12 things that’ll seem ludicrous in our lifetime / news.com.au, daily telegraph, courier mail, sunshine coast daily, Hong Kong Radio 3, ABC Far North

We so often look forward to what we might have in the future, that its fun to stop for a minute and think about what we won’t have in the future, and this week News.com.au’s Gary Nunn reached out to ask exactly that…

WITHIN our own lifetime, people will scoff at the thought of sitting on a flight for 22+ hours across the world.

It’s one of many things that’ll rapidly seem unfeasible to the upcoming generation.

Elon Musk recently revealed plans for a next-generation spacecraft that could fly to “most places on earth in under 30 minutes and anywhere in under 60 — with the cost per seat the same as a current full economy fare.”

What else will become ludicrously outdated? I spoke to some futurists whose predictions show that some disruptive innovations may be coming sooner than you think. Here’s a list of what could become a quaint thing of the past before you’ve even begun withdrawing your pension:


1) Schools being used just once a day

“As population density increases in urban areas, infrastructure like schools will double down on their resources” says James Fogelberg, former ‘Head of What’s Next’ at Adshel. “Schools will be used twice in one day. They’ll offer parents the option of sending kids to either morning or afternoon and even evening school.”

2) Leaving your house to vote

The blockchain will create the security and opportunity to vote digitally in elections. It’s already happening — overseas Australians were able to vote online in the postal survey on same-sex marriage.

Futurist Dave Yeates says: “The blockchain works with currencies like Bitcoin right now, but it’ll change how we digitally certify both ourselves and our ballot papers. That’s right: no more awkward queues at school voting booths.” Shame about the traditional democracy sausage then (more on meat later).

3) Stopping at traffic lights

Business futurist Morris Miselowski says: “Forget traffic lights, speed limits and roundabouts. In a world where vehicles, roads, and infrastructure are constantly chatting to each other, we’ll soon be able to figure out how to dynamically adjust the traffic lights, road conditions and available parking to best suit the traffic it’s trying to cope with at that moment.”



4) Paying for your own Wi-Fi

“In the sharing economy, wificoin and other blockchain technologies will mean sharing Wi-Fi with your neighbours will become common, leading to you paying four times less than you currently do” says Matt Hoggett, co-founder of Prezzee. “It’ll also enable you to earn money via micro-payments. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

5) Using a mobile phone

Futurist Bachir El Khoury says you can say goodbye to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy: “In five to ten years, people will look back at smartphones as we look back at the Nokia brick phone. It only took ten years to have the iPhone, and now only ten years after having the revolutionary touch screen, we speak to them! Phones will be replaced by smarter sensors and devices, such as glasses (Microsoft Hololens) and in particular virtual retinal display technology.”

6) Typing and reading

Brain machine interfaces will mean you can plug your brain straight into external technology devices, says Morris Miselowski. “Within a couple of decades, we’ll not only be able to get information out of our brain and into technology, but we’ll also reverse it and input information into our brain. Turn on lights, open doors, command a wheelchair, learn a new language, see a new sight, or if there’s too much going on in your head, maybe download some of your thinking into offsite storage.”

You can forget about being attached to your smart phone. In a couple of decades we might be able to plug our brains directly into technology, or at least wear it in a much more convenient way.

7) Doing your own tax return

“Don’t worry about telling the tax department what you spent last year, they already know. All your transactions have been collected, audited and analysed by artificial intelligence. All your deductions, refunds and obligations have been worked out by your robo financial adviser” says Morris Miselowski.



8) Human surgeons

Within the next thirty years, it’s likely that a robot will perform your triple heart bypass, according to futurist Sankar Gopinath. “The development of minimally invasive, smarter, automated, precise, and effective medical technologies means that nano-robots could be used for complex operations where a surgery is deemed critical but dangerous. This tiny equipment can help doctors diagnose the problems with much less blood spillage.”

9) Human doctors

Instead of visiting doctors, we’ll swallow them, according to Morris Miselowski: “These tiny hair-width nanobot doctors, ingested or inserted, are your own on-board specialist team of medical researchers, diagnosticians and physicians. Programmed to deliver tailor-made medicine to just the right cell, or perhaps take a good look at your colon or bowel and send real time information back to your doctor; they’ll even perform minor internal procedures.”

10) Single use toilets

“We’ll look back at our toilets and be amazed they were only used to transport waste.” Danielle Storey from the Eastern Innovation Centre is developing a system whereby toilets “become diagnostic tools for early disease. We’ll self-manage our health rather than awaiting a doctor’s opinion.”



11) Eating meat

Author Richard Dawkins predicts that we’ll “look back on the way we treated animals today as something like we today look back on the way our forefathers treated slaves.”

12) Awkward bill splitting in restaurants

“We’ll read the menu on our phone while we’re there (often seeing video or chef comments, or a cooking demonstration), order in an app and pay for it all digitally often without speaking to a waiter. In China this is already the norm and mostly done through WeChat” says Morris Miselowski.


Hong Kong Radio 3, Phil Whelan, Tuesday 31st October 2017, (15 mins 35 secs)

Kier Shorey ABC Far North, Monday 6th November 2017 (13 mins 20 secs)

Will robot pets cause real pet unemployment? / ABC WA Regional Drive

Some amazing stats have been released on how besotted Australians are with and how much they spend on their 24 million fur babies / pets:

  • Australians spent $12.2 billion last year
  • Almost two in five households have dogs (38%)
  • Almost three in 10 households have cats (29%)
  • More than one in 10 households keep fish (12%)
  • More than one in 10 households keep birds (12%)
  • 3% of Australian households keep reptiles as pets
  • 3% of households have other small mammals as pets
  • The Northern Territory is home to the highest rate of pet ownership, with 82% of households keeping a pet of some kind
  • The average dog-owning household spends $1,975 on their dogs, $622 on food and $397 on veterinary services

and this started ABC WA Drive’s Barry Nicholls asking about the future of pets and pet ownership.

Everything points to a continued up spend on pets moving forward with key retailers dedicating more and more aisle space to the profitable sale of pet food, accessories ($1.1 billion in 2016) and clothing, many of these items, like premium foods, did not exist 3 years ago.

Our desire to have pets in our home is also causing many State governments to explore house rental legislation allowing pets, on the payment of an additional pet bond, to be allowed to move into rental properties with their owners.

Dog walking services, pet sharing schemes like borrowmypooch / dogshare / pawshake, pet boarding and day care centres are all doing roaring business and likely to continue into the next decade.

Pet Technology is also on the rise with devices like iCPooch which lets owners video conference with their dogs and PetBot that creates a video of your pet whenever they approach the camera that gets emailed out to you and Kittyo that allows owners to stream live video of their cats and remotely make a laser dance across the room for the cat to chase, are all on the rise as are pet fitness gadgets dealing with the growing issue of pet obesity.

Further down the track the North Carolina State University believes we will be able to communicate with our pets and are currently trialling a pet harness that collects a dogs biometric information and interprets it for what the dog might be thinking or feeling. Smart harnesses are also being trialled elsewhere primarily for use with working and service dogs but down the track available for all.

Genetic modification is also a possible future, with a long history of breeding pets that better suit owner needs and desires now being fast tracked by gene editing and maybe one day the Jurassic Park fantasy of reanimating extinct species.

And of course every discussion of the future has to have a robot horizon and pet robots are definitely a strong possibility.

Kids in the 90’s took great care of their digital pets when they played their Tamagotchis and today we have dementia patients interacting with toy baby seals who keep a digital eye on their owners and at any sign of distress send an automatic emergency call to nursing staff and we know from history how quickly we attach ourselves to our toys and consider them human-like, so talking, walking, playing Barbie robots, might just be around the Xmas gift giving corner.

A fascinating discussion on a less travelled future of topic, have a listen now (6 mins 9 seconds) and then share your thoughts.







The history of future travel / Hong Kong 3, ABC Far North

Humans are born with the travel itch, always eager to travel to and experience exotic lands.

In the last 100 years we have stepped up the speed and accessibility of long haul travel, with the cost of a Melbourne – London flight in the 1940’s costing of 122X the average weekly salary and taking about 3 days, and today it’s under 1 week salary and soon under 20 hours.

And there’s loads more of us flying, in 2016 3.6 billion people flew in 2030 this should rise to 6.7 billion, with the largest growth sectors in the Asia pacific regions..

On the eve of Qantas landing its first Dreamliner plane in Australia, and the promise of Perth – London direct and other long haul non stop flights on the horizon, we chatted this week about the future of long haul travel and asked will we ever see another significant change in the way we travel and the speed we travel at.

Last week Sir Richard Branson announced a £186m investment in Virgin Hyperloop One, the fast train recently touted by Elon Musk, and was first spoken about in the 1890’s, thats puts people inside a pod that is inside a vacuum tube and send them from Melbourne to Sydney in under an hour.

Dubai also announced last week the introduction of a face scanning walk through immigration tunnel that figures out who you are, where you’ve been, and what your visit intentions are all within the 15 seconds it takes you to walk through the tunnel and stare at the pretty pictures along the way, if all’s good your literally green lighted and “Welcome to Dubai” if not your red carded and a human steps in to have a chat.

One of my favorite all time future travel modes is the space elevator, Arthur C Clarke wrote about it in his 1979 The Fountains of Paradise,  and scientists and engineers have believed for many decades that one day we will be able to build a space elevator that we can travel the 36000 kilometres from down here to a space station or hotel up there (most probably a 5 day journey). As strange as this may seem Japanese firm Obayashi is investing in it and exploring nano fibre carbon as perhaps being the game changing technology that allows us to finally build it.

One future certainty is that we will continue to travel, but how and in what and how long it will take are all up for innovation and invention, so listen in now to these two interviews and then share your thoughts and Sci-fi dreams of future travel.

Kier Shorey, ABC Far North, 23rd October 2017 (12 mins 31 secs)

Barry Nicholls, ABC WA Drive Regional, 6 October 2017 (12 mins 31 secs)




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.”


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).