Future Trends: Urban Farm Pods, Home AI, and PostCapitalism

Posted By on March 4, 2016

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

In Future Trends: Urban Farm Pods, Home AI, and PostCapitalism we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, March 4th, 2016.

Architect Mitchell Joachim On Plug-In Ecology & The Urban Farm Pod

Terreform ONE co-founder Mitchell Joachim talks about The Urban Farm Pod, a plant growing sphere that doubles as a piece of indoor/outdoor furniture.

Via Inhabitat


Josh.ai – Artificial Intelligence for the Home

Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence for the home. In this video we show how Josh can be used for complex commands. Josh can change gender and accent, compute distance and provide population information. You can give Josh a series of commands for different devices in different rooms and Josh will handle them seamlessly.

Learn more about Josh at http://josh.ai.

Davos 2016 – The State of Artificial Intelligence

How close are technologies to simulating or overtaking human intelligence and what are the implications for industry and society?


  • Matthew Grob, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm, USA.
  • Andrew Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
  • Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
  • Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu.com, People’s Republic of China.

Paul Mason: “PostCapitalism”

Paul Mason joined us in London to talk about his book PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future. Recorded in December 2015, London.

Transforming Education : Will Richardson


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Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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