The Future STIR Podcast
By Greg Heist and Ben Smithee
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The Future STIR is a podcast about "the future of everything," and specifically about the future of Society, Technology, Intelligence and Retail. And why?? Let's face it: The future is the journey we're all on together. And, unfortunately, none of us has a crystal ball. But, every day there are things going on that give us little glimpses into how the future will change the way we live our lives, create dynamic. successful companies and careers and live together as a global society. It's big stuff and most of us don't have the time to distill it and make sense of it all. That's where we come in. And that's what The Future STIR is all about. And, we have the street cred to bring it to you on a weekly basis. That's basically code for saying we're nerds that geek out about gadgets, technology, trends and the future as a whole. We pair that passion with years of experience as business executives who put this thinking to work. To that end, we want each episode of The Future STIR to be entertaining, edgy, and fun to listen to. We want you to come away from The Future STIR with either new insights or a new perspective on something going on in the world. So join us on a weekly journey into the future...
||CleanThe Future of the American Dream: Part II (EP038)||The American Dream of our children and grandchildren...and how to raise imaginative kids. PLUS: Google launches new AI capabilities to keep advertisers from being paired with offensive content, and "What the Heck is That!?!" - DDoS attacks||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of The American Dream: Part 1 (EP037)||Part 1 of our Interview with Brian David Johnson, PLUS: A skyscraper suspended from an asteroid and a new segment called "What the Heck is That?!?!" giving a simple explanation of Net Neutrality.||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart II - The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP036)||How School of Rock shapes the lives of students & teachers and is paving the way for the future of rock. PLUS: Levi's debuts interactive clothing at SXSW and VR and mixed reality in the classroom.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart I: The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP035)||Part I of our Interview with School of Rock Rochester, PLUS: Get Z Prefers Chilling Online and Foursquare Brings Retailers Powerful Foot Traffic Analytics||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuick Hits BONANZA! - Round 3 (EP034)||Jay Z "Arrives", will iPhone 8 have AR?, the SNAP IPO and Norway takes on the trolls.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMinimalism to the Max (EP033)||The minimalist lifestyle and why it's gaining traction in our culture. PLUS: Temporary tattoos that make you a human wearable, and Disney Research creates a room with "safe, ubiquitous wireless charging". We're skeptical. ;)||3/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Trouble with Trolls (EP032)||Will trolls sink the internet? PLUS: A hotel in Dubai that gives every room control over the view...and Nike uses Twitter to promote female athletes in the Middle East.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of Intelligence: Part II of Our Interview with Lenny Murphy (EP031)||Technology that will shape society and consumer intelligence. PLUS: The technologies that will power 2050 are largely already here...and our first contribution to the looming buzz about the 10th anniversary iPhone 8.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of Intelligence: Part I of our interview with Lenny Murphy (EP030)||The future of consumer intelligence with Lenny Murphy, Executive Editor of GreenBook media and Senior Partner, Gen2Advisors. PLUS: Is the #hashtag, Facebook and Twitter in decline among advertisers and Cards Against Humanity's guerrilla Super Bowl ad of||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRetail: Death Spiral or Renaissance (EP029)||Is retail spiraling out of control...or is it on the verge of a rebirth? PLUS: Humanity's odds in a zombie apocalypse are pathetic, and Ben professes mad love for McDonalds and their distribution of 10,000 bottles of their secret sauce.||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorking Hard...and Hardly Working (EP028)||The bold new world of work/life integration. PLUS: Amazon's drones go LEGO and Tim Ferris' new book to help us become Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture or Faux Pas: CES 2017 Edition (EP027)||What CES 2017 tells us about the future. PLUS: A woman builds a house with her 4 kids armed with YouTube videos...and John Harwood's Twitter poll shows America's trust of the establishment has hit new lows.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking Back...and Moving Forward (EP026)||Looking back at trends we discussed in 2016 and discussing how these trends will evolve in 2017. PLUS: A creepy holographic Japanese female AI assistant and a first report on wearables in the Heist family.||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnder the Influence (EP025)||The brave new world of online influencers...PLUS: A journal that tracks your moods based on your voice, and AI that generates awkward holiday songs||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking Out of the Echo Chamber (EP024)||Is Facebook helping us create an information echo chamber...and what you can do about it. PLUS: VR that lets you taste & chew. Apple's getting serious about autonomous vehicles.||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelfie-Centered (EP023)||Selfies, Millennials and Culture. PLUS: Barbie now reflects "real women" and Media trust reaches an all-time low||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPause Your Life (EP022)||Finding your center in an accelerating world: A conversation with Chris and Malar Curran. PLUS: Richard Branson unveils the rightful heir to the Concorde and Apple is working on the rightful heir of Google Glass.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Trump/Sanders Effect REBOOTED (EP021)||How the zeitgeist of a nation created one of the greatest political upsets in US history.||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCulture and Conspiracy Theories (EP020)||What makes conspiracy theories so popular in our culture? PLUS: Audiophile Listening Clubs in London and Amazon Rapids: An App That "Texts" Stories to Young Readers||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Shrinking, Accelerating World (EP019)||Why the world seems smaller and the pace of life faster. Plus: It will be 170 years before men and women reach pay equality...and Kobi: the Roomba for your yard.||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuick Hits BONANZA! Round 2 (EP018)||Esports, Drone Racing, Male Privilege, Creepy Facebook and Creepy Clowns, OH MY!!||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe A.R.T of Tattoo Education (EP017)||Our interview with Paul-Anthony Surdi, CEO of the Academy of Responsible Tattooing, PLUS: Facebook goes VR and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 #FAIL||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFutureShop (EP016)||Part II of our Interview with Hongwei Liu, CEO of Mappedin, PLUS: The future of creepy 80's toys and cow flatulence in California||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNavigating the Great Indoors (EP015)||Part 1 of our interview with Hongwei Liu, CEO of MappedIn, PLUS Greg's Bitmoji fever and the new Snapchat Spectacles||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeath, Disrupted. (EP014)||Controlling AI with our brains, Promobot gets arrested and disrupting death with life extension technologies.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture or Faux Pas? (EP013)||Our first look behind the hype to find glimpses into the future or gaffes of epic proportions.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGen WE Rising: Part 2 (EP012)||An Apple Watch of a different kind. Robots scared of movie trailers. The conclusion of our interview with Mary Meehan, co-founder and CEO of Panoramix Global||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGen WE Rising: Part I (EP011)||How the youngest generation will change everything. Part I of The Future STIR interview with Mary Meehan, co-founder and CEO of Panoramix Global||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of Privacy (EP010)||Sexism at the Rio Olympics. Will Russia make "Beam me up, Scotty" a reality? Is privacy on the verge of extinction?||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuick Hits BONANZA! (EP009)||Snapchat Stories, Amazon Drone Perches, Tesla's Astronomical Growth Forecast...and more on Pokemon GO!||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Trump/Sanders Effect (EP008)||Zika, Doping & The Olympics, A Robot That Escapes (Twice!), and What's Behind the Rise of Trump & Sanders||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAri's Crystal Ball (EP007)||Pokemon GO, Granny Passes out with Oculus VR and Part II of our Interview with Ari Popper||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRetail Reconstruction (EP006)||When was the last time you got excited to go to shopping? How often do you shop online? The thrill of buying a week's worth of groceries, brand-new Nikes, and tonight's takeout all from the comfort of your couch is- let's face it- normal these days....||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Business of the Future (EP005)||Part I of an Interview with Ari Popper of SciFutures||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Hip to be Analog (EP004)||Is it time to leave digital in the dust? These days, it's hip to be analog! Vinyl records and Polaroid photos are back on the scene, leaving everybody asking one question: what's so cool about analog in the digital age? In this week's episode of The...||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVirtual Voyeurism (EP003)||It seems like everybody these days is on their own video voyage, from your average "bro" to Pope Francis himself. But how is this "virtual voyeurism" shaping the way we meet, interact, and market through media? Ben and Greg define this...||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHumans 2.0: Why Immunization is the Wrong Conversation (EP002)||Welcome back to the STIR! How do you express yourself? Image is an integral part of the way we live and work, especially in business and in the market of technology. From the 140 characters we live by on social media, to the impressions of...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrones: From Destruction to Delivery (EP001)||Ever wonder what it would be like to have groceries delivered to your door in minutes? To hover around the city with ease, or experience an entirely new reality without leaving the comfort of your couch? This week's episode is all about drones,...||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
It's not a podcast for tech geeks and first adopters, this one takes a closer look and asks what burgeoning technology means (and will mean) for consumers and businesses and society. It's a great conversation to listen in on!
As a small business owner wanting to zone in on more retail aspects vs wholesale, this podcast so far has been very informative for me in that direction. I look forward to implementing some of the ideas and concepts discussed here to further my business goals for my brand.
Fun and Thought-Provoking!
Love the mix of timely topics - who needs another solely tech-focused podcast? Each episode is better than the last, keep up the great work!