Future of Work

As part of our regular monthly look at the Future on ABC Radio Gold Coast this morning we took a tour to the future of work to see who will be in the workforce in 2020 and beyond, how Australian’s may be working, where we may be working, some of the rising industries and what new jobs may be around.

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Play School

Last week Play School, Australia’s oldest and most watched preschool TV program, ran an episode in which the presenter included social media and tweeting within the segment, causing a storm of controversy.

This was where David Dowsett of ABC Radio’s Wide Bay and I started our chat this week as I pondered why a 2 year old had to be introduced to social media when they know more about it and are more comfortable with it than the presenter, to me it’s the equivalent of showing a child how to turn on the light switch.

We moved on from this to talk about all things educational, the possibility that our children will have 6 careers and 14 jobs and that many of the tasks, jobs and tools they will be doing have not yet been thought of.

If education is going to underpin our journey to becoming the clever country; one that innovates and invents and whose economy relies not only on our mineral and agricultural treasure chests, but on providing and exporting brilliance then we have to pay more attention to our children and start giving them what THEY need and not what we nostalgically want for them.

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The Future of Airport Security

Starting in November 2012 Australia’s airports are rolling out millimetre-wave body scanners in all our international terminals and this afternoon Fiona Poole of ABC NSW’s Statewide Afternoons and I chatted about the safety and reliability of this new technology and what else lies ahead in airport security.

Given that by 2030 we will have doubled our air passengers to about 12 billion people in the sky across the year, dedicated security tunnels, thermal lie detection, in airport passenger tracking and behavioral detection officers are all going to be a huge part of how we keep our airports and flights safe into the future.

Take a listen now for all this as well as the evolution of airports into airtropilis’s and even how we might bypass airports all together and send things using 3D faxes:

Print yourself a spare heart

We are on the cusp of a revolution in the way we produce products, goods and even human organs and it’s all wrapped up around the notion of 3D printers.

Radio Australia’s Clement and I in our regular segment took a look at where this brave new world is headed and what it may mean for industries and professions of tomorrow.

How about printing yourself a dinner with prototype food printer Cornucopia

How about printing your home?

and something even nearer and dearer to our hearts, the printing of human bones and organs:

This is a technology that will be a game changer, within the next 5 years will become increasingly normal and within the decade will be as common as the office printer.

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Welcome to the Gold Coast

What does education need to provide to meet tomorrow’s societal and business needs, was to have been the topic of the morning between Nicole Dyer of 91.7 ABC Coast FM and myself , but as always we got diverted and this time into a discussion on the Future of Funerals and Cemeteries after a keynote I gave on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

This led us to chat about our changing cultural views around death and memorialisation, not morbid I promise and how technology is being used to remember the dead, pay honour to them and unite a physical and digital family in their time of need.

We did eventually get on to education and aged care and the changes ahead for both.

All in all a great segment. Lot’s of food for thought and I look forward to catching up with Nicole at 9.30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month to chat about what’s happening in the FUTURE.

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Welcome to the Bay

This morning I kicked off a new regular segment with David Dowsett of ABC Radio’s Wide Bay and what better place to start than at the beginning.

We chatted about the new digital online era, its ramifications and purpose; our new sense of digital entitlement; our evolution into digital thinkers and learners and our new sense of being a global citizen.

John joined us on talkback to ask about whether we were going forwards or backwards with all this easy connection to everything, before we moved on to talk about what social media really is, what it can offer us, who’s using it and for what purpose.

A great chat, wonderful listeners and I’m looking forward to our regular chats long into the Future.

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We’re all getting older

Today’s kids will live to 120 years of age and many of today’s Baby Boomers will live well into their 90’s, with well being the key word.

The role and purpose of aged care is changing dramatically, moving away from a traditional institutional model to a bright new shiny “hotel” approach, as well as a huge industry growing around the cutting edge of providing at home services assisting people to remain at home as long as possible.

In this week’s segment on ABC’s Radio Australia I chat with Clem and Adelaine about in-home technology assistance that constantly monitors your in-home activities to ensure you are well and maintaining your daily routine.

It tracks and assesses your movements, eating habits, taking of medicines and your completion of daily chores and where it sees deviation away from these, or you have fallen or in need of assistance, it triggers a range of pre determined responses including calling for help and getting you and the home ready to accept assistance.

Residential Aged Care is also set for an evolution with great nurses and doctors assisted by robots, constant medical monitoring devices, head up display goggles that gives them access to all their patients medical records; and dementia specific assistance robots.

On the edge of this we finished our segment by taking a quick look at bio-technologies that allow us to print human arteries, hips and bodies part.

All in all we are set to live longer, remain healthier and have far more options for what aging and aged care means and how we approach it and manage it.

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