Date posted: October 19, 2016
Every great invention started life as a mere thought, became a vision before turning into an obsession.
One of the most oft questions I get asked, "Is where do ideas come from?" and one of the most oft answers I give is Science Fiction.
It's amazing what our brain's have stored away from what we've read, watch and imagine and how at just the right moment of opportunity it springs these dormant thoughts back into life, ready for creation.
In our regular Nightlife on ABC Local Radio catch up Dom Knight and I chatted about the influence Science Fiction has had on our lives and asked
Date posted: October 10, 2016
On this back of this infographic, ABC Far North's Kier Shorey and I chatted about the inspiration and foresight HG Wells, and others like him, bring to the rest of us mere mortals with their ability to see what has not yet been created, hypothesise on what might be, challenge us to live up to their visions and provoke us to create new worlds.
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Date posted: July 12, 2016
On the back of this new craze taking the world and Hong Kong by storm, Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan and I explore all things Pokemon Go, what is it, why is it, where it came from, what it might tell us about the future of augmented reality and do kids remember how to play outside?
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Date posted: May 9, 2016
Oculus Rift, Facebook's $2 billion, Augmented Reality headset goes on retail sale this week in the States and seems destined to bring this industry into the mainstream. Ahead of this and the imminent release by numerous other headset manufacturers ABC's Far North Kier Shorey and I took a look at this new tech and what is may be capable of.
Augmented Reality adds additional information on top of the a real world - things head up display on a car, Virtual Reality closes of the real world and takes you to a digital world and mixed reality does a bit of both depending on your need and what's being viewed. These tech's have been around in sci-fi for 100+ years and yes we've been
Date posted: March 2, 2016
Society’s rules and etiquette's have been framed by millions of years of physically regionalized human interactions.
These unique geographical places imparted their distinctive values, language, morays and norms to those that lived within its boundaries and taught us what was considered locally right from wrong.
These native rules were passed down orally from one generation to the next, reinforced over time by the education system and culture at large and then enshrined and enforced by local laws.
Our overriding universal culture has historically been dictated by the dominant power of our time - The
Date posted: February 16, 2016
With the onslaught of Virtual Reality headsets in the first half of this year, there's a lot more interest in what it is, why it is, what we might do with it and will it take off and this week in our regular catch up Austereo's Anthony Tilli and I caught up to chat all things Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
So our first task was to tell the difference between AR and VR.
AR takes the real world and adds stuff to it, think Minority Report and heads-up car displays, whilst VR requires you to put on a helmet or similar and replaces the real world with a dig
#CES2016 – the 6 trends that will dominate the year ahead ( #2016trends ) / Austereo, ABC Local, ABC Far North
Date posted: January 15, 2016
CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2016, Nerdvana, has ended for another year and Las Vegas has said goodbye to 170,000 visitors and 3,631 exhibitors all itching to get a glimpse of the year ahead in tech gadgets and retail offerings and also looking for the dots to connect to figure out what's lies further ahead. There were a number of clear categories this year and in this weeks regular ABC and Austereo radio segments I explored some of these and also what may be next and after next. The overriding theme for me this year was that we have crossed over the threshold away from having and owning to using and doing. Read More...
Date posted: January 1, 2016
Australian elections, Olympic games, leap year, personal robots, drones, artificial intelligence, toasters talking to fridges, cars that drive themselves, and so much more are going to be a part of a 2016 and on this first morning of this brand new year I caught up with 6PR Perth and ABC Canberra's breakfast shows to chat all things new, shiny and different.
Click here for my 2016 predictions, have a listen to these two segments and then share your predictions for 2016.
ABC Canberra - 1st January 2016 (13 minutes 52 seconds)
Date posted: December 18, 2015
I got a call from 4BC's drive time host Chris Adams this afternoon wanting to chat 1980's tech nostalgia and also wanting to know what 2016's tech might be.
1980's was when I began my career and sounding like an absolute dinosaur, the first tech revolution I was involved in was the changeover from telex to fax machine, quickly followed by the personal computer (I'm still not sure if everybody will ever have or need one of these) through to the dot matrix printer.
They all seem so long ago and so inconsequential, but the rise in new horizon tech was significant and the beginning of a revolution that was set to change what it meant to be human and how we worked, lived an
Date posted: December 14, 2015
Does Apple tech get viruses like their PC cousins was where Phil Whelan of Hong Kong Radio 3 and I started this weeks chat, with the answer being yes, but in smaller numbers than their relatives, because the tight ecosystem makes it far harder for the perpetrators to get into a Mac piece of tech.
We then turned our attention to some of 2015's more obscure but nevertheless significant tech occurrences like Tesla's recent software upgrade to its cars that changed the way the car performs and turned them into a semi autonomous vehicle - up until now the only way to get these changes was significant under t