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...

Happy 21st Birthday / Hong Kong Radio 3

Date posted: January 17, 2017

It's my daughter Rebecca's 21st birthday and I'm so proud, so happy and so glad to celebrate the woman she's become and to think back on the last 21 years of her and our family's life and in this nostalgic mood I've indulgently dedicated this week's on-air chat with Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan to looking back at 1996, at how we lived, what was important then and the amazing tech that we were using 21 years ago. 1996 relived: Computer hardware 1. PC users did not have even Pentium II in 1996 (Pentium II came in 1997). 2. Celeron processors were a thing of the future. 3. 16 MB RAM was a big deal. 4. 2
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CES 2017 / Hong Kong Radio 3, ABC Local, ABC Far North Qld

Date posted: January 10, 2017

CES (The Consumer and Electronic Show) is the ultimate geek and nerd convention held each year, in early January in Las Vegas, attracts over 180,000 visitors who are all there to find the latest tech machinations, thinking, prototypes and products that may just become the next big thing. This year's show was no different, with an incredible array of must-have's, didn't know I needed it but now I can't live without it and I'll never need that on show, but more telling for me than the individual products are the overarching themes and tech directions and in a series of interviews with Hong Kong Radio 3's Phil Whelan, Glynn Greensmith of ABC Local radio and Kier Shorey
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So how’d my 2016 predictions do? / Perth 6PR

Date posted: December 11, 2016

Every year I put out a list of what I think the major tech issues and gadgets are likely to be for the year ahead and this week 6PR's Chrissy Morrissy took me through last years list to see how we've progressed, what's come about and what hasn't. My 3 main thoughts on the tech we'd see in 2016 were: Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are set to boom in the first half of next year with all major manufacturers promising new VR products and most under $US400. This may take a while to show its true potential, but it is definitely a new frontier that
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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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H.G. Wells – Crackpot or Genius? ABC Far North

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. the-future-according-to-h-g-wells   Listen now (10 mins 38 seconds) : [audio mp3="http://businessfuturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/HG-Wells-10-Oct-16.mp3"][/audio]
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Pokemon Go Hong Kong Style / Hong Kong Radio 3

Date posted: July 12, 2016

pokemon-go-hong-kong-11On 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? Listen now (10 minutes 27 seconds) [audio mp3="http://businessfuturist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Pokemon-Go-12-July-16.mp3"][/audio]    
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A robot to challenge your parking tickets / ABC Far North, Austereo

Date posted: July 4, 2016

donotpay-frontGot a parking ticket that you want to fight, but not sure how and on what grounds? Got a legal problem and not sure who to turn to? No problem leave it to DoNotPay an automated online chatbot developed by a UK 19-year-old that has already successfully appealed 250,000 parking tickets in London and New York (not yet available in Australia). How about using facial technology to check on the health and
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Get connected: understanding the Internet of Things / Officeworks Workstyle

Date posted: June 16, 2016

internet of things image1You might have heard about how one day your home appliances will work autonomously, communicate with each other and predict your needs. But exactly how far from actuality is this level of technology? Futurist Morris Miselowski believes smart technologies, commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have “mainstream acceptance” and ubiquity within the next decade. “We’ve had [IoT technology] in science fiction for 100 years. It’s always been implied that at some point technology will be able to understand itself and will be able to do things for us without us having to ask.” Morris has 34 years’ experience consulting to companies look
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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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