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
Date posted: October 19, 2016
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
Date posted: July 4, 2016
Got 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
Date posted: April 26, 2016
Singapore is set to take the driverless revolution up a notch, by this week announcing it will put driverless public transport electric pods on the road by the end of this year.
We're not quite sure where they'll travel, but we do know they'll hold 24 passengers each and be capable of transporting up to 8,000 passengers per hour and this seemed like a great conversation starter for my regular on air catch ups with Hong Kong 3's Phil Whelan, ABC Far North's Kier Shorey and Austereo's Anthony Tilli.
Talking driverless and electric also let us look at China's newest auto maker LeSee, a voice activated autonomous car, that could give Tesla a run for its money. I
Date posted: February 20, 2016
Airports should evoke a sense of excitement as we dash off to a new destination or start a grand adventure, but for numerous travellers airports are overwhelming and stressful.
For those who cannot escape to the sanctuary of an airport lounge, there can be long lines and pushy passengers.
But soon airports could become a destination themselves: a bright and airy haven of comfort and calm.
Travellers will be able to glide through with limited human interaction armed only with a smart phone and a smile.
And don't worry about your passport because by 2050 they'll be outdated and totally in the cloud, or wherever we choose to store
Date posted: February 2, 2016
Imagine travelling at the speed of 1 kilometre every 3 seconds, or Sydney to Melbourne in 47 minutes, according to Hyperloop it's not a dream, it's a near future reality and it's where Hong Kong Radio 3's Phil Whelan and then later on Anthony Tilli of Austereo and I started our on air journey's this week.
This new vacuum tube transport system was floated by Elon Musk a couple of years ago and was taken up by Jump Start Fund who is seriously touting this tech to the governments and infrastructure builders around the world, with the first installation due in Quay Valley California within the next 3 years and other major announcement imminent.
Date posted: November 27, 2015
reprinted from a feature article written by Sarah Wilcox for Chapel Street Precinct Urban sprawl is so five minutes ago. The Australian dream of a house on a quarter acre block is dead. Skyscrapers are moving to the suburbs. This progress is a double-edged sword that leaves us wondering: how might our future selves live?
Back to the FutureTo figure out where Melburnians might be headed, it helps to look at from where we have come. It’s the job of futurist Morris Miselowski to predict (with research and evidence rather than some kin
Date posted: November 23, 2015
reprinted from the New Daily
They are bulky and old-fashioned but do not fear because the days of unflattering passport photos are numbered.
The out-dated passport could one day be replaced and experts say we have already started transitioning to the ‘cloud passport’ of the future.
While the little book is our access key to foreign lands, it is easily lost, stolen and presents some security issues.
To replace a lost or stolen passport, the traveller must fill in a form, attend an interview and pay the a
Look it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a #drone – 4BC, ABC Wide Bay, ABC Far North, Southern Cross Austereo WA
Date posted: November 4, 2015
The number of drone related media releases, stories, contacts and media requests I have had over the past few weeks has gone into overdrive.
Australia Post's announcement that they would trial drone deliveries in remote areas brought the story back to Australia and although this is a great thing for them to trial and definitely part of a future landscape for them, I am skeptical if there is real intent or just hype behind this announcement.
On a side bar the more interesting things in Australia Posts' announcement is their trial of 3D printers in their retail
Date posted: November 1, 2015
What do drones, Australia Post, Amazon, Walmart, Google and Facebook have in common?
It appears a lot, with all of them (and many others) ramping up their efforts to use drones for delivery of everything from parcels to the internet.
In my regular catch up with Sky Business's Derryn Hinch we explore what drones are, some of the many ways they may be used in the near future and debate the question of whether drones should be registered.