Lawyers, accountants join list of workers who could lose their jobs to AI / News ABC

Date posted: April 4, 2017

By Zoe Ferguson If you're an accountant, lawyer or data analyst, a robot may soon take over your job. Key points:

  • New development of AI and robotics affects both blue and white collar sector
  • Life could be safer with artificial intelligence around us
  • Report recommends a 'human quota' in sectors
  • Legislation needed to protect human safety and security
A new report from the Internatio
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Amazon Go – but what about the people? / Radio HK3

Date posted: December 8, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-srPk-jxDGc I'm going to call this out, just like I did back in 2009 when I curated the Retail Store of the Future exhibition , the future of the routine stuff we buy in stores is going to be automated, mechanised and stuffed full of new tech, because it can and because we want it to - I know some of you are going to yell you don't, but if enough of us truly passionately didn't want it, then we wouldn't let it happen. This morning Amazon Go announced  its newest foray into retail, a fully automated physical bricks and mortar supermarket that allows customers to swipe themselves into the store, shop for items, put them in their basket and then leave the store
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Trump’s win continues the global search for easy and quick fixes / ABC FNQ

Date posted: November 10, 2016

donald-trump-polls"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" was President JFK's call to action in his inaugural address in 1961, 55 years later we have Trump  in his victory speech pledging to "every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family." This phenomenon of "I", the global desire for a quick fix and the belief in an easy solution, is currently our dominating
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Science Fiction Dreams Do Come True / ABC Nightlife

Date posted: October 19, 2016

Blue Moon over futuristic City 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
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Ageing disgracefully – the new 50 / ABC Nightlife

Date posted: June 29, 2016

me_on_abc_29_June_2016What will turning 50 mean for work, play, health, housing, and saving enough to live on? In just a few years from now, let alone ten or 20 years from now! Our regular Futurist Morris Miselowski came in to give us an insight in to what we should expect.   [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/271496316" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
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Augmented. Virtual and Mixed Reality / ABC Far North

Date posted: May 9, 2016

3 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
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#Bunnings going smaller to get bigger / The New Daily

Date posted: March 31, 2016

2009-Kirrawee We’re all familiar with the sight of a giant green Bunnings warehouse – a sausage sizzle out the front and a car park teeming with would-be tradies. But following the demise of its major competitor, Woolworths-owned Masters, Australia’s largest hardware operator is increasing its dominance by rolling out a growing number of smaller format stores. The store, expected to cost $8 million and span 3000 square metres, is due to open mid-year at the Toombul Shopping Centre in Brisbane, sparking speculation that Bunnings is making a concerted foray into the shopping centre market. Many shoppers may be unfamiliar with the number of smaller forma
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Not better, Not Worse, Just Different / SEBN Keynote

Date posted: March 8, 2016

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The Future of Australia’s Culture / ABC Local Nightlife, ABC Far North

Date posted: March 2, 2016

2013_diversity_calendar_cover_graphic 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
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More brands could follow Dick Smith into oblivion / The New Daily

Date posted: February 26, 2016

retail There is a long list of household names that have vacated the retail world. Dick Smith and Masters are now on the list and others are likely to follow. New retailers are pushing out more familiar names. More household names could be set to disappear into Australian retailing history following the demise of Dick Smith this week. The electronics retailer had been a stalwart of the market for 48 years, but the Dick Smith name alone proved not to be enough to save the ailing company and the jobs of nearly 3000 people. Masters, the ill-starred hardware start-up owned by Woolworths, is another name that will vanish without trace when the stores close in coming mo
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