Happy Birthday Mr Tesla / Hong Kong Radio

Date posted: July 11, 2017

Long before there was Elon Musk's Tesla, there was Nikola Tesla and 10th July (1856) marks his birthday. Nikola's gift was the ability to see beyond the status quo, to imagine what might be, to land hands on tools, to overcome setbacks and to continue on to create a physical reality. His curse was his inability to profitably commercialise his inventions and despite great partnerships, joint ventures and funding, he was left second best at every turn, having his patents, inventions and innovations brought to profitable reality by Thomas Edison, Westinghouse and many others. His incredible inventions included AC current (electricity), the radio,
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100 days to create tomorrow’s energy, or else / ABC Drive WA, ABC Far North

Date posted: July 10, 2017

Elon Musk was in South Australia last week signing off on a deal to deliver and install the world’s largest grid-scale battery (100MW) and promising to uphold his “100 days or it’s free” pledge. The technology is great and definitely part of what is the only sensible way forward on energy creation, decentralised energy collection feeding local areas (in this case 30,000 homes) and supplying any excess back to the larger grid. It's also speaks to a new era of energy players and a new world of how these projects come to fruition:

"A Twitter challenge laid down by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and met by Mr Musk
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I want it all & I want it now / ABC Perth Weekends

Date posted: July 8, 2017

On demand dog walking service WagWalking sent ABC presenter Andrea Gibbs into a spin, believing that part of good dog ownership is walking it yourself and wondering if this was a one-off or if there was a growing appetite of on demand services. The growth of on-demand services,  bringing together people in a digital marketplace to want and offer task driven activities that we can't or don't want to do for ourselves, has risen steadily over the last few years to become a multi billion dollar economy offering an incredible array of "I want it now" and "I'll do it now" possibilities including:

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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Where do bad ideas go? / radio Hong Kong 3

Date posted: December 13, 2016

The end of the straddle bus and the beginning of an uneasy truce between President elect Trump and the entire tech community are the stories du jour as Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan and I catch up for our weekly chat on all things future, tech and whatever else. The straddle bus was a great Chinese innovation that's been around for a while and in August this year seemed to gain new energy as a prototype hit the streets for a 300 metre journey, but since then its been awfully quiet and we've just found out why. Only a couple of months since its supposed triumph, the bus is sitting in a yard derelict and unloved and its innovators are being accused of illegal crowdfunding, unauthorized road
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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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Live from Singapore – Lessons from the Singaporean innovation ecosytem – Hong Kong Radio 3

Date posted: May 17, 2016

IMAG3032It's always a hoot to be in Asia and this week I'm broadcasting live from Singapore into Hong Kong, where Phil Whelan and I ponder why a small country like Singapore seems to be so on top of their game when it comes to tech adoption, innovation and "can-do" attitude. We explored the driverless buses that are set to make their way on to some Singaporean roadways later this year, an education system that is heavily based on STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) and is usually near the top of any global Education excellence survey and how a government can structure and incentivise a business ecosystem to become the Asian hub for business and technology.
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Who’s watching the drones & HK’s top IT awards / Hong Kong radio 3

Date posted: April 19, 2016

article-webgraf-1127A near miss between a drone and a London bound British Airways passenger jet was the start of this weeks chat with HK3's Phil Whelan looking at drones and how we might keep them away from planes, trains and automobiles and whatever else they shouldn't be near. The sky's are full of non commercial recreational drones and in theory there are guidelines around where they can be flown including flying below 400 metres, keeping your drones where you can see them, not flying within 5 miles of an airplane, not flying near people or stadiums and in America your drone should be registered. These are all useful guidelines but for the amateur drone
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Crowdsourced Democracy and #e-Voting / ABC Far North

Date posted: March 29, 2016

evote We routinely crowdsource ideas, products and opinions. The Indian government amassed 3 million comments over the past 18 months from its citizens through its portal - MyGov.In and social media seems to be constantly driving and spreading the political agenda. With both a Queensland and Australian election imminent, ABC Far North's Kier Shorey and I explored the notion of e-voting and digital political engagement. Finland, France, Norway, Estonia, Spain and Australia have all trialed e-voting either allowing you to vote from wherever you are, or requiring you to go to a fixed polling booth to use a digital voting kiosk, but no country has adopted online voting excl
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