Technology is taking over our lives

tv is evilI got a call this morning from Steve Mills host of Perth’s 6PR breakfast show about a recent study that concluded that people fear that in 80 years we will have lost all human interaction and instead will be tethered hypnotically and blindly to a computer, or whatever technology becomes or is called by then.

OK, my first reaction, is step slowly away from the ledge and hide all the sharp instruments.

Do we really have so little faith in the human race that we buy all this sci fi doom and gloom scare mongering?

We have survived for millenniums and have never melded with machines before and it’s fairly safe that we won’t in the next 80 years.

The line between human and machine blurred many years ago, with every medical and scientific advancement we ever made including hearing aids, pacemakers, bionic ears and human implants, but we survive and are clearly still human.

People let’s give us some credit!

We are social, gregarious community oriented animals, who rely on each other to survive and thrive and even in our countless attempts to change and reshape human lives and society we keep reverting back to type.

Social media is a prime example of how we have been told that society as we know it has ended and with the advent of Facebook, Twitter, SMS, mobile phones, Skype and so many other on line rabble rouses we no longer have the need to physically meet one another.

This has never been more untrue, we statistically connect with each other more than we ever have before. Is it the same communication? NO. Is it better or worse? That’s the debate.

Let’s temper this debate though with the memory that nearly every form of technology that we have ever invented or innovated including Gutenberg press, radio and TV were all seen as the devils child in their formative years.

The good old days were rarely that good.

Time tends to diminish the emotion and angst we felt and instead leaves us with two dimensional memories safely preserved and packaged for all time as truths.

The future has not been written, these prophetic insights are not mandated.

The future can only be created in our hearts, souls and minds, so instead of invoking the worst outcomes let’s plan instead for a far more harmonious future, one in which we use our advancements to eradicate social injustices, we learn to tame and cure diseases and continue to remain vigilant about the the boundary’s between man and machine.

Now I’ll get off my soap box, let you have a listen to my far shorter on-air response and look out for your thoughts on how you see the next 80 years and beyond.


Is this the new look in computer interfaces?

google-glassesClarke Kent took off his glasses to become Superman, but Google is hoping you’ll put on their glasses and transform yourself into superman and superwoman.

Google Glass just launched its website and video to explain what it hopes will be the next revolution in computer interface technologies, a pair of glasses that let you see the real world and digital world simultaneously – think Top Gun heads up display – and allows you to speak your commands to it.

If you’re an eager beaver you can get your hands on an early model of this $1,500 new gadget, by entering a competition and flying to the States to pick up your prize.

Take a look at the video and website and let me know whether you think this new gadget is going to take off or not.

What’s happened to Innovation?

gillian o'shaighnessy ABC WA afternoonsI got an on-air call today from Gillian O’Shaughnessy of ABC Radio Perth to ask why inventions are no longer named after their inventors.

What a great question!

Thinking back, Henry F Phillips invented the Phillips screwdriver and screw; Candido Jacuzzi invented the Jacuzzi; William Henry Hoover the hoover vacuum cleaner; Jules Leotard the leotards; Thomas and William Bowler the bowler hat and so on.

The answer lies in a different view to marketing, a different innovation and invention landscape where it’s easier to fund and sell generically named inventions and the growing reality that the ability to think, build, market and sell an idea, product or service now increasingly requires the skill sets of more than just a single inventor.

We also had a quick look at crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites like kickstarter and pozible to find and collaborate with like minded people that may invest or assist you in bringing your great idea to market.

Have a listen now and let me know your thoughts on the Future of Innovation…

BreadCrumb Innovation – the February Webinar

Phablet_header2What a great webinar yesterday and an awesome way to kick off the digital year.

With a record crowd on-line we set off down the road to the Future, exploring 2013’s emerging trends of omni-living, wisdom warriors, getting found in a crowd; mobile technologies, phablets and apps.

Along the way we stopped to answer what if anything this may mean to us and our business’s, what do we need to know to take the next steps and also took a sneak look at some of the emerging examples of how it’s already being used and applied.

Our journey also included challenging the audience to write their own 200 word Postcard from The Future by moving their thinking to 2023 and describing their company, business and industry as it will be 10 years hence and to explore how it works; what does it sell and to whom; what’s changed in the last 10 years and what hasn’t? and what insights the FUTURE you has for the present you?

This is great way to start the creative juices flowing of how you see the next 10 years unfolding for you – it’s also something very few Western businesses ever spend time doing and in Eastern businesses is so rudimentary.

The Postcards are going to be posted on my BusinessFuturist Facebook page – if you haven’t joined us click here and come on in – with the winner (as judged by the most number of likes) spending an hour with me, 1 on 1, working out how to turn their future vision into a profitable reality today.

Before we signed off we also took a quick look at some of the innovations looming on the horizon including using our DNA for data storage and omniphobic coatings that repel dirt, grime and bacteria; as well as a quick look at some of the more interesting highly speculative designs for Apple’s new iWatch.

A terrific show, bursting at the seams with content and insights and I’m already looking forward to next month’s webinar, when we’ll look at the internet of things, second screens, BYOD and AOYD, cloud computing and co creating so please be sure to click here to reserve your FREE spot online for Monday 18th March 2013 @ 1.00 p.m. AEST.

Apologies: Even in the future technology will play up and yesterday part way through the webinar we lost screen sharing and had audio only. This also meant that the webinar was not properly recorded. As a Plan B (and you always have to have one) I have put up the visuals and the audio as two separate pieces – again not the ideal but it still gets the job done (and yes we have got the problem fixed for next month)

So here’s the visuals:

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and here’s the audio:

Future of Banking

bank notesOn the back of a recent keynote I delivered in Indonesia on the Future of Asian Pacific Banks, David Dowsett of Wide Bay ABC radio and I explored whether we will still need banks in the future.

We set off to explore what tomorrow’s banks might be like? How will we interact / transact with them? What new online financial services / banks might we see? What services and products might they offer us? Will we still need cash in the future and whether we will ever see a single global currency.

There will be always be a need for money transactions, as there has always been. Despite this we have less physical notes in circulation as we become a less cash society visiting bank branches less often and transacting more often online, digitally and in mobile spaces.

Set your financial management compass for more aggregate websites and apps that scrape all of your financial information and bring them together onto one screen and using semantic and intuitive digital understanding that looks at your what you’re about to buy so that it can advise you which of your credit cards, loans or overdrafts might best be used.

This is just one of the major paradigm shifts we’re about to experience in the world of banking, so have a listen and let me know where you think banks and the finance industry is headed over the next few years.

BreadCrumb Innovation – The FREE Webinar

mm webinarI am kick-starting 2013 with a series of monthly webinars, sharing what’s ahead in , what’s important to know and who’s doing what to whom and with whom in the world of innovation, if you’re serious about keeping ahead of the curve then it will be the best 45 minutes you spend each month.

Here’s more and also booking details:

Morris Miselowski, CEO and Lead Business Futurist of 32 years with Your Eye On The Future, brings his world renowned innovation workshop to a computer screen near you, in a 45-minute LIVE Webinar.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

Morris will unveil 2013’s dominant and developing trends, show you how they will impact you, explain what you need to do about them, by when and how.

He will also take you behind the scenes to see the hottest start-ups on the planet to experience what they’re inventing, innovating and working on, who’s interested in it, why and what it might mean to your business.

Morris will also help you take all this information and spin it into wisdom and $$$ by guiding you through his fail-safe step by step process of how to easily find, capture, understand, prioritise and implement new innovations, ideas, products and services, regardless of whether you’re a 1 or 100,000 person business.

In a world where everything you’ve ever known is now uncertain; where the enemy of innovation is execution and where every day feels like a month, it is imperative that you stay ahead of the curve and know what lies ahead for you, long before your competition and marketplace does.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

If you’re going to succeed into the Future you have to be able to answer all of these questions, now:

• how your industry and business is likely to evolve;
• how will what you do be done differently in the future;
• have you fully capitalised on your digital potential?
• what will consumers, customers, partners and collaborators
want from you in the future?
• how will they want it, where and when?
• are you ready to take maximum advantage from the brave
new world of omni-business, apps, the rise and rise of
mobile, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and 3D printers?
• how will changing management and workforce paradigms
affect you?
• how will the rise in global and virtual workforces change
your workforce?
• what impact does 60% of the world using phablets have on
you and your business’s bottom line?
• are you ready for the imminent onslaught of the” internet of
things”?

and these are only a small taster of tomorrow’s many quirky new questions.

With 32 years of hypothesising, strategising and profitably commercialising the future across 145 industries; 1000’s of corporations; tens of thousands of key decision makers and millions of audience members around the planet, Morris has the uncanny knack of turning all of these questions (and so many more) into money-making answers.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

In his ongoing monthly webinar series Morris reviews what’s happened and happening this month in the land of innovation; where innovations and trends are headed; who’s making money and what they’re doing and which industries are flying and which are crashing.

Each month Morris also sets you a practical purposeful and profitable innovation challenge, gives you a set of how-to instructions to achieve it with and builds an accountability structure and innovation support network for you within which to achieve it.

If you’re sick of groundhog day and playing business catch up and are serious about leading your business into the future then you must take 45 minutes each month to learn what’s ahead so that you can be certain that every future decision you make listens to yesterday, but speaks to tomorrow.

You’re welcome to attend any two (2) BreadCrumb Innovation webinars FREE of charge.

Next FREE Webinar:
Tuesday 12th February 2013
at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

book your FREE place now

If you’d like to attend all of Morris’s monthly webinars, you can! (10 per annum run February through to November)

Investment for 5 x webinars – $395.00

Bonus each 5 x webinar attendee receives:
• a ½ hour one on one telephone innovation chat with Morris,
• 24 hour turn around on email questions, and
• full access to past webinar library

To join Morris’s next 5 Webinars send an email with your details to: 5webinars@BusinessFuturist.com

Investment for 10 x webinars – $695.00

Bonus each 10 x webinar attendee receives:
• a FREE 5 x webinar additional access pass for you to gift to a
colleague, or share with a friend (cannot be used to extend
subscription),
• one (1) hour one on one telephone innovation chat
with Morris,
• priority 12 hour turn around on email questions, and
• full access to a library of resources and past webinars

To join Morris’s next 10 Webinars send an email with your details to 10webinars@BusinessFuturist.com


Morris also runs the following additional monthly webinars

1. Wisdom Warriors

Morris’s elite collaborative group of Innovators and Entrepreneurs who demand to be the first to know everything and want to roll their sleeves up and get deep and dirty with it to figure out what it may mean to them and how to start making money from it now.

Frequency: Monthly
Duration: 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: 10
Inquire for cost and space availability: WarriorsWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

2. CEO / Key Decision Makers

How, when, where, why, when and who of growing, championing and implementing a profitable company wide innovation culture.

Frequency: Monthly
Duration: 45 minutes
Maximum Attendees: 20

Inquire for cost and space availability: CEOWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

3. Internal corporate sponsored and developed webinar programs

Frequency: as required
Duration: 15- 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: open

Inquire for cost and content: InternalWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

4. Specific industry webinars

Frequency: as required
Duration: 15 – 60 minutes
Maximum Attendees: open

Inquire for cost and content: IndustryWebinar@BusinessFuturist.com

Please pass this invitation along to your colleagues, friends and clients

The Future of Education, Technology, People & Innovation

In our regular look ahead James Lush of ABC Perth and I looked at what’s over the horizon for:

Education
– students will have 6 distinct careers, 14 jobs and live 100+ years; 60% of the job tasks they will do in the next 10 years have not been created yet; the traditional 3r’s – reading, writing, arithmetic- are great foundations, but our kids also need the 3 C’s – communication, collaboration and creative problem solving.

Technology – we have only just begun our technological journey and haven’t seen anything yet; and the imminent rise of the Internet of Things.

People – what will living to 120 mean?; will man and machine meld to the point where it is hard to recognise where flesh ends and machine starts?

Innovation – how Collaborative, Crowdsourcing and Co-create is changing the way we work play and live and why innovation is now a constant in our everyday world.

This is a great interview touching on lot’s of tomorrow’s horizon questions so have a listen now and let me know what you think tomorrow’s big questions are.