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.


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.

What’s happened to Innovation?

gillian o'shaighnessy ABC WA afternoonsI got an on-air call today from Gillian O’Shaughnessy of ABC Radio Perth to ask why inventions are no longer named after their inventors.

What a great question!

Thinking back, Henry F Phillips invented the Phillips screwdriver and screw; Candido Jacuzzi invented the Jacuzzi; William Henry Hoover the hoover vacuum cleaner; Jules Leotard the leotards; Thomas and William Bowler the bowler hat and so on.

The answer lies in a different view to marketing, a different innovation and invention landscape where it’s easier to fund and sell generically named inventions and the growing reality that the ability to think, build, market and sell an idea, product or service now increasingly requires the skill sets of more than just a single inventor.

We also had a quick look at crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites like kickstarter and pozible to find and collaborate with like minded people that may invest or assist you in bringing your great idea to market.

Have a listen now and let me know your thoughts on the Future of Innovation…

Innovating Innovation

In the world of innovation Australia has always punched well above its weight, including producing the first full length movie, cochlear ear implants, hills hoist, pacemaker, in-vitro fertilisation, wine casks and tonnes of others

In our monthly look into the Future, Gold Coast ABC’s Nicole Dyer and I chatted about what inventions we’ve already seen, what we might see ahead, how we will innovate and why innovation is imperative if Australia is going to continue to thrive in the future.

Listen now and let us know what you think is Australia’s greatest innovation and what you’d still like to see invented.

Inventions and Innovations

Australia’s future in many ways will be determined by its ability to innovate and invent. Innovate being taking what we already know and doing more or different with it and inventing being to bring about something we have not know before.

Both of these are great and we need to continue our long history of giving the world the Hills hoists, Cochlear implants, airplane black boxes, wine casks, electronic pacemakers and so much more and this morning Belinda King of ABC Radio Tasmania and I chatted about where innovation and invention have come from and where it may be headed.

Listen now and then let me know what you think are Australia’s greatest inventions and innovations and what you think may be ahead.