Here’s where you get your #brilliantideas from | 4BC

motorsport_ideaHow did they come up with that? That seems so obvious, why didn’t I think of that? I could have done that! or to quote that great 21st century philosopher Homer Simpson “Doh!”

Inspiration is truly all around us and one of my favourite sources is science fiction and that thing that we saw someone do in a movie, or read in a book, and for years without even knowing it have searched for how to turn it into a reality.

These science fiction seeds that turned into usable realities was our topic this week as I caught up with Clare Blake of 4BC and pondered about where does inspiration come from and what did we see in our movies, or read in books, that have already come true.

Here’s my list of sci-fi dreams turned into today’s reality:

  1. The hoverboard – Back to The Future 1989 back-to-future-hoverboard-3
  2. Google Glass – Back to The Future 1989 bask glasses
  3. Bionic Eyes / Ears / Limbs  – Million Dollar Man 1974 640_bionic
  4. Gesture Controlled Computer – Minority Report 2012 Minority-2
  5. 3D Home Printing – Bugs Bunny Cartoon 1954
  6. 3D Printing – Star Trek 1966 replicator
  7. Androids –  Star Trek 1966 data1-660x880
  8. Tricorder –  Star Trek 1966 Medicaltricorder_2379
  9. Mobile Phones – Star Trek 1966
  10. Handheld Computers – Star Trek 1966
  11. Flying Cars –  Jetsons 1962 jetsons
  12. Space Rocket Launch – Women in the Moon 1929 frau-im-mond-2
  13. Robots – R.U.R. play by Karel Capek 1924

and callers added to this list, including Richard who told us about this 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie poster apparently showing a women walking in the background using a mobile phone.

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Who said TV was bad for you?!

Have a listen to the segment now (19 minutes) to hear what today’s versions of these sci-fi inspired tech are and then share or like this to add to the list of what technology you’re waiting to come true from a movie or book you’ve read.


 

 

What job will you be doing in 2025? | ABC Gippsland

cubes__1263664041_5641Will we have jobs in 2025 and beyond? If we do, what will they be, what will we do and how and when will we do it?

With the growing cry that technology is taking our jobs, statistics around that robots will displace 500,000 jobs in Australia over the next decade and a general downer about the long-term availability of employment and work, it’s not hard to feel that it’s all over, all too hard, let’s go home, hunker down and start living a self-sufficient off the grid life.

If this is how you’re feeling, then get a life!

Really, it’s not all doom and gloom and that’s where Rachel and Sarah of ABC Gippsland’s Tuesday Chinwag and I started our chat this week, looking at the pragmatic reality of work in the future and the jobs that we might soon be doing.

The conversation started by acknowledging that there is currently a huge displacement in the workforce and that this may continue for the next 10 years and beyond.

That technology, as it has done throughout the millenniums, is changing the employment and work landscape and the tasks and jobs that once had work currency, no longer do and that the world of science fiction and “that’s impossible” may hold the clues to many of our future industries and careers.

The very notion of work itself is also evolving away from the 9-5, Monday to Friday industrial revolution model that served us well for the past 150 years, to a more dynamic and fluid model of work gets done best, where and when its most appropriate to the task(s) and people involved.

Our conversation quickly turned to the reality that routinised jobs across blue and white-collar workers (how old-fashioned) are fast disappearing as consumers demand the end products and services, but are reluctant to pay too much for them, leaving manufacturers and suppliers to find ever cheaper forms of production usually ending in a technology rather than a human employment solution.

What does this leave for humans to do? My answer is always wrapped in this thought:

“Technology is for answering the questions, humans are for asking the questions.”

There are many of our existing jobs and a tonne of new jobs in tomorrow’s job horizon.

Work for many of us will be a portfolio of activities, some for income, some for enjoyment, some for philanthropy and some just because. We will work for an employer and perhaps have side activities selling our service on Airtasker, our craft on Etsy, our products on ebay, or maybe driving a couple of hours a month for Uber to pay off a bill.

Like life, there is no single answer to tomorrow’s employment landscape, except to say that we will work. But what work is, what we get paid for, how much and how often are not straight forward or linear.

Get set for a brand new workspace, that today seems just as improbable as abolishing slavery, stopping child labour, working 5 days a week and an 8 hour day all did in their time and place in history.

Have a listen now (13 minutes) and then share or like this and let’s get the debate on the future of work started.

 

 

Are you going to lose your job to a #robot? | ABC, 4BC

Ukrainian Dmitry Balandin poses with his wooden model Cylon in his flat in ZaporizhzhyaJumping straight out of the world of science fiction robots seems to be making a mad dash to take over our lives and our jobs. Everywhere we look there’s another story of robots in the workplace, drones in our skies, machines driving our cars and jobs that are being lost to our mechanical brothers, but surely it’s not all that bad.

The robot (think Star Wars R2D2), android (think Star Wars C3PO) and drone marketplace is growing exponentially as technology and our needs evolve and we have certainly had more chatter in the press over the last year or so than ever before.

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The stats are that service robots (robots that serve us and are typically in defence, medical, logistics, construction and in our houses) account for approximately 4.1 million units worldwide, in an industry worth around $6 billion, with year on year growth of 12%, which will take it to 18 million plus units in 2020 and an industry then worth approximately $15.69 billion.

The other major category of robots are industrial robots the ones we see in car manufacturing and large plants which currently account for 1.7 million robots with a year on year growth of around 23.7% that in 2020 will take it to about 4.1 million units, in an industry then worth $15.69 billion.

Now that the stats are out-of-the-way and we have a picture that in sheer volume terms shows it’s unlikely we’re going to be overrun by robots in the foreseeable future, lets take a calmer look at some of the things we’ve got them doing for us already.

In medicine, we have them running around hospitals, either digitally possessed by doctors who are physically in one place but able to offer remote consultations by jumping inside a robot and doing the rounds of far off hospitals, or we have physicians performing operations remotely guiding the hands and tasks of far distant machines, to perform the most difficult and complex of surgeries.

How about Baxter, a robot that learns a task in 90 seconds and then can repeat that task over and over again until you tell it to stop, all for the cost of about $3.40 per hour.

What about robot newsreaders, receptionists and sales teams

How about engaging a robot bricklayer for the perfect house finish

Agriculture is also another great adopter of robots

and my favourite robot at the moment is Jibo, not yet available, but possibly coming to your home very soon

Robots are set to work, live and play side by side with us in the coming years and there presence soon will be as ordinary and commonplace as the car, the dishwasher and the smart phone, so lets figure out how to tame them and make best use of them.

Have a listen to a couple of radio interviews I did today on robots and then share or like this post and let me know what you’re most looking forward to your robot doing for you.

ABC WideBay (8 minutes) – David Dowsett – Monday 23rd March

4BC – Evening Program (10 minutes) – Monday 23rd March

The Future of Mining: The Internet of Things, Robotics, and Blimps

robotreprinted from Born2Invest written by Conee Orsal

The world of mining is on the brink of earth-shattering changes. In the next fifty years, there will come a technology boom in the segment involving the use of robots, drones, driverless trucks and trains, as well as miniature unmanned devices. It’s the stuff of science fiction; and for sure, decades ago, it has never crossed the minds of those working in small rural mining towns that their work will be altered so much by technology.

In a report on Mining Australia, Morris Miselowski, a globally-recognized Australian business futurist, noted that robots and machinery will be doing the heavy lifting by 2050, as more and more miners man the remote control rooms. Most of the miner’s work will be done off-site, and would involve “collaborating with external specialists and supervisory staff.”

In a report on Mining Australia, Morris Miselowski, a globally-recognized Australian business futurist, noted that robots and machinery will be doing the heavy lifting by 2050, as more and more miners man the remote control rooms.

Let’s take a look at some of the technologies that will be aiding miners’ jobs in the near future:

The Internet of Things

In its 2013 report, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, the McKinsey Global Institute stated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be largely used by the mining industry in the near future for data collection, keeping an eye out on process, decision-making and optimizing workflows. Comprising networks of low-cost sensors and wireless or near-field communication devices, as well as drones, automatic drill rigs, trains and driverless trucks, IoT is meant to improve process optimization, prevent accidents at the work site, predict maintenance requirements, as well as help companies conserve their resources (e.g. water and electricity).

miningIn its 2013 report, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, the McKinsey Global Institute stated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be largely used by the mining industry in the near future for data collection, keeping an eye out on process, decision-making and optimizing workflows.

In its 2013 report, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, the McKinsey Global Institute stated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be largely used by the mining industry in the near future for data collection, keeping an eye out on process, decision-making and optimizing workflows.

According to McKinsey, the potential economic impact of IoT in 2025 is $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion across sized applications. IoT could also increase productivity “across $36 trillion in operating costs” of the manufacturing, health care and mining sectors. Cisco noted that at the rate that analytics and cloud computing, smart phone use and the use of applications connecting customers and businesses is expanding, industries will continue to adopt IoT in their daily operations.

Tech Vibes cites Canada-based Dundee Precious Metals as one company that has successfully implemented IoT in its underground mine in Bulgaria. Dundee installed 45 kilometers of fiber optics to facilitate communication between team members and to allow real-time data flow through Wi-Fi. Within two years, the company has saved $2.5 million in operating costs and has increased production from just 500,000 to 2 million tons annually. The Totten Mine in Sudbury Basin, Ontario, which is owned by Vale, also uses a wireless network for tracking people and equipment underground.

Robotics

The use of robots is also going to be more prevalent in mining operations in the near future. Robotics is a technology that is interrelated with as robots are manipulated through IoT programs. Examples of robotics technologies that are currently being used in mines are automated mining vehicles, vision-based inspection systems, sensor systems that see through dust, robots and sensors for mine mapping (3D mapping) and exploration, and GPS-free localization sensors, according to a flyer of the National Robotics Engineering Center of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Institute.

The use of robots is also going to be more prevalent in mining operations in the near future. Robotics is a technology that is interrelated with as robots are manipulated through IoT programs.

IoT-enabled robots can boost productivity because they can be used day and night, and allow for the convenient use of and optimization of mining processes and equipment. They also guide miners in using equipment and to maximize the extraction of minerals while making sure they’re operating in a safe environment.

Blimps

The popularity of Blimps or Zeppelins as a passenger aircraft ended with the Hindenburg when it caught fire and crashed in 1937. According to Bloomberg Business, the catastrophe definitely sent Delag Airlines and the rest of Zeppelin manufacturers to obscurity; although thanks to recent engineering advancements, the balloon-like aircraft is back in business again. This time around, too, the gas doesn’t ignite.

In its new life, Zeppelins have found use in the mining segment, with Worldwide Aeros Corp. and Hybrid Air Vehicles taking the center stage as the primary suppliers. Worldwide Aeros’s zeppelins are seen by the company’s chief executive CEO Igor Pasternak as the right fit for transporting mining equipment to roadless terrains “because they are light and can take off and land vertically.” Fuel use is efficient too and cheaper and as Zeppelins only consumes about a third of the amount of fuel a cargo plane does, according to Pasternak. That’s quite a feat, considering that Worldwide Aeros’ airships are 500-feet long and runs at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

Companies that are looking to using blimps to haul equipment to bypass icy roads to their mines include AIM-quoted firm Amur Minerals Corporation (OTC:AMMCF) and Petropavlovsk PLC (LSE:POG). Amur Minerals, in particular, would use the airship to transport construction and mining gear to its Kun-Manie mine in the Russian Far East. Otherwise, it would have to shell out some $150 million to construct a 350-kilometer road leading up to its mine, Amur chief executive Robin Young said to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Peter Hambro, Chairman of the Board of Petropavlovsk, noted to the news outlet that he is “invested in a maker of the airships and foresees the mining industry adopting them.”

To Apple Watch or not? | Radio 3 Hong Kong

applewatch_005Ahead of its release on the 24th April there are already counterfeit Apple watches being sold in China and Hong Kong as well as paper facsimiles of it to be sent into the afterlife with departed love-ones, but this is not what triggered this weeks regular chat with Phil Whelan of Radio 3 Hong Kong.apple_watch_paper

Phil was keen to work through whether the watch would take off and whether we needed it.

This new watch, of which there are many competitors, will have 30 distinct design variations, across 2 sizes 38mm and 42 mm and in 4 price points,  HK$4,288, HK$5,088, HK$8,588 and the last the gold version HK$78,000.

Phil’s concern was that over the last few decades we have stopped wearing watches and that this new technology will mean new habits will have to be learned, but given the rise and rise of wearable devices and that this is still very early days in what will be a significant technology category, expected to be worth $11.6 billion in 2020, I’m confident we will soon get used to wearing watches, glasses, brooches and all sorts of connected devices.

My advice to the listeners is if you can’t live without it, get it, but unlike watches of old, this is not as one-off lifetime purchase. This technology is very new and the next version will be significantly evolved from the current, so perhaps buy a base or intermediate watch and as we learn to upgrade our watches every 12 months, be prepared to buy another one and then another one in the very near future.

Have a listen now (13 minutes)…

A world without tech: frightening or free? | The New Daily

no-techA phone-and-web blackout in rural Victoria reveals how reliant we are on the trappings of modern life.
reprinted: Jackson Stiles Advisor Editor – The New Daily

In November 2012, a huge chunk of rural Victoria was plunged into a profound technological darkness.

A fire at the Telstra exchange disabled mobile phone coverage and internet access for thousands of people in the state’s south west, knocking out vital services like ATMs and triple-zero.

Thanks to an electrical fault, the veins and arteries of the region melted into a “horrific” pool of plastic and wires, says a local mayor, rendering the police, ambulances, fire brigades and even the local grave digger uncontactable.

A freak lightning strike then took out an Optus tower as well. Bodies piled up in morgues. Elderly residents couldn’t activate their medical alerts. Residents ran out of cash and struggled to buy groceries. Many businesses closed temporarily, or were forced to accept IOUs, as technicians worked around the clock to reconnect thousands of cords.

In little more than three decades, even tiny towns like Casterton and Heywood, populated mostly with farmers, have become dependent on technology, veritable slaves to the digital age.

The Telstra fire of 2012 shows we ‘just can’t switch off anymore’, says researcher. Photo: AAP

RMIT University senior lecturer in electrical and computer engineering Dr Mark Gregory, who last year published a study on the aftermath, describes the scenario as “post-apocalyptic”, and says it reveals just how reliant upon technology our society has become.

“If it had gone on longer, it would have really become a problem,” Dr Gregory says.

“We just can’t switch off in that way anymore. We’ve moved beyond that. We’re now part of this global digital economy, for good or for bad.”

Glenelg Shire mayor at the time, Karen Stephens, whose area includes the towns of Portland, Casterton, Heywood, Dartmoor, Merino and Narrawong, says it was the most vulnerable residents, such as the elderly, that suffered the most during the 20-day saga.

“There’s no question about it, how reliant we are on technology in everything we do,” Ms Stephens says.

But even in the midst of the blackout, for which Telstra is still paying out compensation, there was a silver lining, as the community looked up from their screens and “pulled together”, the former mayor says.

Her teenage son was distraught that he couldn’t battle his Xbox friends online, but for his mother it was a taste of freedom.

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“We spend far too much time on technology,” says the local councillor, who before talking to The New Daily had just emerged from a business meeting to find 47 new emails on her smartphone.

“People found they had a lot more time to do things. They were interacting a lot more. Families were doing more activities.”

“It’s a shame the power didn’t go out with it – the TV would have gone off.”

A phone-free haven safe from interruption

Despite the hardships, there are some Australians who deliberately eschew technology in some of its most insistent forms.

Lord Howe Island and its less than 400 residents choose to go without mobile phone coverage, preferring their idyllic island lifestyle to be free of constant interruptions (although faxes, landlines and internet are allowed).

“I am anti-phones on the island,” says local teacher Bronwyn Tofaeono, who has lived on Lord Howe for 18 years. “It’s a real oasis not to have phones, but it does take some getting used to.”

“Sometimes is would be nice to be able to send a ‘can you grab some milk’ text, but it just forces you to be more organised,” Ms Tofaeono says.

“I do use my mobile on Lord Howe Island but only as a torch!”

The age of dependence

Tech futurist Morris Miselowski, a self-confessed lover of all the latest gadgets, admits we have become “so devoted” and “so addicted” to these devices.

“They now form a part of who and what we are,” he says.

The Telstra fire exposes our society’s weakness, at a time when we are slowly transitioning to what is called ‘The Internet of Things’, whereby everything we own will upload and download information.

“Can we live without technology? The answer is we can’t in today’s society. We are so embedded,” Mr Miselowski says.

“Something as small as a router can take out an entire nation. There are cables that literally run between nations to carry all the data between them. What happens if that goes down?” he warns.

For some, a single day away from the net is ‘the end of the world’, but one expert calls for regular sabbaticals.

The key is to control technology, to master our addiction, rather than using it as “an oxygen tank” from which we must take regular gulps of air, he says.

The futurist is a stronger supporter of tech sabbaticals — the growing trend of short breaks from screens on weekends or public outings or for days at a time.

Psychologist Jocelyn Brewer agrees that technology can be destructive when it plays into our vulnerabilities, but says it can be an enormous power for good if we develop a “healthy relationship” with it.

Adults are being quickly left behind by a new tech-savvy generation of digital natives, for whom blinking screens and instant gratification is the norm. In some primary schools, there are kids using virtual reality goggles, while the adults who teach them struggle to use email, Ms Brewer points out.

“Seriously, I’m not even joking. The reply-all function is something that still evades a lot of people.”

She hopes this next generation will be allowed to use the latest iPhones and iPads in classrooms to learn, while also being taught the dangers of “hyper-connectedness”.

“There are huge benefits, but as with anything, when the application of particular technologies is used in a way which plays into vulnerability or into the hands of people who misuse it, then it can go awry.”

Today’s #education is mostly irrelevant | 4BC

future-classroom-1-500x375Education is in a hurricane of disruption.

The industrial revolution education model that we’ve had for the last 100 years or so doesn’t work anymore and definitely won’t work in the near future.

This is not because we don’t have great teachers, wonderful students, well-intentioned parents and a society that sees the value in education, but because what we learned and had to know in the past is of little value to tomorrow’s children, but yet it continues to frame education moving forward.

Even though we are reticent to admit it we have long ago outsourced our basic remembering to calculators, electronic dictionaries, smart phones and other gadgets, which makes the need for the 3R’s (writing, arithmetic and reading) less necessary than they once were.

Add to this the certainty that our kids will have on average 6 careers and 14 jobs in their 120 years lives / 90 years work span, working in industries that haven’t yet been created, performing tasks and using skills that we can’t imagine today and we have an ever changing world ahead of us, much of which will be innovated and invented by today’s students.

The fundamental question in education now has to be “How do you teach people about stuff that hasn’t yet been thought of?”

In our regular catch up Clare Blake of 4BC and I chatted about some of the moving parts of the education system and what lies ahead for our students, teachers and parents.

We explored a changing classroom where the 3r’s are supplemented with the 3C’s of educationcommunication, collaboration and creative problem solving and a future landscape where human teachers monitor the real-time second by second learning of each student, using technology as electronic teachers aide to present the learning and adapt the teaching style to best suit the individual learner.

In this brave new world of life long learning, of constantly evolving and devolving skills, of careers and jobs rising and falling, in a near future world where data, knowledge and routine work are mostly provided by technology, the role of humans in the workplace and in life is up for debate.

Our ability to be ready for the world ahead has historically been provided to us by our K-12 education, but moving forward  readying our children with absolute certainty for their future will not be possible, so how will we prepare our kids for a world ahead that is so vastly unknown.

Perhaps the only way to do this, is for our education to evolve from a system that teaches us to answer the questions to a system that teaches us to question the answers.

Listen in to this segment now (19 mins) and then let me know your thoughts on the future of the education…

 

 

 

How to Solve the Biggest Problems With Work | ABC Wide Bay

FutureofWork-HfS-KSWe’re looking at the future of work, employment and unemployment in all the wrong ways. Even though we hypothesize about what might be, our conversation is based on an historical industrial revolution model of work that operated well for the last 150 years, but isn’t going to suit us moving forward.

In last weeks Intergenerational Report released by the Federal Government we saw clear empirical evidence that by 2055 it will be common for many Australians to live, play and work to at least 100 years of age.

This insight, although not new, sparked some strange responses from community, employer and union leaders decrying the fact that this was not a good thing because many people may be incapable of physically working beyond today’s retirement age.

This physical work barrier, although accurate of today’s world and today’s jobs, seems to miss the bigger opportunity here that instead of lamenting that we have achieved our fountain of youth ambitions we should be debating how we can best use these extra years, explore how we may want to live and work in the future, what will the purpose of work be in 2055 and how we might move our sense of self worth beyond our current definition of our past work achievements.

In this mix we also need to factor in a new work landscape, lost industries, new industries, lost jobs, new jobs and an extra two (2) billion people globally that will need to be employed in the next 50 years in a job pool that seems to be ever-diminishing, it’s a tough question with no single or right answer.

This “big issue” was the end point of this weeks regular chat with David Dowsett of ABC Wide Bay, but to get there we took a look at what living to 150 years of age and working beyond 90 might actually mean; the notion that we are already increasingly not working 9 -5; that in the near future we will operate as solopreneurs; have a work portfolio spanning multiple careers and containing numerous simultaneous work and lifestyle activities; that we will work where and when is appropriate flexing between digital, remote, local, regional and international interactions as required and even mixing in with it some new ways to earn a living on-line using sites like airtasker, fiverr, airbnb, uber, ebay and etsy.

Take a listen now (7 minutes 30 seconds) and then help spread the debate on the future of work.

Not coming to a mailbox near you | ABC Brisbane

20140904001025157457-originalOn the back of approval to increase postal prices in Australia and bring in a two tier delivery system, Tim Cox of ABC Local Brisbane and I caught up to look at the future of traditional postal services.

Some quick stats are that Australian’s post around 5.1 billion items each year, down 4.9% year on year or 1 billion items less than 2008, has 4,415 outlets and 34,400 employees and it operates its delivery services under Government legislation.

This is a living breathing example of an industry that at its hay-day was seen as being invincible, but with the march of time is becoming increasingly irrelevant as disruptors abound, culture changes and the need for speed increases.

The new price and service I think is a reasonable response to a government sanctioned monopoly that ensures that everybody is able to send and receive mail and as caller Jeff, who lives in far north Queensland and totally off the grid, said that he travels over a half an hour to get or send mail and it is his only physical contact with the outside world and without it he would be totally disconnected.

Aust_Post_mjr_segmentsThe other issue is that individuals only account for 2.1% of all mail sent, with business to business mail accounting for 45.4%, business to consumer accounting for 36.2% and government communication accounting for 16.3% and it is the increase in  us receiving our bills, statements and notices online that is causing the decline and will ensure its eminent irrelevance.

The future holds a time where digital mail will abound and snail mail will be a curiosity used for special occasions and relegated to the romantic days which include the sending and receiving aerograms and telegrams.

In this new space of communication, email is no certainty either as we live in an era of fractured communications where instead of one preferred way to communicate we move in out of tools like email, SMS, DM, What’s App, Pinterest and many others using each as appropriate to the person or group we’re speaking to and then moving to another format for other conversations.

The lesson here is that romance and nostalgia don’t pay the bill, that society does move on even from the giants and that we need to constantly recognise and confront what’s truly happening and evolve our thinking and products before we too become extinct.

Have a listen now (12 minutes)..

Why is Israel the worlds second largest silicon valley? | ABC radio

Start-Ups-in-IsraelFor a country of 8 million people, with all the issues and concerns going on around it, it’s difficult to fathom why a country like Israel looms so large in the technology space and carries the title of the world’s second largest silicon valley.

Tim Holt of ABC radio South East NSW was keen to explore this further and we chatted about some of the underlying structures that may have contributed to this including the Governments willingness to spend 4% of its GDP on Research and Development (Australia spends approx 2.4%) and back innovation as a key economic stimulus.

We explored the world of digitisation, the notion that everybody and soon everything would be discoverable with the ability to connect to each other and our belongings.

Very soon waking up in the morning will trigger a cascade of routine activities to occur in your home from heating to opening blinds, to showers turning on to breakfast being started and then on into the car and through your day, each activity being analysed to ensure that all that you want to do and have to do can be done and suggesting and making adjustments for you as in advance of you even knowing you need it.

Evidence of this was clearly demonstrated at the Consumer Electronic Show earlier this year and we chatted about Samsung’s desire to own this new frontier and their demonstration of it.

Our chat then turned back to Israel to look at new technologies like Waze that has not only changed the way they drive, but anecdotally changed their motoring habits and along the way picked up a cool $1 billion from Google which as of this morning has announced that Waze will now be preloaded on all new android devices.

IMG_4346We also took a quick tour through Bar Ilan University to meet with some fellow futurist and to try on Occulus Rift virtual glasses allowing me to soar above the desserts and dive into the oceans all from the comfort of my university arm chair.

We finished our chat by asking the perennial question: “why can’t we do this in Australia?”

My answer is always the same – we do and we are, but there isn’t the funding, interest or apolitical backing to see us truly take advantage of the brilliant minds and innovations we have in Australia.

Let’s turn this around and collectively demand that innovation receives more funding, more kudos and greater importance, if Israel can land $16.4 billion of tech sales last years imagine what Australia can do!

Have a listen now (20 minutes) and then share your thoughts…