Noted Futurist Looks Back: How Espionage, Arms Deals and Recent … – PR Newswire (press release)

Former defense contractor-turned-author and futurist David Treichler — writing as dhtreichler — sheds startling light on the twists and turns of the “Armaments Bazaar” process in his new book, and portrays weapons sales to contentious Middle East countries as sometimes problematic — and even dangerous.

Drawn from Treichler’s real-world experiences in the Middle East, it offers insights into espionage, intelligence failures and the cat-and-mouse games played in suppressing the peoples of the region. He details transactions with often life-and-death consequences for both the citizens of these nations — and their sovereign neighbors.

The fiction-based-on-fact book, called simply, Rik’s, is available at http://amzn.to/2q9iDWV. In addition, you can view a video book trailer at https://youtu.be/8u5ZtDX-ToY.

As time has proven, the sale of weapons and intelligence systems can prove pivotal to countries like Iraq, Iran, Turkey and, currently, Syria, under strongman Bashar al-Assad.

Treichler admits he — like his lead character in the novel — sometimes had misgivings about the end use of the weapons he sold. But, in the final analysis, following U.S. policy to maintain arms parity in the volatile region was the only option, he says.

The book is about an American State Department official whose day job is to help U.S. companies reach trade agreements.

By night, however, he gathers intelligence and arranges the sale of military hardware to maintain the balance of power in the region. In the novel, he is also the CIA station chief who has fallen in love with a broadcast journalist.

“Five stars for Rik’s,” writes the Midwest Book Review. “It speaks eloquently about such vital issues as patriotism, comradeship, and the lengths to which love will go. This gritty read will ring true with any follower of America’s foreign interventions.”

It is also available online at dhtreichler.com.

Media Contact: David Treichler, Author dtreichler1@verizon.net (817) 909-2128 (cell phone)

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New York Neo-Futurists to Offer ‘Fundamentals’ Workshop This Summer – Broadway World

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share a little of their well earned wisdom this summer when they offer the workshop, Level One: Function and Fundamentals. The workshop that has served as a stepping stone to fifteen would-be Neo-Futurists is a twelve hour workshop that stretches over three Saturdays beginning July 22nd and wrapping up August 5th, all taking place at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios.

Workshop participants will be taught the function and fundamentals of what it means to create art in the Neo-Futurist aesthetic: performing as your most natural self, dismantling the fourth wall, creating task-based theatre, and accessing creative inspiration to eliminate writer’s block. By the end of this workshop, participants will have written, performed and workshopped both individually and collectively written short plays that can be taken into the world in whichever way they see fit.

The instructors for this Level One: Function and Fundamentals workshop will be Neo-Futurists Dan McCoy and Connor Sampson. McCoy, a member of the NY Neo-Futurists since 2009 is a performer and playwright who holds an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College and whose work has been produced or developed recently at Theaterlab, Primary Stages, Project Y Theatre and IATI Theatre. Sampson is a two-time national champion of performance poetry, the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award (Primary Stages) and has been a Neo since 2014. Connor also holds a BFA with honors in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

If you’ve found yourself in the Kraine Theater at 10:30 on a Friday or Saturday night, witnessed the Neo-Futurists delivering their barrage of short plays, and said to yourself “I can do that” or “I could never do that,” then this workshop is for you. Creative individuals at all levels of experience are encouraged to enroll for a mere $300.

The New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer-director-performers that create theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper; non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible; immediate, irreproducible events at affordable prices. Since opening in Brooklyn in 2004 the New York Neo-Futurists have premiered roughly 4,500 plays and have become a downtown New York institution. In addition to performing The Infinite Wrench fifty weeks a year and producing Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind from 2004 until 2016, the New York Neo-Futurists have been a stalwart presence in the Off-Off Broadway community, having won numerous Innovative Theatre Awards and Drama Desk Nominations.

IF YOU GO: New York Neo-Futurists What: Level One Workshop: Function and Fundamentals Where: Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, 440 Lafayette Street #4, New York, NY 10003 When: July 22nd, July 29th & August 5th from 1pm-5pm. How: nynf.org or 866-811-4111 Cost: $300 ($50 deposit to reserve your spot).

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The 3-D Printed Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist Just Released – KicksOnFire.com

Under Armour made a big splash today as they have officially released the ArchiTech Futurist, a 3-D printed training sneaker.

The Under Armour Architech Futuristreflects past, present, and future UA innovations. Past influence comes with the compression lacing system with a center-placed 1/4 zipper for a tailored fit. The present comes courtesy of the Speedform Upper, a premium, microfiber synthetic leatherthat molds to your foot. Finally the future can be seen on the sole unit with the 3-D printed midsole that contains a dynamic lattice network that provides infinite cushioning and support.

Additional details include debossed Under Armour branding on the heel, a full-length Micro G midsole that provides a stable platform built for versatile performance, and rubber outsole pods with rounded, mini-lug pattern for excellent traction & durability.

You can pick up the Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist at select UA retailers now for $300.

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3-D printed sneakers appear to be where the future is headed as companies like adidas and Under Armour are beginning to use the revolutionizing technology.

One of Under Armours first 3-D printed creations is theUnder Armour ArchiTech Futurist which is labeled as a training sneaker.

The Under Armour Architech Futurist features acompression lacing system with a center-placed 1/4 zipper for a tailored fit, a Speedform Upper that is made out of a microfiber synthetic leatherthat molds to your foot, and a 3-D printed midsole that contains a dynamic lattice network that provides infinite cushioning and support. If you have $300 laying around want to cop something out of the ordinary than you can pick up the Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist at select retailers now.

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Sino-futurist art seeks to explore the cities of the future: on Western visions of China – CityMetric

In the run-up to 2016s US presidential election, I suffered from anxiety and insomnia; I live and work in Shanghai, and US politicians have started talking about China in ways that make me concerned about my livelihood.

Theres a YouTube video that strings together Trump uttering the word China in various speeches; three minutes long, he utters the word sometimes angrily, sometimes with excitement, and sometimes with a puzzled, lost tone of voice. After watching, Id go to sleep easily; there was no way this loser would become president.

Our culture has a long and knotty engagement with China, mostly based on fantasies and projections that dont correspond to any reality. From Macartneys ill-fated visit in 1793 to Coleridges opium dreams, China has been a synonym for mystery, cruelty, revolution: whatever our obsessions of the moment, we managed to discover them in China often without even needing to go to China or to speak with Chinese people about it.

As China has experienced meteoric economic growth that increasingly manifests in investments around the world, from London to Ethiopia, the question of what China actually is, and what it means, has ceased to be some sort of fun trivia for poets. For the sake of our economy, our environment, and our cultural heritage, we really need to understand what Chinas society is. Otherwise, we run the risk of projecting paranoiac visions onto the nation that is the only real alternative to western capitalist society and whose economic relationship with Britain grows every day.

Artists working in a vein called sino-futurism have started to explore the Chinese city as a generic future landscape. Still, one cant help feeling that our understanding of what China is, and the ways that our imaginary visions have shaped Chinese realities, remains limited.

When Shanghais new district, Pudong, was being built, there were no tenants in the high-rises; the illusion of a growth spurt became a reality. The ghost cities such as Ordos that weve heard about recently, the empty British-themed suburb of Thames Town, new cities such as Xiongan which seem to materialise overnight In many ways, Chinas economy is driven by real estate, built on powerful fantasies and projections of the future. So is Londons.

Weve come a long way from Coleridges Xanadu. The last few decades have seen a flood of representations of Asian cities as futuristic, cruel, and mysterious; where once we had Fritz Langs Metropolis, now we have Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. British artists like Lawrence Lek and academics like the mildly demented Nick Land have made the Chinese cityscape into the site of very British worries and aspirations.

But the same could be said of Boris Johnson, who airily dismisses worries about Brexit with allusions to India and China as some sort of cure-all. If we cant build a new tube line, we reflect on the fact that China can; if London suffers from air pollution, we observe with horror that its worse than Beijing; Iain Sinclair, visiting the Shangri-La in the City, finds the sinister forces of global capital embodied in Fu Manchu-style Chinamen.

Sadly, these representations dont have much to do with reality. We need to get the facts straight; China and Chinese people are a fact of life in British universities, cities, architectural practices, arts institutions, and pretty much everything else, and our future depends on the ways that British society can engage with China. No more #fakenews, please.

Near that inscrutable and wicked Shangri-La is the DLR station for Limehouse, the former Chinese slum. China might be our future, but its also our past; and China is a place, but its also a population.

So far, when we represent China, we typically do so in terms of the built environment; its easier to describe what we can see with our own eyes than to understand the humans who live in China.

However, as the debacle surrounding Scarlett Johanssens casting in Ghost in the Shell illustrates, theres a problem with representing China as a generic space evacuated by humanity. Its not; China is crowded, weird, and very human. Chinas population is diverse, the cities in China are filled with oddities, and within the vast terrain of Chineseness there are endless variations; we dont grasp any of that when we represent a China as a set of buildings, with people scuttling around them like insects transfixed by neon lights.

China the place, with its cities, ghost or otherwise, is a place that many British entrepreneurs, artists, politicians etc will visit; you should go too. But China as a population impacts Britain in a more direct way. When Steve Bannon tells us about an inevitable war with China; when Brexiteers suggest Singapore be a model for a British future; when we hear what China has done in terms of investments, pollution, human rights violations, and so on we betray a naivet that is positively dangerous. Would we talk about what France has done? Or would we talk about what specific French persons have done, within a context of understanding that probably other French people may disagree?

From education to architects to financial services, Britains role in a new Chinese economy is defined by our cultural heritage and the mixed successes of articulating a shared humanity and common set of rights. Wed better start understanding that a Chinese future isnt just a set of buildings or mirage-like skylines; it is you, and me, and that man in the off license, and were all in this together.

Shanghai was partly built by British architects; and London, by Chinese laborers. These are two cities in which we can hopefully get together and start understanding each other better.

Jacob Dreyer is a Shanghai based writer and editor.

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10000 Bill For Futurist Campaigners – Yorkshire Coast Radio

Campaigners who want to save Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre have been ordered to pay 10,000 in costs to the council.

It’s after they failed in their bid for a judicial review into the decision to demolish the venue.

Their request was refused by a judge in Leeds last Friday, the campaign group say they’ll meet with their legal team to consider their next move.

Cllr Helen Mallory, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

We have always been confident that the decisions made by Full Council and Cabinet in relation to the Futurist theatre earlier this year were made properly and in accordance with legal requirements. We are therefore pleased with the High Court judges ruling to refuse permission for a Judicial Review of those decisions. The judge found in the councils favour on all grounds raised by the claimant, Save The Futurist Theatre (Scarborough) Ltd and also ordered the claimant to pay costs to the council of 10,000.

Last Fridays ruling comes on the back of the outcome of a Local Government Ombudsman ruling into a complaint made about the same matters, which also found no evidence of fault in how the council had acted.

We are continuing to work with Flamingo Land on their exciting plans for a brand new attraction for Scarborough South Bay and we look forward to progressing these further in the coming months.


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Pop Futurist Xenia Rubinos Is A ‘Brown Girl Tearing It Up’ – WBUR

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Last September, musician Xenia Rubinos kicked off a tour to promote her sophomore album, Black Terry Cat, at Great Scott in Allston. Headliners at the college dive bar sometimes dont get started until as late as 11 p.m., so Rubinos lurked unobtrusively at the back of the club, chatting quietly with some friends, while the openers played. When she finally emerged onstage it was without whatever outer layer had allowed her to blend so seamlessly into the shadows. Clad in a peach jumpsuit with spaghetti straps, she wrested the microphone from its stand and bounded out from behind her keyboard. She danced with the kind of exuberant swagger that implored the audience to move, and they did.

The music on Black Terry Cat contains hip-hop beats and funky bass lines, but it is also complicated, zig-zaggy, strange. Rubinos could be forgiven if she chose to perform it cerebrally theres a lot to focus on, many complex passages to execute.

And indeed, there was a time when the Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist might have shied away from the spotlight. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she began her studies intending to major in vocal performance, but after a year turned her focus to composition. For a while, she didnt even really sing.

“I felt like an outcast and I couldnt find my way,” says Rubinos, who will return to Great Scott on Wednesday, June 28. I was really into jazz music at the time, and jazz really tends to be a more male-centric, male-dominated, macho kind of environment. I felt like singers especially female singers weretreated like a pretty girl that doesn’t know anything about music.

She describes an environment in which students jockeyed to show off their knowledge: Could you name all the players on that rare B-side from 1956? Could you solo over a time signature in seven?Rubinos resented the culture of one-upmanship, and at the same time yearned to belong. I wanted to know all the things that the guys did and I wanted to be taken seriously and I wanted to be accepted, she says.

Needless to say, it was a confusing time, but also a really great time. At Berklee, Rubinos discovered the soul-inflected experimentations of Charles Mingus and Bjrks intrepidpop. It was there, too, that she met her primary collaborator, the drummer and producer Marco Buccelli.

In 2012, Rubinos self-released her debut album Magic Trix. (It was re-released by indie rock/pop label Ba Da Bing! Records in 2013.) Magic Trix was a bare-bones affair, all sharp angles and distorted key parts. The album also contained Spanish lyrics Rubinos traces her roots on her mothers side to Puerto Rico, on her fathers side to Cuba and for a brief moment it seemed as though the media was determined to understandher as a Latin artist, despite the fact that her sound connected more directly to jazz and rock.

In the intervening years, Rubinos appears to have transcended misconceptions about her musicthat might have undermined her.On “Black Terry Cat,” which was released on the eclectic Anti- Records,Rubinos emerges as a true polyglot, gesturing deftly toward hip-hop and R&B even as she continues to rummage gleefully through the grab bag of avant-garde inflections that have long been her musical stock and trade. At the same time, despite singing mostly in English, Rubinos wears her identity proudly. You know where to put the brown girl when shes f—ing it up, she intones on the tenacious, slightly zany See Them. Where you gonna put the brown girl now shes tearing it up?

The question of her identity who she is, where she belongs, who to claim as her people is one that Rubinos, who grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, has always grappled with. I’ve never felt like I’ve belonged here, but also when I’ve visited Puerto Rico or Cuba, which is where my family is from, I don’t belong there, either, she says. Growing up, I wasn’t white enough like nobody looked like me in the places that I wanted to be or the places that I was.

Rubinos says she didnt set out to write an album about that struggle per se. But nowshe sees that certain things were clearly in her thoughts.

I was like, Oh, I’m thinking about my body image and how I’m seen or just racial tensions, racial issues, she says. So Black Lives Matter was on my mind, gun violence was on my mind.

And, for the first time, Rubinos decided to hone her lyrics something she had always been afraid to do, without really knowing why. It was always easier to pretend that words didnt matter. I think part of it, ultimately, is the obvious answer of just feeling afraid to be judged or to be wrong, Rubinos says. Being called out. And maybe that’s imposter syndrome like you don’t really know that thing. But the way that I fought against that was to talk about things that are really personal to me. I’m not prescribing anything or telling anyone what they should do or what time it is. I’m just telling you what time it is for me.

Rubinos most deeply-felt verses draw onpain namely, the slow decline, and eventual passing, of the singer’s father, who suffered from Parkinsons disease. But for Rubinos, the personal is political, too. On the singsongy Mexican Chef, she neatly unpacks the hypocrisies and ignominies embedded in Americas reliance on exploitable labor immigrant labor, brown labor in plain, devastating language: Brown cleans your house/ Brown takes the trash/ Brown even wipes your granddaddys ass, Rubinos croons. Its a party across America/ Bachata in the back. And later, with brutal clarity: Brown has not/ Brown gets shot/ Brown gets what he deserved cause he fought.

Rubinos says she did not set out to write a political song. I was really in a moment of musical joy, she recalls, explaining how Mexican Chef started out as a jokey rhyme that she made up while she was running errands in her neighborhood.Riffing on a bass line inspired by Rufus’Tell Me Something Good, she and Buccelli fleshed out the rest of Mexican Chef in the studio. It was only later that Rubinos understood its impact on listeners. I certainly didnt think that it would be a single on the record, she says. There is power, it turns out, in telling things like you see them.

As rewarding as it is to analyze Rubinos lyrics, it can be devilishly difficult to articulate her sound. Sometimes, in my most optimistic moments, her music feels to me like a premonition of pops future: adventurous, unexpected and defiantlydanceable.

The aesthetic I was going for in the album was this concept of rough elegance, Rubinos tells me. Something that has hard edges but then is also really beautiful or beautiful in an unusual way.

When considering Rubinos artistry, it makes sense tohomein on her ideas an impulseencouraged, no doubt, by that long-ago pivot away from singing and toward authorship, that early bid for respect.Paradoxically, the move may have contributed to the diminishment of Rubinos main tool: her voice. Long before she was a composer, a keyboardist or a bass player, she was a singer. Her voice cannot be detached from her musicianship, of course, but it is worth studying and appreciating on its own merits, a weightless, supple thing that seems to vibrate with its own electrical current.

And so, even as her visible interaction with instruments and technology has helped her to be taken seriously, Rubinos greatest triumph has arguably been getting out from behind that keyboard.

“That show in Boston was one of the first times that I’ve really ever gotten to do that with my music. Just being free with my body, being free with my voice,” she says. The pressure to prove herself, to show off her chops, has finally receded. “It’s like, no Im a singer. I love singing. And feeling like: Im enough.”

Amelia Mason Music Reporter/Critic, The ARTery Amelia Mason is a music critic and reporter for WBURs The ARTery, where she covers everything from indie rock to avant-garde to the inner workings of the Boston music scene.


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Futurist says artificial intelligence is the most important achievement of 21st century – Armenpress.am

Futurist says artificial intelligence is the most important achievement of 21st century

MOSCOW, JUNE 21, ARMENPRESS. In future the engagement of technologies and humanity is going to be more active which will have both positive and negative consequences, futurist Jean-Christophe Bonn said during a press conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Kaspersky Lab, reports Armenpress.

New technologies will greatly affect our life and future. Inventing printing in 15th century, Gutenberg managed to change the type of persons mind exchange since the person had a chance to easily type ideas after that. Currently everything is being digitized in the world, and a person can operate any app with the help of one finger. You need to order a car, for that purpose just an app is required, the futurist said.

He said its necessary to increase the education level in the world.

We need to put an emphasis on education and making people get ready to understand what is happening and how they can get used to new technologies. In 1995 Nelson Mandela wrote a book in one of the correctional facilities of the South African Republic where he said the most powerful weapon in the world is education, the futurist said.

According to him, if in the 20th century the most valuable achievement of humanity was the atomic weapon, that of the 21st century is going to be the artificial intelligence. He stated that 20 years later dozens of professions will disappear and millions of people will be unemployed.

Already three states are moving forward in various spheres of automation, Japan, Germany and South Korea. One robot replaces 10 people, and the technology development will change the society. The society is already changing by the impact of technologies and this change will gradually accelerate. When there is no need for taxi drivers or other professions, new professions will emerge for new generation, he said.

According to Jean-Christophe Bonn the man will utilize the entire technology potential to reach his goal and satisfy his needs.

It is possible 20 years later there will be man-made robots. It is possible that time will come when people will say that robots are neither man nor animal and they have no rights. It is possible a special organization will be created which will protect the robots rights, he said.

The scientist is concerned over the disproportionate development of the world and believes that everyone must have a chance to use new technologies.

We really divided the humanity in two parts: the ones who have money and the ones who dont have, as well as the ones who have information and the ones who dont. The issues faced by a number of African, South American countries are completely different: they fact water, electricity problems and their people just survive. I think people in future will be divided in two groups, the ones who have more functions technologically and the ones who dont. Thus, everyone must have a chance to use new technologies and to be educated, Jean-Christophe Bonn concluded.

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We Are Social Founder Julian Ward & Futurist Ross Dawson Launch … – B&T

A new marketing, innovation and ventures group has formally launched today, withan impressive list of foundation clients.

Rh7thm has been created by Julian Ward, founder and former managing director of creative digital agency We Are Social Australia, and futurist and author Ross Dawson, who is also the founding chairman of Advanced Human Technologies.

Rh7thm integrates a forward-facing marketing, technology and innovation company with a ventures group, including advisory and investment in start-ups and its own ventures.

The group includes VR/AR/MR specialist MultiDimensionCorp, which provides strategic advice and development services, and runs a corporate research consortium in the space as well as a number of other start-ups.

Rh7thm launches with a highly experienced executive team, including COO and chief of brand Rosanna Iacono, who formerly held c-suite and brand lead roles at home and globally for companies such as Nike, Jurlique, Freedom Furniture, and Sass & Bide.

Phil Brown, who comes from a leadership role heading up content strategy at King Content, will be head of content, while industry stalwart Rob Shwetz has joined Rh7thm as head of client strategy.

The company has been operating below the radar for some time, and has already worked with a range of prominent organisations in Australia, Europe and the US.

Rh7thms foundation clients include Commonwealth Bank, Transport NSW and Epson.

Ward said Rh7thm has been completely engineered for new times.

We are putting the right things at our core to deliver more effective, agile and evidence-based marketing, technology and innovation services, with a greater range of ways to look at this both pre and post spending client dollars, he said.

We are bringing experienced and adaptable people who understand client business and will be supercharged by the Rh7thm 7 Drivers Knowledge System, which puts our team members in the actual terrain with game-changing companies, as well as participating in our own ventures as part of their role.

This is built into the culture from day one. It is fundamental to the ability to effectively advise clients as we go forward.

Dawson said Rh7thm actively explores the future to better create success for its clients today.

Organisations need to understand how their business, customer and industry environment will evolve to market effectively and develop the right capabilities, he said.

Our ventures activities are strategically focused on where we see the biggest impacts converging, building our insights and ability to help our clients understand in their current context what they need to do drive growth and opportunity.

Picture (L-R):Julian Ward, Rosanna Iacono, Rob Shwetz, Ross Dawson, Phil Brown

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Further blow in bid to stop demolition of Scarborough Futurist – The Stage

A bid to save Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre from demolition has failed after a High Court judge ruled the council’s decision to tear it down should not be reviewed.

It is the latest in a string of attempts to prevent the now derelict theatre from being demolished, a move voted for by Scarborough councillors in January.

Campaigners trying to save the building subsequently employed a team of solicitors to help try and overturn the decision, in which councillors voted 22 to 21 in favour of demolition.

They were seeking a judicial review into the council’s decision to demolish the building. However a High Court judge has now rejected their bid to bring proceedings against the council, meaning the vote will not be scrutinised.

Following the council’s decision earlier this year to spend 4 million knocking down the former theatre which has been derelict since 2014 the campaign attempted to get the building listed in order to stave off demolition. However, the application was rejected.

A message on Save the Futurist Theatre’s campaign page on Facebook said the group would be meeting with its legal team this week.

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Robot judges and related pseudo-futurist musings – Vail Daily News

As is customary, the courtroom’s occupants rise when the judge enters. But that ritual is a vestige of a different age: This particular jurist does not require such ceremony. Being an amalgamation of metal and silicon, JusticeBot4000 needs no genuflection and is concerned solely with the ruthlessly efficient resolution of disputes.

Having just processed the parties’ respective, figurative mountains of paperwork in mere seconds, she (the robot was given a remarkably lifelike female appearance) uses her sensors to scan the vitals of the litigants, looking for any last-minute data that may skew her ruling.

Two minutes after first being assigned the case, JusticeBot4000 renders her verdict: The defendant owes the plaintiff $68,242.82. Both judge and collection agent, she wheels herself over to the defendant’s table and scans the payment dongle embedded in the skin of his forearm. Case closed, plaintiff paid; an outcome that would have taken three years if sought in 2017 took a scant three minutes.

This perhaps inevitable progression terrifies and titillates me in equal measure. Besides the fact that I have heretofore been something of a Luddite, the former emotion is a fear borne out of sentimentality and solidarity with my species. My immediate reaction to the scenario is that only a person has the requisite combination of intellectual and emotional intelligence to be able to decide the fate of another human.

This perspective is foolish because we are no match for the analytical capabilities of a smartphone, let alone a specifically programmed robot judge. And, as I am fond of repeating, emotions are the kink in the works of an efficient mode of conflict resolution. Just because I do not choose to date a cyborg does not mean that I would be opposed to having one sit on the bench.

I like the idea of an automated justice system for the same reason that I welcome the arrival of autonomous automobiles. An occasional GPS malfunction and accompanying fender bender is a fair trade for a network of distracted, potentially drunken idiots plying our highways piloting half-ton hunks of steel.

Similarly, no matter the issues that may arise on a micro-level with JusticeBot4000 and her ilk, they pale in comparison to the ones that we humans have created. We had our shot and blew it by fomenting a system with ludicrous costs, massive delays, inconsistent outcomes and high levels of dissatisfaction.

I am not merely picking on judges: Lawyers could be replaced fairly easily, as well. As full as my head is with legal principles and strategy, I could never compete with a purpose-built Matloq or PRYMSN on that front. Though I suppose I am not totally useless: I have compassion, I am fueled mostly by rotisserie chicken instead of expensive batteries and I flatter myself by thinking I would look better in a bowtie.

Of course, a shift in this direction would require a fundamental restructuring of our sociopolitical system and of the Constitution that governs it. JusticeBot4000 will have a fresh Constitution on our collective desks within the hour, just before she turns to the task of building electronic replacements for the denizens of our statehouses and Congress. You heard it here first: JusticeBot4000 for President in 2024.

T.J. Voboril is a partner at Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril LLC, a local law firm, and the owner-mediator at Voice of Reason Dispute Resolution. For more information, contact Voboril at 970-306-6456 or tj@rkvlaw.com or visit http://www.rkvlaw.com.

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Judicial Review In To Futurist Decision Refused – Yorkshire Coast Radio

The High Court in Leeds has refused Permission for a Judicial Review of the Borough Councils decision to demolish the Futurist Theatre.

The save the futurist campaign group has started legal action against the council seeking a review of the decision which was take in January but the high court dismissed the action on Friday afternoon.

The Save the futurist group say they will be speaking to their legal team next week in light of the decision.

Councillor Janet Jefferson, who has been heavily involved in the campaign to save the building, gave us her reaction today’s judgement.

The save the Futurist group issued legal proceedings against Scarborough Borough Council on On 7th April 2017seeking permission to judicially review its decisions of 9th January and 17th January 2017 to demolish Scarboroughs Futurist Theatre.

In order to take the legal actionThe Save The Futurist group was required to become a legal entity and reformed as Save The Futurist Theatre (Scarborough) Ltd.

The group engaged solicitors, Squire Patton Boggs LLP of Leeds to work on the action together with a leading London public law QC. A fund raising campaign was started to help fund the legal action.

Speaking in May,Debi Silver from Save the Futurist explained why they were taking the action.

“The reason we’re taking legal action against Scarborough Borough Council is because we’re not happy with how the whole thing has been dealt with.

At the end of the day, we don’t feel what they’ve done has been done correctly and it’s left us with no other option.

I can’t tell you the amount of work that’s gone into bringing this case forward, presenting it to our solicitors.

This is a huge undertaking that’s gone on, it’s not been done lightly.

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D-Day for Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre Campaign – Yorkshire Coast Radio

Today is the day campaigners trying to save Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre have been waiting for.

A judge will decide whether or not they have a case for a judicial review into the decision by the borough council to demolish the venue and re-develop the site.

They’ve enlisted the help of a QC in the hope of starting proceedings.

The council voted in favour of demolition by a single vote earlier this year and campaigners set up a special company to raise money to fight that decision.

The judge will consider the application today at the High Court in Leeds, although a decision might not be made immediately.

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Rachel Hatch, futurist and community vitality expert, to keynote regionalism / workforce track – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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Jun 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Rachel Hatch, program officer for community vitality at The McConnell Foundation, will keynote the regionalism / workforce track at Iowa Ideas 2017. Hatch will speak Thursday, September 21in Cedar Rapids.

Hatch will bring a unique perspective to Iowa Ideas as a Cedar Falls native who has spent nearly a decade in Northern California, working with some of the world’s largest companies to study and act on emerging trends.

The McConnell Foundation, which is based out of California, focuses on building better communities through philanthropy and awards money to non-profits, public education agencies and government agencies in Northern California. Hatch is currently concentrating on downtown revitalization in the community of Redding, California.

She previously served as the research director at the Institute for the Future, a think tank based in Palo Alto, California. She worked with Fortune 100 companies, government groups and philanthropic organizations to focus on trends and disruptions that are likely to influence their work in the next decade.

The aim of foresight is to anticipate the future in order to make better decisions in the present, she said in a reflection about her time with the Institute for the Future.

Rachel is also co-curator of TEDxRedding, which brings together practical visionaries from the Redding area and beyond to share ideas.

The Iowa Ideas Conference, Sept. 20-22, will include 80 sessions and more than 250 speakers across eight tracks. The statewide gathering will mix panel discussions, interviews with state leaders and thought-provoking experiences to help move complex issues forward. Iowa Ideas is for anyone: doers, industry leaders, policy makers, lifelong learners and those who want to lead the conversation about the future of our state.

Other topics to be discussedin the Regionalism / Workforce track include new approaches to workforce development, the impacts of technology on Iowa’s employers, the role of immigrants and diverse populations in Iowa’s workforce, rural community vitality and regional efforts.

Iowa Ideas 2017 will kick off Wednesday, September 20, with an opening celebration and keynote address from best-selling author and innovation expert Alec Ross.

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12th Annual IT CAME FROM…THE NEO-FUTURARIUM! Lineup Announced – Broadway World

Neo-Futurist alumnae Rachel Claff and Dina Walters curate It Came from … the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium! the 12th annual series of staged readings of the best worst film scripts of all time.

The summer 2017 festival features four of the clunkiest, junkiest movies ever made (details below), brought to life by past and present Neo-Futurists and acclaimed guest artists. Includes a Pride weekend show and gender-bending casts.

The festival will take place Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (performances run 75-90 minutes without intermission):

Caged! (1950), June 24, 2017 Face/Off (1997), July 1, 2017 Suspiria (1977), July 8, 2017 Someone I Touched (1975), July 15, 2017

All events take place at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. Some street parking; Berwyn El stop (Red line); #92 (Foster) bus; #22 (Clark) bus.

Online tickets at neofilmfestxii.eventbrite.com. $15 for each performance; $12 for students (with ID); $50 for a festival pass (all four shows)


June 24: Caged! (1950) – Nave teenager Marie is thrown into the ladies’ slammer for being an accessory to robbery. Will she come out a woman … or a wildcat? Bust out and come to this over-the-top Pride Weekend reading featuring an all-female-identified cast! Directed by Neo-Futurist alumnus David Kodeski (Wicked Woman; The Flaming Urge) and festival curator Rachel Claff.

July 1: Face/Off (1997) – In our 2009 reading of Cool as Ice, Dina Walters played the role she was born to play: Vanilla Ice. This year she plays the other role she was born to play: Nicolas Cage. Trying to take her down (via sketchy surgical science) is Neo-Futurist Kristie Koehler-Vuocolo as John Travolta. Bullets and doves will fly in this face-swappin’, gender-swappin’ spectacular! Walters also directs.

July 8: Suspiria (1977) – From the moment she arrives at the prestigious Tanz Academy, ballet dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within its walls. So what if Suspiria’s got gorgeous cinematography and buckets of gore? Director and Neo-Futurist alumna Stephanie Shaw is out to prove that this gonzo Italian horror film is as chock full of cheese as a good manicotti.

July 15: Someone I Touched (1975) – Man, made-for-TV movies were so different in the 1970s. Like, remember that one where a pregnant Cloris Leachman’s husband cheated on her with a teenager and got syphilis? And then Cloris was worried her baby wouldn’t have arms? But she still found time to sing the movie’s theme song? *Sigh* Those were the days. Directed by festival veteran Edward Thomas-Herrera (Devil Girl from Mars; Sorority Girl).

Production team: Neo-Futurist alumna Rachel Claff (Creator, Head Curator), Neo-Futurist alumna Dina Walters (Assistant Curator), Jeremy Hornik (Selection Committee; Production), Jason Meyer (Selection Committee; Production), Bob Stockfish (Selection Committee; Production), and Neo-Futurist alumna MeLinda Evans (Technician).

It Came from … the Neo-Futurarium! (staged readings of the best bad films of all time) was founded in 2002 by Neo-Futurist alumna Rachel Claff. Since then, over 60 terrible, awful movies have been staged, from sci-fi schlock (Devil Girl from Mars; Night of the Lepus) to deplorable drama (Day of the Dolphin) to miserable musicals (The Apple; Purple Rain) to appalling animation (My Little Pony: The Movie).

The festival has featured countless Neo-Futurists as well as theater companies from Chicago and beyond, including The House Theatre, The Plagiarists, Barrel of Monkeys, WildClaw Theatre, and Dad’s Garage (Atlanta, GA). The “film fest,” as it’s affectionately called, has consistently played to sold-out crowds of movie aficionados and has garnered attention from the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, A/V Club, and more.

More information about ICFTNF is at http://www.facebook.com/ICFTNF, and for more about the Neo-Futurists, go to neofuturists.org or call 773-275-5255.

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Futurist Graeme Codrington on leading in a changing world – Bizcommunity.com

Futurist, strategist, best-selling author and academic, Graeme Codrington, addressed the Western Cape Chapter of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) on Leading in a Changing World’. Attended by a host of Cape-based industry professionals, the Primedia Unlimited Malls-sponsored event offered insights into the not-too-distant-future. The future is near, Codrington proclaimed, and individuals, brands and corporates need to constantly evolve to keep up with change.

Graeme Codrington

Autonomous vehicles reduce road risks by up to 90%, which means that insurance companies will be impacted because if there are less accidents on our roads, how will they make profits? Shopping and retail will change because this takes online shopping to a completely new level. Autonomous vehicles will be used for instant deliveries – people order online and then an autonomous car will be dispatched with orders.

“Furthermore, autonomous cars will not need to park in the traditional sense, so shopping centres can reclaim parking bays that make up to 15% of the property. Now retail can expand or use the space for entertainment. We need to be more proactive and less reactive. The world is changing and we need to be ahead of it.

1. Switch on your radar Read, research and keep yourself informed about what aspects of the world are changing. Be informed about new technology, new forms of energy and new ways of streamlining ways of doing things. Also, change your sources of information and surround yourself with forward thinkers. Stay away from fake news.

2. Be curious Ask better questions and do not be afraid to ask these questions.

3. Experiment more If you are in a position to make key decisions then experiment a little. Try new ways of attracting new business through trial and error. You have nothing to lose.

4. Embrace difference The world is changing. Do not be afraid to change, it forms part of our evolution.

5. Confront your limiting orthodoxies Do not limit yourself. Confront your inhibitions.

“On the other hand, consumers too, need to switch on their radars’. They need to be careful not to be taken for a ride. Do not run for every new toy that comes up. The latest gadget, the latest version of your phones and you stand in line for three days to make sure you get it, I see it as a trap there. Consumers need to become more purposeful and more deliberate in how we live our lives, he concluded.

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Futurist Derek Handley finally lost patience with the gloomy discussions on Tuesday night’s episode of What Next?

REVIEW: “Idon’t know about this whole episode.I’mnot able to get to grips with thisstuff. That makes me feel like we’re not dealing with it in the right way…We’re getting a little bit bespoke withthis stuff.”

It’s What Next? night three and frustrations with the show’s format have finally boiled over.

Surprisingly it was one of the tight-five “Futurists” who broke ranks, but the monk-like Derek Handley seemed to be channelling the mood of home viewers and those interacting on Facebook with his mild-mannered rant. It moved even Nigel Latta to crack a gagthat shouting at the tele won’t do you any good.


The broadcasting dream team hasn’t quite lived up to expectations .

Tuesday night’s topic was jobs and money, which saw hosts Latta, John Campbell and their Eggheads (seriously, squashed around that table the Futurists look like an all-conquering pub quiz team) attempt to tackle issues like poverty and inequality.

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Squashed around their table, the Futurists look like an elite pub quiz team.

That meant covering a little of the same ground as Sunday (automation, the need for retraining), as well as introducing ideas like democratic workplaces and the Universal Basic Incomes (UBI). Accountants were once again singled out for having dire future prospects, while those playing the Shay Wright-mentions-his-far-north-background or the boys’-plug-the-University-of-Auckland’s-longitudinal-attitudes-study drinking game would have finished the hour happy.

But while the show’s twin bedevilments of an ill-conceived set (Latta and Campbell really should be issued with sneakers) and bizarre graphics (are they a pie graph or a speedometer) continued, at least there was some passion on display this time around.

Handley urged everyone on the show “to be a bit more upbeat and positive” and came up with the quote of the night when he said that “the only place that poverty belongs is in Te Papa”. He also lashed out at the idea of democratic workplaces, suggesting “we need to get more people to vote once every three years” before we could even consider that.


When the TV cameras aren’t on them, it looks like the Futurists are having way more fun.

Even Latta finally showed his true colours when he near-goaded Campbell for not believing that Kiwis would be in favour of trialling a UBI. “It’s true, I poo-poohed it,” aslightly ashen-faced Campbell intoned, perhaps relieved that they were coming up to a break.

It was an episode that Campbell described as “segueing wildly” around the topic, but while it seemed like a positive step forward for the series, we’re more than halfway through and still not sure about it’s actual purpose.

Yes, it’s important to discuss these big picture ideas, but What Next? feels like a telethon crossed with an election night and party political broadcast. Slight squabbles aside, the Futurists are seemingly of one mind, while the journalistic dream team of Campbell and Latta have been disappointing because they are simply too similar to each other.


Either John Campbell or Nigel Latta needs to go rogue for What Next? to make for compelling viewing.

We desperately need one of them to play “bad cop”, or get some disruptors into the mix like a Gareth Morgan, Winston Peters, Sir Bob Jones, Richard Prebble or even Bill Ralstonwho could challenge the Futurists.

In the end, it all feels like the Christchurch City Council’s “Share An Idea” campaign after the 2010-2011 earthquakes. It’s a great way to get community engagement (and TVNZ more “subscribers”), but you can guarantee the politicians won’t have a bar of much of the discussion that has taken place.


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Black Panther trailer reveals the futurist wonders of Wakanda – EW.com (blog)

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil told audience he wouldn’t buy bitcoin – Neowin

The futurist, Ray Kurzweil, told an audience at the Exponential Finance conference via one of those weird screens on wheels that he wouldn’t put his money into bitcoin. While he appears to like the blockchain technology, he sees bitcoin in particular as unstable, putting it at a disadvantage against existing currencies, at least in his mind.

Ray Kurzweil is famous for his books in which he makes predictions about the state of technology in future years. He has largely been correct in the predictions he has made, but is sometimes off slightly regarding the actual year when a technology will be available, or how the technology is actually implemented.

While expressing his doubts about bitcoin, Kurzweil said:

Ultimately, people need to have confidence in their currency and bitcoin in particular has not really demonstrated that. Its had a good year, but a very rocky life before that I wouldn’t put my money into it.

Kurzweil does have a fair point, since the price of bitcoin in the last few months has broken several records, with the currency now sitting at $2,821, a big increase from just $580 a mere year ago. While hes not so optimistic about bitcoin itself, he believes that blockchain currency may get picked up by national governments. Russia’s central bank and the State of Palestine’s Monetary Authority have already commented on wanting national cryptocurrencies. Describing the blockchains potential, Kurzweil said:

Providing greater transparency, and blockchain does provide that, could be something adopted by leading currencies like the existing national currencies.

Do you think blockchain currencies could at one point surpass their regular counterparts in terms of adoption, or are you still on the fence about the whole phenomenon? Sound off in the comments below!

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Futurist urges Lambex sheepmeat producers to not give data away – Sheep Central

Futurist Paul Higgins

DIGITAL transformation data is the answer to connecting with, and generating value from, high margin customers, futurist Paul Higgins told Lambex 2016 conference delegates yesterday.

In his presentation titled The choice is ours farmers or peasants, Mr Higgins said data would be as valuable as the product farmers produce and could be held by farmer-owned co-operatives.

Mr Higgins said data was already being used to influence customers, as evidenced by QR codes under the lid of a can of Australian milk powder, providing provenance details to a Chinese customers. Such points of contact gave the customer information about the producer as well as providing details on what the consumer is interested in, he said.

Citing the example of drones, Mr Higgins raised the opportunity of farm customers being invited to join our drone flight as it goes over and monitors a property.

That you can enter a virtual reality environment that will let you walk in among our flock, that gives experiences and context, and transparency about what is going on and that gives me, the high margin customer, the connection to your product and to your company, and the willingness to pay high margins for that.

Mr Higgins said he had been working with food manufacturer Simplot in a digital transformation project that invited in start-ups to get access to company data, customers and funds to develop a product for them.

Theyre essentially talking about how do we connect to the customer more so they are more connected to our product and our brand.

Part of Simplots problem is that the supermarket act as a kind of a gateway for a huge percentage of their products with their consumers theyre trying to get more connected and more transparent with those consumers, he said.

Theyre recognising they cant do that by themselves.

Theyre inviting people in from outside to experiment, create new ideas and ways of connection to do that.

Mr Higgins said technology progressed from its genesis or innovation to being custom-built, to product, to a utility or a service, quoting the example of the invention of motorcar propulsion systems, then multiple car models and now car or taxi services.

I no longer have a need to own a car if I dont want to.

Thats the way technology goes through its cycles, he said.

If you are talking about agriculture, I think there are three key things here.

First of all they have to be useful farmer applications in your hand, Mr Higgins said.

Technology-based systems such as drones need to simple to use and available I dont need to know how it works.

We need industry data platforms and I know MLA is already on these sort of things and the architecture of them, but my view is that data is going to be as valuable as the actual product you produce off your farm, he said.

So data is as important as the meat, as the grain, as the milk that comes off farms data is going to become just as important.

And data problem is that it is more valuable if we share it all rather than keep it for ourselves.

He urged the conference delegates not to give their data away and we want to (be) open so we can do things with it.

Id like a system where I can share my data and I can say, I would love to share it with the researchers, with the marketers, but have control over that process, but there be incentives for me to share that data because the more we do together the more value we all get out of it individually.

Mr Higgins said Australia had a history of farmer-owned co-operatives for marketing farm products.

We need to do the same around data, because we have the capacity to choose the value.

This is where the title about farmers or peasants comes in, he said.

We can go, we can produce companies, we can use this data, we can use it for our own purposes and create our own value, or we can hand it off to other people and allow them to use it and we can come back in 10 years time and whinge that all these people are making money and were not.

Or we can do something about it now and say we are going to invest in these sort of operations to produce value for our own business and for our own farmers, Mr Higgins said.

That is the challenge in my mind for the next three or four years looking at how do we do that and ow do we invest in that just like we invested in all sorts of other areas in agriculture so we can be part of that value creation.

So we need an overall strategic direction that says where do we put these things if we could have a central industry data platform to work from that is under the control of farmers themselves then we can produce value from it.

But it should be competitive, it shouldnt just be supplied to a farmer-owned co-operatives, it should go to who can produce the best value out of the process, Mr Higgins said.

The more competition we have in that process, the more we own it the value, the better of we will be, because the future is going to be driven by new value, new transparency, new information, new margins with customers that you havent thought about before, and we need to get hold of those margins and be part of that, not hand it over to other people.

The people that win in 2036 will be the people that have learned how to turn around how things work, re-think business models and actually get hold of those 20 percent of high margin customers that are more connected and more information and more transparency, and are craving experiences, not just product, he said.

I hope that most of you in the room are in that group.

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