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Techies and Artists - a new podcast series

The original promise of the internet was to connect us. This gave way to an accelerated innovation race of sharing platforms, immersive technologies, social media networks, online currencies and much much more. It sure did connect us - in unimaginable ways. But did it bring us closer to? In this podcast series, we will take you deep into emerging technologies and the way they shape our communities, our realities, our democracies and our planet. We invite not just the classic techies, but also artists and scientists who can help us understand new tendencies and broaden our understanding of what tech actually is or is going to be.

Illustration: Nicolai Habla

The podcast series is initiated by Katrine K. Pedersen, writer, Majken Overgaard program director at Catch - center for art, design and technology, Marie Gørvild, sociologist and Nicklas Larsen, senior advisor and futurist at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.

Illustration: Julie Østengaard

Together we have produced the following four episodes:

What comes after Big Tech? #1 The all encompassing big tech platforms are in many ways bigger than ever, but also facing growing opposition and criticism. In this first episode of Techies and Artist, we entertain a future without a few dominating digital platforms, when we ask: What comes after Big tech? Who is practising alternatives - and can we have digital technologies on other terms than we have today? You will meet a professor interested in alternative digital structures and an artist turned entrepreneur, who is behind a startup that he describes as the ethical Airbnb. Guests: Mikkel Flyverbom, Professor of Communication and Digital Transformations at Copenhagen Business School Martin Rosengaard, Co-founder of Human Hotel

Illustration: Julie Østengaard

Blurred Realities #2 Our physical and digital worlds are merging and science fiction becomes reality with the arrival of the collective conceptual idea of the metaverse. Today we already see the early signs of virtual worlds and digital layers. In this episode we take a closer look at the future of the internet as it goes from 2D to 3D together with Simon Lajboschitz, Co-founder and CEO at Khora VR and performing artist and immersion designer Jakob la Cour. Tune in as we explore new applications of immersive tech with the award-winning trailblazers across domains of social impact, mental health, art and mysticism. Guests: Simon Lajboschitz, Co-founder and CEO at Khora VR Jakob la Cour, Performing artist and immersion designer

Illustration: Julie Østengaard

Reimagining infrastructures #3 WWW was framed as the first truly democratic communication platform, a decentralised network open for everyone. Today the internet is commercialised and our primary online activities are governed by commercial infrastructures. The blockchain came along in 2008 and immediately people described it as a coming of a new infrastructure that is more open, democratic and more decentralised. We have invited two guests to talk to us about the possibilities and the dangers of the blockchain: Danish artist and entrepreneur Cecilie Wagner Falkenstrøm and researcher Natalia Avlona from Copenhagen University. Guests: Cecilie Wagner Falkenstrøm, Artist and entrepreneur Natalia Avlona, Lawyer and researcher

Illustration: New book out "Sensous Society" by Gry Worre Hallberg

Cosmic Care #4 In this final and fourth episode, we will zoom in on one of THE most important challenges in the future of tech: Climate emergency! The climate crisis is at a critical moment and future strategies is not about quick fixing sustainable solutions - hope lies in acknowledging climate change as systematic inequalities. It is not about egoes - it’s about the planet. Moving forward towards sutainable futures we need to deconstruct the human centred perspective that has led to humanity positioning itself superior to other species. In this era of climate urgency, a vertical approach to innovation is replacing the neoliberal linear move-fast-and-break-things approach. Join us as we explore sustainable futures and ecological connectedness with Gry Worre Hallberg, artistic director and PhD and Michael Reibel Boesen co-founder of Massive Earth. He is transferring talent from the old economy, to a new and more sustainable one.

Listen to the podcast series in Spotify, Apple Podcast og where you find your podcasts.

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