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Richard Watson "Why the only certainty about the future is that it's uncertain"

The New Abnormal

In this episode of #TheNewAbnormal I interview Richard Watson, Futurist-in-Residence at Judge Business School, Cambridge University.  He helps organisations to think, especially about emerging opportunities and risks. Particular interests include emerging tech, AI, robotics, education, energy, and water. Richard has written extensively on societal trends and the impact of technology, and has given over 300 talks to various organisations throughout the world. He's worked extensively on scenario planning projects having been introduced to the discipline by one of the founders of GBN. The author of five books about various aspects of the future (inc the scenario process), he's blogged on innovation for Fast Company and written for Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and McKinsey & Co. He's also a visiting lecturer at both Imperial College Business School and London Business School, co-founder of 'Thinking Allowed' and one of the people behind Sci-Fi nights at the Royal College Of Art. So, we discuss all of the above alongside issues such as a potential corona chronology, leadership, the merits of studying politics, philosophy & economics, and the entrepreneurial mind. Finally, Richard outlines a strategic approach based on 'scenario worlds or a preferred future'...


30 Oct 2022

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RAILpeople - New Junction | Richard Watson | Hornby Magazine

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With GETS22 just a matter of days away, what a perfect time to chat to Hornby Magazine Associate Editor Richard Watson... the man behind YouTube channel New Junction. We chat about GETS as well as the latest New Junction updates and Richard's inspiration. New Junction : https://www.youtube.com/c/NewJunction 


4 Oct 2022

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Episode 123: Maps and Thinking about the Future w/ Richard Watson

The Deep Dive

Philip spends time with Richard Watson, Futurist in Residence at the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Judge School, Cambridge University. The discuss his work Digital Vs Future, the power of maps and how we think about the human experience in an increasingly digital future. The Drop – The segment of the show where Philip and his guest share tasty morsels of intellectual goodness and creative musings. Philip’s Drop: [Prey (Hulu)](Prey (Hulu) ) Richard’s Drop: Future Shock – Alvin Toffler Lawrence of Arabia  The Invitation  Summerland  The Worst Journey in the World – Apsley Cherry-Garrard  Intimate History of Humanity – Theodore Zeldin  https://nowandnext.com/PDF/Mega%20Trends%20and%20Technologies%202017-2050%20(Web).png https://nowandnext.com/PDF/Terra%20Incognita%20-%20a%20map%20of%20current%20and%20future%20uncertainties.pdf Special Guest: Richard Watson.


29 Sep 2022

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Season 2 - Episode 1 - Richard Watson, MD at Pascoe International

Inside Marine

We are excited to be back with Season 2 of Inside Marine! Joining us for Episode 1 is Richard Watson, MD at Pascoe International, with over 20 years of boat building and manufacturing business experience, focusing on delivering high-quality UK-manufactured products to the Superyacht Industry with a desire to lead the global market. He has a proven track record in specialist product and company development, cumulating in a near 10-fold growth of Pascoe International over the last 12 years. In this episode, we discuss hot topics such as the benefits of empowering your team, what we can do more to promote work within the marine industry and questioning whether there is enough collaboration in the marine industry. Enjoy!


1 Sep 2022

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Episode 186 - Futurologist, Richard Watson has yet another pint with Seaniebee

A Pint With Seaniebee

Returning to the pod for the fourth time, our resident future-thinker, Richard Watson, arrives in fine fettle to guide us through the global mayhem that confronts us all at every turn these days.Richard is a thoughtful, questioning, truth seeking, self-obsessed, neurotic, contrarian writer that, due to luck more than anything else, has ended up being labelled a futurist (NB: correct term is futurologist). Most days he manages to make a good living telling people that everything will turn out OK despite the fact he’s not sure himself sometimes. He enjoys thinking about artificial intelligence and what (if anything) makes us human and especially likes drawing ‘maps’ that provoke conversation and debate. When he’s not doing all this, he can normally be found gardening, trying to book flights to Greece, drinking wine, arguing with his lawn mower, smoking cigars, or pulling dead mice out of his old sports car (they’re cute, but they eat the wiring, especially over winter). Oh yeah, and somehow, he has managed to get five books published and blagged his way into both the Technology Foresight Practice at Imperial College London and the Judge School at Cambridge. Not bad for someone that got a ‘B’ in English language O-level and failed maths twice. Go figure.Two of his best books are Digital Vs Human (2017), and Future Files (2007).Links & other interesting stuff:Buy books and explore the future at Richard’s website: www.nowandnext.comOne of Richard’s time maps from 2020 - https://nowandnext.com/PDF/trends_and_technology_timeline_2010.pdfNew York’s psychics admit it’s all a scam: https://tinyurl.com/ur3k9uywExtraordinary interview with Elon Musk: https://tinyurl.com/3ndmyhb6Michael Sandel - They Tyranny of Merit https://tinyurl.com/ykzf43kkReview of David Chalmers book on simulation: https://tinyurl.com/yckb983eRichard's previous appearances on a pint with Seaniebee:https://tinyurl.com/4azbkcw4 https://tinyurl.com/bdh93n9u https://tinyurl.com/4fwtyzvvMidjourney - the software that kills advertising: https://tinyurl.com/bpcnr3crIdiocracy trailer: https://tinyurl.com/bdeky7w8Daniel Pink - The Power of Regret: https://tinyurl.com/2mf5293mRelease date: July 29th 2022Runtime: 59mRecorded: Dublin/Wordsworth-land


29 Jul 2022

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May 5, 2022 Thomas Edward Brown, Richard Watson Dixon, Christopher Morley, Mavis Batey, The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin, and Napoleon Bonaparte

The Daily Gardener

Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart   Support The Daily Gardener Buy Me A Coffee    Connect for FREE! The Friday Newsletter |  Daily Gardener Community   Historical Events   1830 Birth of Thomas Edward Brown, late-Victorian scholar, schoolmaster, poet, and theologian from the Isle of Man. Thomas was published under T.E. Brown, and here's a little excerpt from his poem called My Garden.  A GARDEN is a lovesome thing, God wot! Rose plot, Fringed pool, Fern'd grot— The veriest school Of peace; and yet the fool Contends that God is not— Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool? Nay, but I have a sign; 'Tis very sure God walks in mine.   1833 Birth of Richard Watson Dixon, English poet, and clergyman. Richard was the son of the clergyman, Dr. James Dixon. He's most remembered for that lyrical poem that begins. The feathers of the willow Are half of them grown yellow Above the swelling stream; And ragged are the bushes, And rusty now the rushes, And wild the clouded gleam.   But today, I thought I would share an excerpt from his little-known poem called The Judgement Of The May. Come to the judgement, golden threads upon golden hair in rich array; Many a chestnut shakes its heads, Many a lupine at this day, Many a white rose in our beds Waits the judgement of the May.   1890 Birth of Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet. Christopher also produced plays and gave college lectures. And in addition to all of that, He wrote little sayings, like The trouble with wedlock is that there's not enough wed and too much lock.   And he also wrote Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.   And then finally, here's a Christopher Marley quote on spring. April prepares her green traffic light, and the world thinks: Go.   1921 Birth of Mavis Lilian Batey, English Codebreaker and garden historian. Mavis served as an English Codebreaker during World War II, and her unique skillset broke the German enigma code, which allowed the allied forces to stage their D-Day invasion. Mavis became a champion for forgotten, yet historically significant, English gardens. She also helped establish garden history as an academic specialty. In 1955, Mavis and her Codebreaker husband, Keith, settled on a farm in Surrey. It was this property that sparked Mavis's passion for landscape history. After moving to Oxford, Mavis and her family lived in a fantastic park designed by Capability Brown. The park was also home to a garden designed by William Mason in 1775. Mavis recalled, We lived in the agent's house right in the middle of Capability Brown Park. But it was William Mason's garden that really got me. We had to cut our way into it. It was all overgrown and garden ornaments were buried in the grass. I knew at once it wasn't just an ordinary derelict garden. Someone had tried to say something there.   Mavis Batey used her wit and determination to become a force in numerous conservation organizations and missions. In 1985, Mavis was honored with the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal for her invaluable work, preserving gardens that would otherwise have been lost to time.   Grow That Garden Library™ Book Recommendation The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin  This book came out in 2015, and Pacific Northwest magazine said this about Annie's book: Instead of eradicating this deer-resistant, pest-resistant, rootless, stemless, wonder of a plant, Annni Martin tells us how to encourage and cultivate it.   Well, mosses are near and dear to many gardeners' hearts, and there have been many gardeners who try to grow and cultivate moss to no avail. And that's because moss has some special requirements. Annie writes, In my own garden, I feel angst when mosses is dry out and I obsessively respond to my compelling desire to give them a rejuvenating drink.  And as they begin the saturation process, I regain my own glowing state. As I watch leaves swiftly unfold and colors, magically intensify.   In addition to being mesmerizing, there are many reasons to pursue moss gardening. There are also many environmental benefits. Moss can be a lawn substitute - depending on where you live and your garden set up. If you have a shady property, you should definitely look into mosses as an option.  Mosses are super carbon sequesters. They're great at erosion control and flood mitigation - and they have a built-in filtration system, which means that moss can help reclaim land in locations where cleanup is needed. Now, if Annie's name sounds familiar, it's because she is a moss expert. Her nickname is Mossin' Annie, and she's the proud owner of Mountain Moss Enterprises. I appreciate books like this because you have a true subject matter expert acting as your guide. Annie will help you identify dozens of Moss species, and she'll teach you how to propagate moss successfully. (This is something most gardeners want to know how to do).  Finally, Annie is a master when designing and installing moss gardens. This book is 240 pages of down-to-earth advice on mosses in the garden. Whether you're an experienced gardener or a newbie, you will feel extra confident about utilizing moss - the tremendous green ground cover - with Annie as your guide.   You can get a copy of The Magical World of Moss Gardening by Annie Martin and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $13.   Botanic Spark 1821 Death of Napoleon Bonaparte, French military and political leader who ended up ruling over much of continental Europe Last year was the 200th anniversary of his death. One account of Napoleon's final moments reported that,  [He died during a terrible thunderstorm that] shook the house to its foundations and would have alarmed everyone but for the all-absorbing tragedy of Napolean's departure.   In 1815 after his stunning defeat in the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was forced into exile in the south Atlantic on a little island called St. Helena. A few years before his death, Napoleon became convinced that he was dying of stomach cancer. His doctor Francoise Antommarchi ("Ahn-toe-MAR-she"), the man that would take his death mask, prescribed, among other pursuits, gardening - specifically digging in the garden. And so, on the island of St. Helena, Napoleon briefly took up gardening — and he loved it. Naturally, Napoleon wanted everyone around him - except the ladies - to join him in the garden at Longwood. There, he grew every type of vegetable that thrived on the island. Napoleon installed grottoes, alleys, and paths. And he transplanted trees and improved the soil with manure. When he worked in the garden, history tells us that Napoleon wore a loose-fitting dress and a straw hat. And at one point, Napoleon actually shot Count Bertrand's goat because it was eating his plants. In 2021, the historian Ruth Scurr wrote a short but delightful biography of Napoleon told through the lens of his interest in gardening and naturalism, and it's called Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows. Ruth believes that gardens were important to Napoleon all through his life. But at St. Helena in particular, he was especially motivated to garden after his doctor pointed out that he could create sunken paths to avoid the watchful gaze of his guards: British soldiers. Naturally, it was mostly Napoleon's people who did most of the digging. And although Napoleon's experiment with gardening was fleeting, Longwood House still grows a variety of plants planted by the emperor himself. Now in her book, Ruth also tells a touching story about Napoleon's brief return to Malmaison after his defeat at Waterloo. Malmaison was soothing to the emperor, and it was a place full of memories of his beloved Josephine. Her gardens were filled with fragrant roses and colorful blossoms like Dahlia's long after her death. The painter Pierre Joseph Redouté was a favorite of Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette. Still, Redouté's paintings of Josephine's flowers at Malmaison are among his most beautiful works. In Ruth Scurr's garden biography of Napoleon, she wrote: The 26th of June [1815] was a very hot day. Napoleon spent it at Malmaison reminiscing about the past. He walked up and down with his hands behind his back in what had once been his personal garden, just outside the library. He also lingers among exotic trees that Josephine has always insisted on planting herself. There were honey locusts, cedars of Lebanon, apple trees, and tulip trees. He visited Josephine’s grand greenhouse and remembered there how she checked her tropical flowers every day. It was indeed a grand greenhouse.    Thanks for listening to The Daily Gardener And remember: For a happy, healthy life, garden every day.


5 May 2022

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#32 Richard Watson - Evolution Requires More Than Natural Selection

Bold Conjectures with Paras Chopra

The dominant view of evolution is that of natural selection. But is it enough to generate all the complexity we see around us? Natural selection suggests that those organisms who outcompete others survive and end up passing their genes to the next generation. According to our today's guest, Richard, there is another mechanism at play which is something he calls Natural Induction. This view explains how adaptions can arise in biological systems without natural selection. Evolution is the reason why we see all the complexity around us, so understanding it from a new lens is going to be very enriching. == About the guest == Richard Watson is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton. His research interests span artificial life and mechanisms of evolution. == What we talk about == 0:00 - Introduction 1:10 - How did you get interested in the mechanisms of evolution? 4:43 - What is natural selection? 8:57 - Your take on the debate on the unit of natural section 17:10 - What made you question natural selection? 26:05 - Can you talk more about your thesis on random accidents in cooperation evolution? 40:27 - Do you mean if individual species do not compete and go their own way, it is beneficial for the group as a whole? 45:23 - What is generalization or induction? 48:08 - Is the ecosystem robust or catastrophic to changes? 49:40 - When an ecosystem, at any moment of the time, is in a particular configuration, what is it really anticipating? 56:08 - In what way natural selection explains the emergence of higher levels of units from cells to organisms or from genes to chromosomes? 58:47 - Is ‘collectively increasing the biomass’ the implicit goal of natural induction? 1:01:37 - Natural selection in the world of businesses 1:09:20 - More about the page you have on your website - ‘What’s love got to do with it?’

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1 Apr 2022

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Natural Selection Isn’t the Whole Story - Dr. Richard Watson, University of Southampton

The DemystifySci Podcast

Is competition really all there is? If you take the word of those who insist that natural selection is solely responsible for all of life on earth, then yes. The story goes that competition drives fitness, that maximizing fitness ensures survival, and that survival ensures your traits become fixed in the population. But that's not the whole story. On the other side of the competitive evolutionary coin, there is natural induction, a cooperative process that balances the competitive aspects of natural selection.  On this week's episode, Dr. Richard Watson uses the language of machine learning and artificial intelligence to make a compelling about how our understanding of evolution has misunderstood a key point: The success of individuals and groups depends on cooperation as much as it does on competition.  Support the podcast by becoming a Patron @DemystifySci  ªº¬˚∆≤≥≤≥ https://www.patreon.com/demystifysci ≤≥≤≥∆˚¬ºª   #Evolution #Intelligence #Induction  Dr. Richard Watson: https://www.richardawatson.com/ Check our short-films @DemystifyingScience:  https://youtu.be/1OCL5Lq8m6s ªº¬˚∆≤≥≤≥ Join the mailing list https://bit.ly/3v3kz2S​ ≤≥≤≥∆˚¬ºª   PODCAST INFO:   Anastasia completed her PhD studying microbial communication at Columbia University. When not talking to brilliant people or making movies, she spends her time painting and exploring the woods. Michael Shilo also did his PhD at Columbia studying the elastic properties of molecular water. When he's not in the film studio, he's exploring sound in music. They are both freelance professors at various universities.    Blog: http://demystifyingscience.com/blog Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3uhn7J1 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/39IDJBD RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/2be66934/podcast/rss Donate: https://bit.ly/3wkPqaD Swag: https://bit.ly/2PXdC2y SOCIAL:   - Discord: https://discord.gg/HXQNjTvZCb - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/demystifyingscience - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/demystifysci/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/demystifysci

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7 Mar 2022

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#251 | Richard Watson; Natural Induction, Cooperation and where survival of the fittest is wrong

The Vance Crowe Podcast

Richard Watson is a professor who believes that natural selection doesn't tell the whole story of how nature evolves over time. In this conversation, Richard and Vance talk about his theory of 'natural induction' which suggests that nature is a system that learns more like a human brain. They also discuss how relationships in communities change over time, how networks learn and healthy competition. Check out Richard's Website: https://www.richardawatson.com/Vance Crowe Podcast Website: https://www.vancecrowe.com/podcastApple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-vance-crowe-podcast/id1463771076Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/08nGGRJCjVw2frkbtNrfLw?si=WUCu-FoyRRu9U_i-1gJZfgRSS: https://feeds.transistor.fm/the-vance-crowe-podcastYouTube Full Episodes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCigB7W5bX_gCinJxev9WB8w/YouTube Clips: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKKb66A5_4ZcsE-rKI24ygBuy a sweatshirt, T-shirt or mugs from the podcast! Check out the Articulate Ventures Merch Store: https://teespring.com/stores/thevancecrowepodcastSubscribe to the podcast for email notifications on new episodes, invites to events and other exclusive content — http://eepurl.com/gSTfk5ABOUT THE VANCE CROWE PODCAST — Vance Crowe interviews people with an expertise that you would want to know about, but might not think to ask. He prompts his guests to think about their work in novel ways, discusses how it applies to regular people and has fun sharing stories and experiences.SUPPORT THE PODCAST —Rate the Podcast |  https://ratethispodcast.com/vcpJoin the Articulate Ventures Network | https://network.articulate.ventures/ —We are a patchwork of thinkers that want to articulate ideas in a forum where they can be respectfully challenged, improved and celebrated so that we can explore complex subjects, learn from those we disagree with and achieve our personal & professional goals.Contact Vance for a Talk | https://www.vancecrowe.com/ —Vance delivers speeches that reveal important aspects of human communication.  Audiences are entertained, engaged, and leave feeling empowered to change something about the way they are communicating.  Vance tells stories about his own experiences, discusses theories in ways that make them relatable and highlights interesting people, books, and media that the audience can learn even more from. Join the #ATCF Book Club | https://articulate.ventures/category/atcf-book-club

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14 Feb 2022

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Ep 98 Richard Watson CEO Inigo Insurance: Low ego and high collaboration

The Voice of Insurance

There are two types of journalist – there are those who really don’t like or trust anyone they write about and then there are those that are the opposite and seem to like everyone. I am one of the latter – my natural bias is to get a positive vibe from most of the people I interview. Because of this I make sure I try and balance this inbuilt positivity with a reality check from others around me. But now I don’t work in a large business any more it’ll be you the listener who has to help me out. I’m only mentioning all of this because I found today’s guest off the charts in the likeability stakes. Richard Watson is the co-founder and CEO of Inigo Insurance – a specialty insurance and reinsurance start-up at Lloyd’s. The business is growing rapidly in this transitioning market and is looking to build something highly focused that seeks to deploy the best new thinking and analysis to big-ticket specialty risk. In this discussion we get right to the heart of what it is like to be building a differentiated new Lloyd’s franchise in the 2021 market, Lloyd’s market reform and the applications  of algorithms and other smart technologies.Richard is a London Market veteran and his 33 years at Lloyd’s Blue-chip Hiscox culminated with an 8-year stint as its Chief Underwriting officer, so his views carry a lot of weight.We also examine Richard’s ideas on how to create a new business that attracts smart, curious and fun people and makes them want to stay. Richard gives the impression of someone having the time of their life making the most of a rare opportunity to put a career’s learning into practice.I had a great time – but then I always do – so it’s over to you to tell me anything I’m missing. LINKS:We thank our naming sponsor AdvantageGo - enabling an enterprise view of exposure:https://www.advantagego.com/ We also thank Claims Direct Access (CDA) for their support today:https://www.claimsdirectaccess.com/


2 Nov 2021