Archive June 2014
Wow, what a response – it’s heartening that last nights look into the Future of Education on ABC Local Radio Nightlife Program with Tony Delroy’, around what education must evolve into, who provides it, when, where and how were the building blocks for a stimulating and far reaching discussion on what learning and education must become.
My take on this over the past few decades is that the education system many Baby Boomers and legislators romantically think of as best practice is based on an Industrial Revolution – Just In Case learning model.
This system and delivery method suited the times and purpose of a society where jobs were relatively plentiful, future vocational skill easy to predict and long lived, where change was generational and educations imperative was for us all to be stand alone self sufficient individuals, because there was no easy real time way to know and discover what we didn’t know.
In tomorrow’s landscape our education is moving to a Just In Time approach, with ubiquitous technology allowing us to discover on as as needs basis, which is imperative moving forward because the skill sets and knowledge our children will need in their future professions and vocations are less obvious as the work landscape of tomorrow sees them working project and task, not 9 -5, working digitally and physically, locally, regionally and globally doing tasks in industries that we can’t name or comprehend today (just think back to the last 10 years and ponder the range of jobs, tasks and industries that have evolved around social media).
Our current education system doesn’t readily cater for this paradigm shift, it is bloated, anachronistic and better suited to a previous age and need.
The 3R’s writing, arithmetic and reading -(and notice that only one starts with an “r”)once served us well as the foundations of a great education system, but today and tomorrow we have to add to these the 3C’s – Collaboration, Communication and Creative Problem Solving because these are the skills sets that will allow our students to find their way in tomorrows workspace, to work and engage with others and to find tomorrow’s solutions to problems that have not yet been identified.
Let’s rise above the competing and erroneous excuses not to innovate and as a society demand exponential change to our Education system and understand that if it is not revolutionised, we are jeapordising our children’s long term future and in turn Australia’s future economy and well being.
Our classrooms of tomorrow must be dynamic, flexible and offer on-going real time student diagnostics and feedback.
They must readily flex to accommodate all learning styles and ensure each child regardless of their perceived abilities maximises their potential.
It must be a space in which teacherpreneurs ply their craft, encouraged by a system and technologies that allows them to instruct, engage and enthuse their students.
If we are going to build Australia as a wisdom nation and turn knowledge into our major export commodity, then we have to start today by educating tomorrow’s workforce, leaders and innovators into how to thrive in a transparent world of change, where today’s certainty is tomorrow’s fallacy and where life long learning is the blissful norm.
Wonderfully the audience was up for the challenge as the switchboard lit up with suggestions and comments on how we might best achieve these audacious aims. So have a listen now, let me know your thoughts on the Future of Education and help spread the word about Australia’s education revolution.
This pair are the invention of Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University a robotics expert and they have gone on display at Tokyo museum with a purpose of being virtual news readers mouthing the words given to them, and making appropriate facial and hand gestures all whilst trying to look convincing doing it.
Trying to get avatars and androids to read the news is not new.
The first attempt was in 2007 when the London based avatar Ananova was given the virtual screen and a 24 hour licence to read all that’s happenings in the world, but her efforts were short lived, as were the efforts of specialist news reading apps Guide, Qwiki and Winston and many others.
Despite a belief that will occur one day, we still seem to have an aversion to hearing the news of the day from an inanimate object, but will this change as we march into an ever more digital world?
This was the discussion of the afternoon between Michael and Clare of radio 4BC and I as we delved into Astro Boy, robots, androids, Japanese hologramatic pop stars, why the Japanese are the world leaders of robots and what else androids and robots might do for us in the very near future.
Have a listen now.
I’ve been banging on about the future of education for over two decades and every day it seems to get more and more imperative that we own up to the fact that as a society we do not truly value Education and the importance it has in ensuring that Australia continues to enjoy the life and lifestyle we have created for ourselves and want our kids to have and improve on.
The conversation is not one of Politics, Teachers, Unions or opposing sides. It is simple and fundamental. We have built our kids a brand new world, so vastly different form the one we had and were educated to inhabit and protect. It is world where one career and one job per lifetime become 6 careers and 14 jobs. Where working in one fixed space, morphs into working physically and digitally in a myriad of spaces and where 60% of the tasks we will be doing in 2024, have not yet been invented in industries that have not yet evolved.
Educating our children into a world where they create jobs not get jobs is tomorrow’s reality and we must do everything we can to teach them what we do not yet know.
This was the theme for this weeks regular look into the future with David Dowsett of ABC Wide Bay as we explored education and learning and some of the new education related phenomenons including MOOC’s – Massive Open Online courses, Nano degrees, corporates sponsored education and on line tutoring.
Have a listen now and if you’d like to continue the conversation let me know your thoughts or join me this Wednesday 25th June at 10.00 p.m. on Radio ABC Local Nightline with Tony Delroy as we debate the Future of Education, take listeners calls and see if we can get the conversation out of the quagmire of politics and into communal necessity.
Imagine logging into Facebook to pay your bills. Or having free Internet, on the condition that you always wheel your virtual shopping cart past the Telstra checkout.
For now, the big banks rule the digital payments industry, raking in fees from the many ways we exchange money without using cash.
PayPal is of course a big competitor, but there a host of other potential “pretenders to the crown”. That’s according to futurist and inventor Morris Miselowksi, who has advised two of the Australian big banks on this issue.
“They know that [competition is] going to come,” he says. “You’ve just got to wonder who’s going to crack it.”
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What really has the banks worried is the possibility that technology giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple might encroach on their territory.
The banks are spooked
The latest fears have been prompted by the news, reported first in the Financial Times, that Facebook is gearing up to offer a variety of financial services.
In early April, the social media company was widely reported as being “weeks away” from getting approval from the Irish Central Bank for users to store and spend money on its website.
The payments industry is especially lucrative in Australia because we are a tech savvy nation.
Back in 2011, the Reserve Bank found that we use cash for less than 25 per cent of transactions valued between $51 and $100, and that rate drops further as the transaction value gets higher. Banks and others make their money by charging small fees, usually from sellers, for each digital purchase, adding up to huge profits.
Given the money at stake, it seems unlikely that the banks will keep their stranglehold on payments forever.
“Absolutely, banks are going to have to give up some of their market share to these sorts of non-traditional players,” Mr Miselowski says.
“The reality is, we don’t need the banks anymore to [administer payments] because all they offer is the conduit. They’re a pipeline between the buyer and the seller.”
Aside from the tech giants, Mr Miselowski sees the telcos as another potential rival.
“Why doesn’t a telco, like Telstra, that currently offers broadband, why not just say, blow it: here’s your Internet for free, but you’re going to pay a quid for every transaction that you do.
“I can’t understand why it hasn’t happened already.”
Fixed rates provide certainty, but less flexibility.
What will this mean for consumers?
Orren Prunckun, a tech entrepreneur and marketing manager at the New Venture Institute at Flinders University, points out that the big tech companies are already involved in payments, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
“Given that Facebook, Google and Apple already take payments through the Facebook ad and game platform, Google Play and Wallet and iTunes and the App Store, I think we can expect that there will be further progress with higher volumes and more incorporation of payments for their core offerings,” he predicts.
If payments do migrate to social platforms like Facebook, consumers could benefit from greater convenience and competition.
“The impact for consumers is choice, which is a good thing for the market,” Mr Prunckun says.
What will happen to the banks?
Despite the possible intrusions, Mr Miselowski thinks the banks will manage to stick around in payments.
“I don’t think the banks will totally disappear from this space. I don’t think this is a black and white argument,” he says.
Orren Prunckun is sceptical that tech companies will actually intrude into the payments space at all. He thinks Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are much more likely to cause headaches for the banks.
“[T]he biggest threat from technology to the traditional banking system and the big four banks could come from the core ideas of cryptocurrencies,” Mr Prunckun says.
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In anticipation of delivering a keynote on the Future of the Health and Wellness Industry to a large Pharmacy Association on the weekend, I sent out this media release and was inundated with interview requests, giving 11 interviews around Australia in 36 hours.
How technology will revolutionise the health industry.
Paradigm shift from Healthcare to Personal Wellness
Australian futurist, Morris Miselowski, one of the world’s leading business visionaries, believes the key to better health care could already be in your pocket, with doctors soon set to prescribe iPhone apps, instead of pills.
Health and wellness applications on smartphones are already big news, and are dramatically changing the way we manage our personal health and everyday wellness.
However, Morris predicts we are approaching a ‘perfect storm’ when health apps truly reach the mainstream, fueled by an ageing population demanding assisted technologies, a continued downward pressure on government health budgets, as well as a growing phenomenon of more patients accessing online diagnostics.
While many of us are already familiar with ‘health’ apps, available on iTunes, we will see a growing trend towards doctors actively “prescribing” apps, typically under direct supervision, to monitor and motivate more complex health issues.
Morris Miselowski says: “Technology in the healthcare environment is without doubt revolutionising the way the system works and creating extraordinary efficiencies as well as challenges. It is a trend that will help offset some of the financial burden from government to the individual. The more we can motivate our population to invest in preventative health measures, the better it is for all of us”.
and here’s just some of the many interviews this release generated, take a listen to some of them to see how ready and willing we are for this evolution and how it will change everything we know about the way medicine, health and wellness is provided.
Tim @ 2WEB:
Tony Tilli @ SCA WA
Babs @ ABC Perth
In the last couple of weeks I have been around Australia twice, delivering 11 keynotes, on behalf of two different clients, to financial audiences on the new financial health and well being horizon and my belief that as we become digitally reconnected to our finances we will become better informed. more interested and increasingly motivated to make great financial decisions and to look for wise counsel to assist us in making them
On the back of this road tour, James Lush of ABC Perth and I, in our regular catch up looking into the future, chatted about the changing tide of financial intimacy.
Have a listen now.
Q. What do you get when you cross the hotel Burj Al Arab and an oil rig?
A.The newest proposed kid on the ocean exploration block the 60m tall, $48m – Sea Orbiter.
This new oceanic exploration platform is being backed by some well known dignitaries including HRH Albert II of Monaco, Jean Michael Cousteau and a host of Astronauts and notables in their fields.
They believe this new platform will allow for ongoing real time ocean testing, monitoring and exploration of a place we know very little about having only explored 5% of it to date and discovered only 240,000 ocean species with millions still to be found.
This new proposal caught the eye and interest of Michael and Clare of 4BC Radio and gave us an opportunity for one of our regular catchup’s as we chatted about the why and where’s of this brave new venture.
Have a listen now:
This week Sky Business’s Marty Switzer and I looked at the Future of Work, that can in a phrase be summarised as back to the future.
As we move through the next few years and decades work will increasingly be dictated by outcome and not hours spent, as we move into a workplace that requires us to do the work at the most appropriate time and place for it be done, rather than shoehorning artificially into the industrial revolution model of a 9 – 5 Monday to Friday work period.
This work model served us well when the nature of work was industrial and repetitive, required us to physically attend at a given place and pre agreed time to do our part in a larger production wheel, but with the nature and type of future work broadening, with work moving beyond the physical space to include an access anytime digital space that can have us working locally, regionally or internationally, the necessity for a fixed workspace and mandated 9-5 Monday to Friday is disappearing.
Add to this a world that “wants what it wants, when it wants it” and is becoming increasingly used to getting it and a workforce that will work into their 80’s have 6 careers and 14 jobs and will work a portfolio of jobs rather than just one job with one employer at any one time and you have a very different workspace of the future.
My Back to the Future analogy is that pre-industrial revolution this new work model was ordinary and the way most people worked was to attend to tasks on the land and elsewhere as and when they needed to be done, undertaking a portfolio of jobs as and when each needed to get done and understanding that work and life played in concert with each other, rather than being forced to compete with each other.
Life was by no means perfect or easy then and the idea is not to romanticise this work style, but rather to look at its dynamic and fluid nature as a model for what will come next.
We also chatted about future proof careers for today’s students and the industries that will grow and flourish into tomorrow, which brought us to the discussion of wisdom workers – my term for those that will flourish in tomorrow’s workspaces.
To survive and thrive tomorrow we will have to understand that there will be a clear divide between repetitive and mundane tasks that will increasingly be done by machines and robots using synthetic or digital thinking to keep them on track and on task and those others tasks that will best be done by humans, because they will require wisdom or the ability to personalise or add value or purpose to what is made by machines and that this notion will apply equally to services and products.
Watch the segment now and then leave me your thoughts on tomorrow’s workplace.
There’s lots of things on the horizon that might make some of what we now do obsolete or unnecessary and this was the question that Denis Walter of 3AW posed to me and his audience this afternoon.
We chatted about recent technological and cultural departures from our past lives like phone booths, telegrams and aerograms, encyclopedias and year books, phoning the talking clock and car registration stickers.
And then looked further into tomorrow to look at new inventions that may take over and become ordinary within 10 years and make some of what we today obsolete and old fashioned including driverless cars and 3D food and general printers.
Take a listen now and then add your thoughts to the list of things we no longer have, use or do and the future list of what we will have, use and want.