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.

Unlearn the Future – Morris Live at TEDx Melbourne

To have the TEDx stage for 18 minutes is a privilege and an honor. To use this global platform to tell the story of my family’s past, to introduce my ancestors who have not been spoken of or seen in over 70 years to a worldwide audience that they could never have imagined and to combine all of this with my love of the infinite possibilities of the future and what we must each do to allow these opportunities into our lives is a gift that I will cherish forever – thank you!!

I would love you to watch it, like it and leave a comment to let me know what you see ahead and what excess baggage you’re leaving behind to make room for the future and an enormous thank you to the 1,000+ people that watched it within the first 24 hours of it being put up on YouTube.

Careers and Beyond

future-jobs-jpgEver wanted to know what the best career choices are? Here’s a great article, hot off the presses on future career paths and it even has some choice quotes from your favourite business futurist.

reprinted from Careers FAQ

The A-Z of top jobs for 2014 and beyond
09 Dec 2013
By Marni Williams

Where are the shortages?

According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), employment is set to grow by 820,100 jobs, or 7.1 per cent, to November 2017 across most industries and occupations in Australia. That’s decent growth, but if you want to get a job in 2014 you need to know where the demand will be.

DEEWR says the biggest areas for job growth will be healthcare and assistance (13 per cent), retail trade (8.9 per cent) and construction (10.1 per cent): ‘Together, these three industries are expected to provide nearly half of the total growth in employment over the next five years’.

Business futurist Morris Miselowski suggests we will have six careers within a lifetime, so if you’re thinking about which direction to take next it would pay to consider one of the golden opportunities below – because this is where the jobs will be.
Top jobs in 2014:

Accounting and finance
Aged and disabled care
Business bankers
Community engagement and community development
Construction
Data miners, data scientists, data anything…
Dental technicians
Digital marketing managers
Education
Health technologists and medical device reps
Mobile developers
Online retailers
Programmers
Project managers
Senior leasing executives
Tourism and hospitality
Website content writers
3D printers
Accounting and finance

Jobs for accountants are still going strong and are set to increase by 12.6 per cent to 2017 (DEEWR).

There will be demand in the financial and wealth management areas, specifically for senior financial planners, multilingual financial planners and financial paraplanners.

Global recruiter Hays says: ‘In accountancy and finance we expect to see new jobs created within the area of business and IT transformation … so that an organisation can adapt to growth and make cost savings. It is also important for audit/compliance purposes, particularly if the company plans to become ASX listed or has been acquired by an overseas head office’.
Aged and disabled care

Aged and disabled care has seen growth of over 102 per cent over the last five years and it will only continue to grow exponentially as preventative care, residential care, therapeutic treatments and hospital services will be required by large numbers of ageing baby boomers.

Business bankers

Business banking is a growth area, with new roles created in specialist areas. Credit assessors with a strong mortgage background and a DCA or equivalent will be in high demand as new teams are created in major banks. In addition, candidates with front-end retail experience will be sought as banks change their approach to business banking.
Community engagement and community development

With our cities needing to cope with growing populations, housing shortages and changing demographics, local councils are getting serious about community engagement. So, too, are businesses as they understand the importance of community outreach and really engaging with customers, residents and businesses.
Construction

The ongoing shortage of surveyors continues as students shy away from maths and science. With many bound to retire, it’s not just an area of opportunity, it’s vital to a strengthening construction industry.

Hays highlights a ‘historical’ shortage of estimators encompassing the residential, commercial and civil sectors. They are also seeing demand for civil estimators in response to recent restructures.
Data miners, data scientists, data anything…

Business futurist Miselowski is excited: ‘We have spent the last 30 years feeding information about ourselves and the world into the digital ether, without getting much wisdom back. The next frontier is mining this information and turning it into purposeful knowledge. A new breed of employee is emerging called data scientists, who are tasked with the job of refining data to enable good decisions’.

Hays agrees, saying that employers are increasingly looking for applicants with a Master in Information Systems. This is one job that can translate across many sectors.
Dental technicians

With our ageing population, the fact that most of us retain our own teeth much longer, and an increase in demand for cosmetic dental work, dental technicians will be in high demand alongside a range of health professions. According to the Australian Dental Association, demand for dental prostheses is down, but specialist areas such as crowns and bridges are up.
Digital marketing managers

When I asked her about trending jobs, Director of Hays (NSW & ACT) Jane McNeill put digital marketing high on her list:

‘Digital marketing managers are in demand as growth and investment in digital marketing is creating a “digital disconnect” in which the jobs market in digital marketing technology is hungry for skilled workers. The evolution of digital marketing is set to continue over the next decade and this will have a huge impact on the skills employers need. As this continues to be a growing area candidates with technical knowledge or digital expertise are in high demand.’
Education

We’ve seen impressive numbers turn to online education all over the world, but will there be jobs to follow? Fairfax’s Employment Forecast says that population growth will see the education sector continue to rise, having ‘shrugged off the weakness in the international student sub-sector to record continued jobs growth, with positions up 4.6 per cent’.

A recent government report indicates that the international student sector could grow by 30 per cent by the end of the decade. With continued population growth and the investment in skills and training programs, the outlook for the sector is bright.

It has also noted a surge in pre-school teacher positions and ‘a significant shortage of early childhood teachers’. Positions in the tertiary education sector are also up 3.4 per cent.
Health technologists and medical device reps

You may know that healthcare is experiencing the biggest growth of all sectors, but it’s also changing. With developments in everything from genetics to wearable technologies and robotics, a plethora of new jobs are expected. Miselowski expects new titles such as ‘genetic counsellor’, ‘telemedical practitioner’ and a range of medical device reps to appear.

Anyone who works in the allied health profession but also understands computers and technology will find plenty of opportunities on the horizon. And a range of medical device reps are already needed, as Hay’s Jane McNeil says:

‘In life sciences there are new products coming to market and companies are keen to employ medical device reps with like-for-like experience so that they can hit the ground running. An increasing number of roles now also require clinical backgrounds.’
Mobile developers

Technology recruiter Greythorn is optimistic in its report: ‘With mobile access to the web growing at an exponential rate, and the way in which we interact with the web being driven more and more toward mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, mobile developers are becoming a highly sought after entity’.

Expertise across Android, iOS and HTML 5, coupled with e-commerce integration skills, social networking and API knowledge will set you up to take advantage of this growth area.
Online retailers

It’s hardly ground-breaking news: according to the Australian and New Zealand Online Shopping Market 2013 report, online retail is growing strongly.

National Australia Bank’s latest online retail sales index tells us that online sales have hit 6.2 per cent of retail spending. What’s more, the average annual spend for Australian online shoppers is expected to hit $1750 by the end of this year and 90 per cent of online shoppers expect to maintain or increase their spending over the next year.
Programmers

For a moment there IT might have looked like it was having a slow patch, but the industry is still growing strongly and more growth is expected with the continued rollout of the NBN. However, programmers are now working on short-term contracts and this is set to continue. As Greythorn says, ‘project-based recruitment will be one of the pillars of growth and activity for our industry’. Java and PHP skills are, and will continue to be, highly valued.
Project managers

It’s a broad field, but DEEWR predicts contract, program and project administrators to increase by a whopping 16.4 per cent to 2017. It might be time to really work on those project management skills.
Senior leasing executives

McNeill cites several large new shopping centre developments and upgrades as a driver of real estate jobs in some regional areas – ‘there is more vacant space to fill with tenants. This has created demand for senior leasing executives in the retail space’.
Tourism and hospitality

According to the Fairfax Employment Forecast, the sector is turning around, with jobs once again growing. Burgeoning areas include medical tourism, ancestry travel and sustainable tourism.
Website content writers

As Google declared ‘content is king’, journalists couldn’t believe their ears. Fairfax agrees: ‘In a surprising turnaround, positions for journalists and other writers continue to grow, thanks to the spurt in online content at the expense of more traditional media’.

The journalism and media category actually grew by 3.1 per cent in 2013, which is above-average growth. With the exponential growth in online content production, those with the skills to write it will find themselves in high demand.
3D printers

Ok, so this one might not exactly be ready for 2014, but it’s not far off and is one of the most exciting developments to come. St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne will be trialling 3D printing of human body organs within five years and expect that printing human spare parts could become normal within 10 years.

The CSIRO has even initiated the Australian Additive Manufacturing Network to link research organisations with industry to make the use of 3D printers commercially effective. Get involved in 2014 and you’ll be ready for the next set of top jobs coming our way!