Season 2 of The Future, This Week is coming next week! Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

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Dr Sandra Peter is the Director of Sydney Executive Plus at the University of Sydney Business School. Her research and practice focuses on engaging with the future in productive ways, and the impact of emerging technologies on business and society.

Kai Riemer is Professor of Information Technology and Organisation, and Director of Sydney Executive Plus at the University of Sydney Business School. Kai's research interest is in Disruptive Technologies, Enterprise Social Media, Virtual Work, Collaborative Technologies and the Philosophy of Technology.

Introduction: We know this is not a new episode but coming soon is The Future, This Week Season 2.

Kai Riemer: I'm Kai Riemer.

Sandra Peter: I'm Sandra Peter and we're the hosts of The Future, This Week. Once a week we get together and discuss the news of the week. The most interesting, the most challenging, the most ridiculous, weird, wonderful. The most disappointing news of the week.

Kai: There's a whole lot I can talk about. 

Sandra and Kai: For the past season, we've looked at some big stories. Asked some interesting questions. Should e-mail die? Can we fight climate change by moving to the city? Why electric cars are nothing like fax machines. Keeping up with blockchain. Living the good life on Instagram turns into real work. Sexism in Silicon Valley. The exorcism of Uber. Inventors versus innovators. Do wearables deserve to die? Looming AI apocalypse. What makes Amazon successful. Cameras killing keyboards. And some things just keep coming up. Tax tax tax tax tax. I can't believe we're talking tax again. Batteries batteries batteries batteries. 

And of course let's not forget "Robot of the Week": Robocop. Behold the Tertill. Robolawyers. Sumobots. A robot is burning Donald Trump's tweets. A robot with a human touch: Flobi. Flobi. It's really been a whole lot of fun.

Sandra: A man walks into a Chinese click farm.[BIRD NOISES] What kind of personal data are the smart condoms collecting? [LAUGHTER]. For the next season of The Future,This Week you can again expect great insights. Unpacking the big questions.

Kai: The basic technologies that underpin innovations. It raises so many questions right Sandra?

Sandra and Kai: Yes time horizon, speed of replacement, data, big design, artificial intelligence, smart cities, facial recognition algorithms, keeping up with blockchain, does technology make us less productive, future of work, The Internet of Things, the road for self driving cars rockier than we thought? Companies like Uber and Tesla, WhatsApp, WeChat, Google, IBM, the big three TenCent, Alibaba and Baidu, the frightful five, Microsoft Alphabet Amazon Apple and Facebook. And of course we won't be afraid to call it when we need to. 

Kai: I find that hard to believe. So that can be challenged.

Sandra: That's bullshit. 

Kai: Bullshit. What's the word? A polite way of saying this - a little bit.... 

Sandra: Bullshit. 

Kai: Yes very good.

Sandra: See you soon on Season 2 of The Future, This Week.

Kai: See you next week.

Outro: This was The Future, This Week brought to you by Sydney Business Insights and the Digital Disruption Research Group. You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. You can follow us online, on Twitter and on Flipboard. If you have any news you want us to discuss please send them to

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