Book Of The Future


The Book of the Future Podcast examines tomorrow’s world through the work of applied futurist, Tom Cheesewright, as he helps a range of people and organisations to see what’s next.




Episode 14 – 19th June 2017

Tom talks augmentation to an audience of marketing professionals at this year’s Tug Life conference, and about the trend of ‘re-intermediation’, the growing market for middle men and women to help us handle complex choices. Plus, hyperloop and how a futuristic project faces some very old challenges: physics and planning.

Episode 14 – 12th June 2017

This week Tom speaks to principal lawyer at Slater and Gordon, and recognised expert on law, the internet and social media, Steve Kuncewicz, about calls to ‘bring the internet to heel’ in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Manchester and London.

Episode 13 – 30th May 2017

Tom addresses the argument for accelerated change and explains the wave theory, separating speed from scale. And he introduces VUCA – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, and explains how you navigate through it.

Episode 12 – 22nd May 2017

With the NHS held to ransom by the WannaCry malware, Tom imagines how such infections might affect us as we become ever more reliant on technology – or even integrated with it.

Episode 11 – 8th May 2017

With the news dominated by politics, Tom thinks about getting away…far, far away, with two stories about the future of space travel.

Episode 10 – 2nd May 2017

Tom explores the balancing act between health monitoring and invasion of privacy as Manchester hosts the Informatics for Health conference.

Episode 9 – 24th April 2017

This week Tom looks at the future of work – and what we do without it. How do we get the most out of our working day, and will the state support us when it’s time to retrain with a Universal Basic Income?

Episode 8 – 17th April 2017

What skills do we need to survive and thrive in tomorrow’s world? Tom talks education with fellow BBC tech commentator and UTC MediaCity’s business engagement lead, Dan Sodergren.

Episode 7 – 10th April 2017

Inspired by the Science Museum’s robots exhibition, and a debate with Google and the BBC on augmented reality, Tom explores tomorrow’s mixed reality, populated by virtual beings both digital and physical.

Episode 6 – 3rd April 2017

This week Tom starts work on the ‘4G Kitchen’ with famous designer Johnny Grey and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University, and highlights the differences between ‘smart cities’ and ‘living cities’ at Pro Manchester’s digital disruption conference.

Episode 5 –  27th March 2017

Tom speaks to Andrew Beechener, founder of ‘Republic of Things’ about the strengths and weaknesses of smart cities, and Manchester’s CityVerve programme.

Episode 4 –  13th March 2017

Reviewing the newspapers for the BBC, Tom connects two stories about our faith in technology and the effects of that faith being undermined.

Episode 3 –  6th March 2017

This week, Tom visits Sunday Brunch’s Tim Lovejoy to talk about the rise of the robots

Episode 2 –  27th February 2017

Tom reveals five trends for the future of energy from a new report produced with Nabarro, and debates the future of mobility at the University of Cambridge.

Episode 1 –  20th February 2017

Tom visits the Superyacht Design Symposium in Austria to discuss how tomorrow’s technologies will remove the design limitations from these already-extreme vehicles.