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Great Foresight Audio and Podcasts  - Sites, Lists, and Selections
In Top, STEEPCOP, and Fiction Categories

Audio categories on this page:
Top Foresight
Science, Evolution, and Development
Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech)
Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Economics, Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation Infrastructure
Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Sustainability Infrastructure
Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion
Organizations: Leadership, MgmtInnov & Entrep, Org. Sustainability & Development 
Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle
Fiction 


Top Foresight Audio  - Sites, Lists, and Selections

Audio - Compilation Sites (Free and For-Pay)
Apple iTunes
For Mac and Windows. Best for-pay system on the web. Very useful platform for podcast aggregation. 

Audible
Audio versions of books, magazines, radio shows. Pricey but good selection.
Books on Tape
Great source for unabridged versions of lesser known books.
Closer to Truth (and PBS Site)
leading scientists, scholars and artists debate the fundamental issues of our times (Robert Lawrence Kuhn).
Earth 2100
ABC participatory video site and game, telling video stories of a resource challenged future. 2015, 2050, and 2100 scenarios.
IT Conversations
Excellent interviews on tech, business, social implications of emerging and future IT (Doug Kaye)
Review the Future
Technology’s (Accelerating) Impact on Culture (Ted Kupper and Jon Perry)
Science and Society
Great weekly reports on scientific research (David Lemberg)
The Long Now Foundation: Seminars on Long Term Thinking (SALT) 
Dozens of good talks, in MP3 format, about cutting-edge futurist topics



Audio - For Pay Titles (Audiobooks, etc.)
China, Inc.: How the Next Superpower Challenges America & the World
, Ted Fishman, 2005
Lies My Teacher Told Me: What Your History Textbook Got Wrong, James Loewen, 2003
The Assault on Reason: The Challenge to American Democracy, Al Gore, 2007
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell, 2007
The Wisdom of Crowds: Collective Wisdom in Biz and Societies, James Suroweicki, 2004
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, Thomas Friedman, 2006
What If 2?: Top Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, Rob Crowley, 2002 (Unabridged)


Audio - Free Titles (MP3s, etc.)
Accelerating Future People Database
Futurism, organized by speaker

Singularity Summit Podcasts 
Artificial Intelligence


Science, Evolution, and Development Audio
 - Sites, Lists, and Selections 



Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech) Audio 
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 

Singularity Summit Podcasts - Artificial Intelligence

The Long Now Foundation: Seminars on long term thinking 
Dozens of talks, in MP3 format, about cutting-edge futurist topics - Pajamas


Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Audio
 - Sites, Lists, and Selections 



Economics, Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation Audio 
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 

China, Inc.: How the Next Superpower Challenges America & the World, Ted Fishman, 2005
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, Thomas Friedman, 2006



Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Sustainability Infrastructure Audio 
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 

The Assault on Reason: The Challenge to American Democracy, Al Gore, 2007



Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion Audio 
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 

Lies My Teacher Told Me: What Your History Textbook Got WrongJames Loewen, 2003
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell, 2007
The Wisdom of Crowds: Collective Wisdom in Business and Societies, James Suroweicki, 2004



Organizations: Org. Leadership, MgmtInnovation, Entrep, Sustain & Development Audio - Sites, Lists, and Selections 

What If 2?: Top Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, Rob Crowley, 2002 (Unabridged)



Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle Audio
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, Laurence Gonzales, 2004



Fiction: Realistic Future Fiction (RFF) Audio 
- Sites, Lists, and Selections 
[In realistic future fiction (RFF) the substantial majority of the plot feels like it actually could happen in the future, under the right circumstances. Most fantasy and science fiction is entertaining, but not realistic foresight, except in minor parts.] 

By far the most obvious monumental sci-tech advance looming ahead of us is the arrival of greater than human intelligence, likely within this 21st century. Judith Berman, in "Science Fiction Without the Future," 2001, noted that writing about the coming AI is so difficult (emotionally and intellectually) that most sci-fi writers, and their readers in collusion, have simply abandoned reading or thinking about realistic science fiction, turning to comfortable fantasy instead (e.g., Star Trek and other such impossible but comforting 'space operas'). Nevertheless, there are a handful of efforts that attempt to realistically describe the likely coming emergence of AI, and the implications of an AI world on human beings, in at least a partially plausibile way. We call such fiction RSF. 
Here are a few RFF favorites:


Society of the Mind, Eric L. Harry, 1996
Good cyberthriller about increasingly intelligent robots emerging in the decades ahead. Discusses the fascinating question of whether AIs could have mental illness, and one scenario for how that issue might play out. Take it along for your next drive!
 





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