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 11: I Scream

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Aunt Natalie implores Miranda to give back to the world by volunteering for a research study on ice cream headaches and the adolescent brain. Once at the hospital for an fMRI, Miranda is overwhelmed with the intake form, noting that she can download her video game scores from wherever she can get a signal, but her complete medical history has to be provided manually.

Aunt Natalie recounts an incident with a Tajik chemist who operated a lab from a yurt in central Asia to create a “smart pill”. Her story distracts her niece right up until the doctor tells her that she must choose between garlic- or fish-flavored ice cream for the research study.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing the value and importance of analyzing and using patient data, as well as innovations around personalization and privacy concerns.

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 2020-12-22  18m