Exploring Stereotypes & Personal Growth in a Portuguese Restaurant

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“The Zone of Proximal Growth, that zone just outside our comfort zone, but not too far out to paralyze us, yet enough to stretch us and to expand us a little.”

-Ana Melikian

In this episode, the host, Ana Melikian, shares an insightful story from her vacation in Portugal that dives deep into the nuances of cultural perceptions and stereotypes. Drawing from an experience at a “typical” Portuguese restaurant, Ana reflects on how stereotypes can often boxing us in ways that don't align with our own perceptions.

Ana recounts a vibrant evening spent at a local eatery and the mixed emotions it stirred within her, offering a candid look at how these feelings led to personal growth and greater self-awareness. She uses this experience as a springboard to discuss the human tendency to categorize and label, and the discomfort that arises when these labels don't fit.

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Breathing New Life into the Red Telephone Booth

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“How can we transform something obsolete into something new that honors the past and brings innovation and joy?”

-Ana Melikian

In this episode, the host, Ana Melikian, takes us on an intriguing journey through the streets of London, where she discovers a reinvented red telephone booth that serves as an inspiring metaphor for innovation and adaptability.

Ana emphasizes the significance of transforming the obsolete into something meaningful and useful in today's fast-paced world. Leveraging the experience of the red telephone booth turned coffee stand, she delves into the broader implications of change and creativity, urging listeners to rethink and repurpose old beliefs and objects.

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Anthropology and the Future of AI with Giles Crouch

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“We live in what I call today, a phygital world, physical and digital.”

-Giles Crouch

In this episode, the host, Ana Melikian, dives into the intricate relationship between humanity and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with special guest, digital anthropologist Giles Crouch. Ana shares her experience of using an AI avatar as an introduction for her talks, sparking a rich dialogue on the human side of AI and the emotional responses it provokes.

Giles Crouch provides a compelling breakdown of how the concept of identity has evolved over time and articulates why AI presents unique challenges. Together, they explore the duality of AI's potential—its ability to bring positive advancements while also posing significant risks.

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Co-Creating a Better Near Future with AI – Neil Redding

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“Connecting possible with practical is where the near future framework is focused.”

-Neil Redding

In this episode, the host, Ana Melikian, delves into the fascinating intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human potential with guest Neil Redding. Neil Redding, a keynote speaker, author, innovation architect, and near futurist, brings his extensive expertise in spatial computing, virtual and augmented reality, and AI to the conversation.

Neil introduces his Near Future Framework, which helps brands, businesses, and organizations bridge the gap between emerging technological possibilities and practical needs.

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Press Pause and Sharpen: Unlocking Your Full Potential

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“Choose to press the pause button.”

-Ana Melikian

In this episode, the host, Ana Melikian, challenges listeners to imagine themselves as pencils—a seemingly simple tool with untapped potential. She delves into how the pencil symbolizes our innate ability to create, express, and make an impact and the crucial need to “sharpen” ourselves regularly to maintain effectiveness and precision.

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