Future Home: How We’ll be Living in 10 Years’ Time / houzz

With property prices on the rise, more of us working from home, and technology permeating practically every corner of our lives, it’s a question on many people’s lips. We’ve asked futurist Morris Miselowski to tell us his predictions about where and how we’ll be living a decade from now.

How will we be living?
Attitudes towards property ownership are changing. For baby boomers (those born between 1954 and 1965) owning a property was evidence of a successful life. Their children aren’t interested in that. For today’s twenty-somethings, success is judged by how many likes you have on your social media accounts – success is about adventure and experience, not assets.

With many priced out of the property market, people will be renting long term rather than looking to buy. They’ll take the opportunity to lead a more nomadic lifestyle: they’ll travel more and be happy to pack up their lives and accept that job across the other side of the world.

The trend of downsizing and moving closer to the city will continue, particularly among baby boomers, who are living longer than ever. Expect to see an increase in compact Four- to six-storey inner-city dwellings near transport lines (convenience will be key). These homes will be in mixed-purpose builds, often above shops and cafes. There was once a real stigma attached to living in the flat above the shop, so this just proves how much our attitudes have changed in a generation or two.

In 10 years’ time, moving to an inner-city abode will be a lifestyle choice – these homes will be easier to maintain than the traditional quarter-acre block in the suburbs that previous generations valued so highly; few will want a huge, high-maintenance home.

Smart kitchens
The kitchen will see some of the biggest changes in the future home. In 10 years’ time it will be a multi-purpose space that shifts smoothly between cooking, dining and entertaining.

Benchtops will come into their own. Today, they are static objects, but in 10 years’ time the average kitchen benchtop will perform myriad functions. Touch the surface and it will transform from prep area to induction cooktop or technology station. It will perform time-saving tasks too, such as measuring ingredients and choosing the correct cooking temperatures.

The kitchen will be a fully connected space that can monitor the progress of your cooking, connect to social media to discover what your guests like to eat, and tell you whether the milk in the fridge is still fresh.

Less drudgery
There will be a focus on smart surfaces that reduce the amount of work you have to do around the home, such as self-cleaning cutlery and china as well as surfaces that tell you when it’s time for a deep clean. Cleaning of floors and windows will be done robotically.

The rise of multi-generational homes
As property and childcare costs continue to rise, the trend for multi-generational living will rise with them. Three generations living under one roof will not be unusual. Homes will be designed to accommodate this, with features such as two or more living spaces (or a separate granny flat), a separate kitchenette, and a large communal space where the family can spend time together.

Ambiguous spaces
With more of us working from home, our properties will be in use 24-7. We will expect our homes to adapt to our changing needs throughout the day. Floor plans will be flexible; walls will move and ceilings will rise, allowing us to configure the space as we want it and turning our homes from meeting spaces to chill-out zones in an instant.

Flexible furniture
With floor plans shrinking, we won’t be able to accommodate as much furniture, and what we do have will need to perform more than just one function. Multi-functional designs, such as the Ori robotic furniture system, which is a compact, adaptable unit designed for apartments containing a bookshelf, bed, table and more, will become increasingly popular.

Your home will adapt and change shape throughout the day according to its usage.

Intuitive technology
Technology will feature increasingly in our lives, and will be smarter than ever. Already we’re moving from touchable devices to voice-activated ones and, in 10 years, intuitive devices that do the thinking for us will be the norm. With access to your diary and emails, your phone already knows more about you than just about anyone else, and soon it will be able to make predictions about you based on your movements then tailor your home to suit.

You’ll walk through the door and your home will automatically create a customised environment to suit your needs, including setting the perfect temperature, opening the blinds and suggesting what to have for dinner based on what’s in the fridge. This sort of technology has already begun to enter our lives with the arrival of Google Home and apps such as Nest, which can recognise when you’re 10 minutes’ from home, then switch on the kettle and open the garage door.

Your home will also be able to distinguish between the different people entering your home and create environments to suit them too.

While the influence of technology in our lives will increase, its presence will be more seamlessly integrated. Wifi, for example, has already begun to be integrated into the walls of new builds, giving you perfect connectivity anywhere in the home.

Be your own decorator
Technology will also give you new ways to explore products and make shopping decisions. Already, apps such as Planner 5D allow you to don virtual reality glasses and walk through a space to see how it looks with different furniture set-ups and various colours on the walls.

The care factor
Our homes will be able to monitor our health and take care of us, allowing us to stay in them longer. They will remind us when to exercise, when to take our medication, how many calories we’ve consumed that day, and make suggestions for healthy meals based on what’s in the fridge.

Blurred lines
With more of us living in urban areas, we’ll see greenery integrated into our homes in increasingly creative ways, such as vertical gardens both inside and out, balcony gardens and communal vegetable gardens.

A passion for the handcrafted
Our increasingly transient lifestyle will give us greater access to different countries and cultures, but less ability to transport big pieces with us. Large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, beds and tables, will often come with the property you rent. As a result, we’ll be investing in transportable pieces, such as unique artworks and handcrafted soft furnishings that stamp our personality on the spaces we inhabit.

Tell us
How do you think we’ll be living in 10 years’ time?

reprinted from Houzz



Sharing economy: Why we will barely own anything in the future / news.com.au, ABC Far North

reprinted from Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, NT Times, New Zealand Herald,  Adelaide Now, Balonne Beacon, Queensland Times,

a list of Australia’s beet sharing sites are at the bottom of this story.

IN 2030, if we need a ball gown, a grandparent to babysit our kids or a screwdriver to repair damage at home, we’ll simply go online, pay a small fee and borrow one.

Most of us won’t own cars, holiday homes or work at the same office everyday. Our houses won’t be filled with stuff we rarely use.

Many of our daily functions will be outsourced for a small fee, with all these interactions controlled through our smartphones.

These are the predictions of business futurist Morris Miselowski, who argues the sharing economy will soon facilitate most of our daily interactions.

“We used to amass things just in case, but we don’t have to anymore, because we can find the things we need when we need them quite easily and comfortably, through the sharing economy,” Mr Miselowski told news.com.au.

“It’s become difficult for many people to own an asset or aspire to own an asset. They just can’t afford it,” Mr Miselowski said.

“A lawnmower, the holiday home, the car … we won’t have to buy these things. We’ll just rent them and then we can still have the experience.”

It doesn’t make financial sense to own a bunch of things that you rarely used, says Steve Orenstein, CEO of Share Hub, a start-up accelerator for Australian sharing economy businesses. Some of its members include Airtasker, storage marketplace Spacer, car sharing service Car Next Door, pet-sitting service Mad Paws and Camplify, a caravan-sharing community.

“It doesn’t make sense to own these really large assets anymore and our platforms are making these really accessible to Australian consumers,” Mr Orenstein told news.com.au

“From a cost effective point of view and a flexibility point of view, you’re helping people make smart use of their money and using things only when you actually need them,” Mr Orenstein said.

Here’s a list of some the ways the sharing economy will soon be involved in our lives.

DELIVERY: “The supermarkets and the arrival of Amazon will bring mass delivery everywhere. But people will also be looking for short term, swift deliveries,” Mr Miselowski said.

“People who have a spare back seat or boot will pick up goods and services for people and deliver them. It could be groceries, it could be anything.”

STORAGE: “Services like Spacer let people who have a garage, or an extra car spot, or even a cupboard, rent it out,” Mr Miselowski said

“The biggest storage company in 10 years time won’t be the traditional storage company. They’re too far away for most people. Imagine being able to store your stuff at your neighbour’s place?”

ADVERTISING: “People are willing to have their car wrapped with advertising for a fee. That will soon become the norm,” he said.

MONEY: “People are doing away with the usual money players like the banks, and lending money peer-to-peer will soon become the norm,” he said.

COOKING: “There are lots of people who will come and cook for you at their home or yours,” Mr Miselowski said.

“Food delivery services are skyrocketing and there is already an app for people to connect with home cooks in their neighbourhood.”

CLOTHES: “There are already lots of sites where you can hire special occasion wear, and this will soon expand to other parts of the wardrobe,” he said.

WORKING: “Full time work will turn into task-based work. We are seeing a fundamental shift in business. Part time work was always seen as a negative thing, because it was what you did when you couldn’t get full time work. But now many people make a living out of it,” Mr Miselowski said

“So when those people are doing these tasks, someone will say ‘I have an office with an extra desk available’ and they’ll rent out that desk, not dissimilar to how hairdressers rent out any extra chairs they have.”

TOOLS: “When you need a hammer or a screwdriver, you can just find a neighbour that you can rent one from, instead of keeping an entire full toolkit in your garage, that only gets used a few times a year,” Mr Miselowski said

GRANDPARENTS: “This is a quirky one, but families who don’t have that extra support or a grandparent, can hire one. It fosters social connectedness and provides that much needed support for families,” Mr Miselowski said.

for full story click here

for a list of some of Australia’s best sharing economy sites click here

and listen to Morris’s chat with ABC Far North’s Phil Staley on the Sharing Economy, recorded live on Monday 25th September (11 mins 32 secs:):


In the future who will you trust? / ABC Far North

Trust is a basic human emotion that helps us discern, make sense of and prioritise our world and those around us.

Since our existence we have taken our trust cues from our tribe, our elders, our families and our friends, all others outside of this default circle have had to earn, gain and maintain trust knowing it was fragile and once broken was difficult, if not impossible, to earn back.

Trust was hard enough when we could look each other in the eye, but now that we’ve on-boarded our lives into a digital world, where our cyber reach goes beyond our physical network and where we are constantly called on to meet virtual strangers and assess their reputation, opportunities and offerings all with any historical or clan reference or network to base it on.

The sharing economy, that allows us to barter with strangers for goods, services and tasks is a prime example of where the need for trust is imperative, but where our old trust formulas and methods don’t quite work and neither do the new artificial user rating systems.

In this week’s on-air chat with ABC Far North’s Phil Staley and I explore the notion of the sharing economy, what it is and raft of examples of what we can ” share” as well as the trust economy, and how digital reputation is built and maintained and why reputation is the ultimate personal currency of the near future and beyond.

Listen now (11 mins 20 secs)…

To survive as a retailer, the only thing you need to do is… / ABC Far North

I’ve been bombarded with client and media requests in the last few weeks all asking about the Future of Australian Retail and what might happen in a post-Amazon world.

First advice, take a deep breath and calm down.

Second, think back to the hysteria of 2008 / 2009 when online shopping first hit Australia and Gerry Harvey and many others declared the imminent death of all retail stores and I’m fairly sure a decade on, we still have lots of great physical stores we can walk into and shop at and a resurgence of the local strip shopping centre.

The retail world has changed, of course and there’s been a huge uphill battle to come to terms with the new omni-channel always open retail landscape.

Some have lost the battle and disappeared. Others have joined it and won.

But those that have succeeded all seem to have one thing in common – the ability to provide an incredible consumer experience (CX is the new buzzword for this).

In this brave new retail world, we have to create opportunities out of roadblocks and take a  broader view of where the cash register has to ring.

It may not ring in store, it may ring online, but does it really matter where as long as it rings?

Physical retail still has its place perhaps it is for the immediate purchase of goods, perhaps it’s for showrooming and trial, perhaps it’s for pick up of online orders, maybe it’s to engage with an expert before making a decision, maybe it’s to build and reinforce a brand community.

The only job a great retailers has is to make sure that every customer touch-point, whether physical, mobile or online is incredible and satisfying, because that’s what causes cash registers to ring.

And this is where I picked up the conversation with ABC’ Far North’s Phil Staley in our regular catch looking at all things future of retail , so have a listen now (12 mins 24 secs) and then let me know your favourite retailers and why..

Shiny new Apples / Hong Kong radio 3

On the day of Apple’s announcement of all things new and shiny including the iPhone 8 and X, Phil Whelan of HK3 and I asked our annual questions Why and What For?

Now, I love Apple and am not going to rain on their very successful parade, but given that this was the 10th anniversary of the iPhone I so wanted was bigger, better and wow and what I got was catch up, expensive and good.

It’s easy to be an armchair critic and yes it has some wonderful new kit and is beautiful to look at and easy to use, but lots of it is just catch up with what’s already out there (wireless charging, full screen etc) and very little of it is bleeding edge (perhaps their VR and AR applications may be when they’re fully cooked). also announce was Apple TV which looks good, the Apple Watch 3 for those that love it is definitely a step forward now that you can use it independent of the iPhone’s SIM card.

The more interesting part of today’s’ chat was reminiscing about the last ten years and how much the world has changed since the first iPhone, how dependent we have become on this technology, how it literally changed our view of the world, spawned so many new industries and jobs and how quickly we have all evolved to become Homo Cyborgs forever more tethered to technological umbilical chords.

So have a listen (15 minutes 33 seconds) share your thoughts and let me know what you want to see in the next iPhone


Retail spending changes as we increasingly value the social experience / The New Daily

on the eve of my heading off overseas to deliver a Future of Retail keynote to one of the world’s largest FMCG brands, David Ross of the New Daily and I caught up to have a look at Australia’s retail scene past, present and future…

It’s not news to anyone that Australians love to shop but there are some dramatic cultural changes under way that show where we spend our bucks is changing dramatically.

While previous decades were about the stuff we bought, the networked digital world seems to be making us crave social consumer experiences.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show this changing face of Australian consumers.

Despite talk of flat wages and rising living costs, we’re lashing out big time on eating out with spending in cafés and restaurants up almost 7 per cent in just one year.

Sean Sands from Monash University said the strong growth in dining spending reflects consumer connection ambitions.

“It’s driven by people’s desires to socialise,” he said.

Between June 2016 and June 2017 spending on household goods rose 6.9 per cent. But we’re getting choosy on where we buy, with spending in department stores actually falling 2.4 per cent despite spending on clothing, footwear and personal accessories up 1.07 per cent.

Dr Sands said the drop of spending in department stores reflected a return to the high street experience.

“A lot of people want to shop locally,” he said.

Retail and business futurist Morris Miselowski told The New Daily things have changed significantly in Australia’s shopping landscape since the global financial crisis in 2008.

“We’ve seen retail change dramatically over the last decade,” he said.

The arrival of international brands opening flagship stores in the heart of our capital cities has been a significant part of that.

But big-name brands aren’t finding it smooth sailing, British brand Topshop has entered administration. This is in contrast to several other imports, like Zara, H&M and Aldi which so far have been able to deliver what Australians are looking for.

Mr Miselowski said Topshop failed to understand what Australians want and so we didn’t go for their offer.

He told The New Daily that Topshop didn’t grasp that “Australians are more laid back” in their shopping and their style “didn’t make sense to our local vernacular”, he said.

Mr Miselowski said as online spending has grown, many people have started treating some big stores like showrooms, going there to check prices.

But some household names are doing well. Harvey Norman is one reporting net profits up 29 per cent to $448.9 million on the back of people buying household goods as we build and renovate at record levels.

In the post global financial crisis world many households have cut back spending on credit with the return of lay-by and other new retail functions through online platforms.

Dr Sands said one key area the recent sales figures showed was the continued growth in online shopping.

“Australians are spending more online and are purchasing from small and medium enterprises at a larger rate,” he said.

Will On, co-founder of online shipping platform Shippit, which ships products for many Australian retailers, said they were seeing a huge growth in online retailing as Australians look for flexibility.

“Australian consumers are looking for the basics,” he said. For many products “it’s a lot easier to buy online instead of picking up”.

Shippit’s most shipped items are clothing, followed by pet food, however the things Australians are looking for varies significantly during the week.

New technology companies like Shippit are able to see how spending changes across a single day.

Mr On told The New Daily that three-hour express clothing deliveries are more popular on Friday afternoon than any other time during the week as people planning to go out left shopping to the last minute.

Future Cops / Hong Kong Radio 3

Hong Kong 3’s Phil Whelan and I started our weekly catch up chatting about the future of law enforcement, before diverting quickly to Australia’s rebirth as a penal colony and then trying to move on to prison life and the changes over time, but then all of a sudden I felt compelled to confess something I hadn’t spoken about in a long time, that I had spent 10 years in and out of prisons and had some personal insights.

Now before you become all judgy, I was a volunteer prison chaplain who spent most Sunday’s visiting prisoners around Victoria, offering a listening ear, an alternate conversation and a glimpse to the outside world they would one day re enter.

So the conversation kinda got hijacked with some of my stories from the inside and my staunch belief that the purpose of prisons is to get the guilty out of main stream society and warehouse them until some future point in time. We espouse the notion of it providing rehabilitation but I never saw it happen. Sure, individuals decided to rehabilitate themselves, but the system never did –in my day there was a 60% recidivism rate -but after I got that off my chest, we did push back to explore the future of law enforcement, prisons and crime.

So this is the question, would you be comfortable in a world where belongings are all electronically tagged and difficult to steal (aka Internet of Things), or a world where all human activity is logged and kept and where artificially intelligent robot judges (although technically even AI has bias) rule on misdemeanors and crimes and impose criminal sentence based purely on on empirical evidence?

It sounds a bit minority reportish, but all of these things are almost possible now. We as a society have to make decision right now about how far down this track we want to travel and because we can use technology to do things is not a good enough reason to do it and for me I want there to always be a human element in all this pontificating, deliberating and adjudicating.

So, in this near future human world, what will law enforcement look like? Will it exist, or be necessary? and are we all destined to become model citizens, incapable of committing crimes?

This was one of those esoteric chats that has left me with lots of questions worthy of a debate over a late night drink or coffee, so pour yourself a glass of wine or coffee, sit back and have a listen (15 mins 30 secs).