Sharing economy: Why we will barely own anything in the future / news.com.au, ABC Far North

Date posted: September 25, 2017

reprinted from Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, NT Times, New Zealand Herald,  Adelaide Now, Balonne Beacon, Queensland Times, a list of Australia's beet sharing sites are at the bottom of this story. IN 2030, if we need a ball gown, a grandparent to babysit our kids or a screwdriver to repair damage at home, we’ll simply go online, pay a small fee and borrow one. Most of us won’t own cars, holiday homes or work at the same office everyday. Our houses won’t be filled with stuff we rarely use. Many of our daily functions will be outsourced for a small fee, with all these interactions controlled through our smar
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The future of death & making contact from beyond the grave / ABC WA Drive

Date posted: August 7, 2017

On the eve of ‘Dying to Know Day’- a day when we’re supposed to talk about planning for our deaths, ABC Perth's Drive presenter Andrew and I used the opportunity to chat about the Future of Death, Dying, Cemeteries and Immortality. Now I know this is a yuck topic for many, but its a fascinating insight into how our society has evolved over the last two decades in its approach to death, dying, burials and immortality. As recently as 15 years ago most burials had a religious overtone and structure and we rarely questioned what they or the religious authorities deemed as proper this was an era of respect through ritual. Over the last decade burials have bec
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The future of communication & the end of mobile phones / ABC It’s Just Not Cricket

Date posted: August 5, 2017

Old Phone New Phone – It was just the anniversary of the passing of Alexander Graham Bell, and we wanted to return to the fascinating subject of phones. Futurist Morris Miselowski will tell us what’s going to happen to our phones in 2017 and beyond (I remember doing an interview a few years ago on the subject and we were promised phones would be part of our everyday clothes, it’ll be good to check out how that’s coming along! )and check out Glynn Greensmith of ABC's It's Just Not Cricket did in our semi-regular on-air catch up. The notion of communication
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Our education system isn’t future ready / ABC Nightlife

Date posted: August 2, 2017

The current education system, as great as it once might have been (and that's debatable), is no longer up to the heavy lifting of tomorrow's employment and life landscapes. It was custom-built for on an industrial revolution model of work and prepared students for a known world, where work and careers were set and teaching systematically towards known outcomes made perfect sense. It was a world where we taught just in case, where the learner had to be self-sufficient and filled to the brim with lots of information, just in case they ever needed it.
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My beautiful future career / ABC Far North, ABC WA Drive, Hong Kong 3

Date posted: July 31, 2017

                The world has conspired this week to make most of my on stage and on air conversations Education focused. Tomorrow I have the honour of speaking to a group of year 9 -12 students at one of Melbourne's State Schools about all things careers, the jobs they may be doing and the way they may be working - truly can't wait and even better, this is a full day program put together by a  couple of Year 12 students who invited the other local schools to come along - well done
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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 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:

We’re all Homo Cyborgs / ABC WA Drive, Hong Kong 3

Date posted: July 5, 2017

This week, Sydney based bio-hacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (real name) decided that carrying his plastic credit card sized transport card around was way too much effort, so he cut out the NFC chip and had it implanted under his skin. Such an interesting discussion arises from this, not the least of which is the rail authorities response, which was to condemn it and deactivate his card, only thing was they deactivated the wrong card. But, anyway I digress, this week on both ABC and Hong Kong radio I explored on air the notion that as organic beings we have increasingly become comfortable with having technology in and
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