Innovation Safari – The Webinar – May 2018

On the last Friday morning of each month I gather together the best tech, innovation, invention, rumour, mumbling, memes and stories of the previous 30 days and squeeze them into a 30 minutes webinar focusing on what’s next and after next and dolloping each with a lavish helping of why I think the stories important / not important; what its likely and unlikely consequences may be on humans, society and business; when it might hit (if at all) and what (if anything) you can do about / with it right now and then present it live online, to an ever-growing band of loyal global followers.

Some of the stuff I covered in May 2018’s webinar included:

/ artificially intelligent Tupperware // why privacy doesn’t matter // google everything // voice first computing // WeGrow education raises $11.5 million // OpenClassroom raises $60 million // MobileEye to help 8 million cars see // Sonos leverages its patent to woo Google Assistant // Rental bike company Lime raises $500 million // Twitter to use behavioural signals to rank tweets // Apple has 55 autonomous vehicles on the road // Tinder’s new location services // Xerox cancels $6.1 billion takeover by Fujifilm // Uber’s flying taxis // Facebook dating // WhatsApp founder quits //

Take a look for yourself (and be sure to join me live and free at my next 30 minute webinar on Friday 29th June 2018 @ 8.30 a.m. AEST – book below):

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The Australian Workplace of The Future Is Here and It’s a Bit Blurry | Mashable

escapecubicleI have an addiction and I’m proud of it. It’s a constant need to check what’s happening on Mashable. So to be quoted in a Mashable article, is a moment to pause and give thanks. Anyway enough of that here’s the story…

SYDNEY — Entrepreneurs have been loving their new working lives for years, while regular office workers kept on slaving away in a cubicle. The good news is here. “Nine to five” is on the way out, finally.

Last week, Microsoft released ‘Life on Demand’, a white paper which looked into the digital habits of 1027 Australians aged 18 – 65 in collaboration with global research firm Ipsos. It revealed Australians are working around the clock due to higher connectivity than ever before, signaling a change in workplace culture with blurred lines between work and play.

The report shows 93% of Australians are now connected and spend an average of 17.5 hours online a week. In a shock show of dedication, 39% of millennials are also happy to be contacted by their employer 24/7. It comes with a caveat though; they also want to be able to entertain themselves with shopping, social media and videos while in the workplace.


The data indicates a blurring of boundaries between work-life and home-life, which signals a new phase of employment. Work and play are now interchangeable in an employee’s day, with 53% of Australians completing personal tasks at work while 44% do work activities outside the traditional working hours.

“Our technology has become a constant extension 
of us, wherever we are — a complete departure 
from the way we lived life as little as five years ago,” the report stated. “Social context and location no longer determine what we do.”

“We are witnessing the beginning of the end of rigid divisions between ‘work’ & ‘play,’ and ‘work’ & ‘personal,’ as we have known them for the last 150 years. It’s happened so quickly, seamlessly and ‘naturally’ that it’s difficult to remember what life was like before,” the report continued.

Business futurist Morris Miselowski, who helped launch the paper in Sydney, spoke to Mashable about how he sees the workplace advancing and the quiet revolution so many people have missed while looking down at their device.

Miselowski agrees we are coming out of the way the workplace has worked since the industrial revolution, where the common belief was many hands make light work and the means of production were centralised. Technology has shifted the nature of work, due to the fact we can work from anywhere at anytime and Australians are embracing this change, yet employers need to keep up.
He sees a workplace bringing in skill sets when they are necessary, rather than having a person on staff “just in case”. In the next five years, Morris predicts we will see the move towards a disappearance of a physical space and the introduction of a highly “fluid” work schedule.

“In the next ten years, 60% of the tasks we will be doing we can’t even label today. The landscape isn’t clear like before,” Miselowski said. “Today’s kids, who are finishing education, are going to have six careers and 14 jobs. They will have a lifespan of 150 years and work until they are 90 years old. It will be a far more fluid workspace than now.”

So is there a possibility everyone will burn out in a few years time? With the “red cordial” phase of the past few years coming to an end, Miselowski believes a “burn out” phase would only eventuate if the consumer allows it.

The red cordial analogy refers to the hyper-active phase of consumption we have seen over the past five years, where the never-ending stream of content created a life dominated by multi-tasking. This mentality and excitement at the access to information took precedence over a deeper understanding of how to consume the appropriate information at the appropriate time.

“After an intensely rapid period of adoption of devices we’re entering a more reflective phase. We need devices and services that give the flexibility to move from one part of our life to the next, but we’re also learning how to adapt to this new way of living and negotiate some ‘tech-etiquette’ around the role of technology in our lives,” the report said.

It shows millennials are already aware of their need for time-out periods from technology, and are beginning to master technology to work for them rather than against them.

“If you allow it, technology can follow us into every corner of our lives,” Miselowski said. “But I have really seen that diminish over the past few years. We are not locked in a room [with technology], we can turn it off. We need to learn to master technology. You can use it all day or you can put it down and just step away.”

In the report, the consumers (18 – 35 year olds) accused of using technology to excess are actually the users who have learned to turn it off, demand a change to etiquette and command balance in their lives. The research showed one in five people in this age group have time-out breaks from technology or meditate away from devices. One in two people admit they take a power nap to recharge for the rest of the day and seven in ten Australians surveyed exercise weekly.
In the next decade, Miselowski said the peak-hour commute would begin to fade away as employers realise face-time does not necessarily equal productivity and as the standard nine-to-five hours blur. The employers that will gain the most success from the workplace of the future are ones that “understand that innovation is at the core of what we do”.

“Companies that are willing to be collaborative, creative, understand employees and work in a flexible nature, while constantly questioning the market place and their offering” will dominate in the next decade, Miselowski said.

Employers will begin to realise face time will means nothing.

As people work and live how they want and have a “just in time” mentality –- which can be seen through the success of apps such as Uber — businesses will need to adapt and grow in the same way or be left behind.

With technology comes globalisation and Managing Director of Telsyte, Foad Fadaghi, believes being so connected helps his every day business activities.

“I can work with people in say, San Francisco, anytime, it’s so seamless. Technology is allowing us to be everywhere at once, no matter what time of day it is here or in another country or where we happen to be,” he said in the report.

“Once only multinationals could collaborate on a global scale for business like this. Now any kid with a device can connect with other people around the world to share ideas and create new things. The implications for how we do business and innovation are huge.”


for a copy of the report:MicrosoftReport-29 7 14

Anthill Australia: The business futurist says the future is looking bright for Aussie entrepreneurs just like you

anthill_mastheadwritten by Todd Spear and reprinted from Australian AntHill .

Morris Miselowski has an eye on the future.

As a matter of fact, he’s a business futurist; that is, he specialises in using science to make predictions about the future, particularly with regard to the way we will live, work, and play in the coming years.

And, what he thinks is in store for Australia will surprise you. Anthill recently caught up with Miselowski to ask him about what the future holds. In our discussion, he proved insightful, informed, and only cautiously optimistic about the future of jobs, careers, and life in Australia and elsewhere.

The future of working in Australia

We’ve been hearing a lot of doom and gloom around disappearing jobs and industries in Australia, and certainly the average person has every reason to be concerned. But, in talking with Miselowski, you quickly arrive at the glass half empty/glass half full paradox.

As he points out, on the other side of 6-percent unemployment is 94-percent employment. That’s an optimistic way of looking at things, but he is also realistic about drawing conclusion based on such recognitions.

“The stuff that we’ve been through in the last five or six years {Referring to the GFC} really masks underneath it a huge structural shift in work, in employment – in business in general – that we would have went through anyway,” Miselowski stated.

“That’s a sort of new ‘Industrial Revolution’ that I often talk about. When you put the two things together, you end up with people wrongly thinking that the world is ending, all doom and gloom.”

Among other things, Miselowski’s website focuses on career prospects. His blog keeps up with emerging demands across job sectors, and Morris predicts what the future holds for workers, based on the data that he gathers. His research results in fascinating articles like Morris’ “The World of #Jobs”; “What’s Over the Job and Career Horizon?” and “What Future Career Would You Bet On?”
In his writings, Morris presents the intriguing idea that changing jobs is becoming the new norm.

What’s the future of entrepreneurship?

Miselowski’s blog posts have a wealth of information on which roles will emerge as the most valuable over the coming years, but what we most wanted to learn from Morris is what the future might have in store for entrepreneurs.

“The over-arching thing is that we are still coming to terms with the digital space,” he said.

“We have changed just about everything in this space. On the notion of capital raising, it used to be done in a very traditional sense. We would create a document. That document would reflect why we think we are a worthy candidate for credit, and we would take that document to a financial institution that would either give you the credit or not.”

He went on to explain how crowdfunding is changing that.

“That need is falling away for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.They are able to go to a much broader marketplace to finance their business or idea or product. They are also able to draw information from a lot of places, from Australia and across the world.”

The democratisation of the business sector, Miselowski attests, is giving rise to a bright future of non-mainstream thinking and innovation that would not have been possible prior to the advent of the digital space.

According to him, entrepreneurs play a big role in the future economy.

The future of tech on the horizon

Miselowski also talked about the future of technology – specifically, 3D printing.

“There are so many game changers on the horizon. I don’t think humanity has seen so many game changers happening at one time,” he added.

The difficulty, he tells us, is in keeping up. These developments are facilitated by changes in cost and culture, which is helping bring more technologies to market than ever, according to him.

“The thing I love most about 3D printing is where I see it being used in medicine. We are on the cusp of doing incredible things in medicine with 3D printing,” Miselowski explained.

“We are seeing children born with faulty tracheae being able to get new ones with 3D printing within weeks of birth.”


Miselowski is also a prolific public speaker and dynamic presenter. He was featured at TedXMelbourne recently, where he presented a speech entitled “Unlearn the future.” Like everything Morris is attached to, it’s informative and visionary.

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