In the future who will you trust? / ABC Far North

Date posted: September 25, 2017

Trust is a basic human emotion that helps us discern, make sense of and prioritise our world and those around us. Since our existence we have taken our trust cues from our tribe, our elders, our families and our friends, all others outside of this default circle have had to earn, gain and maintain trust knowing it was fragile and once broken was difficult, if not impossible, to earn back. Trust was hard enough when we could look each other in the eye, but now that we've on-boarded our lives into a digital world, where our cyber reach goes beyond our physical network and where we are constantly called on to meet virtual strangers and assess their reputation, opportunities a
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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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Future Cops / Hong Kong Radio 3

Date posted: September 5, 2017

Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan and I started our weekly catch up chatting about the future of law enforcement, before diverting quickly to Australia's rebirth as a penal colony and then trying to move on to prison life and the changes over time, but then all of a sudden I felt compelled to confess something I hadn't spoken about in a long time, that I had spent 10 years in and out of prisons and had some personal insights. Now before you become all judgy, I was a volunteer prison chaplain who spent most Sunday's visiting prisoners around Victoria, offering a listening ear, an alternate conversation and a glimpse to the outside world they would one day re enter.
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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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What new foods will we be eating in 2030? / ABC Far North

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By 2030 global demand for food will have increased by 35%, to feed an additional 1 billion people and by 2050 we will have to have raised the stakes again by another 50% to feed yet another 1 billion people. This leaves us with a growing (pun intended) conundrum, of having to provide more food, to more people, in more places, with less land, less water and less people to grow it with. The maths just doesn’t add up, but some how we have to find a way to do it. In this weeks segment, ABC Far North's morning host Kier Shorey and I take a look at all things Future of Food and explore how we might grow more with less by looking
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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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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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