Predicting the Future of Your Business / Business Brain Food Podcast

Absolutely chuffed to be invited on to Ben Fewtrell’s Business Brain Food Podcast and what a great chat we had, as we explored all things future; the way humans will live, love, work, create and play; what’s ahead for business, some of the tricks of the futurist trade and the step by step methodology I use to do what I do, including my most beloved workshop: The Drunken Saturday Night.

Ben’s intro of me went like this:

“What a thoroughly interesting man we have on the show this week. Morris Miselowski has made it his business to predict the future, but there are no crystal balls and tarot cards here….. Morris is a highly qualified professional, renowned the world over. He’s worked with the likes of KPMG, Ford and Microsoft, helping them to anticipate changes in technology and human behaviour.

We were very lucky to spend an hour picking his brains about the next big things and how every business can brace themselves for rapidly changing marketplaces.

Read on for some of Morris’ top tips on future proofing:

** You must constantly take time out to think ahead. You owe it to your business and you owe it to your clients.

** However outlandish your new idea for a business may sound, if you can find a clear human need for it, you should go for it.

** Keep an eye out for incremental changes you can make to your day-to-day business. It’s better to do this habitually than to leave it too late and be forced into making monumental change for the sake of survival.

** Think about business strategy first and then look for the technology to make it happen. Don’t let the new technology dictate to you.

** Forget about the perfect long-term solution. In this day and age the ‘solution’ you need is something that enables you to grow and adapt to change.

** Nowadays your business will be one of a myriad of choices in your marketplace, so you have to learn to adapt, otherwise you will lose more and more market share.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Disruptive industries

** Centralised service provision

** “the drunken Saturday night experience”

** How best to cope with change

** The impact of Artificial Intelligence

** How google is positioning itself to collect human data

So have a listen below (48 mins 36 secs) or click here to jump over to Ben’s site and then let’s see what mischief we can create together on our own drunken Saturday night adventure.

Living to 120 and working to 90 / Channel 10’s The Project

The crew from Channel 10’s The Project reached out this evening, ahead of a keynote I’m delivering in Adelaide on the weekend on Living to 120 and working into our 90’s and asked if I could take them on a tour of tomorrow in search of what a world where we all have the potential to live to beyond 100 might look like.

Along the way, we explored a tomorrow in which we routinely live to 100 and beyond; asked what jobs if any we might be doing (including my belief that there will be no jobs, as we know them); how we could possibly work until we’re 90; how we might be living; what our homes might look like; how can our superannuation and pensions cope with this new reality; what we need to do now to get ready and what else will be important to our future selves.

Incredible segment, take a look now and then share your hopes, dreams and visions for life in 2025.

 

Our kids will live to 120, we’ll be working till we’re 90: Australia’s leading futurist explains why / The Advertiser, Adelaide

Absolutely ecstatic, ahead of a ZestFest panel I’m on in Adelaide on Sunday, exploring what it will mean to over 50 in Australia, I made it on to the front page of this morning’s Advertiser, who also quaintly named me: “Australia’s leading futurist”, so here’s what I said that got them all fired up:

FIVE-month-old twins Lily and Ruby aren’t just adorable, they’re at the start of what’s set to be a very long life, according to a leading futurist who has predicted that many of today’s children will be alive in 120 years — and their parents will still be working at age 90.

“We are seeing for the first time in Australia five generations alive and living — great-great-grandparents who were once not known to us are now part of the family,” said Morris Miselowski, who is heading to Adelaide this weekend for ZestFest, an annual SA festival that celebrates “modern ageing”.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of people aged over 85 in Australia has increased by more than 140 per cent in the past two decades, compared with a total population growth of just 32 per cent.

Mr Miselowski says this has major ramifications for policymakers at all tiers of government and conversations about the nation’s ageing population are long overdue.

“The reality is people will be living 20 years beyond what their super and savings were set up to do … and I don’t think most are ready for it. We’re not going to be able to sustain our economy or our lifestyle if we push everybody off the worklist at some predetermined age of 55 or 60.”

It’s tipped that by 2050 more than a quarter of Australians will be aged over 60.

“(But) we’ve not yet began to question what it means to live happier, healthier, longer lives — it no longer makes sense not to,” he said.

Mr Miselowski is a world-renowned strategist who for the past 30 years has worked with a number of blue-chip companies, including NAB, UBS, Toll, Toshiba, Westpac, BP and BUPA.

“We are naturally living longer and the vast majority of us will live to 100 in relatively good health,” he said.
“ABS data shows life expectancy has doubled in the past 150 years (before) advances in technology allowing for pacemakers, hip and knee replacements, advanced disease treatments … and so much more.

“We’re looking to defer body disintegration even further through things such as bionic eyes. Trillions of dollars are being spent on delaying ageing. I think we are going to get to the stage … we’ll have devices that detect something is wrong with us before we physically have the symptoms of it.”

And we’ll be working much longer.

“I firmly believe we will be working when we are 90, not just to get additional income but for mental stimulation and vitality as well,” he said.

“It may not be five days a week, or 9am to 5pm. It might be volunteering, selling items online … it might be looking after the grandkids, setting up a new business but people aren’t going to retire and just do nothing else but go bowling or travelling.”

Mr Miselowski says his forecasts aren’t about “trying to be clever”.

“My belief in these vast extensions of life comes from the technologies and work being done by gerontologists, pharmaceutical companies and others, (including Google),” he said.

He argues everything from superannuation to housing, urban planning and transport needs a rethink.

“We are starting to see people plan and build multi-generational homes in response to rising property and childcare costs. Soon it won’t be unusual to have three generations living under the one roof,” he said.

While not living in the same house as their young relatives, octogenarian great-grandparents Joan and Peter May play an integral role in the life of granddaughter Laura Aistrope and her three young children, two-year-old Ivy and five-month-old twins Lily and Ruby.

“Grandma has been so incredibly supportive since I’ve had the twins and comes over every day to clean and cook and help look after the kids. I am so lucky,” Ms Aistrope said.

“And Ivy, oh my god, she absolutely adores my grandparents, who she calls Granny and Ga Ga, and they love her — they have her every Wednesday.”

ZestFest co-ordinator Jayne Boase says conversations around ageing are needed.

“Modern older lives bring possibilities not available to our parents and grandparents,” she said.

“Baby Boomers have been at the forefront of many social and cultural changes in their lifetimes. As this group transitions through older life, they may well continue to forge new expectations and new ­territories.”

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

Mr Miselowski will be centre stage at the ZestFest open panel session, part of the Open State event in Victoria Square, on Sunday from 4.30pm.

He’ll be joined by several high profile panellists to discuss, the question: “Where are we headed with old?”.

The 8 incredible frontiers of tomorrows medicine / ABC WA Regional Drive

In 2007 I spoke about a near future, somewhere around 2015, when humans would evolve to become HomoCyborgs and one of the consequence of this new technology tethering would be to open a digital door into our bodies that would allow us to 24/7 peer deep inside ourselves to constantly monitor our health and wellness.

One of the consequences of having this real time evidence of our impending immortality is that inevitably our innate self preservation and human survival needs would kick in, forcing us to move away from an approach where we waited for our body to break down and then repaired it, to a future state where we would actively attempt to delay or prevent it from ever breaking down.

This afternoon’s chat with ABC WA regional drive show host Stan, follows on from this theme to explore how far we’ve come on this wellness journey and the impacts changing culture, technology, smart phones, apps and more are having on us and our wellness.

We explored a number of health monitoring apps including Healthymize which has developed a fully automated, cloud-hosted, artificial intelligence-based app technology to monitor voice patterns in patients affected by a range of health problems, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure and mental diseases.

We went to chat about CB’s 8 key areas of medical marvels that will over the next few years irrevocable change the shape, scope and practice of medicine including:

Intelligent drug design: Automating drug design and compound selection

Skin-as-a-platform: Dermal/Transdermal drug delivery and monitoring devices

Blockchain-enabled hospitals: Distributed networks advancing security and data sharing

CAR-T Therapies: Re-engineering T cells to better attack cancer

RNA Therapies: Filling in therapeutic gaps with RNA-based medicines

Anti-Aging Therapies: Preventing, halting, or reversing the aging process

Bio-Printing: Early-stage startups building organ printing machines

Neurotechnology: Enhancing human capabilities by integrating with the nervous system

Hand-held diagnostics: Condensing lab-grade diagnostics into hand-held devices

and then explored the notion that health care and wellness, like everything else on this planet, is becoming fractured and decentralised.

In this new wellness landscape we are moving away from the centrality of governments and large institutions being solely responsible for providing all aspects of health monitoring and care to a decentralised model where the individual returns to the centre, she or he builds an ecosystem of health care and allied professionals around them and then shares their historical curated information blended with real-time insights with each provider as and when they need it.

This evolving wellness landscape requires much thought, cultural change, ethical debate, governmental consideration and human intervention, but it is one of our most worthy and noble crusades, so take a listen now and then add your voice and thoughts to the future of your health and well-being (7 mins 5 secs).