The Retrofuturist Chronicles

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting...


episode 10: Dog Gone

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When her neighbor winds up in the hospital, Miranda agrees to take care of her Great Dane, only to lose the dog the moment she opens the door to feed him. Not only is she panicking about the dog, she’s worried what her elderly neighbor will think.

It doesn’t exactly help when her beloved, and kooky, aunt relates a dire tale of dognapping. In another valiant attempt to distract her niece from a meltdown, Aunt Natalie recalls how the dognaper was thwarted by technology in the form of a speaker, attached to a dog’s vest, that had been programmed to interpret various sounds the dog makes: two quick barks, a growl, a howl. Each sound would trigger the speaker to play a pre-programmed message so that anyone in within hearing distance, could provide needed assistance. 

To Miranda’s relief, the Great Dane hadn’t been stolen. He’d simply missed his owner and was desperate to find her.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how the telecommunications industry is evolving to support not only humans’ ubiquitous interactions with things like 5G, IoT, AI, and ML, but also real ways for service dogs to interact with technology.

Produced by SAP. 

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 2020-12-17  18m