its existence. Countries are looking inward, political unions breaking apart and long-time established powers faltering.

So this is truly a time of opportunity to make technology in a form that respects individuals rights to privacy and one that is built with the welfare of the planet,…

Event: The unfinished fable of the sparrows

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Sept 26, 2019 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion

In our August ASN:Discussion, when pondering evolution’s effect on a future workforce, RSA Fellow and ASN participant, Mitchell Weisburgh, surmised that iteration is key “we don’t have to deliver a be-all-end-all solution, that isn’t always required to truly bring change”.


Yet, we find ourselves often wedged between those who want to determine every detail before taking step one, and those who immediately begin with the belief all will be figured out later.

Much like The Unfinished Fable of the Sparrows raises this dilemma without providing an answer; how do we carry forward new paradigms, and forces of change, while not being overburdened with solving unknown variables AND be socially responsible.

Join us to discuss:
Preparing ourselves and our organizations to advance intelligently.Factors weighing on our requirement for iteration, and the management of forthcoming questions and concerns.Superintelligence, Fun…

Grand challenges of Human Versus Machine do not tell the real story

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Written By Zoe Camper, Las Vegas

What is it like to be beaten by a machine? Not a human, or in the case of war, an army or a country, but a machine built by fellow humans. It beats you, takes your crown, and leaves you utterly defeated. Feel bad? I think so. Can the battles be fair or equal? How do we measure fairness and what equates to parity in a battle of human versus machine; they are of course, simply not the same.

Challenging machines has a long and storied history, from John Henry the African American folk hero’s race against a steam-powered rock-drilling machine in the 1870’s, to Lee Sedol’s 2016 defeat at the ancient game of Go, in Seoul, South Korea, by AlphaGo, an AI built by Google DeepMind.

The story of Garry Kasparov and his chess challenges against IBM go to the very heart of fairness, and highlight that humans and machines are entirely different entities.

Garry Kasparov, Emperor of Chess, youngest World Chess Champion at the age of 22, holding the World Chess Champio…

Event: The Future According to Us: Workforce

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22nd August, 2019 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion Are you interested in provocative and exciting exploration? Join us to communally explore some ideas on possible futures - no vision is too far “out there”! What is going to play the largest role in our future workforce?
Artificial Intelligence?Neural Lace?Genetic Predetermination?Global Warming?  All of the Above, or something else entirely?

Come get the juices flowing as we poke and prod what future society has in store for us.

Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/366336183

Join us to discuss: 
How technology will affect the workforce in the long-term futureIs disruption a strong enough word for what is to comeShould you learn anything new or just learn how to learnWhat makes a new collar worker different from you

If you’re interested, we’ve begun the posting of ASN interviews to learn more about the members.
ASN:People interview with Philippa Mothersill and Zoe Camper (34 mins) ASN:People interview with Joe Gla…

ASN:People

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ASN:People interview with Zoe Camper and Philippa Mothersill (34 mins) In our third interview we learn more about Philippa Mothersill. The chain of interviews is growing and will shine a light on our motivations, passions and areas of expertise. Join us and either be interviewed or offer to interview someone you admire.