Day 3 of A Futurist’s Journey through Silicon Valley Israel

Any day that begins by you having to show your passport to armed security guards that entered the bus, who then proceed to place stickers on your phone’s camera, so you can’t take pictures, has all the hallmarks of an exciting day, and this did not disappoint.

We had arrived at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which develops and produces systems for the defence and commercial markets including satellites, space systems, defence systems, missiles, unmanned aerial systems (drones), autonomous vehicles and more.

Our top line briefing from was breathtaking in its scope and the ties back to Australian and our own defence systems extraordinary.

We were then taken on a tour to see first-hand the autonomous drones, how they’re built and fly and to hear that Israel has been using them for the past 20 years and that 60% of all flight hours flown by Israeli’s was in unmanned planes. We then ventured on to a hangar to watch the assembly and building of planes.

Our day continued on to an IHLS a private accelerator to hear pitches from 3 start up’s. It was fascinating to hear it’s founder say that this accelerator started its life a s a media company, publishing 4 article every day on security and defence, which then grew them a data base of interested parties, who then attended  conference they organised, at which they showcased start up’s, who were then invested in by the audience – and so grew a $100 million dollar global incubator.

We then travelled on to Elbit Industries one of the world’s largest military and commercial aerospace, land and naval systems manufacturers who supply army and police around the world including Australia, where they 3 offices and 200+ staff.

We were taken on a tour of online hacking and shown some of the incredible way’s rogue individuals, governments and authorities are able to listen in on our conversations and watch our actions and then shown some of the spy novel / sci fi tech they’re actually using to keep us safe.

Without doubt we all left that briefing absolutely terrified of what is being done, of how little privacy we really have, how easy it is to “hack” into anything and anybody and how incredibly cool the toys are that are being deployed by our army and police force in keeping us safe.

The day then rolled onto dinner at with the Australian Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Ambassador Chris Cannan, who along with 30 other dignitaries told us of the work and ties between Australia an Israel.

Another mind-blowing day, so much learnt and so much seen, can’t wait to bring it all back home and start sharing, applying and building on it.

Tomorrow we explore Mobility, Transport, IOT, AI and big data – bring it on.

If you want more insights, want to be connected to any of these people, or just to chat about Israel’s innovation scene and perhaps find collaborators here for your great idea, DM me.

#WishYouWereHere #Innovation #Israel #Future #FuturistSpeaker #StartUp #SiliconValley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Podcast} Innovation Safari June

A month is a long time in tech and innovation land, which is why on the last Friday of each month, we stop and get together online for a 1/2 hour, to replay the highlights and ponder what it means for the road ahead.

Some of the stories I covered in this months webinar included:

// artificially intelligent everything including movies, assistants and calendars // Apple’s “Future ” announcement // future housing // Warren Buffett’s next big investment / Robot Chefs // Alphabet and Google’s internet first housing development dreams // Chrysler and Mercedes Benz see a new future for themselves // How “rich will you need to be in the future? // What skills will future Managers need? // Flying Cars // Scooters // Why Amazon doesn’t believe AI exists // Smellaphones //

Here’s what we chatted about:

To reserve your virtual seat for next Month’s webinar on Friday 27th July 2018

 

 

Science Fiction Dreams Do Come True / ABC Nightlife

Blue Moon over futuristic City

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 listeners what Sci-Fi marvel they still wanted to see come true (spoiler Alert: as always Flying Car s and Hoverboards – listen to the interview to see how far away these are from everyday reality).

Here are just a few of the many sci fi “wow” gadgets we chatted about that have already come true:

  • Mobile Phones – Start Trek
  • Space Travel – Jules Verne 1865 From the Earth to the Moon
  • Submarines – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Nautilus manned by Captain Nemo
  • Helicopters – Leonardo Da Vinci, Jules Verne’s in Robur the Conqueror
  • TV News – Jules Verne’s 1989 article “In the Year 2889” also wrote about skywriting and videoconferencing
  • Ear Buds –Ray Bradbury (22/08/1920 – 6/6/2012) had in ear buds called “seashells” in Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
  • Credit Cards – Edward Bellamy’s (26/3/1850 – 22/5/1898) book Looking Backward (1887)
  • Smart watch – Dick Tracy, James Bond, Star Trek
  • Cyborgs – 6 million dollar man
  • Skype / Video Chat – Hugo Gernsback 12 part sci-fi novel serial called “Ralph 124 C 41+” written in 1911 for Modern Electrics magazine
  • iPad / Tablet – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon (1929) showed us a rocket taking off to the moon, 28 years before Sputnik attempted it
  • Antidepressants – Aldus Huxley Brave New World 1931
  • Connected World – Arthur C Clarke “The Space Station”
  • Electric Cars – John Brunner in 1969 published “Stand on Zanzibar” also mentioned a Detroit wasteland, decline in marriage replaced with short term hook ups

We had a tonne of callers and so many more we couldn’t get to and honestly it was one of the best sessions in a very long time and well worth a listen (50 minutes and 56 seconds)


 

Live from Singapore – Lessons from the Singaporean innovation ecosytem – Hong Kong Radio 3

IMAG3032It’s always a hoot to be in Asia and this week I’m broadcasting live from Singapore into Hong Kong, where Phil Whelan and I ponder why a small country like Singapore seems to be so on top of their game when it comes to tech adoption, innovation and “can-do” attitude.

We explored the driverless buses that are set to make their way on to some Singaporean roadways later this year, an education system that is heavily based on STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) and is usually near the top of any global Education excellence survey and how a government can structure and incentivise a business ecosystem to become the Asian hub for business and technology.

We also took a look at the notion of freedom on information online and on the anniversary of Alan Turing’s wartime code breaking discovery we explored the notion of discovery, how we come up with ideas and how “human” an act this is.

Great segment, great location, have a listen now (15 minutes 59 seconds)

 

And now for my next trick, I’ll turn Google into the Alphabet / Hong Kong radio 3

google_alphabet_website_11_Aug_15Today’s announcement by Google that its changing its holding company’s name to Alphabet is an inspired decision and one that all innovators and companies should take a lesson from.

I know there are pragmatic reason for it, Larry Page and Sergey Brin seem to want to get out of full-time search engine mode and thinking and concentrate full-time on invention; some projects and new thinking conflict or cannibilise Google search, some projects lack of progress or expensive overheads impact on Google proper, the investment marketplace wants more clarity around Google search and Google’s myriad of other projects and the list goes on.

As radio Hong Kong 3’s Phil Whelan and I chatted about this week in our regular catch up, to me its more about sending a statement that we are damn good at search engines and have been for a long time, to the point where Google is a verb not just a noun, but the reality is that search will not be around for ever and we are positing ourselves today in a time of strength to explore the future and branch out.

This type of thinking often prevents a company from becoming like Nokia the biggest global mobile brand 9 years ago and today gone and forgotten.

When our kids think of Google 20 years from now they will ask if it’s true that were once a search engine and that’s why we need to make sure that our company, brand and products don’t rest on the laurels of past success, but rather use them to catapult from and evolve.

Take a listen to this segment now (14 minutes 54 seconds)

We are hard wired to love change, so stop fighting it / Hong Kong Radio 3

index As an animal species humans are hard-wired to intuitively recognise the need for change and to react accordingly.

Our ancestors knew when the land was fallow and they had to move on; when the weather was too hot or too cold and find an alternative living space. We knew food was running low and we went out to find more. We knew our body was not working properly and we sought to remedy it.

As much as change meant effort, we also knew that not making the effort might have rendered us extinct, hungry, cold, thirsty, lonely and a myriad of other negative outcomes, so we innovated and changed.

And then somewhere in our history we decided to congregate together on mass, to allow an individual or group to rule us and make laws that dictate the confines of what we can do and to ensure allegiance and community safeguard we accepted these norms and learned that change was not all that good if it wasn’t community sanctioned or pre-approved.

In our recent history the industrial revolution decided that many hands make light work and we got a workforce together in one place at one time, told them what, when and how to do things and knocked out of them the desire to deviate from these set tasks by marking anyone that tried to innovate as insubordinate and marking repeat offenders as potentially unemployable.

Now this is not meant to be bleak and it is a very quick overview of a much larger discussion, but it’s where Phil Whelan of Hong Kong Radio 3 and I started our regular chat, trying to come to understand whether innovation and change are merely today’s newest buzzwords, or part of what makes us human.

A great discussion looking at all things innovation, placing technology as the catalyst not the cause for the upsurge in “innovation” and exploring examples of the good, bad and ugly of tomorrow’s innovative world.

Have a listen to the segment now (14 minutes 48 seconds)

 

 

 

 

What I’ve learnt from old sci-fi movies and cartoons – ABC Wide Bay Radio

startreknology.jpgoriginalMovies and books do more than just spark our imagination and send us on a virtual journey, for many they provide the spark for a lifelong quest to bring to life the objects and gadgets that the characters are using.

Star Trek (1966) spawned a dozen or more of today’s technologies including the mobile phone, the tricorder, replicators (3D printers).

Back to the Future (1989) gave us garbage fueled cars, goggles that let us see the real and virtual world, hoverboards and video calls.

Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon (1929) showed us a rocket taking off to the moon, 28 years before Sputnik attempted it and long before we knew how to do it and all of these and hundreds of other tantalizing glimpses in our books, television and movies have been the muse for innovators to say “why not” and to bring the impossible to life and to everyday.

This search through past inspiration for future technology was the topic for this weeks chat with Scott Lamond on radio ABC Wide Bay, have a listen now and then share what you would still like to see invented from a movie you watched or a book you read.

Morris on Sky News Business

me_and_switzer_8_April_14 The Future is an incredible space, it allows us to wonder and imagine, to invent and to innovate and to take the best of what we are and have done and mix it with the possibilities of what we might yet become.

In this Sky News Business TV segment Peter Switzer and I chat about what a Futurist is and does, explore some of the key future business impacts including 3D printing, crowdsourcing and a world where most businesses are still missing out on their innovation possibilities because they still think in silos when it comes to their physical and digital business.

Watch this segment now and then share what innovation lies ahead for your business.

The Future of Sales and Marketing with Wayne Berry and Morris Miselowski – Free Webinar.

On a gorgeous Melbourne sunny day (yes we do have them) my mate Wayne Berry of Top Gun Business Academy (one of the world’s foremost advisers and trainers in sales and marketing) and I were chatting about how the world of sales and marketing had changed and future gazing into what it may become.

Before we knew it the morning was gone and our conversation had turned into a panoramic landscape of future opportunities hovering out there in futureland ripe for the picking, but largely unknown and definitely underutilized and we both knew that we had to share these insights with our colleagues, clients and friends.

me_and_wayne click on the image to eavesdrop on our conversation

So the idea was hatched, a FREE 45 minute global interactive webcast on Wednesday 29th January at 8.00 a.m. (AEST) on the Future of Sales and Marketing with Wayne looking at the process, structure and how-to of selling and me at the future landscape of business and innovation.

Book your FREE spot now.

On our 45 minute journey next Wednesday into the future we’ll stop off and take a look at:

  • what digital and physical business and marketing really is and will become;
  • how to continuously mine the internet for incredible customer insights, leads and information;
  • how to sell and manage across different cultures, expectations and time zones;
  • how to bring continuous stress free innovation to everything you do;
  • how and where to find others to partner you on your journey;
  • an overview of my key 2014 business trends and
  • how to get your technology to become really useful by making great decisions for you, and
  • answer lot’s of your questions and start lot’s of conversations

I’m so looking forward to continuing my chat with Wayne on Wednesday 29th January at 8.00 a.m. (AEST) and hope you can join us for what I know will be an inspiring and business changing conversation.

To book your spot or to take a look at the promo video click here.

Looking forward to seeing you online next Wednesday.

Fast Forward through 2014

abc_local_me_1_Jan_14The new economic normal, 3 Australian state elections, peek a boo panels in women’s fashion, 364,997 new Australians added to our population and super-foods freekah and teff were just some of the 2014 trends I chatted about with Kate O’Toole of ABC Local radio national in our look at what trends I have predicted for the year ahead.

In this extended interview Kate and I worked our way through the changing business landscape of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs – internal and external business champions, innovation hubs that foster and encourage community and crowd businesses allowing us to form joint ventures and temporary business relationships with others as required to take advantage of a burgeoning sharing and collaboration culture.

Synthetic thinking and thought metamorphosis also gained air-time as we looked at the growing role our mobile devices and apps are going to have in sorting out what’s important to us and bringing that information in real time to a screen near us.

Health and wellness also sparked interest with listeners as we explored the shift away from a repair mentality with healthcare to a wellness culture where we will become increasingly responsible for our own health care monitoring as we evolve into an era wear a combination of changing culture, increased medical awareness and intervention possibilities and wearable devices that monitor our vital signs ongoing will provide us with personalised health insights, health suggestions and the motivation with which to action it.

This brave new world is of course not yet in existence and because we can is not a good enough reason to bring anything to reality, we must take control and ensure that we steer these horizon trends down a purposeful and human-centric path.

Thanks to all the ABC listeners, talk back callers and to the many new subscribers that have come on board since this interview, here’s wishing you all a most incredible 2014, may it exceed all of your expectations of it!!

Have a listen to the segment now (46 minutes) and share your 2014 predictions with me.