No weekends in 2050

2050The nature of work has changed dramatically in the last few decades, as have our social, economic and cultural habits, our shopping preferences and our views on religion.

Although this may seem a strange cocktail of disparate signals they have each impacted on the other over the decades to change the face of 9 – 5 Monday to Friday work and what we do in the hours that we’re not working.  In fact much of the landscape of work that Baby Boomers grew up with no longer hold true and in this evolving landscape of work, play and family are changing into a society that does not use weekends as a religious or family catch up oasis; a society that shops 24/7 in-store and digitally and a work force that increasingly works to project and task and not to fixed hours and often not at a fixed workplace.

Behind all of this are the exponential changes that have been brought about by technology, that has delivered the digital world to our pockets, handbags and briefcases for all hours access.

Emerging out of this horizon landscapes are a slew of new jobs, new careers and new work habits that in the near future will become as ordinary and pervasive as Henry Ford’s assembly line was when it came into practice 100 years ago.

In this weeks regular segment David Dowsett of ABC radio WideBay and I chatted about this new workspace and the top 10 jobs we may be doing in 2050 including nano medic, memory augmentation surgeon and gene programmers.

Have  a listen now for the rest of the list and then share your thoughts on the changing workspace.


Futurist Morris Miselowski predicts the jobs we’ll be doing in 2050 |

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“I CAN’T wait to be a transhumanist designer when I grow up,” said no child, ever.

That might not be the case for long if futurist Morris Miselowski is right. He predicts the job could become as common as a teacher or builder in the years ahead.

The renowned futurist, who has spoken at TEDx, thinks the workforce will change drastically in the next 35 years, with 60 per cent of us doing jobs that don’t exist.

More: Five jobs that will disappear within five years

Most will arise from technology and the human body, dedicated to improving our health and extending human life, according to Mr Miselowski.

“In the last 150 years we have doubled our life expectancy in Australia, we’ve done that without the technology that [is now in place]” he told

Here are his predictions for the top 10 jobs in 2050:

Nano medic — Someone who works with medicine on a molecular level using tiny robots to investigate problems in the body and solve them from the inside out.

Memory augmentation surgeon — Someone who understands how thoughts are stored in the brain and may have the ability to restore memories for people with dementia and alzheimers.

Body part maker — The logical extension of all those kidneys, hearts and livers being made by 3D printers at the moment.

Transhumanist designer/engineer — Despite the sci-fi title, Mr Miselowski sees this as a human resources role concerned with understanding the capacity of robots and humans, then acting like an “orchestra conductor” to harmoniously get the best out of both of them.

Gene programmer — We can already do this to an extent, but research may provide the ability for a full-time programmer to manipulate genes and prevent disease.

Just a typical day in the office, programming genes.

• Brain augmenter — OK this one really does sound bizarre, but Mr Miselowski said it’s a role that would work by manipulating parts of the brain to avoid phobias and reduce disease. But only for good mind you, only for good.

• Spaceport traffic control — If Richard Branson is already planning the first bunch of space tourists, think how many people will be travelling there in 30 years. This is basically a glorified traffic cop.

Weather controller — Bear with us on this one, but Mr Miselowski said in 30-40 years time we’ll have a much better idea of how weather patterns are caused, with people dedicating to finding ways to manipulate it that could have potentially huge implications for food crops or natural disasters.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is already signing people up for space tours.

Ethics lawyer — To protect privacy and debate ethics of all this possibility. “Because we can is not a good enough reason, to me,” Mr Miselowski said.

Domestic robot programmer — Much like a plumber or a tradie, this could be the person you call when something goes wrong with your smart home or domestic robot.

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Before you scoff at it all as a bit far-fetched, Mr Miselowski said many of these jobs are the natural extension of technology we already have in place.

They’ve also been publicly made high-profile goals of companies like Google, whose engineering director Ray Kurzweil has written a book The Singularity, outlining how man and machine could merge to become immortal.

Russian millionaire Dmitry Itskov is also working on the 2045 Initiative to build an avatar with a human brain, where one’s personality can be transferred at the end of their human life.

Mr Miselowski said the nature of the workforce will change as well with less of the structured 9-5 working day and Saturday/Sunday weekend than we have been used to.

“Our kids will most probably live to 120 and 150 in relatively good health. They will definitely work into their 80s but they will not work 9-5 the way we understand today.”

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Instead, more jobs will focus on output rather than being in an office for a set number of hours with time off wherever possible.

“We work whatever hours are required to make that reality, our time off might be a Tuesday afternoon …. I don’t think the notion of the weekend will be very important.”

Despite the major changes, he expects things like family, having time off, the ability to learn and receive medical treatment will remain crucial.

But with technology making companies more powerful, essential human questions need to remain at the heart of major decisions.

“It has to come back to human hands, we need to be careful.”

What do you think the job landscape will look like in 2050? Continue the conversation on Twitter @newscomauHQ | @Victoria_Craw | @MrFuture


Jobs 2050 – Sky News – Technology Behind Business Interview

2014-04-08 19.37.51If we’re not going to be doing and working the way we are today, then how will we be working in 2050?

Nigel Freitas of Sky Business’ Technology Behind Business and I chatted about the way forward for business and employment, the loss of the “job for life” mentality and the reality that many of us will have multiple jobs and multiple careers as we work our way through our work lives and for those starting out today they will have a 120 year life span, a 80 year work life and will not know the 9-5 era, nor the mandated holiday or weekend.

The evolution of work, what it is and what it might become and its purpose in our lives is all up for innovation, as is the notion of a mandated retirement age.

A really good set of thought provoking questions on the what jobs we might be doing in 2050 and the future of work, so have a watch of the segment and then share your thoughts on tomorrow’s careers and world of work.

Space Age work for some

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We’re not likely to see flying cars any time soon, but a job in Spaceport Traffic Control could soon become a reality.
Business futurist Morris Miselowski named this job in his top 10 list for the next 35 years.

With Richard Branson launching a commercial flight to space, Miselowski said it was only a matter of time before we’re
checking into a “space hotel”.

“We know that we are going to travel interspace over the next few decades. I think it will become increasingly common,”
he said. “It’s (the job) really something that takes a task they have now as an air traffic controller into space.”
Miselowski predicts that health jobs will continue to grow, with a technological twist.

These could include Gene Programmer, Nano Medic (implanting robots into the body), memory augmentation surgeon
and Body Part Maker.

Weather Controller and an Ethics Lawyer could also be potential jobs.

As for ethics: “What we as a society will have to do is decide how much technology we want in our lives”. Miselowski said we were on the verge of a “third industrial revolution”.

“We are in the process of changing nearly everything we know about how we work,” Miselowski said.

“The ABS tells us that today’s teenagers will have 13 jobs and six careers in their lifetime. They will work well into their 80s and they will live until 150 years of age.”

Jobs set to fall by the wayside are those made up of routine tasks, such as cashiers, travel agents, and certain roes in IT and the banking industry

What will real estate look like in 50 years?

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Imagine building your dream home in a day and buying it with no cash. Welcome to world of real estate circa 2064.

Here’s a futuristic sneak peak of how we might be finding, buying and making homes:

Hello Saturday sleep-ins

Fifty years from now, jostling with 100 other buyers at weekend open houses will be, well, a thing of the past.

Oculus Rift (a virtual reality headset) and Google Glass (a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display) will make 3D VR inspections of prospective homes the norm.

“The rise of mobile cloud enabled devices will come to the fore and we’ll see a slew of wearable devices including … 3D displays seen inside the lens of non-prescription spectacles,” says futurist Morris Miselowski.


Tech head agents

Tomorrow’s property brokers won’t be sales agents – they will be “ambassadors”, Miselowski says.

They will help buyers import images of their furniture to visualisations of listed properties to “make sure it fits” before signing contracts.

And if the home is not yet built, developers can help buyers digitally customise off-the-plan designs.

“Someone will come into a real estate agency in 2050, share information about what they want from their next home and the ambassador will make contact with their digital warehouse and bring that buyer into their cyberspace to collaboratively navigate the purchase process.”

“Tomorrow’s property brokers won’t be sales agents – they’ll be ambassadors.”

Goodbye cash deposits

Let’s face it: nobody walks into an agency and slaps down a wad of notes anymore. Cash is so 20th century.

But while digital money transfer is standard practice in 2014, by 2064 crypto-currencies – exchanged peer-to-peer without intermediary – will be the everyday way to trade houses.

Sydney’s Forsyth Real Estate recently made headlines when it started accepting virtual currency bitcoin for house deposits.

Read more: Sydney agent takes a bite of Bitcoin

“The fact is we don’t have much cash floating around today already and this conversation about digital currency will continue well into the future,” Miselowski says.

“The whole process will become more fluid done in a few seconds, none of this sending off for title deeds as all stakeholders will electronically put out their hands for their parts of the (purchase) pie.”


Next-gen home printers

Fed-up with that dated early 21st century kids room?

By mid-century you may use a home printer to churn out a new extension, according to latest news.

The University of Southern California is currently testing a giant 3D printer that could be used to build a whole house in less than 24 hours.

Read more: 3D printed houses – is this the future?

Charles Brass from Futures Foundation reports USC Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed a robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, which squirts concrete and can build a home according to a computer pattern.

The technology, Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry. It will enable production of bespoke houses on demand.

But tradespeople need not be alarmed. “Robots will certainly do a lot more manual mundane work, but we will still need humans for the craft of building homes,” Miselowski says. “It will not be like the sci-fi of our youth.”’



FUTURIST: These Are The 10 Social Trends To Watch For Next

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Morris Miselowski is a self-described stirrer in the traditional Australian sense. That means he challenges current thinking and puts people off balance by looking at the world from another angle.

He’s also a futurist: He creates a detailed possible future to help companies plan for opportunities.

And he does this for some of Australia’s biggest companies.

He says that hypothesising on what innovations wait ahead is always a fearsome and exciting quest.

“But the real skill is in being able to gauge which of these yet to be seen innovations and inventions are going to truly resonate and have a positive, sustained and real impact on our lives,” he says.

Here are some of his views on the near future:

  • The technology high we used to get from all things digitally new will be much harder to get. We now take for granted how far we have come and what we have achieved in the last decade of digital evolution.
  • Purse strings loosen and investment in the new will be more common. This is time of the entrepreneur and intrapreneur as we evolve further into a society which values the work of the individual and the few.
  • We will stop wallowing in the doom and gloom of the past five years since the Global Financial Crisis. We will collectively accept the past, begrudgingly understand its social, cultural and financial ramifications will be with us for many years to come and decide to refashion and relearn normal.
  • Collectively we will begin to replace the knee-jerk short term planning of the past decade with a more medium term outlook horizon.
  • In many areas, including space exploration, transport, health and welfare, corporations are rising over governments. The fortress walls of historically entrenched government offerings are tumbling to private enterprise providers.
  • Sharing and collaboration will be mainstream. The traditional have all, do all, know all, no longer serves us as well as it once did. It is not necessarily the ownership of the means of production which brings wealth but the effective use of it. This new normal of reaching out to a broader community and of forming crowd companies that can collaboratively and exponentially advance our own pursuits will continue to become mainstream management and personal mantra.
  • Mobile devices are already themselves marked for extinction with a slew of wearable technology including smart watches and heads up displays seen inside the lens of non-prescription spectacles. Products such as Google Glass will shift information away from the mobile phone screen to an alternate viewing screen and experience.
  • Mass production and the notion of what manufacturing is will also be questioned as 3D printers rise on the retail, office, manufacturing and medical scenes. This next frontier is the ability to produce bespoke and one-off items on demand without the need for huge inventories and investment of time and resources. These 3D printers are the now the equivalent of the old dot matrix printers of the 1980s, incredible devices in their day which have advanced over the years to become ordinary and common place equipment.
  • Mixed in with all of these parallel, converging, competing and merging influences is the ever diminishing line between local, national, international, physical and virtual. The ability to source globally, adjust regionally and buy locally will become increasingly commonplace. Purchasing will know no borders. This will disrupt the notion of how, when, where, why and from whom we buy.
  • This year will also herald the start of a new era of human wellness. This minute-by-minute real-time insight into our body’s wellbeing gathered by wearable health devices will be analysed and sent to health and allied health professionals for further insights, comments and suggestions.


Watch out, here comes a falling #drone

170-drone-ss_157279382A drone hitting an athlete in Perth the other week was the starting point of my regular on-air conversation with James Lush of ABC Perth Radio’s Saturday Breakfast Show, before we went to chat about all things Future and their implications on tomorrow’s world.

The discussion soon turned to trying to predict technology and its impact on society so that we can begin to frame laws and social moray’s around what’s ahead and answer complex questions like: “is it OK for a stranger to use a wearable device such as Google Glass to take a picture of a child in a crowd” probably not, but “is it OK for Police to use the same technology to find and recognise the person trying to illicitly take the picture of the child? most probably yes.

As always a thought provoking segment exploring not only future technology, but its possible social, legal and ethical ramifications and issues, have a listen now and then let me know your thoughts.

Which comes first, the technology, the crime or the law?

1004ceoChange is difficult for most of us to cope with, but when the change affects all of us and we have to collectively make a decision if and how to deal with it, the degree of difficulty just went up exponentially – welcome to the world of law making and enforcement.

In our regular segment ABC radio WideBay’s David Dowsett and I look at how the horizon technologies of 3D printing, robots and drones, big data, self driving cars, wearable computers and bio metrics are all creating their own future societal dilemmas, not from the use of technology in the hands of those that seek to do good, but rather from the very few who will choose to use it for evil.

As a democratic society facing these challenges do we collaboratively make laws and give powers to the law enforcers in advance of the risk, or do we wait till after the fact to frame laws and empower police accordingly?

It’s a tough one, but for me we would be delinquent if we didn’t have the debate as early as possible and begin framing societal responses to how and what we want and where foreseeable place laws and societal expectations in place before the fact, rather than after.

Have a listen to the segment now and then share your thoughts on how we deal with this chicken and egg dilemma.

Morris on Sky News Business

me_and_switzer_8_April_14 The Future is an incredible space, it allows us to wonder and imagine, to invent and to innovate and to take the best of what we are and have done and mix it with the possibilities of what we might yet become.

In this Sky News Business TV segment Peter Switzer and I chat about what a Futurist is and does, explore some of the key future business impacts including 3D printing, crowdsourcing and a world where most businesses are still missing out on their innovation possibilities because they still think in silos when it comes to their physical and digital business.

Watch this segment now and then share what innovation lies ahead for your business.

Anthill Australia: The business futurist says the future is looking bright for Aussie entrepreneurs just like you

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Morris Miselowski has an eye on the future.

As a matter of fact, he’s a business futurist; that is, he specialises in using science to make predictions about the future, particularly with regard to the way we will live, work, and play in the coming years.

And, what he thinks is in store for Australia will surprise you. Anthill recently caught up with Miselowski to ask him about what the future holds. In our discussion, he proved insightful, informed, and only cautiously optimistic about the future of jobs, careers, and life in Australia and elsewhere.

The future of working in Australia

We’ve been hearing a lot of doom and gloom around disappearing jobs and industries in Australia, and certainly the average person has every reason to be concerned. But, in talking with Miselowski, you quickly arrive at the glass half empty/glass half full paradox.

As he points out, on the other side of 6-percent unemployment is 94-percent employment. That’s an optimistic way of looking at things, but he is also realistic about drawing conclusion based on such recognitions.

“The stuff that we’ve been through in the last five or six years {Referring to the GFC} really masks underneath it a huge structural shift in work, in employment – in business in general – that we would have went through anyway,” Miselowski stated.

“That’s a sort of new ‘Industrial Revolution’ that I often talk about. When you put the two things together, you end up with people wrongly thinking that the world is ending, all doom and gloom.”

Among other things, Miselowski’s website focuses on career prospects. His blog keeps up with emerging demands across job sectors, and Morris predicts what the future holds for workers, based on the data that he gathers. His research results in fascinating articles like Morris’ “The World of #Jobs”; “What’s Over the Job and Career Horizon?” and “What Future Career Would You Bet On?”
In his writings, Morris presents the intriguing idea that changing jobs is becoming the new norm.

What’s the future of entrepreneurship?

Miselowski’s blog posts have a wealth of information on which roles will emerge as the most valuable over the coming years, but what we most wanted to learn from Morris is what the future might have in store for entrepreneurs.

“The over-arching thing is that we are still coming to terms with the digital space,” he said.

“We have changed just about everything in this space. On the notion of capital raising, it used to be done in a very traditional sense. We would create a document. That document would reflect why we think we are a worthy candidate for credit, and we would take that document to a financial institution that would either give you the credit or not.”

He went on to explain how crowdfunding is changing that.

“That need is falling away for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.They are able to go to a much broader marketplace to finance their business or idea or product. They are also able to draw information from a lot of places, from Australia and across the world.”

The democratisation of the business sector, Miselowski attests, is giving rise to a bright future of non-mainstream thinking and innovation that would not have been possible prior to the advent of the digital space.

According to him, entrepreneurs play a big role in the future economy.

The future of tech on the horizon

Miselowski also talked about the future of technology – specifically, 3D printing.

“There are so many game changers on the horizon. I don’t think humanity has seen so many game changers happening at one time,” he added.

The difficulty, he tells us, is in keeping up. These developments are facilitated by changes in cost and culture, which is helping bring more technologies to market than ever, according to him.

“The thing I love most about 3D printing is where I see it being used in medicine. We are on the cusp of doing incredible things in medicine with 3D printing,” Miselowski explained.

“We are seeing children born with faulty tracheae being able to get new ones with 3D printing within weeks of birth.”


Miselowski is also a prolific public speaker and dynamic presenter. He was featured at TedXMelbourne recently, where he presented a speech entitled “Unlearn the future.” Like everything Morris is attached to, it’s informative and visionary.

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