In 30 years of predictions did Bill Gates and I get anything right? / ABC WA Drive, Hong Kong 3

Date posted: July 19, 2017

Recently the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on the 15 predictions Microsoft's Bill Gates made in 1999, a list that predates the internet, the smart phone and even the mass adoption of the PC and this prompted this weeks on-air chats around Australia and Asia, looking at what's come true and what hasn't. I couldn't resist throwing in a couple of my own predictions, the earliest of which dates back to 1981 and the catalyst for my life long obsession with the Future, and that was my absolute belief th
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Happy 50th Birthday ATM, but aren’t you dead yet? / ABC Drive Adelaide & ABC Far North

Date posted: June 27, 2017

Next time you withdraw money from a hole in the wall, consider singing a rendition of happy birthday. For on June 27, the Automated Teller Machine (or ATM) celebrates its half century. Fifty years ago, the first cash machine was put to work at the Enfield branch of Barclays Bank in London. Two days later, a Swedish device known as the Bankomat was in operation in Uppsala. And a couple of weeks after that, another one built by Chubb and Smith Industries was inaugurated in London by Read More...

The Pace of Change / ABC Mornings with Jon Faine

Date posted: June 20, 2017

We've just discovered a new piece of tech, a new app, a new fad, a new business proposition, a new idea or a new gadget and we think we've come to terms with it, when out of left field another new something comes along and blows us out of the water. This was the starting point for a conversation with ABC Melbourne's Morning presenter  Jon Faine as we explored all things future, including my belief that the rate of change has not increased just the amount of parallel technologies that we have to tame simultaneously have and that we are all now Homo Cyborg's irrevocably tied to technology throug
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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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