Driverless Cars and Scalpels / Hong Kong 3, ABC Far North, Austereo

Date posted: April 26, 2016

singaporeSingapore 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

Airports of the Future – a passportless journey / ABC Radio National

Date posted: February 20, 2016

my-australian-passport-cover 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 And don't worry about your passport because by 2050 they'll be outdated and totally in the cloud, or wherever we choose to store

Past, present and future of Travel – Hong Kong Radio 3 / Austereo Perth

Date posted: February 2, 2016

Future-of-Business-Travel 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.

Living High / Chapel Street Precinct

Date posted: November 27, 2015

chapel_street_2reprinted 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 Future

To 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

The Future of your Passport / The New Daily

Date posted: November 23, 2015

passports travel 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

40 uses for dronesThe 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

#Drones on Hinch Live / Sky Business TV

Date posted: November 1, 2015

IMG_7609 (2)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.

Robots are all around us / ABC Nightlife

Date posted: August 26, 2015

robots-out-to-get-meHow realistic is a world where #robots, #drones, #androids and #AI (Artificial Intelligence) will replace all human work and effort? I caught up with ABC radio local's -  Tony Delroy and our special guest Jonathan Roberts Professor in Robotics at Queensland University, in one of our regular on-air chats to explore what robots are currentl

The death of the 1/4 acre block / 4BC

Date posted: August 25, 2015

FC-WashingtonExteriorViewH01-HR06-FINAL (2)Farewell to the great Australian dream of the quarter acre block, we will miss you - you served us well, sheltered us wonderfully, helped bring our family and loved one together and sent a message to the world that we had succeeded in life by attaining you, but this is where we must part company. In my regular on air catch up with 4BC's Clare Blake we explored Australia's future housing landscape and how over the next few decades it will look very different from the recent pas

Trams have to be a part of Hong Kong’s future / Hong Kong Radio 3

Date posted: August 18, 2015

26122e27254937306ffcca7c8e79fc53There's a report going around suggesting that Hong Kong should get rid of its trams to ease up on the road congestion. My question to Phil Whelan of Hong Kong Radio 3 in our regular catch up is how will the 194,000 daily passengers travelling on the 161 double-deck trams get where they're going? The background behind this is an extremely congested island and surrounds, that sees 7.3 million people take 12.4 million public transport journeys each day. The 680,914 cars owned by Hong Kong residents only adds to this huge cong