To survive as a retailer, the only thing you need to do is… / ABC Far North

Date posted: September 18, 2017

I've been bombarded with client and media requests in the last few weeks all asking about the Future of Australian Retail and what might happen in a post-Amazon world. First advice, take a deep breath and calm down. Second, think back to the hysteria of 2008 / 2009 when online shopping first hit Australia and Gerry Harvey and many others declared the imminent death of all retail stores and I'm fairly sure a decade on, we still have lots of great physical stores we can walk into and shop at and a resurgence of the local strip shopping centre. The retail world has changed, of course and there's been a huge uphill battle to come to terms with the new omni-channel
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Shiny new Apples / Hong Kong radio 3

Date posted: September 13, 2017

On the day of Apple's announcement of all things new and shiny including the iPhone 8 and X, Phil Whelan of HK3 and I asked our annual questions Why and What For? Now, I love Apple and am not going to rain on their very successful parade, but given that this was the 10th anniversary of the iPhone I so wanted was bigger, better and wow and what I got was catch up, expensive and good. It's easy to be an armchair critic and yes it has some wonderful new kit and is beautiful to look at and easy to use, but lots of it is just catch up with what's already out there (wireless charging, full screen etc) and very litt
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The next batch of major tech disruptors are… / Curtin radio

Date posted: August 29, 2017

I love catching up with tech guru Jason Jordan  and this week I got to chat with him live on air on Curtin Radio as we reminisced about tech of old and speculated about tomorrow's tech. I kicked off with my notion that we are all Homo Cyborgs irrevocably and organically enmeshed with technology, and that the holy grail now is not the technology itself, but rather what it can do for us. We chatted about the demise and rise of the music industry as a metaphor for business in general. 10 years ago the industry seemed on its knees, people were pirating and nor paying, music abounded but money was difficult to
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Farming 2025 style / ABC Regional Drive Perth

Date posted: August 28, 2017

I have to start off by admitting that when I first began speaking and consulting to the Agriculture / Horticulture / Live Stock industries 15+ years ago about the Future of Horticulture and Farming, they were a very reluctant and skeptical audience who were used to traditional long-held labour intensive methods of farming and thought that even a mobile phone on the farm was ridiculous. I spent many strategy sessions, workshops and keynotes over the ensuing years going on about technology, robotics, analytics, AI, changes in the workforce, self driving equipment and a change in the way city slickers would think about their food, its
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Crystal ball time: iStart talks with a futurist / iStart

Date posted: August 21, 2017

Blockchain this, AI that. Things are moving fast, so, in the interests of bringing you the news before it happens, we cornered Melbourne-based business futurist Morris Miselowski to find out what key technologies are going to change the business landscape, how best to prepare for the future shocks they’re bringing with them and what it all means for our day-to-day 20 years from now. iStart: Hi Morris. Thanks for taking time to talk to us. From your perspective, what’s the technological lay of the land right now? How would you describe the zeitgeist in a technology sense? Morris MiselowskiRead More...

Are you mad talking to a chatbot / ABC WA Drive

Date posted: August 14, 2017

Last week the tech world went berserk when it was believed that Facebook chatbots (a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users) appeared to make up their own language and start plotting to take over the world - as usual the hype was great, the truth far less interesting, the bots were actually never programmed to speak or converse in any particular language so they were just sending random message to each other, but it was enough to get ABC Perth's Barry Nichols to want to chat about all things Bot in our weekly c
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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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