Top 11 Health & Medical Tech Innovations / 4BC, ABC Wide Bay, ABC Far North

429f5623b51e4ef3c9797087620e512bOur approach to health and wellness has evolved from a doctor centric, wait until your body breaks down approach of old, to a patient centric prevention is better than cure approach.

Driving this change in medicine and in culture is technology, leading to new wisdom, new approaches, new players, new engagements and new possibilities and this week in some of my regular on air radio segments I explored the top 12 Health and Wellness technologies and what we can expect from them.

Reprinted from Forbes

1. Gamifying health

Games are ubiquitous on our computers and phones, and increasing numbers of them are designed to have a positive impact beyond simply killing time.  Combining fun and games into healthcare apps can motivate the patient and collect data needed to make informed decisions on daily activities that contribute to one’s health.  “An estimated 50% of patients with chronic diseases do not follow the prescribed treatment,”.  “Gamified health tracking creates an environment that keeps the patient from straying from the appropriate therapy path.”

2. Empowered patients

Patients will become equal partners with their caregivers.  Healthcare is moving beyond the hospital, and shifting towards patient self-knowledge and empowerment.  The Internet has led to many people (for better or worse) researching their symptoms and diagnosing and treating themselves.  While that extreme should be avoided whenever traditional healthcare providers are available, there’s no way to put the genie back in the bottle in terms of patients educating themselves.  Rather, healthcare professionals should embrace the change and guide patients in participating in their own care.  New technologies will finally help medical professionals focus more on the patient as a human being instead of spending time hunting down pertinent information.  They will be able to do what they do best – provide care with expertise.  In turn, patients will get the chance to be equal partners in their healthcare.   “Healthcare cannot really advance without physicians letting their patients help themselves.”

3. Telemedicine and remote care

Home healthcare services and innovative technology will allow for doctor-patient connectivity where it had not been previously possible, saving both lives and money.  Patient monitoring before, during, and after a procedure can now include autonomous robots, such as iRobot’s RP-VITA.

4. Re–thinking the medical curriculum

Medical schools will prepare future physicians for a world full of e-patients and dazzling technology.  It takes many years to go from studying to practicing medicine.  During that time, what students are learning is constantly changing in the real world.  The old-fashioned textbook is a static learning piece in a dynamic professional field with integrated, innovative technology.  Digital classrooms will create new connections between students and healthcare professionals and allow for access to the most current information and resources.

5. Surgical and humanoid robots

Robotic-assisted surgery enhances the skill of the surgeon and allows for less invasive procedures.  Advanced robots will be able to perform an operation from continents away, with precision beyond what a surgeon’s hand can do.  Robots may never fully take over a surgical room due to their weak versatility and adaptability compared to humans, but they will become much more integrated into surgical teams.

6. Genomics and truly personalized medicine

DNA analysis will become a standard step when prescribing medicine or treatment, to ensure it is personalized and optimized for that particular patient’s metabolic background.  This kind of specificity, “will make it possible to define disease in terms similar to GPS coordinates.”

7. Body sensors

Technology is allowing us to measure critical health parameters in convenient and inexpensive ways.  Tiny, wearable, sensors collect data without inferring with our daily lives in order to make better, more informed quantifiable decisions.  Electronic clothing paired with sensors is one outlet used to collect such data.

8. Medical tricorders and portable diagnostics

The fictional medical tricorder from Star Trek is soon to be a reality.  Diagnostic procedures are shifting towards devices that are portable and able to be performed from home.  Medical mobile applications will be prescribed with patient customization. “The smartphone will be the hub of the future of medicine, serving as a health-medical dashboard.”

9. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biotechnology

Cheaper technology and a DIY spirit are generating a new generation of scientists and engineers who see no limitations in research.  Community biology labs are popping up around the world, connecting inventors, amateurs, and anyone curious to experiment with equipment and education.  The resulting innovation in biotech has the potential for disruptive solutions that will further change the way medicine is practiced.

10. The 3D printing revolution

3D printers can manufacture medical equipment, prostheses, or even drugs.  They will also play a vital role in regenerative medicine, to create tissues with blood vessels, bone, heart valves, ear cartilage, synthetic skin, and even organs.  With its increasing affordability and open source engineering, the applications for 3D printing are incredibly vast and beneficial.

11.Powered Exoskeletons and Prosthetics

Exoskeleton suits have enabled partially-paralyzed individuals to walk again.  Increasing the precision of motor control and recreating natural sensation will eventually create real-time communication between the prosthetic and the brain.  Until then “The real challenge for companies is to design devices that can almost perfectly mimic the complex movements of hands and legs.”

Listen to these segments now and let me know which medical innovation you’re most looking forward to or would still like to see invented:

027 4BC – Clare Blake –  including an interview with Genny Kroll-Rosen the Australian distributor of ReWalk (22 minutes 04 seconds)

Phil Staley – ABC Far North (20 minutes 17 seconds)

David Dowsett – ABC Wide Bay (12 minutes 5 seconds)

Man vs Machine / 3AW


People vs technology is the battle of tomorrow employment landscape with predictions of 500,000 jobs being transferred from humans to machines within the next decade in Australia.

We have already seen routine jobs like bank tellers, cashiers, assembly workers and others losing their jobs in favour of machines. Next to go are routine white-collar jobs like real estate agents, bookkeepers and financial advisers.

In this new workspace the majority of us will be working when and where is appropriate rather than a mandated 9-5; the weekend and 4 weeks holidays will be antiquated notions instead we will choose to work and live fluid lives with no clear boundaries between either, each encroaching on the other as and when “life” happens.

In this evolving new world we will have a physical world with all its old legacy ways of doing things; a brand new digital world barely out of its infancy and still to show its true adult potential; robots, drones and android marching over the hill; changing culture and habits; burgeoning connected and intelligent technology; increasing populations; decreasing jobs and endless human desires and digital possibilities all mixed together and simmering in a large pot called the future of work.

This brave new future of work world is where 3AW’s Alan Pearsall and I started one of our regular chats, reminiscing about jobs of old like stenographers, lift operators and switchboard operators, before looking at tomorrow’s likely to disappear jobs and ask and answer the question of which jobs and tasks are safe from machines and technologies rise?

We then travelled on to look at how great employers are encouraging their employees to stay with them including Richard Branson that allows his top execs to pick and choose their work hours and their holiday duration and Atlassian gifting their new hires a $500 travel voucher as a welcome on board bonus.

As always a wonderful chat so have  a listen now (18 minutes 15 seconds)

Sharing is the Future of Everything / ABC Local Nightlife

ABC_Nightlife_23_June_15Everything old is new again and in my regular segment on ABC ‘s Nightlife with Tony Delroy we continued our look at the Future of Work by exploring what impact living a dynamic life may have and how the sharing economy and casualised work are going to be a vital part of tomorrow’s work, doing, having and using world.

Our chat started by exploring the future of work, the reality that as we move into the next decade and beyond many of us will be living a dynamic life where the boundaries between work, life, family and play will be blurred with each taking place where and when is most appropriate, rather then waiting for one to finish at a preordained designated time before moving on to the other.

Our life is already a “hot mess”. The fallacies of work life balance and being able to compartmentalise ourselves to only do work, only play, just be with our family and have 100% rest time, never really worked and moving forward will not work.

It is impossible to totally block out the rest of our life from what we’re doing right now. Technology, by our choice, gives us nowhere to hide with 24/7 contact the norm and the world now able to reach us wherever and whenever we are.

Added to this is the notion that as we move forward we will have a portfolio approach to work, with perhaps one central source of income (akin to a career) and then around the sides we will do lots of other activities including additional income activities, family engagements, community work and play – research conducted by Edelman Berland shows 30% of Australians have already embraced this lifestyle.

In tandem with this new dynamic fluid life this comes the notion of the sharing economy where we don’t need to own something to use it, instead we can share it – right now it’s a $15 billion global industry and in 10 years will be a $335bn industry sector.

This burgeoning sharing industry supports beautifully this new dynamic life concept as it moves us away from the notion of having to accumulate assets and then enjoying them to the new paradigm of being able to earn enough to use or share the car, the house, the holiday, the tools, the food or whatever else we may want to have and also making additional income by allowing others to share our assets and toys.

Every sector of our economy will be bitten by the sharing bug and we will see new spins on old industries grow to accommodate this growing desire to share rather than own.

Tim Fung CEO of Airtasker joined us in studio to talk about his online business matching those that need everyday tasks done with those willing to do them. In this online marketplace we can find people to mow lawns; carry out repairs; wait at our home for the repairman when we can’t; have someone fly from Sydney to Texas to pick up and bring back an engagement ring and hundreds of other one-off tasks.

In this new marketplace one of the most oft raised concerns of not knowing who you’re engaging, is in fact one of its greatest strengths. Not so long ago the Yellow Pages and newspapers ads told you who was available, but it didn’t tell you what they done before or connect you with a community of previous users.

In this new online space past experiences and actions are stored and these cumulative real world interactions give you insights into a persons past from which to make a hiring decision.

We also looked at other quirky sharing economy examples including various car sharing schemes including car next door as well as airBnB, Uber, Bag Borrow and Steal, Open Shed and MamaBake amongst many other.

Our listeners joined us and soon took to Uber in their calls with those against and for coming out of the woodwork. Lots of comments from callers including Terry claiming Uber was an international conspiracy aimed at smashing the global taxi industry and replacing it with autonomous cars, through to Fatish a current Uber driver who uses it as a way to make some money while he looks for a full time job and averages $30 per hour.

Great conversation, passionate callers and a debate we have to have, so have a listen now and then let me know your thoughts on living a dynamic life and the sharing economy. (44 minutes 46 seconds)

Join James Packer and Seek’s Paul Bassat in learning about innovation first-hand in Israel’s Silicon Valley.

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Square Peg last week took a delegation of 40 leading Australian technology entrepreneurs, investors and executives together representing more than $US150 billion in value to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to learn about the Israeli hi-tech industry.

The delegation included Mr Packer and Mr Thodey as well as Rob Rankin, the chief executive of Mr Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings; Evans & Partner founder David Evans; Carsales chief Greg Roebuck; Seek boss Andrew Bassat; Square Peg backer Justin Liberman, and his cousin Josh Liberman.

photo and excerpt reprinted from The Australian 22nd June 2015

So, it’s not just us beating a path to Israel’s door to try and figure out what the next big thing in innovation is, it’s also the top end of town and the heavy hitters.

Join me, Morris Miselowski global Business Futurist and Transformation Provocateur, in exploring Israel’s innovation eco-system, meeting with 30 plus of its greatest thinkers and doers, lunching in the Board Rooms of those in the know and sipping wine over dinner with those that influence.

We’ll spend 8 days and 9 nights absolutely immersed in innovation and you’ll come back with a fresh attitude, an insiders knowledge, a can-do innovation attitude, a truck load of new contacts and endless audacious possibilities that will make your existing business or next venture fly.

But early bird, first round places close in just 7 days @ 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30th June and if you’re coming along, or are at all interested, now’s the time to get off the fence and book or reserve your spot because once the bus is full, that’s it!

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Do I.T. professionals have an image problem? / ABC Sydney, ABC Drive

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Hell yeh! Who wants to go into a career that’s caricatured by nerds and geeks (and not the good kind), dark dank offices, thankless tasks, unrelenting work, small budgets, disgruntled users and little promise of redemption.

On the back of two reports just out, the first by Deloitte Access Economics on our need for an extra 100,000 information and communications technology workers within the next 5 years and the decreasing number of students enrolling in IT courses and the second by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia whose findings state amongst other things that 39.6% of Australian jobs are at high risk of being replaced by machines within 15 years, Linda Mottram of  ABC Sydney Morning radio and Fiona Sewell of radio ABC Statewide Drive both wanted to chat about the Future of IT, employment prospects in general and the supposed conflicting messages in both these reports.

A couple of weeks ago I delivered a keynote on the Future of IT to a group of Year 12 students looking to do IT at Monash University next year and urged them not to become IT professionals, but instead to become Life Architects.

Much of our world now comes through digital pipes. There is not an industry that does not technology in some way and some industries only exist inside of digital spaces.

The days of stringing wires, networking, coding, punch cards and problem solving terrible software are gone. The industry and employers need so much more and IT professionals are the only ones that can turn fantasy and dreams into digital and reality.

My advice to the listeners was the same as always, see IT professionals as the architects of these new worlds and spaces.

Encourage today’s graduates to see a world in which they do more than sit behind a screen and peck away at a keyboard instead see a world where their skills are not only in demand, but imperative, if we are going to continue to evolve our digital world.

Beyond this, the world of work and how, where and when we work are all changing as is tomorrow’s landscape for employment, jobs and careers. It is vastly different from anything we’ve experienced before and the future work space requires a very different approach and mindset.

To achieve these new lofty goals we must educate our students to inhabit tomorrow’s world , not yesterday and understand that tomorrow’s young adults will not apply for jobs anymore, they will invent them.

Have a listen now to these 2 segments and then share your support for tomorrow’s IT professionals by passing this post and your comments along.

ABC Sydney – Linda Mottram – 16th June (12 minutes 32 secs)

ABC Statewide – Fiona Sewell – 16th June (10 minutes 49 secs)

Do machine mothers know best? | 4BC, Radio 3 Hong Kong, ABC Wide Bay, ABC Cairns

ridingsun-robotHelper-753030We’ve spent the last 30 years putting ourselves on line and becoming discoverable, it’s now our machines turn.

Just like social media allows us to find each other across time and place, to interact, to discover, to speak, to listen, to inform, to engage, to transact, to query, to learn, to guide, to orchestrate, to announce, to follow and to lead, it’s now time for our machines to be able to do the same.

We are on the cusp of a revolution that will once again change everything we know about being human, having information, searching, communicating and connecting and the term for this is the Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE), but for me it’s Social Machines and Machine Mothering.

In the brave new world of today, the sum total of past human data and knowledge which is already discoverable on the internet, and growing exponentially, will be added to with the sum total of your real-time activity and real-time tracking providing “now” data on where you’re travelling to and from, what your current heart rate is, what’s in your fridge, what temperature your home is at, and whatever you else you may have connected to the other 50 billion devices currently monitoring and sending information into the internet.

This flood of information, impossible for any human to fathom or make sense of in real-time, is in fact a mere snack for our  devices and apps. They are primed and eager, like mothers of old, to constantly scour and make sense of all this information for you pulling out all the relevant bits and pieces and joining them together for you and making sense of what is really happening in your world moment by moment and anticipating how this real-time real information may impact on you – mothers always know best.

This anticipatory world that listens to your online searches, delves into your diary, emails and digital archives and blends it dynamically with where you are, where you’re going, what’s around you and important to you, to intuit your needs ahead of you even knowing you need it, is soon to be the new norm in our lives.

Google Now has offered glimpses of this for the past few years. Apple recently announced similar software for their phones. Increasingly search engines, apps, appliances, cars, beds, houses, cities, roads and everything around us will wake up and turn from being passive to active and assist in anticipating what you need and when and sharing that information on your behalf and with your permission to others machines, devices, apps and people so that they can orchestrate their world to best suit your needs, timing and requirements.

In this world your cars on-board navigation system knows where you’re headed and who you’re going to see and when. It is constantly scouring, in real time, the road conditions and traffic flow and rerouting you, all the while keeping those that you are meeting with aware of your arrival time, whilst simultaneously digitally watching and re-working the rest of your day to fit in with your real-time movements.

In this world your curtains open when your feet touch the floor in the morning for the first time. Your bathroom light turns on 34 seconds later, the time it usually takes you to walk from your bedroom to the shower and the kitchen knows your 16 minutes away from needing that perfect morning heart starter whilst your car is waiting to drive itself to your front door in 32 minutes and drive you to work.

In this world the frail, elderly and sick can maintain a quality of life and  live at home longer by being monitored and supported by their home which is guarding them, monitoring their health and well-being, ensuring they are eating and taking their medications on time and seamlessly informing loved ones and carers of any inconsistencies and emergencies.

In today’s world this seems impossible, creepy, unnecessary and perhaps an invasion of privacy, but we said the same thing about the internet, banking on-line, mobile phones, social media, radio, television, electricity and every other invention and innovation we have ever had and when the case is proven that this new fandangled technology brings something to our lives we haven’t had before, didn’t know we needed, but now can’t live without, it usually doesn’t take us long to move from being skeptics and critics, to believers and eager users.

This game changing technology and the changes it will bring to every facet of our lives, society, law and culture was the emerging topic across a number of my regular media conversations this week as we explored whether machine mothers do know best and the good the bad and the possible of social machines, so have a listen in to the various on air radio conversations, talk back callers and interviewer thoughts and then let me know what your thoughts are on this new horizon.

4BC Brisbane – Clare Blake – 16 June (20 mins 44 secs)

Radio 3 Hong Kong – Phil Whelan – 15th June (11 mins 55 secs)

ABC Far North Queensland – Phil Staley – 15 June (14 mins 35 secs)

ABC Wide Bay – David Dowsett – 15th June(7 mins 29 secs)

Google’s Future / 4BC & Radio Hong Kong 3

google-rd_1-100343051-origForget about using your mouse and keyboard, just use your shirt, your pants, your socks and whatever else you’re wearing that happens to be made of Google’s new jacquard material of the future and by waving your arms, walking or doing whatever else comes naturally (keep it clean) your technology and its minion of apps will follow behind you.

This is only one of the many announcements that Google made last week at its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

This conference is a great way to understand what Google is going to do in the short-term, and more importantly for me, what horizon technologies and gadgets its playing with and wants to bring to market in the medium to long-term and this was the starting point for a couple of on air radio conversations this week, the first with Clare on 4BC and the second with Phil in Hong Kong.

In the short-term Android M will soon hit our android phones amping up our understanding of the permissions we are giving to our apps, fixing bugs, offering faster charging times and improved battery life.

Now on Tap is another android phone extension that will allow us to pull up information anytime on our mobile device regardless of what we’re doing on it or what we may already be using. Offline Maps will also soon be available allowing you to use maps and voice turn by turn directions without having wi-fi or being connected to a network – a great boon for the traveller.

Still on mobile phones Project Ara may one day allow us to buy modular bits and pieces (think lego or meccano) and build your mobile phone to your individual specifications – a pilot program launches in Puerto Rico in the second half of 2015.

Google is also pushing heavily into the mobile payment stratosphere by morphing Google Wallet into Android Pay announcing payment service relationships with 7700,000 retail stores in America including Macy’s and McDonald’s

imagesGoogle Cardboard is on the rise with 1 million units now in use and a whole lot of new apps, support, pre built headsets and a growing educational use with students building them as classroom projects and then collectively using them with their own mobile phones to go on virtual tours and experiences.

And onto the crowd favourites, cars and Google didn’t disappoint announcing the imminent on road testing of a fully autonomous driverless car to transport those that can not drive and an announcement that they have joined with Chevy autos to bring Android Auto to 14 models in 2016.

Lots talked about and as always great conversations, so have a listen now and then let me know what you still want Google to invent.

4BC – Clare Blake (21 mins 33 secs)

Radio Hong Kong 3 – Phil Whelan (12 mins 51 secs)

Future comes to Cairns – ABC Far Nth Queensland

phil staleyIt was such a hoot this morning joining Phil Staley on ABC radio Far North Queensland on the first of our regular fortnightly catch ups to chat about all things Future.

To kick us off this morning we chatted about driverless cars, what they were, how likely we are to see them on our roads and by when and what difference they may make to a regional area like Cairns and Far North Queensland.

We then turned our attention to 3D printers, their uses, abuses, purposes and when if at all we have them in our homes.

A great discussion, wonderful to add ABC Far North Queensland to my growing list of regular segments and I’m looking forward to many more great conversations with Phil and his tribe.

Listen now (15 mins 27 secs)